The Haunted World, a 30-acre haunted maze, echoes with terrified screams, the buzzing of chainsaws and is lit up by strobe lights as people walk through.
This maze is filled with dark pathways and monsters hiding within the corn, waiting to pop out and give customers a fright. Many times it’s hard to tell whether the villain is real or made of plastic, but when you walk by and they begin to chase you through the maze, you quickly realize most of them
are real. As many as 200 costumed actors do their best to scare the pants off of anyone who enters the maze.
Eerily dressed men on stilts greet customers, following those who have fear in their eyes, causing them to scream and run.
The Haunted World consists of a 48-minute haunted maze as well as Skullvania, a converted warehouse containing dozens of rooms filled with blood, masked actors and obstacles. It also has a 20-acre regular corn maze which takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
Skullvania is a great way to mentally prepare for the horror that goes on in the haunted maze.
“I love Skullvania,” said Angela Ross, freshman business major. “It has so many weird things going on and it tripped me out for sure. I loved when you had to walk through the refrigerator it was awesome.”
After making your way through Skullvania, head over to the haunted maze and be prepared to get chased, followed and screamed at by your worst nightmares.
“The guys with chainsaws are the absolute worst thing there,” said Carry Mason, sophomore political science major. “I know it isn’t a real chainsaw but it sure as hell looks like it in the dark as they chase you around with it.”
This place is a great alternative to going to the theater and watching a scary film. Being there is like being a part of the movie and getting to experience the horror first hand.
You will go through rooms filled with strobe lights and fog making it nearly impossible to see your hand in front of your face, let alone the guy in the mask about to shout in your ear. You will cross bridges that shake as water spouts up at you, walk through rooms that shrink as you go, fall down a hidden slide and be terrifyingly confused as you enter a spinning tunnel that makes you feel like you are upside down.
Even the most cynical costumers will be startled at least once as actors pop out of random places and chase down patrons. Daniel Johnson, an undeclared sophomore, said he was sure he wouldn’t get freaked out during his trip to The Haunted World but admitted to being wrong after experiencing it.
“I’m not going to lie, I thought the girls were being babies as they ran around screaming and freaking out over everything,” Johnson said. “But there were a few times that we would be walking through a dark space and I wouldn’t be thinking about where we were and something would pop out and make my heart stop.”