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2021 Night Terrors Of Effingham Review

Night Terrors Of Effingham
#57 Village Square Mall
2019 S Banker St
Effingham, IL 62401

Reviewed By:

Chris Merli



Visibility / Location:

The Haunt is located in a mall. There is a lighted sign on the main road in front of the mall between two entrances. The sign on the Mall fa├žade was not lighted but driving through the parking lot meant it was not hard to find. Once you enter the mall you can simply follow the sounds to the entrance. There is a very large well lighted parking area right next to the mall entrance. The location, parking and placement inside the mall are all strengths of this haunt.

Wait Entertainment:

There were some actors outside the ticket window dressed as clowns interacting with the crowd. There did not seem to be any connection between these actors and any theme inside the haunt. Once you purchased or redeemed your online tickets you enter a waiting area. There was a television playing the classic Halloween dancing skeletons cartoon. I was not in line long enough to see if other videos were shown. My online ticket purchase entitled me to the fast pass. Since I arrived just as they opened, the total wait was less than 5 minutes. There was also horror themed modern music. The volume is quite high and it tends to bleed into the haunt. The first stop once you go through into the haunt is a rules video that requires about a minute to view but is hard to hear due to the music from the waiting area.


The price is advertised as $15. The website says you can buy tickets online and that grants you a free upgrade to a fast pass. When I purchased the ticket online the price was actually $17 plus fees however it did entitle me to the fast pass.


There is no cost for parking.

Event Length:

The haunt requires about 11.5 minutes to complete.

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 = 3.373

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

Scare Factor:

I would rate the scare factor as medium high. The haunt used startle scares and several dark areas. There were very few animated effects. The bulk of the interactions were from actors located in the haunt. There were several places where patrons are required to duck through low openings and a couple of crawls. There was also a stretch with a very narrow hall. The haunt employs a variety of scents. Even after exiting I could still smell these scents till I took time to wash.

Crowd Control:

We were likely the first ones in the haunt so we did not catch any other groups. No other groups caught up with us.


One thing to note about this haunt is that there was no effort made to separate groups. The group I entered with was a combination of two separate groups. Once you enter the haunt you discover that the music from the waiting area can be clearly heard in the entire haunt. This interfered with hearing the dialog of some actors. The first part of the haunt included an area where fabric was used to create a maze that you had to find your way through. An early area had a doctor who seemed to be warning you to move quickly from the room when suddenly a patient appeared on an examination table behind you. Both characters had good costumes and it was a good start to the experience. Later in the haunt there was a far greater reliance on darkness. Many of the later scenes were simply too dark to experience the scares. There was a mix of themes from forest, hillbilly, green laser swamp, medical and the classic chainsaw. At one point an actress warned us about meeting momma The anticipation built the anxiety level but because of the darkness it was impossible to see much more than an outline of the character. She had prepared something with a very strong unpleasant odor that she offered to let you sample. The smells and the serving spoon in your face gave you a strong urge to get out as quickly as possible. She then directed you to one of the most unique parts of the haunt. To enter the next area you had to step through a hidden exit. I felt like Momma was the highlight of the haunt. There were a number of areas in the haunt where you had to duck through low doors. They also have one crawl through a series of barrels and chain link fence. The floor is quite hard. I would recommend long pants. While crawling through this area people were banging on the barrels creating a considerable amount of noise. The haunt includes a very narrow hallway and even though I am below average in size, I was brushing the wall on either side. I did not see an obvious method to avoid these areas so individuals with mobility issues should be aware. Also be careful while ducking under the doors since there are some unpadded edges above your head. The exit to the haunt is a chainsaw wielding creature that caused one member of our group to run screaming through the mall.

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