01/30/13 :: 12:27 PM
TORNADO DAMAGE PROMPTS URGENT SALE OF HAUNT ITEMS!Ashmore Estates in Ashmore, Illinois suffered major damage from a tornado last night. It is owned by Scott “the Spookmeister” and Tanya Kelly. They lost the roof of the building, the clown maze, the concessions shed, and a camper. The family and animals are safe.
EVERYTHING MUST GO: They have to immediately sell all costumes, props, software, animations, the solar powered marquis sign and all other haunt paraphernalia. Please call Scott 217-512-9499. They have no power and no access to Facebook, so please contact via phone as necessary.
22645 E CR 1050N
Ashmore, IL 61912
From Scott and Tanya: We can't check FB easily right now, so if you're asking what you can do to help, this is what you can do:
- Repost that we are selling all the props, costumes, and other haunt paraphernalia asap.
- Come over any time today, and bring your gloves, mud boots and muscles. We need to move a lot of things very quickly.
- Bring us cardboard cartons and boxes.
Thank you so much. Our grief and shock over these losses is eased by how you, our community of friends and loves ones, are reaching out to us.
11/01/12 :: 04:53 PM
Encore WeekendNot ready for the Halloween season and the haunting fun to be over?
Well don't fear, there is still one more weekend to scream!
Check out these attractions that will be open this weekend:
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Basement of the Dead in Aurora, IL
Fear Asylum in Belvidere, IL
Fear Itself in Mishawaka, IN
Forest of Freaks in Janesville, WI
Haunted Mansion and Asylum 13 in Bolingbrook, IL
Hauntfest in Milwaukee, WI
Massacre Haunted House in Naperville, IL
Psychosis Haunted House in Elgin, IL
Raven's Grin Inn in Mt. Carroll, IL
Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead in Crest Hill, IL
Zombie Safari in Dundee, IL
Please make sure you check each Attraction's listing to confirm operating dates and hours.
11/01/12 :: 10:20 AM
Haunted Attraction ClosingsAs the 2012 Haunt Season comes to a close, we remember two amazing attractions that screeched their last screams this Halloween:
Dream Reapers Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL (2000-2012)
Haunted High in Oconomowoc, WI (2009-2012)
As they will be greatly missed, may they both be forever remembered. R.I.P.
10/30/12 :: 11:41 PM
2012 Official Haunted House Chicago Top 13As the clock strikes twelve, we find ourselves at the apex of yet another haunting season. But, before we bid farewell, it is finally time to present the 2012 Official Haunted House Chicago Top 13.
After traversing 2,346 miles this season, here is our list of the best around:
1. Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead in Crest Hill, IL
2. Realm of Terror Horror Experience in Round Lake Beach, IL
3. Amhurst Asylum in Valparaiso, IN
4. Basement of the Dead in Aurora, IL
5. Wisconsin Feargrounds in Waukesha, WI
6. Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park, IL
7. Fear City & Hades in Morton Grove, IL
8. Fear Itself at Legend Park in Mishawaka, IN
9. Abyss Haunted House in Channahon, IL
10. Dream Reapers Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL
11. Reapers Realm in Hammond, IN
12. Spook Hollow & MC Manor in Marquette Heights, IL
13. The Haunted Infirmary at Bartonville Insane Asylum in Bartonville, IL (tied)
Niles Haunted House Scream Park in Niles, MI (tied)
Abandoned Haunted House Complex in Mount Pleasant, WI (tied)
(A special note that this year, we had a three-way tie for 13th place, based on the total number of points earned according to the scale used by the Haunted House Chicago Review Team.)
Congratulations to all haunted attractions for an outstanding season of haunting!
Now, who's counting down the days until 2013?
10/30/12 :: 06:02 PM
2012 Jim Warfield Acting Award WinnerCongratulations to Stevie Calabrese as "Auntie Mom" from Realm of Terror Horror Experience in Round Lake Beach, IL! She has been chosen as Haunted House Chicago's 2012 Jim Warfield Acting Award winner!
(Because of you, we check under our beds twice.)
Stay tuned for the 2012 Haunted House Chicago Official Top 13 at midnight!
10/30/12 :: 04:41 PM
2012 New Haunted Attraction of the YearCongratulations to Abandoned Haunted House Complex in Mount Pleasant, WI, for being chosen as Haunted House Chicago's 2012 New Haunted Attraction of the Year! More Information
Happy Devil's Night and stay tuned for more news and awards over the next 24 hours!
10/15/12 :: 10:22 PM
Travel Channel Filming "Halloween Craziest" at Statesville Haunted Prison on Thursday, 10/18/12
Come to Statesville® on Thursday Night for Your Chance to be on TV!
Travel Channel will be at Statesville Haunted Prison® on Thursday, October 18 to film Chicagoland's own favorite haunt! The crew is filming for the Halloween special "Halloween Craziest," the 3rd in the series that began last year with "Halloween Crazy" and continues this year with "Halloween Crazier"; "Halloween Craziest" will air on the Travel Channel in October 2013!
Attention haunt enthusiasts! If you want to appear on this Travel Channel Halloween special, get yourself to Statesville® on Thursday night and be ready to scream! The crew will be filming the most enthusiastic, most easily-frightened and most scream-prone guests who come to Statesville® and if they pick you, you may end up on TV!
10/08/12 :: 08:30 PM
Bride of the Stripping Dead at the Admiral Theaterhttp://strippingdead.com/; Facebook event page at http://www.facebook.com/events/281017955340449/.
Use coupon code "MAYA" to receive $10 OFF each ticket!
09/05/12 :: 04:04 PM
2012 Halloween Season Preview
Heading into October, October 5th bring us three premieres. Tim Burton has his animated production of, “Frankenweenie,” Ethan Hawke stars in “Sinister,” and finally an interesting “mask” movie named, “V/H/S.” Not to be outdone, “Smiley,” another “mask” movie hits theatres on October 11th. As we head into the home stretch, we are given two more presents. On October 19th, the 4th installment of the “Paranormal Activity” series hits the big screen. We finish off the season, “Silent Hill: Revelation,” premiering on October 26th.
The Big Stage
07/10/12 :: 01:37 PM