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2014 Hall Of Horrors Review


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Hall Of Horrors
On The Corner Of 26 Street And 50ave
4937 W 25 Street
Cicero, IL 60804

Visited: 10/16/14

 

Reviewed By: Raven
Visibility/Location: The haunt is located in Cicero’s old Town Hall – which is a very large building and easy to see. Once on 25th Street, the lights from the event are very easy to spot – and once you’re a little closer, you’ll hear the music playing.

If using GPS, you will not have a problem. The program will lead you directly to the location.

Parking however was not as easy – the parking lot next to the attraction is for employees only.

There are no signs to note this fact, and had to move my car after parking and walking up to the event.

Although the person who asked me to move was very helpful in pointing out where to go, the haunt could use some better signs to help direct visitors so they don’t do the same.

There is however plenty of street parking available.
Parking is available around the corner on 50th Avenue, or along 25th Street as well.

It is a residential area, so 25th Street was pretty filled – would recommend trying the parallel on 50th first.
Wait Entertainment: Although the attraction was nicely set up for large crowds, there was none to be had that night. Was one of the only going through the attraction at that time, walked right through the waiting area.

A DJ spun Michael Jackson and other fun popular songs while carnival style booths and tents sold food – like cotton candy, popcorn and even tacos - to enjoy while you wait in line.

The waiting area is under an open tent – if you do find yourself waiting, you’ll want to dress warm for this event.
Admission Price: $20
Parking: Free
Length:

16 Minutes *
* = 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: 2.640
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: Not able to comment on this particular – with nobody else in line, was lead directly to the building and walked right in.

There were a few people who came after me – heard the props go off in different sections and seen them come out after – but never ran into them in the event.

Summary:

As your kids get older, it becomes a little more difficult to find a haunted attraction that pleases everyone. You look for some good clean scary fun, nothing too cheesy, hopefully with some good props that you’ll enjoy too. Something that balances between scary without being too intense and a good amount of fun for your money. Cicero’s Town Haunt of Horrors delivers this.

The attraction itself is held in Cicero’s old Town Hall, which makes it unique. I do love a place with some good history, and anytime I can see an old building being put to use with a haunted house, becomes a definite on the must see list for me.

The haunted house uses the entire building for their scares. Dark hallways and stairs wind you through the different areas of the building – including the basement, which is a bit creepy by itself. This was a very fun attraction because of this - the different levels splitting it up from your average walk through.

For a smaller scaled haunt, I was a little surprised on how well the scenes were detailed. From when you first walk into the funeral in progress, to the running water used in different rooms – one under a wooden bridge that you walk over, and another in a torture scene – a dead woman hangs upside over a bathtub by chains with water running out of her mouth. There was quite a bit to look at here.

The mausoleum was fun with flame caldrons hanging from the ceiling, while a very large mummy stood guard solemnly over the tombs. In another room, several body bags lined the dark hallway, while one moved back and forth violently – with someone trying to get out.

The 3D section, although on a smaller scale then what you’ll see elsewhere, has rooms that are still very fun with some amazing artwork done by hand. The creatures drawn on the walls were very detailed and unique – and very fun to check out. Enjoyed this section very much.

There is a game room in one of the rooms of this section. This room was very fun with a very large – and noisy! – Jack in the box off to one side of the room, while a very large neon green spiral spun in the front.
There was also a game booth with some very fun prizes – like a few plush slimers from Ghostbusters – along with other horror plush dolls – would have been a very fun place to spend money on a prize, if that were an option.

The great white out was another part of the attraction that I enjoyed.
A very nice change from the expected black out rooms in most attractions.

Bright white florescent lights beam down at starkly white walls – making it very difficult to find – and climb – your way out of the area – leading you into the claustrophobic hallway that follows after.

There are some great animatronics to watch out for.
A jumping ghoul from behind a tomb, Jason with his machete lunging after you and a group of angry zombies charging a locked door, trying to bite you – hungry, angry and in a hurry! – this was my favorite of the night.

Although the scenes were great, it was really the actors that made this attraction stand out. With perfect timing on their scenes, these actors were in your face, blocking doorways and even following you through into other rooms. They were intense, in their roles and having fun.

One of my favorite scenes here was in the basement. An actress – with very long hair – hung upside down from a large pipe on the ceiling – swinging back and forth as you’re passing by – screaming and brushing her hair across your shoulder.

Although there are actors at the bottom – or top – of most stairways with flashing lights, there are a few areas that are very dark, so watch your step – and use the guardrails when possible. There is also a step down in one of the rooms that took me off guard.

Although I came by myself, would be a very fun place to take the family.
For a traditional family style haunt, I did find the $20 a little steep, but it does balance out if it’s the only haunt you’ll be taking them to this season – or if you’re a teen going with a group of friends.
It’s a good amount of time in with some very fun scenes to look at.
Have fun.

To find out more about this event, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/CicerosTownHallOfHorrors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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