Published: October 29, 2008 at 7:15 AMI live midway between WOF and SFStL, and I have to agree WOF's Halloween event is consistently better, by several magnitudes, than the local Six Flags park. Although I didn't make it to WOF this year, (I may yet go to get my 2009 pass) I have been singing the praises of how well the park does their haunt for years.
Interestingly, I was just at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Night last week and after that experience, I appreciate WOF even more. HHN is pretty much a drunk-fest. I have never seen so many bars throughout a park and at the exits to the houses in my life. We didn't imbibe so that made the inebriated guests all that much more obvious and annoying. With the crowds they have, the staff feel compelled to literally force you through every house as quickly as they can. If you stopped to look at something, an un-costumed employee was rushing you on. With 8 houses and 5 scare zones I thought I would get my money's worth on their first Wednesday night version of the event, but instead I hardly was scared once. (It would have been more of a nightmare without their extra-fee express pass, but not the kind of nightmare I was paying to experience.) If I could have a do-over, I'd trade my HHN experience for WOF's Halloween Haunt instead (and could have gone 3 times for the same cost), since even when the lines get long at WOF, they try to parse the entry of the guests to allow time for the scare actors to reset and make the event the frightfest it should be. It is obvious that quality, not quantity, should be the driving factor for a park's Halloween experience.
I'd also like to echo James' praise of WOF's management. They really deserve every bit of it, and by next year, with the addition of Prowler, readers should try to make WOF a destination that shouldn't be missed, particularly during Halloween Haunt.