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Wired for Wiard’s Night Terrors

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2014 by bluefall8

The skies were clear and dry on Saturday night and what an evening of haunting it was at Wiard’s Orchard in Ypsilanti. I brought my delightfully strange sister-in-law, Madison, along for the nocturnal adventure that saw us survive backwood moonshiners on the Hayride of the Lost and ward off a wave of zombies in Splattertown.

That was a mere prelude of things to come — there was a comical fire juggler, roaming creatures of all species and the hilarity of poorly performed Scareyoke; and then of course there were haunted houses!

Alien Caged Clowns had a fun, creepy and intelligent charm while The Asylum, The Mind Shaft and The Ultimate Haunted Barn forged a trifecta of terror highlighted by laughs and screams alike.

A big thank you to Brandon Wiard for the invite who was a most gracious host, passionate haunter and all around friendly human being.

As with any other haunted excursion, a full review is in the works.

As the Thunder Rolls, so too does the Haunt Fates

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2014 by bluefall8

Prior to heading out last night I was notified that several of Wiard’s attractions would be closed for the night due to the weather, so the scramble was on to find a suitable replacement. Initially we settled on the Shawhaven Haunted Farm in Mason, Michigan but after we toured the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt near Jackson the weather hadn’t improved and we were a bit pressed for time.

Shawhaven was set to close its gates at 11pm and I felt we’d be cutting it a bit too close and would also run the risk of their outdoor events also being shutdown. I attempted to call to clear up some details but there was no signal for my phone to be had. Ah, the simple joys of haunting. With the knowledge that Darksyde Acres was open until 12:30pm, we made the calculated risk to return to some old friends and were off into the night.

Full reviews coming this week.

Wiard’s Night Terrors, Corpse Barn Shock Haunt Primed to Titillate

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2014 by bluefall8

There is a certain undeniable excitement that accompanies the first big outing of each season; my mind is a frenetic mass of anticipation, nervousness and memories. Tonight those feelings seem more potent than usual, likely due to the somewhat delayed kickoff of the 2014 season. I’m brimming, jonesing, aching for a haunt fix! Tonight, I feed and sate my lust.

Our first stop will be a long-awaited visit to Night Terrors at Wiard’s Orchard where we’ll experience The Asylum, The Ultimate Haunted Barn, Alien Caged Clowns, Hayride of the Lost and Mind Shaft. Billed as “The Grandaddy of Gore since 1984” the name Wiard’s is synonymous with Halloween throughout the region and it’s time Night Terrors and Horrorlust become acquainted.

That’s a lot of haunting for one night — especially so early in the season, but portion control has never been my strong suit and I am chomping at the bit so if mother nature and father time are on our side we’ll springboard from Ypsilanti to Jackson. What’s in Jackson, you ask? Well, it’s actually what’s just outside of Jackson, in Napoleon to be exact, that has drew my gaze on this night.

Last September, after I had returned from Darksyde Acres in Jonesville and Jackson’s Underworld in the aforementioned Jackson I learned of another haunt in that neck of the woods and was aghast that we failed to realize that it was so close. That attraction is known as the Corpse Barn Shock Haunt and it has the look of a gritty, in-your-face, throwback. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — there’s a certain dark element that festers inside of barn haunts and I am drawn to it like moth to flame.

Here’s to the 2014 haunt season and endless spooky nights.