The Wichita Eagle invited Newman University journalism students to review a few of the Wichita-area haunted house-type attractions offering scares and screams this Halloween season.
Udall Forest of Fear
7446 51st Road, Udall, 620-782-4014, udallforestoffear.com
Hours: Dark until midnight Friday through Saturday, dark until 11 p.m. Sunday, dark until 10 p.m. Wednesday
Tickets: $13 for adults, $12 for students, $8 for children 9 and under
What it is: The Forest of Fear features a mile-long haunted pathway that starts with a hayride up to a bonfire and concession stand. From that point, small groups begin the journey through the haunted forest. It took only about 15 minutes to walk through at a quick pace.
Fright Factor: The actors have elaborate makeup jobs and are pretty scary, mainly because visitors can’t see much and are assaulted by lots of sounds coming from all directions. Sunday nights are less crowded, so fewer actors are employed, making it a better, less-scary night to bring children. Fridays and Saturdays are scary enough that owners say more than one visitor this year has needed dry pants when leaving.
Field of Screams and Clown Town
4055 N. Tyler Road, 316-303-2037, scaryprairiepines.com
Hours: Gates open at 7 p.m. Fields open at dark. Ticket sales end at 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:30 p.m. Sunday
Ticket price: General admission $15 to $20
What it is: Field of Screams and Clown Town are outdoor haunted attractions that invite groups of six to eight people to walk through buildings and a large sorghum field. Along the way, they’re confronted with live actors and spooky special effects.
Fright Factor: The whole trip takes about 20 minutes and leads visitors first to buildings filled with people dressed as scary creatures that pound on walls, jump out at people or chase them with a chainsaw.
Once people make it past the field, they enter Clown Town, which requires 3D glasses. At the end, visitors make their way through a ball pit and try not to lose their shoes or anything in their pockets. Overall, the visit won’t be that scary for older visitors but might frighten children. The attraction could use more scary actors.
The Haunted Cannery
10001 Highway 77, Burns, 316-320-4150, www.thehauntedcannery.com
Hours: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Tickets: $15 for the haunted cannery and Area 51, $20 to add a trip through the flashlight corn maze, $30 to add an ambulance ride to the attraction and second trip down the Slide to Hell.
Description: The haunted house, set up in a converted grain elevator, begins at an outdoor Area 51-themed stroll through a maze of hay bales. After fumbling through in the dark, visitors enter the actual Haunted Cannery.
Fright Factor: The place lacks a unified theme, as it seems like the owners just scrapped together whatever frightening memorabilia they could find. Depending on the crowd, taking in the whole attraction will eat up about an hour because lighting in the cannery is practically nonexistent. The whole attraction is a slow, winding, upward climb to the fourth story of the grain elevator.
The exit out of the building is thrilling. After reaching the fourth floor of the grain elevator, people slide out of the building via a slide made out of what appeared to be air duct vents. The fall is surprisingly quick – a nice adrenaline rush after the house is over.