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2006 Visitor Reviews of
Gilson Haunted House (Gilson, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: darknight69   (Event Visited: 10/28/06 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 11/06/06
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Small town, but it's hard to miss the cars turning toward the town. Don't remember seeing the flashing arrow sign like in past years.

Wait Entertainment: Not to bad. They had characters outside and inside the guides tried to entertain/scare you.

Length of Event: It took us about 20 min to go through.

Actor Performance: Didn't see to many on the first half of the haunt. The ones I did see didn't scream or yell. It was just kinda like they were their. The seccond half got better with the actors scaring.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: It seemed to go alright. We did see another group going down the stairs as we went up, but it didn't take away from any of the scares.

Appropriate Ages: I would think that maby 7 and older would be alright.

Props / Special FX: The 3-D is cool but the glasses are annoying to hold onto and hard to see out of. Black Hole: always cool. The car is unexpected, but it seems like it has been their a couple years.

Costumes / Make-up: Saw some really cool maskes. The short guy with the top hat was a great costume.

Summary: It is a cool place to goto for entertainment. It has more cool visual effects than scares. Hopefully next year will be scarier. The price was just a tad high for the scare factor, but just rite for everything else.I will be back next year.

Reviewed by: jnutt1369   (Event Visited: 10/27/06 @ 9:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/06
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Scare Factor: Very Low | Atmosphere: Poor
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Visibility/Location: Gilson is a small town, so if you're following a long trail of cars on the highway to Gilson anytime around Halloween, chances are they're all going to the haunted house. Just follow them and you won't miss it.

Wait Entertainment: I was impressed that there was a food stand in both the outside wait area and the inside wait area. The food smelled great! The actors walking around outside didn't really stick to chracter. They often stopped and chatted w/girls or sat and drank hot cocoa.

Length of Event: 1/2 hour wait, maybe 20 min. inside.

Actor Performance: OK, I guess, for a small-town production. They mostly just jumped out & yelled, "Boo". The helpers inside the maze were rude.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: average

Appropriate Ages: all ages

Props / Special FX: There was an animatronic body hanging from the ceiling that was pretty lifelike. Other than that, I was quite annoyed by the whole experience. The spinning tunnel & revolving room made me sick to my stomach and gave me a headache for 2 days afterward. The pitch-black maze at the end was disconcerting to say the least. Wandering around in total darkness and vomiting - yes, that's exactly how everyone loves to spend their Friday night!

Costumes / Make-up: Alright. Stuff you could buy at any costume shop.

Summary: I would have found the Gilson haunted school more frightening without all the cheap Halloween decor and sound effects. I appreciate the fact that it is a historic landmark, and that the event is held to raise funds for the site. I suppose it would be scary to a child or a teenage girl. If you're looking for something to do with the family for Halloween, this might be a good idea. If you're a serious horror/haunted house fan, you will not be impressed by this one. I do not recommend it if you are prone to migraines or motion sickness.

Reviewed by: jcards92   (Event Visited: 10/13/06 @ 10:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/14/06
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: It was right in the middle of gilson and it was lit up.

Wait Entertainment: there were people there but the line was really short

Length of Event: you had to wait 10-15 min

Actor Performance: it was good

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: groups ranged from the size of your party. during the guided part it was faster.

Appropriate Ages: 7-up

Props / Special FX: the blackhole and 3-D maze

Summary: the gilson haunted house had a consessetion stand while you waited and entertainment while inside. the speakers were blasting and someparts were dark. they provied 3d glasses for the 3d maze and 40 foot blackhole. the medamophis was also very cool.





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