Decided to hit up the flashlight and haunted maze at the Winchester house in San Jose. I have never done the flashlight tour so i was excited about this more than the haunt. This is the first year they did the haunt so I was skeptical.
For anyone that lives in the bay area I would say if you haven't done a flashlight tour of the house you must mind a way. It was AWESOME. I have been to the house a handful of times but going through it at night with only flashlight paving the way is just plain sweet. They give everyone a flashlight which you get to use on the tour and keep. I was using it to look all over the rooms we were going through it reminded me of a episode of ghost hunters. Since you could shine it on dark areas you could make shadows appear creepy. Also some of the windows in the house give off nice reflections when the light hits them. The tour was 65 mins through Sarah Winchesters odd house.
After the house tour we hit up the maze and it didn't disappoint either. They staggered people through so your group wasn't just trailing other people. I wish other places did this. At knots it was so busy you were just following a line through it so the scares were minimal. The scares at Winchester were great. i was also surprised at the detail of makeup used here since this was their first haunt. I jumped a couple of times lol. The detail in all the scenes were great I don't really want to outline them in case anyone goes. My favorite room though was one where you had to push your way through two walls that were closed in around you. it seemed like it went on forever There were too many characters I liked to name them all but I think the scarecrows were my favs.
Again I would say it was a great experience over all and if you live in the area find a way to get there before the month is over.