We only went to one house this weekend, Cornstalkers in Hinckley. We got a Groupon for buy four passes for $8 each, which is the only reason we went to this one (honestly I hadn't heard of it before and it didn't come up on my searches when I was looking...). Which ended up being an awesome deal, because admission was $20.00 a person normally.
Anyway, I definitely recommend this one. Even if you are paying full price (suckers...). It was the longest house we have been to so far this year, it took us an hour and some change to get through all three parts. It's all outdoors, so keep that in mind if you do go. We had a perfectly beautiful night for it, too, in the lower 60s.
What made this house good without details that ruin it? Hmm...well, it was long and interesting. That's always a plus. And some how they got their corn impossibly tall. I swear it was 10 feet tall. Genetic engineering nowadays.... but it was nice because corn haunted houses where you can see over the corn are kind of lame, no offense. The props and created scenery were a little lacking, but this house is all about ambiance and actors. We had some pretty good actors, even though they were few and far between. It wasn't that busy so they were able to double back on us and get us repeatedly, but if it were busier they might have been spread too thin.
Sometimes not having a lot of theatrical props and hydraulically operated monsters in a house is old school and fun. Ambiance means a lot in a house and sometimes bigger haunted houses rely too much on gizmos and rubber masks and not enough on the basics. I'm not saying this is the scariest haunted house I've ever been to, but it has the basics down, which is refreshing. And it was fun. The actors had fun, we had fun, it was a good time. Could they make improvements? Definitely. But were they a decent and sound haunted house which provides a good time that lasts longer than 15 minutes? By far.
My score for the Hinckley Cornstalkers Haunted House: 7 out of 10 legless zombie girls.