Other 2015 Haunt Reviews
2015 Spook Hollow Review
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613 Lasalle Blvd.
Marquette Heights, IL 61554
There is a lighted marquee sign at the bottom of the hill advertising the haunt. There are numerous personnel directing parking traffic once you get to the haunt location.
To keep the winding line wait from becoming a complete bore, there were several characters wandering around. There are also two big screens showing movie clips. And since you wait outside the entrance of MC Manor, the ambiance of that haunt is always fun to just look at and enjoy.
$25.00 for all three haunts. $40 for a Fast Pass. **Please note: If you purchase your tickets online, I believe you still have to go to the ticket counter and get your actual haunt passes. The folks behind us in line did not know this which caused a bit of a disruption for them. You can pay by credit card online, but it is cash only at the door.
MC Manor: 5 Minutes *
MC Nightmare: 7 Minutes *
Spook Hollow Trail: 24 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 stands for Length/Price Ratio. It represents perceived value of an event, by
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.
to see how this event compares to others
visited this year by the staff of HauntedIllinois.com.
MC Manor: High
MC Nightmare: Medium-High
Spook Hollow Trail: Medium-High
MC Manor: Did not run into anyone ahead of us and no on caught up to us.
MC Nightmare: We caught up with group ahead of us.
Spook Hollow Trail: Major traffic congestion.
MC Manor was once again hands down my favorite experience this year. This place is sophisticated. It draws you in on so many levels and keeps you entertained from start to finish. Each room is just…complete. Several scenes are similar to last year, but honestly it works and the scares continue.
MC Nightmare: The beginning of this trail is killer. You have to walk through a field of cloaked statues. You know in your heart at least one of them isn’t real, but good luck being prepared for it. I love that even between scenes there are spooks just waiting to scare you. My second favorite aspect of the whole haunt can be found here. The mine area. You have to almost crawl through this. It is dark and scary and I somehow ended up completely alone at one point. Kudos to the spook who took that opportunity to freak me out.
Spook Hollow Trail: Tons of new stuff here this year. One zombie area in particular did get my panic mode button to almost go off. Being trapped with absolutely no idea where to go with zero help from the actors was effective! They took pity on us at just the right time. This girl was about to climb the fence.
However, crowd control in this haunt was terrible. Literally less than 4 minutes into the haunt we caught up with the group in front of us. Even before halfway through, there were over 21 people in the group. This was the fault of one group at the beginning of the line. They stopped in each scene and just hung out. And not for short moments, but “let’s pretend we are in a museum and check out every last detail” hung out. Unfortunately, this meant they got all the scares and everyone behind them just got to watch their fun. While this can’t always be controlled by the folks putting on the haunt, there are ways to alleviate the problem. Allowing that many of your patrons to congest in one area is not only disappointing for them, it’s impossible for your actors to control and potentially dangerous. I will note this was opening night for Spook Hollow and when a haunt is changed as drastically as this one was it can be hard to determine where the crowd issues may occur. Sadly for me, it tempered the excitement and fun that I was having and I was left put out with this one group and the haunt.
Spook Hollow has what it takes again this year to be one of Illinois’ top haunts. The majority of their actors are very large men (thanks to this haunt being brought to you by the Marquette Heights Mens Club) who are not afraid to be menacing. Despite the bad experience with the crowd issue, I do plan to go back. This is just one of those haunts that once is not enough. If tight spaces, almost crawling through dark places, big scary men, sensory overload and screaming your head off is fun for you…then Spook Hollow is where you need to be.
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