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Haunted by overpriced fun: A hauntingly honest review of The Haunt

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A column header designed for Night Light by Jamie Miller, a culmination of reviews opinion from a night owl (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate).Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “ the true terror of the night” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. Now Nightlighters as you all know, I am a huge fan of horror movies and “the art of the scare.” So as you can imagine I was ecstatic to learn that “The Haunt” was still open. Finally, I could do something outside my house, and something fitting for the season. However it was… Interesting to say the least. How interesting? Well read on.

First a little backstory, I went with seven other people, the tickets cost $25 each, there were eight of us. That’s $200, and while thankfully I didn’t pay for the other seven people I went with but if I had that would’ve been a huge expense for me.

I know what you’re thinking, but Jamie, what was the actual experience like? And to that question I’ll say it was kinda like getting cheese and crackers in your trick or treat bag., It wasn’t bad. The actors clearly loved what they were doing and their makeup from the hillbillies to the werewolves was on point but it wasn’t exactly awesome either. Some areas were so hot and muggy that, for me at least, it took away from the experience and some of the areas were cramped which made it difficult for the actors. I assume as they had to brush past me to get to one of my friends who had yet to notice them. I also noticed that some of the props were close to people walking through “The Haunt,” like so close that I nearly ran into them. Not only could that have possibly hurt me, but it could have damaged the props, costing them money. Also, to me at least “The Haunt” seemed rather small for the price, but then again that could be a result of COVID slashing the amount of money the owners had to put into it.

However, there were many positive things about the experience as well. As I mentioned previously, the actors were incredibly committed to terrifying us which included following one of my friends through one area almost the whole way. The makeup and costumes the actors were wearing were also phenomenal. And while small, the sets and props were expertly made.

However, I still think “The Haunt” suffers from being overpriced for what you get. All and all, I give it 5.5 Jack O” Lanterns out of 10. I figured I’d give you a festive ratings system, Nightlighters. And if you want to go to a haunted house last minute, “The Haunt” may just be your best bet. As they are open until Nov. 7.

 

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