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2013 The Catacombs Review


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The Catacombs
6143 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

Visited: 10/20/13

 

Reviewed By: Filer    
Visibility/Location: The haunt is located on a busy street (Irving Park Road) and there are large signs along the sidewalk in front of the haunt, a big banner across the entrance, as well as several large, waving blowup figures that attract people towards it.

There is a small parking lot across the street, and there is also street parking down side streets. There is not a lot of parking, so it might be difficult to find a spot if the crowds are large.
Wait Entertainment: We purchased a fast pass as the line can get quite long and move quite slowly (and there were already a number of people ahead of us despite getting there before the haunt opened) so we didnít actually experience any of the wait entertainment. However, we did spot at least 5 actors of various types wandering in and out of the crowd, 

Also, from past experience visiting this haunt, the wait entertainment is really good. The character types range from creepy clowns to crazy mental patients to characters that say nothing, but instead just wander up to you and stare at you. There is a lot to look at while waiting to get in.
   
Admission Price: $8.00
Parking: Free
Length:

12 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: 5.250
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 Ė there were a number of ďstartleĒ type scares, and some clever hiding spots that actors came out of, but nothing too ďin your faceĒ or terrifying. 
Crowd Control: Although we got in line early and thus didnít have to wait long, the line behind us quickly grew, and by the time we were out of the haunt (about 7:30) it was quite long. We were actually the first people in the haunt that evening, as we got there right before they opened and purchased fast passes. We did not run into anyone behind us the entire time. 

Overall, patron flow is good, but sometimes it can be too slow and patrons wind up waiting a very long time in line.

Summary:

St. Patís has been operating for many years now, and it is always a good experience, provided the line wait is not too long. The haunt is held in the basement of the church that is next to the school, although the waiting area is in the school itself. 

In the beginning of the haunt, visitors are led into a waiting area set up like a funeral parlor. They take a seat and are read the rules by a live actor. On our visit, the live actor was pretty amusing, and kept coming up with various jokes to occupy us while we waited. There is also a very clever surprise that happens while waiting, but I wonít spoil it. Itís not scary, but it is actually pretty cool!

Following this, visitors enter the haunt itself, and are welcomed into the catacombs by a live actor dressed like a ringmaster. The opening scene is set in a real boiler room, and visitors can hear the strains of the Nightmare on Elm Street theme music playing in the background as smoke and flame effects set up the atmosphere. It is actually somewhat warm and muggy in the boiler room, so it was a really nice effect overall.

After the boiler room area, visitors encounter various traditional haunt scenes, from mad scientists to a mirrored room, to clowns, to zombies. Some of our favorites included the mad scientist room, where the scientist was creating something very cool (which we wonít spoil), the mirrored room with creepy female actor in a dollís mask who walked backwards through the maze, keeping visitors in sight at all times, a cleverly done zombie area, and a nicely decorated swamp area with some unexpected inhabitants.

Additionally, there were scenes featuring hidden actors, an electrocution, and even a jail scene. All of the actors were teenagers or even younger, which limited the scares, but they did seem to be into what they were doing. Some were rather amusing, and some were creepy, which is a nice mix. One thing to note, there were a few scenes where we came upon actors with no masks on, who seemed to be waiting for the word that the haunt was in operation. We were the first ones through, so itís possible that word didnít really reach them, but the actors in the very first scene simply stood and stared at us as we walked by, as if they didnít know if we were haunt workers or visitors. This happened a couple more times throughout the beginning of the haunt, but by the end everyone was in character.

Overall, St. Pascalís is a decent haunt. Itís definitely not intense, but itís not intended to be. Itís more of a fun, enjoyable experience, where visitors can look at some creative scenes and yes, even be surprised by some of the clever actors and their hiding places. You have to know what youíre in for when you go Ė itís a school haunt populated by teenagers, so if you are expecting to be terrified, you will be disappointed. Itís worth a look, but if you get there late, or if itís on a busy night, youíd be well advised to get the VIP pass to bypass the line. $20 is a bit steep for the VIP, though, so the best bet is to get there before they open and that way the wait time will be much less. 

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.scarypopcorn.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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