Other 2009 Haunt Reviews
2009 X-treme Hauntings Review
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Hauntings Haunted House
76 Honing Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020
did a great job with signage in this category. Along
Sayton Rd there was a large illuminated "Haunted
House" arrow sign, telling you where to turn. There
was a similar sign on Honing Rd and yet another
directing you into the parking lot. There were also a
couple of parking attendants with flashlights, to show you were
to park. The parking lot was brightly lit, but
unfortunately it was very small. Several semi trailers
occupied a sizable section of the lot. Early in the season
this wouldn't be an issue, but may come into play as it gets
closer to Halloween. In the parking lot, there is an arrow
sign, pointing to the entrance, where they had a canopy set up
to keep patrons dry.
wasn't much of a line, thus not really a need for much wait
entertainment. They did have a character wearing a skull mask
outside, who was interacting with the crowd. Inside, they
had a large indoor waiting area that was themed very well.
There was a two story facade of a run-down old shack.
Trees, shrubbery, old car tires and colored lighting helped set
a spooky mood. Flashing floodlights were synced to a
thunder soundtrack, to simulate thunder and lightning.
There were also two televisions, in the corners of the room,
that were playing horror movie clips.
($12 on Sundays)
12 Minutes *
= Since people move through haunted attractions at different
rates, your time will vary. Note:
The time shown here represents the actual time spent moving
through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue
lines or staging areas has been subtracted.
really wasn't much of a line, so it is hard to judge this
category. I got in right away and I didn't run into any other
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After the ticket-taker
explained the rules of the house, the tour began in a "Hellevator",
which is a room that uses movement, flashing lights and sound
effects to simulate a bumpy ride in an elevator. The elevator
operator, who was wearing a straight jacket and had safety pins
stuck in his face, added to the affect by jumping up & down, and
bouncing off the walls.
The rest of the attraction consisted of an eclectic group of
scenes, most of which had a moderate to high level of detail.
The mine shaft featured textured walls and braces made of square
wooden posts. The miner in the scene, who had a very gruff
demeanor, struck the ground with his shovel, making a great
clanging sound. In the kid's playroom, the entire room rocked
back and forth, making it hard to keep your balance. There was
also a Texas Chainsaw Massacre area, where a victim was laying
on a table, begging for help. After a few seconds, Leatherface
came out of nowhere and charged at the group with a power saw.
In the disgusting kitchen, a chef offered up one of his
delicacies... a frying pan full of eyeballs. The stuffed animal
room had piles of stuffed animals, which covered
every square inch of the room. Just as you were about to leave
the scene, the animals came to life and attacked the group. The
backwoods shack was one of my favorite scenes, as well as being
one of the most detailed. There was a nicely adorned front
porch, trees on either side of the walkway and colored theme
lighting. There was also a great surprise at the
end! The cage maze was very disorienting, with its slow flashing
strobe light. Actors in the area were jumping up on the cage
like monkeys and there was loud heavy metal music playing in the
background. Other scenes included a dot room, an alley, a maggot
hallway and a pitch-black maze.
Throughout the attraction, everyone stayed in character and a
lot of the actors had high-energy performances. There were more
than just pop-out scares, though. The interactive nature of the
attraction made it more entertaining. Costumes and
make-up were appropriate for the scenes they were in. The acting
was particularly convincing in the backwoods shack scene and the
actors were the most intense in the clown room, where they were
literally bouncing off of the walls.
Kudos to the X-treme Hauntings crew for a job well done. They
have come a long way in the past few years and they always put
on a good show. Be sure to check
this one out if you get the chance.
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