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Haunted houses and attractions in Chicago

Prepare to be startled by monsters, clowns and gore at these truly terrifying Halloween attractions

Six Flags Great America Fright Fest is one of the best haunted houses and Halloween attractions in Chicago.

Some people are content to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in a clever costume and eating a bunch of candy. Others are more interested in being frightened during this traditionally spooky season. Of course, you could turn out the lights and watch a great horror film, but there's nothing better than a real life scare. If you're the kind of person who loves to get startled by guys wearing rubber masks, take a look at our list of the Chicago-area's best haunted houses and attractions. 

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13th Floor Haunted House

With more than 30,000 square feet of space, the 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park offers one of the more expansive, scare-filled experiences in the area. This year, the venue is split into two attractions: the Rising, a gothic Parisian graveyard, and the Dead End District, a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested urban nightmare.

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13th Floor Haunted House, Melrose Park Until Sat Nov 8

Audience Annihilated Part 2: Gold Star Sticker

The Dream Theatre brings back its immersive Audience Annihilated Part 2: Gold Star Sticker for a second year, blurring the lines between reality and performance. Audience members are asked to participate in a 15-minute narrative that blends the trappings of a haunted house with a highly interactive horror story.

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Dream Laboratory Until Sun Nov 2

Basement of the Dead

Aurora's Basement of the Dead is located in an old laundry company run by two brothers named Al and Imus Kilya. That seems a little suspicious if you ask us, but this is a haunted house. Visitors can also take in a 3D circus-themed attraction called Shattered, featuring an evil clown who loves to smash things. If you want to see what you'll be getting into, take a peek at the live feed on the Basement of the Dead's website.

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Basement of the Dead Haunted House, Aurora Until Sat Nov 1

Disturbia Screams in the Park

The creative minds behind Disturbia Torment of Fears in Addison, Illinois, combine forces with Rosemont's Screams in the Park for a collaborative haunted experience. Visitors descend into the lower level of a parking garage, where they journey through 35 interactive rooms. The only thing more terrifying would be a trip to the nearby Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.

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MB Financial Park, Rosemont Until Fri Oct 31

Dungeon of Doom

Located directly between Chicago and Milwaukee, the Dungeon of Doom is best known for its "Buried Dead or Alive" experience, which simulates the sensation of going to an early grave. Other attractions at the haunted complex include a slaughterhouse, a sewer and the opportunity to don a costume and scare another visitor. The 50–60-minute experience is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

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Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, Gurnee Until Sat Nov 1

Fear City Haunted House

With 40,000 square feet of space, Fear City reimagines the city of Chicago as a haunted metropolis, featuring a replica El train car and a re-creation of Lower Wacker Drive. This year, the venue hosts a second attraction called Our Lady of the Cursed that transports attendees to an abandoned school haunted by murderous students. Each experience is ticketed separately, as are the Battle Royal laser tag missions that take place in the Fear City venue on Mondays and Tuesdays. Attendees must be 12 or older.

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Fear City Haunted House Until Sat Nov 1

The Fear Haunted House

The Fear returns to Navy Pier, offering an experience that promises to be almost as frightening as the prospect of standing in a line of tourists at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. This year's theme is Zombie Containment, throwing visitors into a lab where an undead outbreak is transpiring. The attraction offers "low scare" (lights on for the kiddies) and "high scare" experiences, depending upon when you attend.

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Navy Pier Until Sun Nov 2

Fright Fest

Six Flags Great America's annual Fright Fest offers six weekends of spooky theme-park fun, centered around six haunted attractions and six live shows. The park remains family friendly until 6pm on Saturdays and until 5pm every other day, so you can bring your little ones and avoid the chainsaw-wielding maniacs. If zombie and monsters don't scare you, maybe a spin on Goliath will do the trick?

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Six Flags Great America, Gurnee Until Sun Nov 2

The Massacre Haunted House

Small groups of up to seven people can traverse 60 terrifying rooms at the Massacre, an indoor labyrinth that serves up scares to patrons of all ages. Admission includes access to a separate haunted attraction called Fear Factory 3D.

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The Massacre Haunted House, Aurora Until Sun Nov 2

Realm of Terror Horror Experience

Realm of Terror bills itself as a "horror experience," inviting visitors on a tour of Quixotic Labs, a research facility where terrifying experiments lurk around every corner. If you need to dull your nerves before entering the half-hour attraction, you can hit the Haunt Bar for a stiff drink—maybe they'll make you a Zombie?

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Realm of Terror Horror Experience Until Sat Nov 1
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Chicago has a great Halloween Tradition, and the Halloween Haunted Houses and events to match! Some of these Halloween attractions may offer discount coupons, here is a site to check to see if you can save a little money. http://haunted-houses-chicago.com  Have some scary Halloween fun this year!