Raven's Grin is located in the small town of Mt Carroll, behind
the True Value Hardware store, at the end of a dead-end
street. It's the perfect location for an event like
this. If you are
looking for something different, you have definitely come to the
right place. You won't find another attraction like this
one! This is NOT your typical haunted house.
Freddy... Jason... You won't find them here. Many people
have asked me "What is it like?" Well, it's
really difficult to describe. It's something you have to
experience for yourself. I guess I would have to say that
the Raven's Grin could be described as a Haunted Fun
House. Overall, it is a very entertaining show that is an
interesting mix of scares and comic relief.
house is filled with strange and unusual displays, artwork and
props that have all been created by the owner Jim Warfield.
Throughout the tour you will wind your way through tunnels,
crawlspaces and even go down a couple of slides. The one
that is the most well known, is the slide in the "Bad
Dreams Bedroom". It is so intense, it has been made
an optional part of the tour. This steep slide sends you
plummeting down into the depths of the wine cellar, twenty-four
feet beneath the surface of the Earth. It is definitely a
adds even more to the mood is the fact that this house is
actually haunted. Many patrons have reported seeing
strange, unexplainable things during their tours. Many
have seen an apparition that has been named the "Lady in
White". This dark haired girl in a white dress has
been seen on several occasions. Some patrons have
reported seeing her just standing there, while others have seen
her hovering four feet off the ground and even flying up through
a one-foot, square hole in the ceiling of the wine cellar (which
has had more sightings than any other room of the Raven's
Grin). With all of this reported supernatural
activity, it doesn't seem like a place that someone would
consider "Home Sweet Home", but the owner Jim Warfield
and his wife Jessica actually live inside the
many Haunted events strive the be the "most extreme",
the Raven's Grin outdoes them all by being the most unique.
It is so unique, in fact,
that it has gained national acclaim. The Raven's Grin has
been featured on the television shows like "Wild
Chicago" and "HGTV Extreme Homes" as well as
being featured in many national publications, such as National
Geographic World Magazine. This place has truly made a
name for itself over the past 17+ years. If you are looking for
an event that is different from the rest, where you get a big
"bang for your buck" (only $10 for over an hour-long
tour), the Raven's Grin is an attraction that you definitely
don't want to miss.
Note: The best time to visit the Raven's Grin is in the off-season, when you can avoid the huge October crowds and get a more lengthy, in depth tour. If you visit on non-October dates, you also have the benefit of Jim Warfield, the creative force behind the Raven's Grin, guiding the entire
tour. Because The Raven's Grin is open year-round (301 days
a year), you can drop in nearly any day for a tour!
here to find out more about this event.