1821 hartley drive, algonquin, IL
Halloween Town was another new haunt that the Tourers visited in 2012. Located in Algonquin, Halloween Town, according to the operators, is "a free interactive haunted display that is located in Algonquin Illinois during the month of October...there are PNEUMATIC PROPS within the cemetery gates, an inviting graveyard walk thru brings spectators and victims of every age, up close and personal to their darkest fears!"
The description sounded interesting enough that we thought we'd give it a try. Although the web site looked interesting and showed a lot of props and a rather effective light display, when we arrived we didn't see much of that. In fairness, though, we did arrive early in the haunt season, so it is possible the display was not entirely set up yet.
Nevertheless, what we did see was decent enough. The main portion of the display consisted of large cemetery gates, through which could be seen skeletons, bats, tombstones and other typical Halloween props. In addition, in the background was an unusual hanging scene featuring a man being hanged upside down.
One of our favorite props was a small, creepy looking creature peering through slats in a fence (see photo at right) - his eyes were very unsettling and from a distance he even appeared as though he could be real. Thankfully, though, he was not.
Overall, Halloween Town looks promising, and we will have to plan a future visit later in the season in order to get the full effect of the display. For now, we're giving it a 3 out of 5, but the rating could go up based on future visits.
If you're in the Algonquin area, be sure to check it out - it's free and pretty kid friendly, so feel free to take the family!