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HauntedIllinois.com's
2005 Downs Haunted House Review
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Downs Haunted House
Dooley Park
#2 Dooley Park Way
Downs, IL 61736

Visited: 10/22/05

Visibility/Location: They really improved in this category since last year.  There were numerous signs along the main roads to lead you to the event.  
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors interacting with the people in line for the haunted house.  There was also music playing outside.   
Admission Price: $1.00 <<< Not a typo. Admission is only one dollar.
Length:

Haunted House: 7 Minutes *  
*
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: Medium-Low.    
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great.  Because they spaced out patrons appropriately, I never ran into any other groups inside the haunted house.   

Summary:

How much would you pay for a haunted house, hayrack ride and ALL THE HOT DOGS YOU CAN EAT???  $5.00... $10.00??? How about just $1?  That's right, admission to this attraction, including all the aforementioned activities, was only one dollar!  What a value!  

For a low-budget haunted house, they really do a great job.  Over the past few years, they have really come up with some interesting ideas.  The tour started as they told you the rules of the house, inside their specially constructed staging area that itself resembled a haunted house (see picture above).  Upon entering the attraction, you were immediately taken aback by a fire engine, with its lights on, rolling right at you.  They even had some props that you normally see at some high-end attractions.  In one of the dark hallways, I saw a great "flying crank ghost".   The various scenes inside the house included a prison escape, a possessed girl whose bed floated off the ground and a psychic seance. Overall, the seance was my favorite.  In this scene the gypsy woman in the room had everyone sit down and place their hands on the table.  After everyone followed her instructions, she attempted to reach spirits from "the other side".  As she chanted a spirit incantation from her book of spells, the floor and table started to vibrate and shake violently.  That was a great effect!   Toward the end, they had a spinning vortex tunnel, which was also a crowd favorite.   

I have always been impressed with this attraction.  It is a great community activity.  Throughout its 13 years of operation, the Downs event has been completely funded by community donations.  Many people in the community have donated their time and effort to make this event come together.  Even the mayor got involved. He volunteered to be a costumed character, taking tickets at the entrance of the haunted house.   For the admission price, this is the best bang for your buck that I have ever seen.  Kudos to the Downs group for putting together this great event!

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