Visibility / Location:
The attraction was easily found via Google Maps. You see a a big, well lit sign from the main road directing you to turn into Marquette Heights. We went up a stretch of road into a residential area where you can see the spot light that directed you towards the event. There was amble parking and volunteers directing vehicles on where to park. The parking area we went onto was grassy, spacious and well managed by the volunteers. After exiting our vehicle and while walking towards the light we saw a radio station van set up and playing music. A few hundred feet from there they have an entrance by a batting ball diamond fence that had lights illuminated the words "Spook Hallow" located on the fence itself. This was a great photo opportunity before entering the line.
We experienced wait entertainment in the lines when you first entered the haunted house waiting area. The waiting area was very elaborate which was wonderful because the wait can be very long. We got there early but the line filled up behind us quickly. You will be able to interact with skilled line walkers that provided scary and spooky entertainment. I love seeing Scary Gary and he lovingly proposed to me with a ring on a detached finger. Before he committed to this he impressed me with his worm eating skills and his ex-wife's severed head. They have loud music with a mixture of content playing on two screens inside the building that held their merchandise and a detailed house facade. One thing that I noted on these screens were clips from various people in the Halloween Industry such as actors and well known special effects artists wishing the haunt a Happy 40th anniversary. This main wait area was very stimulating. We did not experience wait entertainment for the trail or for the last building.
Gen Adm: $25.00 / R.I.P. Speed Pass: $40.00
Haunted House - 7 Minutes
Spook Hollow trial - 8 Minutes
The last building - 7 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 Score = 3.168
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Haunted House: High
Spook Hollow trail: Medium-High
The last building: Very High
The line started by walking through the laid out rope and was illuminated for easy navigation. After entering this small trail you came to an area outside of a building were you waited and purchased you tickets. They take both cash and card. Tickets in hand we entered another area where you went through laid out rows. I do suggest dressing according to the weather as the waiting lines throughout the attraction were outside and you are on your feet from the entrance to the exit. You were able to go in groups or pairs. There are "check points" before you enter each part of their haunt. This seemed to space out large groups out nicely. We did run into a group or felt rushed a couple times while we were in all attractions.
We went into this portion with another couple slightly ahead of us. They really do have movie quality sets. At first we went through a house area and at one point we went into their rusty kitchen area that was complete with smoking appliances and other hidden scares. At this point the couple in front of us stopped a few times as they were running into a group ahead of them and eventually there was another group that caught up to us as well. This did ruin initial scare opportunities, as all groups tried to be mindful of the others. This being said, it was loud, intense, disorienting to a point that the conga line did not have a negative effect on this portion of the event. There was an interesting wine cellar portion of the house that had at least three skilled actors crawling about. We stumbled upon an operating table where this deranged man tore into the body while you walked closely by him into the next room. We even passed a doll room with great costumes and actors. There was such a great balance in the overall layout of the area. Once we excited the house we found another wait area with a tent where you waited to enter the next trail.
The trail was clearly lit and wide enough that you knew you were heading in the right direction but not bright enough to ruin any scares waiting ahead of you. We went through an eerie area littered with grave stones and ominous statues. There were many jump scares. At one point you happened upon a house like area with a group of large guys. One had a prop gun that really scared me. After they got done with you, you entered another area that lead into a long pallet maze. We did not run into any groups and there were no groups coming in behind us. The actors hid in designated areas to give you a good scare. I didn't notice a specific storyline in this area.
The last building:
I did not notice a name for the final attraction. They did give you a choice to go in by yourself or with a companion/s. I contemplated this option and happily went in alone. I am glad I did as it heightened the scare factor and I do not suggest someone with a light bladder to go in alone. As I entered the area, I was greeted by a mangy rabbit and a few other actors in the beginning. I entered an area that was truly frightening. I found myself surrounded by rusty old machinery. There was a cyborg actor on stilts that rushed me. His size, makeup and costume truly freaked me out. I feel like this area was the big bang of the place. I couldn't have been more pleased. This area has disorienting lights, intimidating sounds and wicked actors.
I do recommend this haunt. It is their 40th anniversary and they have used their time and experience well. It shows in the layouts, sets and actor management. Even with longer waits, you had plenty of entertainment throughout. High quality can be seen throughout this place. I usually don't like animatronics but they had a few that were laid out in a fashion it created a benefited scary atmosphere.
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