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2006 Downs Haunted House Review
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Downs Haunted House
Dooley Park in the center of town
Washington and Lincoln St
Downs, IL 61736

Visited: 10/28/06


Visibility/Location: If you follow online directions or if you are familiar with the area, you shouldn't have a problem finding this event.   
Wait Entertainment: Downs really did a great job in this category this year.  They had a DJ, a "Blues Brothers" act and a fire juggling routine.    
Admission Price: $1.00 <<< Not a typo. Admission is only one dollar.

Haunted House: 7 Minutes *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: Medium-Low  
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great.  Because they spaced out patrons appropriately, I never ran into any other groups inside the haunted house.  


Every year I go, I am amazed at the value of this event!  The miniscule $1 admission fee gains you entry to their Haunted House, a hayrack ride and all the hot dogs you can eat!  This event definitely has the best "bang for your buck" of any event in the state, or probably anywhere else, for that matter!  What a value!   

Every year, the haunted house is different.  They really come up with some interesting scenes.  The electric chair scene featured a prisoner in an electric chair, with electrical panels and switches on the wall.  It had quite a surprise at the end.  The vortex tunnel was great and there was a hallway where you had to navigate through a series of hanging cardboard tubes.  There was even a part of the house where my group got to participate and scare the next group that came through!  I really enjoyed the last scene, "Bezo's Freezer", that sent patrons running out of the exit!

Not only am I impressed with the value of this event, I like the fact that it's a great community activity.  In its 14 years of operation, the Downs event has been completely funded by community donations.  A lot of people have donated their time to help plan and run this attraction.  Even the mayor volunteered to work at the haunted house.  This event has the best "bang for your buck" that I have ever seen.  It's a whole evening of entertainment for only $1 per person, so be sure to check this one out!  


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