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2008 Visitor Reviews of
Nightmare on Elizabeth Street (Lombard, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: beotch911   (Event Visited: 10/31/08 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 11/14/08
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to find. There were signs directing the way.

Wait Entertainment: This is a haunted yard so there's no wait time except to trick or treat at the door. There were quite a few in line at a time but it moved quickly.

Length of Event: There appeared to be shows by the actors at regular intervals. It takes about 20 minutes to a half hour to see everything.

Actor Performance: The actors are great. Great costumes. Besides tons of candy and age appropriate toys, everyone is given a glow stick for safety.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Although it's a subdivision street there were construction barriers setup at both ends of the block requesting traffic to slow down for the children in the street. The street and sidewalks were packed with people watching the actors.

Appropriate Ages: Very young children might be scared but the actors seemed to sense the frightened little ones and didn't bother them.

Props / Special FX: The working guillotine is quite large and very realistic. Everything is set up amidst an eery graveyard. The lighting is exceptional but dim enough for effect. The smoke was an added touch. There is so much detail and hidden props to find that it's hard to see everything in a short time. Visitors are allowed to roam through the display safely. We took pictures of our kids with many of the scenarios. There's a Laboratory with Frankenstein, an electric chair, the headless woman on a guillotine, coffins, tombstones and a crashed UFO on the roof with aliens. The sound effects are quite frightening. The creepy butler at the door that welcomes everyone was a big hit. There are many moving props and bubbling pots that added to the creep factor.

Costumes / Make-up: There were quite a few actors and several chainsaw guys chasing older kids and adults. Two actors were dressed in very gothic gear and one carried a very real heavy sword that sparked as he dragged it. The makeup was sensational. Very unusual costumes and frightening.

Summary: This will be on our list every year from now on. It is so professionally done and managed. It isn't your typical lawn display. This is an outdoor haunted house for adults as well as children. We were welcome to stay as long as we wished, interacting with characters and other visitors. It was very festive. There are lifesize mannequins dressed very freaky also. Almost as scary as the real actors. Cornstalks are used masterfully to set the stage, as well as excellent pumpkin carvings. It's the first time I've seen throngs of kids trick or treating an entire block of homes. And homeowners in this area were well prepared for the mob of kids too. We had the most fun here and it was all free. I recommend going after dark when the actors appear and for the spookiest effect.

Reviewed by: mistress   (Event Visited: 10/31/08 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 11/02/08
Overall Score:
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very easy to find if you use Mapquest. Once in the area, there are a few signs to point the way

Wait Entertainment: This is a home haunt, so there is no wait

Length of Event: about 10-15 minutes to take everything in

Actor Performance: Awesome! I love taking the kids here for some scares on Halloween. High energy actors with chainsaws, pumpkin head and Michael Meyers were all out chasing the kids around.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This really does not apply...no lines

Appropriate Ages: over 10

Props / Special FX: This home haunt is nicely done. Frankenstein is very cool - complete with gadgets to bring him to life. A working Guillotine and a graveyard.

Costumes / Make-up: Very nicely done. Pumpkinhead was an original costume and looked realistic the crazy chainsaw guys looked great as well.

Summary: I love this place, it is always on my list to check out over the season. Always high energy people working who break out of nowhere to chase the kids down the street. The yard display has a lot of goodies to take in..working gullitine, graveyard and frankenstein. This is a must see/do for your family - just beware your kids are in for a scare. My son was so scared he ran down the block to my car and we had to look for him. 
You can always tell you're on the right block by the kids running down the street. 
Their display changes every year and there is great attention to detail.  
The only complaint I had is that an actor/owner of the house tried scaring us by actually stabbing/jabbing us in the belly with a spatula (or something) - it took me by surprise, and although I did not get mad I can see many people getting mad or upset about someone walking up and jabbing them hard in the belly with something. You don't have to actually jab someone to scare them - would have had a much better effect without the stabbing. 
Other then that...this place is great and we can't wait to return next year. Definately a must see every season!

 

 

 

 

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