Chicago area haunted houses gear up for another season of thrills and chills
By Annie Alleman | For Sun-times media October 4, 2013 9:42AM
While waiting to enter the Statesville Haunted House in Crest Hill, visitors are greeted by actors eager to scare the unsuspecting. | File photo
Looking at this year’s crop of Chicagoland haunted houses, it’s clear that the sick freaks who plan these things (and we mean that lovingly) know that people are creeped the hell out by clowns.
But they didn’t just stop with clowns — oh, no. Some threw in the whole evil sideshow, like CarnEvil at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates and Fear City and Fables Studios Carnivale in Morton Grove.
Others are putting “howl” holidays with sinister takes on St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day and even Christmas, like the Lombard Jaycees and The Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park.
And just like a good man, you can’t keep the zombies down.
Here’s some area haunts. Check the web site for detailed descriptions, coupons, food donation deals, rules and restrictions and any other info you don’t see here.
Abyss Haunted House: Dollinger Family Farm, 7502 E. Hansel Road, Channahon. (708) 691-4159. Abysshaunts.com. Tickets, $25. Hours: 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays and 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-31.
All Hallows Eve — Village of Fear: Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Naperville. (630) 420-6010. Napersettlement.org. Tickets, $10-$15. Hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18-19. Some of the scariest characters of the past, present and future come to life.
The Asylum Xperiment: The Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N. Villa Ave., Villa Park. (630) 941-9292. Asylumxperiment.com. Tickets, $25-$40. Hours are 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-Nov. 2. Evil clowns and apocalyptic steam punk bikers are a few of the terrors guests meet at the three attractions: “The House: Home for the Horrordays,” “Subterranean” and “Armageddon.”
Basement of the Dead and Shattered — a 3D Nightmare: 42 W. New York St., Aurora. (630) 896-2466. 42fear.com. Tickets, $13-$18. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 4-Nov. 2, plus Oct. 30.
CarnEvil: Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. (847) 649-2368. CarnEvilChicago.com. Tickets, $35. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-27, and 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 30-31. CarnEvil has five haunted houses and mazes. Blades of Gory ice rink only open Oct. 24-27. No pacemakers and no children under 12 admitted without a guardian.
The Catacombs of St. Pascal: St. Pascal Church, 6143 West Irving Park Road, Chicago. Catacombshh.com. Tickets, $8. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 11-27. Every year, madmen and monsters escape the Catacombs and roam free.
Creepy Hallow’s Blood Shed Haunted House, Hayride & Zombie Hunt: Fawn Landscaping, 24405 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort. (708) 532-6668. Creepyhallow.com. Tickets, $18-$25. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Halloween, 6-10 Sundays and Oct. 30 during month of October. Includes a haunted house, haunted hayride, haunted corn maze and zombie paintball hunt.
Dark Harvest Mile of Terror: Andersons FUN-E Farm, 508 Illinois 126, Plainfield. (888) 352-5837. andersonsfunefarm.weebly.com. Includes a mile-long haunted hay ride plus crazy clown ice cream maze. Haunted hay rides run from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday during October.
Evil Intentions Haunted House: 900 Grace St., Elgin. Evilintentionshauntedhouse.com. Tickets, $20. Hours are 7:30 p.m.-midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween night to Nov. 1; 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays and Oct. 29-30. Extremely intense and not recommended for children under 13.
The Fear: Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Ave., Chicago. (800) 595-7437. Navypier.com or Thefearhauntedhouse.com. Navy Pier’s haunted house, “The Fear,” returns to Navy Pier Oct. 10-31. Tickets, $12-$20. The house features both a nighttime haunted house and a low-scare, daytime attraction. “The Fear” is open from 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays (and Oct. 30); and from 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays to Oct. 31. “The Fear-less” Haunted House runs from 12-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and Oct. 14.
Fear City and Fables Studios Carnivale: 8240 N. Austin Ave., Morton Grove. FearCityChicago.com. Tickets, $15-$45. Oct. 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 23-27, 30-31 and Nov. 1-2. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays and Oct. 30-31. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Fright Fest: Six Flags Great America, 1 Six Flags Parkway, Gurnee. (847) 249-4636. Frightfest.sixflags.com. Tickets, $32.50-$64.99. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Columbus Day, Oct. 14. Fright Fest has expanded to include Hurricane Harbor, or “The Bermuda Triangle.” Many areas of the park are not recommended after 4 p.m. for children or those who scare easily.
Hair Razor Haunted Scenes: Basement of St. Thecla Church, 6725 W. Devon Ave. Chicago. (773) 792-3077. Hauntedscenes.com. Tickets, $12. Hours are 7-10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6-9:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 11-27.
Happy Hell-a-Days: 356 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard. (630) 519-3694. haunted-house.com. Tickets, $5-$15. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 11-27 and Oct. 29-Nov. 3. The Lombard Jaycees present what is thought to be the longest consecutively running haunted house in the country.
Haunted Barn 13: 12323 River Road, Plano. (630) 779-2240. Hauntedbarn13@yahoo.com. Hours are 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 18-20, 25-27; Nov. 1. Tickets, $5. Children’s matinee from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Barn 13 is celebrating 100 years of terror by bringing back themes from the past four years.
Haunted barn and wagon rides: Sonny Acres Farm, 29W310 North Ave., West Chicago. (630) 231-3859. Sonnyacres.com. The haunted barn and haunted wagon rides operate Friday nights and weekends in October.
Haunted Forest Walk: Hawthorne Hill Woods, 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge. (630) 353-3300. Woodridgeparks.org. Tickets, $5-$7. Hours are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and children’s matinee from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 26.
Haunted Quarry: Harold Hall Quarry Beach, 400 S. Water St., Batavia. (630) 406-5282/ Bataviaparks.org. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26. Tickets, $8.
The Haunting: The Children’s Farm at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. (708) 361-3650. Thecenterpalos.org. Tickets, $10. “The Haunting,” a terrifying tale plus haunted hay ride at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m. on Oct. 25-26.
Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze: 4853 Route 52, Minooka. (815) 475-7373. Heapshauntedcornmaze.com. Tickets, $5-$15. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October. Don’t get lost in the corn as you walk through scenes of terror.
Horrorland — Town of Terror: 14800 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. (708) 675-7403. prepared2scare.com. Tickets, $12-$17. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 24-26.
Kane County Scaregrounds: Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 Randall Road, St. Charles. (630) 587-8521. Kcscaregrounds.com. Tickets, $15. Hours are 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26. “Monster free” dates from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27. Steel Beam Theatre’s 3-D haunted house.
The Massacre Haunted House: 3440 Odyssey Court, Naperville. (708) 320-3327. FearTheMassacre.com. Tickets, $20-$35. Hours: 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Sundays and 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-Nov. 2. Includes The Massacre Haunted House and Fear Factory 3-D.
Motel Massacre: Harlem Crossings Shopping Center, 19820 S. Harlem Ave., Frankfort. (815) 922-0245. frankfort-area-jaycees.org. Tickets, $12. Hours are 8-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Frankfort Area Jaycees present this haunt, recommended for ages 8 and up.
Nightmare From North Street: Santa’s Village Azoosment Park, 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee. (847) 426-6751. Nightmarefromnorthst.com. Tickets, $14. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-26. Prepare for a scare as you zig zag through the maze of horrors in the upper level of the Haunted Barn.
Nightmare on Chicago Street: Chicago Street, Elgin. Nightmareonchicagostreet.com. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Tickets, $7-$10. Stay away from the zombies and make it to the safe zone, where you will find two stages of entertainment, Svengoolie, a costume contest, hookah lounge, absinthe parlor and vendors.
Psychosis Haunted House: 200 N. Spring St., Elgin. Psychosishauntedhouse.net. Tickets, $16-$25. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 3-Nov. 2 and Oct. 30. For an extra fee, you can have yourself or someone in your group kidnapped or buried alive.
Realm of Terror: 421 W. Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach. (847) 363-8799. Realmofterror.com. Tickets, $25. Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays and 7-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 4-31 (closed Oct. 10). Mostly revamped for 2013. Anyone under 16 must be with a parent or guardian.
Sandwich Sportsman’s Club Haunted House: Sandwich Sportsman’s Club, 1011 Hartman Trail, Sandwich. (630) 479-1271. Sandwichsportsmansclub.com. Tickets, $8. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, 25-26. Patients from a sanitarium escape to a deserted mansion in the woods, where something is not right.
Screams in the Park: MB Financial Park at Rosemont, 5501 Park Place. (847) 349-5008. ScreamsInThePark.com. Hours are 8 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays Oct. 4-Nov. 2. Tickets, $15-$25. Not recommend for children under age 13.
Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead: 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill. (877) 722-7332. Statesvillehauntedprison.com. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays plus Oct. 23 and 30; 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 4-Nov. 2. Tickets, $30-$45. Kids must be 11 or older; 11- to 15-year-olds must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Statesville employs more than 150 actors in more than 40 rooms. Village of Screamfield: 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive, Plainfield. firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook.com/villageofscreamfield. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26 and 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Family-friendly hours 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19, 26, 27. Tickets, $0-$10. Village of Screamfield is a haunted house fundraiser for Plainfield School District 202.
Zombie Safari Hay Ride: Odyssey Fun Farm, 19112 S Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park. (708) 429-3800. Odysseyfunfarm.com. The Zombie Safari Hay Ride runs from 7 p.m.-midnight every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Tickets, $20. There is also a flashlight maze.