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2015 Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House Review


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Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House
513 East Washington Street
Clinton, IL 61727

Visited: 10/10/15

 

Reviewed By: iCorpseChildld
Visibility/Location: Washington Street is easy to find in Clinton and once you are on Washington Street the road is blocked off at the haunted house. There are plenty of signs showing the way.

There is plenty of parking located on the street around the haunt.
Wait Entertainment: Once you purchased your tickets, there was a large outdoor waiting area. The Simpson’s Halloween Special was playing on a large screen on the side of the building. 

Alongside the ticket booth were a couple of vendors. Handcrafted jewelry, food and beverages, and a Green Screen photo booth was there for people to enjoy while waiting.

Leatherface with his chainsaw walked the crowd and made sure that you couldn’t relax. He was just making you ready for what was to come once you entered the house.
Admission Price: $10.0010.00
Parking: Free
Length: 10.5 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: 3.675 
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 HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: MediumMedium
Crowd Control: Staff did a great job on spacing out the patrons. Once we were in the house we did not see or hear other groups.

Summary:

Once you purchased your tickets you were given a group number. There were 2 of us so we were placed with 2 other groups. Once your number is called you stood at the entrance and the rules of the house were read to you. 

One area that Clinton has always excelled at is their flair for decorating. Each scene is highly detailed. Making your way through rooms and narrow hallways, there were a lot of scares. I know there were some areas that had drop down walls and photos, because I could hear them at the front of the group. As I stated before, we were in a group of 6 adults, so by the time I reached where the scare was coming from the scene had been reset. A group of 6 adults is too many to go through at a time. 

Once you descend into the depths of the house, yes the basement, you feel like you entered an area where the dead don’t stay dead. Looking back up the stairs, I noticed that the door was closing which gave you the feel that you were locked in, and there was no way out. One standout scene was the room with the coffin. The flower girl did a great job of interacting with the patrons. 

A pitch black room was another area that stood out, the Demon possession room. It does not stay dark for long as the Demon in that room comes alive, and tried to come after his next victim. The possessed woman and sound in that room really jolt you as you want out of that room fast. 

Once you leave the basement, there is more upstairs waiting for you. The Crazy’s in the slatted hallway maze will try to get you to stay. They look like they are locked up safely; but I loved hearing someone in my group say, “Oh NO, they are loose”. 

One of the final scenes that I really enjoyed was Alice. Yes, this is Alice in Wonderland, which appeared to come from a picture in the wall. The actress performed it very well by just staring at the house’s victims as they walked through her room. She did this all while a large bloody playing card protruded from her chest.

Clinton’s Terror on Washington does a great job utilizing masks and make-up. Some masks are from your favorite horror movies. A majority of the actors were in make-up, something that Clinton does well. 

I have visited Clinton’s Terror on Washington almost every year for about the last 10 years, and they always do a great job of changing the rooms up and adding new scares. Give them a visit and let them give you what you are looking for this Halloween season, a good scare!a visit and let them give you what you are looking for this Halloween season, a good scare!

 

 


 


HauntedIllinois.com's 2014
Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House Review


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Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House
513 E Washington Street
Clinton, IL 61727

Visited: 10/11/14

 

Reviewed By: CorpseChild
Visibility/Location: Since I have been to this house a couple of times it was easy for me to find. Washington Street is blocked off on the nights that the house is open.

There are flashing lights right at the event with a hearse in the middle of the road.

There could be more signage leading you to the event since it would be hard to find if you did not know your way around Clinton.
Wait Entertainment: Clinton’s Terror on Washington has always done a great job with crowd entertainment outside. Werewolves, serial killers, and a chainsaw wielding freak all gave the people a show waiting out front. Kids seemed to be running everywhere from these guys. Patrons can also witness what happens at the end of the house as the victims come running out.

Along with the ticket booth there is a concession stand and a shop to sell handcrafted items.
Admission Price: $9.00
Parking: Free
Length: 12 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: 4.666 
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 HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: Patrons were spaced very well. We never ran into another group during the event. Every once in a while you could hear screams from another group behind us or in front of us.

Summary:

Once entering the haunt you were read the rules in a room that was straight out of The Walking Dead. Heads in fish tanks decorated one wall and the Governor’s daughter was locked in a cage. Clinton’s Terror on Washington is very detailed oriented so they were off to a good start. Once the rules were over an automatic door opened let you into the house. 

The first winding path led us into a small kitchen area in which Micheal Myers was there walking away from us. I am not sure if this was supposed to happen of if he even knew we were in the room.

Walking into a wooden slated wall room the lighting is dim; add in the strobe light and you were a little disoriented. We ran into Micheal Myers again, just standing there in the corner. At first I thought he wasn’t real; but when I looked behind me he was gone. I was a little confused on what was supposed to be happening here. As my group continued through the area, a girl dressed in a Hannibal Lector outfit jumped out and screamed at us. 

Walking into circus/child’s themed room we met a clown with a blinking red nose. This is where my group had their first official scare. A clown appeared out of nowhere to get the scare and she deserves kudos for it. 

The path continued to wind through the house, traveling from scene to scene. There was not a story here just each room was individual, a separate theme. Each room and area is very seemed to be detailed.

I have always liked the feel of this house since it is two levels. There is a set of stairs that takes you into the basement. 

Winding back and forth you are taken down narrow halls and small detailed sets. As I said the halls in the basement are narrow and not a lot of actors are out in the open so they use other types of scares such as pneumatics and drop down doors to get their scares. One area to mention out was a crypt like room. I loved the look and feel of this room.

One stand out room was labeled Sophia’s Room, guessing another reference to The Walking Dead. Dolls and toys decorated this room with the scare coming from one of the walls. Your eyes are directed at all the décor in this room right down to a small child’s bed. So when the scare comes you are not expecting it at all. 

Another area that was a favorite of mine was the horror movie themed hallway. As you walked down the hallways you saw life size replicas of such movie menaces as Micheal Myers and Jigsaw. 

You could tell that you were getting close to the end when the fumes of the chainsaw got stronger. You knew the end was near but as we entered the last hallway you could not tell exactly where Leatherface was hiding for you. I loved the look of this character just because he was tall and large. Chasing you out of the house he could intimidate just about anyone.

This haunt uses both make-up and masks and the actor match the scenes for a majority. Even the staff working and running the event were wearing make-up which only adds to the creepiness of the haunt. Some actors seem to be a little off timing since they appeared most of the time when my group was almost all the past the scares points. 

Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street does not skimp on the details all through the house. Most scenes is separated by thick black plastic hanging doors, the kind that you would use with industrial freezer door, that lead you into a new scene. Just walking through and looking at the scenery is worth the admission price, plus add in the occasional scares and it hits the mark.

Just a year ago, it was disheartening to hear that Clinton’s Terror on Washington was unable to open in 2013, because of no sprinkler system installed in the haunt. In just a year the haunt and the town pulled together to get the sprinkler system installed and they opened their doors to the public on October 10. I followed the work they have done just over the past summer, Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street and the town of Clinton needs to be commended on their hard work and dedication to get this town favorite haunt back up and running!


 

 

HauntedIllinois.com's 2012
Clinton's Terror On Washington Street Haunted House Review

 


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Clinton's Terror on Washington Street Haunted House
513 E Washington Street
Clinton, IL 61727

Visited: 10/12/12

 

Reviewed By: The Wench     
Visibility/Location: Signage was minimal.  The entire block was barricaded off so it was easy to assume that the haunt was located this way, though the surrounded blocks were dark and we were unsure where to park. Once we were out of the car, though, the screams were easy to follow!    
Wait Entertainment: Plenty of actors roaming about outside.  This haunt uses a “number” waiting system, so while you wait for your group’s number to be called, you can mill around, grab a snack from the concession stand, or do what we did and giggle at the patrons being chased out of the exit by the chainsaw!   
Admission Price: $9
Parking:FREE
Length:

11 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: 4.277 
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 HauntedIllinois.com.
Scare Factor: Low-Medium
Crowd Control: Crowd control was great – we never ran into another group!
Summary: My group visited Terror on Washington Street on the advice of some folks from the Lincoln Jaycees – and who better to give us the inside scoop than fellow haunters? We arrived and were immediately excited, as we could hear bloodcurdling screams from two blocks away!  Always a great start to a haunt!

The building appeared somewhat small, so we thought we were in for a quick little adventure (a bad assumption on my part!).  We purchased our tickets, and this is when we were informed about the numbered waiting – we loved this!  We were able to wander around, check out the awesome hearse out front, and not be stuck in line.  Our wait was short, and our number called, so we hurried to the front door and were ushered into the opening scene…

…where I was immediately floored by the level of detail surrounding us.  Not one inch of this room wasn’t covered in SOMETHING.  It truly felt like we had stepped into an old house, not a storefront.  The actors here stalked us while a recording read us the rules of the house, and then we were let loose.

Throughout the entire attraction, I could just not get enough of looking around! Everywhere you looked, detail, jam packed with items to bring the room together. From a well detailed library, an awesome butcher scene, outdoor cemetery type scenes, nothing was amiss here – you really felt immersed in the experience. 

We were also pleasantly surprised when we came to a staircase down – and realized they’ve also utilized the basement, expanding the size of this haunt greatly!  There was also an awesome use of space – props placed so that a small room felt big as you weaved back and forth, and scare spots where the same actor could get you multiple times.  We saw this over and over throughout the house – kudos to the designers for really maximizing the space. 

Other rooms of note were the clown room, a black and white patterned hallway designed to completely disorient you, and a “gallery” of famous horror characters (I even got a jump here!).

My only complaint here was the acting was mostly on the low key side, for which I gave a lower scare factor.  Costumes and makeup were appropriate for the areas, but most of the actors were going more for creepy than aggressive.  In talking with the owners, I discovered that most of the actors are high school kids – they’re allowed to work in the haunt as part of their required community service hours to graduate their senior year – what a fun idea!

Overall, while the scares here may not have been as intense, the house was a treat to take in.  The detail levels were outstanding, and really kept you feeling like you were anywhere but in a storefront building. 

Wonderful job on this house, I can’t wait to visit again next year!   

 


 

 Top 10 Illinois Haunted Houses of 2006

Dream Reapers Haunted House
(Melrose Park, IL)
Creatures Crypt
(Bloomington, IL)
Terror on the Square
(Petersburg, IL)

 (The rest of the Top 10 attractions are listed in alphabetical order) 

Dungeon of Doom
(Grayslake, IL)
* Lombard Jaycees Haunted House 
(Lombard, IL)
Nightmares Basement of the Dead
(Aurora, IL)
* Raven's Grin Inn
(Mt. Carroll, IL)
* Realm of Terror
(Round Lake Beach, IL)

 

 

 

HauntedIllinois.com's 2004
Haunted Attraction Ranking

 Top 10 Illinois Haunted Houses of 2004

Creatures Crypt
(Bloomington, IL)

Dream Reapers
(Melrose Park, IL)

Dungeon of Doom
(Grayslake, IL)

(The rest of the Top 10 attractions are listed in alphabetical order)

Asylum of Mad Dreams (Morrison, IL)
Brookfield Jaycees Haunted House (Brookfield, IL)
Eleventh Hour, Intensity and Third Dementia (Westmont, IL)
Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, IL)
Rockford Screamfest (Machesney Park, IL)
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead (Crest Hill, IL)
Terror on Washington Street (Clinton, IL)


 

HauntedIllinois.com's 2002
Haunted Attraction Ranking

Rank / Name & location of haunt   (Date Reviewed)

1.

  Dream Reapers / Melrose Park (10/18/02)

2.

  Raven's Grin Inn / Mount Carroll (09/28/02)

3.

  Dungeon of Doom / Grayslake (10/23/02)

4.

  Statesville Haunted Prison / Crest Hill (10/10/02)

5.

  Creatures Crypt / Bloomington (10/19/02)

6.

  Brookfield Jaycees Haunted House / Brookfield (10/18/02)

7.

  Spider Hill / Chillicothe (10/05/02)

8.

  Terror on Washington Street / Clinton (10/19/02)

9.

  Lombard Jaycees Haunted House / Lombard (10/26/02)

10.

  Dungeon of Terror / Mazon (10/13/02)

11.

  Eleventh Hour & Intensity / Bloomingdale (10/11/02)

12.

  Haunted Hollow / Bridgeview (10/18/02)

13.

  The Haunted Barn / Lena (10/04/02)

14.

  Scream Scene / Skokie (10/26/02)

15.

  Village of Downs Haunted House / Downs (10/19/02)

 

 Top 10 Illinois Haunted Houses of 2005

Dream Reapers Haunted House
(Melrose Park, IL)
Creatures Crypt
(Bloomington, IL)
Rockford Screamfest
(Machesney Park, IL)

 (The rest of the Top 10 attractions are listed in alphabetical order) 

Dungeon of Doom
(Grayslake, IL)
* Eleventh Hour 
(Downers Grove, IL)
Raven's Grin Inn
(Mt. Carroll, IL)
* Realm of Terror
(Round Lake Beach,  IL)

 

 

HauntedIllinois.com's 2003
Haunted Attraction Ranking

 Top 10 Illinois Haunted Houses For 2003

Dream Reapers Haunted House
(Melrose Park, IL)

Dungeon of Doom
(Grayslake, IL)

Rockford ScreamFest
(Machesney Park, IL)

(The rest of the Top 10 attractions are listed in alphabetical order)

Asylum of Mad Dreams (Morrison, IL)
Brookfield Jaycees Haunted House (Brookfield, IL)
Creatures Crypt (Bloomington, IL)
Lombard Jaycees Haunted House (Lombard, IL)
Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, IL)
Statesville Haunted Prison (Crest Hill, IL)
Terror on Washington Street (Clinton, IL)