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Title: The Haunted Farm - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 26, 2014, 03:11:27 PM
The Haunted Farm
Date Attended: 10/25/2014
Submitted by: Screaming_Diana
Scare Factor:  4/5
I made it to the ticket booth without screaming but that didnít last long.  We arrived early and our wait time was very minimal however upon leaving I noticed the line was getting very long and I could hear patrons screaming for their lives while waiting to get it.  They were sending in small groups, ours was a group of two, which really heightens the scares.  The haunt consisted of three big sections: The woods, the barn yard, and the tractor ride.  The woods and barn were further divided into different small buildings and sets.  For me, the woods and barn were the scariest because youíre on foot trying to venture through with just your group, however, the tractor ride is where most of the actor stalking and interaction took place.
Actors:  4/5
There were lots and lots of pop scares through the woods and barnyard.  There was some stalking and storytelling by an actor or two but for the most part they had to produce a scare and quickly get back in place to reset for the next group.  This still beats going through a haunt with 8 plus people to a group.  The masks and makeup were well done and nicely detailed especially the corn stalkers.  I really liked their use of burlap masks.  The monsters hiding in the corn had their timing down perfect.  They would sit perfectly still in the corn and let half of the wagon pass before bolting out and attacking the group.  They stalked the outside perimeter of the wagon but also got onboard to harass and terrify victims.  There were actors with chainsaws all throughout the corn and we even met a joker along the way.  At one point I had several monsters surrounding me on the wagon while I had my face buried in my friends back.  I was terrified but they didnít let up.  They stood there surrounding me, yelling for me to look at them, all the while I kept my face buried and my ears covered.  The corn creatures could be very intense at times.  I did notice a few un-costumed folks at the beginning of several sets.  My guess is they were just helping with line management and such.
Set Design/Props/FX:  5/5
The woods and barnyard consist of a self-guided tour along a walking path and through several buildings and the main barn.  Along the way youíll get caught in a thunderstorm, venture through a slaughter/meat house, visit the dentist, and show your final respects to the dead.  It was delightful to come upon a very brightly colored 3D clown Cirkus in the middle of all the gory severed body parts and animal carcasses found in the meat/slaughter houses.   They have some very dark rooms/mazes you must wonder through as well as a monster inhabited maze through the hay shed.  I loved the half eaten body hanging in the pig pen.  The barnyard is centered around a fire blazing silo that helps light your path through the farm.  The tractor ride takes you on a scary adventure through a haunted corn field and then drops you right by the parking lot.
Length:  5/5
Itís a long haunt with walking trails, various buildings, and a hunted tractor ride.  The website states it will take approximately 50 minutes to complete.  This does not include wait time in line.  I was very pleased with the length.   
Value:  5/5
This haunt is well worth the asking price of $19.  It is cash only.
Parking is $3.  There are parking attendants assisting people with parking and exiting.  The parking lot is very well managed and organized.  Concessions were available.   
Overall Impression:   4.5/5
This was my first visit to the Haunted Farm and I was pleasantly surprised by this newer haunt.  It appeared that lines get very long but by the sound of screaming coming from the crowd I would say it was a very entertaining wait.  The haunt was self guided with small group numbers that were well spaced apart.  Theyíve got line management figured out which makes the whole experience more enjoyable.   It was awesome watching a grown woman running and screaming out of the port-a-potty while being chased by a 3 foot kid clown.  Did I mention I got to pet a baby pig?  It was awesome and I canít wait to see what they have in store for us next season.

Title: Re: The Haunted Farm - 2014
Post by: NCHadmin on October 26, 2014, 07:22:16 PM
The Haunted Farm
Submitted by: packbacker
Date visited: 10/25/14

Scare Factor: 4/5
As you are purchasing tickets you can hear screams echoing through the woods.....always a good sign.  Groups are kept fairly small with a decent spacing between them.  There is some eventual bunching but it's not overwhelming.  The Haunted Farm does a good job of blending actor and prop scares before going to more in your face actor scares on the hayride.  We found a few scenes scare-less as the actors were still terrorizing the group in front of us- especially the clown section which felt crowded patron-wise.  Overall, though, there are bountiful pop scares early on and some targeted harassment in the corn. 

Actors: 4/5
The Haunted Farm has actors stationed everywhere.  No one broke character and all had a good sense of timing.  Due to frequency of groups very little interaction could be fostered outside of the hayride portion of the trail.  A special kudos to the werewolf/dog guy (couldn't see his mask) early on the trail who came sprinting out of the woods on all fours growling and snarling like a true wild animal. 

Sets/Props/Fx: 5/5
There were some excellent props here.  Most memorable was a cackling granny who extended toward your faces and a similar large spider.  A massive flame spout silo illuminates the sky between attractions.  The indoor sets are detailed with a good amount of gore.  The 3D section felt short but looked good.  The masks and makeup were solid throughout.  The cornfield area had some wicked looking Jesters and some simple but devilish burlap sacks with eyeholes.  I also adored the hanging half carcass around the pig pen. 

Length: 5/5
I didn't time our experience but would hazard a guess of about 45 minutes at a languid walking pace.  The hayride portion is at the end of the trail and drops you off right beside the parking lot. 

Value: 5/5
Tickets are $19.  For that you get a wooded section of trail, multiple enclosed buildings with mazes/scenes and a full hayride through a cornfield.  You get a lot of bang for your buck with smaller groups and queue areas along the trail to break things up if you bunch up with other folks.

Parking is $3.  Parking and exit is efficient.  Concessions were available on site but we did not peruse offerings or prices.  Lines were significant even early in the evening.  Be prepared to arrive early or sit a spell. 

Overall: 4.5/5
I honestly hadn't heard much one way or the other about The Haunted Farm when we decided to visit western NC this year.  It's a fourth year haunt that is bigger and more polished than a lot of places that have been open a decade or more.  The crowds are large but efforts are made to limit the conga line effect that plagues a lot of bigger attractions.  The scares are tight and plentiful, props are used effectively, and you do often get the feeling you are on a demented farm.  Overall a very pleasantly surprising trip to a new haunt for me that will stay on my yearly schedule!