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Terror at Skellington Manor is located at the corner of 18th Street and 5th Avenue in Rock Island. This year, 18th Street is blocked off with barricades at 5th Avenue to make space for haunted house patrons to wait safely outside for their turn. The venue is a large brick building with a black awning over the front door. There is also a large vertical sign on the corner of the building.
I had purchased VIP tickets in advance, so I was not in line very long. I did not notice any actors outside, but that may very well be due to COVID. The usual indoor waiting area which is usually filled with actors was totally blocked off this year in order to prevent indoor waiting with groups of people.
$20.00 for regular admission or $25.00 for VIP admission.
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LPR Score = 3.201
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I did not see another group at all during my walk through the entire house. They did a great job keeping groups separate during our visit. Even the groups waiting outside were kept apart by the event staff members.
When we arrived to the venue, we noticed a new outdoor waiting area. As we approached the door, our temperature was checked before we entered the building. After we entered the building, we were directed on where exactly to wait in order to socially distance. We noticed several signs listing out their safety precautions and rules, which included their requirement for masks at all times. We also saw hand sanitizer at the entrance. The normal indoor waiting area was completely blocked off and closed so there was no long indoor line. There was a plexiglass shield between the ticket sales staff and customers. The spacing between groups into the house also seemed to be very generous, since we didn’t run into any other groups inside.
*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 had our tickets scanned and we were almost immediately welcomed into the show. We walked up a tall set of stairs and we met a masked gentleman who gave us the rules and let us in when it was our turn. The first thing that we witnessed was a very eerie and booming voice coming from nowhere but speaking directly to us. We walked through a collection of mannequins and a collection of dolls. After a couple scares, we walked up another set of stairs.
The show continued through an office and a demon worshipping room with a very creepy character. We walked through a cannibalistic diner and a bloody barber shop. We found a mad scientist's lab where we saw an experiment, and what looked like a bottomless pit that I couldn't bring myself to look into. We crept through a very eerie theater scene, and got startled a couple times along the way. There was a convincing actress that crawled along the floor. We passed a spinning portal and walked through a psych ward hallway. Our paths crossed with a talented musician who was able to scare a couple screams out of us.
Our trip continued into a couple of very convincing and beautiful Victorian era living spaces which were occupied by some interactive characters. We found a cemetery gate and followed the lifelike path into a graveyard and through a chapel. We came across a façade of a massive two-story home situated outside of the cemetery, and I had to stop for a moment to admire this beautiful, spooky house. We continued into more scenes that resembled a stone chapel, and outside through a swamp area. The monsters and growth in the swamp got a couple scares out of us, and then we found a staircase to the lower levels of the building. Along the way downstairs, we passed a massive Jack in the Box that taunted us as we walked by. At the bottom, we found a sign for the "Freak Show" and we passed by several tent walls and panels as clowns stalked us, startled us, and made us laugh. We finally found the exit of the building, and a couple of characters found us as we walked towards our car.
I enjoyed my walk through Skellington Manor this year. There is so much to look at inside of this massive building, and I feel like I always see something new. This year, I am almost positive I did see at least a couple new additions to the sets and scenes. Either way, a great job was done by the set-up crew here. The actors seemed to get a couple more scares out of us this year than in years past, despite them being a safer distance away from us. The costumes and make up all looked great, and all of the characters did a good job entertaining us as we walked by. I recommend Terror at Skellington Manor to anyone looking for an esthetically pleasing theatrical show with some startles and jump scares mixed in.
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