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Haunting By Numbers: 2014 Haunt Season

Posted in Haunting By Numbers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2015 by bluefall8

2014 offered a haunt season not soon to be forgotten. Let us now ponder some pertinent numbers.

24: Number of attractions at 14 unique locations that we visited — this total topped the previous record of 23 first set in 2011 and then matched in 2013.

7: Spooky nights spent touring fright filled stomping grounds.

5: Never before toured haunted houses.

7: Counties in Michigan and Ohio where we braked for haunted house goodness; included were Genesee, Hillsdale, Jackson, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne in the Mitten State while Cuyahoga was the lone representative from the Buckeye State.

4: Separate locations with a total of six haunted attractions that we visited on the night of November 1, 2014 — a one night record.

320: Round trip miles racked up during the infamous Cleveland Turn N’ Burn which saw us tour The Fear Experience and Bloodview Haunted House.

10: Haunted attractions that were visited in a single 24-hour period on Friday, October 17, 2014 and Saturday, October 18, 2014.

863: Total miles driven during the 2014 haunt season.

2010: The year in which a haunted attraction last earned a 5 star rating.

Exit 13 Burns Hot during Frostbitten Finale

Posted in 2014, Exit 13, Review with tags , , , , , , on June 26, 2015 by bluefall8

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When John and I set out to make Horrorlust history last November 2nd it would be amidst some seriously frigid weather that threatened to sap the last burst of energy the 2014 haunt season had to offer, but as we were about to discover the lovable loonies at Exit 13 would have none of that.

Our adventure began when we were detained by Officer Hottie Pants, a tall and hairy 30-something male who attempted to intimidate us with the rules of the house. If his short-shorts weren’t enough, his moderately doughy gut exposed beneath his undersized tee-shirt suggested he would pounce on even a whiff of unlawful behavior and personally administer a full body cavity search. Neither John nor myself was in the mood to hear the cold snap of a rubber glove and as such we quickly agreed to follow all of the rules. Soon, free of the dubiously named Officer Hottie Pants, we descended into a crypt then through twin vortexes and into the raging horror show that is Exit 13.

There was a recurring bumpkin-gone-bad theme present at Exit 13, most notable was a tightly designed area lined with cornstalks that also featured the convincing facade of a humble hillbilly homestead. Outside the home and among the rows of corn were various clotheslines from which hung peeled and drying faces — an excellent touch. Elsewhere in the attraction was a spacious and painstakingly detailed general store that would’ve been right at home in Children of the Corn. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the rotund redneck we encountered in one room who enjoyed a large pot of stew in which the key ingredient was dear old mom.

But there was more to Exit 13 than rural settings and scares, for instance, we were struck by the unsettling doll room that featured one life-like creature who’s howling, porcelain visage is emblazoned in my mind to this day. Once we were free of that threat we were surprised by an enormous reaper who emitted a bioluminescent glow.

As the attraction drew to a close we happened upon a mausoleum where I was bodily lifted from my feet by a stout but seriously strong creep who picked me up by my armpits and held me against a wall of the crypt. When he had relinquished his grip John and I scooted into the adjoining graveyard where Stout n’ Strong and one of his minions secured my arms and legs and attempted to serve me up to a couple of approaching zombies.

Exit 13 wasn’t quite finished with us yet, no before we emerged with hides relatively intact, we would be assailed by iron hulks, harassed by a gang of crazies who tickled us with buzzing chainsaws and my hat was even stolen momentarily when a prisoner in a plague masked snatched it from my head. And most of that took place while we marveled at a hot, sadistic nurse who tortured a wailing amputee! On top of that, we would later discover that the missing leg was no gag.

Exit 13 excelled on so many levels as a haunted attraction by successfully blending a variety of scenes and scares. The entirety of the haunt is highly detailed and filled with immersive environments. In addition it also featured a complimentary balance of blackout halls, descending pathways and interestingly textured walls. It’s a lengthy haunted house that managed to maintain an ideal pace, populated by a fearless cast who utilized every tactic available to scare actors.

As good as Exit 13 has been it still has yet to reach it’s full potential, and that is definitely a compliment. After talking to some of the key people behind the attraction it’s clear that they’re intent on expansion, and quite frankly there isn’t a haunted playground big enough for the supercharged psychos that call Exit 13 home.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Haunting By Numbers: 2012 Haunt Season

Posted in Haunting By Numbers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2013 by bluefall8

Another haunt season is nearly upon us and like those that have come before it, 2013 is sure to be filled with its own memorable nights of fright. Every season has its highlight reel moments, from five star haunts to eye popping scenes to one of a kind characters. Truly each fall that we set out on the open road is special in its own right. Here’s a look at some of the pertinent numbers behind the October magic.

22: The total number of attractions that we visited last year at 16 separate locations; this total falls just one shy of the record 23 that we toured in 2011.

8: Moonlit nights spent pounding the pavement throughout Michigan and Ohio in search of fun and fright.

10: Haunted attractions that we hit for the first time; a single season record.

11: Counties throughout Michigan and Ohio where we stopped to visit haunted houses; another single season record. In Michigan we traversed Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Ingham, Genesee, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, and Livingston. And in Ohio we cruised through Lucas, Cuyahoga, and Summit counties.

242: Cold hard cash spent on our beloved haunted attractions. This figure reflects solely what was spent on admission and does not take into consideration what was spent on gas, food, or other necessities of the road. As best as I can tell from past figures, this too is a high water mark.

1203: The staggering amount of miles traveled going to and from Michigan and Ohio’s scariest places; yet another single season record.

161: Miles of road between home and the most distant haunted house of the season — Akron’s Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory. This figure falls just short of the 170 miles we traveled in 2010 when we paid a visit to the Haunted Hoochie.

5: Consecutive years that we have braved the horror of Terror Town’s House of the Dead.

0: Strangely, the number of attractions that received a perfect 5 star score in a season that featured a gaggle of great shows.

 

Haunting By Numbers: 2011 Haunt Season

Posted in Haunting By Numbers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by bluefall8

With the 2011 haunt season firmly in the rearview mirror, it is time to reflect on the pertinent numbers from the latest season of screams.

23: Total number of haunted attractions visited last fall at 18 separate locations, smashing the previous record of 12 first set in 2009 and then matched in 2010.

10:  Fright filled nights spent on the road searching for that next haunt fix, the most nights out of any previous season.

9: New, never before visited haunts, yet another one season record.

9: The number of counties we traveled to on various haunt expeditions, a single season record. Those counties included Wayne, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Macomb, Washtenaw, Ingham, Genesee, Monroe, and Lucas County in Ohio.

210: Dollars spent on haunted attractions – this figure does not include food and gas.

729: Miles traveled driving to and from Michigan’s scariest places.

78: Number of miles traveled (one way) to The Crypt in Burton, Michigan –the most distantly located haunt of the season.

5: Consecutive years that we have visited the Wyandotte Jaycees haunted attraction, currently the longest such streak.

6: Number of visits to The Scream Machine over the years, the most among all attractions.