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2020 13th Floor Haunted House Review

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13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George St.
Melrose Park, IL 60160

Visited: 09/26/20


Reviewed By: TerrorGrrrl
Visibility/Location: 13th Floor Haunted House is located in an industrial neighborhood on a side street off of North Avenue. Almost immediately upon turning off of North Avenue, the green, ominous glow aimed at the warehouse that holds the haunt is visible. There is a large black sign listing the businesses occupying the space, and 13th Floor is listed thereon.
Wait Entertainment: While walking up to the building, I saw one character stalking patrons from a distance outside. During our short wait inside, I saw one costumed character who was helping split groups up near the entrance of the show. He was very good at staying eerily quiet while conveying information. Between the movie theater sized screen, the detailed props, and photo op area, there was plenty to look at during our brief time in the line area. I enjoyed the music and sounds that were playing both inside and out, as well.
Admission Price: $20 on the night we attended.
$19.99 - $32.99, depending on the night of the season. VIP tickets extra.
Parking: $5 Private lot

13 Minutes *
* = 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: 2.922
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: Medium
Crowd Control: Our group of two was walking through the show for ten minutes before we caught up to a group of two ahead of us. A few brief moments later, I noticed a group of two catching up to us.
Safety Precautions: Timed entry tickets are being sold online to prevent large numbers of people from gathering. From our arrival until our departure, everyone we came into contact with had a mask on. We had to walk through metal detectors and I had my purse checked upon entry. While in the wait area, we saw a couple staff members sanitizing the barricades. We participated in the photo op, and we were instructed to keep our masks on even while having our photo taken. All of the characters inside stayed at a safe distance from us, and some of them even got good scares in from behind plexiglass shields. Hand sanitizer was seen at both the entry and exit.

*Please note that these are the safety precautions that were observed by us during our visit. There may be more that we did not see, and it is completely possible that there are more precautions being taken than those that are listed here.


We were given a brief backstory through an antique radio before we were directed to enter through the portal, which was cleverly created inside of a doorway. We walked into a gothic cathedral scene which was overrun by greenery. The set details that 13th Floor is known for were immediately noticeable. A cemetery scene was exceptionally convincing, and the character hiding nearby had a nicely executed scare. The following church themed rooms were eerily beautiful and impressive. This section even had a hallway that was reminiscent of walking through a historic church's office area.

We walked into a convincing old pub scene, and out into a street scape. Charming but eerie storefronts were lined up on each side of us, and we walked into a witchy shop. We found ourselves back outside onto another street scene with house facades and streetlamps, and into a cave or mine with stone walls and lanterns. We eventually found a faƧade to a tall and foreboding haunted mansion, and walked into a grand foyer with a two-story tall winding antique staircase. An actress was cleverly hiding nearby while I was distracted by my severe spell of ominous staircase envy.

This haunted mansion had an interesting dining room scene, and a hallway that had been overrun with spiders. We came across a room where a resident of the mansion was displaying how she killed her victims. We entered a pretty convincing casino scene, and then back outside into another realistic street scene. We entered a medical area that had a great scare and several intriguing and unique scenes; such as a pharmacy, a lab, and a morgue. We walked through an industrial area with a boiler and exposed warehouse walls before finding the exit.

I enjoyed my first visit to 13th Floor Haunted House. The sets were stunning and they definitely stole the show. Several special FX and animatronics were equally as impressive. The actors did a good job of providing effective startles from a safe distance away. My companion who had visited many times before mentioned that there were less actors than usual, but that is something to be expected and honestly applauded this year. It was actually nice to walk through and admire the top-notch scenery without being distracted every few seconds by a scare or character.

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