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2005 Terror on Washington Street
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Terror on Washington Street
513 E. Washington Street
Clinton, IL 61727

Visited: 10/22/05

Visibility/Location: This event might be hard to find, if you aren't familiar with the area.  I didn't see any signs, leading you to the attraction from the main road.  The only indication that a Haunted House was there was the "Road Closed" barriers on Washington Street.  Once you got closer, you could see the huge crowd of people waiting to get into the Haunted House.
Wait Entertainment: There were a couple of costumed actors roaming around the waiting line, tormenting the customers.  Since the exit was in plain view of the people waiting in line, they got to witness patrons getting chased out of the house by a chainsaw wielding maniac. 
Admission Price: $7.00

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

Scare Factor: Medium.    
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great through most of the house, up until the dark maze at the end.  Since some patrons ahead of us were having a difficult time finding the way out, we ran into their group.  That is understandable, however, because it was pitch black inside the maze and you couldn't see two inches in front of you.   


Most of the scenes throughout the house were moderately detailed, while others were more highly detailed.  Crafting creative scenes and scares is something that the Terror on Washington Street crew has always been good at.  In one area, there was a pile of luggage.  As you walked by the pile of suitcases, an actor sprang out of a nearby trunk to scare you. In another area, I had to duck down and crawl through a tunnel to get through.  Another scene employed a divide and conquer strategy to gain a psychological advantage over the patrons walking through.  The actor in the scene split groups up, making one half go down one hallway and the other half go down a parallel path.  It was obvious that the group didn't want to be split up in this way, but eventually one group rejoined the other at the end of the hallway.  Other scenes seemed to build suspense, where you weren't sure what was going to happen.  For example, one girl was sitting in a living room scene, staring at the ceiling, with a glazed look in her eye.  Since she was a real actress and not a prop, we weren't sure what she was going to do. Everyone in my group kept a close watch as they slowly moved through the scene, to make sure she wasn't going to scare them from behind.    

There were also a number of the scenes that featured contemporary Horror legends like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers. Most of the scenes inside the house had appropriate music soundtracks and sound effects, as well as eerie colored lighting.  

The actors, who were quite a mixed lot, did a good job too.  All of the pop-out scares were on target and effective.  Those actors were very enthusiastic and determined to scare you; however, some of the more visible characters, like the girl in the living room who was staring at the ceiling, Freddy Krueger & Michael Myers, seemed to be a bit more low-key and less intimidating.   

This was another great performance by the Terror on Washington Street crew.  I do have to say that the show seemed considerably shorter than it was last year.  Even so, patrons still spent a good amount of time inside the haunt for the money spent, so it is still a decent value.   Terror on Washington Street usually comes through with some really creative scenes & scares, and this season was no exception.  I have attended for years and have never been disappointed.  I highly recommend checking this one out.  

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