Happy Wednesday everybody and welcome to another Halloween Update!
Today we're going to be talking a little bit about the Ventura County Fear Grounds in Ventura, CA. They kicked off their inaugural event last week and we were invited out to the Fair Grounds to check it out.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before we get into our review, here is a highlight video of the three attractions at the event.
As far as the event itself, I'll start off by saying we had a lot of fun at this event. The Cage was super fun and filled with monsters, the Terror Trail took about 20-25 minutes to complete and the Fear Train had at least one really good scene, but had about an hour wait (we do suggest doing this first if you are visiting).
One thing we will mention however, is the props at the event. During their panel at Midsummer Scream, Edward Marks who is the creative director for this event, was talking about his past history of being the Creative Director at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood and other work for Disney.
We're just going to put it bluntly, there are no props or scenery at the Fear Grounds that would ever be acceptable at Disney or Universal, or Knott's or Six Flags or most Home/Independent Haunts.
So if you're going to see some awesome Halloween props and scenery, this event isn't for you.
However, if you like walking through creepy scenes filled with monsters and trees and cool lighting, you will actually enjoy this event. We just want to make sure you all know what you're getting into.
One other thing we have to mention is that the event seems to be scrubbing negative comments of their event on Social Media.
We get it, it's your inaugural year, you're trying to sell your event. But scrubbing comments isn't the way to go. People deserve to know what they're getting for their hard-earned money and sacrificing a night out at an event. I do hope they reconsider this policy.
All of that being said, we've been giving every event a "pass" this year due to a shortened timeline for prep, struggles in hiring talent and the general "not normal" 2021 Halloween Season. It would be completely unfair to not give this event the same pass. We really do wish them a successful season, and we hope to see even more from them in 2022.
Here are some more pics of the event.
For more information on the Ventura County Fear Grounds, and to purchase tickets, click here.