The Lombard Jaycees
Haunted House was a collection of simple scenes, each separated
by lengths of dark hallways. The devil room had church
pews, tall concrete columns and fire painted on the walls.
Upon entering the scene, a devil character approached, asking if
I wanted to stay. The graveyard was one of the more
visually appealing scenes in the haunted house. It was
bathed in blue light and had real trees, tombstones and lengths
of white picket fencing that lined both sides of the path.
I also liked the dungeon scene, which had two girls chained to
the wall, shackled by the wrist. The gray cinder block
walls appeared to be oozing something green between the blocks.
As patrons walked by, the girls screamed, begging to be set
free. Other scenes in the haunted house featured an open
casket ceremony, clowns and an insane asylum with padded walls.
A few of the actors were
energetic, with well-timed scares; however, it seemed that quite
a few who were a lot more passive and seemed unsure of their
roles. In one scene I caught an actor peaking around the
corner, to see if anyone was coming. Also, in the alley
scene, I walked in on one of the staff members conversing with
two of the actors. It was a little disappointing to see a
staff meeting being conducted in full view of patrons and not
backstage. In all fairness, I did visit on their opening
weekend. Perhaps everybody wasn't quite "in the groove"
This year the Lombard
Jaycees Haunted House was fun to go through. There were
some nice scenes, but overall the attraction was considerably
shorter than it was last year. Unfortunately the Lombard
Jaycees had some tough challenges this year that had apparently put
them behind schedule. I also visited on their opening
weekend, which didn't help matters any, either. With all
of that taken into consideration, I think they did a decent job
with the limited time they had to set up.
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