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2014 Downs Haunted House Review


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Downs Haunted House
Corner Of Franklin & Water Streets
107 Franklin Street
Downs, IL 61736

Visited: 10/17/14

 

Reviewed By: CorpseChild
Visibility/Location: If you are coming off of Interstate 74 you can see signs and the Haunted House. You have to start in Dooley Park to purchase your tickets and ride the hayrack to the Haunted House.

Coming from Route 150 there are less signs.

There are no signs that say “Tickets” so you have to enter the building to purchase the tickets at Dooley Park. Within the park you can purchase food, roast hotdogs and play laser tag.
Wait Entertainment: The decorations around the queue line are very detailed. From the skeleton heavy metal band to the graveyard next to the line of patrons waiting. A couple of actors were playing the line. A clown with a chainsaw, a clown with a bat, and another clown dripping blood stalked the line. The guys worked the line very well and had a couple of pre-teens in tears and their parents had to take them back to the car.
Admission Price: $3.00 Includes hayrack ride and Haunted House
Parking: Free
Length:

Haunted House: 6 Minutes *
Hayrack Ride: 11 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: 22.666
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: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: The patrons are controlled very well in the house since you have a lead and then you have another person following the group through the house. In just watching the line and groups entering, it looked like there were only 2 groups in the house at a time.

Summary:

As we were waiting in line the ticket taker asked how many we had in my group, since we were only 2 they put us in the group in front of us. I am not sure why we were place in another group since it was early in the night and there was no one else in line behind us. That meant that my group consisted of 5 adults and 1 child/teen.

As we entered the house we were first introduced to the meat shop. The actor portraying the butcher was great. He had great interaction with the group. As we walked past a girl, highly decorated with dolls around her, asking us to stay and play with her, we walked down the first dim lit hallway.

Through the next several scenes, I am not sure what was happening. Downs Haunted House is a small building consisting of small tight hallways and small rooms. Since I was last in the group, I did not know what the scares were or what the actors were doing or dressed like. The person I was with was number 5 in the group; she was unsure what was happening also. Sending group more than 4 adults is difficult in this size of house. The rooms are way too small for everyone to experience the scares.

This was our line up through two-thirds of the house. After coming to a small room, too small to get 6 people in the lead actor switched the group up. The last part of the group now led the group. This made me change my mind on the scare factor. Up until this point, we did not experience any scares, after the group flip we saw 2 scares which was nice.

One scene and actor that really stood out was a small house scene. The actor came out at you from a window for the scare and immediately disappeared. Once everyone was in the room a headless woman in a pneumatic easy chair was thrust back and forth and then the scare came from another area. Nice job in this area.

Once you were exiting the house you just came out to dead air. There was no showstopper or one last scare. The clown that was scaring the line earlier with the chain saw was just walking towards us down the street.

The actors that I did get to experience all remained in character. Actors were split between make-up and masks.

Downs Haunted House has always put on a great show and you can’t beat the price. I don’t know any other place that you can go with the whole family and don’t have to loose and arm and a leg to eat and have a night of fun!

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.villageofdowns.org/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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