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2014 Midway Of Madness Haunted Barn Review
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|Midway Of Madness Haunted Barn
1302 N. Coler Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Using GPS, once you are on N. Coler Avenue you can see the event. The event is located on the Champaign County Fairgrounds. From the direction that we came from there was not much signage and you did see a couple of cars turning around in driveways because of the missed entrance. After the entrance there was a man directing you where to park.
It would help to have more signage near the entrance to assist with accessibility.
There was parking located near the event in a grass lot.
The queue line for the event is part of the covered barn that the haunt is located in.
The ticket area is a little confusing. There are no signs directing you to where to purchase tickets and walking up from the parking area you see the entrance to the house. Once we were in line, we then noticed the area you had to purchase tickets at and had to walk back through the line to get them.
The area is decorated with large hanging ghouls. 2 sets of twins walked and worked the crowd. Both sets were young but their make-up was nicely done, stayed in character, and did not talk. There was a set of evil sisters and a set of evil little clowns. Almost mimicking each other’s moves. There was also a large clown that was working the crowd. The crowd seem to enjoy them, getting them ready for what was inside.
Working as the ticket taker was female farmhand and the “Fair Queen”.
There are a couple of food vendors where you could purchase food and drinks.
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.
to see how this event compares to others
visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
We never once saw, heard, or ran into another group. You could move at a nice pace through the haunt.
Once inside the haunt, you moved through a large dimly lit hallway and into a pitch black narrow maze. Once you were through the maze you came into a medium size room with an actor and folding chairs. You look at the framed rules with what look like flesh covered lighted sconces on the wall. The actor read the rules to you and thanks you for supporting them. This is where the first scare took place. You were quickly guided to the door and set free into the rest of the house.
The first area was the carnival games of the Midway. Weaving in and out of dark hallways and various carnival games, the carnival workers and clowns would jump out of nowhere to get the scares you paid for.
The carnival area had a nice mix of pneumatics scares and just jump out actor scares. Each set was decorated with just utilizing props that you would see in any carnival, but then add in the macabre. Characters running the games ranged from clowns to the dead. My favorite prop was the head of a food worker that had 2 corndogs shoved into his eye sockets.
After some more twists and turn into dark hallways, you could tell the storyline was changing. The atmosphere was turning into more of a meatpacking/stockyard feel. The first standout was the “meat” cutting area where two large men were there to meet you. Surrounding you and taunting you quickly wanted out of the room.
Next you found yourself entering into the corrals. With scares coming from both sides you found yourself moving through looking for the way out. You must find your way through the corral gates.
The wild dogs and a large man were waiting for you. Closing you in and funneling you to the next dark hallway.
The area that stood out for me that was the hallway of corn. You found yourself standing in the middle of a row of corn. The hallway is broken up with doors and only lit by a strobe light. Once you were halfway down the hall, the strobe light went out. You found yourself in complete darkness. With actors hiding in the hallway they were bound to get you. I would like to say, Mr. Scarecrow, I can only imagine the horror and fear you create each night. This guy was spot on. Once heading to the exit, the next actor was on the attack. Running towards you, pushing you back into the haunt itself.
In all, Midway of Haunted Madness does a great job of scaring patrons. The scenes tell a story and the actors located within the scenes match. A mixture of not your run of the mill masks and makeup matched the scenes nicely. All actors stayed in character and not once did we see an actor fall out of character.
This haunt does use a few pneumatics but they rely on a majority of their scares to be “old-school”. Using actors to jump and pounce on patrons at the exact moment they need to they made sure to give them what they wanted.
The price of $10.00 is a great value in what you are getting. If you are in the Champaign/Urbana/Rantoul area, Midway of Haunted Madness is worth a stop.
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