Halloween in Wisconsin

24 Oct

Halloween is almost here, and just because my haunted cornfield plans have been ruined by today’s rain, doesn’t mean yours has to be! Below is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s review of haunted houses, cornfields and circuses from around the state.

(Good news is, rain or no rain, we will be journeying to the haunted cornfield on Halloween, so maybe the rain today is a good thing.)

Enter at your own risk!

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Wall-to-wall terror

By JAMES E. CAUSEY
jcausey@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Oct. 23, 2008

One of my favorite horror movies is “Halloween,” but not because of psychotic slasher Michael Myers, who murders his sister on Halloween.

I loved the movie for Dr. Samuel J. Loomis, the psychiatrist who spent years trying to communicate with Myers in an insane asylum. After failing to reach the young Michael, Loomis determined that the boy was no longer human “but pure evil.”

Loomis, played by the late Donald Pleasence in the 1978 film and five of its sequels, was a horror-movie quote machine. At one point, while dictating his notes, he says in his raspy voice, “I met this 6-year-old child with this blank, pale emotionless face . . . and the blackest eyes. The devil’s eyes!”

Just brilliant.

Loomis’ best efforts failed to keep the madman locked up, leading Loomis to warn the local lawman: “Death has come to your little town, Sheriff.”

In a tribute to Loomis, on the 30th anniversary of “Halloween,” this year’s haunted house review roundup relies on the good creepy doctor’s inspiration. Behold . . . Dr. Loomis’ Scale of Terror:

1 skull: “Go and check all the rooms down there! Go on!”

2 skulls: “At least I’m not alone.”

3 skulls: “It’s your funeral.”

4 skulls: “What more do you need!”

5 skulls: “Your tears will do you no good!”

This season’s haunts, from houses to mazes, offer a little of everything, including: multiple haunts at one location, burial simulators, haunted train and hearse rides, dark mazes, psycho clowns, chain saws, and claustrophobia rooms. It would be impossible to check out all of the haunted houses, mazes and other locations that open at this time of year. But here’s a sampling of some of the better ones. Whatever your fears, these haunts have something to spook you.

Haunted Woods at Bear Den Zoo

6831 Big Bend Road, Waterford

Rating: 5 skulls

Review: At this haunt, you get your own chauffeur. Not bad, except this chauffeur picks you up in a hearse and drives you deep into the woods. Once he opens the door, you’re on your own – unless you count the chain-saw-wielding madman who chases you to the next phase of the woods.

On the path through the woods, which is lighted with bonfires and tiki torches, you’ll encounter things from some of your (or somebody else’s) worst nightmares – like a bloody meat rack loaded with human body parts.

This haunt requires a lot of flexibility and agility. You crawl on your hands and knees through tight places, including a tube where a masked man tries to saw you in half. Don’t wear your best jeans, because you will get dirty.

This haunt offers tales of torture, pain and gore combined with a lot of surprises. What makes this haunt different is the wonderful, unexpected things, like flying bats and spiders raining down on your head – really cool. You’ll be amazed at how you can enter a kitchen appliance and end up in another room. (Think “Wizard of Oz.”)

Scariest scene: After being chased by another creature with a chain saw, you are placed in a huge cube, the door is slammed shut and you are spun around several times before you are ushered out to meet the Tall Man.

Fear factor: High

Best of the scream scene: Have the bravest person in your group open the refrigerator door midway through this haunt.

Second opinion: “I really loved the chain saws – they were everywhere,” said Brady Ernst, 14, of Waterford. “They were so real that I can smell the gas on my clothes.”

The gory details

Dates: Today and Saturday; Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Hours: 7-11 p.m.

Admissions: $12 for adults, $10 for children 11 and under

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: No

Information:www.beardenzoo.com

Burial Chamber Haunted Complex

500 N. Lake St., Neenah

Rating: 4 1/2 skulls

Review: Matt Mars started out with one haunted house in 2005, and now he has two indoor haunted houses (Adrenaline and Insanity), one outdoor haunted house (Phobia Haunted Woods) and four burial simulators. And all that makes Burial Chamber Haunted Complex one of the best haunts of the year.

Be prepared for anything, from being stalked in Phobia Haunted Woods to getting lost in Adrenaline’s mazes. While you make your way through those dark mazes, characters seem to jump out at you from every nook and cranny.

The complex’s burial simulator is a must-do, unless you’re claustrophobic.

Once you rest in the coffin and the top slams shut, the simulation begins. My last ride was handled by two clumsy morticians; you hear everything they say as they slam your wooden casket around before pushing it into the back of a hearse. I think the guys took a short cut through Milwaukee’s north side, because they hit a lot of potholes.

When they arrived at my “plot,” they complained about how heavy I was before they prepared to lower me into the ground. Then something went wrong and my casket tumbled down the hole.

The complex’s other haunts were heavy on the gore. One of my favorite rooms here is the “On/Off” room because of its simplicity. You’ll see what I mean.

In Adrenaline, you can be split from your group if you choose a different route. I like that a lot. But a warning: Being in a smaller group has its disadvantages.

Scariest scene: While walking along the dirt road in Phobia Haunted Woods, I spotted something to my right, following me. When I focused my attention back on the path, it was suddenly filled with several ghouls who didn’t allow me to pass. It looked like something out of the movie “The Strangers.” When I started to run, they gave chase.

So funny you’ll die laughing: In Insanity, a witch is making a special cannibal brew, but at her workstation she has a three-fists statute. I started singing Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power”; others in my group joined in with their fists up in the air.

Fear factor: High

Best of the scream scene: If you haven’t been in a burial simulator, I highly recommend it.

Second opinion: “I think I peed myself, but don’t quote me because I’m drunk,” said Steve of Neenah.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 29-Oct. 31

Hours: 7-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday

Admissions: for one house – $12 for adults, $10 for children under 12; combination group rates and packages range from $20 to $28 (more for VIP packages)

Children’s matinee: Thursday and Sundays are MySpace and Family Nights, which allow children to use monster protection glow-in-the-dark necklaces to ward off monsters. (Some gory scenes and loud noises will be seen/heard.)

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

Information:http://www.burialchamber.com/BurialChamber/index.asp

Morgan Manor, Torment & Freaky’s Funhouse

1000 Northview Road, Waukesha (Waukesha County Exposition Center)

Rating: 4 1/2 skulls

Review: Tim and Ann Marie Gavinski know a thing or two about haunted houses; Tim recently was named president of the International Association of Haunted Attractions. Everything that can be in a haunted house is in his haunts: claustrophobia, darkness, mazes, gore, great acting, 3-D effects, a huge vortex and other things that you should discover on your own. With more than 30,000 square feet and several dozen rooms, if it’s not in this haunt, it probably hasn’t been thought of yet.

As you pull up, the dense fog and creepy music and a lunatic with a power saw let you know right away that you’re in the right location. Real coffins are used in the coffin room, and the “Body Bag” room is dark and creepy – and, of course, filled with dozens of hanging body bags. The cemetery scene looks so real that you almost anticipate seeing the Grim Reaper himself.

But the thing that makes the haunted houses pop is their attention to detail. The acting is great, and the costumes are fantastic.

Scariest scene: Each of the three houses has different elements of fear, but when you enter a roomful of coffins, the scene is terribly eerie.

So funny you’ll die laughing: Standing in line to go into Freaky’s Funhouse, you are briefly entertained by Mangles and his puppet Mr. Strangles. The two look alike, only Mr. Strangles is demented. He offers you a rope to slip around your neck, and tells you to pull it very tight until you’re blue in the face.

Fear factor: High

Second opinion: “The little girl in that bedroom was so scary, I didn’t like her. She came crawling after me,” said Claire, 13, of Eagle.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 29-Nov. 1

Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays; 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday

Admissions: $12 for Morgan Manor, $20 for Morgan Manor & Torment, $25 for Morgan Manor, Torment and Freaky’s Funhouse

For profit or charity: For profit, but on Nov. 1 proceeds will be donated to Project Graduation (benefiting Waukesha South, West, North and Catholic Memorial) and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

Information:www.nightmares4u.com

Gilly’s Haunted Circus

1559 W. Forest Home Ave.

Rating: 3 1/2 skulls

Review: If you have a fear of clowns, this haunt will intensify it. If you like clowns, you won’t after this 13-room house, Milwaukee’s only circus-themed haunt.

According to the house’s “legend,” the name Gilly comes from Svilo “Gilly” Gillenokopolis, who brought his gypsy traveling circus to Milwaukee in 1933. Gilly was running the circus until freak accidents started to happen, and several children were killed. To keep his business afloat, it seems that Gilly made a deal with the devil but, on Oct. 31, 1938, during the biggest show of the year, a fire broke out, killing 666. During the cleanup, investigators discovered hidden torture rooms, some with child-size skeletons inside – and these are the rooms that you are forced to go through during your journey.

Once you enter this circus tent, you are overpowered by strobe lights as you try to make your way through a chain-fence maze. But don’t touch the fence! Every circus fear you want is under this big tent, from a bad knife-throwing act to a magician who pulls a severed rabbit out of a hat.

In the “Maze Room,” you try to make your way out but you keep ending up back in front of a deranged clown. “Not that way, this way. No . . . no . . . no . . . this way, not that way. Ohhh well, too bad, I guess you’ll just have to die here. Ha. Ha. Ha.”

Scariest scene: There are a lot of dark places in this haunt, and right after you step out of one, you must walk through a colorful, 20-foot vortex tunnel bridge.

So funny you’ll die laughing: A caged-up bat boy screams “So sweet, so sweet! You smell so sweet!” I told the woman ahead to step closer, and bat boy said, “I was talking to you, big boy! So sweet! So sweet!”

Fear factor: Medium-high

Best of the scream scene: The actors are fantastic, and they really make the scenes come alive. When you enter the “Stripe Room,” a crazed clown seems to come out of nowhere. With the impact of the strobe lights, the scene is very powerful.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 30-Oct. 31

Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday

Admissions: $10 adults, $8 children under 10

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: No

Information:www.gillyshauntedhouse.com

Hauntfest

1200 S. 84th St., West Allis, Gate No. 4 (State Fair Park)

Rating: 3 1/2 skulls

Review: This high-powered haunt starts with an incredibly rough elevator ride up to the third floor. Darkness is the key; some parts are so dark that you have to keep your hand straight ahead to keep from walking into a wall.

In each of the dozen or so rooms, you encounter something a little bit different, from an incredibly long squeeze through a “Claustrophobia Room” to a “Hillbilly Room” that would repulse even the Beverly Hillbillies. Make sure you peek into the outhouse – but don’t get too close; the smell is overpowering.

In the “Strobe Room,” a creature bungee-jumps at you, screaming and growling in the adult equivalent of a baby-bouncer. With the flashing lights, it looks as if he’s going to snatch you.

The 20-foot, multicolored vortex is really cool.

In the “Psycho Ward,” a woman trapped behind the glass keeps telling you that she’s not crazy and that she had to kill because the voices in her head tell her to. Just when you think she’s secured, she’s standing right in front of you with bloody hands asking you if she can borrow your heart.

Scariest scene: The “Body Bag” room was really gory, with hanging clear body bags, severed heads and dismembered parts. One paraplegic is dragging herself on the ground asking you to help her escape before “he gets back.”

So funny you’ll die laughing: While trying to get out of the “Cage Maze,” I led a group behind a hidden curtain that happened to be behind the scene. One fiend was taking a soda break, but she pulled down her mask and yelled, “Get outta here, now!”

Fear factor: High

Best of the scream scene: The “Cage Maze” is incredible, with flashing strobe lights and characters climbing up and down the fence. You have a hard time finding your way out; hold hands so you don’t leave your loved ones behind.

Second opinion: “It was more than I expected. It kept you guessing a lot, that’s for sure. In the pitch-black maze, I had no idea of where I was going,” said Matt Inda, 24, of Milwaukee.

The gory details

Dates: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 29-Oct. 31

Hours: 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays; 6 p.m.-midnight Saturdays; 6-9 p.m. Sunday; 7-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday

Admissions: $15, $20 VIP (skip to the front of the line) Sunday, $25 VIP Friday and Saturday

Children’s matinee: 4-6 p.m. Saturday; 5-6 p.m. Sunday; $5 lights-on tour, parents enter for free.

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

Information:www.hauntfest.com

Monster Mayhem

5121 W. Howard Ave. (Paulo’s Pizza)

Rating: 3 1/2 skulls

Review: This one’s surprisingly good. Lister F/X has uncovered a top-secret military installation in the many levels below Paulo’s Pizza. Once you enter this basement, you see the horrifying human and genetic experiments that are taking place. You just have to stay one step ahead of the creatures that break out, or you might end up being stuck down there with them – forever.

When entering, think “The Hills Have Eyes” meets “Resident Evil.” When I saw a haunted house connected to a pizza parlor/bar, my expectations were pretty low, but this haunted house actually turned out to be a gem. Run by first-year owners Jeff and Lynette Lister, this haunt has it all, from freaky experiments to wild elevator rides to zombies. The 14 rooms and 30 actors offer a smorgasbord of screams.

In this basement haunt, you see what happens when experiments go bad, like when the stomach swells on a patient and explodes on you. And then, when the lights come back on, the patient, with his intestines hanging out of his body, is standing right behind you – good effect.

Scariest scene: After running from a creature infected with some contagious virus, you’re ushered onto an elevator by a good Samaritan, who’s bitten before the door slams shut. The good Samaritan starts to go into convulsions, while you’re trapped on the elevator with him.

So funny you’ll die laughing: The zombie janitor “Walter,” with mop in hand, leads you down a hallway and offers you his rules. “People, please don’t bleed on my floors, I spent all night cleaning them and the rats down here are getting pretty big.”

Fear factor: Medium; lots of good effects.

Best of the scream scene: As you try to squeeze through the dozen or so bag-like alien eggs, the protector of the future generation of aliens appears – and she’s not too happy.

Second opinion: “It scared the (expletive) outta me,” said Jeff Kania, 35, of Oak Creek. “It was worth the money.”

The gory details

Dates: today through Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday

Admissions: $12, $11 with a non-perishable food item

Children’s matinee: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Lights are on, no actors, but moving displays and sound.

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: No

Information:www.hauntedwisconsin.com/events/monster-mayhem

Theater of Lost Souls/ Theater of the Absurd

500 E County Road Y, Oshkosh

Rating: 3 1/2 skulls

Review: It’s amazing what you can do in 20 days. That’s how long it took Ron Lindberg, owner and operator of Theater of Lost Souls and Theater of the Absurd, to put together his haunts. The two “theaters” offer everything from strong acting to pitch-black darkness and over-the-top gore.

In the 20-room Theater of Lost Souls, the darkness and gore are well done. In one “Child’s Room,” you see a young girl sitting on her blood-soaked mattress, mumbling: “I killed her. I did. I killlllled her! Mommy, get up!” Across another bed is her mother, lying face down with four knives in her back. In another room, a surgeon is performing an autopsy, pulling out portions of the victim’s large intestine and asking, “You have a taste for bratwurst?”

In the 10-room Theater of the Absurd, 3-D is in full effect, and the clowns come out of everywhere. In a polka-dot room, one character appears to come from out of the wall and right into your face. The glow-in-the-dark creatures in the “Alien Room” are really from another world.

Overall, this was a nice haunt with a lot to offer, including a coffin ride and a burial-chamber experience.

Scariest scene: Just when you think the haunt is over, you hear a faint buzz and catch a whiff of gasoline, and then that buzz revs up and you’re being chased by Leatherface from “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”

So funny you’ll die laughing: When the bloodthirsty nurses refused to let my group pass, we attempted to go through a crawl space on the floor that was a hiding place for Mountain Dews. One of the nurses broke character and whispered “not that way.”

Fear factor: If you like feeling your way around in the dark, the Theater of Lost Souls is for you.

Best of the scream scene: In the “Silent Hill Nurse Room,” you are overpowered with strobe lights and then slowly surrounded by naughty nurses – zombie-like with blood-stained faces and uniforms – coming at you with syringes.

Second opinion: “I haven’t been to a haunted house since high school, and I don’t know, maybe I just got older and scarier, because I was really scared,” said Carey Johnson, 25, of Chicago.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Hours: 7-11:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 7-10 p.m. Sunday

Admissions: $13 Theater of Lost Souls and $5 Theater of the Absurd

Children’s matinee: 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday; admission, $3

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: Yes

Information:www.hauntedwisconsin.com/events/theater-lost-souls

The Elements of Fear

2733 W. Euclid Ave.

Rating: 3 skulls

Review: Elements of Fear has grown from a three-room haunt that brought in roughly 200 people to a house with 15 rooms and more than 2,000 screaming fans.

All the characters in this haunt are students or parents from Our Lady Queen of Peace School, and they do a wonderful job of creating the scenes here. Wisconsin doesn’t have the death penalty, but you’ll see a murderer put to death by electrocution in the first room. After justice is carried out, you stumble into a bizarre surgical operation in which the doctor doesn’t know the difference between the large and small intestines. She blames you for the mix-up and screams, “Get out, or you will be next!”

In one room, there’s a dead ringer for the movie “The Ring,” with the kid sitting mesmerized in front of a frosted television. The haunt also features several cool holograms, an extremely gross bathtub scene and an incredibly large vortex. You’ll forget that all of this is being done in a school auditorium.

Scariest scene: If you pull back the shower curtain in the bathroom scene, you’ll be sorry.

So funny you’ll die laughing: Some rooms can play tricks with you. Just when you think you’re all alone, you’re not.

Fear factor: Medium-high

Best of the scream scene: Things come alive in the “Child’s Play” room.

Second opinion: “For a relatively low budget, they did a good job. Any time you have a lot of darkness and people jumping out at you, that’s always a good thing,” said Rachel Hasler, 23, Racine.

The gory details

Dates/hours: 6:30-11 p.m. today and Saturday

Admissions: $10

For profit or charity: Charity (proceeds benefit Our Lady Queen of Peace School)

Wheelchair-accessible: No

Information: 2008.hauntedwisconsin.com/events/elements-of-fear/

Lindner’s Haunted Corn Maze

19075 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin

Rating: 3 skulls

Review: In 1860, three farmers disappeared in the Lindners’ cornfield. One body was found in 1996, but legend has it that the other two haunt those who enter the field.

Diana Lindner, who runs the haunted corn maze, said thousands have been through the maze, and there have been some sightings of the farmers. Whatever you choose to believe, there is something creepy about being in a cornfield late at night, as you try to find your way to the end with just a small glow stick.

In this maze, you encounter characters hiding out in the 8-foot-high corn. Warning: The scarecrows come alive, and if you listen closely you can hear other creatures in the corn.

At one point during the journey, the bravest person in the bunch is forced to take an alternative route while the others are forced down a different path – pretty scary.

Scariest scene: When approaching three hanging scarecrows, you quickly figure out why crows ate these straw men.

Fear factor: Medium-low, with a caveat: a number of actors were off the night we visited, so we walked for a while without much happening.

Best of the scream scene: A man buried in the ground up to his stomach springs alive and reaches for your leg when you pass.

Second opinions: “I thought it was really scary,” said Angela Cameron, 42, of New Berlin. “I liked it a lot, but I thought it was scarier last year,” added Eme Cameron, 8, Angela’s daughter.

The gory details

Dates: Today and Saturday; Oct. 30-Oct. 31

Hours: 7-11:30 p.m.

Admissions: $8

Children’s matinee: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair accessible: No

Information:www.lindnershauntedmaze.com/home.htm

Mars Haunted House

734 W. Mitchell St.

Rating: 3 skulls

Review: Dress warmly for this haunted house, because you’ll probably be waiting in line at least 30 minutes. Owner John Klein has operated this haunted house for 15 years, and this year, the house underwent a huge renovation.

Every room is different, with a focus on scene and storyline instead of darkness. In the first of the house’s 26 rooms, you are told about how a family perished and how the souls are seeking revenge. On the walls, you see old pictures that change from nicely aged portraits to demonic mugs.

There’s nice attention to detail and a lot of rooms and scenes to keep you tantalized, but not a lot of fear.

Scariest scene: More disturbing than scary was when I was approached by what could be best described as a transgender hillbilly, reminiscent of a “Deliverance” character, asking if I wanted to play hide and seek or hide the beef.

So funny that you could die laughing: Midway through the haunted house, a drunk girl in my group turned toward me and screamed.

Drunk girl: “You scared the crap out of me!”

Me: “Why?”

Drunk girl: “Because you look like my boss!”

Me: “Does your boss look scary?”

Drunk girl: “He does when I’m drunk.”

Fear factor: Medium. Not much fear, but a lot of noise from characters banging on walls and screaming. I was startled a bit when characters jumped out from enclosures.

Best of the scream scene: When you enter an autopsy room, a surgeon is taking the intestines out of his victim. He tells you that the corpse before you with its chest wide open didn’t make it, and he now he wants to practice on you. When you try to leave, he rotates the autopsy table, making it difficult for you to pass.

Second opinion: “My heart is still pounding hard! There were a lot of twists and turns and the all-dark room was really scary,” said Sherry, 28, of Milwaukee.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Hours: 7-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sunday and Thursday

Admission: $12, $10 for children 10 and younger (must be accompanied by an adult). Bring in a printed copy of your MySpace friends list with Mars Haunted House as your friend and get in for $10.

Children’s matinee: MySpace family night 7-10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday. Children 12 and younger can visit for $8 (must be with paid adult). Children will be given a “monster shield” glow-in-the dark necklace to fend off monsters. If the kid holds up the necklace toward the monsters, the fiends cower.

For profit or charity: Profit

Wheelchair-accessible: No

Information:www.marshauntedhouse.com

Terror on the Fox

2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay (National Railroad Museum)

Rating: 3 skulls

Review: This location has three haunts: Terror on the Fox – The Main Event, Torment and 3rd Dimension of Fear. And Kenrick Frazen, who operates the haunt, doesn’t disappoint.

Each of the three houses offers a different element of fear. The experiences start when you get on a real, fog-filled train with a skull on the front. Inside, your ears are pummeled with hard rock music, and ghouls creep around in the dark to scare you.

The first haunted house, Terror on the Fox, is a traditional haunted house, with more of a 1970s theme and lots of detail. Torment places you in an old meatpacking plant, while 3rd Dimension of Fear uses 3-D effects and a very annoying clown to make your time in this colorful funhouse something you won’t forget.

A tip: Don’t forget your earplugs. These houses really crank up the music. When it was over, I felt as if I had been sitting in the third row at a Lil’ Wayne concert.

Scariest scene: You enter the room of your friendly neighborhood butcher where, unfortunately, the day’s special is for cannibals only. In his display case, he offers such “delicacies” as head of human being, thigh of sprinter and arm of discus thrower – and he wants to add your heart to complete his next meal. He allows one woman to pass him and his handy cleaver because he says she’s too spoiled.

So funny you’ll die laughing: A couple were arguing in the ticket line over whose turn it was to treat. The guy lost and was upset at the cost. “I can’t believe I just paid $40 for 45 minutes. I still have to put gas in the car!” the guy said.

Fear factor: Medium.Not a lot of fear in any of the three haunts, but the attention to detail was pretty good. In Torment, the groups got backed up, and we were stuck in a room or a hallway for too long. At one point in the hallway, I saw a character jump out of a hidden space in the wall, but the timing was off because of the size of the groups.

Best of the scream scene: Torment may be one of the most detailed haunts. There are times when you feel as though you are in a cave. The walls are cold and hard and you feel as if you are in a different dimension. But on the night I went, there were not enough performers.

Second opinion: “This was just average. It wasn’t scary at all, and I go to a lot of haunted houses,” Sally Pyasta, 35, of New Berlin.

The gory details

Dates: Today through Sunday; Oct. 29-Nov. 1

Hours: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday; 6:30-11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays

Admissions: $14; a combo gets you a discount on 2 or 3 events.

Children’s matinee: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday; Admission is $2 or free with two non-perishable food items.

For profit or charity: Non-profit

Wheelchair accessible: No

Information:www.terroronthefox.com

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