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2007 Raven's Grin Inn Haunted House Review
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Raven's Grin Inn Haunted House
411 North Carroll St.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Visited: 09/14/07


Visibility/Location: This event is located in the small town of Mt. Carroll, at the end of a dead end street. Signs in the main section of town tell you which way to go. If you follow the directions on their website, you will have no problems finding the Raven's Grin Inn.
Wait Entertainment: While I didn't see any traditional wait entertainment, upon entering the parking lot, I was immediately immersed in a very creepy atmosphere. Just the appearance of the creepy old house, which was built in 1870, is enough to get your blood pumping.    
Admission Price: $12.00

1 Hour and 30 Minutes+ *  
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different rates, your time will vary.

Scare Factor: Medium.    
Crowd Control: Crowd control in this attraction was excellent. Since it was a guided tour, I never saw or ran into any other groups.


The Raven's Grin is a one-of-a-kind attraction.  It's not your typical Haunted House with spinning vortex tunnels and chainsaw-wielding actors.  It's kind of like a Haunted fun house with equal amounts of scares and comic relief.  

Not only is the Raven's Grin a commercial haunted house, but the building is actually haunted.  At the start of the tour, you are given a brief history of some of the strange things that have happened inside the house.  Patrons have reported seeing orbs and other supernatural phenomenon during their tours.  The most common apparition is that of the "Lady in White", who is often seen in the wine cellar.  

The house is filled with unique props and artwork, spawned from the delightfully twisted mind of the owner, Jim Warfield.  On your way through the house, you pass through twisting hallways, tunnels and slides.  One of the most popular features is the slide in the "Bad Dreams Bedroom", which extends from the top floor of the house down to the stone-walled wine cellar, 24 feet below the surface of the earth!   

This haunted house is a must see!  It is the most unique attraction I have ever visited. It has gained national acclaim, being featured on the television shows like "Wild Chicago", "HGTV Extreme Homes" and Comedy Central’s “Travel Sick”, as well as being featured in many national publications, such as National Geographic World Magazine. It has also been voted one of the Top 13 Haunted Attractions in the country by Hauntworld Magazine.   You definitely get a lot of "bang for your buck" at this event.   With tours lasting over an hour for a modest admission fee of only $12, this is one attraction that you don't want to miss!     

Note: The best time to visit the Raven's Grin is in the off-season, when you can avoid the huge October crowds and get a more lengthy, in depth and personalized tour. If you visit on non-October dates, you also have the benefit of Jim Warfield, the creative force behind the Raven's Grin, guiding the entire tour. Because The Raven's Grin is open year-round (301 days a year), you can drop in nearly any day for a tour!

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