Mazon Dungeon of Terror
Reviewed on: Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Mazon Dungeon of Terror is located in Mazon, IL. Mazon is about 35 miles southwest of Joliet. For the past 16 years, Darryl Punke, the Fire Department of Mazon, and their amazing team have operated one of the most fun and adventurous haunted attractions in the area.
Now if you haven’t been to the Village of Mazon, it is similar to many Mainstreet USA communities across our country. The attraction is set inside a building that is estimated to be built in the early 1900’s, right in the heart of the downtown area of this small town.
What really makes this attraction special is how it ties the entire community together. Each time we have had the honor of attending, we found overwhelming support from neighbors and community organizations. I suppose we can best say that it is like being invited to a block party every night they are open. The fire department is right in front helping to keep everyone safe, a group is selling food and playing music to keep patrons entertained and fed, and there are even roaming actors crawling down the middle of the street.
Inside the main attraction, guests are thrown into many traditional scare settings including the clown room, jail cells, jungle, and even a lighting effect area. (Each designed to expose those fears deep within you!) But, what makes these scares stand out are the hallways that connect each of these varieties of scenes. Not only are these hallways nearly pitch-black, but the width is much smaller than other attractions. Not only is this unexpected, but took each of us out of our comfort zone as we maneuvered to get through some of the obstacles.
Another highlight is Awffa Thewall. As you can imagine, Awffa is a clown that awaits you in the final room of the tour. After some short banter, be prepared to play a game. (Hey, all clowns just want to play a game, right?)
But, just when you thought the fun was done, Mazon has a second attraction themed as a 3D house. After guests don their fashionable red and blue glasses, they are tossed into the madness of one of the best mazes we have seen in quite a while! While inside, other guests mentioned to us that they had felt they had been lost inside for well over 15 minutes!
Sadly, we were informed that 2015 would be their last operating season. As this attraction was always something very special to us, we arrived for our final review and met with Darryl and members of his staff to talk about the history and legacy Mazon will leave for decades to come.
As we come to a close on this final year, we want to thank the entire staff of The Mazon Dungeon of Terror for 16 amazing years. We know that this isn’t the end of the road and they will be moving on to other attractions for next year. (And once we find out where everyone has landed, we will let you know.) But, don’t let this final opportunity escape you for a chance to experience the legendary, Mazon Dungeon of Terror.
– Official Haunted House Chicago Review Team Review