Review of Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs Haunted Attraction

Review of Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs Haunted Attraction

Review of Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs Haunted Attraction

Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs

Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs is a Haunted Attraction located in Daniels, WV.

255 Resort Drive, Daniels, WV 25832
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Haunt Type(s):

Multiple Haunts1HauntedBarn1EscapeRoom1HauntedCornField1HauntedHouse1HauntedTrail1LaserTag

Links:

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Contact:

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Features:

Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Food/Concessions, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Hi-Tech” Attraction, You will NOT be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, Indoor/Outdoor Waiting Line, Family Friendly

Team Teachers of Terror reviewed this Haunted Attraction on October 17, 2020.

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Final Score: 8.72

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Summary:

Glade Springs Resort provides a charming backdrop to one of the best supported haunted houses around. The striking colors of the leaves on the deciduous trees of the area, coupled with the scenic drive, sets the tone for some Fall family fun.

Fright Nights is a haunted house repurposed from a massive equestrian barn and grounds located in Glade Springs Resort. This year, due to social distancing and covid, Fright Nights used a timed ticketing system, with tickets being purchased online. (Better get those tickets early, because they have been known to sell out!) There were officers directing traffic, and a ticket booth to get the prepaid tickets scanned. Once we parked our car, we spotted a sign with a radio station advertised. That station provided some Halloween trivia and spooky Halloween music to listen to as we prepared ourselves for our trip through the 5 haunted experiences inside the 20,000 square foot facility.

Along the walk to the barn, we enjoyed the warm glow of the huge campfire and spied some food trailers selling various snack items, including BBQ sandwiches, gourmet chocolate covered apples, hot chocolate, and beer. Their iconic Fright Nights sign and festive lighting ushered us to the beginning of the haunt. All of this is included in the $25 regular ticket, or $40 fast pass.

Being housed at a resort, customers also have an option to stay overnight in one of the decorative rooms at The Inn, and enjoy the many anneminities offered.


Cast: 8.53

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There were ample actors throughout the haunted attractions. Nearly all of them displayed high energy and unparalleled gusto for their craft. Many played their part in a way that made us believe in exactly what they were saying, or simply conveying with their body language.
Having 5 distinct sections, there were plenty of diverse characters.

We started off with the Ghost Town and met several “skeletonized” characters from an Old West town. We met a moustached bartender serving snake venom and a gambler who needs a better grip on his pistol. We jumped out of the way of a bank heist after assuring a frisky hostess we did not need a room. The Asylum housed some barbaric nurses, nuns, and doctors. The nun didn’t say a word, but she didn’t have to! While we were on the hunt for a cute doctor, we were met with a Doctor Dread instead. Deadwood Manor shares a witchy woman, a bewildered tennent, and a ghostly Lady of the Cemetery. Slaughterhouse lead us to a screaming victim and a pigman butcher who doesn’t like screaming… or anything for that matter. Mr. Beards Freaks and Phobias is always a pleasure to behold, when we aren’t trying to escape man-eating chickens, deranged clowns, and freaky fortune tellers.


Costuming: 9.13

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Costuming and makeup was exquisite. Each experience was unique and costuming was equally detailed at each. We knew exactly who we were dealing with as we encountered each character. The characters fit well with their assigned sets and there were no missing or distracting pieces.

Masks fit well and were also varied. There was an equal amount of masks and makeup. Makeup was applied neatly and clean. Fright Nights has an eye for detail.


Customer Service: 10

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GPS brought us directly to the attraction with no trouble. Parking staff got us in a parking place with ease. The ticket booth was accessible without leaving the car. The lit path took us to the actual haunt attraction.

Fright Nights uses a plethora of media outlets to share information about them. They have a website (frightnights.com) and Facebook page (Fright Nights WV) to provide necessary information including ticket pricing, directions, attractions, etc. They are also active on Instagram (frightnightswv) and Tik Tok (frightnightswv).
Patrons were reminded to remain six feet apart and to wear masks. Hand sanitizer was made available. Groups were sent into the haunt as their own group, so no groups were mixed, which provided a more personal experience.


Atmosphere: 8.8

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Approaching the parking area, we could see the lights and a campfire, telling us we had arrived at our destination. There was a radio station we could listen to while in the car. We enjoyed the campfire and food trucks before following the lighted trail to the haunting area.

Due to COVID restrictions, the Monster Midway was closed this year. Visitors could stop by the souvenir shop to buy a tshirt and line up at the entrance to the haunt, with pleasant reminders to remain 6 feet apart.


Special Effects: 8.9

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Sounds were used throughout. We were also treated to the firing of guns, drop doors, sliding floors, a shifting bridge, chainsaw, brainsaw, fog, a laser swamp, massive puppets, swinging goat heads, and moving animatronics. Puffs of air would shoot at us when we least expected it.

The detailing of each set was unbelievable! Every square inch of the building was embellished with fine detail. Each room looked real and lived in. While we were looking around each set in awe, we were startled time and time again!


Theme: 8.6

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All five themes were independent of each other, and all five were well defined. Everything from the sets and costuming to the characters and acting, everything fits perfectly with each theme.

The Ghost Town consisted of Old West scenes and characters with skeleton masks and makeup in some of the most detailed sets we have encountered. The activities of the actors fit in with what one would expect from an Old Western town, including a saloon, house of ill repute, bank on main street, and a mine. The Asylum played host to patients in various states, orderlies and doctors in common rooms and examination rooms, and even a shower room. Deadwood Manor hosts a witch who has clearly bewitched the tenants inside and caused them to suffer. There was also a cemetery and crypt scene on the property. Slaughterhouse begins with victims trying to escape, and leads outside to encounter new horrors in a corn maze. Mr. Beards Freaks and Phobias lured us in with their finely detailed areas of curiosities and sensory overload with bright paint and many moving parts.


Scare Factor: 8.2

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Groups were kept small, so providing attention to everyone in the group was established all through the haunt. We were approached from the front, sides, and back the entire time, so we were kept on our toes the entire night.

Sometimes we were met with high energy, and other times, silent and creepy vibes were thrown out. Distractions were also used, and boy did the Hall of Nuns get us! Shifting floors had us watching our balance, all the while trying to avoid stalking creatures from various corners. The finale was mysterious, being in the laser swamp with nature sounds and a creature lurking about.


Entertainment & Value: 7.98

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Inside the haunt, the action never stopped. We were entertained not only with stand out acting, but also with award winning detailed costuming and set design. Startles came at us time and time again, leaving us hungry for more.

While we missed the Monster Midway this year, COVID changed the rules and Fright Nights answered with a well organized and entertaining time. They used their space wisely providing the social distancing customers needed.

Nearly all the space inside was used effectively. The regular ticket price of $25 is very reasonable, and for those in a hurry, $40 speed pass is a handy option to offer. Travelers will most certainly appreciate the tickets and a room bundle option for an overnight stay.


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Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 10 out of 10

Fallon – 10/10 – October 15, 2016
Me and my group had a blast going to fright nights! My favorite part by far was the 3-D haunt and …show more the laser tag, it was a lot of fun getting to shoot zombies even if it was scary. Their trail was scarier than the 3-D and we didn’t get to try the escape room but people we talked you said that it was really good too so we want to try to do that again this year.

Ashley – 10/10 – October 8, 2016
Fright Nights gets better each year with their sets, custom props and animatronics, and seasoned …show more actors!

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