Chicago dominates Haunted Houses in Illinois with the best haunted attractions within a 90 minute drive of downtown Chicago. Year after year good haunted houses add scary rooms, animations, and actors to improve the Halloween entertainment experience. One of the reasons that ghosts love haunting houses in Chicago is because they don’t have to make any scary noises. The Windy City takes care of that job on its own! There’s so many bodies buried in the Chicago area by the mobsters of yore that there’s an almost endless supply to haunt houses.Last Major Update:
13th Floor Haunted House - Melrose, IL
Advertised as Chicago’s largest haunted house. Lots of new attractions this year. An all new world famous haunted house is back in Chicago for 2018. It features the attractions Bloodlines and Dead End District Fallout. Why aren’t there a 13th floor in buildings? Tickets prices depending on the date. The 13th Floor opens September 21st. Open Friday and Saturday nights in September and nearly every night throughout October. The attractions run from 7 pm to 12 pm on Friday and Saturday. On some other nights it closes at 10 pm or 11 pm. The 13th Floor has over 78000 Facebook likes. Also check out our list of the Top 100 Haunted Houses 2017 in America. Is your favorite haunted attraction on the top 10 and top 100 state list?
Basement of the Dead - Aurora, IL
Opening up on September 22nd. The haunt attractions here are Zombie Outbreak Apocalypse. Looks like a great event with chance to shoot “live” zombies. Advertised as America’s scariest haunted house. Visit every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights in October beginning late September. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets available starting at $28. Parking nearby at Hollywood Casino is $4. Warning the city will tow cars not properly parked. Basement of the Dead has over 81000 Facebook likes. Also check out our list of the Top 100 Haunted Houses 2017 in America. Is your favorite haunted attraction on the top 10 and top 100 state list?
Canyon Trail Cemetery - Carol Steam, IL
The Halloween displays go up on October 6th and run nightly the rest of October. One of the best local yard haunts in Chicago. Canyon Trail features a cemetery, graveyard, undead creatures, pumpkins, ghosts, and pumpkinhead animatronics. Free entry to the public but you can donate canned food for a local charity if you wish to help.
Disturbia Screams in the Park - Rosemont, IL
Same great location as last year with new scenes for Screams In The Park at Disturbia. It is the living embodiment of your fears and nightmares. It is a one of a kind haunt.
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House - Zion, IL
The fun begins on September 22nd. Find ghouls, deranged clowns and two floors of fear at the Dungeons of Doom Haunted House. A 40,000 square foot haunt with 80 actors everyday. It takes about 30 minutes to go through the Dungeon of Doom and about another 20 minutes to go through the other two haunt attractions Buried Dead and Alive. This haunt has been scary for over 20 years. Tickets are $25-35 for multiple attraction scares depending on the night. Some of the new scenes are Clown Crazy 8’s, DOD Massive Underworld, Tool Room Coop, Attic Fervor, Hades Boiler Room, Cabin of Carnage. It takes between 30-50 minutes to go through the attractions at this ticket level. Visit every Friday, Saturday, and most Sunday’s in October plus some other dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Dungeon of Doom has over 26000 Facebook likes.
Enchanted Haunted Trails - Burbank, IL
This is really three full family entertainment and amusement centers in Illinois. Burbank – 7759 S. Harlem Avenue, Burbank, IL 60459. Haunted Trails is open every day all year long. They feature batting cages, go karts, miniature golf, rides, a game room, October Haunted House, birthday parties, and restaurants. They are open 10 am to either 10 or 11 pm. Haunted Trails is open every day all year long. They feature batting cages, go karts, miniature golf, rides, a game room, October Haunted House, birthday parties, and restaurants. They are open 10 am to either 10 or 11 pm. Joilet – 1423 N. Broadway, Joilet, IL Haunted trails here is open every day all year long. They have batting cages, miniature golf, rides, Laser Tag, go karts, a game room, restaurants, and feature parties. Lombard – 1103 S Main Street, Lombard, IL Enchanted Castle is also open everyday. Featured attractions are go karts, Laser Tag, a game room, miniature golf, karaoke, krazy cars, restaurants, and parties.
Fear Fest - South Beloit, IL
Open weekends beginning September 28th. Fear Fest features a haunted barn, fun house, and haunted hayride. Celebrating over 20 years of fear. Tickets are $12 each haunt for a combo for $30. Doors are open Friday and Saturday from 7 pm until 11 pm. Doors close at 10 pm on Sunday. Their weekend season starts late September. Discount coupon available on their web page.
Hair Razor - Chicago, IL
Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October beginning October 5th. Tickets are $13 for Hair Razor. Weekends in October, starting the 5th, St Thecla Parish presents the Hair Razor Haunted Scenes. Be prepared to be scared because our Haunted Scenes have been designed by some of the best in the industry. Our designers have over 35 years of experience in designing some of the scariest houses in the Chicago land area and surrounding Suburbs. Be prepared as we add and change-out scares to enhance the level of your fears to higher extremes. This year we have a 6,000 square ft. Haunt and 24 different scenes, several new scenes for the 2018 season and many other changes.
Halloween Town - Algonquin, IL
A free interactive yard haunt display. It goes up in full around the middle of October. In addition, there are PNEUMATIC and MOVING PROPS within the cemetery gates, an inviting graveyard walk thru brings spectators and victims of every age, up close and personal to their darkest fears! ZOMBIES, GARGOYLES, BATS, and SKELETONS, await you in this haunted cemetery! BLEEDING CREATURES, CREEPY COFFINS, and much, much, more can be seen here inHALLOWEEN TOWN.
Haunt 31 - Lake in the Hills, IL
Haunt 31 is one of the largest yard haunts in Illinois. Now with over 10,000 visitors each October it features gravedigger, dungeons, electric chairs, hangman, mud creature, and more. It is open every day (weather permitting) starting around October 10th beginning nightly at dusk. Entry tickets are free but donation are accepted.
Haunted Forest Walk - Woodridge, IL
Open this year on October 19th and 20th. The hayrides depart from the Community Center. Parking is available at the Public Library or Village Hall. Tickets are $8. Attraction is open two nights from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm plus an additional time of 1 pm to 3 pm on Saturday. Be careful as you walk the Haunted Forest Trail.
Haunted Trails Family Entertainment Center - Burbank, IL
Haunted Trails of Burbank is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center. Open year-round, Haunted Trails specializes in family-fun, birthday parties and group celebrations for all occasions and ages. Seasonal park attractions (open April thru October) include 18-hole award-winning miniature-golf, go-karts, jr. karts, batting cages and amusement rides. Two game rooms are open year-round. The Monster’s Tomb Game Room offers over hundred sports, video and redemption games plus a large redemption prize center. It’s adjacent to Charmin Charley’s 150 seat restaurant/party room which offers homemade pizza and a variety of sandwiches, burgers and more. The Golfside Game Room is located on the Midway by the Miniature Golf course.
Haunts Against Hunger - Park Forest, IL
Kicks off for four nights on October 26th. Runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. An annual community and charity haunted house for seven years. They collect food and distribute it through two local food banks. Sounds like a wonderful cause and they put on a good show. They are at the corner of Orchard Rd and Route 30/Lincoln Highway. They are open from 7:00 pm until 9:30 pm.
Holiday Habits - Lake in the Hills, IL
Starts October 1st and runs nightly the entire month of October. This is a Halloween yard display complete with graveyard cemetery, fog, special effects, sound, and animatronics. Walk around… you never know what you may find or what may find you!
House of Torment - Morton Grove, IL
House of Torment is the former Fear City with two new amazing haunts. This is a 40,000 square foot haunt with all new Hollywood style indoor scenes. Doors open at 7 pm. Some attractions are Dead By Dawn and Surviving the Night. Attractions open weekends beginning September 28th. They also are open most nights and Sundays in October. Check their web page for details. House of Torment has over 22000 Facebook likes.
Jonamac Haunted Corn Maze - Malta, IL
Opens up for fright on October 5th. The Jonamac Orchard holds its Haunted Corn Maze every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through the October 27th. It is open from dark until 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13. Their 10 acre cornfield has over 3 miles of winding paths and Halloween decorations. This is a wonderful fun orchard with daytime pumpkin patch, apple picking, bakery, corn maze, and more. At night it turns into an evil fright corn maze that you will enjoy.
Karnival of Karnage - Belvidere, IL
Tickets available at the Karnival of Karnage. This year’s theme is Delirium. Doors open at 7 pm every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting September 28th. Event is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. They say they are really scary and do not recommend for people pregnant or with heart conditions. For others you may be forced to chicken out. No shame for being afraid.
Massacre Haunted house - Montgomery, IL
Back again at the same location for 2018. This is a 30,000 square foot attraction with 60 rooms of terror and more than 75-100 ghastly clad actors. They open on September 28th and runs every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October plus added dates. Tickets are for the 2 combo Massacre Haunted House and Fear City 3D. Doors are open 7 pm until midnight on Friday and Saturday or 11 pm on all other nights. Note considered too extreme for children under age 13. This is one of the most popular haunted attractions in Illinois and the country. Massacre Haunted House has over 315000 Facebook likes.
Psychosis Haunted House - Elgin, IL
It appears they are closed this year.
Realm of Terror - Round Lake Beach, IL
Terror begins 2018 on September 28th. This is the 16th year of fear for Realm of Terror. Nothing you will witness at Realm of Terror will you ever see at any other Attraction, from the Parking Lot to the very last moment, you will be inside of a winding maze of extreme terror unlike any other. If you are 21 or over this haunt has a bar serving beer, wine, bombs, shots, and mixed drinks. Realm is open Friday and Saturday nights in October plus a couple of Sundays. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25 online. A quote from their advertisement: “Featuring the best in Makeup Effects created and supervised by FACEOFF Season 9 star, Stevie Calabrese you can expect to see some of the scariest things a mind could conjure. Walk through fully immersive sets and environments created by professional set designers, and experience horror even with your eyes tightly shut with soundscapes custom created to set a horrifying tone”. Realm of Terror has over 22000 Facebook likes.
Six Flags Fright Fest - Gurnee, IL
Fright Fest (Great America Six Flags) opens for fall on September 15th this year. Each fall the park re-opens on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the ultimate Halloween attraction Fright Fest. Their 2018 season operates for 23 nights this season. It has 5 haunted houses, mazes, shows, midway, food, and lots and lots of rides. They have renamed some of their roller coasters with Halloween themes but others are just too great to change. New this year is Hellfest. So if you are into thrills both the haunted houses and roller coasters will put a scare into you. Spend the day, get there early. Great America really makes the park a Halloween attractions and has lots of employee-actors dressed to surprise and scare you.
Sonny Acres Haunted House - West Chicago, IL
Haunted Wagon Ride starts October 5th. Fall Festival opens September. Sonny Acres Farms runs a wonderful year around farm attraction. During its Fall Festival it operates a Haunted Hayride beginning at 7 pm. The hayride lasts approximately 20 minutes. It runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in October. Tickets go on sale at 5 pm. During the day they have pony rides, a kiddie coral, a petting zoo, dizzy zone, a haunted barn, wagon rides, and lots of other fun and food around the farm.
St. Patrick’s Haunted High - Kankakee, IL
This Halloween school starts with scares on October 12th. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children under age 13. This is the 15th annual Haunted High School. Open Friday and Saturday nights on October 12, 12, 19 and 20. Also known as Haunted Trails at Perry Farm.
Statesville Haunted Prison - Crest Hill, IL
Opening night is October 4th. One of the best haunted houses around, Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead have a ticket price of $30 and is well worth the money. The theme is prisoners have rioted and now you are face to face with 100 criminals too evil to die in 23 maximum security cells. No one escapes Statesville. Statesville is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October plus a few additional dates including Halloween night. Doors open at 7 pm. Crest Hill is approximately 36 miles from Chicago. If you can only see one haunt this year I suggest take the drive to Statesville. It has over 97000 Facebook likes.
The Catacombs - Chicago, IL
Opening night is October 12th. Dates Open are Friday and Saturday in October plus a few additional dates. Check schedule on website. Tickets are $10 at the door. Hours are 7 PM to 11 PM. The basement home for ghouls, ghosts, and creatures underneath St. Pascals Church. Where dreams become your nightmares: “For close to one hundred years, there has been a place that has harbored the undead and jailed the damned – a place that was never intended on being unearthed by mortal men. Since 1914, The Catacombs, located underneath the historic St. Pascal Church on Chicago’s northwest side, has long been a home to the ghouls and ghosts, monsters and madmen. The barrier that prevented these very creatures from entering our realm falls every October, allowing the undesireables to roam free.”
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