Mackinaw Manor Automatonapalooza

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In late August I went on vacation with my family to Petoskey and while there we decided to take a day trip to Mackinaw City. Mackinaw Crossings is a modern shopping district with a quaint atmosphere, one of the businesses featured there is a fully automated haunted attraction called Mackinaw Manor. The chance to visit a haunt in August was too great to pass up and at just $7 a head it was a no-brainer. As fate would have it the original trio was present — my brother, Jason, good friend, John and myself — the fabled Haunt Trinity.

Jason was out of practice and it showed as he was startled and spooked on several occasions. Beginning with the first room where a seance had commenced, a pneumatic prop emerged from beneath the lid of a crate and gave my big brother a proper jump scare. John and I shared a laugh at his expense and would enjoy several others as we progressed through Mackinaw Manor.

Near the halfway point of the attraction skeletal remains swung down from the ceiling and flailed helplessly while upside down; this too got a rise out of Jason. Soon we forced our way through a womb of doom and found ourselves on the threshold of  a child’s bedroom where sinister forces were at work. A girl laid prone on the bed, her head secured in the oversized hands of some kiddie snatcher. I think I saw her draw a few shallow breaths while voices swirled around the room. Behind us a closet door burst open and a miniature maniac darted in our direction with a mad glint in his eyes and a knife in hand.

Mackinaw Manor was brief and as a fully automated attraction featured no live actors but it was fun and a good value. The first and last rooms in particular where executed well and served as highlights of our trip.

Rating: 3 stars

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