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HauntedIllinois.com's
2008 St. Pascal's Haunted House Review


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Saint Pascal's Haunted House
Irving Park Road & Narragansett
6143 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

Visited: 10/25/08

 

Visibility/Location: This event was very easy to find.  There was a large "St. Pascal's Underworld" sign at a main intersection and a backlit "St. Pascal's" sign right along the side of the road, both of which were very easy to see.  As  you can see from the picture above, there were also a few nicely decorated vinyl banners draped across the front of the building, to help advertise the event. 
Wait Entertainment: Outside, there were a couple of actors interacting with the crowd.    
Admission Price: $7.00
Length:

8 Minutes *  
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= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary. Note: The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines or staging areas has been subtracted.

Scare Factor: Medium-Low
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great inside this attraction.  I never ran into any other groups.    

Summary:

This event was held in the basement of the St. Pascal's Church.  The cold concrete walls, pipes and boiler room of the building helped to establish a creepy atmosphere from the very beginning.  It was a great natural setting for a haunted house.  Inside the attraction, there were a number of simple scenes, with assorted themes.    In one area there was an electrocution scene.  As patrons walked by, an actress screamed and threw the switch on a power panel, resulting in a simulated electrocution, with a flashing strobe light and sound effects.  The jungle area featured low-hanging camo-netting, colored accent lighting and animal sound effects.  In this scene, there was a great scare that seemed to come out of nowhere.  I also liked their "Hellevator", which was an enclosure that used flashing lights and a shaking platform, to simulate a rough elevator ride.   Other scenes included a maze of hanging body bags, demented circus clowns, a living wall and a strobe light mirror maze.   Throughout the house, the majority of the scenes had eerie lighting and custom sound effects, which added to the spooky atmosphere of the attraction.      

Most of the actors did a great job of staying in character and executing their scares... with one exception.  There was one time when I saw an actor walking from one scene to another, giving another actor a "high five" as he walked through.  Also, a number of the actors in the attraction were pretty short, which made them a little less intimidating than the others.   

Overall, this haunted house was a lot of fun to go through.  Although some of the scenes weren't overly elaborate, I thought they were very creative.  With it's moderate scare factor, St. Pascal's Haunted House would make for a great family outing.  At only $7, it is also a great value, so be sure to check it out if you get the chance. 

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