This year, the Lombard
Jaycees Haunted House was named "Theatre of Lost Souls".
The attraction consisted of several scenes, each separated by
dark hallways. A number of the scenes followed the main
"theatre" theme, while others did not. One of my personal
favorites was the movie theatre scene. Just like a real
movie theatre, it featured rows of movie theatre seats, as well
as a large movie screen. As patrons walked down the center
aisle, they could see a video image of themselves walking
through the scene, projected on the big screen. That was
very creative. In another area, there was a hallway of
doors. As the lights in the scene flickered, the names of
the seven deadly sins appeared (Lust,
Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Anger, Envy and Pride), each
one scrawled on a different door. The Phantom of the Opera
scene featured a pipe organ, organ music soundtrack and a
"Phantom" actor that popped out of a great hiding place.
One of the most detailed
scenes was the graveyard. The entire area was bathed in
eerie blue light and patrons walked down the center, with
scenery set up on both sides of the path. On one side was
a textured stone mausoleum and the other side featured an old
horse-drawn hearse coach. As the patrons passed by, a
"corpse" inside the coach sat up, while another actor at the end
of the scene surprised everyone. In another area there was
a grungy kitchen with cabinets, counter-tops, a refrigerator and
stove. Interestingly enough (although seemingly a bit out
of place) the actors in the scene were clowns who taunted us, as
we walked through. One of their best and most unexpected
scare tactics had to be in the hallway of bookcases.
While walking through, something unexpected happened that
definitely made the group jump. I'll have to admit that I
didn't see it coming. It was a very creative scare.
attraction, there was an interesting mix of acting styles.
Actors performing pop-out scares did a great job; their timing was
very good, for the most part. The other actors in the
haunted house played more passive, creepy characters.
Everyone stayed in character and followed through, regardless of
their role inside the attraction.
Kudos to the Lombard
Jaycees crew. They always come up with some interesting
ideas and this season was no exception. It was definitely
worth the price of admission and an event that I would highly
here to find out more about this event.