Killdare Haunted City harkens back to the olden days of haunted houses that were sponsored by local park districts or community centers. There aren't too many of these types of haunts left, so it was nice to see a new one open. That said, these types of haunts generally have a lower scare level than professional haunts and are usually staffed by younger actors. Such was the case here as well.
Overall, the haunt was laid out very nicely, using existing Park District buildings for themes / scenes and effectively connecting them using outside areas as well. Thus, visitors had the experience of both an indoor and outdoor haunt, with the inside space being actual buildings (and even a railroad caboose). Scenes included a zombie car crash area, complete with real vehicles, the railroad caboose which formed the very first part of the haunt, a trailer park (with real trailer), outer space scenes, a carnival, jungle, and more.
Scenes consisted mainly of static props and scenery, with no animatronics to speak of. Any scares were entirely provided by actual actors, of which there were about a dozen. A few had on full costumes whereas others simply had some basic makeup. Some actors went for the quite creepiness factor while others interacted more, Special mention goes to one clown who took her clown mask off to reveal that her face was painted in the same way as the mask. A nice touch, that.
One thing to note was that the variety of scenes was quite nice, and the spacing of the haunt was also good, there were numerous open areas and few entirely enclosed spaces, allowing for more freedom of movement. Also, the haunt seemed to take a lot longer than it did, which is actually quote a good thing when one is visiting a haunted house.
Overall, the scare level is what one would expect from a haunt of this type - adults most likely would find it on the low side unless they scare easily or get caught by a jump scare. Kids, on the other hand, might find it a bit scarier. If you're looking for a more relaxed, less crowded, more laid-back community-flavored haunt, you can't go wrong here. It's basically old school fun for the whole family. You can bring the kids and they won't be terrified incessantly by haunt actors, yet they will probably see enough to scare them a bit.
Killdare Haunted City is a good alternative to the big professional haunts for those looking for a fun night out without all of the intensity and crowds.
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