The dark woods of Camp
Medill McCormick provided the perfect backdrop for a creepy
haunted attraction. It kind of felt like being in the
middle of a horror movie. At the entrance, each group was
handed a flashlight, where they would go on a self-guided tour
through the woods. Along the path, there was a variety of
scenes, some more elaborate than others. The most detailed
was the haunted manor, which was one of my favorites. I
also liked the butcher shop, which had intestines hanging from
the ceiling and body parts laying around everywhere. Not
too long after entering the scene, the butcher burst out,
swinging a meat cleaver to chase the group out of the scene.
In order to continue, everyone had to walk through a freezer, making
their way through sides of beef that hung from the ceiling.
Along the path there was a detailed graveyard. The various tombstones on
both sides of the path were bathed in blue light and patrons had
to walk through a pair of large wrought iron gates to exit the
scene. The funhouse was
interesting, too. Patrons had to crawl through a large wooden
crate, to enter the scene. Once inside, there was a maze of glowing
vertical PVC pipes to squeeze through, as two crazed clowns
Walking into the nursery, there was a crib in the corner and two
creepy-looking girls sitting on the floor. Just when I
thought nothing was going to happen, the girls screamed and
chased the group out of the scene.
All of the actors
high-energy performances and were relentless in stalking their
victims. Many of them followed you through the woods, even
after you had left the scene. The actors really seemed to
be into their roles and stayed in character the entire time.
Unfortunately this attraction seemed to be a little
short-staffed on the night that I attended. There were a
few dead spots (no pun intended) along the trail and a few more
actors in the scenes and along the dark paths would have greatly enhanced the experience.
The Trail of Screams
crew did a nice job this year. The high-energy feel of
this event, along with the interesting scenes, made it a lot of
fun. Keep up the good work guys!
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