Sorry for the late post....I had to work directly after closing night . And on that same note, I apologize ahead of time for the people I forget. My job is very soul sucking and I'm sure I forgot a few of the many awesome experiences last night.
Anyhow, thank you to all of the scareactors for making the event what it is. Yet again you all took what you were given and ran with it making the event into an amazing experience.
I tried to give a little note with a picture of my stuffed cat to all of my favorite scareactors, though some of them only printed the picture, and on top of that I ran out so I wasn't able to give one out to every single awesome scareactor that deserved one....but please know that if you got the picture without a note, it's basically saying that you made a lasting impression on me and that your'e one of my favorites.
Face Off: You guys are all simply amazing! <3 to the cloaked scareactors at the end opposite of Mel's, <3 to everyone working for the witch with the umbrella....especially to my favorite pig-head-girl, but the one with the rat and the one with the....idk what it was lol....were also very very awesome. It was fun having the cloaked guys "kiss" my cat with their skulls, and it was awesome seeing pig-head-girl with a piece of some prop in her mouth for most of the night. <3 to the gypsies, especially Stacia (I think I spelled it right that time!) aka the tambourine girl, <3 to all of the bag heads ( I really wish I could see your faces, I feel like I know you guys but I have no clue who any of you are!), <3 to the pirates especially the one that had the Johnny Depp walk DOWN, much <3 to Pirate Travis who hated me so much haha, <3 to the blonde female pirate that I'm pretty sure I recognize from a previous year for always getitng in my face, and <3 to the people in suits especially the redhead with the bucket.
You guys seriously made your zone amazing given that your only real appeal in the first place was the costumes. Thank you guys so much. My favorite part about closing night was that several of you had your makeup done so you were progressively "aging" as the night went on. I loved hearing "Hurry back! I'm aging so fast...." and seeing my favorite redhead scareactor with a gray beard really was interesting and quite awesome. It made me remember the 7 zone where the characters changed throughout the night. You guys were fantastic, and are my #1 Scarezone. I feel like if you all were given more to work with, you'd have won out over Purge.
Masquerade: You guys also are quite awesome. You all went from creepy but fun to watch to quite aggressive and intense. <3 to the meowers, and the ones that pet my cat. <3 to the one male who was dancing on a guest....not ballroomy type dancing mind you, but some kind of weird modern dance haha. That was one of the funniest things I've seen. Much <3 to all of you, especially the ones that got a jump out of me.
Bayou: You guys are quite awesome too, though definitely lacking in resources for scares. If you all had better props and opportunities for scares, I feel like this zone could've been a whole lot better. Much <3 to the girl who always "fed" my cat with the mouse, I'm sorry I wasn't able to get you one of my pictures! <3 to the stiltwalkers for being quite awesome. Of course <3 to the Voodoo queen, who actually did bring back the sacrifice for that night with an awesomely hilarious improv sacrifice routine where she recited the script from the original show (at least as much as I can remember) and "slit" the throat of an actor who did a perfect roll right onto his back. <3 to the one dude with the wood book that got a decent scare out of my friend and I.
Purge: HO-LEE-SHIT. You guys rocked last night. For most of the event I was hardly ever targeted in this zone, except for a few awesome chance encounters. However, last night I got a LOT of attention. Now, to be fair, I did have my friend with me who's a very short girl that looks easy to scare, so maybe that's what made the difference. Anyhow, much <3 to the blonde chainsaw chick that sought me out, MUCH <3 to the chainsaw dude with the green mask that started walking side by side with me, carried on a casual conversation, and the proceded to scaring again....THAT was amazing. <3 to Armando, <3 to the announcer chick for talking with us, <3 to the various knife wielders and other chainsaw people that came at me....I remember one of the fox-masks actually getting a jump out of me. Chainsaws always make me jump, and that was my first street chainsaw scare for the entire event.....and last but certainly not least <3 to Damien for being freaking amazing as usual. I'm almost 100% certain that I've forgotten someone from last night.
FDTD: I'm going to miss that barker at the front! MUCH <3 to the bat-person that stole George and popped him out the other boo-hole! I had no idea I knew one of you guys in this house....that was unexpected and awesome. <3 to Pigtails for hanging out in the open. And of course <3 to the ones that I'm forgetting!
TWD: All of the walkers behind the curtains for being super aggressive. That's a fantastic part of the house, and I love it. <3 to the strobe walkers in the forest area, especially "The Jock" who took George for one last time. All of the actors were great this year in this house, and they all went above and beyond what I expected of them.
Drac: <3 to the guys that always stab George, and <3 to the finale Drac that seems to always get me.
Giggles: <3 to the entire crew for being particularly awesome on the final night, and hell for the entire run. <3 to the opening clown and his girl yet again.....you guys are just simply awesome. <3 to April for being completely off the chain last night! Going pretty much nuts...it was hilarious. One last George-Stab. <3 to the mirror clowns that pet George, and gave one last wave. <3 to the super tall tophat clown that pet George for one last time. <3 to all of the discarded, especially the one that was leaning over the barrier to the hallway, all of the ones that pet the cat, <3 to Michaelz who gave me another one of the best moments of the nice by reciting word for word in the EXACT voice the line from The Mummy 'Are you insane? Get out of here! The curse is real! This whole place is a trap!" <3 to the shocker clowns as usual, and especially to the girl that shocked George....I've had the clown sitting on that spot shock my cat before, but I don't know if it's the same one....either way, you guys are freaking awesome. Last but not least, to the chainsaw clown simply for having "Free Hugs" written on your chest.
Roanoke: I went through this house earlier in the night, and managed to go through with nobody in front of or behind me other than my friend that was accompanying me. I have to say, the house was actually quite decent. It definitely is understaffed, I noticed MANY areas where there could've been scareactors that were just empty. When you're in a conga line it's harder to notice, but when you're by yourself and hypervigilant you notice all of the little spaces. It would've been a great house overall and would've gotten far better reviews had it had more staff in it. <3 to the guy who was eating the cloth from the ceiling, that was hilarious....<3 to the guys that were cooking for being particularly on point. <3 to the very aggressive boarded hallway scareactors, and <3 to the ever aggressive Wendigos.
Halloween: I've always liked this house, but never really got a whole lot of scares other than in the trick or treat section, till Halloween night and then last night. MUCH <3 to the Michael in the second room that did the normal e-prompt scare, then came out and began stabbing at my cat and sliced his throat. THAT was awesome and a pretty decent scare, simply because I was not expecting a scare outside of the e-prompt. Also <3 to the Michael close to the end that had a staring contest with me all the way out. You guys were great.
And lastly, Dollhouse: My favorite house, easily my #1. <3 to the entire cast last night, it felt like almost everybody pointed at me, pet my cat, gave me some sort of gesture....you guys are all fantastic, and that was probably one of my best runs through the house. There were people pointing at me or petting George that I didn't even know I knew! That was an amazing run through. Lots and lots of <3 to my favorite bear, the mummies, the chick that plays doctor, the camoflaged stuffed animal dude, the man babies and the giant baby, and the ballerinas, especially the one with the slit throat.
I didn't go through AVP on the last night.
So, that's it. Thank you everyone for an amazing year! I'm sorry for the ones that I forgot to mention. I had a blast this year, and had a great final night. I'm really looking forward to next year, and I hope that we give more power to our scareactors (less e-prompts, more opportunity for scareactor interaction), I hope that we can get more scareactors in the houses in general, and I hope that we can get rid of the dead space in the parks. Other than those things, the event was fantastic.