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2014 Spook Hollow With M.C. Manor & M.C. Nightmare Review

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Spook Hollow With M.C. Manor & M.C. Nightmare
613 Lasalle Blvd.
Marquette Heights, IL 61554

Visited: 10/10/14


Reviewed By: Cobwebs
Visibility/Location: There is a lighted marquee sign at the bottom of the hill advertising Spook Hollow that is easy to see. You will park before you see the entrance to the haunt though.
Wait Entertainment: Wait entertainment at Spook Hollow is hands down the BEST you will find anywhere in central Illinois. With the amazing MC Manor façade setting the backdrop, there is crazy loud music, horror movie clips showing on two large screens, menacing freaks who invade your personal space, etc. All of which combined ramps up the energy and excitement. There is also a booth where they sell t-shirts, hoodies, candy, etc.
Admission Price: $25.00 / Speed pass $40.00
Parking: Free

33 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: 3.828
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: Medium-High
Crowd Control: There is one section of the haunt that is set up like a small town where you will see other groups, but you don’t “run into” them per se.


This is a first time visit to Spook Hollow for me. As I said in the “Wait Entertainment” section, this haunt is unsurpassed when it comes to revving up the excitement level as you wait to enter. I was over the top READY to experience this haunt simply from how much fun the wait in line was.

I want to point out I was confused with how this whole haunt would go. I erroneously believed there were 3 separate haunted attractions. Instead, MC Manor/MC Nightmare/Spook Hollow all intertwine with one another. You consistently going inside and out. I love this! Kind of always keeps you guessing, “is it over?” I also need to admit that there was so much to this haunt that it is impossible to remember everything and the order it came in.

You begin your night in MC Manor. All I will say is “WOW!” Movie set, permanent haunt quantity/quality. The very first room set the stage by trapping us in the dark for a bit. Spook Hollow looks down on profanity, but I heard a few in my group say a few choice words. We did take a wrong turn, but were quickly redirected by staff. MC Manor uses some animatronics but they were actually pretty cool (one thing “spit” on me). I was constantly looking all over as the scares come from the floor, the ceiling, from ahead and from behind.

After leaving the Manor you head out onto the first section of the trail. You walk through an incredibly elaborate cemetery, there are awesome HUGE hooded figures you have to maneuver around and spooks everywhere. There is another section of the trail that is set up like a small village that was really great. Inside each building was something new. One guy in particular was rhyming gibberish which was pretty funny. There is no shortage of live actors in most sections of this haunt. Even the children were effective.

There was one section that was really well done. The Coal Mine. The coal mine itself was just a corridor where you had to crouch over to walk through it. However, it was the beginning of the coal mine that earns the scares. The two actors attempted to make one of the “Middles” of my group (you know, the members of the group who are the most afraid and therefore need to hide in the middle of the line) go in first and by herself. She didn’t do it despite their best efforts to make her. But I don’t think she will forget that moment any time soon.

While Spook Hollow for the most part delivers, there were a few sections that felt subpar. For example, there was a room full of coffins that was too brightly lit and where absolutely nothing happened. Unfortunately, the weak sections were so soft they put a damper on the rest of the experience. I was also put off by the numerous sightings of the Spook Hollow Patrol on the trail. I get it. You get rowdy teenagers or inebriated adults who sometimes get out of control. But when easily identifiable security personnel walk by me several times during my visit it kills my scare buzz.

Spook Hollow is a sophisticated haunt in a lot of ways. Some tweaking to the weak spots would go a long way into making the $25 admission cost well worth it.

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