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Cooler Weather Is Finally Here – Time to Go to a Haunted House!

  • Posted : October 11th, 2018
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20 Days Left 'til Halloween!The weather forecast for the weekend (in fact, for the next week or so) says that it FINALLY feels like October out there, and what better way to celebrate that Fall Feeling than with a trip to your local haunted house? Dozens of Chicagoland attractions are open tonight and just waiting to help you scare up a good time and get in the Halloween Spirit, so where do you want to SCREAM tonight? Find the scares near you in the listings at http://www.hauntedhousechicago.com!

Wondering which haunted house might be right for you? The HHC Review Team has been reviewing Chicagoland haunted attractions for 20 years – see their reviews and top picks under the “HHC REVIEWS” section of HauntedHouseChicago.com. Want to score some sweet FREE HauntedHouseChicago.com swag? Check the HHC Review Team’s review schedule at http://www.hauntedhousechicago.com/2018/09/2018-review-team-schedule/, then look for them at the haunted houses they’ll be visiting (can’t miss’em – they have matching jackets!) and you could get a any number of HHC goodies!

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Multi-Award Winning Massacre Haunted House Expands for 2018

  • Posted : October 11th, 2018
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The Massacre Haunted House

The award-winning team behind the Massacre Haunted House has opened their doors for their 9th season and is already ranking once again as one of the scariest haunted houses in Illinois.  For this year, “The Massacre Haunted House” has undergone their largest renovation to date by expanding over 10,000 square feet, bringing this haunted attraction to a massive 30,000 total square feet of terror.

New for 2018, The Massacre doubled the size of their indoor heated waiting area. It is now complete with a stage, featuring live entertainment to keep the crowd entertained on high volume busy nights. From there, customers will get a chance to take a photo with a very familiar giant spider clown that has gone viral since its debut at the Transworld Halloween Convention in St Louis back in early 2018.

Inside the haunted attraction, people will discover new areas including a fan favorite laser swamp, a mesmerizing gothic church complete with a giant Baphomet standing over 12-foot tall, and within the 3D attraction a full size ice cream truck on airbags and CGI effects making you feel like you are riding down the road while being tormented by clowns.

“We’ve remodeled and amped up nearly every room, as well as adding over a dozen new rooms with state-of-the-art special effects and attention to detail like you would see on a Hollywood movie set, ” said Owner and Creative Designer of The Massacre, Ryan Burke. “Be prepared to be scared from every angle, we’ve added actor scare-boxes in unique places that you would never see coming.”

He also added, “we have expanded our makeup department and brought on Michelle Gore who has worked in the film business and is a master of special effects makeup.”

Massacre Haunted House has been one of Illinois’ top haunted attractions for nine consecutive years.  It has been entitled as the “#1 Haunted House in Illinois” by both HauntedIllinois.com as well as The Chicago Tribune. It also has been accredited as a top Haunted House by USA Today, Fox News, HauntedHouseChicago.com and many more.

All tickets at The Massacre Haunted House can be purchased online or at the box office. General Admission is $25 at the door (Discounts may be available on the website); Fast Pass with provides entrance to the haunted house without having to wait in the general admission line is $35. Plus, discount tickets are available at select suburban Costco locations.

Discounts for the 2018 season include:

  • FREE Fast Pass upgrade on Sundays with valid Military ID
  • $5.00 Off Every Night with a ticket stub from any other haunted house
  • Up to $10 Off Thursdays and Sundays with coupon at FearTheMassacre.com

The haunted house is open every Thursdays-Sundays through Halloween plus Tuesday, October 30th and Halloween Night Wednesday, October 31st.

For details and tickets, visit http://www.fearthemassacre.com.


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Days of the Living Dead Season 2018, Ep 05: How to Make Darkness

  • Posted : October 10th, 2018
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The core premise of HellsGate Haunted House is that it’s been infected by evil, literally represented throughout the house as “Darkness”. In this episode the Zombie Army’s Johanna and Anthony will teach you the practical ways in which that Darkness is created. Watch as they show you how to “infect” an actor, a prop or an entire room with the slimy black stuff. Mmhmm. Slimy black Darkness.

Catch up on Season 2018 and watch previous seasons of Days of the Living Dead at http://www.daysofthelivingdead.com!


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Oak Lawn’s Midnight Terror Haunted House Voted #1 “Must-See Haunt” in Illinois by Fans at TheScareFactor.com

  • Posted : September 22nd, 2018
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Midnight Terror Haunted House

Oak Lawn’s Midnight Terror Haunted House voted #1 “must-see haunt” in Illinois by fans
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Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, which opens for its fifth season on September 28, was recently ranked the top “Must-See Haunt” in the entire state of Illinois by TheScareFactor.com, based on votes by fans (visit https://www.thescarefactor.com/haunt-blog/top-must-see-haunts-in-illinois-2018 for details).

Now in its third straight year at its larger location (5520 W. 111th St.), Midnight Terror Haunted House is riding a wave of increasing popularity, visitor acclaim, and strong word-of-mouth. Visitor counts have increased exponentially every year since the haunt relocated to its current site in 2016. Positive ratings online and via social media have certainly helped, and the site has been ranked in top 10 lists from the Chicago Tribune, Fox News, HauntedHouseChicago.com, Illinois Haunted House and more. Creator/co-owner Justin Cerniuk attributes this success to several factors.

“We don’t rely on big animatronics. We work hard with our actors to give customers the best possible show,” says Cerniuk. “Our actors are given creative freedom versus having to follow a rigid script, which allows them to scare better. Plus, we provide haunt actor training all year long, not just a few days before we open.”

Secondly, he notes that the industry norm is to merely update a few rooms in a haunt during the offseason. “But we’ve spent the past 10 months designing a whole new layout, with all new rooms and every costumed character re-envisioned.”

Additionally, Cerniuk says he runs Midnight Terror as a family, not a corporation. “We build every aspect of the show as a group of friends who share the same passion and vision of the haunt industry,” he adds, noting that he and his managers also don costumes and scare along with the crew, which keeps morale high.

What’s more, every year Midnight Terror offers a great array of value-added promotions and discounts. In 2018, visitors can claim:

  • Half-price tickets ($12.50 general admission) when purchased online at midnightterror.com and on opening weekend (Sept. 28-30).
  • $5 off for students with a school ID every Thursday or Sunday.
  • $5 off when you bring in any other haunted house ticket stub.
  • $5 off for military personal with a valid ID.
  • Free souvenir (Midnight Terror button, sticker or headband) when you take a picture at the on-site photo booth.
  • The clowns take over on Nov. 3 – The haunt is entirely populated by evil circus denizens for one “Clown Takeover” night, with a limited supply of half-price tickets now available (only $10 when purchased online).
  • Santa goes psycho on Dec. 14-16. That’s when Midnight Terror transforms into “Christmas Fear,” with a limited supply of half-price tickets now available (only $10 when purchased online).
  • Take a photo of you and a Midnight Terror actor stalking the waiting line, share the image on social media in October (using hashtag #MidnightTerror), and you may win two free tickets to Christmas Fear (Dec. 14-16).

The haunt has earned considerable goodwill in the community, too. Midnight Terror partners with different charities every year and rewards its patrons. New for 2018:

  • For every ticket bought on-site on Sundays, $1 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Free trick-or-treating for kids 12 and younger (who are accompanied by an adult) on October 31 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; this annual tradition is appreciated by area families, whose children are given candy and a fun “lights-on” tour of the haunt by actors appearing in friendly mode.

Lastly, Midnight Terror’s scares truly satisfy. Visitor reviews continually hit on a prevailing theme: the fright factor at this haunt is exceptionally high.

“We pride ourselves on designing a uniquely terrifying and creatively horrific haunted house experience that keeps the crowds coming back for more,” says Cerniuk. He notes that Midnight Terror benefits from more than 60 rooms, over 100 actors, and 26,000-plus square feet. “The Midnight Terror production crew custom make every one of our props and sets. And our state-of-the-art animatronic, CGI, lighting, and sound effects are comparable to those used in a big-budget Hollywood horror movie.”

Midnight Terror Haunted House is located at 5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn, Ill., 60453, just east of the intersection of Central Avenue and 111th Street. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office on site: regular admission per person is $25 at the door (discounts may be available online); VIP admission per person, which provides faster entry without having to wait in the general admission line, is $35 at the door. The attraction is wheelchair accessible and open, rain or shine (an indoor waiting area is provided), from: 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28, 30 and 31; and from 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (Sept. 28 and 29; Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27; and Nov. 3). Visitors can park for free at the Oak Lawn Metra station parking garage (located at 9525 Tulley Ave.) and take a complimentary round-trip shuttle – with costumed characters aboard to entertain passengers – to the Midnight Terror site.

For more information, visit www.midnightterror.com or email midnightterror.info@gmail.com.


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2018 Review Team Schedule

  • Posted : September 14th, 2018
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HauntedHouseChicago.com Review Team Schedule 2018

 

Here is the official 2018 Haunted House Chicago Review Team schedule.  Find us at all of the great haunted attractions in the Chicagoland area, get some free stuff, and maybe even win some prizes! Make sure to tag us on social media and win tickets, HHC swag, and much more!

Sunday, September 30

  • Six Flags Great America Fright Fest; Gurnee, IL

Friday, October 5

  • Niles Haunted House Scream Park; Niles, MI

Saturday, October 6
LOST SOULS HAUNTED BUS TOUR – HauntedHouseChicago.com 2017 Top 3 Tour

  • Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead; Crest Hill, IL
  • Basement of the Dead & Shattered 3D Nightmare; Aurora, IL
  • Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour After Party at Evil Intentions in Elgin, IL hosted by HauntedHouseChicago.com

Sunday, October 7

  • Midnight Terror Haunted House; Oak Lawn, IL
  • The Massacre Haunted House; Montgomery, IL
  • D.E.A.D. Rising Haunted House; Crestwood, IL

Thursday, October 11

  • The Hill Has Eyes; Franklin, WI

Friday, October 12

  • Hayride of Horror & Curse of the Bayou; Lockport, IL
  • Heaps Haunted Corn Maze; Minooka, IL
  • Insanity Haunted House; Peru, IL

Saturday, October 13

  • Realm of Terror Haunted House; Round Lake Beach, IL
  • Soul Reapers Haunted House; Twin Lakes, WI
  • Abandoned Haunted House Complex; Mt. Pleasant, WI

Sunday, October 14

  • Reaper’s Realm; Hammond, IN

Thursday, October 18

  • 13th Floor Chicago; Melrose Park, IL
  • House of Torment Chicago; Morton Grove, IL

Friday, October 19

  • Tour of Terror; Hobart, IN
  • Haunted Hills Hospital; Lake Station, IN
  • Criminally Insane Haunted House; Crown Point, IN

Saturday, October 20

  • Dr. S.Cary’s Haunted House; Delavan, WI
  • Karnival of Karnage; Belvidere, IL
  • Evil Intentions; Elgin, IL

Sunday, October 21

  • Nightmare at the Terrace; Worth, IL
  • Undead Acres; Monee, IL
  • HellsGate Haunted House; Lockport, IL

Thursday, October 25

  • The Catacombs of St. Pascal; Chicago, IL
  • The Park after Dark; Chicago, IL

Friday, October 26

  • Hair Razor at St. Thecla; Chicago, IL
  • Scream Scene; Skokie, IL
  • St. Viator Stairway to Insanity; Chicago, IL

Saturday, October 27

  • Fear Fest; South Beloit, IL
  • Hoppers Haunted House; Rockford, IL
  • Twisted Crypt; Rockford, IL
  • Trail of Screams; Rockford, IL

Sunday, October 28

  • McHenry Jaycees; McHenry, IL
  • Disturbia Haunted Attraction: Chicago; Downers Grove, IL

More attractions TBD as the season continues

*Please note, that due to driving, operating hours and weather, this schedule may change at any time. *


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