Upon arrival, I noticed that this was setup inside a park district building and immediately thought "okay, it's a community haunt, likely going to be low-level scares." Well kudos to the Scream Scene crew for teaching me not to judge a book by its cover/haunt by its façade!
This relatively-innocuous haunt boasts some solid scares and excellent surprises (honestly, some of the best startles I've had in a while). There's no introduction, you just enter the haunt as you would normally.
Waiting in line in front of me was a family with very a small child who appeared utterly terrified, and not in good way. There were some intense scenes featured, and I wouldn't recommend this for children under 10 (as stated by the haunt themselves). Every child varies, but parents, please exercise some discretion! Consider a 'haunted' hayride or 'haunted' pumpkin patch for the young'ns, not a full-out haunted house. That being said…..
Among other areas, there was a creepy hospital room, a very disorienting red-and-white-striped clown hallway, and of course, the obligatory claustrophobic bags. Perhaps my favorite scene (and one that I'll remember for a long time) involved a corridor full of glowing orange masks. Due to the darkness, they were the only thing visible.....and several stealthy actors hid among them, wearing the exact same mask! An excellent opportunity for startle-scares, and they delivered!
In one zone, a clown-type actor showed us where to go.....only to realize the narrow hallway was a dead-end, and (s)he had done it intentionally. Alright, joke's on us, but now what? One girl at the back of the group (now at the front) was not a fan, and with the clown now tormenting us all, she was literally too scared to move; the rest of us just stood there, waiting for either A) the clown to point out the exit door or B) said cowering girl to move. Neither budged, until the clown temporarily broke character and said "c'mon c'mon, it's this way." An interesting tactic, but in this case it backfired slightly.
There's a chainsaw-wielding maniac at the end, who I felt did an exemplary job of chasing patrons out of the house. Yeah, you could just walk out and exit normally, but it's much more fun to RUN out, feeling like you're being pursued by the roar of the chainsaw. A good way to end a decent haunt.
Aside from the minor criticism mentioned above, I enjoyed what the cast and crew of Scream Scene had to offer. For being a haunted house based in the local parks & recreation department, they provided some unique scare moments. Despite the short length, I'm glad I stopped by here on a tour of multiple haunts, and would recommend that those in the area do so as well.
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