It's getting into July proper now, and when you are me, that means one thing: thoughts wander ahead to realize, August is coming, and then September, and before you know it, shall be the most wonderful time of the year: Halloween and time for Knott's Scary Farm! Hooray fog!
Last year was a really good year for mazes and entertainment as a whole, and I didn't get to catch everything, but still had a blast - I think it's a safe bet Dominion Of The Damned, Trick Or Treat, Black Magic, Forevermore, Gunslinger's Grave and Pinocchio Unstrung will be returning, along with a version of Trapped most likely, and the Witch's Keep overlay for the Calico Mine has already been confirmed. Of that roster, I can't see many going away - they are all 'too new', with an astounding three being brand new and three more being only in their second season.
Has Endgames reached the end of it's run? They have some interesting concepts in the walk through and some good effort, but the energy in it always seems a bit 'off' to me - it could be tweaked and tightened further, but it has never really registered personally for me in being irreplaceable or a great concept. There is possibility there. Delirium is also rather up there in years comparatively, but the concept and 'ick factor' remain strong and I expect it will be returning with some editing/freshening up. And then we come to Uncle Willy's delightful Slaughterhouse - at this point, a veteran of six (!) seasons of Haunt. The concept is one that will always be effective if done well, and the creative team and talent has proven very able to mix up the experience, deliver the gore and keep it lively even when all the tricks should be well-worn and known to guests, which is no small feat. I am very curious to see if it will return for year number seven, or if the BBQ restaurant and meat plant finally will be boarded up and condemned for unsanitary practices and something new replace them this Haunt.
That brings us to Mirror Mirror - poorly managed last year, and barely experienced by a fraction of Haunt guests. Will it get another shot or be a one-time-only maze? Time will tell but I am not optimistic about the chances of it coming back in same format, for myself. It could be a very interesting and ambitious year if Endgames, Mirror Mirror and Uncle Willy are all packed in and replaced, making basically a near-entirely fresh Haunt experience, counting tweaks in the newer mazes (Forevermore, doubtless, will be reworked some at least) - but I don't expect all three to hit the chopping block by any means, realistically.
What are your thoughts, fellow Haunt fans? What likely will bid adieu and what should stay? Here come the videos from last year, for a pleasant little refresher and blast of October spirit for your mid-summer delight:
All videos from the superlative Theme Park Adventure youtube channel, who always captures the Haunt magic in full force.
Looking forward to the fog rolling in across Ghost Town, as I know some of you are out there as well....the final four videos will be in the next post.