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HauntedIllinois.com's
2008 Raven's Grin Inn Review
Ravens Grin


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Raven's Grin Inn Haunted House
411 N. Carroll St.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Visited: 09/27/08

 

Visibility/Location: This event is located in the small town of Mt. Carroll, at the end of a dead end street. If you follow the directions on their website, you will have no problems finding the Raven's Grin Inn.
Wait Entertainment: The creepy appearance of the old structure, built in 1870, is wait entertainment in and of itself. There is plenty of eye-candy to take in, while you wait outside. The various customized/decorated automobiles and other unique pieces of artwork definitely enhance the eerie atmosphere of the event 
Admission Price: $12.00
Length:

1 Hour & 30 Minutes 

Scare Factor:

Medium-Low

Crowd Control:

Crowd control in this attraction was excellent. Since it was a semi-guided tour, I never saw or ran into any other groups.

Summary:

The Raven's Grin definitely isn't your typical Haunted House.   It's kind of like a haunted fun house, with equal doses of fright and comic relief.  The attraction is filled with unique props and artwork, all created by the owner, Jim Warfield.  On your way through the house, you pass through secret passages, twisting hallways, tunnels and slides.  One of the most popular features is the slide in the "Bad Dreams Bedroom", which extends from the top floor of the house down to the stone-walled wine cellar, 24 feet below the surface of the earth!   It is an exciting ride!  In fact, it's intense enough to have been made an optional part of the tour.  

Throughout the years, before the Raven's Grin functioned as a haunted attraction, it had been a bordello, a schoolhouse and an Oldsmobile dealership.  These days, not only is it a commercial haunted house, but the building is also reportedly haunted.  Patrons have seen the ghost of a lady in a white dress in one corner of the wine cellar, which is one of the most haunted places in  the Raven's Grin.  More recently, supernatural orbs have been seen in the front room of the attraction, where all of the tours start.  In fact, as part of the tour, you get to hear some of the interesting haunted history of the building.     

This event is truley one of a kind.  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", "HGTV Extreme Homes" and Comedy Central’s “Travel Sick”, as well as being featured in many national publications, such as National Geographic World Magazine. It has also been voted one of the Top 13 Haunted Attractions in the country by Hauntworld Magazine. This place has really made a name for itself over the past 21 years.  You definitely get a lot of "bang for your buck" (only $12 for over an hour of entertainment). The Raven's Grin Inn is definitely the most unique attraction out there, so be sure to put it on your list of Haunt visits this year!

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 and personalized 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!

 

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