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 71 
 on: September 25, 2017, 08:04:22 AM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by NCHadmin
The review areas for 2017 have been created.   Apologies for the delay.
-NCHAdmin

 72 
 on: September 24, 2017, 09:23:40 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by CoasterKerry
Hey Packbacker!  I have another Frightseeker that is wanting to post a member review of Lake Hickory.  Do you know when the Member Reviews will have a thread for 2017?  So excited it's that time of year!!!

 73 
 on: September 21, 2017, 10:26:38 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
The Review Team is set for 2017!  Thanks for everyone who was interested in being a reviewer.  I encourage everyone to post their experiences in the "member review" section and to also keep their eyes peeled for Monster Tour tickets which I think may be showing up in the next 1-2 weeks.


 74 
 on: September 21, 2017, 10:15:13 PM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by packbacker
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. 

 75 
 on: September 21, 2017, 09:51:39 PM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by krb187
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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 on: September 21, 2017, 09:44:30 PM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by Uncle Henry
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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 on: September 21, 2017, 08:41:40 AM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by Badger
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...

 78 
 on: September 20, 2017, 09:07:17 PM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by Uncle Henry
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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 on: September 20, 2017, 12:26:36 PM 
Started by packbacker - Last post by packbacker
Haunted Forest at Panic Point   25% off September tickets when purchased online.  www.raleighhauntedhouse.com


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 on: September 20, 2017, 12:23:01 PM 
Started by Uncle Henry - Last post by packbacker
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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