Courtsey of the Plainfield Patch:
‘Tis the season to get spooked and scared — and there’s no shortage of haunted attractions in Chicagoland. Here’s a look at some of the spookiest sites to scare up a terrifying good time.
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13th Floor Haunted House Chicago
1940 George St., Melrose Park
“Chicago’s legendary haunted house” may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for kids under 12. Price: $26.99 general admission, $10 extra for “fast pass” access with 1/3 the wait time, $20 extra for “skip the line” tickets. No “skip the line” tickets for a Nov. 3 and 4 “blackout” event. General admission for a special Friday the 13th event is $32.99.
HellsGate or Haunted House
3101 Canal St., Lockport
Hidden deep in the woods, HellsGate Haunted House is a multi-level mansion filled with secret passages, giant slides, ghastly secrets, undead abominations, really nervous groundskeepers and a darkness that the gate can no longer contain. Price: $28 general admission, $40 VIP (little to no wait), $60 instant entry, $99 Hell Pass (makes you and your friend the haunt’s personal target for the entire tour, plus a T-shirt and photo op).
Basement of the Dead Haunted House
42 W. New York St., Aurora
Rated “very scary” and appropriate for ages 13 and up, this is where you’ll meet Shattered the homicidal clown and the terrifying denizens of the Basement of the Dead. Price: $25 general admission, $45 “front of line” VIP access.
24405 S. LaGrange Rd., Frankfort
Located at Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm, the freaky fun includes a Zombie Paintball Hunt ($22), Coffin Simulator Ride($24), Paintball Target Shoot ($12)and the Terror Trails Haunted Cornfield and Woods ($24).
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Rd., Lockport
The Prisoners have rioted, the guards have fled, a darkness has seized control of this Maximum Security Prison and our Warden has opened the gates for visitors. In addition to the haunted prison, this attraction includes the City of the Dead, and a Sniper Zombie Paintball Ride (Saturdays and Sundays, age 7 and up). Price: $30 General admission to Statesville and City of the Dead, $50 for both haunted houses and paintball, $45 VIP to the haunted houses only, $65 VIP haunted houses and paintball combo.
Midnight Terror Haunted House
5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn
One-stop shopping for all your Halloween scares, Midnight Terror boasts two haunted houses and a brand-new paranormal escape room. General admission to both haunted houses is $23 online and $25 at the door; a “VIP fear package” includes a Midnight Terror T-shirt for $43 online and $45 at the door. “Lily’s House Paranormal Escape Room” is $13 per person.
3450 W. Crete Monee Road, Monee
Test your courage with Zombie Paintball Safari ($22) a Haunted Terror Trail ($12), Corn Cannons and a Paintball Shooting Gallery ($5) to practice your skills. Combo savings packages are also available.
House of Torment
8240 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove
Two scares under one roof for one ticket price: The horrifying Nightmare High: Fall Harvest featuring Hannah the hauntingly hungry zombie cheerleader, and The Swarm, a creepy crawly government experiment. Price: $26.99 general admission, $10 extra for “fast pass” access with 1/3 the wait time, $20 extra for “skip the line” tickets. No “skip the line” tickets for a Nov. 3 and 4 “blackout” event. General admission for a special Friday the 13th event is $32.99.
The Massacre Haunted House
99 Montgomery Road, Montgomery
Newly renovated every year and ready to deliver the scares, The Massacre offers over 20,000+ sq. ft. of sheer nightmares for your enjoyment. Guests can get the scare of their lives with a small group of six to seven friends at two haunted houses under one roof: Massacre and Freak Show 3D. Prices: $25 general admission; fast pass is $35 online and $40 on site.
Zombie Safari at Odyssey Fun Farm
18900 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park
This hayride safari will take zombie hunters through a pitch-black cornfield. Each hayrack is equipped with 20 zombie-slaying paintball guns to fight off ghouls that will attack from all sides.Price: $22 per person, paintball refills $5 for 100.
Frightmare Haunted House at Haunted Trails
7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank
Don’t miss the “Doll FREAKtory, a two-story, dark twisted maze of terrifying…FUN!” Rated one of the top Chicagoland haunts for families. Price: $12 per guest general admission, R.I.P. package included three hours of unlimited attractions and $7 in game plays for $29.95 per guest.
Realm of Terror Haunted House
421 Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach
Open in all weather conditions, Realm of Terror says it’s the “craziest, most intense, extreme Halloween experience” and it’s now in its 15th year. Prices: $25 general admission, $35 “skip the line” tickets and $45 VIP tickets include a souvenir T-shirt and drink ticket for the Haunt Bar.