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2014 Riverside Extreme Haunted Hay Ride Review

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Riverside Extreme Haunted Hay Ride
Riverside Park
North Peoria Rd
Springfield, IL 62702

Visited: 10/04/14


Reviewed By: Little Rae Riding Hood
Visibility/Location: I programmed our GPS to go to Riverside Park and was taken straight to the event. The event is located close to the state fairgrounds in Springfield. When approaching the park you will see searchlights from quite a distance, and the closer you get you will see some signs along the road.
Wait Entertainment: This event excelled in this area. There was a DJ playing some Halloween themed music mixed in with just regular music. Several actors in costume and makeup roamed throughout the crowds scaring them. They had a couple bonfires going for the crowd to sit/stand by and stay warm as the entire event is outside. There was a tent set up with a professional makeup artist to do makeup for anyone that wanted it done. He did anything from childlike animal face paint to very detailed zombies and werewolves. The event also had a concession stand selling food and drinks.
Admission Price: 10.00
Parking: Free

13.5 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: 4.725
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: Low
Crowd Control: This event is completely controlled by the staff. It is a hayride at the park/stables and they don’t start another ride until one has finished. So the actors and props were all set and there was no chance of running into the next group.


When your numbers get called for the hayride you get onto two wagons hooked together and head out into the woods. The driver pulling the wagon was going at a fairly fast pace until they started to come close to a scene and then they slow down a bit.

The first scene was of a butcher shop with a live actor as a butcher and an actor strapped to a table screaming. There was meat hanging from the trees. The actor distracted the crowd with his screaming while the “butcher” went about his work. This allowed the actors to sneak out of the woods and scare the crowd in the wagon. There were several actors hanging onto the sides of the wagon and leaning inside scaring the crowd.

As the wagon drove off they again picked up speed and drove rather quickly until again coming to a scene.

Next was a scene with animatronics. They used strobes to distract the crowd while the actors came sneaking out of the woods from all sides.

After the actors drop off the sides of the wagons the truck picks up speed again and drives through the woods. The truck comes up to an empty campfire and several actors with chainsaws come out and terrorize the hayride.

The next scene took a while to get to as the park is flooded from the past several days of rain in the area. It was of an animated clown in that looks like it is going to jump out at the crowd. I am still unsure if it was an actor or a prop. As your eyes are on the clown the woods again are filled with actors that creep out and scare the hayride.

We arrived at this event fairly early in the evening and had about a two hour wait to get on the ride. So, make sure you dress for the outdoors when attending this haunt. Their commitment to keeping good crowd control makes it a bit of a wait. But there is good music, food, and a nice big fire to make the wait pleasant.

This event has a lot of potential. If they had some scary music playing throughout the woods, and took advantage of the low hanging trees throughout they could definitely amp up the scares. The wagons driving through the dark woods at a slow pace would certainly build up suspense. Most of the scenes were on one side which made it difficult to see if you had your back to it. That along with the speed of the hayride made it difficult to enjoy all of time put into the detail of a scene. There were five or six scenes scattered through the park, and as the ride got closer to the end the actors had less makeup and less costume, and by the end some of them were just in black hoodies. This was their first weekend open and they had some pretty severe flooding to deal with which they did a good job of. The drive through the flooded area was quite suspenseful.

All in all, a fun evening for a family. I would say anyone 10 and up would have an enjoyable time at this attraction.

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