My last haunt of the year ended up being one of my favorite haunts of the Halloween season; Motel 6 Feet Under, which I personally think is one of the best independent haunts in all of Southern California. This is one of those rare haunts that has the best of everything - heart and soul, passion and drive, impeccable set design and quality scares. Last year was their inaugural year and I unfortunately I did not get the chance to stop by, but I made it a point to get there this year and it was well worth it.
The story that unfolds at Motel 6 Feet Under centers around a little girl named Mable. She lives in the motel, having once been a living entity and now a deceased one, and she's enlisted the help of the dead and undead motel staff to lure innocent tourists into their trap. Mable is lonely, and she wants some new friends, and she will do whatever it takes to make sure you never leave. Just when you think you've found your escape, Mable sweeps the rug out from beneath you with well placed tricks that keep you on your feet from start to finish.
What I loved most about this haunt was how interactive it was. Whether it was being scared by one of the actors or animatronics (hell, even both at the same time), or getting lost in the labyrinth of hallways while you try to find an exit, there was always something unique and different happening all around you. I was amazed with how creative the designers were in constructing the motel for guests to experience. Every square inch of the building used to house this haunt was designed top to bottom to mimic a haunted hotel. I loved getting lost inside, trying different door handles, and being shocked (figuratively and literally) with what, or who, waited on the other side. The level of interaction was far superior to most of the other independent haunts I've been too and it's something that Motel 6 Feet Under should be proud of.
When it comes to the acting and scares, I have to admit, they were absolutely top notch. When you have gone through as many haunts as I have, you start to become desensitized to being scared. It's something that kind of sucks because if you are like me, you actually love being scared. I had gone to Motel 6 Feet Under towards the end of the Halloween season and was already at that point where not even extreme experiences were affecting me the same. I don't know what it was about this haunt that got to me, but they had me jumping in fright on a few occasions. If I had to guess, I think it was because their scares were tailored to be simple in their execution and they were when you least expected them. Whatever the case may be, the staff of Motel 6 were effective in scaring all those who came through their doors.
There are not enough words to say how much I enjoyed my time at Motel 6 Feet Under and I know I'm not alone in that thought. This is one of those haunts that will continue to grow in the years to come, cementing itself within the haunt community as being one of the most unique, fun, and terrifying experiences in Southern California. Kudos to Carolyn Carpenter and her team for putting on such a great haunt that keeps people wanting to come back. Make sure you put Motel 6 Feet Under on your list of must-see haunts in 2017. You will not be disappointed and hey, you may not ever want to check out once entering...
For more information on Motel 6 Feet Under, visit their website at http://www.motel6feetunder.org/