Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fear the Woods, Stockbridge, GA 2014

     Fear the Woods is a set of attractions held at a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree farm located in Stockbridge, Georgia.  Their location includes a hayride leading to a haunted trail event, a haunted barn, a reptile exhibit, and a paintball shoot.  We cannot speak to the paintball shoot as we did not do it during our visit.
     We visited them on their second night, which never seems fair and yet is the only way we can visit any haunts (spacing them out through the season).  Honestly, we can say that Fear the Woods has drastically improved their sets over the past couple of years.  The trail was once barely more than lights and sheets, however it now has well developed scenes with details that draw you into the imagination of the designers.  The barn has several newer rooms which include floor to ceiling set dressing to a high level.
     The only drawback this year was found within the availability of their actors.  They have several actors which are highly skilled in their timing and interactions, however they had not yet fully used the talents of those actors to better develop the abilities of their newer actors.  We are also certain, after speaking with management, that they were short on staff that evening.  This was something we expected to hear after going through the barn and finding one or two rooms feeling empty.  The pleasant surprise for us was actually having the management take note (literally!) of what we had experienced so that they could work to improve.  We are certain that they are going to be showing drastic growth through the season, so we do hope that you will check them out.
     We recommend this attraction as primarily a family event.  As we grow nearer to Halloween this will likely change and become more of an attraction where the smaller children may become too frightened.  For their sets we can see giving them three and a half severed heads out of five, but their actors have us looking at two severed heads from that experience.  We know that they are working on the needed improvements, and we hope to hear from others who attend later in the season, but for now we are going to split the difference as best as we can and give them two and a half severed heads.  We saw people running out, however we couldn't personally attest to why during our visit.  Let us know what you experience.  We are always happy to post guest blogs and look forward to hearing from you as you visit various haunts and share your stories and opinions.