So, the Halloween season is in full swing for those who love a good scare. If you want outrageous, extreme and an attraction that even borders on crude then you'll want to head to Pataskala, Ohio just on the fringe of Columbus. This is where you will find Dead Acres, the home of the Infamous and Legendary Haunted Hoochie and the Bad Trip in 3D experience both for one ticket price.
The Haunted Hoochie is a full-on sensory assault from the moment the door swings wide and you are ordered to enter. You can't fully prepare for some of the very graphic scenes you see and frightening scenery. The Haunted Hoochie is in a sense, a live horror show. It has been touted as the 'World's Most Extreme Haunted House' ... now whether it is true of the whole world, one can debate, but it has been placed on many haunted house lists near the top of must visit lists.
Also, offered is a secondary attraction, Bad Trip in 3D which is actually pretty decent, but the ground is a bit uneven and has some small pot holes, so watch your ankles. You wear 3D glasses as you walk through and it's better than some other 3D experiences I have done.
The Haunted Hoochie even offers up, "I survived the Haunted Hoochie" merchandise for sale to commemorate your trip.
However, I must impart to you some helpful hints and warnings after my experience tackling this haunted attraction:
Thursday is a good night to go but get here early unless you want to wait in a line cue that could equal waiting at an amusement park. I got parked a good 30 minutes before the ticket barn even opened and it was a great decision, as the traffic began to pour into the grass parking lot around 8. Parking is $3.00
Dead Acres is open Thursdays-Saturday and regular admission is $20.00, however they do offer a VIP ticket, too.
Now, onto the warnings:
- If you don't like to be touched then this attraction is NOT for you. I don't mean a little bump or brush. This place gets in your face, shoves, grabs. My arm was grabbed and I was shoved toward another entrance into what the cast member called "his basement". I actually had a perfect bruised thumbprint on my forearm.
- If you don't like crude or even rude images or speech then this place will ruffle your delicate nature.
- Be warned that when they say graphic they do mean graphic: you'll see everything from a simulated suicide to a live beheading with a chain saw. The place is up there on the over the top meter.
- Do you hate chain saws? I do and this place is your worst nightmare when it comes to the use of them. Be prepared that they won't just swing them at you, but they will even chain saw your legs. I had to live through it, up against a wall and my legs getting a couple or so swipes. Was I hurt, no? Was it still awful? Yes.
- They like to say they start at 8:30 p.m. but even on their site they warn that might not always happen and they are right. It was 9:20 before I entered the Hoochie and I was sixth in line.
- This isn't a kid friendly place, so my advice is leave them at home. There are some images in this attraction that although fake and/or simulated cannot be unseen.
Visit the Haunted Hoochie website and read through their warnings and FAQ's they will fill in some blanks for you.
Some other haunt suggestions, if the Hoochie isn't your cup of tea:
- Land of Illusion, Middletown, Ohio
- The Dent Schoolhouse, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Lewisburg Haunted Caves, Lewisburg, Ohio
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