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2017 Karnival Of Karnage Review
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|Karnival Of Karnage
Boone County Fairgrounds
Belvidere, IL 61008
Using a GPS took us to one of the entrances of the Boone County Fairgrounds. There we saw a very bright marquee with the haunts name. It was very easy to spot because there is no other light sources around (other than the haunt itself) so it adds to the creep factor when you are in the middle of nowhere.
Parking was in the field right across from the ticket booth and seemed to be plenty of it. There are no attendants there, so it's self park.
The Gatekeeper seemed to be triple duty, as wait entertainment while in line outside, when you enter he the rule bearer and the photographer. (He will use your camera or smart phone to take the photo at no charge.)
$15 for General Admission
$20 for RIP (Skip the Line)
**Note: they are part of the State Line Haunts which offer a $2 discount when you present a ticket from a participating attraction.
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.
As we went early in the season there was not a long line nor did we see a group go in before us. There was another group that was waiting behind us they never caught up to us, and we kept a standard walking pace. Even at the time of filling out a small survey still inside the confines of the attraction no other group entered the room we occupied. So their flow of guests seemed pretty good.
When we first bought our tickets at the ticket booth we were unsure what direction to head next, we saw two groups of flashing lights and asked the attendee which direction we should go, they pointed us the correct way, which was helpful since the group which purchased their tickets before us walked in the direction of the other group of lights which seemed to be the exit. They later on found out that was the wrong way and ended up behind us.
Going in we were greeted by the Gatekeeper and handed him our tickets and brought inside. Here he offered to take our photo and stated this is the only time we can have our phones out and told us the rest of the rules.
There are a lot of random scenes usually found at many haunted houses. From the mortuary to a creepy kids room. There were a few original parts of the haunt that I really liked and was a refreshing surprise from the standard single path most haunts adapt to. Most of the haunt were actors many of which seemed teenagers there were a few exceptional actors who did fantastic like the victim who was being dragged around. It seemed to be a good mix of masks and makeup on their actors. Their actors had dialogue and did not flub any of them up.
Much of the haunt has a few surprises and jump scares, fairly minimal on props and set design. The positive part that the walls at least had been decorated 95% of the run and not just left blank or simply painted black. The big top maze was impressive in length and a good amount of creepy clowns populating the twists and turns there.
The main noticeable thing was the 3D path was mostly void of actors, which was depressing. There was a single drop down panel in this section and was cleverly disguised but it was a missed scare because the actor activated it behind us as we were turning the corner. The UV painted walls in this maze were interesting because it seemed it was done by different artists.
It's pleasant to see a few new surprises from mainstream haunts.
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