So i am a self confessed lover of halloween. Back when I was a little younger I loved the excuse to get dressed up for a halloween party. I dont get the chance as much nowadays as halloween has become all about our kids. But I do like to go all out and frighten the local kids when they come trick or treating!
Im pretty sure if you asked my missus she would tell you that Halloween/Bonfire night is her favourite time of the year! So much so that the house becomes decorated from the first week in October!
Last year we had the chance to try out Scream Factory on the VIP Launch night – which you can read the review for here – and absolutely loved it! So when we were offered to attend PsychoPath we were over the moon! If not a little unnerved now we knew what to expect from these events.
The missus is not so much a fan of horror – she loves all the decorations and activities of the time of year but she certainly does not do well with anything remotely scary. I honestly dont think she has seen one horror movie…not even the classics! But after last years experience she was all up for another “soil your pants” experience!
Over the past couple of years I have heard quite a bit about PsychoPath, ive just never had the chance or time to check it out. There is often a lot of radio advertisement that you just cant miss. So this year was our year to see what all the fuss was about. We arrived at 7:30pm and waited in line. The scale was huge in comparison to the event we attended last year and took some lengthy queuing. But once into the warehouse doors we were greeted by some interesting characters giving us a little taster of what was to come.
The warehouse seems to be the centre of it all, where you que for the different areas and return to after being frightened to death. There is a large stage down the bottom with rotating acts – either playing live music, acrobatics or an illusionist. With a good mix of funfair games, rides, a bar and plenty of options to eat.
One thing I will mention here about the food is that you need tokens. To be honest I was pretty disappointed in the organisation of this. There is nothing to inform you of the need for tokens for food, so you can imagine my disgruntle as I waited in line for food only to be told once at the front that they dont accept cash and I had to go and que elsewhere at the bar first to buy tokens. So keep this in mind. We ended up opting for a chicken gyro and a sausage sandwich, which were fairly tasty. Another word of warning too – dont consider then using your left over tokens for a drink at the end of the night. I ordered us some drinks to only then to be told the bar only accepts cash, so I was still left with £10 worth of tokens. I dont think this was very well planned or at least not very transparent. But hey ho!
After some food we went to que in one of the 4 attractions available, Iscream! The que was quite small as everyone was either drinking at the bar or on the main Psycho Path, so we got in pretty quickly. I think we chose well to enter here first – it was a nice little warm up for what was to come.
The Psycho Path
Once this had finished we headed round to que for the PsychoPath – the que looked huge – but to be honest it went down fairly quickly and considering it is right at the stage you get a little entertainment while you wait. Once at the front your rounded into groups of around 20 I think and soon bustled into the back of a transit van by men wearing balaclavas. Just a glimpse into one of the nightmares your going to face!
Without giving the game away and revealing too much, it is basically a number of different zones; each with different themes and surprises. As your walking through blacked tunnels or through the woods you cant help but fear that something or someone is watching you. The anticipation of whats to come is what makes this walk so scary.
A few of the zones were particularly more hair raising than others and some just weren’t scary at all – kind of a refuge to allow you to recover from the previous shock. A few of the areas were also there to test your senses more than anything – think strobe lighting, moving platforms and smoke!
All in all we had a really good night – were not totally convinced that we were as scared as last years however. I cant decide whether this is because we knew sort of what to expect now or whether there wasn’t as many frights. But thats not to say we weren’t scared – because at times I screamed like a girl! All in all the sets and effort that goes into the actors costumes is incredible! I really liked how the bigger scale of areas and then food/bar options also made for it being a longer full night event too.
If your looking for a hair raising night out this October – then get yourself some tickets booked. Just dont come back and blame me if you need a new set of underwear after!