While trick-or-treating might be the thing to do for Halloween when you’re a little kid, Halloween becomes a totally different holiday experience for teens and adults. Embracing the true scary nature of the holiday, haunted houses can be a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween. Let others do the dressing up this year, and check out some of the scariest haunted houses in the Chicago area. Featuring both indoor and outdoor attractions, choose a haunted house that will ensure a frightening and entertaining experience.
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441
Located in the Crest Hill suburb just outside of the city, Statesville Haunted Prison is open for the Halloween season. The premise revolves around a maximum security prison that has been abandoned by its guards, and visitors must walk through a maze of maximum security cells. However, the journey continues into the City of the Dead haunted area where visitors are confronted by past inmates who have risen from the dead. General admission tickets are generally $30, group tickets are available at a discounted price and VIP tickets range from $45 to $50. All ticket purchases include access to both Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead.
The 13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George St.
Melrose Park, IL 60160
Open from September 26 through November 8, the general business hours of The 13th Floor Haunted House are from 7 p.m. to 10 or 11 p.m. General admission tickets range from $24.99 to 29.99, with Immediate Access tickets ranging from $44.99 to $49.99. All ticket purchases grant access to The Rising and the Dead End District portions of this two-for-one haunted house. Based on the myth that 13 is an unlucky number, The 13th Floor Haunted House shows visitors why you don’t want to be on the 13th floor. Mystery, the living dead and even rodents and creatures will haunt your path as you walk through this Melrose Park haunted house.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare
Odeum Expo Center
1033 N. Villa Ave.
Addison, IL 60181
Open from September 26 through November 1, Thursdays and Sundays run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Regular night ticket prices range from $25 to $30 for general admission, while VIP tickets range from $36 to $60. Three different haunted house attractions are featured, with each attraction based on classic characters and films created by Rob Zombie. Although there isn’t an age requirement, the show involves adult material that may not be appropriate for anyone under 13 years of age.
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Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze
4853 US Highway 52
Minooka, IL 60447
Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. On October 26, the operating hours are from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for the Haunted Corn Maze, and combination tickets are $15 for the additional maze and hayride attractions. The premise of Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze revolves around the mysterious disappearance of the previous owner of the lot, “The Shredder.” While roaming through this outdoor haunted attraction, visitors are encouraged to keep their ears and eyes peeled while trying to get through the maze alive.
Fear City Haunted House
8240 N. Austin Ave.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Open from late September to early November, operating hours range from 7 p.m. to midnight on select dates. Over 100 characters are used in this 40,000-square-foot building, meant to create the setting of an actual city of living dead residents. The pathway encompasses everything from train tunnels to an asylum, with the newest attraction for 2014 being the abandoned school for girls “Our Lady of the Cursed.” The ticket price for Fear City entrance is $25, Our Lady of the Cursed is $20 and a combination ticket is $35.
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