I was full of anxiety leading up to Saturday night. I even had dreams! I tell people all the time that I hate haunted houses. The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever been through one. I’ve always just assumed I hated them. The thought of someone grabbing me or chasing me is terrifying!
Saturday came and I kept telling myself, “you’ll be fine, it’s not real, they can’t touch you!” Seriously, I’m such a baby. I’m writing this so clearly I survived. In fact, I had a really great time!
Based on a handful of questions we received this week, here’s the 411 on Madworld Haunted Attraction…
Do the monsters touch/chase you? No. There is a character with a pumpkin head that slides around (I think his name is Pumpkin Spice). He drags a shovel on the ground, making sparks at your feet. Check out their Instagram account to see what this looks like. The characters do get super close, especially inside the buildings. I noticed that they play off the energy of the guests. If you run from them screaming and/or laughing, you might be pursued. Just remember, they won’t touch you!
How long are the lines? The line to get into Madworld didn’t get too long while we were there. Fill out the waiver before you arrive to save time. Take a screenshot of your email to show at the entrance. Those who purchased tickets in advance skipped the line. I can’t promise they do that every time, but it was true when we were there. Once you’re inside, two lines form – one for General Admission, one for the FastPass. The later the hour, the longer the (General Admission) line. The good news is, there’s plenty to keep you entertained while you wait. I would encourage you to get the FastPass – it’s a little more money but saves a lot of time.
Do they have restrooms? If Port-a-Johns spook you, swing by the QT on the way in!
What’s the No Scare Medallion? For $10, you can buy a medallion that “repels” the monsters! It hangs around your neck with very bright, flashing lights. Yes, I bought one! I was thankful for it because I had no idea what to expect. If I go back next year, I’ll definitely brave the night without the protection.
Can you choose which attraction you walk through? Everyone begins at the zombie lab. When you exit each building, there’s technically a place to “sneak” out. But it makes more sense to keep movin’. You won’t be alone. We were in a group of seven people. Honestly, you don’t want to miss anything. Just keep going – you’ll be glad you did.
Which building was the scariest? This is 100% subjective. It depends on what you’re afraid of. Ghosts, zombies, and clowns do not scare me. I was fine in those spaces. Creepy looking girls/boys freak me out, so I kept my head down in the asylum.
Is Madworld kid-friendly? Also subjective. We saw a lot of children, but I do not feel comfortable making that call. I was impressed with how sensitive the characters were around smaller children.
Would you go back? Absolutely!
Carnival games, ax throwing, food, and an eighteen hole putt-putt course are on the grounds for an additional cost. There’s also a picnic shelter and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows. Be sure to stop in the gift shop before you leave. One of the teenagers who came with us (who shall remain nameless) bought a t-shirt to wear to school – even though he chickened out and didn’t go on through!
I could not get over the attention to detail inside each building. The staff was professional, friendly and helpful. The characters were committed to their roles and creative in their interactions with the crowd.
If you love Halloween and are looking for an activity to celebrate the season, definitely head to Madworld Haunted Attraction. From start to finish, the entire experience is top notch!