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|Reviewed by: elvis63   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 7:15 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/04/12
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|Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair|
Visibility/Location: This site is easily visible from the road, with a large sign with the name of the haunted house visible from the street.
Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment.
Length of Event: about 9 minutes total.
Actor Performance: Overall, very average. There were only about 5 actors in the entire house, and only the very first one seemed to put much into the performance. The others simply jumped out once when you entered their room and then nothing after that.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Patron flow was fine as my girlfriend and I were the only two people in the house.
Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.
Props / Special FX: There were very few props to speak of. The haunt consisted primarily of dark rooms where you had to find your way through. There were a couple of mirrors used to good effect as they made it seem like the way out was in front when it was in another direction.
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes for the few actors were decent, but there were so few actors that it didn't make a difference.
Summary: I have been coming to this haunt for several years now, primarily because it is the first haunt I pass when I am heading to the Chicagoland area, so even though I don't think it's the best haunt, I usually can't pass it up.
This year I was determined not to go as last year's experience was simply not worth the price. The haunt last year lasted about 5 minutes in total, and for $12 admission I didn't think it was worth going through it anymore. However, my girlfiend pointed out that the haunt was under new management and had been expanded for 2012, so I thought I'd give it one more shot.
While it is true the haunt was expanded, unfortunately the expansion consisted of a large dark maze with no scenes an only one actor, which amounted to 5 extra minutes of simply wandering towards the exit. As the haunt is housed in a family fun center, right behind the batting cages, wandering through an empty maze while being able to hear the sounds of people practicing their batting (as well as the sounds of traffic passing by) did not make for a scary experience. If there had been some nice props or scenes within the expanded portion that would have been good enough. However, as it was, it was quite dull,and had me walking faster just to get it overwith.
Also, this haunt is simply TOO SHORT. This year the length doubled, yet it still only clocked inat about 10 minutes. I got to the haunt at 7:15 and was back in my car by 7:28, and that included time to buy the tickets, walk to and from the car and wait outside haunt. Last year all of the people I went with came out with the same question - "Was that it?" It was the same question I was asking this year, despite the longer length.
I would say that this haunt is not worth it for the price they charge. The haunt is well publicized and, given the hype, one mighr expect it to be on the level of some of the other houses in the same price range. Unfortunately, Sweet Dreams is a perfect example of the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" - in this case there is much less here than the promotion would have you believe.
In my honest opinion, this haunt should be in the $5-$7 range, and even then it still needs some more to it to make it worthwhile. Although I went early in the season this year, I have been to this haunt closer to Halloween in previous years. Basically, there are more people waiting to get in, and sometimes there is some wait entertainment, but the inside remains the same.
In short, Sweet Dreams has little to offer in the way of scares or even in the way of nice sets and/or displays, and unless that changes, I'd have to say that 2012 will probably be my last visit here.