Fear Fair 2022 Review

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

Fear Fair starts with a brand new preshow and it can be pretty frightening at times. Experience a dragon that breathes smoke, a floor that collapses and much more. I’ve never seen anything like it. Fear Fair consists of 4 sections or you could call them small haunts that form one large attraction. This includes Ancient Evil, Leveau’s Curse, Ramses’ Wrath and Rockford Riot.

The catacombs in Ancient Evil are decorated with hundreds of skulls and skeletal remains. You’ll go face to face with skeletons and super natural creatures. Evil reigns supreme at Fear Fair. Get an up close view of the Necromancer monster who towers over customers. The Necromancer is known for roaming the graveyard snatching up souls.

Meet Mamma in the murky swamp. She’s a massive crocodile that will have you for lunch. I wish this scene utilized more low lying fog which would make it even scarier. The backwoods hillbilly in this scene did a great job. Fear Fair has a plethora of amazing props that you’ll definitely remember at the end of the day. My personal favorite is the elevator in the cavern. It’s very realistic as it takes you straight to the 13th floor.

The cemetery is a dark and mysterious place at night. It’s quiet and very peaceful. But at Fear Fair the living dead run rampant and they’re looking for a bite to eat. The zombies at Fear Fair are up close and personal. Try to run and hide in the above ground cemetery that’s over run with evil. Yes, that statue came alive. Fear Fair is an elaborate haunt with impressive set design. Bourbon Street looks like it’s straight out of New Orleans. The cemetery, swamp and Bourbon Street are part of Leveau’s Curse.

Fear Fair features large scenes that will make your jaw drop. Ramses’ Wrath was introduced in 2021. This section of Fear Fair takes you back in time to Ancient Egypt where the curse of Ramses II has taken over. Ramses’ Wrath is over the top. You’ll walk across a rope bridge as water splashes on you. The ground has real sand and you’ll meet a mummy or two. Some of the lighting could be improved. This includes the rope bridge and I could barely see the animated scorpion. The archaeologist acted like he was possessed as he grabbed a hold of me.

Rockford Riot is the final haunt/section you’ll enter. It’s also the most intense area of Fear Fair if you’re wearing a glow necklace. The glow necklace alerts actors that they can grab you, push you, pull and more. I was walking through the prison when suddenly an inmate with a bear mask picked me up and put me on his shoulders. I was transported to a hospital room and placed on a bed as I was attacked by multiple chainsaws. I can’t really tell you all the details of this scene since I was being murdered. I was definitely caught off guard, but it was a blast. The funniest part was seeing the reactions of the other people behind me as I was taken away. The removal of Peach’s spooning room was a great decision since this scene had been part of Fear Fair for years and it was starting to lose its luster.

Fear is a very elaborate haunt, but the lighting could be improved. There were times where we were walking down steps that weren’t lit at all. Luckily we didn’t fall and bust our asses. The Ancient Evil catacombs could use more actors instead of relying so heavily on props. But overall Fear Fair is one of the most innovative haunts around and a good time for all. The actors are crazy, the sets are impressive and the props are great. The new preshow is like something you would see in a major theme park. It’s that good.

Total tour time was 25 minutes. This depends on your interaction with the various characters. The preshow is a welcome addition and adds more value to the overall experience. General admission is $25 and a Slash Pass to skip the regular line is $40. I’m so glad the price has increased for the Slash Pass. If you have it too cheap then the Slash Pass line ends up being nearly as long as the General Admission line. Monster Midway tickets are $5 per person and are good for one game. Games include the Sphere of Fear, 24′ Rock Climbing Wall, The Wizzer, Bungie Trampolines, Buried Alive Simulator, Zombie Brain Smash, Zombie Bell Ringer, Blood Bath Dunk Tank, Zombie Archery and more.

Group rates for 15 or more people are $20 for General Admission and $30 for Slash Pass. Fear Fair uses a unique system where your hand is stamped with a symbol. We had a spider web. When it’s your turn to get in line, your symbol will pop up on the screen above the queue line entrance. If you have a Slash Pass then you don’t need to wait unless the line is full.

Watch DJ Fear spin some tunes while in line. There’s fog, lasers and more. We unfortunately missed the opening ceremony this year. It’s usually pretty spectacular. There’s food and refreshments available at Shaggy’s Concessions. T-Shirts, 360 degree photos, hoodies, travel mugs and more are also available. Experience the new Gift Shop as you exit the haunt and don’t forget your group photo. Prices vary. Fear Fair’s Blackout event takes place on November 4th and 5th. Experience the haunt with only a glow stick to light your way! Who knows what sort of strange creatures you will encounter!

We’re always amazed by how much time and effort is put into making Fear Fair look so good. Many of the sets are huge, the actors are in your face and it’s one of the best haunts the Hoosier State has to offer.

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Final Stab: 8.8