|Scare Factor: High | Atmosphere: Very Good|
Visibility/Location: If you are heading west on Devon, the sign will be visible and easy to see. However, coming from the west it might be a little misleading. To make it easier on anyone interested in coming to this attraction, the location will be lit up with many lights, there will be parking located directly next to the street and you will definitely see a corn maze close to the street.
Wait Entertainment: The wait entertainment was very enjoyable. I remember two of the actors from the corn maze gearing everyone up for what was waiting for them in the first haunt. Their demeanor was not over the top, but it was enough to get anybody in the mood to enjoy what was to come.
Length of Event: The length of the attractions felt rather long. When I went through the maze I actually had trouble navigating, which is good. I don't go into corn mazes to be led to the end.
The second attraction felt like the shortest part of the attraction. Through the house I had an idea of how it could go, but it's good to know that I can be pleasantly surprised by opening walls, creaking stairs, ripped hallways and narrow hallways as well as bleak open courtyards.
The third and foruth attractions flowed so well together I barely noticed the shift in atmosphere and location. The last two had so many critical thinking induced scares, like walking through a pitch black maze of drapes and crawling through tiny crevices, that I was glad to be out of there as fast as possible.
Actor Performance: The actors were on their game! In one room I enjoyed the demonic franticness this one actor had as she mumbled to herself and rocked back and forth with a book in her hand before leading the way to another room. In the final two haunts the atmosphere itself only enhanced their acts. They utilized their environment to both scare and make me uneasy.
There were multiple points that I was frightened so bad I fell on my butt. Being a tall guy, it's a funny sight to see. One that scared me was a ghoul who came from around a corner with his hand out like a zombie. I was so scared I literally fell on my butt and crawled backwards towards the opposite end of the hall. Whoever that was, touche.
Patron Flow Inside Attraction: Just to put it out there, I went by myself on a slow night. The flow for all the attractions were phenomenal in terms of length of wait time, time to get through each haunt and ability to be scared along the way. In the first two haunts I was grouped with some girls, but on the last two I decided to go it alone just to get the full experience. I chose wisely.
Appropriate Ages: Completely appropriate for my age and even younger as well. If I had kids, they would be scared, but still safe in all four haunts.
Props / Special FX: The rooms in the haunted house has such a good display of visuals. The creaking floorboards, the tilted pictures, the dirty sinks and even the science lab looked visually entertaining.
In the third haunt, at first I was skeptical about a rotating hallway and shaking elevator, but the sounds were believable and at points a little too scary, but I also don't like elevators. Go figure, haha.
Costumes / Make-up: The costumes themselves were somewhat predictable, but most of them I hadn't seen before. There was one person, in the final haunt near the end, that had two different symbols for eyes and draping clothes. I didn't know what to make of him, but I continued on anyway. It wasn't until i was nearing the end that I heard, then saw, him coming after me with a chainsaw! It's a sign of a good haunted house when you can't assume everything that will happen.
Summary: In summation, I would saw this haunted house was a good use of my evening. By myself, it lasted only about an hour for the total package, the effects and visual displays were inviting and frightening altogether.
Some of my favorite parts were the final two haunts. not only did I have to make it through physically horrifying spaces and obstacles, but the characters and atmosphere were not to be toyed with. At one point, I was going through the final haunt, and I turned a hallway to find a man in a top hat and a ghoulish sidekick behind some open spaces in the wall. Here I go assuming again, but I thought they would simply stay in their spot and reach for my guts...nope. The ghoul stepped off his stoop and just kept walking towards me. He didn't stop; it was awesome to be scared in between atmosphere and character interactions.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this haunt to those in the northern Chicagoland area and even in greater parts of Illinois. AND, if I could give one piece of useful advice, don't be afraid to interact with the characters if they talk to you. Especially if they end up scaring you, it's a complete scene-maker when that happens.