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2012 Terror on Washington Street Review

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Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House
513 E Washington Street
Clinton, IL 61727

Visited: 10/12/12


Reviewed By: The Wench     
Visibility/Location: Signage was minimal.  The entire block was barricaded off so it was easy to assume that the haunt was located this way, though the surrounded blocks were dark and we were unsure where to park.  Once we were out of the car, though, the screams were easy to follow!    
Wait Entertainment: Plenty of actors roaming about outside.  This haunt uses a “number” waiting system, so while you wait for your group’s number to be called, you can mill around, grab a snack from the concession stand, or do what we did and giggle at the patrons being chased out of the exit by the chainsaw!   
Admission Price: $9
Parking: FREE

11 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: 4.277
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Scare Factor: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great – we never ran into another group!


My group visited Terror on Washington Street on the advice of some folks from the Lincoln Jaycees – and who better to give us the inside scoop than fellow haunters?  We arrived and were immediately excited, as we could hear bloodcurdling screams from two blocks away!  Always a great start to a haunt!

The building appeared somewhat small, so we thought we were in for a quick little adventure (a bad assumption on my part!).  We purchased our tickets, and this is when we were informed about the numbered waiting – we loved this!  We were able to wander around, check out the awesome hearse out front, and not be stuck in line.  Our wait was short, and our number called, so we hurried to the front door and were ushered into the opening scene…

…where I was immediately floored by the level of detail surrounding us.  Not one inch of this room wasn’t covered in SOMETHING.  It truly felt like we had stepped into an old house, not a storefront.  The actors here stalked us while a recording read us the rules of the house, and then we were let loose.

Throughout the entire attraction, I could just not get enough of looking around!  Everywhere you looked, detail, jam packed with items to bring the room together.  From a well detailed library, an awesome butcher scene, outdoor cemetery type scenes, nothing was amiss here – you really felt immersed in the experience. 

We were also pleasantly surprised when we came to a staircase down – and realized they’ve also utilized the basement, expanding the size of this haunt greatly!  There was also an awesome use of space – props placed so that a small room felt big as you weaved back and forth, and scare spots where the same actor could get you multiple times.  We saw this over and over throughout the house – kudos to the designers for really maximizing the space. 

Other rooms of note were the clown room, a black and white patterned hallway designed to completely disorient you, and a “gallery” of famous horror characters (I even got a jump here!).

My only complaint here was the acting was mostly on the low key side, for which I gave a lower scare factor.  Costumes and makeup were appropriate for the areas, but most of the actors were going more for creepy than aggressive.  In talking with the owners, I discovered that most of the actors are high school kids – they’re allowed to work in the haunt as part of their required community service hours to graduate their senior year – what a fun idea!

Overall, while the scares here may not have been as intense, the house was a treat to take in.  The detail levels were outstanding, and really kept you feeling like you were anywhere but in a storefront building. 

Wonderful job on this house, I can’t wait to visit again next year!      

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