Each attraction receives a review, a list of strengths and weaknesses, and a rating. The ratings will be on a 1-10 scale in. 1 being low effort, 10 being perfection, and 5 being average. We will rate in four categories, plus our overall impression of the attraction as a whole.
Those categories are:
Quality of aesthetics, disregarding acting quality and overall room functionality. Visuals only
Overall functional quality of room designs: Originality, flow, and implementation of scare.
Overall quality of acting: Interaction with patrons, defined role, breaking of character. This a rating of acting only, disregarding costume quality.
Not necessarily a positive or negative, but a 1-10 scale of overall level of fright. Attractions of all levels of fright are necessary and needed. A mild haunt for children has just as much of a place as one for the most hardened horror enthusiast.
This is the score that really counts. It's our personal overall ranking of the total experience. This is a rating of our total enjoyment and experience at the attraction, not a composite of the other scores.
*Though they may be mentioned in a review, wait time and cost are not taken into account with any scores, as that does not reflect the quality of the attraction itself.
At the end of the season will will post a ranking of our 5 favorite haunts around Chicagoland.
We are considering attractions within an approximate hour and a half drive of the city to be 'Chicagoland'.
Due to distance, not every haunt we visit may be considered for this list.
We visit more haunted houses than we will review. Attractions without a significant change from the previous year may also not get a formal review. Haunts without a formal review will sill be considered for our 'Best of' list.
All haunts take an enormous amount of work. Any criticism is meant to be constructive, and not to be diminishing to toward those who have put their efforts into these attractions.
All ratings are our subjective opinions, based around our knowledge and previous years of experience visiting, working in, and building haunted attractions. We will give honest and concise reviews, written to the best of our abilities.
In an effort to give you the most accurate review possible, no attraction knows when we will be visiting. We have no affiliation with or paid by any attraction or group.
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