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Non-Themepark "Haunts"
10-10-2012, 10:32 PM
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Non-Themepark "Haunts"
Are there any really great Haunted Houses in central VA? http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_houses says there's more of them here than anywhere else, but all their reviews are No. VA, Winchester etc.? I've read about some really extreme ones, elsewhere. So while nobody has the sheer quantity of KD's Haunt, it could be worthwhile and/or different. Also it's just more to do, and also some are open additional days, etc.

So far I've seen:
Ashland Berry Farm
Creepy Hollow -- also near Ashland.
Haunted Hill -- Spotsylvania, now I've moved thataways I'd like a review, heard a good thing.
Wicked Woods -- Ditto, sounds really good
Azrael's Asylum -- operated by a Christian outreach ministry, this could be really good or really bad? Saw some great artwork on a truck side near Ashland for it ...

I posted a full review of Ashland Berry Farm last year here: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://coastercrewnetwork.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1682&p=54386#p54386">viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1682&p=54386#p54386</a><!-- l -->
I said "I felt like I survived something when done with all of this" Wink ... this is the truly funky experience, very long though not dense. Crawling required.

Also went to Creepy Hollow. It's definitely more polished than Ashland, but that seemed to its detriment. Also the woods experience isn't as long and while the hayride might be great for some, it wasn't that intense and I liked to froze sitting on that thing that night. Last year I said of the woods: "the forest maze was kind of what Camp Killauee wanted to be".

Josh also posted a review of Nightmare Factory, somewhere in NC, here: <!-- l --><a class="postlink-local" href="http://coastercrewnetwork.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2069">viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2069</a><!-- l -->

Links:
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Creepy Hollow: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.richmondscreams.com/">http://www.richmondscreams.com/</a><!-- m --> also <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.screamforest.com/">http://www.screamforest.com/</a><!-- m -->
<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.thehauntedhill.com/">http://www.thehauntedhill.com/</a><!-- m -->
<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.wicked-woods.com/">http://www.wicked-woods.com/</a><!-- m -->
<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.azraelsasylum.com/">http://www.azraelsasylum.com/</a><!-- m -->
a directory: <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.hauntedvirginia.com/">http://www.hauntedvirginia.com/</a><!-- m -->
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10-16-2012, 07:06 PM
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Re: Non-Themepark "Haunts"
New info:
Creepy Hollow is open 10/30 and 10/31. I've heard ads for Scream Forest on TV and the hayride on radio, neither mentioning the other.
Ashland Berry Farm will be open 10/31 and 11/2 and 11/3. BOGO coupons for the 31st and 2nd in the "Money Clip" advertising mailer page 3. Possibly elsewhere.
The Azrael's Asylum page doesn't actually show them being open this year. Sorry for not confirming.
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10-27-2012, 06:51 PM
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Re: Non-Themepark "Haunts"
Went to Haunted Hill. Short review, 1 1/2 nights left this year, maybe not even that with the weather developing:

This is sort of in-between the other 2 outdoor trails I've visited. It doesn't have the you-don't-know-where-you-are aspect of Ashland (where you take a hayride at the the end to get back, not just to get out there) or its length. I had one really good startle scare and a few more Ok ones. I wonder if the people later on were resigned that you were harder to scare by then. There's only one event, no seperate houses or hayride, but it's cheaper. They can touch you but mostly it was helpful hands to keep you from falling or something. There were some good scenes including possibly the most crazy one I've seen anywhere. Kind of short overall though. They organize you into groups of 4-6 people; I had some distraction and loss of atmosphere due to a vocal kid in our party. It might be better to bring your own group.

One thing this made me appreciate about Kings Dominion mazes are the different themes. This was mostly gore and backwoods insanity themed but it's kind of an eclectic mishmash of horrors.
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