Review of Fletchers Farm Haunted Attraction

Review of Fletchers Farm Haunted Attraction

Review of Fletchers Farm Haunted Attraction

Fletchers Farm

Fletchers Farm is a Haunted Attraction located in Hartsville, SC.

765 Walton Way Drive, Hartsville, SC 29550
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1HauntedHayrideHaunted Farm1HauntedMaze1HauntedTrail

Links:

Fletchers Farm Facebook Page

Contact:

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Features:

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), Movie Characters, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Outdoor Attraction


Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on September 30, 2016.

Final Score: 7.48

Summary:

Fletcher’s Farm has grown over the past nine years to become a very strong Haunt in rural South Carolina. Stretching over and across a rural farm, the Fletcher’s haunt is guaranteed to be an evening of entertainment.


Cast: 8

Fletcher’s has a volunteer cast of around 50 individuals. Out on the trail and in the ‘house,’ the actors seem to be well-positioned and do a good job of staying in-character to deliver scares. There were a few instances of actors coming out to the waiting area and removing their masks to take a break, which does break immersion. When actors used dialogue, it tended to be believable and appropriate for the character. The majority of the actors were enthusiastic (and even helpful when we wandered off the beaten path!).

The ‘flower girls’ in one scene were very interactive, creepy, and believable as spectral, grave-side welcomers and demented flower-sellers.


Costuming: 6.58

Dim lighting helps hide costuming errors; but, with an all-volunteer staff, good costumes can sometimes be hard to come by. Fletcher’s Farm does feature a lot of masks to hide the identities of the creepy folks who are scaring unwary visitors. There were some notable actors with believable make-up scattered throughout the haunt as well.

There were one or two cases where a costumed spook didn’t belong in a given setting, but those were exceptions and not the rule.


Customer Service: 7.38

Be prepared when you visit the Farm! Close-toed shoes are recommended by the site and we concur. You’ll be wandering dimly-lit forest paths, ducking under low ceilings, squeezing through narrow passages, climbing small ramps and, sometimes, navigating uneven floors.

There are staff members in the waiting area and, occasionally, along the outdoor trail (flashlights can help you find your way in the dark). Staff are friendly and approachable, but sometimes blend in with other customers. There’s not really a lot of signage to direct you out to Fletcher’s Farm; consider it a hidden gem. The driveway, however, is well-lit and, given the isolated location, will be apparent as a destination.

The huge, outdoor waiting area not only has a concession stand and multiple fire pits, but also a dancing skeleton providing some entertainment value (Link to Instagram Image). The music selection isn’t exactly Halloween related, but where else do you get to watch a dancing skeleton while waiting to ride off across deserted fields?


Atmosphere: 6.5

When you park in the huge field, you can hear the pop music blasting from the Skeleton’s Perch out over the fields. After getting your tickets and moving into the wedding area, there’s a definite 1800’s vibe going on with a huge façade. It seemed like a huge barn party and there’s plenty of time to meet people and talk before you get called back to the hayride. The waiting area could have used some scares, but you could occasionally hear screams and shouts of surprise from the area behind the façade.


Special Effects: 7.38

If there’s one word for the effects at Fletcher’s Farm, that word would be ‘loud.’ From air horns to chainsaws, there’s lots to make you jump… sometimes in places where you least expect it. Some of the scene spreads that you move through along the trail are very well done. The Fletcher’s team has done some creative set building for their visitors to get lost in. Be on the lookout for a laser effect, the vertical, black-lit sticks, and an amazing ending.

Some areas of the trail did have poor lighting. There are large, blank spaces that separate each scene that could have used some more attention, but served to allow a visitor to approach each area fresh and ready for a new scare. If anything, the scenes were too small because we often wanted more and more.


Theme: N/A

Fletcher’s doesn’t have a single theme.


Fright Effect: 7.83

There are lots of jump scares in Fletcher’s Farm… some of them quite predictable. However, you can move through the haunt at your own pace once you start. One group that went through before us got so turned around and lost that we wound up passing them on a couple of occasions! The haunt itself presents different types of scares across its entirety, but most of them are not based on actor interaction.


Value: 8.67

While there is a bit of a wait after you get your ticket, once you are off the trailer and starting the haunt, you can move through at your own pace. We spent about 45 minutes walking the length of Fletcher’s Farm. Given that tickets are only $11, that comes out to 4 minutes of haunt per dollar. Despite the scares, take the time to enjoy the scenes and get lost in the work that’s been done out on the Farm.

We would have liked to have had some scares on the hayride out to the start of the trail back, more things along the trail itself, or even just longer scenes, but many of the scenes at Fletcher’s are well done and worth the wait to see.


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 Small Haunt (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Most Entertaining Maze (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)

Actor Shout Out - Clown Town Clowns (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)


2017 Awards

Most Entertaining Maze (Given by: Team Jefferson Starship)