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2016 Fall Festival at Forest View Farms Review


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Fall Festival at Forest View Farms
16717 S. Lockwood Ave
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Visited: 10/23/16

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: The location was easy to find we came up off of 167th street where a lit up marquee on the corner pointing where to turn. Lot attendants with flashlights and cones are there and guide you to available parking. There they instruct you where to find the main entrance.
Wait Entertainment: No wait entertainment is provided at this location.
Admission Price: While visiting there are two attractions are advertised for $20
The Haunted Hayride and a haunted house called Mineshaft, which is a bonus attraction since it is not advertised on their website or FaceBook page.

Haunted Hayride-
Each hayride car holds twenty people. They run two to four cars at a time depending on the night.
6p - 7p is the scaled back show intended for children.
$9.00 Each individual ticket.
$8.00 Each person of a group of 20 or more.
$7.00 Each person of a group of 120 or more.

7p - 9p is the full effect show.
$12.50 Each individual ticket.
$12.00 Each person of a group of 6 - 10 people.
$11.00 Each person of a group of 11 - 20 people.
$10.50 Each person of a group of 21 or more.
$25.00 Each VIP ticket

Mineshaft-
6:00p - 6:30p is the scaled back show.
$12.50 Each individual ticket.
$12.00 Each person of a group of 6 - 10 people.
$11.00 Each person of a group of 11 - 20 people.
$10.50 Each person of a group of 21 or more.
$25.00 Each VIP ticket

Zombie Hunt-
9:30pm - 11:30pm
Price includes 100 paintballs.
6:00p - 6:30p is the scaled back show.
$20.00 Each individual ticket.
$19.00 Each person of a group of 6 - 10 people.
$18.50 Each person of a group of 11 - 20 people.
$18.00 Each person of a group of 21 or more.
$35.00 Each VIP ticket
$16.00 For an extra ride
$5.00 For an extra 40 paintballs
Parking: Free
Length:

Haunted Hayride: 16 Minutes
Mineshaft: 6 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: 3.631
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: Haunted Hayride: Medium-High
Mineshaft: High
Crowd Control: Haunted Hayride: N/A
Mineshaft: When we went there was a small line ahead of us and a few people behind. When we walked through the haunt there was no flow control, there was no need for one. The design of the haunt is timed right that there can be at least two groups in at the same time and will never collide. if you are a group who does not want to go around the corner and moves in fear of what's ahead, there may be a small blockage, but it seems the path is monitored and the doorman will not let the next group in until the all clear.

Summary:

Haunted Hayride -
When you purchase your ticket you give them your name to identify your group. You are then instructed to proceed to the waiting area which are boards on top of haystacks to create benches. There seemed like a decent amount of people ahead of us, but in all reality we only had to wait fifteen minutes before our car was available. You board the car, and sit on the hay filled floor. It was quite comfortable, I recommend jeans.

The ride starts off simple with your host found at the front of the car explaining the rules and some safety guidelines. The car is pulled by a tractor so the ride across the street and on the path gets to be a bit jerky which is expected. Now if you want to witness the best possible experience I would say you would need to secure a spot near the last one third of the car and to the left side (your left as you are boarding the car). We enter the trail and immediately come across the home of Freddy Kruger while it's in flames. The host provides a little background during their monologue to involve you in the story. While riding in the car, you may notice various structures and props that may not be the main focus but a nice touch than empty space between featured scenes. One of the first "shelters" has a few scenes with actors and props, all narrated by our host. The actors are very animated and do a great job. The car stops at a scene at the end of the first shelter where they are treated to a scaretronic. As the host mentioned keep your hands inside the car at all times. These actors do more than bang the side of the vehicle.

We continue on the path turning and twisting as the car shakes. We pass Jason Voorhees' campsite and a survivor who does not quite make their escape from some zombies. We head to more shelters and witness a family that could not stand each other. One of my favorite parts is witnessing the Legend of Sleepy Hallow, and a visit from the Headless Horseman. This is a fun and unique hayride experience. I have been to a few the past five years, and this location is still my top on the list. I do not want to discuss this entire ride in detail, I want the visitor to experience the surprises for themselves. Turing your travel along the path there is only a minute of rest in between each notable scene or triggered event.

Mineshaft -
Once we were guided in, we had gotten instruction to go to the end of the hall and wait for further information. The minor warned us that while in the "elevator" to the bottom of the shaft we may encounter some electrical issues, and not to leave until we were escorted out. I was actually expecting more from this elevator experience, but it was not as bad as some of my previous hellavator encounters which never seemed to get it quite right. Just the same it was absolutely a different experience. As the door opened, with some minor difficultly, another minor guided us out and directed us to go on ahead.

We moved forward, this was a no thrill experience regarding the decoration and detail in the path. What they were lacking in design made up for it in scares. It's a great combination of actor dropdown and animatronics. The somewhat claustrophobic hallway with many 90 degree turns were mostly decorated with false bordered up exits and other bordered up windows, which get you used to the wall layout which hides some great dropdown panels. Many of the actor driven ones I did not see since I was in the front of our group and they were mainly scaring the middle of the line. The pneumatic animatronics' ones were triggered perfectly. The crooked room does have a bypass if the incline / decline is too steep but it's fairly easy to traverse with a little effort, with a creative scare. There were some very young actors who did their part well stalking us and disappeared without any warning. There were a few more surprises found along the path but I'll let you witness it for yourself.

Overall it was a very interesting and creative theme, with basic haunt fundamentals, some top of the line animatronics, and dedicated actors I can see this to be a great scare for the average haunted house guest.

As a side note, we did not learn about this added evening attraction Zombie Hunt until after our hayride which we already bought our tickets and had plans for the rest of the evening. If I had known, I may have budgeted my time to allow us to experience this activity. If you do go to the Haunted Hayride and / or Mineshaft, you are invited to purchase a ticket for the Zombie Hunt attraction at a discounted price.

There is a small concession stand and Port-a-Johns onsite. If you planning on sticking around for a large part of the evening there are also stalls with campfires available for rent, just inquire about prices with staff.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.fvfarms.com/fall-festival/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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