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Uncle Henry
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« on: September 19, 2017, 07:08:16 PM »

I know we've all seen our share of amazing moments in a haunt, whether we've passed through them or worked in them.  A big scare, a good laugh, maybe even a good cry.  Wink  Everyone has that moment they talk about the next day!

So, this old zombie is curious...what's your favorite moment from your haunted travels through the years?  Regardless of whether you've got one to share or a bunch of 'em, let's share 'em!
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 08:10:46 PM »

I remember the first year I went to spookywoods. There was a nightmare on elm street scene. You entered the room through a dark corridor. When you entered, the scene was a playground completely in black light. The swings and the spin around were moving in slow motion and the only noise was the slow chanting chorus of "one, two, Freddy's coming for you..." The visual was amazing. The only time in a haunt that actually felt dream-like in all of my years of haunts. You moved into a hall of lockers where you met with Freddy, but it was that dream-state playground that will forever live in my mind. it was outstanding.

Also, the Flatback experience at Boogerwoods is very cool. a one-of-a-kind experience. A very up close and personal encounter with Michael Myers with no where to run.   Wink
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 11:00:47 AM »

One of my many favorite haunt moments, happened at the now closed  Cry Cry Cry X-Treme Fear. Walking down the trail in the woods, there is a bright  light that distracts you , and you hear a chain, and all of a sudden there is a monster that is propelled right at you!  This was so unique to this place, haven't had a haunt be able to replicate the feeling from that type of "attack"
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2017, 11:23:29 AM »

I remember the first year I went to spookywoods. There was a nightmare on elm street scene. You entered the room through a dark corridor. When you entered, the scene was a playground completely in black light. The swings and the spin around were moving in slow motion and the only noise was the slow chanting chorus of "one, two, Freddy's coming for you..." The visual was amazing. The only time in a haunt that actually felt dream-like in all of my years of haunts. You moved into a hall of lockers where you met with Freddy, but it was that dream-state playground that will forever live in my mind. it was outstanding.

Also, the Flatback experience at Boogerwoods is very cool. a one-of-a-kind experience. A very up close and personal encounter with Michael Myers with no where to run.   Wink

Those are awesome, MrBones!  The Flatback (and Boogerwoods in general) is something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.  There's just something about the blaring music, the feeling of helplessness, and three horror legends having you in their grasp that makes for a definite one-of-a-kind experience.  I hate that I missed that Elm Street scene - it sounds so cool, and I'm glad you got to experience that!  The first time I dragged my carcass to Spookywoods, they had started moving away from movie characters, save for the midway.  It was still incredibly cool, though - especially the subway and sewer sets.
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Uncle Henry
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2017, 11:26:27 AM »

One of my many favorite haunt moments, happened at the now closed  Cry Cry Cry X-Treme Fear. Walking down the trail in the woods, there is a bright  light that distracts you , and you hear a chain, and all of a sudden there is a monster that is propelled right at you!  This was so unique to this place, haven't had a haunt be able to replicate the feeling from that type of "attack"

X-Treme Fear was a wonderful haunt...I so wish they'd make a big surprise return one of these days.  A lot of their scenes were incredibly unique (remember the outhouse?)!  I remember that monster you're talking about - it got me pretty good, too!
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 12:23:01 PM »

My #1 is from the now defunct Nightmare on Scales Street.  Downtown Reidsville was closed off for a street fair the next morning.  We parked a half mile away and thought we'd take a gander to see if they were open as there was NO ONE on the streets.  A kid comes up to us and finally escorts us to the front of the haunted house.  Queue actors with no other souls to torment begin fooling around with our group.  The haunt owner was running the entrance and asked if we had any kids in the group.  Nope.  "Last two groups of the night.  No children.  R-Rated is a go."  He told us to take all the time we wanted to wait for each scene to play out and have fun.  Man.  I wasn't expecting too much inside a two story building literally in downtown Reidsville.  Every scene save one went off *perfectly*.  Screams, shrieks, urination, and people literally running out the "exit" which was a steep staircase.  Owner met us at the bottom to BS about things and asked about how we liked "The Ring" scene.  We looked in puzzlement at him and said we must have missed it.  He insisted on sending us through again at no charge to see it.  More screaming, running, urination etc even though we knew what was coming.  The haunt took everyone of us by surprise at the props and scenes they set up and every single one of them hit perfectly.  I literally skipped back to our parked car I was so happy.  The  completely empty and slightly foggy downtown streets only helped with the atmosphere.


#2 happened at Hacker House.  If memory serves they were rained out but decided to do a dress rehearsal / friends and family night.  Everything was going spectacularly, we turned a corner, and the two graveyard crawling girls were standing at the end of a hallway.  They were back-lit so you couldn't see their faces and they were holding hands.  Images of "The Shining" instantly flashed into my mind.  We let out a collective "oooooooooh" and they broke in unison and scampered on hands and knees down that hallway towards our group.  The goosebumps didn't go away for 15 minutes.


That scare at Xtreme fear with the light and chain was pure genius and I must admit I jumped on that one...possibly more than once.
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2017, 09:07:17 PM »

My #1 is from the now defunct Nightmare on Scales Street.  Downtown Reidsville was closed off for a street fair the next morning.  We parked a half mile away and thought we'd take a gander to see if they were open as there was NO ONE on the streets.  A kid comes up to us and finally escorts us to the front of the haunted house.  Queue actors with no other souls to torment begin fooling around with our group.  The haunt owner was running the entrance and asked if we had any kids in the group.  Nope.  "Last two groups of the night.  No children.  R-Rated is a go."  He told us to take all the time we wanted to wait for each scene to play out and have fun.  Man.  I wasn't expecting too much inside a two story building literally in downtown Reidsville.  Every scene save one went off *perfectly*.  Screams, shrieks, urination, and people literally running out the "exit" which was a steep staircase.  Owner met us at the bottom to BS about things and asked about how we liked "The Ring" scene.  We looked in puzzlement at him and said we must have missed it.  He insisted on sending us through again at no charge to see it.  More screaming, running, urination etc even though we knew what was coming.  The haunt took everyone of us by surprise at the props and scenes they set up and every single one of them hit perfectly.  I literally skipped back to our parked car I was so happy.  The  completely empty and slightly foggy downtown streets only helped with the atmosphere.


#2 happened at Hacker House.  If memory serves they were rained out but decided to do a dress rehearsal / friends and family night.  Everything was going spectacularly, we turned a corner, and the two graveyard crawling girls were standing at the end of a hallway.  They were back-lit so you couldn't see their faces and they were holding hands.  Images of "The Shining" instantly flashed into my mind.  We let out a collective "oooooooooh" and they broke in unison and scampered on hands and knees down that hallway towards our group.  The goosebumps didn't go away for 15 minutes.


That scare at Xtreme fear with the light and chain was pure genius and I must admit I jumped on that one...possibly more than once.

Dear god...Nightmare on Scales Street sounded glorious!  I always wanted to make it out there to see it, but things never lined up quite the way they should have.  I read the reviews on here frequently and they always had the same tone - it was a must-see haunt.  That just sounds like such a killer experience!  Hacker House has always been well-known for "water cooler" experiences.  The folks that haunt that place are crazy in the best possible way, and I'm very proud of having been able to had a chance to haunt it with them for a few years (and possibly more, at some point...one never knows   Wink ).  That sounds like such a cool scene, though!

That scare was just so perfectly set up - a dark area with a sudden strobe and some kind of beast that roars out at you on chains?  It almost put me on my tail when I experienced it.  Man, I miss X-Treme Fear so much... 
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 08:41:40 AM »

I was working at a haunt in 2002 when a family of Asian decent (Two teens, Dad and a VERY old woman) came through my area. I popped out, completely floored them and they laughed and continued on. Except for Grandma.  She stood there for a second and suddenly got VERY angry and charged after me yelling in a language I didn't understand.  She started swinging her purse at me and refused to stop even after I ducked under the tarp in back.  It took a few seconds for the teens to come back, calm her down, and lead her down the path to the next area.

About a minute later, one of the teens came back, apologized many times and explained to me that she was a survivor of the Atomic blast at Hiroshima in 1945.  She vowed to never, ever allow herself to be afraid again in her lifetime.  I had apparently been only the second thing to make her jump in almost 60 years and it made her angry that she allowed herself to be afraid again.

It took a few days for that to completely sink in.  I relate this story when I teach actor workshops around the country and it always makes people think.

True story...
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2017, 09:44:30 PM »

I was working at a haunt in 2002 when a family of Asian decent (Two teens, Dad and a VERY old woman) came through my area. I popped out, completely floored them and they laughed and continued on. Except for Grandma.  She stood there for a second and suddenly got VERY angry and charged after me yelling in a language I didn't understand.  She started swinging her purse at me and refused to stop even after I ducked under the tarp in back.  It took a few seconds for the teens to come back, calm her down, and lead her down the path to the next area.

About a minute later, one of the teens came back, apologized many times and explained to me that she was a survivor of the Atomic blast at Hiroshima in 1945.  She vowed to never, ever allow herself to be afraid again in her lifetime.  I had apparently been only the second thing to make her jump in almost 60 years and it made her angry that she allowed herself to be afraid again.

It took a few days for that to completely sink in.  I relate this story when I teach actor workshops around the country and it always makes people think.

True story...

This is an incredibly touching story, Badger - it just goes to show that a customer who swings or reacts in a violent manner may have more reason for doing so than simply being a drunken butthole.  We never know what's going through a customer's head when they react the way they react.
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2017, 09:51:39 PM »

Mine's definitely a tie between a trip to Midway when I was 16 and the first time I went to X-Treme Fear (RIP  Sad ).

The trip to Midway was on a Friday I believe pretty early in the season, so when me and my two 2 buddies got dropped off there was a good group of people, but not crowded. From the moment the tractor took off everyone was firing on all cylinders and it was the first time I had ever seen my two friends actually get scared. There's so many moments from that year that stick out to me, but the one that I remember the best is we were about to enter into one of the first rooms of the house at the beginning. This was the first year they had built the house so everything was new. We were standing at the entrance and the room is being lit by only an electronic candle, but we can see that it's completely empty and only the walls were decorated by these black and gold foil streamers. My friend who was in the front absolutely REFUSED to go into the room because he just knew that something was in there. We ended up having to literally shove him into the room so that we could keep going, and lo and behold the only thing that was in it was the slowest prop I have ever seen in my life that barely came out from the wall. We definitely didn't let him live that one down for a looong time. Midway became a staple of our Halloween after that and a few years later all 3 of us ended up working there.

As for X-Treme Fear there really isn't much to be said that other people haven't already. It was the perfect backwoods DIY style haunt and it blew me away the first time that I went through. They got me so many times that I can't remember them all, and the strobe and monster on a chain spot that a few other people have mentioned remains the hardest I've ever jumped at a haunt to this day.
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2017, 10:15:13 PM »

I knew this morning I had a third moment but it slipped my mind until now.

#3  Lake Hickory Haunts the first year they had the boat ride.  We came around the corner and first saw the lake with the underwater lighting and the "ferry-man" striding back and forth on the dock waiting for our group.  Goosebumps and a deep, soul-clutching shiver with that perfect little moment. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2017, 10:26:25 AM »

Mine's definitely a tie between a trip to Midway when I was 16 and the first time I went to X-Treme Fear (RIP  Sad ).

The trip to Midway was on a Friday I believe pretty early in the season, so when me and my two 2 buddies got dropped off there was a good group of people, but not crowded. From the moment the tractor took off everyone was firing on all cylinders and it was the first time I had ever seen my two friends actually get scared. There's so many moments from that year that stick out to me, but the one that I remember the best is we were about to enter into one of the first rooms of the house at the beginning. This was the first year they had built the house so everything was new. We were standing at the entrance and the room is being lit by only an electronic candle, but we can see that it's completely empty and only the walls were decorated by these black and gold foil streamers. My friend who was in the front absolutely REFUSED to go into the room because he just knew that something was in there. We ended up having to literally shove him into the room so that we could keep going, and lo and behold the only thing that was in it was the slowest prop I have ever seen in my life that barely came out from the wall. We definitely didn't let him live that one down for a looong time. Midway became a staple of our Halloween after that and a few years later all 3 of us ended up working there.

As for X-Treme Fear there really isn't much to be said that other people haven't already. It was the perfect backwoods DIY style haunt and it blew me away the first time that I went through. They got me so many times that I can't remember them all, and the strobe and monster on a chain spot that a few other people have mentioned remains the hardest I've ever jumped at a haunt to this day.

That Midway memory is hilarious!  Love it, krb187!
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« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2017, 10:27:21 AM »

I knew this morning I had a third moment but it slipped my mind until now.

#3  Lake Hickory Haunts the first year they had the boat ride.  We came around the corner and first saw the lake with the underwater lighting and the "ferry-man" striding back and forth on the dock waiting for our group.  Goosebumps and a deep, soul-clutching shiver with that perfect little moment. 

I've wanted to check them out for so long, and that boat ride is a big reason.  Always heard amazing things about Lake Hickory Haunts.
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