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2015 Haunted Haven Review

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Haunted Haven
Rt. 40 And Grennan Rd.
29038 Grennan Rd.
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Visited: 10/03/15


Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl
Visibility/Location: There was a lit sign in front of the event on Route 40. We actually turned on Grennan Road, unsure if we had missed the entrance, and found access to the parking lot there.
Wait Entertainment: The waiting is all outside, so dress accordingly. There are several bonfires to help keep us warm, but they were making our eyes burn. There were numerous characters roaming through the line, and sometimes even performing outside of the line where everyone could watch. We encountered a voodoo king, a dentist and his assistant, a horde of zombies and the infamous Haunted Haven clowns. Keeping restless people amused is an art that these guys have mastered.
Admission Price: $12
Parking: Free

13 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: 3.792
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: This is where we encountered the only hiccup. We arrived at 8:30, and the line wasnt terribly long, so we thought wed have time to hit up some more local haunts. After several minutes, we realized that the line was moving very slow. At one point, it seemed like the line had stopped moving altogether and a lot of the actors from inside came out to play with the crowds. Once the line began moving again, only groups of about five were being let in every five minutes, at least. There was a rather rude young lady who had the task of splitting up groups and giving rules, that was randomly walking through the entire line (all the way to the back) searching for groups of two (to complete a group of five). People that had been in line for half the time that we had were being sent to the front of the line due to the small size of their group. I felt that the size of the groups being let in should have been a lesser priority than the amount of time that people had been waiting, which for us, equaled almost two hours.

Once inside, we had no issues with running into others groups, which led to a fantastic show.


We entered a shed wherein we were given a flashlight and directions on how to survive our experimental trek through a zombie infested disaster zone. Once released, we were quickly surrounded by zombies, and we were stuck in a maze of chain link fence and destroyed vehicles. The way out of this catastrophe is insanely clever and frightfully fantastic. We were met with a scientist who took our flashlight and thanked us for participating in the project, but we had to escape quickly because we were not totally out of the woods just yet.

We proceeded into the barn, where we found several brilliant scenes; a mad tea party with Dollie Dearest, a bathroom where we literally became an urban legend, a butcher room, plus lots of other scenes. Even the tough college-aged kid in our group had to face his only fear. The actors inside of this haunt are incredibly enthusiastic and interactive. They really go above and beyond to make you a part of the show.

Finally, we found the clowns. The clown area is very tricky to maneuver through, and the clowns clearly have a great time watching you struggle through their home. Again, the actors did a great job interacting and toying with our minds. The clowns finally let us go into a circus tent maze, which sent us back-tracking a couple of times to find the way out.

Haunted Haven is an attraction that really puts their guests in the middle of the show, rather than making themselves the show, like so many other attractions do these days. Its clear in looking at their sets and props that they put their time and hard work into the haunt, rather than spending money on prefabricated items that can be seen in multiple other haunts across the country. Haunted Haven is definitely one of a kind and should be on every old school haunt fans list of must-sees.

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