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2007 Visitor Reviews of
Village of Downs Haunted House 15 (Downs, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: Tony20   (Event Visited: 10/27/07 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/29/07
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Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: This is a fairly small town, they had signs as I came into town and the Haunted House was lit up with a huge sign, there was a lot of activity going on in the park...easy to find actually.

Wait Entertainment: In the park, they had some group doing "fire spinning", these guys were amazing, great addition to the mood. Several actors roaming around, one actor in full make up with goggles was amazing, and the mummy dude was really authentic, nice job.

Length of Event: The vortex was as long as you wanted to "play" inside. The Haunted House was about a ten minute tour.

Actor Performance: They really amped it up this year, every single one of the actors stayed in character, some the lady in the shack scene was downright creepy, she kept chanting softly as we left, I had that in my head the whole night! The other scenes were just as good, the guy in the scene with the chainsaw was just evil looking, and the effect they had set up literally blew our group away. The Undertaker in the funeral parlor was very talented, creepy and realistic. The King in the dungeon was equally good, all around a great group, they always seem to get great actors at this event.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We had a front tour guide, they kept us moving along at a pace that allowed for us to get the most out of each distraction/scare, during the maze portion, they let us find our own way out...very nice, no ropes or cheating with flashlights, started things off great !

Appropriate Ages: 10+ for the Haunted House, all ages for the vortex and hay rack rides.

Props / Special FX: This event relied heavily on detail scenes and actors with nicely timed scares, I'm not a fan of high end air driven fake spooks anyway. Great atmosphere in the shack scene without the need for special effects.

Costumes / Make-up: I have been going to this event for a few years now, this year, they had over the top, amazing make-up, some masks too, but the make up and the actors believability made all the difference this year.

Summary: This event still only costs a dollar! They made the vortex a separate attraction, I talked with the guy who heads this event, he explained that some liked the vortex and not a scare and others, vice versa. You also get a hay rack ride included, plus they give you FREE hot dogs to boot. The haunted house was two blocks away, you could walk or ride the hay racks. The line was not too long, an hour is reasonable for this time of year I thought. The guys doing fire tricks were really cool. My gang really enjoyed the maze, there was an area that was tight, I talked with the event organizer, he is no small guy, he said if he turns sideways he slides right by, very cool claustrophobic area if you ask me. Whoever they had doing the chainsaw scene gets my top honors, he was scary and the air blast and strobe just made it perfect, really good scare! They do an awesome job every year, we really enjoy the whole experience. They are well on their way to becoming an annual favorite for us, a must see!

Reviewed by: dlphn   (Event Visited: 10/27/07 @ 8:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/28/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Average
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Visibility/Location: This event was so different than last year. The Haunted House this year was about two blocks away from where you purchased your tickets. You then stood in line for the hayrack to take you to the event which you could have walked to and saved yourself waiting 30 mins for the ride then waiting an hour for again to get in the house. They need to keep all the events closer make the vortex and tickets where the haunted house is being held this was confusing. Some people assumed you could get in the house line and get your tickets there since the event was not at the park I would have been one mad person waiting all that time to find out that tickets were to be purchased at the park.

Wait Entertainment: Not bad at a guy walking the line keeping us entertained. So this was pretty good.

Length of Event: The walk through was about maybe 7 mins or so not too bad

Actor Performance: Good and scary jumping out right at the right time.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: This sucked! If i was a fairly heavy person this attraction was not for them. The so called hallways were so tiny I mean NARROW!!!! This was insane.

Appropriate Ages: I would say 10 and above some things might scare younger kids.

Props / Special FX: Good I think the best was the a guy behind a glass was by far the best I have no idea what they blew at us but scared the crap out of me was not expecting that.

Costumes / Make-up: Really good they usually have a great theme.

Summary: This was good but too spread out. Plus I think you need to remember that everyone is not tiny bodies this was difficult for wide people thanks for making us know we are that big.

Reviewed by: ZedRot   (Event Visited: 10/20/07 @ 7:30 pm)
Review Posted: 10/21/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Once you are in Downs there are lots of signs.

Wait Entertainment: There were some great guys doing fire tricks while you waited in line to get tickets.

Length of Event: A few minutes for the vortex and 10 for the haunted house.

Actor Performance: The actor performance was good. They were all really nice looking and put together. 

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: There were guides so the flow was good.

Appropriate Ages: 10 and up.

Costumes / Make-up: The actors were in a mix of masks and makeup. There were some great bloody actors in there that were all into it.

Summary: Downs is an incredible haunted house for what it costs. A $1 for the haunted house and $1 for the vortex its a great deal. The haunted house is scary and fun. The Downs Haunted House is an incredible show for $2.





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