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2012 Raven's Grin Inn Review

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Raven's Grin Inn
411 N. Carroll St.
Mount Carroll, IL 61053

Visited: 09/28/12


Reviewed By: The Webmaster     
Visibility/Location: The Raven's Grin is located at the end of a dead-end street in the small town of Mount Carroll, Illinois. It is easy to find, if you use GPS. Although Google Maps doesn't give you the location correctly, it will get you within one block of the haunted attraction. When you make it to the main street of Mount Carroll, signs are posted that will lead you in the right direction.    
Wait Entertainment: While there really wasn't a lot of traditional wait entertainment at the Raven's Grin, the location and creepy atmosphere of the surrounding area made up for all that. The dimly-lit parking lot next to the house was bordered by overhanging trees, which was enough to get my blood pumping, in anticipation of the upcoming tour.  There were also several interesting displays outside for the customers to check out, including a 7 foot tall welded-steel skull and the decked-out Raven's Grin "Spookmobile".   
Admission Price: $13
Parking: FREE

1 Hour 15 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: 20.192
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: Since the Raven's Grin was a semi-guided tour, groups were spaced out appropriately.  Patron flow through the event was smooth and I never saw or ran into any groups..


The Ravens Grin is truly unique. It is not your typical Halloween haunted attraction.  It is kind of like a haunted fun house, evoking a wide array of reactions from patrons, ranging from screams & jumps to laughter.   My trek through the house was definitely very entertaining.

One thing that makes the Raven's Grin different from other Halloween attractions is the fact that the building is actually haunted. Built in 1870, is has had a really interesting history. The building has been many things over the years, including an Oldsmobile dealership and a brothel.  With such an interesting past, it is no wonder that this place has a haunted history. Over the years, supernatural phenomenon have been reported in various areas, inside the house.  

To help set the mood, the tour kicked off with Jim Warfield, the owner of the house, sharing accounts of some of these creepy and unexplainable happenings.  After the introduction concluded, the tour continued on through the rest of the house, where my group encountered twisting passages, secret tunnels and fun slides. Everywhere I looked, there were custom-made props and displays, as well as some really eclectic and interesting artwork. This attraction is always growing and evolving. New artwork and displays are constantly being added, so there's always something new to see.  In fact, there is so much "eye candy" inside the Raven's Grin, you can go through multiple times and still not see everything.  

One of the most thrilling features of the Raven's Grin is the slide in the "bad dreams bedroom". It is a wild ride that starts at the top floor of the house, stretching down to the stone-walled wine cellar, 24 feet below the surface of the Earth.  The wine cellar, one of my favorite areas in the Raven's Grin, just happens to be the room in which many customers have experienced supernatural phenomenon. The "Lady in White" has been seen on many occasions in the one corner of the wine cellar. 

If you are looking for an entertaining event that is unlike anything you've ever seen, trust me and go to the Raven's Grin Inn. It is very entertaining and also a great value.  Where else can you find a show that lasts well over an hour for only $13?  The Ravens Grin Inn is an amazing attraction; the words in this review just don't do it justice. It is an event that you must see for yourself. It is truly in a league of its own.   This attraction is nationally renowned and for good reason.  It has been featured in various television shows like "Wild Chicago", "HGTV Extreme Homes" and Comedy Central’s “Travel Sick”, as well as in countless news broadcasts and various books. This event is a "must see".  They are open year-round, so be sure to check them out!      

Note: The best time to visit the Raven's Grin is in the off-season, when you can avoid the huge October crowds and get a more lengthy, in depth and personalized tour. If you visit on non-October dates, you also have the benefit of Jim Warfield, the creative force behind the Raven's Grin, guiding the entire tour. Because The Raven's Grin is open year-round (301 days a year), you can drop in nearly any day for a tour!

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