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2010 Terror at Skellington Manor Review

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Terror at Skellington Manor
420 18th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Visited: 10/02/10


Visibility/Location: They could have done a lot better in this category.  While the event was very close to the road, I didn't see signage of any kind on any of the surrounding streets.  The building was well illuminated, but it seemed to blend in pretty well with the neighborhood.  Also, there weren't even any signs on the front of the building, to indicate that it was a haunted house.  I would have missed it completely, had I not coincidentally seen a hooded character standing near the entrance.     
Wait Entertainment: It was early in the season and there wasn't much of a crowd, so there wasn't much of a need for wait entertainment.  In their large indoor waiting area, there was a movie being projected on a screen, as well as a static scene with ghouls up in an upstairs balcony.               
Admission Price: $12 
Parking: Free

13 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.

LPR: 2.708
LPR stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by comparing length vs price of admission. Higher numbers represent more value per dollar. Actual quality and/or entertainment value of an event are not factors in this calculation. Click Here to see how this event compares to others visited this year by the staff of
Scare Factor: Medium  
Crowd Control: N/A.  I visited early in the season when there wasn't a line, so I can't comment on how well they could handle a crowd.         


Before entering the queue line area, patrons were treated to an entertaining introduction, with a nice visual effect. A witch was conducting a séance, sitting at a table with tarot cards spread across its surface. The witch’s face was projected on the head of a mannequin, which made it appear to have natural movements, as it spoke.

Throughout the attraction there were many well-detailed scenes of various themes. In the haunted house, there were multiple levels, so patrons had to walk up and down stairs to get to different areas. In many scenes, it was difficult to tell whether a figure was an actor or a mannequin, which resulted in some great scares. The use of animatronics, custom sound effects / soundtracks & lighting, created a believable atmosphere throughout the attraction.

The tour began with a bellhop leading patrons into a elevator, which was realistically detailed. Mechanical sounds, flashing lights and a herky-jerky motion, simulated a ride in an old elevator. To add to the effect, the numbered floor indicator lights changed, as the elevator “moved” from floor to floor. The Satanic ritual room had a pentagram painted on the floor and a body laying on a table, which was bordered by candles. A woman in a black dress and sharp teeth stalked patrons through the scene. The “Meat Market” freezer scene featured frozen human bodies, as well as a couple of frozen zombie actors. To add to the atmosphere, an air conditioner was running in the scene, to make it cooler. In the school room, there were desks tipped over, animatronic lockers that banged closed and two actresses dressed like demonic school girls. The largest scene was the graveyard. It had a variety of tombstones on either side of a long, twisting path. There was also a funeral scene, with mourners and couple of great surprises. Other scenes included an “Exorcist” bed levitation, insane asylum and many others.

The actors had great make-up jobs and costumes that were consistent with the scenes they were in. Most of the actors were very animated and persistent, while a few of them were more low-key. The majority of them did a great job; however, there were a couple of exceptions. One actress in the house actually said "boo" to me, which I found a little corny and another giggled (not in character) after jumping out of her hiding place.

Overall, the Terror at Skellington Manor crew did a great job. The show was very entertaining. I enjoyed many aspects of this attraction, including the detailed scenes, numerous animatronic props and spirited actors. Considering the overall entertainment value and length of this event, it was definitely worth the price of admission. Be sure to check this one out, if you get the chance.

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