When arriving at the ticket counter, the woman selling the tickets told us that this is their first Lights Out Night. Basically, there are very few lights, maybe a laser light and a strobe light; but pitch black everywhere else. I had heard about Baldwin Asylum doing this; but thought it was later in the season. We had 5 in our group and she said that groups are a maximum of 3. So our group was split into 2 groups.
Once we were in line, a man explained the rules. He told us that we would be given a small penlight to take with us to find our way through the house. Both of my groups thought this was going to be an interesting way to experience this haunted attraction. They ask you to turn off all cell phones and make sure that you have no other light sources. He said, if they see another light source, they will immediately remove you from the house.
Right before we entered the house, a girl gave us the penlight and explained that this is what we used to get through the attraction. It really was not a penlight, but a modified small LED flashlight that looked like it had a washer attached to it to obscure most of the light coming out. Let's just say, it did not put out a lot of light!
The first room was dimly lit and the scares started right off the bat. It also set the stage that the flashlight was just going to give you enough light to barely see a foot in front of you! The next area, complete blackout. You would basically would be feeling your way through most of the house.
Since I have been to Baldwin Asylum in the past, I know that the areas and sets they utilize are highly decorated. Even though the light was obscured and dim, you could still take in all of the set designs if you focused on them. One stand out area, was what I would call the road kill carcass room. You really thought someone spent the time gathering up local road death and hung them in this room. See the fur and blood still fresh on the carcass. As you walk into the room, the smell slaps you in the face. Yes you really think you are experiencing a room full of death!
A maze of striped walls with chain-link fence for a ceiling makes it hard to walk through and find you way. A demon standing above you made sure that you did not want to stay in that area for long.
Pay special attention to the evil medical facilities, backwoods hillbillies (Momma is waiting), and slatted zombie maze walls in which they are hiding waiting for you.
Another standout area is what looked to be like a pool of body parts and bodies. You actually had to walk through this area. Add in the crazies screaming and yelling at you from all different directions and this truly was an unnerving scene
Actors are in prosthetics and make-up. I don't ever remember seeing a mask. Actors know their characters well and play them well.
From what we could see with the flashlight, there was no doubt that the make-up was professionally done. It did not matter if you were first, in the middle, or last in the group. These actors were going to scare you. They did not just focus on one person. Once the door opened last night, I truly believe that these actors transformed into their characters and stayed in character throughout the night.
When I found out that this was Lights Out Night, I thought I would be a little disappointed. I wasn't! In fact I loved every minute of it and my group did too! It was the first time any of us have ever experienced a house that did this.
Baldwin Asylum has just been in the industry of scaring patrons in Rantoul for just a few years; but each year they up their game and just seem to improve and improve each year.
Overall, this year Baldwin Asylum killed it. Baldwin Asylum is a must see this season and definitely worth the price and the drive.
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