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2007 Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House Review
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Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House
@ DuPage County Fairgrounds
2015 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Visited: 10/13/07

Visibility/Location: There were signs along some of the main roads that lead you to the DuPage County Fairgrounds, so this event is easy to find as long as you know that it is being held at the fairgroundsThere were also "Haunted House" signs at the fairgrounds entrance.  The building itself was set off the road quite a distance, which makes it harder to spot, but they did have three strobe lights on the outside of the building to get your attention.      
Wait Entertainment: With the exception of a boom box sitting by the entrance, there really wasn't much for wait entertainment outside; however, they did have a nice set-up in their indoor waiting area.  Along the far wall they had a small graveyard set up with tombstones, real tree branches and low lighting.  There was also a zombie in a tuxedo who was tormenting the people in line.  He did a great job of keeping everyone on their toes.  
Admission Price: $8.00 

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

Scare Factor: Low   
Crowd Control: Crowd control was pretty good throughout the attraction.  There was one time in the dark maze when I did catch up to the group in front of me; however, after that, I didn't run into any other groups.   


This year the Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House consisted of a few simple scenes separated by long lengths of dark hallways.  With the exception of a few areas where light leaked through cracks in the wall from other scenes, the hallways were very dark.  Upon entering the Haunted House, I had to cross a rickety bridge with fog flowing out from underneath it.  Green light shining through the fog gave it an eerie glow.  Continuing through the house I encountered a detailed bedroom scene where it appeared that the bedding had been torn up and there was an evil creature in the corner who stared me down.  There was also a strobe-lit area where you had to pick the correct curtain in order to continue.  My first choice was a dead end.   I liked the dark maze this year.  The slow flash of the strobe light was disorienting and made the maze difficult to get through.  The kitchen featured eerie red lighting and a table with severed human hands on plates.  My personal favorite was the study, where you had to crawl through the fireplace then crawl up & down a ramp to get out.    

There were a good amount of actors; however, had there been a few more, it would have enhanced the experience.  Most of the actors were fairly low-key and a couple of them just stared and didn't even attempt to approach me.  There were a couple of times when actors surprised me from hidden alcoves in dark hallways, though.  Most of the actors did a good job, but there were a couple who didn't seem sure of their roles.  In their defense, I did arrive on opening weekend and I'm sure that not everyone was "in the groove" yet. 

This was a pretty good showing by the Wheaton Jaycees Haunted House, especially considering that it was their opening weekend.  This event is a little more tame than some of the other haunted houses I have been to, so it would be appropriate for families with young children.     

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