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2015 Terror At Skellington Manor Review

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Terror At Skellington Manor
420 18th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201

Visited: 10/23/15


Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl
Visibility/Location: Despite the horrifying collection of one-way streets in Rock Island, this event was fairly easy to find. It is, thankfully, located on a two-way street. There is street parking as well as a couple of parking lots directly adjacent to the venue. We were able to park right across the street. The illuminated zombies in the window, in addition to the flashing street lamps and large sign outside, made the attraction very easy to pinpoint.
Wait Entertainment: We saw a clown scaring teenagers outside of the front doors when we arrived. The waiting area inside of the building is a huge, opulent space that resembles a creepy ballroom. There was an actor that startled me immediately upon my entrance to the waiting area. We had their RIP fast pass tickets, so we did not get the chance to witness the waiting area for longer than a couple of minutes. While waiting for our turn to walk up the stairs and into the haunt, we were chatting with an employee who was not in costume. She was asking us how far we traveled and just making friendly conversation; leading into us letting our guard down. Even she was well-equipped with a quick startle before she granted us admission into the haunt.
Admission Price: $15.00 for general admission and $20.00 for RIP fast pass admission.
Parking: Free

16.5 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: 3.851
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Scare Factor: Medium-High
Crowd Control: Our group of two made it through the first several minutes by ourselves, but we eventually ran into another group. However, the actors did split our collective group up again by sending us down different paths which ultimately filtered into the same space. Past that point, the group that was in originally in front of us was divided, so the people in front of us were yelling back at their friends behind us and vice versa.


Terror at Skellington Manor does not gradually progress into their haunt; their elaborate scenes and startles begin instantly. Once I got up the stairs and through the long, intimidating hallway, a doctor character startled me right away. From there, we found a chilly morgue, body bags and several mutilated corpses. The walls came alive with huge turning gears and sparks before we were separated by a pig in an area filled with bloody barrels. Once reunited, we walked through a theater scene occupied by an entire crowd wearing doll masks, which was incredibly unique and intimidating. After a long hallway, we ran into a group, so a young lady with an axe stopped us and held us back while she decided which one of us she would skin. Despite her best efforts, we did catch up again in a stone room with a sacrificial alter and dead bodies, where we were again cornered by several characters.

We were allowed to pass and we walked down a very well-lit staircase, which led to a dark hallway of banging doors and several home scenes like a kitchen, a bedroom and a room filled with creepy porcelain dolls. We were met with a very tall disemboweled character that towered over us and mockingly sang in a very, very, deep demonic voice. He even picked out a girl in the group ahead of us and sang out her name. He was a really cool character. We continued into a living area with a fireplace and characters that were very well hidden in plain sight. We passed through a bath area, a dining area, a really disorienting laundry room and a space full of mannequins. We found a drag queen that was very interactive with us as we walked by.

This is where we found the highlight of our visit; the cemetery. This space is at least two stories high and the space has been transformed into a convincing outdoor scene. There are even illusions that make it look like there are stars in the sky. The path through the cemetery winds through stone crypts, iron fences, gates and foliage. There was a lady actually playing the violin inside one of the crypts. There was a twisted character that was crawling through one of the crypts that really impressed us with her gymnastic skills. We saw coffins with banging lids, human skeletons with animal skulls and demon characters hiding behind headstones. Again, the walls came to life in a claustrophobic, cave-like swamp area. Once we thought we were safe, we were assaulted from up above and at our feet simultaneously.

We walked down another set of stairs and found a sign for a freak show. We walked through the door and immediately picked up the scent of cotton candy. We passed through a room filled with several “freaks” on display on our way toward the exit. Even after the exit, we still had not escaped the show. Several actors were outside waiting to catch people on their way out.

Terror at Skellington Manor thoroughly impressed me. Their sets were attentive to detail and some were very elaborate. The majority of actors were on point with their timing and their improvisation. Throughout our entire visit, there were eerie sound effects playing that fit with each scene. The antique building’s original setting combined with a mix of impressive props and talented actors made this haunt worth our lengthy drive to the Quad Cities.

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