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2015 Grimrose Farm Review


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Grimrose Farm
5n726 Crane Road
St. Charles, IL 60175

Visited: 10/24/15

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: We used the GPS, and it took us right there. During your travel down Crane Rd. you would see a small sign reassuring you that you were on the correct path.

There is a large lit up sign at the entrance from the road.
Wait Entertainment: There was no wait entertainment.
Admission Price: $22 General Admission
$16 "Monster Free"
Parking: Free
Length:

Haunted Hayride: 15 Minutes *
3D Haunted House: 2 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: 2.241
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: Very Low
Crowd Control: N/A

Summary:

When we got to the main entrance, there was a parking attendant with a flashlight directing us where to go and where to park and where to find the ticket booth.

We purchased our tickets, (wristband) and some of the staff there had let us know about the haunted hayride and other points of interest on the farm's property. While you had the wristband you can go on the hayride and enter the 3D-Haunted House as often as you like and that we were in time for the last trip (hayride shuts down one half hour before closing) Were also told to stay on the gravel pathway. That way we would not get lost on the farm. We decided to take the hayride first. The trailer holds about 15 - 18 people. The path that the hayride took was pretty effective. It is lined with trees and thick bush. The tree line cuts close to the trailer's path so keep caution and not get smacked in the head by a rogue tree branch. At first there is nothing happening, and almost mistook it for just a simple hayride. Then you will catch a glimpse of some creatures on the path behind you as you passed and others scratching the side of the trailer. The path for this ride is a simple oval, when you board this ride you come in from the side and not the back with some traditional hayrides, so the experience of picking up hitchhikers is not an option. You will come in contact with some specters, cultists, and a fair maiden getting kidnapped. There are no scenes to look at or for the actors to interact with. The actors themselves do a good job on banging on the sides, even from underneath.... A few will jump up on the edges of the moving cart but sometimes not high enough where you only see the top you their heads.

After the hayride we were offered complementary hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast over the fire. There was a hot dog vendor, and a gift shop, well more like a table display. At the fire pit there were musicians, playing some acoustic guitar which was pleasant. In the area of the fire pits they also had a barn, showing movies. There was a house on the property which held a "coven of witches" which would include fortune telling.

We headed back toward the ticket booth to go into the "3-D haunted house" we were handed glasses and entered. It's a pretty small barn with a few actors inside. They would mostly stare at you as you passed or creep behind you a few feet. The 3-D effect is nonexistent. Room walls are painted but not giving the depth that is intended to achieve. The actors didn't have any reflective costumes or any additional UV makeup on to showcase them. They seemed to be somewhat invisible. The only effective scare was a drop down panel, only because I do react to loud unexpected noises.

In my opinion I feel $22 for the event is a bit high. The hayride was nice with the entertainment. The fire pits are nice to have, there are no chairs. So if you wanted to sit for a few hours and roast marshmallows you would have to do that while sitting on the grass.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.KCScaregrounds.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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