Ready For A Terrifying Halloween? Four Chicagoland Haunted Houses That'll Scare You Senseless!
What's your favorite part of Halloween? Fun-size candy bars that you wish weren't so tiny? Chipmunks eating away the face of the Jack-O-Lantern that you spent hours carving? How about plunking down $40 on your kid's Mario costume only to learn that everyone wants to be Batman this year?
Sure, those are all Halloween traditions. But for some of us, Halloween means blood-splattered clowns armed with hatchets, zombies reaching for our throats and mutants swinging chainsaws at our heads. Yes, Halloween is the season for haunted houses. And fortunately for local residents, the Chicago area is home to plenty of the nation's scariest haunts.
Looking for a bit of fright this Halloween season? Check out the following area haunted houses and spend your holiday screaming when some kid in zombie makeup screams in your face. Trick-or-treating is overrated anyway; everyone passes out the same boring candy.
Disturbia "Screams in the Park": Consider it an all-star team-up: The twisted minds behind the Disturbia Torment of Fears haunted house in Addison are this year working with the talent behind Rosemont's Screams in the Park haunted attraction. The new combined haunted house is known, appropriately, as Disturbia "Screams in the Park," and it's terrifying.
What to expect at this new experience in Rosemont? This attraction, recommended only for those 13 and up, features the multi-level Sewers of the Underworld, a ghoul-infested cabin, a dark swamp and the House of Victoria. Expect plenty of actors -- dressed as clowns, zombies, devils, goblins and mad scientists -- to jump out of the shadows here. The organizers promise that the attraction's exit area is especially memorable this year, in a nightmare-inducing way, of course.
Disturbia "Screams in the Park" is located at 5501 Park Place in Rosemont, just one block from the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Statesville Haunted Prison: Theme is everything for a haunted house, and Statesville Haunted Prison in Crest Hill delivers. How can you go wrong with a prison in which the prisoners -- and these jailbirds weren't arrested for jaywalking -- have escaped and are rioting?
This haunted house dares visitors to travel through 23 different cells. But escaping the prison is just the start. This year, Statesville has added a new outdoors attraction, the City of the Dead. This attraction is a maze of caves and mine shafts that happen to be haunted by the souls -- and very mobile corpses -- of past inmates. Getting through both attractions? You'll get more than your share of creepy special effects and terrifying jump scares.
Statesville is located at 17250 Weber Road in Crest Hill. This one is recommended for anyone 10 and older.
House of Torment: House of Torment is like the Amazon of haunted houses, and we mean that in a good way. This is a national brand, with haunted attractions across the United States. Its Chicago-area haunted house, in Morton Grove, is earning rave reviews for both its special effects and atmosphere and its intense scares, neither of which are recommended for visitors under the age of 12.
The designers behind House of Torment describe it as a multi-layered psychological thriller. This means it's more than just kids wearing torn clothes and shouting "boo" at you. This year's version includes two attractions. There's Nightmare High, a haunted high school terrorized by zombie cheerleader with blood-red hair, and Frenzy, another haunted school, this one from the 17th Century. The main villain here? Hellen (the two Ls are on purpose), a screeching ghoul that loves company.
House of Torment is located at 8240 Austin Ave. in Morton Grove.
13th Floor: Ever been in an office building that skips over the 13th floor? It's not that unusual; plenty of building owners are superstitious enough to skip the unlucky 13th floors in their office towers. But what if all those 13th floors actually did exist, but were hidden away from visitors? That's the concept behind the 13th Floor haunted house in Melrose Park.
The creators behind this unusual haunted attraction say that many building owners have hidden their 13th floors not where you'd expect them, between floors 12 and 14, but in basement levels deep under their office towers, better to keep visitors away from them.
But the 13th Floor attraction exposes two of these hidden worlds, Bloodlines: Legacy of Darkness and Dead End District: Fallout. You can tour both of these places, haunted by twisted creatures and masked maniacs, for one admission price.
You'll find this particular hidden 13th Floor at 1940 George St. in Melrose Park.