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2015 Fright Night Review


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Fright Night
106 W Market Street
Forest City, IL 61532

Visited: 09/26/15

 

Reviewed By: Cobwebs
Visibility/Location: While Forest City is a small town, you will most likely require a GPS to find exactly where to go. There were no signs on the main roads in town that I saw. It is all street parking.
Wait Entertainment: Anyone who has visited Fright Night in the past will be thrilled to know the Butcher is back. Cornering folks with his 6ft+ presence and tools of his trade. Tip to the wise, if he freaks you out, don’t let him know it. He feeds off of that and has zero qualms about invading your personal space. There was minimal other wait entertainment, but this could be in part to the small number in attendance this weekend. There is music playing to keep things creepy.
Admission Price: $20 for four attractions
Parking: Free
Length:

Trail of Terror/Zombie Laser Tag: 7 Minutes *
Barn of Madness and Mayhem: 3 Minutes *
Dark Carnival: 9 Minutes *
Alley of Dolls: 7 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: 4.290
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-High
Crowd Control: Opening weekend so there were no crowd issues at all. Fright Night is a College favorite so they do get busy later in the season.

Summary:

For the first time in the four years I have attended Fright Night, the haunted church and the haunted house were both closed by order of the Fire Marshall. We were informed of this at the ticket counter. Knowing two of their most popular attractions were closed, I wondered how they were going to make up for it. Only one attraction (Alley of the Dolls) is located at the same location as where you purchase your tickets. When we went to get in line for this we were told to come back as the kids were being given a break. You must take a “hayrack” (aka trailer) ride over to the other side of town to visit the other attractions. En route, we were entertained by a boisterous, facially disfigured gal on the hunt for a new husband.

Trail of Terror/Zombie Laser Tag:

This is a new type of attraction for Fright Night. The two of us waited in line for almost 5 minutes though no one else seemed to be there. We did get to be privy to a rather personal conversation between the lady who punched our tickets and another volunteer.
Horror movie favorites are found here like Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, etc. There was a Salem Witch scene that I enjoyed that I wish was played on a bit more. I was confused when to use my laser gun. The scenes are random with a few zombies thrown in the mix for you to shoot at occasionally. Medium scare factor.

 
Barn of Madness and Mayhem:

This is right next to the Trail of Terror. It was also the shortest of all the attractions clocking in at 3 minutes. This attraction did have Michael Myers who is always a sure thing at freaking people out. And the actor who portrayed him did a great job. Overall though, it was just too short to really impress. Medium scare factor.
 
Dark Carnival:

This is one of two attractions at Fright Night that really deserves some recognition. This is a 3D attraction (my first ever) and it did not disappoint. While our time in this attraction clocked in at 9 minutes, this may have been because the night was slow enough that Stinky Pinky and Mr. Tickles were able to really give us some extra special attention. While the jump out and scare me tactics are fun, I am a huge believer in great actors creating a great experience. Stinky Pinky (a transvestite clown) was our guide through the Carnival and absolutely made my night. Mr. Tickles is a man of few words, but good luck being prepared for him. Dark Carnival does a great job at throwing you off your game. You never know exactly where to go or what to do. The 3D effects are fun, but this attraction will owe its popularity and success to its actors. High scare factor.

 
Alley of the Dolls:

After taking the hayrack ride back to the main area, we were finally able to visit this haunt. I am going to admit that knowing this attraction was filled with kids I was not expecting….well….anything. Maybe feeling annoyed. Maybe being put off that these children were supposed to scare me. I.Was.Wrong.
You start by going through a short maze. At one point, we had to walk through two extremely foul smelling mattresses. Awesome! I guarantee having to deal with that will send many a patron into a small meltdown.
Then you come up to the Dolls. Perhaps growing up in Forest City and being a part of this community event is creating a breeding ground for the State of Illinois’ scariest kid actors. They controlled their haunt like seasoned professionals. Being asked by these masked Dolls to cover our eyes to “play a game” even sent a creepy shiver down my spine. Then they separated us. I was completely alone with 4 of these Dolls. I’m not the same person. Alley of the Dolls sets a very high bar. High scare factor.

 

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://forestcityil.wix.com/frightnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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