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camp tuckabatchee haunted camp (Ottawa, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: squishweasel   (Event Visited: 10/12/13 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/13
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: This event can be difficult to find unless you have a good GPS available or are from the latter. Luckily, the group I went with is from the area. It's off a main road and down a steep road into the woods and past a small farm. If you didn't know it was there you'd probably turn back.

Wait Entertainment: There wasn't really a line when we went, so I cannot truthfully give a review of any line entertainment. There was no one out there when we went, though.

Length of Event: 15 minutes

Actor Performance: There were some good ones and some misses. It seems to be more of a kid friendly event, so sometimes there wasn't that much going on.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We caught up to a group in front of us. Like I said, though, there wasn't much going on in the beginning of it so we may have been going a little too fast initially. Since there was no one bwhind us we slowed down to seperate our groups.

Appropriate Ages: 12 and up. Some scenes may be scarier for a younger crowd.

Props / Special FX: There wasn't much to be outstanding here. For the most part it's a pallet maze that links a series of cabins with small scenes in them. Aside from the pallets there was a lot of black plastic sheeting. Most of what was there was regular Halloween supplies you could get from your local Walgreens.

Costumes / Make-up: It was mainly the regular masks you see for sale at local chain stores. There was some makeup that looked decent, but it was mainly masks.

Summary: We've been going to Camp Tuckabatchee's Haunted Camp for a long while now. In the beginning it was done a bit different, with a guide taking you between cabins and finishing the trail on your own. It was a little more effective that way, but the current version has it's perks as well. Getting down the hill and past the farm and cabins into the woods already adds to the atmosphere. Once down there and parked you can hear the screams and sounds from the event. You purchase your tickets and hear the rules from a lady dressed like a witch. Then you are off on your own. You head down through the first cabin and then into the pallet maze. In the maze there are standard and strobe lights to help disorient you. There are no real decorations in the maze portions and no music, but it's dark and you're in the woods, so it works. There is one section with a small graveyard scene, but that's about it. It's set apart from the trail, so you only look at it from afar. It was lit with rope and Christmas lights. The scenes in the cabins were okay. There was a missed opportunity in the blacklight cabin. There were two clown characters and some clown mannequins. Instead of acting out or trying to scare us, they explained to us the wonders of the blacklight. Other scenes were fairly standard and not very detailed. There were a lot of small child actors and black plastic sheeting for the most part. The final cabin contained a dark maze with tight spaces to squeeze through and a couple actors banging on walls and yelling. There was also fake fur hanging on the walls for some texture. A good way to end it. 
While the event may not be the scariest or the most elaborate, itit's still a whole lot of fun. The actors they have really seem to be having a good time. They make up for the lack of sets and propswith their enthusiasm. It's good old-fashioned Halloween fun for the family.





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