Canfield Scaregrounds in Canfield, Ohio. Why not? The answer is simple. No you can't touch the monsters, but yes, they can, and will touch you."Don't touch the monsters. They will not touch you." If you've ever been to a haunted attraction, you've probably heard this before entering the house, maze, hayride, etc. You will NOT hear this at the
No one tells you this before you go in or on one of the three incredibly creepy attractions that comprise the Scaregrounds. The well-done website hints at it but you find out soon enough that this haunted attraction has it's own rules. What that means for visitors is one terrific evening of terror and great fun.
Just a word about the website, it is a fine piece of work. Understated and promising fright. The clown video was creepy enough to keep Dolores at home, and it was probably for the best as this place is scary!
What sets the Scaregrounds apart are the actors. Everyone my friend MaryAnne and I encountered gave it their all. You could tell that they love what they do. We attended CSG on a Sunday evening when the crowd was a bit sparse. Sometimes a small crowd will cause the actors to tone it down a bit. Let's face it, it is harder to get ramped up for smaller crowds, whether you're doing storytime, singing or chasing people with chainsaws. This was NOT the case at CSG. Everyone was excited and 100% professional.
The make up was excellent, the timing of the scares was perfect. There was no need to rely on fancy and expensive animatronics in the haunted house or on the hayride. The actors did all the work. That made for the best scares as they were relentless. Jumping out, in-your-face, excellent.
I don't want to give too much away, but you must be brave and go to CSG. I won't even try to describe the Mist- but DO IT! Same for the ride on the tractor. And of course, the haunted house. All three parts individually were scarier and more worth the money than the ridiculous rip-off of say, a Scarehouse or Phantom Frightnight.
The total experience was without fault. Excellent food, friendly non-monsters who were quick to engage in conversation and make you feel welcome. Restrooms were clean and plentiful. I hope to make this an annual tradition.
Excellent. A place where those who run haunted attractions should come and learn. An industry standard.
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There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.