ScreamFest is essentially five uniquely themed attractions,
combined into one. As you travel through this event, you
pass from one world of illusion into another. The five
different themes provided entertainment for everyone, no matter
what type of haunted house you enjoy.
Realm of Darkness:
This attraction takes you on a journey through an old
haunted manor. In various scenes, the actors interacted
with the crowd in a theatrical type of presentation. In
conjunction with the actors, they used some great professional
animatronics and props. I personally enjoyed the interactive nature
of this house. Many of the scenes contained hidden exits,
thus providing effective crowd control. It also made patrons
stop for a moment and absorb their surroundings, ensuring
that they wouldn't miss any of the key special effects or actor
narratives. If you
like theatrical, detailed haunts, you will really enjoy this
This fast paced attraction has metal racks, barrels and other
things you might find in a factory setting. But you will
also find an ample amount of fog, strobe lights, other eerie
lighting and spirited actors (no pun intended). It is loud, fast
paced and the actors are really "in your
face", stalking you as you traverse the winding path of this
This haunt is also highly detailed. As the name suggests,
there is a strong cemetery theme all the way from the cemetery
gates to the exit. There are some great
surprises in this one. As you walk through the detailed
graveyard, actors seem to jump out from nowhere to scare you. While
the graveyard was highly detailed, the plain hand rails running down
both sides of the aisle, slightly diminished the effectiveness
of the scene.
When you enter The Abyss, you step into darkness. As you
weave your way through this attraction, actors
attack you from all sides, jumping out of various hidden areas.
While it could have been a little darker in some places (due to
light reflecting off the ceiling and the bright 'Exit' signs), the majority of
this attraction was pitch black.
As the name implies, this is their 3D attraction. The
effect of the spinning vortex was enhanced, due to the 3D
glasses. Various themes were present, in the form of
glowing fluorescent artwork. A circus sideshow was the
prominent theme throughout the attraction. Various
clown characters and circus freaks were painted on the walls. This attraction not
only contained some nice, glowing 3D artwork, but it also had some
enthusiastic actors, as well.
easy to see that a lot of planning went into putting
this show together. I have never seen such an organized
first year haunt.
performance was great, especially in the theatrical, speaking
roles. All of them stayed in character, knew what they were
supposed to do and followed through.
Considering the length of the haunt and all
the midway activities available, Rockford ScreamFest really
gives you a lot of bang for your buck. This is a great
here to find out more about this event.