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2011 Eleventh Hour Haunted House Review

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Eleventh Hour Haunted House
Berthold's Garden Center
434 E Devon Avenue
Elk Grove, IL 60007

Visited: 10/07/11


Reviewed By: Jamie Oliver     
Visibility/Location: The haunt is at Berthold’s Garden Center. A lighted sign along the road tells you the haunt is open, but watching for the Berthold’s sign makes it easier to locate the event.     
Wait Entertainment: While we were there, there were 3 different actors outside, standing idly by. While I understand that it was early in the night, and slow, some interaction would have been nice. 
Admission Price: $23 
Parking: FREE

Haunt: 20 Minutes * 
Maze: 6 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 forward through the attraction. Time spent waiting in queue lines, staging areas, intro scenes, rules rooms and when traffic jams cause patrons to come to a halt, has been subtracted.  

LPR: 2.826
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: We never ran into any other group inside this haunt.       


Eleventh Hour is located at Berthold’s Garden Center. It is a great set up, with numbers on your tickets so you do not have to wait in a queue line. You can purchase refreshments while waiting for your number to be called. 

The night we were there, there was hardly anyone attending. After purchasing our tickets, we were unsure where to go, until an actor yelled at us and directed us to go through the corn maze first. The corn maze was fun. It was just dark enough to be disorienting, and complex enough to keep us lost for a little bit. The one complaint here was that we saw only 2 actors throughout this area. One was very high energy and entertaining, but the other was sitting in a chair, and simply growled at us as we walked by. There were many more hiding spots for actors to utilize, but there were none to be found.

Once you exit the corn maze, you move to the actual haunt. This location has 3 haunts in one, though there are no queue lines or waiting areas; you simply move from one house to the next. The first house followed a house/mansion theme. You are asked to enter a room, where you are told the story of the house. After the actor finishes his story, you are let into the house through a unique door!

Rooms of note in the first section of the house were the laboratory, where a mad scientist asks you to help him figure out why his invention isn’t working. The actor in this area was very funny, and I liked the level of participation for the customer. Also notable was the kitchen scene. The “beautiful wife” you’ll meet here, as well as the daughter, are definitely memorable! I really enjoyed the detail placed into the scenes in this section of the house, as well as the creative doors you used to move from scene to scene.

Next, you’ll move to a house that simulates an archaeological dig site. The front door actor in this house stuck true to his character, and kept us entertained as he walked us through the first few scenes, and sent us down the mine shaft in the elevator. After exiting the elevator, we traveled through various dig scenes.

Finally, we entered the “Tunnel of Terror”, a large, dark maze of sorts, weaving back and forth through tight spaces. I especially liked some of the areas where even the floor was textured and made it difficult, in the dark, to feel like walking normally was a good idea! As we worked our way through, the hum of a chainsaw grew louder and louder. When we finally encountered our chainsaw wielding friend, I was pleasantly surprised at the hallway we met him in. I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but let’s just say they’ve “cornered” the market on a great chainsaw scare!

Overall, my group really enjoyed this house. Our only complaints here were that there were many times where we would move through 2-3 scenes without seeing one actor. Also, timing on a few scares were off.

I definitely enjoyed this event. With a few more well placed actors, this could certainly be a high ranking event. Eleventh Hour is added to my list of “must visit” haunts for October!

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