Review of Factory of Terror OH Haunted Attraction

Review of Factory of Terror OH Haunted Attraction

Review of Factory of Terror OH Haunted Attraction

Factory of Terror OH

Factory of Terror OH is a Haunted Attraction located in Canton, OH.

4125 Mahoning Road NE, Canton, OH 44705
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1EscapeRoom1HauntedHouse1HauntedMaze


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Paid Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Optional Games/Midway, Special Events, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You may be touched, Original Characters, Indoor Waiting Line, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction

Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 7, 2016.

Final Score: 9.56


The Factory of Terror is an ever-evolving and growing, three-time Guinness World Record-holding haunt that boasts 150,000 square feet of terror for visitors to its haunted complex. With five houses, multiple photo ops, professional quality makeup and a horde of devoted monsters, this is a must-see for any haunted house lover! Covering a wealth of themes, this haunt will take you through the darkest and most terrifying twists and turns, testing both your endurance and your bravery as they manufacture all of your worst nightmares into reality. Take a rest in the Midway, make use of their concessions and collect merchandise to prove that you survived this unique experience.

Cast: 8.99

The Factory of Terror boasts a cast of unique and terrifying actors that will taunt and grab you as you run for the end and safety. From the terrifying and surprising butcher in the mortuary to the bug-eyed and spastic antics of the beekeeper, actors here are engaged and prepared to take on all comers from open to close. There are a few rooms that seemed emptier than others and some of the actors may benefit from expanding their performance beyond simple screaming or roaring, but the majority of the monsters here both delight and terrify. The improv is on point and, despite our team’s best efforts, we were unable to stump anyone or break them from character. Look out especially for the quick wits in the red dining room and the graveyard.

Costuming: 9.45

The costuming and makeup in Factory of Terror are a particular point of pride for the workers here. Actors arrive three to four hours before the night begins to get into costume and makeup and almost all of the monsters are lovingly hand crafted with airbrush, latex appliances, and good old-fashioned practical effects. Minus one somewhat-perplexing fairy tale figure in the jungle, each of the characters were detailed, unique and appropriately costumed for their area. A certain policeman with a heavy facial burden stuck out to us as being particularly unique and terrifying. Masks are very sparse here and always used effectively. Our group was also enamored with a two-faced patient that came through our line to ramp us up for the coming horror.

Customer Service: 9.9

The customer service at the Factory of Terror is exemplary! Our group arrived somewhat early and proceeded to make multiple transactions, handling both the purchase of season passes and the discounts that come from them. The lady that was handling us at the window was patient, kind, and incredibly helpful. We also received great service at the concessions and merchandise area and were impressed with how clear both instructions and signage were. The Factory is very well branded, marked, easy to find, and the parking lot attendants are excellent at conducting traffic and answering questions. Monsters pay close attention to the queue lines and the gatekeepers of each house keep an eye on patrons and their safety. You can look out for the slider, but you’ll never see him coming until it’s too late. Our team was amazed at the smooth and in-character way that “Mama” (at the entrance of Backwoods Hollow) broke up a fight between two teenage boys before redirecting their energy onto the haunt. This is definitely a place to bring comfortable shoes with good grip and closed toes. Some of the floors are uneven, wet or sloped and there are many places where exploratory fingers could be injured. It’s best to pay close attention to your surroundings and follow all safety instructions. Handicapped hallways and exits are available for patrons in need.

Atmosphere: 10

This haunt is a Halloween lover’s Wonderland. From the moment you step into the facility to enter the queue, you’re surrounded by haunting music, the sound of screams and the maniacal laughter of the twisted denizens. The queues are well-staffed and contain their own scares for waiting customers. The midway contains multiple detailed photo op spots and the new walkway to the final two houses is breathtaking. There’s no point in this haunt where you don’t have something to stare at… or hide from.

Special Effects: 9.88

Factory of Terror is a haunted house from start to finish. Every room has been hand-crafted with a special eye for detail and maximum effect. This doesn’t stop at a variety of props, but extends to every one of the senses. This haunt is an aesthetic delight, ranging from the on-point sound effects, the theme-appropriate smells and the carefully-constructed walls and environments. The Graveyard smells like a graveyard, the industrial features spark and pop and the walls seamlessly change from pitch-dark wood to realistic stone to aged and decaying wallpaper. A single visit will never allow for every detail to be taken in and our team suggests that, if you’re a lover of good sets and scenery, it would be best to save up and go through multiple times just to see how many new things you can spot on each walkthrough. Some set pieces have been mistreated by overly-enthusiastic guests and a few lights are placed in obnoxious angles, but as repeat visitors, we can vouch that the staff here fix these problems as soon as they’re caught.

Theme: 9.12

There are five houses… each with a separate theme. It would be a tragedy to expose the details of each, so we’ll try to paint broad strokes. 1300 Lost Souls focuses on a series of intricate sets with each holding a depraved and maddened monster. Industrial Nightmares is a realistic and densely-packed section of factory-themed terrors. Backwoods Hollow is a dark and twisting adventure into the family complex of cannibalistic hillbillies. Massacre on Mahoning and House of Nightmares are a bit more jarring and cover a wider variety of fears. While there are some jumps in thematic clarity in the last two houses and the transitions can be quick, the execution is flawless.

Fright Effect: 9.5

The Factory of Terror is a variety of monstrosities that are spread out over a gigantic space. It offers every kind of scare from loud jumps to the creeping terrors. The actors have amazing timing and the animatronics are varied and well-placed to properly shock and amaze visitors. The huge variety ensures that, if you’re not scared by loud noises and screaming, you’ll find yourself stumbling into a dark passageway to face your inner demons or meandering along a walkway filled with tension and an eerie atmospheric build. Groups of four or smaller are recommended, as larger groups could miss scares in rooms with fewer actors or effects that are triggered by the first entry. Be prepared to listen to many screams and possibly add a few of your own.

Value: 9.67

It takes over an hour to walk the entirety of the Factory since the distance totals over a mile. A general ticket is $27 and a fast pass is $37. The math on this works out to roughly 2.22 minutes of entertainment per dollar. Parking is on-site and $5 separate from your ticket price. The Factory can get very busy, so a fast pass is recommended if you don’t enjoy standing in line. Should you decide to be a frequent visitor, the Factory offers Season Passes for $100. These passes allow the visitor to come as many times as they want throughout the year with free parking, fast pass access, and 50% off the price of a fast pass for up to four of your friends. There is a $2 convenience fee for buying tickets online or using a debit/credit card at the site. An ATM is provided. Factory of Terror also has lights out, glow stick nights on special occasions for $23 per person.

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Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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2018 Awards

Best High-Tech Scene - Living Room (Massacre on Mahoning) (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Engineer - Scott Seifer (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Hiding Spots (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Most Interactive Haunt (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Best Use of Sound (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Armpit Ticket Girl (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - The Beekeeper (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - The Ten Foot Lunatic (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

2017 Awards

Best Use of Sound (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out Award - Bushes, Spider Maze Actor (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

2016 Awards

Scariest Haunt in Ohio (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)