Visibility / Location:
The Raven's Grin Inn is located at the end of a dead-end street in the small community of Mount Carroll, Illinois. Getting there by GPS is a snap. Just type in the name of the attraction. There are also arrow signs in the middle of town to help lead you in the right direction.
We arrived early in the season, so there wasn't much of a need for wait entertainment, but there was plenty to take in once we got there. The vine covered old 1870's structure provided a creepy atmosphere and the perfect backdrop for a haunted attraction. Outside the building, there were many displays and custom made props to added to the creepy atmosphere.
1 Hour 30 Minutes
LPR Score = 21.164
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Since the Raven's Grin was a semi-guided tour, groups were spaced out appropriately. Patron flow through the event was smooth and I never saw or ran into any groups.
The Raven's Grin Inn is not your typical October haunted house. If you are looking for spinning tunnels, claustrophobia effects (inflated cloth walls you have to push your way through) or chainsaws, you won't find them here. The Raven's Grin could be described as a haunted funhouse with equal doses of fright and laughter. Registering a solid medium on the scare meter, this tour was one of the most entertaining attractions I have ever visited.
What makes it even more unique is the fact that the building is really haunted. To kick off our tour, the owner Jim Warfield gave an introduction, which included accounts of some of the strange and unexplainable things that have happened there throughout the years. Hearing the haunted history of the 1870's building definitely set the tone for the rest of the experience.
After the introduction, we continued on our journey. During the tour we encountered hidden tunnels, twisting passages and exhilarating slides. Every room we walked through was filled with odd and interesting displays, each giving rise to many scares and much laughter from our group. There was so much eye candy that you could go through many times (I have) and still not see everything. The attraction is constantly evolving, with new props and displays being added on a regular basis.
The Raven's Grin is truly unique and highly entertaining. The words in this review don't do it justice. This attraction is one that you have to experience for yourself... and I highly recommend that you do. It is nationally renowned and for good reason. The Raven's Grin has been featured in various television shows like "Wild Chicago", "HGTV Extreme Homes" and Comedy Central's "Travel Sick", as well as in countless news broadcasts, magazines and books.
The Raven's Grin is a "must see" event and since it is open year-round, you don't have to wait until October to go on a tour. Be sure to add it to your list of travels this year!
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