Farm of Terror
Huttock Top farm has returned for another year with their Halloween attraction, Farm of Terror. This was our first visit to this event and found that it was both a positive and negative experience. Positive in terms of scares and content but negative in terms of organisation.
To start with, the farm has no parking on site so we were required to wait in a Morrsions car park for a shuttle bus. This wouldn't have been so bad but the very long waiting times and small shuttle buses was a test on everyone's patience. Through reading the comments on social media sites, this is people's major complaint with the attraction and we definitely think it needs addressing for next year.
Upon arriving at the park we were greeted in the aptly themed reception by very welcoming staff, but were then required to wait some more which wouldn't have been a problem if it wasn't for the shuttle bus fiasco. We were surprised at how unorgnaised this made the event feel and did make us wonder what we had let ourselves in for. Fortunately things soon picked up.
At the start of the attraction we were ushered into a trailer in which we watched a scare video with a number of iconic horror scenes, this was a very good start and really had us nervous for what was to come. The scares then began in a converted old barn. This attraction had a number of well placed scares, one which really made us jump was a well timed attack from above! The sets were weren't the most detailed or themed we have seen however the actors made up for it with professional make up and great enthusiasm and energy.
On completion of the barn we were ushered directly into the next location, which had an exorcist theme with a scare actor screaming at us all. As we moved from scene to scene it was slightly confusing as to which was which which as the website advertised a number of different attractions such as psycho city, chasm of clowns, prison asylum and nightmare alley but we actually completed them one after the other and so at times it was hard to tell when we were entering a new theme or scenario. Saying that - it didn't really matter as the scares came thick and fast throughout every scene. The last part of the event had us in a butchers tent which had an excellent scare which led to to us being chased through a muddy field by angry pigs! It was a great finale to end with and we finished the whole attraction in about 20 minutes.
In summary, Farm Of Terror is a very impressive event and the actors deserve the most credit for their energy and enthusiasm for scaring us. The problem with this event though, is the over long waits for the shuttle to and from the car park. We understand that this is a council permit issue but if the farm can overcome that for next year, then they will have a very successful and popular attraction on their hands.
For further details check out the Farm or Terror website: www.farmofterror.co.uk/
As one of the actors at the Farm of Terror I would just like to point out that we give our time for free, our reward is a bowl of soup and a cold beer at the end of each night. We do it for the fun of scaring people, trying our best to give them a night to remember, and also to ensure that the farm has enough in the coffers to feed the animals over the winter. We are by no means professional actors , mainly previous tour participants who wanted to get in on the fun. Unfortunately the car parking issue is out of the farms control, however the outside queuing at the farm has been addressed this year and the whole event extended with more scenes. We do hope that you,ll come again and hopefully get the pants scared off you
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