Haunted houses and attractions in Chicago

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

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

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

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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.

  1. 13th Floor Haunted House, Melrose Park 1940 George St
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sat Nov 8
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Audience Annihilated Part 2: Gold Star Sticker

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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.

  1. Dream Laboratory 5026 N Lincoln Ave, at Winnemac Ave
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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Basement of the Dead

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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.

  1. Basement of the Dead Haunted House, Aurora 42 W New York St
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Disturbia Screams in the Park

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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.

  1. MB Financial Park, Rosemont 5501 Park Pl
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Oct 31
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Dungeon of Doom

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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.

  1. Dungeon of Doom Haunted House, Gurnee 600 29th St
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Fear City Haunted House

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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.

  1. Fear City Haunted House 8240 N Austin Ave
  2. Until Sat Nov 1
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The Fear Haunted House

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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.

  1. Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, at Streeter Dr
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Nov 2
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Fright Fest

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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?

  1. Six Flags Great America, Gurnee 542 N Rte 21
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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The Massacre Haunted House

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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.

  1. The Massacre Haunted House, Aurora 299 Montgomery Road
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sun Nov 2
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Realm of Terror Horror Experience

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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?

  1. Realm of Terror Horror Experience 421 W Rollins Road
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

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Noted musician and horror film director Rob Zombie brings his Great American Nightmare to Villa Park, featuring three separate haunted houses. Each attraction draws inspiration from one of Zombie's movies, including The Lords Of Salem, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and House of 1,000 Corpses. Rob Zombie will perform at opening night on September 26 (tickets are $45), and the Street Drum Corps will entertain guests throughout the rest of the season.

  1. Odeum Expo Center, Villa Park 1033 N Villa Ave
  2. Thu Oct 23 - Sat Nov 1
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Statesville Haunted Prison

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Zombie Army Productions' flagship haunted house sits 50 minutes southwest of Chicago, but serious thrill seekers will want to make the trip. Visitors enter the fictitious Statesville Prison where they traverse 23 cells filled with rioting prisoners before dodging zombies in the City of the Dead. It's a visceral experience that's not for the faint of heart or anyone younger than 10.

  1. Statesville Haunted Prison, Crest Hill 17250 S Weber Rd
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Nov 2
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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!