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|Event Reviewed: Auburn Haunted House (Auburn, Illinois)|
Reviewed by: jgraham   (Event Visited: 10/22/11 @ 7:00 pm)
Review Posted: 10/26/11
| Overall Score:|
|Scare Factor: Very High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: excellent visibility, old mansion that is the masonic lodge just off the town square, provides the perfect location, with a very organized flow
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment included two nice camp fires, a concession stand, actors on microphone that kept the groups organized and flowing up to the door. The methods to keep the groups running smoothly seemed very organized and simple. The mc was entertaining as he had to announce a walk of shame from time to time.
Length of Event: about 20 minutes, seemed like a very long time, very impressed with all the different rooms and actors, about 15 different rooms!
Actor Performance: The actors performances were top notch. From the first room that started the scare off slow with an explanation about an incident that had my whole group looking all over the room, watching every door and hanging on every word from the narrator, to each and every room with a different feel and surprise.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: We had heard the line gets backed up if you dont go early, so we went early, got there around opening time and there were 18 groups of four or five already in line. Our wait was not bad at all, about a half hour to an hour.
Appropriate Ages: Ten and up, saw several walks of shame for the little guys who were just too scared!
Props / Special FX: The props were great, had a little bit of everything, with about fifteen different rooms the themes ranged from a creepy kids room with dolls and a young actor to the clown room at the end with an excellent mix of scare and gore.
Costumes / Make-up: The time and effort these actors put in to thier roles and make-up is to be commended. We were very impressed.
Summary: I must admit I am not a normal fan of haunted houses. I only went because two family members are involved. I knew alot of work went into preperation but I had no idea how organized, scary, and fun it would end up being.
Signs guiding customers in from the highway were very helpful.
Walking up to the house for the first time I was impressed with the old mansion itself. The old house was taylor made to be a haunt. My wife and I arrived early and we are glad we did. We got our tickets from the little pull behind camper trailer that has been turned into a ticket booth. The whole area around the house had an electric feel with excitement in the air. There were two outside fire pits with nice fires going and hay bales for seating all around. There were portable bathrooms and the street was blocked on both ends with people walking all about. A trailer provided snacks and walking tacos. After purchasing tickets and getting assigned a group we milled about enjoying the atmospere and people watching. The rest of our group arrived and we were called to the line and signed a waiver.
The first room was exciting, with an actor explaining an office scene where the person had gone mad. We were all on pins and needles looking around at all the doors and ceiling expecting a jolt any second, we were moved in to a second room where the possessed person made his entry. The transitions went smoothly from room to room (about 15 in all) with the actors being ready in each room. The detail was fantastic and almost too much to take in. On top of enjoying all the different props that caught your attention at every corner there was the startles and scares from the actors that were done up in movie quality makeup and design. The clown room was my favorite and had us doubling back over the same path we had started down in the beginning and had us all turned around. My wife got a little panicked in the final room but it was something we laughed about all night afterward. We had a great time and will definately return next year!