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2015 Halls Of Madness / Slaughter Farm Review


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Halls Of Madness / Slaughter Farm
7857 Il Hwy 16
Paris, IL 61944

Visited: 10/24/15

 

Reviewed By: Webmaster
Visibility/Location: This event was easy to find with GPS. To make the attraction easy to see, there was a large illuminated sign along the road that had a red flashing light on top. Near the entrance, there were parking attendants with flashlights, to help patrons find a place to park.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of costumed characters intercepting and stalking the customers walking from the parking lot to the ticket window. On display was an old hearse near the queue line area, which helped further set the mood for the event to come.
Admission Price: Adults $10
Children Under 10 $8
Parking: Free
Length:

9 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: 3.151
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: Crowd control was good throughout most of the attraction. I did catch up to the group in front of me near the end, but they were moving extremely slow (teen in the group was too scared to move).

Summary:

The Halls of Madness is a haunted trail in a semi-wooded area in rural Paris, IL. The tour started with an introduction to the attraction and as I went on my way, I could hear the host’s maniacal laughter as he announced my arrival to his ghouls. The trail path was constructed from sections of fencing, window shutters, pallets and other assorted pieces of wood. Along the winding route, rope was also used to help keep patrons on the correct path.

The layout was cleverly designed so that actors could stealthily move behind the scenes and scare patrons multiple times, as they moved from scene to scene. Holes and gaps in the wall sections provided actors with some great scare spots, too. At various points along the trail, there were small shacks set up that customers had to navigate. There were some surprises and great scares here, as well.

While some haunted attractions rely on highly detailed scenes and pricey animatronics, the Halls of Madness effectively utilized the natural creepy ambiance of the outdoor venue, along with a group of high-energy actors performing old-school scares. Loud heavy metal music could be heard throughout the trail and actors used loud buzzers, air horns and chainsaws to startle their victims.

Although there was loud music in various areas, other sections of the trail were eerily quiet. These intermittent breaks in the action really helped to build anticipation for the next scare.

The actors played a wide range of characters including a bloody-faced demon, a clown, a skeleton and a ghoulish bride. Since most were adult actors, they were more intimidating, making the scares more effective. While a couple of the actors were passive, like the bride in the wedding dress, the majority of them were relentless, attacking without mercy. Scares often seemed to come out of nowhere, so I really had to stay on my toes.

I had a great time at The Halls of Madness. Their high-energy actors were really on point and the outdoor locale was very creepy. At only $10, it is also a great value. Be sure to check this one out, if you get the chance.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.hallsofmadness.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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