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2010 Visitor Reviews of
Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, Illinois)

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31 out of 38 people thought this review was helpful.
Reviewed by: ThatGuy   (Event Visited: Before Oct. 1st @ 8:45 pm)
Review Posted: 09/29/10
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Good
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Visibility/Location: Far into what I might call the middle of nowhere; It was a nicely haunted location, but also quite easy to find.

Wait Entertainment: Didn't wait very long. The drawbridge was cool though!

Length of Event: About an hour and a half... to 2 hours.

Actor Performance: Great. It was the owner Jim Warfield, and he's clearly a dedicated veteran performer.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Very good, we had a ton of time inside the house and a lot of personalized attention given to us.

Appropriate Ages: I couldn't tell you how Mr. Warfiled would tailor the tour to different crowds, but I'd imagine he could cater it to most audiences.

Props / Special FX: All created by Jim himself, so you won't see this stuff elsewhere. There were some really funny things in there too.

Costumes / Make-up: Not applicable here

Summary: I'd probably rate the tour on an overall fun and "uniqueness" factor, instead of atmosphere and scare factor. Sure, it would be scary to some audiences, perhaps many audiences. But that wasn't what hit me. Jim Warfield has something truly one-of-a-kind going here (and in his head), and those who like the odd and unique will very likely enjoy a visit to the Inn, at least once. It's not something I'd recommend to a car full of thrill seekers looking for a labyrinth of pure Halloween terror, or those looking for theme park special FX. It's more a "night of unique, somewhat personalized haunted entertainment in a unique setting, like nothing you've ever seen." And you can experience it any time of year, which is a huge bonus.  
In conclusion, I drove several hours to visit Raven's Grin, and in the end I felt quite good about making the trip. Jim definitely goes out of his way to entertain. The slides are great, the atmosphere is cool, the cellar was wild, the dog (border collie?) was cute, and the entire trip had a good feel about it.

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Reviewed by: blinkglue   (Event Visited: 10/23/10 @ 8:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/10
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Scare Factor: Medium | Atmosphere: Very Good
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Visibility/Location: Good.

Wait Entertainment: No wait entertainment.

Length of Event: 1 hour

Actor Performance: Actors were fantastic.

Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We did not run into another group.

Appropriate Ages: All ages, you have a "tour guide" the entire time and they do a different show depending on the age of the group.

Props / Special FX: There were a lot of home made props and masks.

Costumes / Make-up: The costumes seemed to be home made.

Summary: The Ravens Grin Inn was wonderful. We did travel two hours to be there but it was worth it.  
It is a first come first serve type deal. you get there and they stick you and your group with other groups until the groups have between 12 and 15 people. When you get your ticket you are put in a time slot. Groups go in every 10 minutes or so. But, the entire tour lasted about an hour and it had two slides to go down. The basement of the RGI is actually haunted which makes the place even more legit. The owner actually participates in the tour as well. Although it is not extremely scary, the over all experience was great. AND SO WORTH THE PRICE! It's only 12$ and an entire hour long! I suggest going with a group of adults if there are no children... the "tour guide" sort give you "extra sprinkles on your sunday".





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