Fear Fair 2017 Review

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Fear Fair (Seymour, IN)
“Witchy Woman”
By Noah Wullkotte: jollypumpkin@aol.com

Enter a mysterious cavern full of unknown dangers. The only way out is by taking a ride on an elevator with a crash course to hell. Sparks will fly. A war has broken out and you must survive. Cyborg soldiers and a massive monster want to rip you to shreds as you try to make it out alive. The sounds of war can be deafening. Navigate through a crumbling city where you’ll see some very unusual sites. You’ll pass a Tesla Coil that’s quite electrifying and would make Doctor Frankenstein jealous.

Fear Fair is located in a small town, but it’s definitely not a small haunt by any means. Some of the sets are simply massive and mesmerizing. This is a haunt that focuses on different themed areas. One of my favorite sections is the New Orleans section. You’ll explore a cemetery with above ground crypts and tombs. A grave digger with a shovel intimidates customers as they try to leave. This is one of the most detailed and lifelike cemeteries I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason why New Orleans is called City of the Living Dead. The dead will rise up!

New Orleans is known as the most haunted city in America and there are voodoo shops everywhere you turn. I was grabbed by a witch doctor as he blessed me while I walked through Bourbon Street. His human voodoo doll blindly stared at me. New Orleans is home to some killer crocodiles. So, you better watch out as you walk through Fear Fair’s murky swamp. These killer creatures aren’t messing around. They have a big appetite and would love to take a bite out of you. Get lost in the green fog as you walk past an ugly witch in the new foggy swamp. It’s right next to the regular swamp. This is a pretty cool addition, but I wish the fogged filled swamp was larger.

This year’s biggest addition is the 14th century village. It reminded me of the movie “The Witch” or “The Village”. Downtown Atlanta from the Walking Dead was removed to make way for this large town that’s been cursed by witches. A poor boy has boils all over his body and the plague doctors who tried to help him were very creepy. There are witches who reside at Fear Fair. There’s a witch that comes out of a well, a witch that’s burned at the stake and half man, half goat creature that lives in a barn. The black plague has taken hold of this innocent village.

Many of the horror movie rooms have been removed over the years, but there are still a few that remain. Midwich Elementary from Silent Hill hasn’t been replaced yet. It’s very realistic and features an endless hallway. The scantily clad nurses slowly twitch and move towards you. You’ll even encounter the character known as Pyramid Head who will try to grab a hold of you. The Saw bathroom entrapment has been removed which makes the haunt shorter than usual. This was a very unique scene and hopefully it’s brought back some day or replaced with something equally impressive.

Fear Fair is known to be one of the most intense haunts around. So, be prepared to have actors grab you and yell in your face. You’re going to become part of the action. This year, the actors weren’t as intense. I was only grabbed twice. In previous years, I had zombies jump on my back and even bite me. The prison from The Walking Dead still remains, but there was only one actor I saw. There were definitely some off the wall characters I encountered. My favorite was the possessed girl who slammed a priest against the wall. He’s going to feel that in the morning.

Fear Fair features some stunning sets and props. The elevator uses CGI which makes it look and feel like a real elevator. Even the mannequins are creepy as hell as they magically come alive. It’s eye candy galore at Fear Fear. It doesn’t feel like the haunt season without traveling to Seymour, Indiana for Fear Fair. This is the place to be and one of our favorite haunts.

Total tour time is 21 minutes. General admission is $20 and a Fast Pass is $30 to skip the line. Groups of 15 or more get in for only $15 a piece. Fear Fair apparel is available and includes T-Shirts, hoodies, shorts and even thongs. For $5 you can get buried alive in Fear Fair’s Last Ride Coffin. Those who don’t want to be touched have the choice of holding a glow stick so the experience isn’t quite as extreme and the actors know to cut you some slack. See Fear Fair for half price on Halloween night. Purchase tickets online using code HWEEN17 or visit www.fearfair.com to show the post that’s on the homepage.

Blackout takes place on November 3rd and 4th. Experience Fear Fair with the lights out and the only source of light is from your glow stick. Experience Krampus: A Haunted Christmas on December 8th and 9th. There’s a DJ who plays music outside which helps pass the time while you’re waiting in line. Fear Fair is operated by the Seymour Jaycees and have been able to provide defibrillators for those who are in dying need. Every season they make major changes to keep the experience fresh and exciting. It’s definitely worth the drive out to Seymour, Indiana. Drive a little, scream a lot.

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Final Stab: 9.0
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