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2016 Visitor Reviews of
Terror On The Square Presents Terror In The Graveyard (Petersburg, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: Jashuh   (Event Visited: 10/08/16 @ 7:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Located at the fairgrounds outside of Petersburg, remote dark location - it actually works good for this attraction... Not hard to locate and there is a large illuminated sign outside the grounds .. The main turn off toward the fairground is poorly marked, however GPS will do it !

Wait Entertainment: There was some light entertainment while waiting in line, a young girl dressed out and a zombie ...

Length of Event: The event took around 20 minutes after the line and everything moved along good..

Actor Performance: The actors done a very good job, everyone was were they belonged and right on the mark !

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The flow throughout the attraction was good, during he beginning you have a guide until they are grabbed away by the monsters, then your on your own... We never encountered another group until we finished up, so they done a great job with controlling the flow .

Appropriate Ages: I would say at least 10 years ...

Props / Special FX: The props were very good and they put a lot of effort into doing this up right, it shows .. There are some light projection ghosts, however nothing like the old haunted house attraction .. Lots to enjoy about this, the details are outstanding and everything works ..

Costumes / Make-up: The makeup and costumes were spot on, nothing cheap here ..

Summary: This is the second year we have attended the fairgrounds event after years of doing the haunted funeral home, it's not the same however it actually gives a new twist to the event - I actually think they have got another new hit here .. After last year I was still missing the old style event, however this year I was really excited about the scare ... Everything went off very good and no weak links here .. I would like to see more people working this attraction, I would say they could use more help here .. Also, more CGI and animated props would be nice, they have lots of room here for expansion.. Overall, a very good experience!

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Reviewed by: KillerAsh72   (Event Visited: 10/15/16 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/16
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Most of the haunt is out side in the woods. Trails are It by little lanterns along the way. A perfect amount of light to see where to walk but still dark enough not to take you out of the element or give anything away. Very effective lighting

Wait Entertainment: They take smaller groups one group at a time. They give several minutes between each group for separation and give the perception of isolation. We had to wait maybe a few extra minutes due to this but it was worth the wait. I did not feel we waited any longer than normal at any other haunted attraction.

Length of Event: I think once our group started in took about 15 to 20 min to get through the haunt. Only thing I wish was that it was longer because it was a fun, creepy, and well put together haunt experience.

Actor Performance: Over all I thought the actors did a great job! Being involved with haunted attractions and running several of my own over 25 years makes it very hard for me to enjoy a haunted house because I am overly critical and I don't get scared ever. I can tell how good the actors, and haunts are by how much I feel immersed into the situation, by how much the people around me are screaming and having fun and by the originality and execution of the individual scenes/scares. I generally had a great time and felt the actors and scares were well thought out and very convincing. Actors seemed very into their roles.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Once each group started they seem to flow seamlessly through the attraction. When we went, the time given between each group worked great, we never hear another group or scare in front or behind us. Each scare was a surprise for our group and my group was jumping and screaming each time a new one happened. They do a great job a making you feel alone on the trail even though you are with a small group of other people.

Appropriate Ages: 13 and up

Props / Special FX: The props and scene settings we well done and thought out. You could tell A high quality of time and work was put into creating everything. I was impressed with a lot of the FX I saw. I have been a professional Special effects Artist working on movies and television for 20 years so it's hard to impress me but they did. They did not over do it with too many props or sets but the high quality they did make was just enough to set the mood and yoget the point across. Very effective.

Costumes / Make-up: Once again very professional looking costumes, masks/make ups. Everything seem to flow very well from make up to costumes to sets and props. You could tell each scene and everything it it was well designed.

Summary: If your looking for a creepy, scary, fun, reasonable priced experience you should definitely check out the Terror crew! They have created an almost amusement park quality atmosfear that completely immerses you into their dark world with a ton of scares and thrills that you will be talking about long after you escape their clutches. It was a blast. Check them out!

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Reviewed by: Darklaff31   (Event Visited: 10/22/16 @ 7:45 pm)
Review Posted: 10/24/16
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: At the county fairgrounds'location on the north edge of town. There were illuminated signs that led you in the right direction (I counted 3). I came off the interstate via country roads and found it all right.

Wait Entertainment: There was a zombie and a shrieking girl walking the lines, getting up close and personal, taking photo-ops. There was a concession booth by the box office when you first arrive. Also, a gift shop that you could visit during your wait and a bonfire at the front of the line when you're next to go.Our wait time was appx. 35 min.

Length of Event: 15-20 minutes, but seemed longer. Just when I thought it was almost over, a bend in the path revealed another set piece, another path, another structure to walk through. This was probably the longest walk-through this production has given.

Actor Performance: We began with a guide who led us into the graveyard until she was snatched away by a ghoul 1/3 through. We were on our own the rest of the way. The actors were totally immersed in the set pieces they occupied; whether in crypts or outbuildings, within the woods or out of the ground. They handled our group great when we started to splinter up. Instead of breaking character to tell us to stay together, they provided separate, unique scares to each fragment. Standouts included actors leaping out of crypts and graves, the girl at the bridge and performers who seamlessly mingled with dummies and props (got me more than once). I got jolts from actors who didn't speak a word. A snapping twig and low breathing goes a long way when done right by the right people.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: The wooded graveyard setting was utilized for maximum effect.The paths and trails wound and stretched, almost warranting group splintering. At one point our group had 2 in the front, 2 in the middle, and 3 in the rear.But there was never a moment where groups bumped into each other. Once again,the actors did a stellar job giving each splinter a unique scare. More than once I stopped to let the rest catch up. Normally, this would be an issue for the staff; but not here. The sprawling layout and the actors' improvisational skills allowed them to mess with us for the moment we're left alone in the dark woods.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.Some scares were a little more intense that might upset younger visitors. But the ones that were crying in line at the wait were smiling and chattering when they left.

Props / Special FX: This production used the structures and buildings from the grounds and blended in their original creations of crypts, mausoleums, mazes. Lots of holograms and lighting effects about. Also, subtle uses of music and sound effect cues achieved a nice, layered effect throughout without being overdone. Standouts included crypts the ghouls lurched out from, the train crossing, the impaled victims, and that freaking doll bridge.

Costumes / Make-up: The dark setting and alternating light effects would normally hamper the effectiveness of costumes/makeup but not with this group. The actors get right in your grill to take in all the rotting clothes and flesh. These are not people in masks shouting a muffled "boo!". You see blood, dirt, dust, and cobwebs all over .

Summary: Terror on the Square(Graveyard) always prided themselves on their art direction. Because you are allowed to linger a bit, you notice all the attention to detail put forth (like the shrunken heads hung from a gate). And the actors within their set pieces keep the adrenaline going without making patrons bolt for the exits. And this one went on forever! There was a graveyard outside, then you're inside a structure, then there's a long winding path, that bridge, an indoor maze that goes outdoors and, oh no, there's more. 15-20 min. is an accurate assessment for this event's length but everyone in our group remarked how epic this visit seemed, time-wise. There was a perfect balance of slow-burn scares and jump scares that kept things really tight and tense. Credit the actors again for pushing that "lost in the woods" effect that you only see in movies.

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