Canada’s Wonderland Halloween Haunt 2017 Opening Night!

Just so you know

I haven’t visited Halloween Haunt since 2006 when it was still FearFest. I just don’t like horror things. But being a Wonderland fan, I couldn’t keep that gap growing any bigger so I took them up on their opening night deal for season pass holders. Tickets were just $9.99. I also got a No Boo Necklace which tells the monsters not to scare with you.

My plan was to catch some night rides and check out all of the shows. I had no intention of doing any of the mazes.

The Night Begins

I had a full 10am-5pm daytime visit before waiting outside until 7pm for the gates of Haunt to open. By the time we were let inside, the fog machines were already going. I immediately went to pick up my No Boo Necklace from the CW Store at the front gate.

I wasn’t sure where to go first so I ended up following everyone to Zombies 4D which is a rethemed Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.

I haven’t ridden WMGuardian since May last year so I was interested to see how the ride was doing. I want to like it. I think the coaster and trains are cool but I feel like it’s lacking with the physical theming and game. Whenever they decide to do a retheme, I’m hopeful it’ll feel more complete.

Again, I haven’t been to Haunt in many years, but the scare zone boundaries seemed more strict and smaller. When I moved from Wonder Mountain’s Guardian into Action Zone, it seemed like any other night at the park with the bubbly FunTV sounds louder than the park audio.

Anyways, once I got here, I was happy to see Sledgehammer open since it was down all day. They set up a fog machine right next to the entrance for the scare zone in front of the ride. Just throwing it out there but I think it would be neat to have extended nights in the summer with fog machines, lights, and techno music.

I didn’t do too many rides since the night seemed to go by very quickly. The rides I did get were great though and the lines weren’t too bad.

I loved the Mountain projections. It was a lightning scene with random spooky scenes in between. It would be cool for it to be an actual scheduled show like Starlight Northern Reflections.

For most of the night, I tried to keep my No Boo Necklace off just to see how things would go. A lot of the time, the monsters were focused on getting the big scares on other groups. I was stared at and followed a few times, and yelled at just once. In future years, I’ll stick with the No Boo anyway, just for the comfort of having it for times when I just want to move between rides in peace.

On With the Shows

Devil’s Circus

My first show of the night was Devil’s Circus which was new this year. This turned out to be my favorite. Great acts and I loved the fire effects on the set.

Shoutout to the guy with the phone who kept moving in front of me with his phone in the air. (Whenever I record things, which is a lot, I try to keep my camera at eye-level or lower unless I’m at the very back.)

The Sentimentalists

I saw a short bit of this show on my way to Sinner’s Lounge. It wasn’t interesting enough to stop me.

Sinner’s Lounge

Being so used to silly raccoon shenanigans in Wonderland Theatre, I was a bit caught off guard by the themes in this show but I know I shouldn’t be. Pole dancing, drunk guy, shirtless dude, and bar fights. It’s a good show with humorous bits in it too. I liked it.

Good Night?

It was a good night, even though I skipped out on the main draw of the event which are the mazes. That said, I’d only go to Haunt if they do this cheap ticket promotion again, but that’s just me.

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