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2017 Downs Haunted House Review
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|Downs Haunted House
107 East Franklin Street
Downs, IL 61736
There is a good deal of parking nearby and you can also park in Dooley Park where your tickets are purchased. Dooley park is a short walk from the event.
The event itself is easy to find, however ticketing was a bit complicated and not really well advertised. The signs that were pointing to head to Dooley Park to buy tickets were a bit confusing and this could have used a bit more guidance.
There was signage for the event itself, however like I said it was a bit difficult to figure out where to buy tickets.
There were multiple actors in the line and greeting you into the event.
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.
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Outside the event there was sufficient crowd control and since this is a smaller event it was absolutely needed.
Once inside the cast was very good with controlling traffic and spacing groups to ensure you did not run into anyone. We were able to proceed through at our own pace and did not encounter any other groups.
Upon arriving at the location we were a bit surprised to see that there was a decently long line and seemingly no location immediately available to buy tickets. We did see that there were signs that directed us to Dooley Park to buy them, however found that this was not well marked nor that easy to follow when we have never been here, let alone in Downs before.
After locating ticket sales and making our way back to the event we found a pretty lengthy line, but did see that it moved quite quickly. While waiting we were greeted by multiple actors in costumes and full silicone masks and makeup. They did a great job of getting line scares and setting the atmosphere.
As we reached the end of the line we were greeted by a lady whom took our tickets and welcomed us to the event. She set the scene and then directed us to begin our adventure through an outdoor graveyard where we were greeted by multiple scares and one more person whom stopped us right before we entered the main attraction. She briefed us on the rule of the house and we then entered the show.
in the first scene in the house we were greeted by a large man in a Pig mask, asking us questions and interacting in a creepy way. We advanced through the show to find many dark and narrow hallways, lots of great scares and a few that stood out. Some of them that stood out in particular were the UV room, A room with another great use of the Laser Swamp and many other great scares without spoiling too much as this is a short show.
This show encompasses a lot of very high end props, costumes and effects into a small space and shows that it has been around for a long time and has been building gradually. While it is a shorter show compared to most they bring the top game and provide a lot of fantastic scares in such a small space.
Overall the makeup and costuming was great, everyone was dressed up in some fashion and the actors all seemed to have high energy and were enjoying what they do.
Since this was my first visit to this haunt it was a lot of fun to see a good variety from the typical show that we see elsewhere. Overall I would strongly recommend this show, especially if you are looking for something that offers a high scare factor at a lower cost.
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