I must admit, I was excited to head down to Central IL and be able to see a few new haunted houses. We happened to choose Lincoln to stay in, since it was central to the places we wanted to visit, and since there was a small haunt in town, we thought we would visit for a laugh.
Laugh, my ass. I screamed more times in this haunt than I have in any haunt in about 6 years.
The Lincoln Jaycees haunted house is located in the Jaycees building. Music and scary videos were playing out front when we arrived. The theme is “Terror By The Tracks”, and appropriately, we were greeted by a zombie conductor out front. There was also a few additional actors chasing the younger visitors around outside. Good for some giggles for us!
Once you enter, you purchase your ticket at a booth resembling a train station ticket booth, and then are told the rules of the house. You’re led inside by an actress who guides you through the first part of the house. The first scene you’re shown is a lot of fun, and very high energy! After a few more twists and turns with this first actress, you’re then let loose into the house.
Almost immediately we encountered something I’d never seen before - an “elastic maze” of sorts. I don’t want to completely ruin this, but let’s just say our group was tangled up immediately, and laughing hysterically. Such a fun idea!
Other areas of note were a disgusting dentist’s area with two over the top actors not afraid to give us a full assault, the clown room, where two clowns were bouncing so high off the ground I had to look to see if there were trampolines in the floor, and the classic chainsaw scene, hidden so well that for the first time since 1999, I was actually startled by!
The house itself had a few areas that were very nicely detailed. The rest of it was a bit lower in quality, but the extreme energy of the actors really kept your attention away from those kinds of details. I cannot stress enough how important a good, loud, confident actor is, and this whole house NAILED that.
After exiting the main house, we were sent directly into a black maze. Black is an understatement. We literally felt our way through the thing, in what might have been the longest 15 minutes of my life. I won’t spoil anything here, all I will say is to find your way out, you have to think above and beyond just feeling your way around.... There were also actors in this area that gave us a few really good jumps, appearing out of thin air 2 inches in front of us, and disappearing just as fast. Awesome job here!
Overall, I was SUPER impressed with this small town haunt. For the price, and the outward storefront appearance, I will openly admit that my expectations were low, and I was blown away by the energy in this place. These actors were comparable to anything I’ve seen in larger, pricier haunts. The only thing they’re missing is some more detail in their house and makeup, but again, who can pay much attention to those things when you’re being attacked so hardcore?
Kudos, Lincoln Jaycees. A beautiful job has been done with what you have, and I would absolutely put you on my list of haunts to visit, should I have the opportunity to visit the area again another
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