The Lombard Jaycees
Haunted House consisted of several scenes of various different
themes, separated by long lengths of twisting and turning
hallways. Some of the hallways were dark, while
others were fairly well lit from the reflection off the ceiling
of the building (I'll have to admit, it was a bit
distracting). Had some of the hallways been darker, it
would have made the atmosphere even more creepy, not to mention
potentially adding to the length of the tour.
The scenes were pretty
creative. I really enjoyed the detail of the Egyptian
scene, with it's nice textured walls, sarcophagus and hieroglyphics
carved into large "stone" blocks. The bedroom
was also set up nicely. There was static on the TV screen,
a lamp flickering and the drawers of the dresser were slamming
back and forth, as if they were haunted. Just when
you thought that's all there was to the scene, an actor sprang
out of a clever hiding place! The Psycho bathroom was
great too. The toilet, sink and shower were all
covered with "blood". Naturally I expected an
actor to jump out of the shower or some other obvious place, but
just as I was about to leave the scene, two actors popped out of
totally unexpected locations, one right after the other.
The alley, camping scene and Freddy boiler room scenes were also
Keeping you off balance
was something that the Lombard Jaycees did well this
season. They had a lot of good distraction scares
throughout the house, similar to the ones I just described. As
your attention was focused on a particular prop or part of a
scene, an actor would spring out of a hiding place to scare
you. In addition to the pop-out characters, there were
some other actors that had more docile roles. They were
there to misdirect your attention and set up some key scares.
There were a couple of times when I saw actors looking to see if
a group was coming; however, for the most part, their scares
were well timed and unexpected.
Once again, the Lombard
Jaycees have come up with some really creative scares.
They also give you a good amount of bang for your buck. If
you get a chance, be sure to check this one
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