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|Reviewed by: BillC   (Event Visited: 10/17/15 @ 8:00 pm) |
Review Posted: 10/18/15
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|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: Easy to find, right at the Bureau County Fairgrounds. Lighted sign at the entrance off the street.
Wait Entertainment: Actually pretty good this year. There were a couple actors at all times working the crowd, and switching it up with a new actor every now and then. A guy with a chain saw (an old classic but it still gets 'em) and a couple of clowns working here and there for a good mix.
Length of Event: 30-40 minutes, but I didn't time it.
Actor Performance: Yet again, the actors stepped it up another notch this year. Things just keep getting better and better here. All actors stayed in character. Most had a "skit" that fit the area well.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It seemed like a very busy night for this haunt. They were allowing group entrance as fast as they could, but trying to space us out the best they could. We caught up with the group in front of us, and the group behind us was getting close. Not sure what could be done about that though.
Appropriate Ages: 12+. Some parts 14+, others less than 12, but overall a 12+ IMO.
Props / Special FX: Lots and lots of animatronics. A few I've seen elsewhere, but for the most part one of a kind. Everything in the Pirate barn moved. And I do mean everything, including the floors. Attention is paid to even the littlest details, right down to bottles on shelves, etc.
Costumes / Make-up: Few of what I call "WalMart masks". Either they had professionally made masks or very well done make-up, for the most part. Still a couple less than professionally done, but not too bad. Make up was very good. There are a couple of young ladies in a girl's bedroom skit that had excellent make-up. They looked like porcelain dolls with cracked faces. Clown masks and make-up very well done. Then there was The Devil in the first building. Absolutely the best devil I have ever seen at a haunt. You would expect to see something like this in a top rated movie. Not sure if it was a mask, or well done make-up, but it was good. If it was make-up, it took hours to apply.
Summary: Over all, a must see. Wait time in line for the first building was around an hour. There was another wait time of around 30 minutes at building three. Actors working the line helped pass the time some what. But it's now the busy part of the month, so some wait is expected. You get a lot of "bang for your buck". Four complete buildings, a hayrack ride, bonfire, short walk down a pitch black path in the middle of no where, and very very good actors, and a place to get hot chocolate and a snack. What more can you ask for? Recommended.