Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Guest Review: Fright Nights Haunted House, Albany, GA, 2015

I was born and raised in Albany, which is why, I've been trying to visit Fright Nights Haunted House since they first opened, however, I was never able to do so.  But this year when my fiance and I made a trip hoe to visit my mother, I knew that I would finally get to see this haunt.

We visited them on their opening weekend, and they weren't very busy.  The first thing we ran into was we really didn't know where we were supposed to go for tickets or the entrance of the building.  We accidentally went to the back of the building, where they were exiting, and were quickly redirected to where we were supposed to go.

The ladies at the box office were very friendly, and I liked that they were running a military special, due to the fact that Albany has a large Marine base, and they were giving a pretty good discount to the members of the base.  After talking with the ladies for a moment, we got in line and waited to be let in.

This was where a slight problem started,  We got paired up with a small group of youths.  Now, being a fellow haunter myself, this was the ideal group for scareactors to get.  They were jumpy, loud, and already scared to death...and this was before they entered the house.  However, having seen groups just like them, I knew they were not the ideal group to walk through with, and this was soon discovered as we entered the house, and were read the rules.  This group were jumping and everything (even when there was nothing there), pushing each other, and into us in the process.  They were asked to calm down by the lady giving the rules, and they did for a moment.

And then we were let into the haunt.

That was when the group started running, almost knocking us down in the process.  I told them to cut it out, but they didn't.  The first room or two were hard to really judge, based on the fact that this group continuously were pushing into us.

And then one of the members of management stepping in and completely stopped them, in order to let us pass and go through the rest of the haunt.  We were very thankful that they did this, because it made the rest of the haunt much more enjoyable.

If you are looking for a state of the art haunted house, with super detailed sets, expensive animatronics, and perfect looking creepy costumes, then this haunted house is not for you.  However, if you are looking for a fun, old school style haunted house with a group of motivated and energetic actors, then this is indeed the haunt for you.

Fright Nights reminded me of the old school Jaycees haunted houses.  It was a lot of fun to go through it.

After we exited the haunt, we were able to talk to the owners for quite awhile.  It was really good to talk shop with them about haunt business, all the work they put into the haunt, their unique locale restrictions, and other fun topics.

I'll give them a 3 out of 5 severed head rating.  In the grand scheme of things, Fright Nights was not my favorite haunt of the season, but that doesn't mean I didn't have a good time or wouldn't recommend it.  If you're in the area, check them out next haunt season.  I know I will.

Author: R.C. Haunter