As Halloween haunts go, you can generally rely on one of two strategies: either you will be brought the same event year after year (with perhaps a new coat of paint and a few new creepy masks for good measure), or you will get a company that constantly reinvents itself on a year-by-year basis. Both of these strategies have their pluses and minuses, and both of them have plenty of examples about how to do it right and how to do it wrong. In principle, I will always applaud places that try to do something new each year, even if they’re not entirely successful, as trying something new in haunts is generally admirable.
As such, we generally look forward to whatever is being held by Sinister Pointe. Over the past three years we’ve attended, we’ve traveled through high-tech houses that simulated going to the underworld and through Bloody Mary’s mirror, and took part in an innovative experience where one of us would be in a dark room populated by monsters while the other watched their partner on night vision cameras while offering instructions on how to blindly solve puzzles. It didn’t quite work, but it was fun.
Either way, Sinister Pointe has consistently offered interesting and interactive experiences, and with this year’s theme, Fear the Mark, promising four separate paths that we could be sent on throughout the night, we were excited.
Event Score: 6.5/10
-- Matt Carter
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