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
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
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
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