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2013 Haunted Haven Review
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Rt. 40 & Grennan Rd.
Rock Falls, IL 61071
||Haunted Haven was located out in the country, on a farm, in Rock Falls, IL. I found it easily, using GPS and it was also easy to spot. Along the main highway, there was a backlit, flashing arrow sign pointing to the event. Near the intersection of Rt. 40 and Grennan Road, there was a large red glowing sign, to draw even more attention to the haunted house. Near the entrance, there was a sign showing you were to turn. Keep in mind that parking is in a cornfield, so upon entering you will need to drive slowly over the rough terrain.
||There really wasnít much in terms of wait entertainment, on the night that I visited. A line actor or two would have really added to the experience. The line was short, though, so I didnít have to wait that long to get in. Several short burn-barrels were positioned along the length of the queue line area, to help keep patrons warm while they waited.
9 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 stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by
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.
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||I arrived early in the evening (7pm), so there really wasnít a big crowd at that time. Because of the short line, I really canít comment on how they would have handled a large crowd. On my trip through Haunted Haven, I didnít run into or see any other groups, though.
The tour through Haunted Haven started on a high note. After being informed of the rules of the house, my group walked through a wooded area, then through a small corn maze. Immediately, we were attacked by several ravenous zombies, who growled and reached out at us through the brush and corn stalks. Complicating matters, we ran into a dead end in the corn maze and had to go back through the zombie-infested area. After making our way through the outdoor portion of the event, we entered the main section of the attraction, which was set up inside of a large barn.
The first scene or two had a zombie theme, with zombies attacking helpless victims. Another area had a female corpse in a bathtub that was wrapped up in a plastic tarp. From there, we moved on to the playroom, which was a girlís bedroom with a canopy bed and a plethora of stuffed animals. When my group walked in, we were approached by an energetic character, who tried to kidnap one of us. Somehow we all managed to make it out of the scene unscathed.
The rest of the haunted attraction had a creepy funhouse atmosphere, as most of the scenes were filled with clowns. A number of the rooms had hidden exits, which added to the fun. My favorite was the room of doors. As we walked in, a creepy clown told us that there was only one way out. We had to keep guessing, until we got it right and when we did, he switched the numbers on the doors, to make sure we picked the wrong one. It was very entertaining.
Another memorable scene was the toxic waste area. Along with a few clowns, it had 55 gallon drums with glowing orange and green stuff oozing out of them. The next area had a hallway of glowing drainage tubes that you had to push out of the way, to advance to the next area. Toward the end of the haunted house, there was a hallway with a red & mirror square checkerboard pattern that was illuminated by strobe lights and a surprise or two.
The last section of the attraction was a red & white tarp maze. As we walked through, a couple of clowns jumped out for some surprise scares. The tarps were made of heavy enough material to impede our movement just enough to make you feel trapped.
On the night that I attended, they were very well staffed. Most of the scenes had at least one actor and in some cases, more than one. They were very interactive, generating a high energy level throughout the haunted house. All of the actors that I saw stayed in character and they seemed to enjoy acting out their roles.
I really had a great time at Haunted Haven. The scenes were well done and due to the predominant presence of clowns, the entire event had an spooky funhouse feel. Due to the actorsí energetic performances, the scare factor is right up there, especially if you are someone who is afraid of clowns (although I personally am not). I highly recommend that you check these guys out. Not only is it a fun event, it is also a good value.
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