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2013 Visitor Reviews of
Downs Haunted House (Downs, Illinois)

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8 out of 14 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: Nightsticker   (Event Visited: 10/05/13 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/13
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: The house itself is a bit difficult to find. Normally you meet at the park in the center of town and you get a hay ride to the house, however, being the first night the park was not open. We knew where the house was located.

Wait Entertainment: Usual Boo crew out front, clowns and monsters with chainsaws.

Length of Event: 6 minutes

Actor Performance: These guys do what they can with the limitation of space. Everyone is in character. The circus room actors were great!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It is a guided tour. One in front and one in back. I was bringing up the rear for our group so had the misfortune of a flashlight being turned on and off from the rear guide. Also as you would enter a room, the front guide would ask "all in?" so you were prepared for the attempted scare.

Appropriate Ages: 6+

Props / Special FX: The rooms were detailed nicely, especially the doll room. They reworked the house to make it much more tight which made it feel longer.

Costumes / Make-up: Great masks and some make-up. My favorite mask oddly enough was worn by the guide facing backward on his head..creepy face made from gauze.

Summary: Is this the best haunted attraction? No. Is this the longest? No. Is it fun? Yes. Is it worth $3.00? Definitely. We were there on opening night and was slower then usual so the line was not an issue. Normally we go to multiple haunted houses in an evening. My one suggestion to them would be to do a speed pass for $5.00 for those in a hurry. Make a bit more money and get the people through that need to get to the next location. Downs is a great stop for a bit of fun. They put on a good show. It's hard to be to critical when you leave feeling like it was a good value, probably the best value of the season. Keep up the good work!!

5 out of 9 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: cissypissy   (Event Visited: 10/05/13 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/07/13
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It's right as you go into town, but could use more lighting and parking signs.

Wait Entertainment: There were quite a few monsters roaming.

Length of Event: 8-10 mins

Actor Performance: Good.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Guided. Still we ran into a group.

Appropriate Ages: All ages.

Props / Special FX: They do a good job. Everything was quite detailed, down to the SMELL.

Costumes / Make-up: Good mix. I liked the lady outside with the baby. She had a good story.

Summary: You can't beat Downs haunted house, for the price. The night we were there (i think their first night open) they didn't have the park open or the hayride. I really missed that. The park is a big part of the experience. The house is a fun one. Not terrifying, but it was a good time. One tip, if I may; the people taking the groups through should really have a code or sign to signify whether the groups's all in the room. Yelling, "Is everybody in?" And the other person yelling, "yes" just doesn't cut it.

4 out of 13 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: priscilla   (Event Visited: 10/05/13 @ 6:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/10/13
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Very good! You can see the Downs,Il., Haunted House right off their main street when you come off Interstate 74 right side of the street.

Wait Entertainment: About 5-6 minute wait,while Frankenstein,other Goulish Monsters and Ghostly Cemetery haunt you!

Length of Event: 10 minutes or more(?) I'm not sure,I lost track of the time! 

Actor Performance: I was surprised at the costumes and mannerisms,totally awesome!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Our group had a Leader and we followed "it" and I was at the very end where another Monster was behind me and followed and sometimes helped me when I asked for "it's"help!

Appropriate Ages: 8 and up to 100!

Props / Special FX: I was surprised many times of the different rooms and halls some walls were like brick and added a special feeling in the dark as you walked through it like you were in a Dungeon!

Costumes / Make-up: I cannot say enough about the costumes and make-up! The Monsters were as scary as I have ever seen them! Great job on the make up!

Summary: Monsters all about,chain saw sawing away! I cannot do justice to my experience,you need to come out and check it out for yourself :) I found myself screaming many times! One time I was absolutely terrified,and asked the Monster behind me to help me out which he did and then I had a good laugh! I won't give this away,it was a total surprise!!! There were many rooms to enter from the darkness to the light was an unusual room it was beautiful but scary! With webs and spiders,etc! You don't want to miss this room! On the way out was like a Carnival,with Monsters! a couple of large booths where you could stop by and play games! And I did play the games,it was just so exciting! Overall,I had a great time!!! You don't want to miss the Haunted House!

 

 

 

 

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