REVIEW: The Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park 2012

The Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park

15 years ago, Brett Oakley built a haunted trail at his home in Madison Township, Ohio. It became so popular that he had to expand; it evolved into the multi-attraction haunt that is now The Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park in Middletown. The park is located in the middle of a wooded area. It was a stormy night when I visited the haunt, so the complete package of weather and location definitely heightened the fear factor!

The main attraction is still the Middletown Haunted Trail, and with it taking more than 30 minutes to walk through, it is also the longest. The trail has many different sections including areas featuring aliens, vampires, and a school of Hell. I understand that theming a long trail may be difficult, but having many different themes going at once in one attraction didn’t make cohesive sense. The actors rely on dialog for their scares, and they were into their roles and giving their best since they were out in the open during a storm. What impressed me the most about the trail were the sets. At one point, you walk through a junkyard with two massive school buses standing vertically out of the ground! During the “Area 49” section, you walk on a bridge over water in an aircraft carrier all while animatronic aliens lunge toward you. Unfortunately, with the event open at 8pm, the whole trail is so dark that it is very difficult to see the sets for all they’re worth.

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream ParkBesides the trail, Land of Illusion also has four walk through mazes: Temple of Terror, Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate, Voodoo Bayou Shanty, and Killer Klowns in 3D. The use of special effects in Temple of Terror is fantastic. The first room is an Egyptian chamber that shakes violently and there is another area where the entire ceiling crashes down on you! Both of these effects completely caught me off guard, and were amazing. Dr. Psycho’s was also a highlight mostly due to the wonderful layout. The maze uses portions of the original farm home on site as well as very large outdoor graveyard scenes. Voodoo Bayou Shanty and Killer Klowns were the weakest attractions. Both are typical bayou and clown-themed mazes; the actors in both attractions embrace their roles and you can see how much they put into their performances.

Overall, Land of Illusion is a good event, especially for the value. All of the attractions are very long, and the use of special effects and animatronics are top notch. I noticed that with this event, you can see the amount of effort and love went into the creation of it. The staff had wonderful attitudes and the actors clearly love what they do. Extra kudos to them for scaring and working hard in the cold wind and rain while having loads of energy. It’s definitely worth adding Land of Illusion to your list of must visit Ohio haunts!

– Jon Yslas/TPA Team Member

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2 Responses to REVIEW: The Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park 2012

  1. Tabbatha says:

    Went to land of illusions last night for my sisters birthday. They are the worst place ever to go to. I was so disappointed. I have gone many of times before and never an issue till now. Most of there haunted houses were way under staffed, then last but not least we ended up robbed along with few other people. And to make matters worse the owner is a complete ass. They made us park out in a field after cleaning stating on there web page they had gravel parking for us. This field was a decent distance from the place, they had no lighting or security. Which not one sign was posted stating this. When we walked out my car and a few others had the windows busted out. Purses were stolen including my sisters, she lost allot including her keys to her vehicles, all of her money, cards and so much more. Now she cannot even drive her car. My money was also stolen and my car obviously damaged. Then owner was so rude to all of us! He never said sorry, no reimbursement(even though about 200 bucks alone was spent there between us two) nothing at all. Instead he leaves us in the dark, in the cold waiting over an hour for cops to show. He couldn’t even turn a damn light on for us. This place definitely does not care about there customers, only what money they can get from you. Please re post this. I am really hoping that maybe someone that was there Friday 13th might of seen someone or have some sort of idea who did this, in hopes of my sister and the others getting there things back and to also warn others of the very bed lack of security and safety.

  2. Rick West Rick West says:

    Hi Tabbatha,

    Well, that sounds like a really rough evening. Normally, these types of things need to be taken up on the likes of Yelp, etc. or with the haunt directly. I need to state immediately that TPA cannot confirm or deny the claims made in this comment, and we do strongly urge you to take the matter up directly with Land of Illusion in person or via social media. That said, we’re sorry that you had such a horrible experience. We wish you luck in getting your stolen items recovered, and hope that your Halloween season is much better than it has been thus far.

    We do not have any direct contact with the owners or operators of Land of Illusion. Note that this article that you have commented on was published in 2012 – it’s been years since anyone associated with TPA visited this particular haunted attraction.

    – Rick West

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