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2013 Visitor Reviews of
Spider Hill Haunted Attractions (Chillicothe, Illinois)

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2 out of 8 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/25/13 @ 9:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/13
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Located at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe and marked from the roadway - not too hard to get to and excellent parking .

Wait Entertainment: Lots of waiting entertainment for old and young alike, movie theatre playing scary kids movies, food (more later) and little set up booths with lots of crap to buy.

Length of Event: The haunted house took around 12 minutes to get through after entering the attraction, the trail was around 18 minutes.

Actor Performance: The actors here were great to medium good, some of the people pulled off their parts perfectly and without any trouble and on their mark, while others ( mainly haunted house) was off mark and totally out of sink for whatever reason .

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow was somewhat out of sink at various points of the haunted house and the woods trail, we meet several groups ahead of us, we slowed our pace and everything worked out ok.

Appropriate Ages: I would suggest maybe 10 years or above here, there is some walking and in your face stuff here, many young might not like this .

Props / Special FX: The props throughout the woods are very good to average, the few automation props were nice, however now getting somewhat dated and need some help. The haunted house was well stocked with props and everything worked out good. No actual special effects except automation props and standard smoke and strobe lights .

Costumes / Make-up: Costumes and make-up was exceptable, however by now this should be much stronger here. This event has lots of time behind it and everyone should be totally done up to perfection !

Summary: After last year off from this event we returned to see the newly designed attraction. When you see the $30.00 price to do all 3 attractions (trail, haunted house, and paint ball) per person, this might scare off a lot of people long before they enter the events! These are big city prices for a local attraction, too much !  
Start with the paintball event (which we never attended) which was new this year. We lost out on hayrack ride and now have to pay more to shoot paintballs at a hand full of zombies! If you enjoy shooting games then you will probably find this good and worth the extra money. Several people we asked seemed to enjoy the paintball game of zombie killing, however wished they had more zombies to kill. The second attraction being the haunted trail, we saw many props of years past put into new order but still too much of the same. The longer trail was much better then ever before, but very weak on actor support, lots of dead woods with nothing, then some with more monsters than you could deal with - like to see a better balance here ! Most everything in the woods was triggered ok and we enjoyed the longer trail regardless! The haunted house was next with a much improved lead in, still lots of the same old stuff from years past, very dated ! The new intro was nice, but we did have some bottle neck with other groups behind us and ahead of us. The haunted house was nicely designed but poorly executed, lots of missed triggered events, actors out of character and overall very weak here with actors - too many stuffed monsters !  
Overall a nice attraction to attend but way too much overpricing here. The event should be maybe $20.00 for all three attractions, and the concession stand is highway robbery with $3.00 hot chocolate and $4.00 hot dogs - these prices are making the $3.00 bud light (yes bud light) the best deal going.. Maybe this years added booze makes the over inflated prices easier to pay !!

1 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: blackash   (Event Visited: 10/18/13 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/13
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Easy to get to, but the entrence to by the road needs to be better lit for cars that are not familiar with the place.

Wait Entertainment: none

Length of Event: Did the house and the trail. Don't remember the length of each but they were short.

Actor Performance: Poor. Very few of the workers attempted to scare us. Most of them that werein the house just stood in their rooms and looked at us while we walked by.  
On the trail there were some attempts made. One time we saw about 4 kids checking their cell phones. 
The house and the Trail had several areas that had no one in them

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Quick. Didn't run into any groups.

Appropriate Ages: all

Props / Special FX: The house had a lot of decorations that fit with whaterver type of room they wanted to achieve. On'y problen is they don't know how to use the rooms to scare. 
The trails' decorations were poor and saw several extenstion cords ran.

Costumes / Make-up: They used them but nothing worth noting.

Summary: It has been more that 10 years since the last time my group was there and it really doesn't seem any different. Like a lot of haunts the rooms are there but they aren't used properly for scares. Also, while waiting in line in the house, before going into hearing the rules be read to me over a very poor audio quality guitar speaker, partons don't need to hear from a worker that they are tied hand have been up since very early in the morning. It doesn't not help set the mood for a haunted house.

1 out of 7 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: squishweasel   (Event Visited: 10/19/13 @ 6:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/23/13
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: We used our GPS so it was fairly easy to find.

Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment that we saw for the zombie paintball shoot. There were a couple people in line for the Trail of Terror. We never saw them, but heard they were getting good reactions. There was one girl working the line for Massacre Mansion.

Length of Event: Zombie Paintball: 10 minutes 
Trail of Terror: 10 minutes 
Massacre Mansion: 10 minutes

Actor Performance: Actor performance for all three were pretty standard. I don't recall any real standouts.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We didn't have too much of a problem here. The only time we ran into another group was Massacre Mansion.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and up.

Props / Special FX: The sets weren't incredibly detailed, but still pretty good. My group thought the Trail of Terror was the best theming-wise.

Costumes / Make-up: There was a lot of standard face paint and some masks. Once again, no real standouts.

Summary: We began our trip with the Zombie Paintball Adventure. It was fun. A lot of animatronics and static props mostly with about three real actors, but it was still a very good time and entertaining. There were blacklights mounted to the hayrack you are on and the scenes are UV painted so it was visually stimulating. 
 
Next we did the Trail of Terror as it was starting torain a bit and we ddidn't want to miss it before they closed it. It was fun. There were a few good popout scares. There's a lot of places where there are roots and things so watch your footing. There were some creative scenes along the way like the cemetery, the spider area and the clowns. 
 
Massacre Mansion was alright. There were clearly some actors who just weren't feeling it that night, though and would just stand in the corner as you walked by. 
 
For a ticket price of $30 for all the attractions it was a good deal. One gripe I have is the information on when they open was a bit misleading. We arrived around 6:30 because we thought they opened at 6. Really you can purchase your tickets at 6 and wait in line to get in at 7. We didn't wait long and it wasn't that big of s deal, but they may want to mention this for next year because we heard some people in line complaining.

 

 

 

 

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