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Haunts Open This Weekend

  • Posted : September 26th, 2019
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As October creeps closer, we find ourselves upon the final weekend of September. Although the full roster of amazing attractions is not yet available, this last preseason offering gives us an even larger selection to quench our craving for screams. Here’s where to get your haunted house fix this weekend:

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Friday, September 27, 2019
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago
in Melrose Park, IL
Abandoned Haunted House Complex in Mount Pleasant, WI
Basement of the Dead Haunted House in Aurora, IL
DEAD Rising Haunted House in Crestwood, IL
Evil Intentions Haunted House in Elgin, IL
Fear District in Milwaukee, WI
Fear Fest in South Beloit, IL
Haunted Hills Hospital in Lake Station, IN
Heaps Haunted Corn Maze in Minooka, IL
Hoppers Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Karnival of Karnage in Belvidere, IL
Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, IL
Niles Scream Park in Niles, MI
Raven’s Grin Inn in Mount Carroll, IL
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest in Gurnee, IL
The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL
The Hill Has Eyes in Franklin, WI
Twisted Crypt Haunted House in Rockford, IL

Saturday, September 28, 2019
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago in Melrose Park, IL
Abandoned Haunted House Complex in Mount Pleasant, WI
Basement of the Dead Haunted House in Aurora, IL
DEAD Rising Haunted House in Crestwood, IL
Evil Intentions Haunted House in Elgin, IL
Fear District in Milwaukee, WI
Fear Fest in South Beloit, IL
Haunted Hills Hospital in Lake Station, IN
Heaps Haunted Corn Maze in Minooka, IL
Hoppers Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Karnival of Karnage in Belvidere, IL
Massacre Haunted House in Montgomery, IL
Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, IL
Niles Scream Park in Niles, MI
Raven’s Grin Inn in Mount Carroll, IL
Realm of Terror Haunted House in Round Lake Beach, IL
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest in Gurnee, IL
The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL
The Hill Has Eyes in Franklin, WI
Twisted Crypt Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Undead Acres in Monee, IL

Sunday, September 29, 2019
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago in Melrose Park, IL
Basement of the Dead Haunted House in Aurora, IL
DEAD Rising Haunted House in Crestwood, IL
Evil Intentions Haunted House in Elgin, IL
Fear District in Milwaukee, WI
Fear Fest in South Beloit, IL
Karnival of Karnage in Belvidere, IL
Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, IL
Raven’s Grin Inn in Mount Carroll, IL
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest in Gurnee, IL
The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL
The Hill Has Eyes in Franklin, WI
Twisted Crypt Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Undead Acres in Monee, IL

Please note: While we take great pride in researching our information, please check with your destination to confirm dates, times, and availability.

The Haunted House Chicago Review Team will be at Niles Scream Park on Saturday, September 28th, and Six Flags Great America Fright Fest on Sunday, September 29th. Find us, and get some FREE stuff!

We close with those haunter-favorite lyrics from Green Day, “Wake me up, when September ends.”

Scream safely and see you in October!


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Oak Lawn’s Midnight Terror Haunted House Ranked a Top 10 Haunted Attraction by USA Today

  • Posted : September 23rd, 2019
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VOTED #8 BEST IN THE COUNTRY, TOPS IN ILLINOIS

Midnight Terror Haunted House

The accolades continue to pour in for Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, which opens for its sixth season on September 27. It was recently voted a top 10 haunted attraction in the entire country by readers of USA Today, earning a coveted spot in the newspaper’s “10 Best Readers’ Choice 2019” list. Ranking #8 on that list also earns Midnight Terror the distinction of being the fan favorite top haunted attraction in Illinois.

Midnight Terror (5520 W. 111th St.) was first nominated by USA Today editors and haunt experts, landing it on an initial list of 20 haunted attractions published in the summer. The newspaper then invited visitors to vote online for their favorite; strong support from fans helped the Oak Lawn haunt quickly climb up the ranks before polling closed in late August.

“Being recognized as one of the top 10 in the nation in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2019 poll is only the beginning,” says Midnight Terror creator/co-owner Justin Cerniuk. “Our goal is to continue on as a group of friends creating absurdity, having fun, and letting the reviews speak for themselves. Supporters appreciate all the effort we put into our haunt to scare them out of their wits, and we are so grateful for this honor they’ve helped bestow upon us.”

In 2018, Midnight Terror rated as the top “Must-See Haunt” in the entire state of Illinois by TheScareFactor.com, based on votes by fans, and was declared the number one haunted house in all of Illinois by Fox 32 Chicago. In past years, it has been highly recommended and ranked by Thrillist, NBC, the Chicago Tribune, Patch.com, Haunted House Chicago, Illinois Haunted Houses, and others.

A big reason Cerniuk and company get so much love—and repeat business—from admirers is their extreme attention to detail and unwavering commitment to create fresh frights for visitors every year. Unlike many other commercial Halloween attractions, the Midnight Terror crew reinvent their haunt annually: moving walls, completely reconfiguring spaces, and adding new layers of realism to their macabre maze of 60-plus rooms spread out over some 26,000 square feet.

“Our haunt has never been this immersive. This season, we’ve added countless new fine touches, well-timed scares, ultra-detailed props, and strategically positioned light and sound effects,” adds Cerniuk. “Every room’s impeccable detail envelops you into this world we’ve created. We’ve packed so many new surprises into this space to guarantee that visitors will get an unforgettably terrifying sensory experience.”

They can also claim a great value, courtesy of several 2019 promotions:

  • Half-price tickets ($12.50 off the $25 general admission with promo code news13) on opening weekend (Sept. 27-29) only when purchased online at midnightterror.com.
  • $5 off for students with a school ID every Thursday or Sunday.
  • $5 off when you bring in any other haunted house ticket stub.
  • Free upgrade to VIP tickets on Sundays for active-duty military and veterans with a valid ID.
  • Free trick-or-treating for kids 12 and younger (who are accompanied by an adult) on October 27 from noon to 3 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.
  • Send in the clowns on Nov. 1 and 2  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 $12.50 when purchased online).
  • Santa scares you silly on Dec. 13-15. Those are the dates when Midnight Terror morphs into “Christmas Fear,” with a limited supply of half-price tickets now available (only $12.50 when purchased online).

This year, Midnight Terror also plans to partner with charitable organizations such as Chicago Youth Programs and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cerniuk will donate stacks of Midnight Terror admission tickets to each of these charities, which can be used for fundraising efforts.

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. General admission per person is $24.99; VIP admission per person, which provides faster entry without having to wait in the general admission line, is $34.99. Discounted tickets ($2 off) can be purchased online; regular price tickets can be purchased onsite at the box office.

The attraction is wheelchair accessible and open, rain or shine (waiting area is outdoor/indoor), from: 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and Nov. 1 and 2); and from 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30 and 31. 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 midnightterror.info@gmail.com.


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Haunts Open This Weekend

  • Posted : September 19th, 2019
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The smell of fall, football on the TV, some brats boiling on the stove… we sure love the signs of September! But, what would make it even better? A dash of blood-curdling screams! Here’s who’s open this weekend to get your haunted house fix:

Friday, September 20, 2019
13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL
Niles Haunted Scream Park in Niles, MI
Twisted Crypt Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Another Option: The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL (Non-Scary)

Saturday, September 21, 2019
13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL
Niles Haunted Scream Park in Niles, MI
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest in Gurnee, IL
Twisted Crypt Haunted House in Rockford, IL
Another Option: The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL (Non-Scary)

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Six Flags Great America Fright Fest in Gurnee, IL
Another Option: The Gallery Presents: The Haunting in Vernon Hills, IL (Non-Scary)

And of course, there is Raven’s Grin Inn in Mount Carroll, Illinois, which is open year-round!

Scream Safely!


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The Gallery Presents THE HAUNTING: An Interactive Halloween Experience ALL FUN – NO FEAR

  • Posted : September 14th, 2019
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The Haunting

September 13 – November 3, 2019 at The Gallery, 480 Ring Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061.

“Celebrate Halloween like never before in this multi-sensory interactive exhibit. Interact with and encounter this museum of the bizarre and unusual. Experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of the Halloween season as you traverse countless artistically created exhibits designed to bring out the best of this spooky season! You won’t find jump scares or anyone trying to scare the life out of you – This is not a Haunted House… This is Halloween!”

What is The Haunting?
The Haunting is a Halloween themed art installation created by a collaboration of artists, set designers, sound designers and more. Unlike a Haunted House, The Haunting allows you to walk into and immerse yourself into the world of Halloween. Touching all of the senses, The Haunting is an exhibit that strives to intrigue, inspire and immerse all that enter – Nothing in this exhibit is here to frighten you, but rather here to unlock a world of creativity centered around the spookiest time of the year!

Details & tickets at https://www.explorethegallery.com.


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2019 Review Team Schedule

  • Posted : September 13th, 2019
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Review Schedule

Here is the official 2019 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 to attractions, Midwest Haunters Convention, HHC swag, and much more!

Off-Season

Raven’s Grin Inn; Mount Carroll, IL [Review Posted]

Friday, September 13, 2019 – Season Kickoff!

The Haunting: An Interactive Halloween Experience; Vernon Hills, IL [Review Posted]

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Niles Haunted Scream Park; Niles, MI [Review In-Progress]

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Six Flags Great America Fright Fest; Gurnee, IL [Review In-Progress]

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Hills Has Eyes; Franklin, WI [Review In-Progress]

Friday, October 4, 2019

DEAD Rising Haunted House; Crestwood, IL [Review In-Progress]
Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour #1 & HHC After-Party at Statesville Haunted Prison; Crest Hill, IL [Review In-Progress]

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Midnight Terror Haunted House; Oak Lawn, IL [Review In-Progress]
Haunted Hills Hospital; Lake Station, IN [Review In-Progress]
Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour #2 & HHC After-Party at Haunted Hills Hospital in Lake Station, IN

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Twisted Crypt Haunted House; Rockford, IL [Review In-Progress]
Karnival of Karnage; Belvidere, IL [Review In-Progress]

Friday, October 11, 2019

Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead; Crest Hill, IL [Review In-Progress]
Evil Intentions Haunted House; Elgin, IL [Review In-Progress]
Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour #3 & HHC After-Party at Evil Intention Haunted House in Elgin, IL [Review In-Progress]

Saturday, October 12, 2019

HellsGate Haunted House; Lockport, IL [Review In-Progress]
Hayride of Horror & Curse of the Bayou; Lockport, IL [Review In-Progress]
Realm of Terror Haunted House; Round Lake Beach, IL [Review In-Progress]
Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour #4 & HHC After-Party at Realm of Terror Haunted House in Round Lake Beach, IL [Review In-Progress]

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D Nightmare; Aurora, IL [Review In-Progress]
Massacre Haunted House; Montgomery, IL [Review In-Progress]

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

13th Floor Haunted House Chicago; Melrose Park, IL [Review In-Progress]

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fear District; Milwaukee, WI

Friday, October 18, 2019

Reapers Realm Haunted House; Hammond, IN
Criminally Insane Haunted House; Crown Point, IN
Tour of Terror; Hobart, IN
Undead Acres; Monee, IL

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Dr. S. Cary’s Scream Park; Lake Geneva/Delavan, WI
Soul Reapers Haunted House; Wilmot, WI
McHenry Jaycees Haunted House; McHenry, IL
Nightmare on Chicago Street 2019; Elgin, IL (Special Event)

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The Attic Haunted House; Chicago, IL (Previously known as The Park After Dark)
The Catacombs of St. Pascal’s; Chicago, IL

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Disturbia Haunted Attraction; Downers Grove, IL
Psychosis Haunted House; West Chicago, IL

Friday, October 25, 2019

Insanity Haunted House; Peru, IL
Domum Diaboli Haunted House; Shorewood, IL
Heaps Haunted Corn Maze; Minooka, IL

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hair Razor Haunted House of S. Thecla; Chicago, IL
St. Viator Haunted House; Chicago, IL
Scream Scene Haunted House; Skokie, IL

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Abandoned Haunted House Complex; Mount Pleasant, WI

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Hoppers Haunted House; Rockford, IL

TBD

Fear Fest; South Beloit, IL
Nightmare at the Terrace; Worth, IL

 

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


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