|Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Mt. Carroll, IL at the end of a dead end street (close to a cemetary).
Wait Entertainment: There is enough to look at on the exterior of the structure to keep you entertained.
Length of Event: 75 minutes
Actor Performance: The tour guides are the actors. They do a remarkable job.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Since it is a partially guided tour, you rarely run into the group in front of you.
Appropriate Ages: 5 and up. It is tailored to the ages within the group.
Props / Special FX: No high tech effects here. You don't need them!
Costumes / Make-up: Tour guides are in character.
Summary: We made a pilgrimage (soon to be annual) from Lake Zurich, IL to Ravenís Grin Inn this year. Now Iím sitting here with the difficult task of trying to describe it. Ravenís isnít your typical blood and guts, ďrun through as fast as you canĒ haunted house (although there may be remnants of guts from the dead tubular meat on the rear bumper of one of the cars). We would describe it more as an artist/storytellerís rendition of a Halloween fun house. Iím not going to go into detail because I donít want to spoil it for everyone. The tour guide may not bring everything to your attention so be sure to keep your eyes open as there are things to look at in every hole, crack and crevice of the house. We went on three tours of the Inn within a 24 hour period and there was something different to see or hear each time. The proprietor of the inn (Jim) has incredible storytelling talents which he incorporates into the tour. Ravens Grin isnít just a Halloween experience. During the on season, there are several talented (and fun) guides that help with tours. If you go during the off season, you will most likely be treated to a full tour lead by Jim himself. We highly recommend a visit to Ravenís Grin Inn. Be sure to bring an open mind and your love of the bizarre. A big thank you to Jim and Jessica from Ravenís for making our visit so much fun.