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2005 Visitor Reviews of
Best of St. Charles - Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour (St. Charles, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: dreamer1107   (Event Visited: 10/24/05 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/25/05
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Scare Factor: Low | Atmosphere: Fair
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Visibility/Location: Some homes were easy to spot, but I was a little annoyed with others because of the trace decorations they seemed to have out there (and yet somehow they got on the list). I feel bad for the better decorated homes as the others took away from the overall experience.

Wait Entertainment: n/a--I printed the tour guide from their website with the list of homes (each with directions from the center of town), and we drove around the different homes in town on our own.

Length of Event: It took us about 3 1/2 hours to do the whole thing.

Actor Performance: n/a really--I didn't see any actors, but we did this on a Monday and I wouldn't have expected anyone to be out. One thing I did find to be strange was that I would occasionally take a picture of a decoration that someone had out on their lawn (of those whose homes were part of the tour) and at least 3 times one of the owners came out and looked really angry. I'm not sure if there is some law or something against that (I didn't even get their house in the picture), but I would have expected that the owners would be flattered or at least expect some attention for their extravagant decorations.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: n/a, but we only ran into one other sightseer along the way

Appropriate Ages: any age for most homes--only a couple might have been perceived as scary to younger sightseers

Props / Special FX: I have to give this recommendation for anyone going through the tour--my favorite couple houses from the whole tour were part of the "Southeast" part of the tour. If you're going to only see a part of the tour, I'd recommend seeing the homes from that part first.

Costumes / Make-up: n/a

Summary: We drove around the Best of St. Charles Gallery of Ghoulish Homes tour last year and I hate to say it, but this year was fairly disappointing. I was very impressed by last year's displays and was excited to go back this year. Other than the handful of great home displays, the rest was a pretty big letdown. And like I mentioned, there were some homes that almost had no decorations out at all, but were still on the list of homes to visit. I felt that they should have been a bit more discriminating in which homes were let onto this tour guide.  
I think it's important to mention, however, that there really aren't other towns in the area that are doing something as creative as having a listing of it's best decorated homes along with directions to each one--the concept is wonderful and I still don't regret doing the tour (it's free, too!). I think families may enjoy it more than my boyfriend and I did.

Reviewed by: budman27   (Event Visited: 10/24/05 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/25/05
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: All homes were easy to find overall from the directions that we printed from the park district's website.

Wait Entertainment: no wait--we drove around to look at the houses ourselves

Length of Event: long if you do the whole thing--it took us between 3 1/2 to 4 hours

Actor Performance: no actors

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: no patrons. this was a free self guided (by car) tour

Appropriate Ages: probably better for families than those hoping to get scared

Summary: All in all, this was a decent Halloween activity since it was free and you got to see how creative all of these people were in decorating their homes. Most of the homes weren't very impressive, but we did like a few of them a lot so I think the tour was worth that at least. I wish more cities did this kind of thing, because I do light driving around to see people's Halloween decorations. Kudos to St. Charles for doing this and thanks to it's residents for being a part of this for others' enjoyment (they didn't get any money or prizes for doing this). I'd recommend doing this one of you have time.





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