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Military veteran fulfills dream of launching Oak Lawn’s first commercial haunted attraction

  • Posted : September 27th, 2014
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Since he was 10 years old, Oak Lawn native Justin Cerniuk has yearned to create the ultimate spookhouse. Now, with the Oct. 2 opening of Midnight Terror Haunted House, Oak Lawn’s first ever commercial haunted attraction, Cerniuk is about to realize that dream — and give nightmares of the frightfully fun kind to the thousands of visitors expected to attend.

Cerniuk partnered with village officials to repurpose the long-abandoned Beatty Lumber yard property at 9531 S. 52nd Ave., host site of Midnight Terror, and create a win-win for everyone involved. Working diligently round the clock since August, Cerniuk and his team have converted the 4,000-square-foot Beatty warehouse into a creepy fear factory that will feature dozens of unique props, over 30 costumed actors, and 15 different rooms — including a crypt of the damned, haunted forest, and blackout barracks — that wind throughout the facility in unexpectedly frightening fashion.

Midnight Terror will provide patrons with memorable thrills they won’t get at any other paid horror-themed attraction. Everything inside is meant to overwhelm your senses, look disturbingly authentic and unfold unpredictably. From the custom-built animatronics and finely detailed props to the distinctive wall textures, eerie lighting design, and improvisational scare tactics of the actors, Cerniuk promises a Halloween thrill destination that’s a cut above the rest.

“We’ve even designed certain spaces to have distinctive scents, like the musty smell of the boiler room and the mildewed odor of the catacombs,” says Cerniuk, who personally designs and fabricates nearly every prop, façade and effect used in Midnight Terror. “And visitors are getting a great value. This is no quick stroll through and you’re done. The attraction lasts up to 15 minutes, and it doesn’t end when you exit the building. There are more scares waiting for you outside, too.”

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Rob Zombie Concert Ticket Giveaway!

  • Posted : September 22nd, 2014
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To kick off the 2014 Halloween/haunted house season, has a pair of tickets to give away for Rob Zombie’s SOLD OUT Friday night kick off concert for his new Chicago haunted attraction Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. For your chance to win, visit the Facebook Page at, LIKE it, then share the post about this contest that you’ll find there. That’s it!

A winner will be chosen at random and announced at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 25th. Tickets will be delivered via Will Call at the Odeum Expo Center the night of the show. The concert starts at 7:00 pm. Additional details are available at the RZGAN Website.

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Statesville Haunted Prison Auditions & Interviews This Weekend

  • Posted : September 18th, 2014
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Statesville Auditions

Friday, September 19th, 4pm-8pm
Saturday, September 20th, 12pm-4pm

Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60441

Drive towards the back and park; walk in through the fire gate near the back building and head towards the door between the two haunted house facades.

What you will need:

  • Information to fill out an application (i.e. SS#, previous employer information, availability during October)
  • Comfortable clothing- you will be asked to move around and be active during the improv games
  • An email address- this is how we will contact you after auditions
  • Water bottle is encouraged

What to expect:

Upon arriving you will:

  • Fill out application
  • Have your picture taken
  • Wait to be called in for your audition (the wait could be anywhere from 5 mins to 90 mins depending on how many people are here. It is first come first serve)

Applicants will audition in groups of 5; the majority of the audition is improv games.


  • You must be at least 14 to apply for our high school internship.
  • You must be 18 or older to qualify for a paid contract.
  • You can arrive at any time during the listed times on an audition day.
  • You need to be able to make all or almost all of the days the haunted house is open (calendar available HERE)
  • Call time is at 4:30pm every day we are open. You need to be there at that time. A few exceptions might be made if you need more time to get from work or school. Please let us know at auditions if this is the case and what time you could make it everyday.
  • A small number of people may be hired for part time. This means you have to be able to make all or almost all Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Acting classes will be held on September 27th. These are mandatory if hired.
  • Training days will be Tuesday September 30th and Wednesday October 1st. Call time is 4:30pm. The training on the 30th covers safety and is mandatory.
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Lombard Jaycees Haunted House Is Now Lombard Haunted House

  • Posted : September 18th, 2014
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Lombard, IL – September 17th, 2014 – Lombard will be kicking off their 44th year for their annual Haunted House on Friday, October 10th. The theme for this year is Jack and Jill…Kill Kill Kill…A Collection of Nursery Crimes. The thought process behind the theme for this year is to put a nightmarish twist on some very familiar nursery rhymes. Which rhymes will get the nightmarish twist? The only way to find out is to come check it out!

The location for 2014 is Yorktown Shopping Center, this marks the third year in a row Lombard calls Yorktown home for their Haunted House, however, the location within the shopping center has changed they will now be located at 20 Convenience Center which is the strip mall between McDonald’s and Target and across from JC Penny and Carson Pirie Scott. Construction is well underway for this year and there is still plenty of time to get involved as volunteers are needed frequently to help build, haunt, sell tickets, spread the word and tear down. The Haunted House is an important fundraiser as it brings in revenue to purchase food baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as purchase presents for children at Christmas for families in need in the York Township area.

A few of the special events scheduled for this year are the FREE Kiddie Matinee and Woeful Wednesday. The Kiddie Matinee will be held on Saturday, October 25th from Noon to 3pm. Lights will be on and kids can trick-or-treat their way through the house. Although this event is free, a donation of a non-perishable food item will be greatly appreciated. Woeful Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, October 29th. This special event is named after the nursery rhyme Monday’s Child and is one night only. This night is not for the ordinary visitor, all of the actors will be roaming free throughout the house and the experience will be more intense than usual. Admission for Woeful Wednesday is $20 and the proceeds from this night will be split between the Haunted House and an Alzheimer’s Foundation that will be determined at a later date in the name of Marlyn Meyer, a former Village of Lombard Trustee, as well as former Lombard Man of the Year and Senior of the Year for Lombard who recently passed away. Also, there will be an ongoing coat and toy drive each night the Haunted House is open, everything donated will be given to families in need in the local community, feel free to drop anything off during hours of operation.

Jack and Jill…Kill Kill Kill…A Collection of Nursery Crimes will be open from October 10-12; 17-19; 24-26; Oct 31 and November 1-2.  Hours for each night are 7pm-11pm. Admission is $10 for everyone 10 years of age and older and $5 for kids 9 years of age and younger. VIP tickets (skip the line) are $15 for everyone 10 and older and $7 for 9 and younger. For more information visit the Lombard Haunted House at

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Have You Listed YOUR Haunted Attraction for 2014 at HHC?

  • Posted : September 17th, 2014
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Just a reminder that is COMPLETELY NEW for 2014 – rebuilt from the ground up in the spring of this year. That means that, if you haven’t created a NEW account and listed your haunted house, attraction or event IN 2014, you NEED TO DO THAT NOW! The 2013 listings DID NOT carry forward to the new site (it wasn’t possible to do, and anyway, this way we weed out the ones that are no longer in operation).

So what are you waiting for? List yourself now – it’s free!

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