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St. Pascal's Underworld
St. Pascal's School

6143 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60634

Visited: 10/27/05

Visibility/Location: This event was very easy to find.  There was a large "St. Pascal's Underworld" sign at a main intersection and a backlit "St. Pascals" sign right along the side of the road, both of which were very easy to see.  As  you can see in the picture above, there were also a few nicely decorated vinyl banners draped across the front of the building, to help advertise this event. 
Wait Entertainment: There was spooky music playing as customers were waiting in line.   The workers at the ticket booth got into the spirit of things by dressing up in witch costumes.  Also, next to the ticket booth was a concession stand, where patrons could purchase snacks.  
Admission Price: $7.00

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

Scare Factor: Low-Medium.    
Crowd Control: St. Pascals did a great job in this category.  They spaced out people appropriately.  I never ran into any other groups.   


In this house, they used a lot of black light effects, with glowing artwork painted on the walls.  The black lights were effective in hiding actors in dark clothing, while accentuating certain key props and special effects.  Many of their scenes were simple and not overly detailed.    

Throughout the house, there were a few unexpected scares. There was one archway that housed a skeleton, which glowed under black light.  Unbeknownst to the group going through, there was an actor in a dark cloak hiding behind the skeleton, who jumped out to scare them.  Another innovative scare happened inside an cage enclosure, surrounded by metal bars.  The actors herded patrons into this room, as the familiar chorus "Let the bodies hit the floor" ("Bodies", by Drowning Pool) started playing. After they closed the door and you were locked up tight, the lights went out.  A few seconds later the lights came back on and the entire group was surrounded by monsters on all sides.  That was very creative.  The Hall of Mirrors was an interesting idea, also.  Another nice effect was the living wall made out of spandex.  As an actor reached through it from the other side, it looked like the wall was coming alive.  One of my favorite scare spots was in an area where they had a huge simulated flame.  When patrons walked up to the "flame" to examine it closer, a mask (on a pole) shot out toward you, through the flame and smacked against the plexiglass right in front of you.  That was not only totally unexpected, but it was also a great distraction scare.  

Throughout the house, there were a number of monsters from contemporary horror movies (Leatherface, Freddy and Michael Myers). They were in appropriate scenes, but they just stood there and didn't really approach you.  Most of the actors were in professional-looking masks; however, since they were wearing masks, their screams were muffled and the scares were a little less effective.  A number of the actors were more energetic, though.  Almost all the actors stayed in character, except for the two guys in the mirror maze.  I looked back to see them take off their masks and proceed to talk to each other in front of a group of customers.  Even after they saw me looking, one of them just shrugged his shoulders and they continued talking.  That kind of ruined the mood at that point.  

You can tell that a lot of thought went into putting this event together.  Their scenes, while simple, were very creative and some of the scares seemed to come out of nowhere.   The admission price is very affordable compared to some other events I have attended this season.  Their scare spots were very creative and since the event wasn't overly scary,  I think it would be appropriate for most audiences.  I felt it was worth the admission price.

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