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Frightmare 2007
@ Haunted Trails Amusement Park
7759 S. Harlem Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459

Visited: 10/09/07


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: There really wasn't much in the way of wait entertainment, other than the creepy organ music playing near the entrance, which helped to set the mood.  I visited on an off-night, so there really wasn't a need for wait entertainment (I got in right away).
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.  While inside the house, I never ran into another group. 


My trip through Camp Frightmare (A.K.A Frightmare 2007) began with an overview of the rules of the house, given by the “camp counselor”.  Throughout the attraction, they established and maintained a haunted camp theme.  The various scenes featured bunk beds, tents, campfires and other things you might see at a campground.  A number of the scene elements like windows, doors and assorted props were created via artwork painted on the walls, which glowed under black light.

Some of the scenes that stood out were the spider hallway with the giant mass of spider webs & a huge spider in the corner, the camp dorm where a body launched out of the bed at you and the well-detailed “Camp Crystal Lake” scene. The only thing that didn’t quite mesh with the overall theme of the event was the creepy organ music that was playing at the entrance of the attraction.  That kind of music would have fit in better with a haunted manor theme.  

Even though I visited on a weekday, there were still a lot of actors on the night that I attended. While a number of the actors were younger and not overly intimidating, they were all very eager to scare you.  Throughout the house, the actors had some really good hiding spots, enthusiastically jumping out to surprise patrons.  The timing of their scares was right on target, for the most part.  To compliment the actors' performances, there were also some nice animatronic props at various points throughout the attraction.   

The Frightmare group really put on another good show this year.  They followed through with a single theme from start to finish, which is something that they have traditionally done very well.  With its moderate scare factor, it would be appropriate for most audiences.  It was a fun experience, although I wish it had lasted a little longer for the admission price paid.  

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