Hanna Haunted Acres offers thrill-seekers a wide variety of haunts, but comes up short in execution and intensity. The addition of two new haunts, Hooded and Outbreak, as well as mainstays Saw and the Haunted Hayride kept things original; unfortunately the scare factor just wasn’t there.
The concept behind Hooded was unique and I must admit, frightening. Like the name hints, participants are forced to wear a cloth hood over their heads, making it all but impossible to see anything. Then one embarks on a self-guided rope tour through what organizers say is “Hell”. I expected actors to be screaming and jumping out at me but instead experienced less than enthusiastic and short bursts of “scary” sayings and slight touches on my arms and chest. The lackadaisical acting really soured a great idea here.
The Haunted Hayride can best be described as a ride along a path ridden with sci-fi creatures and other fantasy characters. The creatures are the terrifying yes, but offer little to no scare factor. And the actors along the ride don’t intensify the ride a single ounce. I enjoyed the hayride – especially the end, which I won’t spoil - but it’s more of a sci-fi museum tour than a haunted hayride.
Outbreak was by far my favorite haunt of the bunch and really struck a chord as a scary and lifelike haunt – the virus must’ve rubbed off on me. The design was on point, straight out of a Walking Dead episode or I Am Legend scene. Dead people, dismembered body parts and zombies are the name of the game. Actors dressed like zombies worked together and timed scares perfectly. Scares came from all directions and weren’t predictable by any stretch of the imagination. No complaints at all here, a mere perfect haunt.
If you love the Saw movies, the Saw haunt is definitely your go-to option, and if you don’t, it’s still an exciting dive into the most memorable scenes from the movie. Props, actors and traps all resemble the film, and you’ll even play a game. It’s exactly as advertised.
Scarecrow’s Revenge, the five-acre corn maze was closed due to large amounts of rain on previous nights.