This was my third and final visit to Haunt. Even writing this trip report I am experiencing withdrawal. Halloween night was the Best out of all 3 of my visits. I thought nothing would top my last visit. Once again we had the Boo-fet dinner at 5pm. I like the fact they actually let us inside around 4:40pm. I found the food to be good but this time around the chicken was horrible. My first piece of chicken was undercooked. So I went back up to grab a new piece and only ate half because just like my first piece this piece was undercooked. Plus it was cold and dry. I was majorly disappointed with the chicken. Everything else was just great. We even had one of the talent named Ace show me a card game. I lost and he said I would be tortured all night long. (Little did I know he would be correct. I brushed his comment off which I should have taken heed.)
We had plenty of time that we caught the last train front row of the normal operating ride on Ghostridger for the regular day guests. Later that evening the entire top and bottom queue was filled. People who come to Haunt are dumb for waiting in regular ones for rides that you can come on a weekday in the off season and basically have no wait plus stay on and reride if you like to. Anyways we sat on a bench for awhile to rest our feet knowing we would be on our feet most of the evening.
I need to mention here that the Boo-fet and when it came time to enter was so non busy as it had been prior to Halloween we knew we were in for a very uncrowned night. (Earlier we had heard the projections for the night were about 8,000 people.) Compared to a night at Universal Horror Nights which was sold out meant we were definitely in for a great night. I think the longest line we had all night was for the log ride at maybe 15 minutes during the evening. That's how dead it was. Most mazes we just walked right in most times. I can't see going to Horror Nights much next year. This year Horror Nights was a huge letdown for us while Knott's Haunt ruled out for once since Horror Nights returned.
Anyways we were right up cent by the chain rope this time so it made for the opening scene that much better. The tricksters all came up to me because I had my Duffy bear with me. He's one brave bear. He likes the dark and scary.
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Once we were let in we headed for the log ride Evil Dead. We rode it twice in a row (the second time there was no line and we just walked on.
Evil Dead: I personally don't like this years overlay. Both times thru not everyone was in their place and I just wish they'd do something great (I miss Sleepy Hollow even with just the effects would be great instead of this dud.) Unlike my previous visits I guess I just know where the talent hides and I just can't rate this very high this visit. 5/10
Next was the Mine Train.
Mine Train: I can't stop giving this such high praise. There were about 8 of us on the whole train that everyone had their own car. We were in the very back. Even with no talent being in the back with the witches cackling and the storyline and effects found me to be transported back to a time where I would come to Haunt and be so scared in the Mine Ride that I wouldn't want to sit straight nor on the bench seating. 10/10
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After getting those out of the way the general public was coming into the park so we headed for the 4 mazes backstage behind Ghostrider. Mind you this is at 7pm but the line for Ghostrider the whole queue was filled. First maze Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat: We managed to go thru this maze 5 times thru out the entire event. The first few times there was hardly any line nor the last time thru. The last room worked in all 5 times we went thru. Plus our first two visits we were the first to be let into the house. Sad that they weren't using the doorbell but instead knocking. The first time the guy knocked for us but our second visit I got to knock on the door.
Here is where my story with the Green Witch encounter comes into play. Our first two visits I was fine going thru. You see I have a problem I do not like the Green Witch. She freaks me out. Well our third time thru (this was later on before Trapped) when we entered the room with the fireplace and the witch I didn't mean to but said out loud "I don't like the witch". BIG BIG mistake. She hears me. We walk down the hallway with the masks and I turn the corner I to the bedroom and she's there waiting for me. She was popping up everywhere, in the bathroom, in the dining room scene. Once the final room (show room finishes) I figured I was safe and exited. I was wrong. The Green Witch who was following me thru out the maze comes and comes between Matt and myself. She gets down and semi slides by my feet making me stop. She stands up and I start crying. Yes hysterically crying. She says "look at me". I look at her and I'm just sobbing. Finally I walk away and she goes back into the maze. I can't believe something at Haunt has made me cry.
Side note I did go back in to face my fears a few more times and I was just fine. 10/10
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We skipped End Games. Nether of us have ever been impressed by this maze. I'd love to see this maze go in favor of something else. So up next my all time favorite Dominion of the Dead.
Dominion of the Dead: I love love this maze. We want thru this 5 times. The first few times I screamed all the way thru. The vampires would follow me at various stages for quite awhile. I had one blow on my neck. The last two times thru I had one vampire lady actually play with me. She kept saying I'm back. "I told her I wanted to live here." She would tell me each time thru that "I'd have no more blood to be drained." I would freak out at the guy vampires. For some reason these really freaked me out. They did an excellent job. I really hope this maze comes back next year. 10/10
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The last of the series of mazes Dilerium.
Dilerium: we went thru this maze 5 times thru out the night. Just amazing. One time the talent was on a break and thus a big portion missing but for the most part I would scream because there was an onslaught of talent. There was one monster who told me to "shhh" because I'd scream so much loud. I told him I can't help it. I just love the detail I side this maze. I hope it returns again next year. 10/10