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2016 Haunted Quarry Review

Haunted Quarry
Hall Quarry Beach
400 South Water Street
Batavia, IL 60510

Reviewed By:

Erin Davidson

Visibility / Location:

The Quarry wasn't difficult to find considering the location (just a short turn on Union from 31), in a large recreational area and park, if you're unfamiliar with the area (like me), keep a sharp eye out for the signs that guide your way. There was only one on 31 (and if you didn't turn fast enough, you'd shoot by it), and though there were several on the side of the road for the rest of the route, none of them are lit. Once off the main road, you're traveling through a park at night, so it's VERY dark until you arrive at the lit parking lot about seven or eight speed bumps later.

Oh yes. Speed bumps- not gentle ones, either. Keep it under 5 mph.

Once parked, just follow the down-hill slant toward the hot dog cart, then to the right for the ticket-sellers. The entrance to the Haunt itself is through the Women's shower house.

Wait Entertainment:

There wasn't much of a line when I arrived; one actor costumed in nothing but street clothes, a reflective mask, and wielding a sledge hammer stalked around those that waited, but did little else. Later, another dressed in a Freddy Kruger sweater with some minimal gore make-up stalked the group of teenagers behind me with a strong, and effectively creepy grin. In my opinion, he was the best actor in the whole joint. ''Haunted House' ambiance played from speakers somewhere nearby.

Admission:

$8, includes admission to the one event.

Parking:

Free

Event Length:

7 Minutes

LPR:

LPR Score = 3.062

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 HauntedIllinois.com.

Scare Factor:

Very Low

Crowd Control:

Each group was supplied with their own personal flashlighted guide, who typically hung around near the back of the group, letting us go at our own pace. Each group (usually 4-8 people) was allowed through every five minutes or so, giving plenty of space. We flowed through fairly quickly without running into any other groups, though we did witness the group behind ours being accosted by the zombies we had passed a few minutes earlier, only because of the layout of the path itself. There were areas of the haunt that were outdoors, and not particularly well marked. On at least two occasions, I wandered in the wrong direction and had to be nudged back by the guide.

Summary:

I had heard of the Quarry in Batavia before, so I was excited to see what they had made of the summer-time beach and boat front park. Since they drain the swimming area for the off-season, I had hoped they had used that unique space to their advantage, but the Haunt was only located through the shower houses, a bit of woodland trail, and the manager's office (I asked beforehand, out of curiosity).

I visited this Haunt alone due to time conflicts with my usuals, and the first thing I noticed was how much older I was from the rest of the crowd. The event is almost entirely manned by volunteer high school students, and that's who came to the event in droves. Considering I heard actors screaming first names on several occasions confirmed how locally-focused the Haunted Quarry is, which gave it a cute type of charm. My group consisted of our guide (dressed in street clothes with face paint made to look like the puppet from Saw), a teenage couple, and yours truly- quess who went first.

I did, of course- though I doubt placement would've made much difference. We entered the women's shower house through a plain hallway, which ended with another plain clothes actor wearing a scary clown mask and wielding a machete. He stalked and growled and taunted the couple behind me as we entered the first room, which was just four wide walls lined by black plastic and painted graffiti-style with black-light paint. A few actors screeched at us (some in plain clothes with masks, some wearing plain robes or store-bought clown costumes). There were a few streamers and half inflated balloons on the ground. I'm not sure what the theme was supposed to be.

From there, we were onto the open graveyard trail, which is where I first began to wander in the wrong direction. The trail is lit only by an occasionally placed small strobe light, and was so wide I couldn't actually see the rope/tape that marked the trail. The path wound through a grassy area, marked with small graveyard decorations, actors that both jumped out at us and shambled like zombies, and a surprising amount of severed limbs laying all over the place (watch your step). The path lead up to the other shower house through a black-out maze that was not blacked-out, nor was it really a maze- more like three turns made out of black plastic strung over a tall frame. One costumed actor in a clown suit was far too tall for his hiding spot, so his jump-scare was ineffective on me. He later doubled back to two other rooms to try and get me- both times having the same problem. Might've worked better if his costume wasn't black-light reactive.

The second in-door portion was similarly decorated to the first- all four walls lined with black plastic and painted with black-light paint, only this room's theme was clear. A horror-twist to Alice in Wonderland, I spotted Alice, the Rabbit, Hatter, and the Queen- all of which tried to jump-scare me from very visible places in a wide open room. A little note; the effect may have worked better if they had simply ran with the twisted characters instead of relying on startling guests. Actually scaring them might have been a better route.

The third and last portion of the Haunt was through the Manager's Office, which they had cleverly decorated (again with black plastic and black-light paint) into a recreation of Five Nights at Freddy's. They had monitors up and everything, and two actors in Freddy and Chica costumes- but in such a small space, all they could do was stalk and loom. Honestly, if they had gone with that theme for the entire Quarry, I think it would've done exceptionally well.

Batavia's Haunted Quarry advertises as being for teens; I agree with that assessment, if only because it's almost entirely manned by teens. On a scare-level, I rate this as very low, relying almost entirely on jump scares that weren't terribly effective in the first place. The rules say no children under 10 admitted.

To find out more about this event, visit:
http://www.bataviaparks.org/

 
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