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2003 Lombard Jaycees Haunted House Review

Lombard Jaycees Haunted House
1000 N. Rohlwing Rd. #40
Lombard, IL 60148
Date of Review: 10/24/03
Visibility/Location: Being located in a strip mall set off the road quite a distance, this event was kind of hard to find. There was an unlit sign by the entrance to the shopping center telling you which way to go, but if you weren't looking for it you might miss it. 
Outside Appearance: Since this event was held inside a strip mall, the outside was pretty plain-looking, with only a banner above the entrance to let you know it was a haunted house.
Wait Entertainment: Outside there really wasn't much for wait entertainment.  I saw one actor briefly walk the waiting line before going back inside, but it was raining that evening, so I'm sure that put a damper on things.  Once inside, there were a couple of actors entertaining the people waiting in line.
Admission Price: $8.00
Length:

6 Minutes *

* = Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time may vary.

Scare Factor: Medium-High
Atmosphere: The initial mood of the attraction was set by the actors entertaining customers in line.  There was also a nice "brick" archway/entrance.  It had a large skull in the center and gargoyles on either end,  with fog drifting down from it.  For the most part, the atmosphere was maintained by the Lombard Jaycees' interesting and creative scenes, as well as their enthusiastic actors.  
Crowd Control: Crowd control was excellent.  In my trip through the haunted house, I didn't run into any other groups.
Other Customer's
Opinions:
Many of the customers who went through the Lombard Jaycees Haunted House enjoyed the attraction.  One customer, whose daughter was initially too frightened to enter the house, stated he liked their use of "Scare Bears"*

* = "Scare Bears" were stuffed bears given to younger children, who were too frightened to go through the house.  Actors were instructed not to scare anyone holding one of these stuffed animals. 

Summary:

While this attraction seemed considerably shorter than last year's performance, the Lombard Jaycees crew was very creative with the space they had to work with.  Throughout the house, there were various scenes, separated by dark hallways.  

The actors really kept you on your toes.  The bedroom scene had a couple of surprises that I didn't see coming. I enjoyed the unique use of the Western scene with a saloon.  The detailed kitchen also had a great scare, thanks to the effective use of misdirection.

This year, Lombard used a number of pop-out and drop panel type tactics, which really boosted their intensity level.  Also, it was quite a surprise to see that they used chainsaws in an indoor attraction, which is something you don't see that often!

There were several surprise attacks from the actors, that I didn't see coming.  Most of the actors were very enthusiastic, willing to scare and most of their scares were right on target.

Overall, this was a great haunt.  Good job Lombard Jaycees!



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