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The Local Tourist Haunted House Guide
Submitted by Janelle Rominski on Wed, 09/26/2012 - 11:06pm
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.
If you would like your haunted attraction listed and/or Janelle Rominski to do a review of your haunted spectacle, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article.
Dungeon of Doom
2701 Deborah Ave., Zion, Illinois 60099
Info: Top-Rated Haunted House Largest Haunt in Chicago Milwaukee Markets. NEW FX every year. Two Stories of FEAR 4D 40,000 sq. ft. location.
Ticket Prices: $17-$40
Fear City & Hades Haunted House
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: $10-35
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: $16-$28
Six Flags Great America's Fright Fest
1 Great America Parkway Gurnee, IL 60031
Info: Beginning September 29, 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. Runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus, Thursday, October 25 and Columbus Day - Monday, October 8.
AT THE PARK
General Admission $61.99
Child Under 48" $41.99
2 & Under FREE
Buy Fright Fest tickets online for $30.99 to $46.99 depending on the day you plan to visit, a savings of up to 50%!
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill, Illinois 60441
Info: Statesville Haunted Prison® has been one of Illinois’ best haunted houses for 15 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: $21-$40
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: $18-$25
Dream Reapers Haunted House
1945 Cornell, Melrose Park, Illinois 60160
Info: This will be their 13th and FINAL SEASON. Dream Reapers Haunted House is over 14000 SqFt. of sheer terror. With over 22 rooms, 40+ animatronics, over 40 actors and actresses and something rarely duplicated in the industry, scents based upon the theme of the room. And has wheelchair accessibility.
Ticket Prices: $16-$35
Eleventh Hour Haunted House
Elk Grove Village
434 East Devon Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Info: Four haunted houses in one location. They will also be having an LGBT Haunted House night on Thursday, October 25. Click HERE, to read Mafia Hairdresser, Jon-David's blog with all the details on this thrilling night!
Ticket Prices: $18-$44.50
The Asylum Experiment
1033 N. Villa Avenue, Villa Park, Illinois 60181
Info: Ranked 2nd in the state by HauntedIllinois.com and ranked 6th in the state by HauntedHouseChicago.com, in its second season. Terror returns to The Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park once again this year as The Asylum Xperiment Haunted Attractions sheds its skin and expands outward, upward and hits you from all sides. Experience fear from a whole new dimension as multiple levels allow the evil to reach you from above and below, altering your perspective and raising the intensity of your fear to an entirely new plane. With over 100 creatures, zombies and freaks wreaking havoc throughout, the creators of The Asylum Xperiment have outdone themselves once again by adding new effects, animations, and vignettes like The 40 foot Tunnel of Terror, the Apocalyptic Bar/Diner Scene, a tilting, rocking, 35’ Gothic Chamber, a multi-level graveyard, and never before seen jumping, pounding, quaking effects, catapulting your adrenaline level towards overload. With over 40 separate and unique rooms, fans who want more than just sights and sounds to shock their senses will appreciate being able to “feel” the rumbling and shaking effects and be confronted with the unmistakable smells that will be etched in their minds during this latest production.
Ticket Prices: $25-$40
Kane County Scaregrounds
525 South Randall Road, Saint Charles, IL
Info: Steel Beam Theatre’s haunted house, the Kane County Scaregrounds returns for a second scary year. This haunted house, where most of the rooms are 3D has new features and loads of fun. Former Disney artist and St. Charles native R.J. Ogren serves as the lead designer for this haunted house.
Ticket Prices: $15
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: $10-$40
Ghost Tours of Kemper Center
6501 Third Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
Info: Mayor Slayer welcomes you to Ghost Tours of Kemper Center! Started during the 2010 Halloween season, these are the first professional Ghost Tours ever given at the facility. We invite young and old alike, as well as those interested in the history of Kemper, to enjoy a special guided tour of our facility. Secrets and tales come alive during your walking tour of Durkee Mansion, Ambrose Hall, and the rest of Kemper Center. These tours take you up and down the many staircases of Kemper. Floors that have been sealed for years are unlocked just for you to learn about and experience the many "happenings" that take place here. There are also a few 'guests' that may greet you throughout your tour, so be careful and watch your step. You never know what or who will be around the next corner. Prepare to experience the ghosts of Kemper for yourself!
Ticket Prices: $15
Please note that The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier will not be operating this fall.
Check back often as new events will be added.