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2011 Visitor Reviews of
Decatur Jaycees Haunted House (Decatur, Illinois)

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19 out of 33 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Ghoulina   (Event Visited: 10/15/11 @ 10:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/17/11
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: We didn't see any signs in town (not sure if there were some and we just missed them) by while visiting another attraction a police officer gave us directions and then it was easy to find. They have a large lit up sign in the front that states it is a haunted house and gives the times of operation.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't really any wait entertainment. While we were getting tickets, there was one guy that was dressed in costume and he was walking around, but I didn't see him engage any of the customers.

Length of Event: 30+ minutes

Actor Performance: There were a few actors that really got into it, but others did there thing and moved on quickly.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This was one of the biggest problems. We met up with at least 3 other groups in this haunted attraction. (Will explain below.)

Appropriate Ages: 7 and up

Props / Special FX: Some of the props were very cool. I especially enjoyed the antique metal equipment in the "science lab" room.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes were hit or miss. There were some elaborate ones and some very simple ones.

Summary: Overall, I did not enjoy this haunted house. We came as a group of six, but the maximum to go through at once was four. That was fine. We split our group four and two. The beginning of the haunt was cool and went very smoothly. I'm usually the first person in the group and enjoy leading us through the haunt. By the middle of this haunted house, I did not enjoy it at all. The maze is pitch black and the paths are very open (if you stretch your arms out to the sides you still cannot feel the walls on either side of you). It was very hard to navigate and the actors had to constantly tell people where to go. This is where we met up with the rest of our original group and at least two other groups. It got messy and I got frustrated. We saw too much behind the scenes stuff because we were so lost. Also, a lot of the rooms were HUGE. They didn't utilize the space they had. For example, the extremely large black and white checkered room looked awesome, but there was only one actor and nothing really happened in it. I'm sad to say, in my opinion, this haunt was not worth the admission price.

11 out of 23 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/28/11 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/11
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Location is a large building (warehouse) with a lighted sign marking the event, not hard to find.

Wait Entertainment: No real wait entertainment to speak of, one creature walking the crowd - somewhat interesting but not scary.

Length of Event: Maybe 25 minutes here, a lot of time in the maze area.

Actor Performance: Actors done a fair job, could use some more work with the acting.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Not too good here, we ran into another group right off the start, we had to control the jamming up.. The maze had several groups here, but nothing too bad - we got through it ok.

Appropriate Ages: 7 years and older here, nothing in your face here.

Props / Special FX: The props overall wasn't to bad, they have a good mix of standard and custom props. They could use some automation here!

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes and make up wasn't too bad, they have some with real detail and others fair at best. Also; maybe a few less masks would be nice.

Summary: This haunted house has been much better throughout the years, last year at the Steve & Barrys old location was much better and maybe there best effort yet. This year things just didn't come together that good, the location (building) wasn't too bad but the effort well down. The house could have been organized better, the space available could have been used better. There were areas which had something going on and others that were dead, nothing - hard to understand except maybe the lack of props to cover the space.. This house has a good draw and should be on mark, with the proper people doing this event it should get better. The maze area was well done, it takes a little know how and time to get through it, this was good and maybe the best of the experience. I hope to see this next year with the added rooms and extra effort to get this back to a great event.

 

 

 

 

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