Haunted Hydro: ‘Scary Tales of Horror’Written by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 theme for The Haunted Hydro in Fremont is “Scary Tales of Horror.” Most of the rooms and layout have been changed.
According to executive operator Beth Turner, “We had small teams of actors design rooms this year and we gave them small budgets to put their rooms together.”
The results were scary spaces that Hydro guests have never seen before and an entirely new haunt concept.
While the Hydro’s available space remains unchanged, it feels as though the density of the scares has increased.
There are still plenty of props to look at as you try to avoid being caught by roaming ghouls, but now there are more rooms and more disturbing costumes and makeup.
One of the rooms in the Hydro this year involves several actors portraying a scene from “Hansel and Gretel.” Complete with ovens and child volunteers, it was one of the bigger rooms and its production value was high. However, the scene and the room have been designed by someone with a heart for gore and grotesqueness, because it feels more like a scene out of a “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movie than a child’s story.
Of course The Haunted Hydro would not neglect its outdoor haunt. This year, “Camp Slaughter” returns with its combination maze and haunt, taking the unsuspecting toward a rushing river. The sound of the river masks the sounds of any actors getting into place and the jump scares are potent.
The natural dark of the outdoors combined with the myriad hiding places for people who choose to spend their weekends scaring people makes for one outstanding haunt. While there are several actors working the camp, one of the scariest characters is nature itself. There is a true sense of vulnerability when you’re wandering in the woods, somewhat disoriented, trying to follow an unlit path.
Some of the props and maze elements have returned from previous years, but it is fair to say that “Camp Slaughter” is a new haunt. There were new actors in amazing makeup and costumes and a wandering chain saw-wielding freak who made sure you didn’t have much time to try to find your way out.
Next year will mark The Haunted Hydro’s 25th year in operation and there are no signs that Turner and her husband “Crazy Bob” are running out of ideas. With fresh spaces and new designs each year, The Haunted Hydro guarantees good scares with a familiar feel year after year.
Visit thehauntedhydro.com for hours, directions and ticket information.