10120 W. 133rd Avenue, Cedar Lake, IL
At Horror Tourers, we love finding new haunts to visit as it always provides a new level of excitement and anticipation. Sometimes, of course, the haunts don't turn out so well, but sometimes they do, and that is a lot of fun, so naturally when we heard about a brand new haunt in Indiana, we had to check it out.
Located in Cedar Lake, Haunted Halls was a total unknown for us. We only had the recommendation of a friend of Horror Tourer Laura's niece, whose family was running the haunt and who said it was a must see. Thus, we paid our money and waited in line to see if that really was true. We are happy to say that it was indeed a most enjoyable haunt, and that it had some clever surprises that made our visit worthwhile.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a live actor who told us the rules and led us into the haunt. Immediately we saw a creepy girl crawling upside down towards us, so we suspected that the haunt might be a good one.
Following this, we toured a number of clever rooms, including a large spider room where two girls sat on the floor and recited a creepy nursery rhyme. Of course, at the end they told us we were going to die, and that's when the giant spiders came out - it was a clever setup and a nice spin on a standard spider room.
Another nice twist was a little girl's bedroom setup where, instead of the standard monster jumping out to get the girl, she was instead pulled underneath the bed by unseen hands. Very well. done.
Other standouts included the circular mirrored room, which we were led into by a clown. He suddenly said "lights out!" and the room was dark. When the lights came back on we were surrounded by clowns on all sides, all taunting us about finding the way out. It turns out the only way out was the way we came in, forcing us past all of the clowns again as we exited.
There was lots of creativity on display here, including the final scene where an old lady chased us with her cane, and the giant rabbit with the chainsaw who followed us back into the building after we finished the haunt. The numerous actors were all good, keeping in character the entire time and having some varied performances instead of the standard screaming for us to "Get out!"
Overall, Haunted Halls was a very nice surprise for the season. It was much more than we expected, and we thoroughly enjoyed walking from room to room wondering what creative sight was next. It was also quite reasonably priced and about 10 minutes long, so it was a good value, too. Here's hoping that Haunted Halls will continue in future years and become a staple of the Horror Tourers itinerary!