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2004 Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House Review

Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House
Dupage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Reviewed: 10/29/04

Visibility/Location: The Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House was held at the Dupage County Fairgrounds. If you knew the haunted house was there, it would be easier to find, because various signs in the neighborhood told you which direction to turn to get to the fairgrounds. Unfortunately, none of these signs said anything about a haunted house being there.  The only "haunted house" sign was a vinyl sign attached to the chain-link fence, at the entrance of the fairgrounds.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of actors walking the line, entertaining the customers outside. There was also a strobe light, colored lighting and spooky music playing outside, to entertain you.
Admission Price: $8.00

8 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: Low-Medium.    
Atmosphere: The atmosphere was established before you even entered the attraction. They had built a nice “brick” façade in front of the haunted house, with real trees hanging over the rooftop and spooky music playing in the background. Before you entered the attraction, you were asked to watch a professional-quality introduction video, to help get you in the mood for the rest of the attraction. 
Crowd Control: They did a great job in this category. I never ran into any other groups.


This house consisted mostly of a variety of simple scenes, separated by very dark hallways. The various themed areas ranged from a gory motif with blood-stained walls and body parts hanging all over the place, to a clown room with spinning colored lights and clown artwork painted on the walls. Throughout the house, they made use of some simple and effective ideas. For example, one of their rooms had a flashing strobe light and white cloth strips hanging down from the ceiling, to make it hard for you to see where you were going. 

The most detailed scene was the swamp. It featured trees, huge spiders and other things that you would expect to see in a swamp-type setting. To get through this scene, you had to walk across a ‘rickety’ bridge, which swayed back and forth, with each step you took. 

While many of the actors were pretty tame (some didn’t even approach you), there were a couple of them who were more enthusiastic. The girl in white was very energetic, startling everyone in my group when she jumped out. She was also persistent. After my group left the scene, she followed everyone down the corridor.  Another actor showed ingenuity by walking on a catwalk above the attraction and reaching down at unsuspecting patrons. You don’t see that in a lot of haunted houses! Most of the actors were dressed appropriately for the scenes they were in; however, there were one or two  who didn’t really have much of a costume. There was one actress inside the house who was wearing regular street clothes (jeans and a black sweatshirt). 

Overall, the Wheaton Jaycees did a good job. It would have been nice to see a few more detailed scenes, but overall, it was an enjoyable experience and worth the affordable admission price. There are some good scares, but since it isn’t overly intense, it is appropriate for all ages. 

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