Review of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses Haunted Attraction

Review of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses Haunted Attraction

Review of Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses Haunted Attraction

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a Haunted Attraction located in Ulster Park, NY.

778 Broadway, Ulster Park, NY 12487
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1EscapeRoom1HauntedHayride

Links:

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Features:

Free Parking, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, Optional Games/Midway, Special Events, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Attraction


Team Crypt Creepers reviewed this attraction on October 2, 2016.

Final Score: 8.95

Summary:

Forget what you know about Mr. Ichabod Crane and his encounters with the cranium-lacking stallion rider. Up in Ulster County, NY, there is a haunt that adds chapters to the tale of The Headless Horseman each year… building on the base premise and supplying visitors to this realm with an urban legend that is constantly evolving. Come visit this quaint little village with shops, souvenirs and sadistic maniacs. Come hear and watch the story of Mae and Claudia, the Horseman’s daughters, and what tortures they had to overcome in their ascent from cursed childhood to dominion over the worlds of the mythological and the undead (check out their website for the full story). Then hop from hotel, to diner, to cornmaze, to sideshow, to biological contamination to… magic? Sure, why not? You’ll need something to take your mind off the terrors… if you manage to escape them.


Cast: 8.9

Be careful of the creeps at this haunt; some of them seem friendly and pretty good-natured, but that’s just them waiting for you to let your guard down. Don’t believe me? Just ask the cute clown girl who is more than happy to take you home with her… or the host of Two Raven Manor; he is just dying to have you for dinner. The cast here is very interactive and they stay in character no matter what their victims may say. There are a few moments in the hayride where the audio forces the actors to be a bit rigid, but other than that, they are very fluid in their scares and are willing to improvise if they find a good opportunity to do so.


Costuming: 8.6

From simple cloaks and masks to detailed makeup jobs, this haunt incorporates different types of costume ideas throughout their many themed rooms and areas. With 9 different mini-haunts set in their one overall attraction, each one houses characters that are believable to their territory. That is, albeit one interesting combination choice, which you come across during the hayride through the orphanage where the two sisters stayed. I won’t give it away here because I know I got a good laugh at just how random it was, but it did feel a little out of place. Other than that though, all the outfits and makeup were spot-on and very fitting into their rooms.


Customer Service: 8

We arrived just as they opened, so we didn’t have a line to wait in to see if there was any line entertainment. But, in the Midway (or what I call “The Village”), there are performers with props and even live spiders to keep guests entertained… or creeped out. Since the haunt is indoors/outdoors, there is the risk of damp or wet ground after a light rain. But, if the weather becomes severe, they close the haunt down and encourage any guests who had tickets for that night to contact them. The staff is polite and helpful here and, if you have anyone in your group who cannot (or just will not) go into the haunt, they are welcome to stay in the Midway to enjoy some pumpkin pie, shopping or a magic show.


Atmosphere: 9.2

This is one of the few occasions where the atmosphere before the haunt is not exactly creepy or foreboding, but it works out for the better. It is obvious you are at a haunt by the entrance and two small sets that they have as soon as you enter. But, when you come in, you are immediately in the Midway, which is a bunch of shops, a magic show stage and even a children’s area. It’s not until you get on the hayride and are taken into the heart of darkness that you realize what you signed up for. A storyteller aboard the hayride recites the tale of the horseman’s daughters, their mother’s deal with the devil, his betrayal and the daughters’ plan. All the while, the story unfolds all around you with actors coming out of (sometimes literally) the woodwork, portraying what the storyteller says. This creates a great atmosphere of suspense and literally puts you into the story as you eventually escape the horseman himself.


Special Effects: 9.6

If you want special effects in your haunt, Headless Horseman is one of the best haunts to go to. At least that I have seen. Do you like fire? They have pyrotechnics. Do you like magic? Well… guess what, Harry Potter… they’ve got it here. Do you want The Great Pumpkin to get up and do squats in front of you? Well, alright… that’s a bit weird; but guess what, he’s here and he does! It’s not just the big stuff that captures your attention, either; the amount of detail put into each of their areas is nicely done. Even the sets during the hayride seem like they are put together painstakingly-well, inside and out… even if you only see it for a few seconds as you ride by. There were some houses that I craned my neck to look into as we passed and there were no empty spaces… no voids; everything had props, design, animatronics, dolls… something. There was stuff in my face with realistic-looking bees dangling at the end of them, which made one girl actually scream out, “Oh my GOD! Are these real?!? Ewww!!” Though I will admit, I was a little disappointed when there was no Nicholas Cage wannabe with a cage full of bees on his head screaming, “Not the bees!” But, it’s ok… no points deducted for that.


Theme: 9.2

One ticket price, 9 different haunts all in one place and each one stuck to its theme very well. There may have been a few, as the kids put it, “wtf” moments in some of the haunts… but overall, if the theme was the story of the horseman, then that’s what you got. If the theme was a circus of DOOM, then you got clowns and sideshow animatronics. Some of them, like “The Feeding,” had mini backstories that they informed you about over a looped recording that played while you waited in line to get into it. The level of depth they went into with their themes and stories was very nicely done.


Fright Effect: 8.4

When it came to the hayride, if you were sitting on the inside of the cart, then the scares were not as effective. Although, I think we were just unlucky since it was just our small group of 3 that got put on the inside. Other than that, however, scares were provided to each member of the group as you walk through the many different mini-haunts. There was a good use of distractions to keep the party looking one way while someone prepared a scare on the other side. There was a small sense of predictability to some of the scares, but they did their best to keep you on your toes. Unfortunately, we could see guests missing out on the last haunt of the attraction… given that the 8th haunt ends with a chainsaw chasing you into the Midway (where you might believe you’ve reached the end of the attraction). This “false finale” and the temptation of food and souvenirs could cause the real finale to be missed… and that’s a little upsetting.


Value: 9.7

Headless Horseman is more than just a haunt; it’s an experience. It’s something you can make a night out of. Before you go inside, you can grab a quick bite to eat like a burger or hot dog from one of their stands, then enjoy the hour-long tour, then grab yourself a slice of pumpkin pie and some apple cider while you take in a magic show. You get a hayride, a cornmaze, some great special effects and some great actors. There aren’t just haunt souvenirs, but Fall and Halloween decorations and various knick-knacks. Finally, they have a lot of space to play with and they make very good use of it all.


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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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