Nightmare on Valley Street-“A Long Frightening Trail”
A few years ago we visited Nightmare on Valley Street and were quite impressed by this fairly new haunted trail at the time. Years have passed and we’ve returned to review this haunt once again. This is our review of Nightmare on Valley Street.
Length-10: Your adventure into the deep dark woods will take 30-40 minutes. Depending on long it takes you to exit the final maze of the haunt it may take longer. This is the longest haunted trail we’ve ever been to and we were surprised by the shear amount of actors that filled the gap between scenes when nothing was really going on.
Design-7: This is an extremely long haunted trail, but the majority of scenes lack any direction. Scenes you’ll encounter are a clown fun house, a bloody meat locker, haunted cemetery and much more. After you’ve walked the trail for nearly half an hour you’ll be forced to enter one of the toughest outdoor mazes we’ve been to. Good luck on trying to escape the madness. While there are some interesting scenes, the lighting has a lot to be desired. The majority of Nightmare on Valley Street is lit by strobe lights or Christmas lights to help you navigate as you walk different paths. This is sufficient but much of the lighting was burnt out and this ultimately effects a few of the scenes. LED lighting would help illuminate scenes better and use much less energy.
Props/Animatronics-7: You won’t find any props that will make your jaw drop, but what Nightmare on Valley Street has accompanies its scenes perfectly. You’ll see bloody body parts, a sink with flowing blood and much more. If some high end animatronics were thrown into the mix, this would be one of the best haunted trails in the state of Ohio.
Acting-8: Out of all the haunted trails we’ve ever been to, we’ve never seen as many actors in one place as we did at Nightmare on Valley Street. There must have been over 100 actors that filled scenes and gaps along the trail. We were impressed to say the least, but were let down by the costumes used by many of the characters we encountered. More elaborate costumes and makeup would help create more realistic characters and ultimately give the customer a more frightening experience.
Scare Effect-8: This is a very dark haunted trail where you least expect what lies around the next corner. Some scenes that are sure to catch many people off guard is the ATV chase, the frightening stilt creatures and much more. This is an intense haunt with some unique features. As I said earlier, Nightmare on Valley Street has one of the toughest outdoor mazes we’ve ever been to. After 10 minutes of trying to find the exit you may be holding your head in frustration. It’s that tough.
Fright Value: $12 is a little steep for a haunted trail, but you have to remember that you’ll be on this haunted trail for over 30 minutes. That’s a lot of bang for your buck. Please make sure and print the $2 of coupon available on www.nightmareonvalleystreet.com.
Final Stab-8.0: Many years ago we visited Nightmare on Valley Street and were pretty impressed. This year is no different. The trail is longer, there are more actors and some startling sup rises you’ll surely enjoy. Make sure and take a trip out to Dayton, OH for Nightmare on Valley Street.