Scary and Spooky Fun Awaits You At Area Haunted Houses
By Carrie Steinweg published September 28, 2023
We’re heading into the heart of the fall season. It’s full of fun family events, including pumpkin patches, trunk-or-treat activities, hay rides and non-scary Halloween fun. But…sometimes you feel like a little fright. If you’ve got older kids who are looking for thrills or are a grown-up who never outgrew the desire to be terrified during the scary season, check out one of these attractions of haunts and horror.
Killdare Haunted City
Bridgeview Park District
8100 South Beloit Avenue
Toxic waste clowns and zombies will be wandering around - and you never know when they’ll pop up. Prepare to be scared at this park district run haunt site, which will be open Fridays through Sundays in October as well as Halloween night.
Scary Clown Chase
Accelerate Indoor Speedway & Events
8580 Springlake Drive
If clowns freak you out, imagine being chased by one. These petrifying creatures will be coming at you with scary speed at the annual Scary Clown Chase. If you’re able to stay ahead of them, you can win some great prizes, like T-shirts, free races and race packages. The Scary Clown Chase happens October 29-31.
Worth Boat Launch Pavilion
7425 West 115th Street
Make your way along this trail, but beware! You never know what will be lurking in the woods. The Haunted Trail is for two nights only - October 27 and 28. Save time and order your tickets online.
Haunted Hall of Horror
Markham Park District
16053 Richmond Avenue
Markham Park District will be offering the Haunted Hall of Horror October 28-31 where frightening figures are at every turn, including some of the most terrifying characters from the horror movies that have made you scream. Also, make your way through the haunted trail for some scares outdoors.
Hayride of Horror and Curse of the Bayou
199 East Woods Drive
The Hayride of Horror is back at Dellwood Park, along with the Cures of the Bayou running on Fridays and Saturdays through October 28. Ride the spine-chilling hayride through the underworld of Dellwood Park or escape the voodoo priestess as she looks for you in the haunted maze. One admission covers both attractions.
Oakwood Recreation Center
4450 West Oakwood Lane
This is a haunted house that is on the tamer side, so if slightly scary is more your speed, this one is for you. This partnership between the Village of Matteson, Matteson Area Public Library and Family Youth Initiative is a one-night event on October 29 that leans more toward the family-friendly zone.
More ways to get into the spirit of the season:
Midwest Spirit Festival 2023
Thornton Distilling Co.
400 East Margaret Street
This historic venue will be hosting the second Midwest Spirit Festival on October 8. It will include expert speakers, a paranormal vendor expo, live spoon bending, psychic readings, astrologers, tarot cards and more. There will also be on-site paranormal investigations of the subterranean limestone artesian well, which dates back to the early 1800s.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
1 University Parkway
Take in a live performance of this quirky musical comedy horror story and prepare to sing along. Don’t miss this one-night only show on October 27.
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