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Ghost Lake Conneaut 2010 – Part Two

Posted by LOTGK on October 19, 2010

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Fear level One: Dr. Rot’s Funeral Home
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Ghost Lake 2010 Dr. Rot Sign

Walking down the midway we spied the sign pointing the way to the first haunt level, Doctor Rot’s Funeral Home. It was in the same location as last years Tinglers Funeral home. We turned right and followed the sign.
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Ghost Lake 2010

This part of the midway was dark, and for good reason. Out of the darkness, a demented clown wielding a chainsaw came out of the shadows daring anyone to cross his pass.
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Dr. Rots Entrance

Yes, Dr. Rots looked exactly lile last years haunt. The Casket propped up outside and the black hurst angled in the yard. Hopefully change will be inside.
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Dr. Rots Monster

Hanging around outside to scare the patrons before entering the haunt was a post chemical warfare survivor.
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Sexy Ghoul W/ Cleavage

Shortly after entering the Funeral Home, we stumbled into this lovely lady. She has quite a set of lungs on her as her screams were ear piercing.
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Funeral Parlor Coffin

As was last year there was a woman mourning her husband in the funeral parlor. I won’t tell you what happens next.
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Foreboding Steps

As we turned the corner, we encountered these foreboding steps. Very nice.
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A Ford Fan

Keep in mind, this haunt was in almost total darkness. The camera I used works very well in low light conditions. Look, she’s a Ford fan.
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Dual Coffins

The funeral parlor had multiple coffins, and some of them with some very live monsters inside.
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Skeleton

Another actor inside the funeral parlor, a skeleton jumped out from behind a door. Very good effect in darkness.
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Caged Monster

I was expecting the fence to be electrified, having sparks moving from side to side, but alas, it did not. It merely kept the monsters caged and away from the customers.
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Outside Dr. Rots

Upon exiting Dr. Rots we looked to our left and up the road to spy the blinking lights signaling the next haunt, The House Of The Undead.
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Fear Level Two: House Of The Undead
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As we approached the next haunt, the house was lit up with strobe lights. As we approached the front porch, I filmed this brief video of that effect. Check it out below.


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Ghost Lake 2010

Last year as we were waiting to enter the House Of The Undead and we noticed that the front door would stick every time when allowing victims to enter. This year, it did not stick.
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The gallery below is from the House Of The undead. As you will see, there were plenty of monsters lurking in the shadows. Keep in mind that the house was pretty dark and I had my camera in night vision to snap these photo’s. Loved the bloody bride, Raggedy Andy, and the Batter up guy in the orange suit.

House Undead Host Batter Up Bloody Wall

Ghost in Corner Chained Heat

Ghost Lake House of undead exit hall.


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As we exited the House Of The undead, we looked to our right for the next haunt, the legendary Hotel Conneaut. We set out down the dark street towards the hotel in hopes of meeting up with the mad butcher who lurks in the basement and the Bride Elizabeth herself, who reported roams the halls in search of her soldier boy husband.

Happy Halloween – Samhain

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Ghost Lake Conneaut 2010 Haunted Adventure

Posted by LOTGK on October 18, 2010

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Ghost Lake 2010

Ghost Lake Conneaut is on it’s third year of it’s Haunted Eight Levels Of Fear hosted inside Conneaut Lake Park located at 12382 Center Street, Conneaut Lake, PA, 16316.

Two years ago, (2008) the Grassy Knoll Institute investigated a new haunted atrraction venue called Ghost Lake. The setting had almost ideal conditions. A certified haunted hotel, (Hotel Conneaut) a burned out midway, (Due to a tragic fire in the winter) and a closed secluded Amusement park surrounded by a cool water lake. Throw in a small resident community with some run down houses on narrow streets and you have a recipe for a successful haunt.

In 2008, the haunt was disorganized, poorly planned, and to me, a complete bust. It was a shame for it was ripe to be successful. Last year, (2009) the ghost lake crew got it together, added new haunts, deleted the lame ones, and added more monster and actors to scare the paying customers. We returned to Ghost lake again October 2nd of this year to re-evaluate the haunt.

As in the previous two years, I will use the same format splitting up the 8 haunted levels of fear into four updates to avoid lengthy and large bandwidth page sizes. You are reading the first update, (Part One) the introduction, consisting of the history of Ghost Lake, parking area, the entry cost and ticket booth, the new layout, and the midway.

The second update will explore haunts: Doctor Rots Funeral Home and The House Of The Undead.

The Third update will inspect the haunted Hotel Conneaut where I guarantee you will see the ghost Elizabeth roaming the halls, The Terror Down Under, and The Amityville Horror.

The fourth update will explore The Fog, The Black Vortex, The Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster, and of course the food stands with the available selections.
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Ghost Lake 2010 Sign

This year the Grassy Knoll Institute decided to visit early in the season for the weather was almost perfect. We jumped in the Jeep at 6pm October 2nd, and began our trek to Ghost Lake. The trek for lasts is approximately 75 minutes from Youngstownm, Ohio to the Ghost lake parking lot. Rounding the bend on Route 618 we spied the Ghost Lake billboard pointing the way. Five minutes later we arrived.

Being early in the season, the parking lot was not packed, but there were enough cars to have a good crowd. We walked to the entrance gate and there were approximately 50-60 people in front of us to buy tickets.
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Ghost Lake 2010 Entrance

As said, there were about 50-60 people in front of us standing in line to buy their Ghost Lake tickets. The line went quickly as the ticket booths had several cashiers to keep the line moving.
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Ghost Lake 2010 Ticket Booth

This is a close up of the Ghost Lake entrance gate. Everyone was having a good time and excited about the night’s ghost adventure. In about ten minutes we were up to the cashier ready to enter.
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Ghost Lake 2010 Evil Jester

Just before it was our turn to get up to the cashier, an evil Jester ventured into the crowd to scare the Hell out of all the teenage girls waiting in line. The jester played his role quite well as the girls were running and screaming whenever he appeared.
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Ghost Lake 2010 Prop

The cost this year for Ghost Lake was $15.50 plus two dollars for the 8th level of fear, the Blue Streak Ghoster Coaster. So technically, the cost was $17.50 for all eight haunts. We used our coupons for Two dollars off entrance and yes we bought the Ghost Coaster upgrade.

Going through the gate we encountered this prop with the sign requesting we touch the prop. I dare you to touch the prop when you go through.

We made the small walk in the dimly lit pathway to the Ghost Lake Parkway and past the Blue Streak and and assorted games and food stands as we made our way to the first haunt, Doctor Rots Funeral Home.

Part Two Of Four of the Ghost Lake experience will be posted tomorrow as we walk through Doctor Rots Funeral Home and visit the House Of The Undead.
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Happy Halloween – Samhain

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Ghost Lake Conneaut – Total Access Tour

Posted by LOTGK on October 31, 2009

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As promised, the following photo gallery was taken in the morning October 26th, 2009, at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania. Inside the park is the famous haunted hotel Conneaut where the ghost Elizabeth and other spirits roam the hallways. It is also the home of the haunted attraction, Ghost Lake, now in it’s second season with 8 levels of fear attractions scattered throughout the park. See in the daytime what you couldn’t see in the dark. Enjoy the gallery.

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Ghost Lake Conneaut – The Lighter Side

Posted by LOTGK on October 30, 2009

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On Moday morning October 26th, the Grassy Knoll Institute investigative team invaded Ghost Lake Conneaut. We were the only people on the lot. We had just visited the haunt a few days earlier on Saturday and wanted to get a different perspective on the haunt. As a public service to all those attending Ghost Lake this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, I filmed a video guide of each of the 8 levels of fear. I broke up the tour into two vidoes with the first encompassing the midway and the first four levels of fear and the second video the last four levels of fear ending on the midway. Enjoy, and visit Ghost lake Conneaut.

The second video containing haunt levels 5 through 8 and the midway.

Daytime photos of every haunt and the entire park coming within the next twenty four hours.

Happy Halloween – Samhain

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Ghost Lake Conneaut 2009 – Revisited – Part 3 Of 4

Posted by LOTGK on October 30, 2009

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We had survived the first four levels of fear and were halfway complete. We stopped outside the hotel a few minutes to regroup and set out for the next four levels beginning with Terror Down Under, then off to The Fog, Then Jeepers Creepers, and ending with The Black Vortex.
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Level Five: Terror Down Under
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Terror Down Under

After a small rest, we left Hotel Conneaut and walked the shoreline boardwalk to the next level on the list, The Terror Down Under. The attraction was beneath the Beach Club restaurant and bar. At the terror sign, we headed down the steps and into the haunt. There were approximately 50 people waiting to enter. The biggest line we encountered so far. But no fear, the line moved quickly.

The haunt led us to the basement area of the building, we were walking on sand, the beach of Lake Conneaut. At least I think it was sand, it was pitch black. The haunt featured plenty of actors grabbing you, screamers, moaners, and props that dangled from the top onto your head and hair. And oh yea, chainsaws.

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Chainsaw Wielding Clown

Several chainsaws were heard inside and when we exited the haunt, a chainsaw wielding clown was there to scare everyone especially the teenage girls. He was semi camouflaged in the background when we exited. he then fired up the chainsaw and chased the girls up the alley to the next haunt.
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Level Six: The Fog
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The Fog - Ghost Lake

We turned the corner and headed toward The Fog, terror level six on the tour. Last year the Fog was a maze of filled with dry ice, flashing lights, and a weird organ music. That was about it. This year, it was different. When we entered, there was still plenty of dry ice smoke, and instead of organ music, loud headbanger music was piped in.

the haunt was almost completely dark, and we all had to use our hands to navigate through the fog maze. We could hear chainsaws inside and women screaming with panic in their voices.

Inside the fog, there were plenty of actors scaring you, touching you, grabbing you, screaming and shouting. This took about 15 minutes to get through. We had to walk slowly, and bumped into people in front of us, and some from behind.
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Level Seven: Jeepers Creepers Corn Maze
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Jeepers Creepers

The next haunt level was right across the midway, Jeepers Creepers Corn Maze. I was intrigued with a corn maze inside the park.

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Skeleton Scarecrow

We entered the corn maze expecting a fake corn stalks but quickly noted they were real. Very nice. The maze path was wide enough to navigate but a little slippery but not muddy. Inside the maze, we spied plenty of modern props, lenty of actors dressed as demons and monsters hiding in the corn, and keeping in theme with the name of the maze, Jeepers Creepers, at the end of the maze was the yellow school bus from the movie, Jeepers creepers. The actors were excellent at this point of the maze including the bus driver and the crazy man laughing hysterically walking alongside the bus. A minute later we were walking through the exit.
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Level Eight: The Black Vortex
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The Black Vortex

The final haunt level was mere feet away. We walked over and got in line for the Black Vortex. The Ghost lake employee punched our ticket and we walked through a car wash type of doorway. (The squiggly plastic tentacles and the exit of a car wash) We ambled along in total darkness with some screams and weird sounds until we reached the vortex.

Basically the vortex is a spinning cylinder with moving and blinking lights givings the illusion that you are spinning around and around. The plank you are walking on is stationery and does not move. Your eyes and brain are deceived. A very cool effect. The video below is the entire Black Vortex experience.


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$8 Dollar Bucket Of Fries

No Halloween haunt is complete without sampling the cuisine at the food stands. We opted for the French fry stand at the center of Ghost Lake midway. I ordered a corn dog and the bucket of fries. The corn dog was $3 dollars and the bucket of fries were $8 dollars. The corn dog was not your standard size, it was quite small. The bucket of fries didn’t disappoint though. And for 8 bucks, it better not have. The fries were well cooked and hot and salted just right.

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$3 Dollar Pretzel

On the way out of Ghost Lake I stopped for a hot soft pretzel with cheese. Yes, you are looking at $3 dollars worth of pretzel. The pretzel was standard fare but hit the spot for the hour plus ride home.

In summary:
Last year Ghost Lake was a complete bust. This year, Ghost Lake upped the ante, using more modern props, better thought out haunts, plenty of more live actors, and more courteous workers that actually knew what they were doing. The Grassy Knoll Institute investigative team pronounces Ghost Lake 2009 a success and recommends that you visit ghost Lake tonight, Friday the 30th from 7 to Midnight, or Halloween evening 7 pm to Midnight, and Sunday, November 1st, 7 pm to 11pm. The $15.50 is well worth it.

Bonus Coverage Of Ghost Lake Conneaut, a total access of Ghost Lake and all of it’s haunts on video. Check back later this evening for the video’s.

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