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2007 Visitor Reviews of
Trails of Terror 2007 (Chicago, Illinois)

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Reviewed by: mistress   (Event Visited: 10/28/07 @ 8:15 pm)
Review Posted: 10/30/07
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: The trails are located in a very nice park on Petterson Ave. There are quite a few signs up to show where the event and parking are located. We found the park with no problems. There is also a free shuttle taking you from the parking lot to the event.

Wait Entertainment: The event is outside and so is the wait. There were 2 concessions stands. They did a nice job with "missing person" signs posted in different areas along the line, loved moo moo cow. There was also some spooky carnival music along with some "important announcements" about the carnival being played.

Length of Event: One of the guides told us 12-14 minutes to go through. I believe we were on the trails for a good 20 minutes.

Actor Performance: Was very good. Loved the bearded lady that talked to us before going in - great tips for why the ladies should grow a beard. The actors inside were great and played their charactors well. There were areas that needed some actors, and other areas that were completely congested with actors, a little more spreading out would've made this perfect.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Was spaced out fairly well. There were some areas that another group ran into us, but they had areas where they would break everyone up before moving on to the next area.

Appropriate Ages: This is a family haunt, so I would say 7 and up.

Props / Special FX: This is a smaller scale haunt, so there are no fancy f/x on most of the trail. There are a few areas, where they used some great f/x and it was nicely done. The other areas were nicely done, but were more basic decorations

Costumes / Make-up: Very basic. But they fit in with the areas they worked in and were nicely done.

Summary: I enjoyed this haunt. It is a smaller scaled haunt geared for family, but was still a lot of fun. I took my son who loved it. Initially I thought the entire event would take place outside, but there were some smaller houses along the trail that you had to walk through. The first house was very disorientating with strobe lights, very dark halls and tight corners. In this house, I found myself "lost" and couldn't find my way out. The last house had a carnival theme and was excellent. Great f/x and the clowns were very convincing. There was a long trail that was haunted with a graveyard and haunted woods to check out. The event was a lot longer then what I expected to, taking us almost 20 minutes to walk through.  
I recommend it if you're looking for something to do with your kids - not terribly scary but well worth going.

Reviewed by: evilone   (Event Visited: 10/25/07 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/07
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Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Ample Free parking and shuttle buses for the spots that were farther away. Plenty of signage.

Wait Entertainment: There was a great old timey radio broadcast while waiting in line. Very funny and spooky at the same time. It was about what happened when a carnival came to the old farm town you are "visiting". Jugglers clowns and monsters in line at times. Not to bad of a wait.

Length of Event: Took about 25 minutes or so to get through the actual haunted house. Much more than I expected. BONUS

Actor Performance: Timing was great. Most actors were extremely convincing ifnot almost too real!!!

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Flow was pretty good. And if there was an extremely slow group we were allowed to go ahead of them. One backup but it was quickly resolved.

Appropriate Ages: Even most adults get scared!! NOT for little kids.

Props / Special FX: Vortex was great. Tons of props and beautiful effects. A giant twenty foot tall clown face to walk into the mouth of was quite erie. Claustrophobic chamber was excellent. Overall stunning visually.

Costumes / Make-up: So much attention went into costumes and makeup. I couldnt tell who was real and fake. Fantastic. Especially the people in the woods. No way to spot them.

Summary: If haunted houses were a drug, i would be at an intervention. I have been to so many houses I cant remember them all. This one I will remember forever. It is by far one of the very best I have ever been to. You get so much out of it. There are scares everywhere and stunning set design. It makes use of the forest and four buildings made in the woods specifically for it. The music and sounds running through the entire thing was impressive. Really set the mood for each house and the woods. Amazing. Its pretty hard to scare me or make me feel as if I am dissalussioned, but this does the trick. Simply one of the scariest I have been to. GO GO GO!!! DONT MISS THIS ONE. You wont be dissapointed. (or be able to sleep)





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