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2011 Lombard Jaycees Haunted House Review


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Lombard Jaycees Haunted House 
660 E. North Ave.
Lombard, IL 60148

Visited: 10/22/11  

Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: The Lombard Jaycees Haunted House was very easy to find.  The event was located inside a brick building along North Avenue, which was very close to the road.  They had a large white vinyl "Lombard Jaycees Haunted House" banner draped across the front of the building, which was illuminated by bright floodlights.  There were also flashing colored lights along the side of the road.  Further West, there was also a large banner, visible from both directions, advertising the event.     
Wait Entertainment: In the waiting room, murals of evil skulls and various characters were painted on the walls, to help set the spooky mood for the attraction. There were also a couple of actors interacting with the people waiting in line.   
Admission Price: $10
Parking: FREE
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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.  

LPR: 2.000
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Medium
Crowd Control: They did a great job spacing out the patrons; I never ran into another group.       

Summary:

Let me preface this review by saying that the Lombard Jaycees got a late start this season, due to various issues and they only had eight days to get set up in their new location.  I think they did an amazing job putting together their attraction in such a small timeframe.  With that being said, let's continue with the review...

The Lombard Jaycees Haunted House consisted of a collection of various themes, separated by long lengths of hallways, which were laid out in a zig-zag pattern.  Most of the hallways were pretty brightly lit, due to the reflection off the ceiling of the building.  I wish more areas had been a darker, to enhance the spooky mood of the attraction, as well as making the pathways more of a challenge to traverse.  Some of the most memorable scenes in the house were the corn field, the dungeon and the Bloody Mary bathroom.  To make it through the corn field, groups had to weave in and out of several rows of real corn stalks.  A couple of actors inhabited the area, including a scarecrow attached to a large post, in the middle of the field.  Before I exited the scene, there was a surprise attack by one of the actors.  The dungeon was a torture scene with gray "stone" walls.  An ominous character in black stood guard as two victims, who were chained to the walls, begged for help.  Overall, my favorite scene in the haunted house was the Bloody Mary bathroom.  In this room, blood splatters covered the sink, as well as all of the walls and a strobe light flashed from underneath the toilet seat.  The actor in the scene screamed "Bloody Mary" repeatedly into the mirror, which was followed by a great scare. 

In another area, there was a slow flashing light.  In between the flashes, a scare came from out of nowhere.  Other scenes included a black & white checkerboard hallway inhabited by clowns, and a church with a playing organ, "stone" walls and rows of pews.  One of the scenes in the house provided a double scare.  After my group exited the room, the actors reached through holes in the wall, to scare us a second time, in a neighboring hallway.  One of the most creative areas in the attraction was a domed, cave-like hallway built out of chain-link fencing.  A green laser light, combined with fog, created a nice visual effect.  As my group entered the area, actors jumped up on the fencing and attacking from all sides, even from up above.  

On the night that I visited, they were fairly well staffed; however, a few extra actors would have greatly enhanced the show.  The hallways separating the scenes were very empty, for the most part.  Acting styles varied throughout the attraction, as some actors performed pop-out scares, while others just creeped you out by invading your personal space.  Most of the scares were on-target.  I did, however, hear "get out" quite frequently throughout the attraction, which got somewhat monotonous after a while.    

Overall, I had fun going through the Lombard Jaycees Haunted House.  I have always liked their interesting scenes and creative scares.  This attraction had been quite a bit larger and more elaborate in previous years, but considering the time constraints they had to contend with, I think they did a fine job.  While I wish that the tour had lasted a bit longer,  I think the haunted house was still very entertaining and it is definitely worth checking out. 

 

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