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Frightmare 2006
@ Haunted Trails Amusement Park
7759 S. Harlem Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459

Visited: 10/18/06


Visibility/Location: This event was very easy to find.  There was a large illuminated "Haunted Trails" sign right along the side of the road.  The haunted house facade was also brightly lit, which made it stand out even more.
Wait Entertainment: Other than spooky Midnight Syndicate music playing outside, there really wasn't much in the way of wait entertainment.  I visited on an off-night, so there really wasn't a need for any (it was a short wait in line).    
Admission Price: $8.75

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

Scare Factor: Medium-Low
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great throughout the attraction.  I never ran into another group.  The videotape of the house rules that they played seemed to space groups out appropriately. . 


Instead of sticking to a specific theme as they had in previous years, this season Frightmare presented numerous types of themes throughout the haunted house.  A number of the scene elements like windows, doors and various props were created via artwork painted on the walls, that glowed under blacklights. The mirror maze was nice and I also liked the clown room.  Other notable scenes were the haunted forest with the chainsaw-wielding maniac and the cornstalk maze.  Most of the props were consistent with the scenes they were in; however there was one exception.  In the graveyard, there was an animatronic bed that launched a mannequin at you, but it didn't really seem to fit in with the general theme of the scene.  

Most of the actors seemed very enthusiastic, but a number of their attacks were poorly timed, thus making the scares less effective.  About half of the actors seemed to be young kids (very short) which made them, in general, less intimidating.  There were a couple of times that I was caught off-guard, though.   The actors did have a few great hiding spots.  

Since this event wasn't overly scary, it would be appropriate for patrons of all ages.  Overall they did a pretty good job this year, but for the admission price I wish it had lasted a little longer. Since this event is held at a family entertainment center, there are enough activities for an entire evening of fun.   Besides the Haunted House, there are many other attractions, including mini-golf, video games, go-kart track, batting cages and more, to keep you occupied.

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