Review of Haunted Trail In Holley Haunted Attraction

Review of Haunted Trail In Holley Haunted Attraction

Review of Haunted Trail In Holley Haunted Attraction

Haunted Trail In Holley

Haunted Trail In Holley is a Haunted Attraction located in Holley, NY.

16767 Ridge Road, Holley, NY 14470
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Free Parking, Handicap Accessible, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Outdoor Attraction

Team Jefferson Starship reviewed this attraction on October 8, 2016.

Final Score: 9.37


The Haunted Trail in Holley, NY is a small home haunt that winds through an old 4×4 trail off of Ridge Road. It is run by some of the most passionate and tightly-knit haunters this review team has ever met. Due to local government restrictions it is open only two weekends a year, which is a terrible shame. This is a charity haunt that donates all of its income and food donations to those in need. It is packed full of scares for the admission price and has an eye for detail that is stunning to behold. On top of that, the actors’ passion and love for the haunt shines through in every scene. Mark their dates on your calendar and make your way out to meet this nightmarish family!

Cast: 8.74

The first thing that needs to be said about the Haunted Trail in Holley’s cast is that they have the best clowns this review team has ever seen… and we have seen a lot of clowns. The Marionette is unsettlingly gleeful, the ghillie suit monster seems capable of teleportation and a certain monster convinced us that they were simply a set piece before almost scaring us out of our skin. With 35 actors, there are no empty spaces to stare at and every scene is fully utilized by the characters within them. Some of the dialogue is a bit predictable, but the mad gleam in each actor’s eye, as well as their familiarity with their surroundings and usage of their space, makes each one a treasure. The final actor will help you find the exit at high speed!

Costuming: 9.45

Between the ridiculously-detailed ghillie suit, the remarkably-realistic, mad clowns, and the chilling nun, every costume in the Haunted Trail is perfectly placed within its scene. These may not be high-end makeup and costume jobs, but they are carefully crafted and extremely well done for the type of haunt this is. The theme of each room was represented and underlined by each choice. Some of the costumes were a bit more basic, but again, this is a charity haunt that donates all of its profits.

Customer Service: 10

The Haunted Trail in Holley has clear signage, a well-lit entrance, and excellent customer service. It is 100% handicap accessible and offers attentive and care-driven responses from its entire staff. From the genial greeting we received at the ticket booth to the post-haunt fire pit conversation that we had with all of the haunters, this place is a delight for any customer. This is a group that not only loves their haunt, but also their community and it truly shows. Visiting the Haunted Trail is temporarily joining their tight-knit family.

Atmosphere: 10

Without question, the atmosphere at the Haunted Trail is one of community and Harvest. The entrance is lit with jaunty lights, the fire pit is good for gathering to discuss the horrific sights visitors have witnessed and the hot chocolate is plentiful. The house screams haunt from the moment you step up to the second you enter your car to leave.

Special Effects: 9.25

The budget may be small, but the output here for special effects is pretty tremendous (considering the materials). All of the props and effects are reclaimed pieces from Craigslist and other second-hand organizations, but they are all utilized perfectly. Day-glo pieces are effectively placed and ingeniously created. Sound effects are byproducts brought about by set pieces and actors. There’s no big budget animatronics, but this isn’t the setting for that. The lighting is a bit dim in some places where the setting deserves brightness. On the other hand, there’s so much detail packed into every scene that even perfect lighting wouldn’t expose it all.

Theme: 9.5

The theme of the Haunted Trail is well explained by the guardian of its gates. It is a series of sets created to exploit some more-common and some of the rarer phobias. One scene actually managed to seriously unnerve one of our more staunch reviewers and was something we had never before seen in any of the haunts we’ve visited. There are the more common scares available (clowns, unnerving children, ghosts, and bugs), but they are executed well and with a true love of bone-chilling horror. The rooms may not be connected to each other, but they all relate back to this central theme of terror.

Fright Effect: 8.98

Without a doubt this was some of the best redirection scares we’ve ever seen. Haunted Trail may be small, but it packs a lot of bang for your buck. There are some jump scares, as is expected, but the general focus of the house is to draw your eye one way before throwing terror at you from another. Some of the scares are a little more expected than others, but ultimately, there’s a lot here that you never see coming until it’s too late. The haunters here are also very good at spreading the attention over the whole of your group instead of focusing on the front or back participants.

Value: 9

Entrance to the Haunted Trail is $10 per person or $8 if you bring a canned good for charity. It takes between 10 and 12 minutes to walk through the entirety of the haunt, making it a little less than a dollar per minute. On top of that, we would highly suggest going through twice (if you can handle it) in the interest of attempting to see all of the details that the haunt creators have put in. Parking is free and slightly down the road and there’s an officer on site monitoring it.

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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