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2014 Macabre Haunt Review


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Macabre Haunt
882 Anita Ave
Antioch, IL 60002

Visited: 10/11/14

 

Reviewed By: Filer
Visibility/Location: The haunt has a very large banner all along the side of it so it is very easy to see from the road. There are also people in the road directing visitors to the haunt parking lot, which is located across the street from the haunt. There is ample parking for haunt visitors.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors outside who were entertaining the crowd, moving in and out amongst visitors and attempting to scare them.
Admission Price: $18/$23 VIP
Parking: Free
Length:

13 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: 2.145
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: There were very few visitors in line on the night of the visit, so there were no problems with crowd control. No other people were encountered inside.

Summary:

2013 was the first year for Macabre Haunt, and for 2014 they changed the entire setup to a mental asylum theme and also made the haunt larger. However, the results were mixed at best.

While there were many actors inside, most seemed to have little variety in their acting, basically screaming at visitors to get out or asking if people would like to play as they passed by. The opening scene was set in a large waiting room, with several actors inside. They asked visitors to sit on couches and chairs and basically walked around ranting and screaming for a while until they let visitors head into the rest of the haunt. This went on for too long and the performances became quite repetitive.

There were some decent scenes inside the haunt, including a large detailed morgue set, a surgery set behind glass windows, a clown room with spinning clown heads on poles and actors hanging from the walls and ceiling, and a giant pit with an actor hanging from chains inside of it. However, most sets were simply white walled rooms or corridors, with some dark spaces in between.

Perhaps the least entertaining part of the haunt was a series of corridors with hanging strips of white cloth separating them. Visitors were told to go in various directions by the actors inside the corridors, which led to going around and around in the same area, or getting lost and having to double back. There didnít seem to be much purpose to the misdirection, and while having visitors wander around for a short time would have been OK, repeatedly having them go around and around the same area really got tiring very quickly. While there were some scenes that were interesting, and a couple of genuinely clever scares, most of Macabre Haunt amounted to walking down empty corridors or getting screamed at by actors in various rooms.

Unfortunately, Macabre Haunt is a perfect example of a haunt that is not a good value for the money. Last year the haunt was only $10, and had a theme of varied scenes and some old-fashioned scares using sound and light. It was a decent value for the money and a good first year effort. This year most of the old fashioned scares were gone in favor of the asylum theme.

While the haunt was only about 3-4 minutes longer this year (and part of that length includes getting lost in a maze), the price has almost doubled, putting it in the same price range as several other haunts that offer more detailed sets, costumes, and acting, and are longer. Frankly, Macabre Haunt is simply not worth the price increase. Had the price remained at $10, it would have been an average haunt for an OK price with a few decent sets and some scares here and there. As it stands, though, as $18 it is overpriced, as for a few dollars more there are multiple higher quality haunts to choose from. If pricing is going to go up to nearly the level of professional haunts that have been operating for years, then the quality needs to go up as well, and in Macabreís case it hasnít.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http:/macabrehaunt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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