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2018 Fright Night Review
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310 S. Broadway
Forest City, IL 61532
I only saw one small sign on the side of the road to show where the haunt was. I've been to this haunt several times, so I knew where to go, but someone that had never been before would've had a hard time. There were no signs for parking other than signs from the police city posted for No parking, temporary police order. Parking seemed kind of all over the place; wherever you could fit your vehicle was where you parked.
There really wasn't much for wait entertainment this year. Jojo the clown was there but didn't seem to be in 'character' the times we saw him. There was a man that was dressed up (not sure as what,) that would walk around and stand behind people silently. There was some music playing but it wasn't very loud. There is a gift shop and food for sale while you wait. They also have a coffin ride called the Reaper's Ride.
$15.00 includes all three attraction
$5.00 extra for Reaper's Ride
First Haunt: 4 Minutes
Second Haunt: 7 Minutes
Butcher Shop: 5.5 Minutes
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The lines weren't long when we arrived but the wait times surprisingly were. In the first and third haunts, we didn't run into any other groups. The second haunt we did, we probably waited the longest to get in and even walked right up, since the last group in line had went in prior to us reaching the entrance. About halfway through we ran into the group ahead of us and they were taking video and photo and kept stopping to do so around each corner. We ended up waiting for them to move.
This is usually my favorite haunt to visit each year. I know that there were quite a few changes this year, so I'm hoping they will get the kinks worked out. Loud music would've helped a lot. Two of the haunts are so close together that we could hear the actors talking to each other from the next haunt. There wasn't any screams or banging, nothing to really scare the people waiting in line. The music outside the haunts was so low, that you almost couldn't hear it.
There are three haunts surrounding the truly haunted Skinner House. All three haunts needed more actors.
The first haunt we entered didn't have a name on it anywhere, nor did the person checking the armbands say what it was or really say much of anything other than asking if we'd been there before. There seemed to be a lot of walking with no action. Some of the actors weren't really in character, as we heard their conversations with each other before we reached them. One actor was even just sitting with a soda watching people walk through.
The second haunt also didn't have a name on it anywhere and we stood in line for quite a while, even though we watched the prior group walk in before we got there. When we finally got inside, there was a creepy Christmas theme going on. Santa was pretty cool and did a great job of being creepy. This one also seemed to have minimal actors. We got frustrated when we had to wait around for a couple minutes to let the group ahead of us go forward. There were a lot of low clearances to walk through, including a refrigerator. Frankenstein was the biggest scare, he was awesome! We did come up on an area that some music with some very profound language that wasn't appropriate for kids. My group (all "potty-mouths") commented how surprised we were about the language used.
The Butcher Shop was the only one that displayed a name. The wait wasn't too bad. There wasn't much action again and we could hear more talking from outside the haunt. Some of the actors didn't seem to care that we were coming through. We did love the use of mattresses to walk on.
In conclusion, this haunt definitely didn't meet the expectations of previous years. They seemed to rely on their strobe lights a lot. They definitely need to get more actors that want to be there and want to scare their patrons. This is still a great old school haunt. They don't use all kinds of crazy animatronics, just good old-fashion jump scares.
They are a non-profit organization that gives their proceeds back their community. I hope they improve before the end of this season and continue to get better, as they still have a lot of potential.
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