Transworld 2004: "Haunted Attractions"
Raven's Grin Inn
(Mount Carroll, IL)
again, Haunters had the opportunity to attend this one of a kind event
during the Transworld Convention. Just looking at this eerie structure, it
is easy to see that the Raven's Grin isn't like any other haunted attraction.
Once inside, you won't be chased with a chain saw and you won't find
gory scenes or famous Hollywood movie monsters. What you will find is
a totally unique experience.
So, what is the Raven's Grin? No
description can really do it justice, but simply stated, many people have described
it as a
spooky fun house. Patrons can look forward to a unique monologue,
with combined elements of fright and comedy. The Raven's Grin is also different from
other attractions due to the fact that the building is actually haunted. As part
of the tour, you are told true stories of
supernatural activity that many people have experienced inside the house,
starting in the 1920's and extending through
present day. On a typical tour you weave your way through twisting tunnels,
shoot down slides and
crawl through tight passageways. You will also be mesmerized by the
original artwork, spawned from the delightfully twisted and creative mind of the
owner, Jim Warfield.
Of course, one of the most memorable
things inside the house is the
slide in the "Bad Dreams Bedroom". This wild and
crazy slide shoots you down 24 feet below the surface of the earth,
into the most haunted room of the Raven's Grin, the wine
Tours last anywhere from one to two hours,
which is quite a value, considering the admission price is only $10. And
you don't even have to wait until Halloween to see this unique attraction,
as they are open 301
days a year.
To find out more about the Raven's Grin Inn, visit the
official website at: http://www.hauntedravensgrin.com
(Machesney Park, IL)
also put their show on display for Transworld. They really put on a
great show. This event boasted an attendance of more
than 700 people.
What really made ScreamFest stand out from
other haunts was the fact that they had five haunted attractions under one roof,
each with it's own unique theme. No matter what type of attraction
you like, ScreamFest had something for
In addition to the normal compliment of
ScreamFest "ghouls", actors from a local Chicagoland haunt, the Eleventh
Hour Haunted House, enthusiastically stepped forward, to help scare guests
going through the multiple ScreamFest attractions.
While the highlight of the night for me was
the haunted house tour, there were other activities going on that
night. As part of the admission price, they provided a very
filling, tasty dinner. In a separate area, there were several
booths set up, where vendors were displaying their wares. It was
quite an inexpensive alternative to buying a booth at Transworld. Haunted Attraction Magazine,
DZX Creative Audio Solutions, The Art Box Inc., as well as others reserved booth space,
to show off the products they had to offer.
Also featured at the ScreamFest gathering was the IAHA (International Association of Haunted
Attractions) meeting/social. Crazy Bob Turner hosted his annual
auction, along with the IAHA casket
basket raffle. Attendees had the opportunity to win prizes donated
by various haunt-related vendors, as well as a large cash prize donated by
To find out more about the
Rockford ScreamFest Haunted House, go to the official website: http://www.rockfordscreamfest.com
Realm of Terror (Round
Lake Beach, IL)
though the Realm of Terror is a new attraction, they opened
up their doors during Transworld, for the whole industry to see. As
a special promotion for the Transworld Convention, admission to this event
was free! The Realm of Terror is
new to the Chicagoland area, with last October being their first season open to the public.
This attraction was a collaboration of the creative influence of both Dark Attraction
Productions and Kristof's Entertainment Center. Throughout the attraction,
there were various scenes like monsters behind bars and a mad
scientist's laboratory. There was even a psychic scene, were a palm
reader told me that she saw death in my future. Going through the
Realm of Terror was a lot of fun. Since this haunt is in a permanent
location, they will be able to build onto what they have from season to
season. They had even made some enhancements since last October. It will
be nice to see what they have in store for us in the future.
To find out more about the
Realm of Terror haunted house, go to the official website: http://www.realmofterror.com