Spring Mill Park—a normally peaceful place—was wrought with screams on Oct. 14. The village had been lined with headstones, strobe lights, fog machines and every manner of actors in cheap costumes you can imagine. Personally, I really enjoyed it. The actors embraced their characters well, picking on those who seemed most terrified.
However, it didn’t scare me at all. It scared a friend of mine that had been with me, but the actors were just that: actors. I think it would have been much better had the smoke not been dense enough to bother my asthma, or if the strobe lights had been used sparingly. A little goes a long way, after all. The strobe effects aided the creepy factor, though. It made movements look glitched, like a ghost from a movie.
The actors weren’t allowed to touch the participants, unlike many stellar haunted houses I’d been to. The actors were allowed, however, to get as close as they could.
The line, though… The Haunted Village was fun, but it was not worth the literal three hour line.
Overall, I enjoyed myself. It wasn’t scary, but it was something fun to do. Some things should be tweaked, like the amount of special effects and the wait time, but it was pretty good for having been set up in a couple hours. It receives a 3 out of 5 stars from me.