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Haunted Hoochie - 2020 Review

Haunted Attraction Reviewed: Haunted Hoochie

Location of Attraction: Pataskala Ohio

Date of Review: 10/2/2020

Total Number of Attractions Available: 2

Overall Haunted Attraction Rating: 9/10

Entertainment & Food Rating: 8/10

Atmosphere Rating: 9/10

Overall Costume & Makeup Rating: 9/10

Overall Cast & Crew Rating: 9/10

Overall Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 9.5/10

Overall Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9/10

Overall Feedback: Haunted Hoochie has been on our squad’s radar since our inaugural season of reviewing. When we began planning our 2020 Ohio haunt tour we knew that visiting Haunted Hoochie was a MUST! Notoriously known for being an over the top, offensive, and “extreme” haunted attraction, we were eager to finally experience what all this “Haunted Hoochie” nonsense was about! After our trip to 13th Floor Haunted House in Columbus Ohio, we set forth for Haunted Hoochie. We rolled into the parking lot around 9pm and this place was swarming with fellow haunt goers! As we exited our cars we could hear all sorts of commotion off in the distance! The ominous glow of “The Hoochie” certainly sets an intimidating and nerve-wracking vibe within moments of being on the property.

Haunted Hoochie features two haunted attractions; Bad Trip in 3D and the main attraction, The World Famous Haunted Hoochie! General admission tickets run for a mere $25 and VIP passes go for $45. As we hit the midway area we were overcome with excitement for the experience that laid ahead. Even though the wait was nearly 90 minutes for general admission, we elected to wait it out, which gave us ample time to take in the ambiance of Haunted Hoochie! The midway area featured several photo-op areas, with our favorite being the carnival scene featuring a full sized ferris wheel and a mini roller coaster. A small merchandise booth and snack shack were also available for guests to enjoy. Various types of music ranging from heavy metal to teen pop was being blasted into the queue line area, with corresponding music videos playing on a projector screen. To top it off, go-go dancers were doing their thing while suspended in a jail cell just below a massive demon animatronic that had periodic blasts of flames spewing from its nostrils. Definitely lots to take in while passing time in the queue line.

Guests will first experience The World Famous Haunted Hoochie, and then proceed forth into Bad Trip in 3D. The first scene at Haunted Hoochie certainly sets the tone for the offensive and non-pc attitude that Haunted Hoochie possesses. A military fellow came launching out of a window to provide a startle and then proceeded to blow his brains out. A bloody and gory mess then appeared behind him, leaving the impression that he literally just blew his brains out. From there we set forth into the madness of Haunted Hoochie for what would end up being 20 minutes of non-stop heart-pounding fun!

The World Famous Haunted Hoochie featured action packed scenes, loaded with props and massive animatronics! We’ve never witnessed so many massive animatronics in one haunted attraction. It was simply overwhelming to take in and had us oohing and aahing frequently! We were moving at a snail's pace to ensure we had ample time to gaze at the sets. Some of these sets were several stories high, giving off a monstrous and menacing vibe! The attention to detail noted throughout was second to none, as we were continually amazed during our journey. Bountiful top of the line special effects were utilized throughout. Ear-piercing and heart-pounding audio effects were also utilized to further immerse the guests into each scene. It would take us quite some time to list everything we encountered throughout The World Famous Haunted Hoochie, so we’ll list some of our favorite sections below.

  1. Screaming ape animatronics with an actor in an ape costume meandering about.

  2. An outdoor set featuring a military vibe with a full sized helicopter (with functioning propeller blades), crashed jeep, and sounds of gunshots and cannons firing away, echoing throughout.

  3. Castle-esque set featuring dragons, demons, and skeleton creatures towering above the castle-like walls.

  4. Demonic church scene with a full size church facade, featuring pyrotechnics and special effects galore!

  5. Crashed airplane of “Flight 666” featuring a destroyed cabin loaded with actors crawling amongst the cabin, audio effects, and flickering lights to simulate the aftermath of a plane crash.

  6. Cemetery scene featuring a demonic reaper animatronic hovering far above the guests created an aesthetically pleasing but horrifying visual.

  7. Several risque scenes featuring Phillip the chicken man, child labor gone wrong, and a live castration of a captive man!

  8. Several large vehicles utilized throughout to startle guests featuring a massive truck and a combine. A motorcycle was also cleverly utilized to terrorize the guests.

  9. Can’t forget to mention the Scooby Doo themed “Misery Machine”.

Unfortunately due to the new covid protocols, scare actors weren’t anywhere near as hands on and up close and personal as they’d typically be. But don’t get us wrong, these folks were still downright terrifying! There was certainly no shortage of scare actors in The World Famous Haunted Hoochie, as these scenes were swarming with spooks! We lost track of how many times scare actors would appear practically out of thin air to scare the crap out of our squad. They were rather sneaky and tenacious in their attacks. Not to mention their unique skits and pure perfection at utilizing improv to personalize the experience for the haunt goer! We can’t say enough about these menacing and sinister scare actors! The high quality and realistic costuming and makeup that the scare actors possessed only helped to further immerse the audience into each and every scene!

After nearly 20 minutes of non-stop blood-curdling terror, we finally escaped from The World Famous Haunted Hoochie, but not before a few chainsaw wielding maniacs delivered one final fright! As we caught our breath and tried to regain our bearings from the sensory overload of The World Famous Haunted Hoochie, we were directed towards and sent into Bad Trip in 3D! Bad Trip in 3D is a 5 minute 3D spectacular experience. This was by far the most action packed 3D fun house we’ve ever experienced. Nearly every square inch of this attraction, from floor to ceiling, was covered with props and animatronics. Surprises and scares of all sorts came from every which direction, leaving us vulnerable to actor driven pop scares. We began having troubles deciphering what was real and what wasn’t, as the scare actors were cleverly hidden and disguised throughout the attraction. We would’ve loved to see more scare actors sprinkled throughout Bad Trip in 3D, but the actors the attraction did possess were top notch, providing an interactive, startling, and spooky fun experience!

As we exited Bad Trip in 3D our squad congregated back in the midway to converse about our experience. The unanimous consensus was that Haunted Hoochie had certainly lived up to its expectation of providing a larger than life and in your face experience! For $25 we certainly got our money's worth of spine-tingling scares and bloody-terrific entertainment! Despite all the new covid safety protocols, Haunted Hoochie still found a way to safely push the envelope and deliver a nerve-wracking, offensive, and mind-boggling experience! We cannot wait to return to Haunted Hoochie when the world is back to “normal” so we can receive the full-on Haunted Hoochie experience! If you’re looking for a haunted attraction that will push your senses and fears to the limit, then Haunted Hoochie is just the right place for you. Make sure to leave the kids and your easily offended friends at home for this one, as things probably won’t pan out well for them. If you think you have what it takes to survive “The Hoochie”, then go for it, you won’t be disappointed!

Individual Attraction Ratings:

Attraction Name: The World Famous Haunted Hoochie

Overall Attraction Rating: 9.5/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 9/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 10/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 9.5/10

Attraction Name: Bad Trip in 3D

Overall Attraction Rating: 8/10

Cast & Crew Rating: 8/10

Set Design & Special Effects Rating: 8.5/10

Scare/Thrill Factor Rating: 8/10

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