If you like to be scared, or are looking for something completely different for you and your family to do, this is a great idea.
Professional crowd control made the lines move very quickly despite hundreds of people waiting.
The cost was $30 a person. I believe that I got my money's worth.
Hundreds of people were waiting in line. The lines moved quickly, but we still waited over an hour. Ghouls in costume walked around and entertained us as we waited.
Statesville Haunted House located just outside of Joliet, Illinois is more that a haunted house, it is a sensory experience. You will be scared by superbly dressed actors from the time you arrive until the time you leave.
As you are waiting in line to enter Statesville you will be barraged by various ghouls who rush through the line looking for people who will be scared by them. Don't be surprised if you turn around to find a disgusting looking character who is two inches from your face.
The first event on the agenda is called Statesville. This is a prison themed haunted house that has many prisoner looking characters running around. It begins with a long story about the prison itself that you listen to while standing shoulder to shoulder in a dark room, then the lights come on and you watch a mannequin being electrocuted.
You are then shuffled through the haunted house. Loud music and at times flashing lights or complete darkness add to the insanity of the whole thing. There are times when you have to walk through a tightly fitting room where the walls actually close in on you.
You will not be disappointed by this whole thing.
The second part of the evening is called the City of the Dead. This is a Zombie themed experience that creates an environment of the lost souls searching for brains.
There is a large monster looking thing at the beginning that was quite interesting. Zombies come at you from every corner of this maze. Many mirrors and blind corners really make this an interesting experience. There are lots of really interesting and realistic looking zombies to surprise you.
All in all, I was really impressed by the whole experience.
The pros outweighed the cons with this event. I was hesitant to go because of long lines, but I left very happy that I gave it a chance. It was worth every penny I paid for it.
I would not recommend this for anyone who is clausterphobic. There are many parts where it is a tight squeeze getting through the hall. I also don't recommend this for children under 15 years of age. It can be very scary.