factory-of-fear-picThere is a terrifying place in Moline at 5027 4th Ave. The Factory of Fear is just down the road from the water park. They open every year and the same cast comes back to scare the living daylights out of our beloved Quad Cities without fail upon each return. Entry is $15 and $20 for VIP. There is also $5 a discount for active military! And through the Halloween season, every Friday and Saturday from 7pm-12am ,as well as Sundays from 7pm-10pm, you can crawl through this terrifying single-level maze of horrific characters and haunting screams.

My daughter, Madison Redecker, plays one of these characters (Let’s leave her character a mystery!) and got me in the back door. I was able to see what goes on behind the scenes at a haunted house. The dressing room was equipped with the scariest of makeup hanging from the walls and smothering all other surfaces. Freaky accessories draped the furniture. And while I waited for her to finish up the last touches of her costume, I almost fell over as a myriad of creatures strolled nonchalantly past me as they readied themselves for their evening of terrorizing. I laughed reluctantly as we exited the room when I saw a sign on the wall that stated,”Monster Parking Only-Violators Will Be Bitten”. I pulled my collar up, looked both ways and entered the darkest hallway I have ever seen in my life.

The control room was fitted with 25 monitors and eight buttons that trigger scares throughout the haunt. Kitty the Clown was operating those buttons on the eve of my visit. She told me that she has been coming here to work four years. She told me that just loves to scare people. “It beings me back every year. If I couldn’t scare people, I wouldn’t enjoy it and I don’t think I’d come back.” Bubbles, her partner in clown, entered the control room and creeped…me…OUT! After watching a few button triggered scares on the monitors, I was led into the darkness once again and my walk through began.

The fear was thick in the air. When you walk through this haunted factory, you are greeted by many faces of death. My chest was pounding and I could barely make out the people in front of me. I heard movement from every shadow. The evil followed me from room to room. The fog machines blurred my vision. The flashing lights in one of the rooms caused a disorientation that instilled a terror deep inside of me that almost froze me right where I was standing. The Factory of Fear is NOT for the faint of heart. And the only advice I can give you, friends and neighbors, is take a left in the pantry.

Websites: http://www.qcfactoryoffear.com and  https://www.facebook.com/FactoryOfFear .

*Check out the Blackout Night on Sunday, October 30th. Carry your own glow stick and find your way out, or become a part of the display. You know it is going to be good when they make you sign a waiver before entering!

Amanda Jo Payne read her first novel by age 5 and began writing plays and poetry at age 11, when she received her first typewriter from her mother. A love for putting words together pushed her into higher education and she obtained her Board of Trustees BA from Western Illinois University in 2008. As a mother of three and a grandmother of four, she spends most of her time reading and taking care of her family.