Reviewed on: Saturday, October 28, 2017
New to Haunted House Chicago for 2017 and about 35 miles south of Chicago off of I-57, sits the Santa Fe Landscaping and Nursery. For our first time visiting, we found it to be an extremely nice and well-kept family-friendly location. Hosting a number of fall-themed items for purchase, the grounds were well-decorated, clean, and inviting for the season. Staff was extremely pleasant and welcoming. (Even “Frank” in the gift shop!) We were very impressed!
But, everything can’t be “hot chocolate and marshmallows,” so we headed to see what things we could find that go bump in the night. As we ventured around the back, we found a host stand, similar to your neighborhood chain restaurant. Instead of waiting in line, we were able to give our name and wander the grounds, awaiting our turn. While we waited, we were treated to shooting some corn cannons, petting some goats, and even getting some practice in on their own paintball shooting arcade.
Soon, we were summoned that the “groundskeeper” was ready for us. As we met a dark, cloaked figure, it guided us into the darkness. Completely outdoor, we traversed through a number of traditional haunted attraction scenes like the circus, murder sites, and various torture imagery. But, what really surprised us was the plane crash; great detail!
As we found our way back to the main area completing our time on the Terror Trail, we were told that it was now our time to “shoot some zombies.” (Hopefully, our practice paid off.) We boarded the modified trailer and embarked on our very own Zombie Safari! Now, let us tell you… it was late… maybe midnight. (Or after) It was the Saturday before Halloween, and we knew they had been busy all night. We now were their official last group of the evening. We definitely would have understood if they slowed… or showed signs of fatigue. But, they didn’t. In fact, they almost seemed like they were fully charged and ready for another 12 hours! Relentless in their attacks, and showing speed like Jesse Owens, our trailer was in constant danger! Thankfully, some of us were better at conserving our paintball ammunition!
Overall, this is exactly what the season should be: FUN! They have all the proper ingredients for a wonderful evening the entire family can enjoy: hot cider, snacks, scares, and zombies! But, we would remiss if we didn’t mention our favorite character of the entire evening: Granny!
Make sure you take the family to Undead Acres this season for a great evening that will keep the entire family running back for more!
***Editor’s Note: Undead Acres was reviewed close to the very end of the 2017 season and their official review did not post to the website until after the season was long completed. We apologize for the delay, and promise to have the upcoming season review among the very first completed in October 2018.