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2017 Heaps Haunted Corn Maze Review


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Heaps Haunted Corn Maze
4853 US Highway 52
Minooka, IL 60447

Visited: 10/08/17

 

Reviewed By: The Gatecreeper
Visibility/Location: We traveled using the directions found on the website. It was very easy to spot, there are no other lights while going down Rt.52 until you see a well lit field. The giant pumpkin shaped sign is illuminated at the entrance. There is only one so if by any chance you do miss it you will have to backtrack.

There is plenty of parking out in the field. and fairly well lit too. On busy nights it might be a little bit of a walk but it's all still on site.
Wait Entertainment: There were two queue lines, one for the Flashlight Maze and one for the Haunted Maze. The signs are very easy to read. We got there within an hour of opening and it was a Sunday. The queue line was half filled. At this point it became close to a two hour wait. They had many line actors from a girl wearing a flying pig onsie and teddy bear as a mask, to the Joker wielding a chainsaw. I could count at least five actors walking around the waiting area and cutting through the groups waiting to go in. Other than that, there was no other type of entertainment. Everything is outdoors and no overhead covering, so definitely dress for the weather.
Admission Price: Haunted Corn Maze: $15
Flashlight Corn Maze: $6
Hayride: $6

The last two are not haunted attractions BUT you can purchase a combo ticket for all three for $20 if you wish. They also offer a fast pass option for $27 that includes all three with skip the line privileges.
Parking: Free
Length:

19 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: 4.433
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 Corn Maze: High
Hayride: Medium-High
Crowd Control: When we went there, there was a group of teenage girls and one boy before us and a family of four (two adults and two very young children) behind us. They seemed to space the groups every two minutes. The characters in each scene and throughout the maze all seemed to be there with their scare and not much to be responsible for flow. As we walked, we caught up to the group of teenagers by the second scene, due to them being cautious and they did not want to seem to turn the corners blindly. They eventually continued forward and we never saw them again. The family behind us also caught up to us as well, which might have been a good thing. You see we had exchanged pleasantries while waiting in line, and it was the young ones' first haunt. When they caught up to us in the attraction the older of the two girls immediately grabbed my hand at the time of a scare, so now we became a new merged group.

Other than that other than one other mishap at no fault of the haunt that we ran into other groups. More on that later.

Summary:

When we first got there and left the car I was not positive which direction to go for tickets. There were three well lit places which later became concessions, a you pick em pumpkin patch and the ticket booths. When we got closer to the lit area of the farm the ticket booth sign was much more noticeable. We got our tickets, which was a nice change. Instead of a ticket stub or some other piece of paper, they use wristbands and blacked out any attraction that you did not pay for, and they applied the wrist band to you.

Like I mentioned earlier, the line was half full and we waited close to two hours. Dress for the weather, and plan your visit. I had mentioned everything was outside, and it had rained a few days in a row but the sky has been clear days prior to our visit. Walking the path in the corn maze was not very slippery and no puddles were found. I would be more alert and check their website for the days' status. If there is a heavy rain the day of your visit it may be difficult to walk the path.

Much of the corn maze is paths leading to various scenery. Surprisingly when we got to each location the areas were very detailed and would most commonly have more that two actors per scene. The transition paths thru the cornstalks were also done well. Sometimes you don't know if you will come across someone hiding in the darkness or that rustling could also be just the wind. The Moon was at 3/4 so it lit up the paths well, there was no light pollution around to throw off your vision. There were a few moments we actually had to shield our eyes and not be blinded by the moon so we can see the path ahead of us. The walls of corn surrounding us were at least ten foot high, and sowed close to create a fantastic natural barrier. There were many moments we could hear the muffled screams of other guests or ambiance audio playing. We traveled to what seemed to be a home setting and we might have been targeted to be their next meal. The actors had some good dialogue and interacted well as we walked around avoiding any unprepared menu additions.

Many of the scenes I'm not putting in any particular order or will detail as not to ruin any of the surprises. But there was a butcher shop, where once again, we tried to stay off the menu. A very interesting circular maze, with actors and props around various turns. We got a little lost until we found the correct path to forge on. There was a very unique entrance to a circus area. This seemed to be the largest and most put together zone. It had multiple stages to it and a decent amount of actors to fill it. The big top maze here was the most effective and hardest to navigate. Not only you did you have the red and white stripes but a dense fog and distorting LED's which made this the most difficult to solve. Not only did we make it out with our newer merged group, but part of them got lost and ended up getting turned around and heading out of the opposite direction. When we did make it out we had found we had a deficit of two other people and waited in hopes that they would walk out. When we heard voices it was another group coming out. We let them pass us and go on ahead. Until the rest of our group caught up. This was a very fun and effective application.

There were a few non traditional corn maze structures that you would normally see at most haunts. This was another pleasant surprise and in a way kind of getting the best of both worlds. In an addition to the laser swamp they also had not only one, but two squeeze walls. When walking from scene to scene there had been a few instances where the actors would follow you out of their area and whisper in your ear behind you. Making them not limited to their zone which can add to an upcoming corn wall scare. While on the path you would see props, animatronics and mini scenes that were in little alcoves cut into the corn, and each one of these actors had their own dialogue. This also was a nice touch, it wasn't a room you entered neither was it an actor popping out from behind the cornstalks. This was a happy medium, dimly lit, but it was just the right amount of light so you can see what is happening around you.

Overall this is a great corn maze haunt. A lot of thought and a decent amount of money was put into this. Very rarely did you come to any dead space while here and for the ticket price I think you get more than enough. My only suggestion is to get there when they open. Even if you don't want to be the first in line for the attraction you can always take a look around and select a premium pumpkin.

To find out more about this event, visit:

http://www.heapshauntedcornmaze.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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