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2005 Visitor Reviews of
Deken Park Haunted Trails (St. Elmo, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: rsapp   (Event Visited: 10/28/05 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/05
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to find since I do not know St. Elmo that well. There are signs on highway 40 directing you the way for the Haunted Trail.

Wait Entertainment: Music and campfire. Very nice.

Length of Event: 20+ minutes

Actor Performance: Very nice. They enjoy doing this and look and act very real!!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very nice!

Appropriate Ages: 8+

Props / Special FX: Awesome. A lot of time has been put in on setting this attraction up. It felt like we were walking into a Freddy Kooger movie.

Costumes / Make-up: Very realistic. Nice!

Summary: I really enjoyed going to this Haunted Trail and will go back next year taking more people with me. I hope it is as good as it was this year. I really enjoyed the characters in this haunted trail and liked the set up of going in and out of buildings.

Reviewed by: cccln   (Event Visited: 10/21/05 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/05
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: It is very easy to find. There are signs at highway 40 and also right in front of park.

Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment is good-characters mingle with crowd-music playing, campfire, concession stand selling hot chocolate, candied apples, hot dogs etc.

Length of Event: it takes about 20-30 min to go through the trails, depending on how fast you run!

Actor Performance: The actors are very convincing. In one of the houses there is quite the theatrical performance going on. They have a torture chamber that is awesome.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow through the park is good. You are sent in groups of 6-8 with a glow stick as your only lighting. There are guides throughout the park that help navigate.

Appropriate Ages: There were all ages out there last night, from very young children (some didn't make it all the way through) to elderly folks who enjoyed it. I would recommend not bringing children under 5. It really depends on the particular child though.

Props / Special FX: They have great sound effects, lots of fog, strobe lights, CHAINSAWS!!! ,an electric chair, and many more surprises

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make-up are believable. Many different characters throughout the park.

Summary: I recommend this place for a different Halloween experience. You not only get the excitement of 3 different haunted houses, but also a spooky walk through the woods. It has a paved trail that goes through it. Go check it out!!

Reviewed by: happy77   (Event Visited: 10/21/05 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/05
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Easy to find there was a sign along the highway pointing where to turn and there was a sign in front of the park on elm street.

Wait Entertainment: There was a concession stand to get something to eat and drink and there was a fire along with a witch and a couple monsters to get us into groups.

Length of Event: not sure probably about 30 minutes just depends on how fast you walk or run.

Actor Performance: The Actors performed well some were scary, some were kinda funny at first and then when least expected they would scare you.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: well organized we knew exactly where to go always someone there or behind you to move you along. The glow sticks were cool they let us use.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up.

Props / Special FX: props ranged from low tech to some very high tech... looks like allot of work wss put into it.

Costumes / Make-up: some were simple and others were really good.

Summary: I would recommend this haunted trail to anyone they had 3 haunted houses along with a cemetery and the trail was spooky and the price is very cheap to go through I think it was $4.00 for adults 12 and over definitely worth checking out.

 

 

 

 

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