My favorite time of year is near. The time to love the feeling of fear. Check out my recommendations below for my opinions of the best haunt shows.
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Dungeon of Doom
600 29th Street, Zion, Illinois 60099
Info: New location! Top-Rated Haunted House Largest Haunt in Chicago Milwaukee Markets. NEW FX every year. 42,000 sq. ft. location.
Ticket Prices: $25-$69
Fear City Chicago
8240 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove, Illinois 60053
Info: Fear City and the Legendary Hades Haunted House have joined forces to create a Halloween experience never before seen in the Chicagoland area. Two ALL NEW world class haunted houses in one convenient location.
Ticket Prices: $20-35
Realm of Terror
Round Lake Beach
421 West Rollins Road Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
Info: 2012 Marks the 10th year of The Realm of Terror Haunted House, and to celebrate we have totally recreated the show. With MASSIVE changes to the main attraction, a brand-new queue line and bar, new maze layouts, and so much more. The Realm of Terror is one of Illinois’ Top Rated Haunted Houses. Receiving the title as a Top 3 Haunted Attraction in the state, The Realm of Terror promises and delivers one of the scariest shows possible!
Ticket Prices: $22-$40
Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest
1 Great America Parkway Gurnee, IL 60031
Info: Six Flags will unearth frightful fun for the entire family during our most popular festival of the year. Join us for Thrills by Day and Fright by Night! Before 4 p.m. enjoy Halloween-themed shows for kids, but once the sun begins to set, the ghouls come out to haunt the midways. Evening hours feature bone-chilling walk-through attractions, eerie shows and teeth-chattering thrill rides.
AT THE PARK
General Admission $66.99
Child Under 48″ $44.99
2 & Under FREE
Buy Fright Fest tickets online for $33.91 to $51.99 depending on the day you plan to visit, a savings of up to $33!
Disturbia: Screams in the Park
5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018
Info: Welcome to SCREAMS in The Park. Have you ever imagined yourself dismembered? Just what is your capacity for fear? Maybe it’s time we find out! Let us take you on a journey of one disturbing nightmare after another…until we make you SCREAM!
Ticket Prices: $25-$35
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill, Illinois 60441
Info: Statesville Haunted Prison® has been one of Illinois’ best haunted houses for 17 years. With over 150 live actors attacking you at every step, over 40 horrifically detailed rooms and an average time of 40-50 minutes required to get through its oppressive walls, Statesville® has earned the reputation as one of the best haunted houses in America.
Ticket Prices: $30-$70
Nightmare at the Terrace
11500 S Beloit Avenue, Worth, IL 60482
Info: Are you brave enough to walk through the shadows of your worst fears? The nightmare begins the moment you step into the Terrace Centre and does not stop until you weave your way through12 rooms of night terrors. We look forward to your visit and hope you stay for an eternity. Special lights on events happening as well.
Ticket Prices: $8
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
1033 N Villa Avenue, Addison, IL 60181
Info: Great American Nightmare is a bone-chilling experience that combines the most advanced haunted house attractions with a whole night of entertainment on the Bloody Boulevard and more. The event takes place Thursday thru Sunday nights through November 1st. A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School in 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects. These terrifying fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make attendants scream with fright and laughter.
Ticket Prices: $25-$50
ARTICLE & PHOTOS: Opening Night at Rob Zombie’s ‘Great American Nightmare’ in Villa Park
Basement of the Dead
42 W New York St, Aurora, IL 60506
Info: In the late 1920’s, Walker Laundry opened at 42 West New York St. and became Aurora’s largest laundry Company. Around 1945 Imus Kilya was working there as maintenance engineer. His son Al came to work as his assistant in 1960. Heat for the building and steam for the presses was supplied by a coal fired boiler installed when the building was built. Al and Imus continually complained that it needed to be replaced, but management wouldn’t spend the money. In 1964 the boiler exploded maiming and scalding Al and Imus. They never returned to work and rumor was they had vowed to get even. Under the streets and building were sewer lines and tunnels well known to Al and Imus. A year or so after the explosion people from the laundry started to disappear and body parts were found in the river near the drainage pipes. Al and Imus were suspected but never found. The laundry eventually closed and the basement was never used again. Businesses have come and gone but nobody stays. Basement Of The Dead is proof that Al & Imus still exist and have made this basement their home.. The mutilation and horror you will witness is so shocking, you’ll wish you never entered.
Ticket Prices: $25-$35
13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George St., Melrose Park, Illinois 60160
Info: Where is the 13th Floor, and why is it absent in so many buildings? Come with us as we explain the legend of the 13th floor and introduce you to Chicago’s most horrifying Halloween haunted house experience, the 13th Floor Haunted House! Included in your ticket price is admission to both haunted houses, The Rising and Dead End District. Two haunted houses at one location, one ticket, one price, ensuring you the best value in scary entertainment this year.
Ticket Prices: $24.99-44.99
The Asylum Xperiment
1033 N. Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Info: RThe Asylum Xperiment was voted the #1 haunted house in Illinois for 2012. Haunted Illinois hailed the attraction as “ambitious, impressive and epic” like nothing I have ever seen this side of Disney World�. AX is one of the most highly detailed, animated, movie quality shows this side of Hollywood.
Ticket Prices: $25-$40
Kane County Scaregrounds
525 South Randall Road, Saint Charles, IL
Info: KC Scaregrounds, now in its fourth year, is a 3D, full-blown theatrical thriller for audiences of all ages. Little goblins under 13 can enjoy a monster-free haunted house while teens, and adults attend on weekend evenings – IF YOU DARE!..This attraction is a primary fundraiser for Steel Beam Theatre, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization bringing semi-professional theatre to the Fox Valley area, opens October 10 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through October 25 from 7:30-10:30 PM (with monster-free viewings Sundays, October 19, and 28 from 4-7PM)! Each year the enclosed darkened maze, with 3D painted artwork and real “monsters” terrify haunted house goers. The high quality artwork was designed and executed by the Disney artist who created the Haunted Mansion interiors. It is a must see. Group sales are available as well as a half price ticket offering for those who dare to re-enter these horrifying chambers.
Ticket Prices: $5-15
Captured! By Robots
2011 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Last Rites Present Captured! By Robots, I Love Rich, The Luck of Eden Hall and Beast Warrior
Info: 2 kick ass robots, 1 stupid human. Brutal pummeling music. End of story. Captured! by Robots has been touring the world since 1997, playing thousands of dive bars for millions of drunk humans.
Doors at 8pm and show at 8:30pm
Event Link: http://www.subt.net/event/660845
Ticket link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/660845
Tickets: $12 advance and $14 door
626 177th Street, Hammond, IN 46324
Info: Do you DARE TO ROAM THE REALM? Find yourself within the walls of this eerily HAUNTED 1920’s Stone Mansion with its 3 FLOORS OF TERROR.Evil lurks around each corner as demented spirits, seedy characters, and disturbed demons are trapped for eternity
Ticket Prices: $30-$40