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2003 Raven's Grin Review

Raven's Grin Haunted House
411 North Carroll St.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053
Date of Review: 09/27/03
Visibility/Location: This event is tucked away in the small town of Mt. Carroll, at the end of a  dead end street.  Signs in the main section of town tell you which way to go. If you follow the directions on their website, you will have no problems finding the Raven's Grin.
Outside Appearance: This spooky-looking building is covered with vines and surrounded by unusual props. This vision really gets your imagination flowing and effectively sets the mood for your upcoming tour.  
Wait Entertainment: While there isn't much for wait entertainment, the spooky appearance of the structure is enough to give you the willies.  
Admission Price: $10.00

1 Hour and 8 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time may vary.

Scare Factor: Medium.    
Atmosphere: The eerie appearance of the outside of the building sets the mood before you even get inside and the mood is further enhanced by the odd collection of props and displays throughout the attraction.
Crowd Control: They really excel in this category.  Because  you are on a semi-guided tour, and because the staff of the Raven's Grin spaces tours several minutes apart, none of the groups ever run into each other.  
Other Customer's
Everyone I spoke with, who went through the Raven's Grin, enjoyed themselves and thought it was a very unique attraction.  One individual stated "It's unlike anything I've ever seen".  


The Raven's Grin is a multi-level building that was built in 1870. Not only does it have an eerie appearance, but it is the only haunted attraction that I have ever been to that has a real haunted history. As part of the tour,  you are informed of some of the haunted history of the building. There have been  reports of real supernatural activity, dating back to the 1920ís, extending to current day. The most reported  apparition is "The Lady in White", who is most often seen in the wine cellar, the most haunted room of the Raven's Grin.

This isnít your typical haunted attraction. There are no chainsaws, Freddy, Jason or other things that are commonly seen in other haunted attractions. In fact, itís difficult to even put the Raven's Grin in a category with any other event, because there is nothing like it anywhere else.

The Raven's Grin could be described as a spooky fun house.  In your long journey through the Raven's Grin, you will encounter crawlspaces, slides, twisting passageways and tunnels, as well as unique artwork and props that have been dreamed up by the delightfully twisted mind of the owner, Jim Warfield. There are so many unique displays and props that it is hard to take it all in, in just one trip through.  The combination of humor and scares in this attraction ensures you will have a very entertaining and memorable experience.   

The main highlight of the tour, for many of the Ravenís Grin's patrons, is the slide in the ďBad Dreams BedroomĒ. This slide is so intense that it is actually an optional part of the tour. If you are brave enough to give it a try, you are in for a swift, steep drop that shoots you down into the wine cellar, 24 feet beneath the surface of the earth. The wine cellar, carved out of solid rock, is where most of the supernatural activity in the house is witnessed.

This attraction gives you a lot of  "Bang For Your Buck". With over 1 hour of entertainment for only $10, the Raven's Grin is the best value of any haunted attraction in the state. 

The Ravenís Grin has achieved legendary status in the Chicagoland area and beyond... and for good reason.  It is definitely a must see event! It is so unconventional and unique that no review can do it justice. It's something that you have to see for yourself.  It has been, and will continue to be, one of my favorite haunted attractions.  

Note: The best time to visit the Raven's Grin is in the off-season, when you can avoid the huge October crowds and get a more lengthy, in depth tour. If you visit on non-October dates, you also have the benefit of Jim Warfield, the creative force behind the Raven's Grin, guiding the entire tour. Because The Raven's Grin is open year-round, you can drop in nearly any day of the year for a tour!


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