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, 2017.

Final Score: 9.19


Three-time Guinness World Record Holder Factory of Terror is still producing new nightmares after all these years. With five haunted houses and a number of chilling escape rooms it offers year-round scares for anyone brave enough to step through its doors. The Factory changes with every season building new scenes and frights layer by layer. With unique and hand-built special effects, several complicated and terrifying mazes, dedicated monsters, and a deep passion for causing screams, Factory of Terror is wonderland for anyone who likes to be scared or anyone who simply loves monsters and Halloween. With events on major holidays, black out nights, and season passes, there are more than a few chances to enter the Factory and try to memorize every detail of its terrors.

Cast: 8.91

The monsters at Factory are high energy and plentiful. Our team bandied words with the frantic cook in the kitchen about the right body parts to devour, had a chilling encounter with the overseer of the morgue, and dodged monsters around every corner in the mazes we wandered through. We also loved the back and forth with a monster in the caves who epitomized the great dialogue the creatures here are fond of. Actors stay in character as they pop out of hidden spaces, swing down from above, and generally use props and environment to terrify anyone who comes within their reach. The Factory boasts over 80 monsters that are more than capable of sending you fleeing in terror.

Costuming: 9.02

The costuming at the Factory is always high end and impressive. With a broad range of characters, you’ll see a mixture of makeup and masks that will not fail to impress, delight, or frighten. Details are paid attention to from head to toe on each monster and not one appeared in out of place clothing. One monster slid by us with needle thin teeth and sent us shuddering to the other side of the room. New and exciting combinations of costuming choices make the monsters here unique and terrifying.

Customer Service: 9.43

The Factory of Terror is full of helpful and capable staff who are easily spotted and always in communication with each other to watch out for their visitors. Monsters work the lines inside and out to make sure that crowds are kept entertained and scared. Parking can be complicated so follow all signs and directions to the letter. Signage for ticket booths, merchandise, and concessions are clear and obvious inside and out. Make sure that you wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes to navigate through the haunts and watch your step in some areas with uneven flooring. Bypass routes are offered to make the Factory handicapped accessible.

FoT has a large midway between their attractions where guests can take a breather before continuing to the remaining haunts. In this area you can find plenty of great photo opportunities as well as some awesome merchandise!

Atmosphere: 9.03

The atmosphere here is truly unique and horrifying. From the intimidating brick face of the authentic factory setting to the carefully hand-crafted interior facades, the Factory is easily identified as a haunted house from any point of approach. Heavy industrial techno sets it apart from other haunts for an atmospheric setting and gets the blood pumping as screams weave their way into the music.

Special Effects: 9.31

Special effects are used heavily and with great precision at FoT. Many are hand-crafted by the head engineer and his team making it a one-of-a-kind experience. As you traverse the winding path, set pieces move and jump about you, scents underscore the scenes to transport you to other places, and lights and sounds are employed to drive you deeper and deeper into the madness. There’s a little bit of sound bleed due to the setting, but at times the mixture of screams and crashes work together in concert to intensify the horror. Scenes are heavily detailed from floor to ceiling and there is no shortage of tricks used to make each room a treasure trove of terror.

Theme: 9.22

Each house in the Factory has a different theme that it follows to play on different nightmares. Scenes and monsters are woven together to tell stories to anyone brave enough to observe them. The themes are unique here to the Factory, not playing on any outside source but creating a world to themselves. Cohesive story-telling is a skill the Factory has perfected in their years in operation. Even the location underlines the first two houses as you go through a defunct factory filled with reclaimed pieces that shock and terrify.

Fright Effect: 8.93

Soundtracks are important, and in the Factory the soundtrack is one of screams. More than a few groups came rocketing past us searching for an exit. Monsters position themselves to take advantage of their setting and go for the entire group instead of just hitting the first person. Distractions are abundant and draw your eye away from where the scares are coming from so that creatures have the advantage of surprise. Every room contains something new to jump out at you and our youngest member was shocked more than once. Fright is abundant here and comes from every corner, as even the bushes seem to come alive to attack you. Scares did seem to be front loaded most often but many of the cast members worked to provide scares to the whole group.

Value: 9.68

With a walk through time of just under an hour for a $30 general admission pass, Factory of Terror has a ton of fear to pay you back for your ticket price! Tickets are cheaper on Thursdays and Sundays, and you should pay attention to the parking lot to see if a fast pass is needed should waiting not be your thing. Season and combo passes are available to both the Factory of Terror and Akron Schoolhouse and Laboratory. Season passes get you unlimited access to all events with fast pass and parking as well as a discount on merchandise. Parking is $5 if you don’t have a pass and very close to the haunt. The Factory is constantly growing and offers new scenes every season. They are also open every Friday the 13th and for various holidays throughout the year so it’s definitely worth it to return often.

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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)