A solo trip to Bucoda can be unsettling in itself; with miles of winding roads heavy with Tully fog I hazarded to visit Scary Nights Haunted House. This small town bands together to produce a quality haunt with its City council leading the way. The path leads both indoor and out and provides you with frights galore. I was able to follow a group of 4 young adults that were so nervous they traveled as 1 unit, shrieking at every turn. Scary Nights Haunted House was great spooky fun for a good cause.
Deep down in Chehalis I found Dead Ending Haunted House above Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf.
Your path within includes twisting halls and dark passages filled with ghouls and creatures aplenty. An untrustworthy guide, actors ready to recite your least favorite Shakespeare sonnet and intense black light artwork. I was impressed with the use of lighting and FX to draw you into their realm of darkness. This semi family friendly haunt was a perfect addition to my All Hallows-Eve night.
On Halloween night I heard the rumors of the Hellmouth reopening where Charlotte, Otto, and the rest of the undead return to wreak havoc on the town of Lakewood. . . .
If you are in the market for 1st class home haunt, this is the place.
With an elaborate back story the forbidding tale unfolds within the well-crafted dwelling. You will find pro quality FX, as well as abundant scare-actors and enough carnage to satisfy your darkest desires. The only downside was that I could only visit once this season.
If you are in Seattle, and you only have one chance to see a haunted house, make it The Georgetown Morgue. This is a high-performance, high-octane, high-scare adventure, with skeletons, slavering jaws, razor-sharp fangs, blood-sucking freaks, flashy strobes and more death and mayhem than you can shake a stick at. All the standard themes are there and are touched upon readily: murderous clowns, gore-splattered operating rooms, corpsified corpses, bio-toxins, intestines aplenty and an industrial water hazard.
Did I say water hazard? You betcha. Ask yourself how often you get to see water features inside a haunted house. There is some clever design happening here, all brought to you with a dark twist by Scott and his team. In the Morgue the build quality is the best of the best, with lots of eye for subtle detail. To catch it all, treat yourself to two, or even three, passes through the haunt. You will not be disappointed.
by Nicholas Huff
Nightmare at Beaver Lake was in full production mode Sunday night following a massive hit the night before. Flaming transformer, fallen trees and massive power outages cause them to evacuate the trail and close the show.
As I walked up the hill, gazing at the fog creeping over the grass field, intermingled with the searchlight, I pondered the chances of spotting the Headless horseman roaming the forest. Along the path you’ll find vignettes with decrypted creatures vying for your attention, one of the best vortex tunnels I’ve seen, my old friend the Headless horseman, clowns, zombies and ‘Goliath’ an animatronics gargoyle that was reborn with some help from Cleve Hall. Goliath is now 8’ tall with a 12’ wing span and looking splendid. Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a SCARE Production event with the Rotary club.
Family friendly for the 1st hour….but wait until dark for the gruesomeness to begin.
With the storm in full force, I ran through Nightmare at the Nile.
I was instructed to keep to the straw path (that hadn’t blown away) and visit the vignettes, each with a different theme. The scenes are well dressed, nicely lit and had scare actors braving the storm within. (Kudos to the scare actors!) With 60 mph winds blowing, it’s verification of how well constructed the buildings were. I found Clowns, a Mummy, and Pirates amongst the populace, all taunting me to stay for a while.
This top notch production shows what is possible with collaboration between haunters & Shriners.
I picked the first stormy night of the year to visit on the Saturday before Halloween. Yes, there was a long line. Yes, we got wet. Yes, it was frightfully fun.
The story goes the Snohomish Slaughter & Rendering Plant befell bad times after an accident that left an employee tragically torn in half by one of the meat grinders. Within the slaughter house you will find an array of gory body parts, butchery, massive amounts of carnage and enough strobe lights to disorient a seasoned raver. I do miss the decrypted overhead chain conveyor with sides of questionable meat. Good times for the emotionally resilient.
With a storm brewing, I sailed over to Lake Stevens to investigate Carleton Farms Haunted Swamp. The winds were still mild, just enough to rustle the corn stalks and mask the noise of those that lurked within. The pathway was well traveled and lit just enough to make our way while still concealing the inhabitants until they bushwhacked us. Their soft tones & haunting lyrics played well with the eeriness of the corn field. The swamp monster was perfect, as was the witch that made me pick a door. The use of led’s and minimal strobes was refreshing and added to the sinister ambiance. This, being a working cornfield, is wet and mushy, so wear proper shoes and enjoy the show.
Maris Farms on a Sunday night, what was I thinking?!? Oh yes, I was thinking about the great 40+ minute stroll through the corn maze filled with fiends, fog, strange noises, toxic waste, clowns, demons, corpses, a mirrored maze, strobes, bogs, witches, pitch black pathways, a creepy buss and much, much more. The scare actors were high energy and well placed. There is the right amount of dead space to build suspense before something from above/below/beside you assaults.
This place gets crazy busy, so go early and enjoy all the other activities including Monster Safari, an intense survival shooting experience against an army of zombies.
Haunted Woods General Admission is slightly steep at $25, but worth it.
Fright Factory in Buckley with its rural location sets the tone from the 1st moment you arrive. The queue line area is well themed, but it’s what’s inside that will make your heart pump.
Buffalo Bill, Swashbuckling pirates, insane patients and the always baffling black maze will test your fortitude. This year’s increased size and superb layout will try your endurance, while the concessions out front will keep you busy while awaiting those that might be lost in the maze, or locked in the pirates’ cage. There were plenty of frights, but also interesting sets and FX. This is a ‘must see’ this season.