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2015 Fear Fest Review

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Fear Fest
Northern Illinois
6512 Manchester Road
South Beloit, IL 61080

Visited: 10/16/15


Reviewed By: Shadow
Visibility/Location: Ample Parking available, would highly recommend a GPS if you don't know the area very well (which I didn't). As far as signage along the way, there wasn't much. However when you get closer to the event itself, you can clearly see a sign on the barn stating “Barn/Hayride” with arrows showing which direction to go. The nice part about that is the sign was huge and very easy to see. So once you exited your vehicle you knew where you were going. Also, next to the ticket booth there is a small fire with a hearse (had the website on the sides as well as the event name) and a drivable coffin next to it (it looked like it was attached to a lawnmower. I didn't care, it looked pretty sweet)
Wait Entertainment: Very little wait entertainment, was slightly saddened by this as sometimes this is the precursor to the haunt itself. Once you purchase your tickets(which either you are going to do the haunted barn, or the hayride, or both) so you get to decide which one you want to do first. There was one clown walking around outside the barn with some wicked bad hair (kudos clown guy) . There is also a concession stand, with a variety of edibles that you can purchase. Once you get into the barn itself you really don't have too long to wait. There was a definite feeling of creep factor (really don't know how else to describe it) They did have changing photos hanging on the wall which was a nice touch (however, there was approximately eight of them hanging next to each other). Spiders and skeletons set a good vibe for the space.
Admission Price: Haunted Barn: $12 
Haunted Hayride: $12 

You can choose to do one or both.
Parking: Free

Haunted Barn: 8 Minutes *
Haunted Hayride: 20 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: 3.383
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Scare Factor: I would qualify this one under the Low-Medium category as an adult that has been to many haunts.

For children, I would say this would probably go under the Medium.
Crowd Control: Groups were spaced out very well for the haunted barn. The lovely lady letting patrons in was able to listen for a sound cue which let her know that the group in the haunt had passed a specific point and definitely helped the flow of people. One of the actors outside of the barn pulled a haunt no-no, lifted his mask and then proceeded to smoke.


Haunted Barn:

First off, I would like to applaud FearFest for not overusing chainsaws on the interior of the haunt! (You guys get a big thumbs up from me) Within the haunt itself, there is a series of rooms set up, some of which were lacking spook factor, and others that completely blew my mind. As a lover of Polka Dots – one of the rooms definitely made my interior small child scream with delight. There were actors in quite a few of the rooms. Strobe lights were spaced out in my opinion very well. In the rooms where there were strobe lights, they added to the effects vs taking away from them. Definitely give kudos for the fact that the walls looked like they were moving. The actors were a lot of fun, one of the actors was set up as a psychic and brought you in for a “reveal of your future”, when you run into him, listen, because when you think about foreboding, he's not lying to you. This portion is an indoor/outdoor setup, so you think you might be finished and then you walk back into the barn (okay, chased more or less) there is a woman standing next to a step and she warns you to watch yours. Overall, I'd have to say I enjoyed this portion of the event, although, I really wished that I had seen more makeup effects on the actors. Also, that they kept their masks on until they were out of the view of patrons.
Haunted Hayride:

I have to sigh here. I've never really enjoyed hay anything due to my allergies. Once you climb onto the trailer via steps that are provided you do end up sitting down for a little while while the driver gets up to stretch his legs. You are allowed to bring blankets with you on this one which I would recommend, especially on the colder nights. Once the tractor gets moving, you are taken down a winding path past a few really neat scenes. In regards to that, the props themselves are well placed. Including fire columns, which not only look cool, they brighten up the surrounding area so you might be able to see what is coming next. The clowns out here were fun, and wielding chainsaws. The way the trailers are set up is so that the actors can more or less walk onto them from well placed platforms. This means that the actors didn't really have to try to climb onto the trailers vs stepping onto them. With it being a haunted hay ride, you are sitting on hay bales place around the exterior of the trailer, a few of them were starting to look pretty beaten up, which meant that there was hay in the middle of the trailer. Poor actor came into the trailer, slipped and got up and scared the people that were in the trailer with us. So definitely appreciated his ability to just get up and move on. One of the scenes doubles as two (really cool concept) where the actor is on one side, and then as the tractor brings you around (about a 4 minute gap) the same actor is on the other side, looking creepy. So the effect definitely worked very well.


Between the two haunts, you could definitely tell there was close attention to detail, especially on the interior of the barn.

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