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2016 Knox Park Haunted House Review

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Knox Park Haunted House
Knox Park Barn
300 S. Route 31
Mchenry, IL 60050

Visited: 09/30/16


Reviewed By: Stephanie Oster
Visibility/Location: After losing the GPS signal, (thanks T-Mobile), we finally saw the sign off of Route 31. The sign was a little small on the large dark road, but once we found it we pulled up the drive way. At the end of the driveway, it comes to a T-intersection and the sign says, 'Haunted House' and has an arrow pointing to the right, but the gate is closed. We took the left and there was a large parking lot. So, we walk up to the closed gate and walk past only because we saw huge sticks fashioned with pentagrams on them we knew we were in the right place. There was no lighting on the path, but once we turned the corner we saw the barn that was lit up.
Wait Entertainment: There was not much wait entertainment, truth be told. We were standing there talking and a few actors would come up and try to scare us by getting super close and in our faces.They would eventually lose interest and walk away. One guy was relentless, he had a scythe and stuck it in our faces, it was a little intimidating. The guy minding the gate in a cape just cold stared us. When someone exited the haunt, an actor picked up the metal gate and threw it, asked us if we read the rules, and then let us in. While in line we were handed two little orange pill bottles. They had a chicken wing in each bottle. We asked what to do with it, and an actor or employee said to hold on to it and not to eat it.
Admission Price: $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. $8 on Thursdays and Sundays. If you bring canned food donation you save a dollar. You can also pay $5 if you don't want to jump the line.
Parking: Free

7 Minutes. We did stop a little to look at the sets or interact with the actors. *
* = 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: 2.453
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: Low
Crowd Control: It was opening night and a little chilly out, so there was not much of a crowd to control. We were the only people waiting in line. Then after waiting a little bit, someone walked out of the haunt and said that he was sweating in there. Then they let us in. When we walked out, there wasn't anyone in line.


We got a little lost on our way to the haunt because the signal was lost. Once we turned back around and found the sign for the haunt we turned in. The sign was a smaller marquee sign low to the ground. The road brought us to a T-interestion. The sign said haunted house with an arrow to the right, but there was a closed gate. We then turned left and parked. We walked back towards the closed gate and walked past it. We noticed some large branches with pentagrams fashioned on them made out of more sticks.The path up the hill was not long, but pretty dark. It definitely set up an eerie mood; we were a little scared that something was lurking in the woods. Then we came to the opening and we could see a port-a-potty and a small trailer in front of a large red barn.

We bought our tickets and proceeded around the corner to stand in line.

In front of the barn there was the gates for the line and four or five caskets. We stood at the front of the line for about five minutes until someone exited the barn. He was commenting on how the haunt had him sweating. While we were waiting someone came out and handed us two pill bottles with a single chicken wing in it. Obviously, confused, we asked what to do with them. No one gave us a great answer. They eventually said to hold on to them; we thought it would be used for a scene once inside the haunt. They did tell us not to eat it.

We were then let into the barn. The first room there was an overgrown kid sitting at a table drawing, he gave us his drawing. We offered him the chicken, and he told us no. We continued into the haunt. Every room we went in we offered the chicken. No one wanted it -- until one of the last rooms. The clown room was a fantastic execution with a great scene. It was very bright and elaborate, a different take on the clown world. There were several rooms that were just different and out of the box, which was great. There was one room that seemed to be missing an actor.

Each room had wonderful sets with a lot of detail. Lots of props and thought went into each room. The actors were all in makeup and full costume that worked with the scene. The actors were all giving it their all. One of the actresses even threw herself into a wall.

Towards the end of the haunt, we still had our chicken and no one had seemed to want it. We walked into a room with a clown type character who asked us about the 'voiceses' . Not knowing what he was saying he repeated himself again and again. We actually thought he was saying something about ISIS and we asked, 'What about ISIS?'. Obviously confused, but very quick on his feet to explain and make a joke about it. We gave him the chicken, which he took. Finally! We didn't have to hold on to the chicken anymore. However, he seemed just as confused when he got the chicken, saying, "This is actually chicken. You handed me chicken!"

Shortly after, we walked out of the haunt. I couldn't help but feel that it was just starting to get good and now it was over. Overall, though, the haunt was more of a family friendly haunt with maybe a rating of PG. Each room was a creative spin on the typical haunt rooms one might get at big name haunts. What it lacked in intensity and showiness, it made up for in originality.

When we were walking back to the car, some of the people who worked there asked us what we thought. They pointed out that we no longer had our chicken and seemed surprised that we had gotten rid of it in there. So, overall the chicken is still a mystery.

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