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2011 Raven's Grin Inn Review


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

Visited: 09/24/11

 

Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: The Ravens Grin is located at the end of a dead-end street, in the small community of Mount Carroll, Illinois.  It can be easily found using GPS and there are signs in downtown Mt. Carroll, leading you to the event.       
Wait Entertainment: While there really wasn't much traditional wait entertainment, the location itself really helped set the mood for the upcoming tour. The parking lot was surrounded by trees, which gave the atmosphere outside an eerie quality. The building itself was covered with vines and outside there were several unique props and displays to look at, including an eight-foot tall steel skull. 
Admission Price: $13
Parking: FREE
Length:

1 Hour 45 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: 20.192
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: Since the Raven's Grin was a semi-guided tour, groups were spaced out appropriately.  Patron flow through the event was smooth and I never ran into or saw any other groups.

Summary:

The Ravens Grin is not your typical haunted attraction; it is so much more. At this event, you won't find the typical things that you commonly see at other October attractions like spinning vortex tunnels, chainsaws, and strobe lights.  It is basically a haunted fun house with an interesting mix of scares and humor.   Over the years, the structure itself, which was built in 1870, has been everything from an Oldsmobile dealership to a brothel. Now for the past 25 years or so, it has been a unique haunted attraction, created by the wonderfully twisted mind of the owner, Jim Warfield.  

Another thing that sets this attraction apart from other events is the fact that the building is actually haunted.  At the beginning of the tour, patrons learn about the history of the building, including some of the supernatural occurrences that have been witnessed there. Throughout the years, customers have seen ghostly images, brightly colored orbs, as well as experiencing various other supernatural phenomenon.  

On their trek through the Raven's Grin, customers wind their way through coffin shaped hallways and underground passages, encountering a unique collection of interesting artwork and displays along the way.  There are also a couple of fun slides inside the house, which the Ravens Grin has become famous for.  The slide in the "Bad Dreams Bedroom", which is quite an intense experience, stretches from the top floor of the house, down to the stone-walled wine cellar, 24 feet underground!  It is definitely a thrilling ride and it's worth going to the Ravens Grin just for that experience alone.

There is also an outdoor portion of the tour, which really enhances the overall creepy feel of the event. Patrons get to see the remains of Jim Warfield's crashed spook-mobile, as well as walking through his tomb. There is also a new display outside, which is creepy and otherworldly.  One of the great things about the Raven's Grin is the fact that you always see something new every time you go there. The show is constantly growing and evolving.

The Ravens Grin Inn is an amazing attraction; the words in this review just don't do it justice. It is an event that you must see for yourself. This attraction is nationally renowned and for good reason.  It has been featured in various television shows like "Wild Chicago", "HGTV Extreme Homes" and Comedy Central�s �Travel Sick�, as well as in countless news broadcasts and various books. It is unlike any other attraction that I've ever seen. The Ravens Grin is scary at times and funny at others... and is always highly entertaining! Be sure to put this attraction on your "must see" list. They are open year-round!      

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!

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.hauntedravensgrin.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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