For many Chicagoans, Halloween is merely a time to eat candy, dress up in clever costumes and admire the fall foliage. But for others—the true Halloween scream queens—it’s all about getting freaked the hell out. Yes, for this camp, no Halloween season is complete without a visit to one (or all) of Chicago’s best haunted houses. Though they’re not all within city limits, the impeccable production value of these top venues make them well worth the trek.
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The best haunted attractions in Chicago
The creative minds behind Disturbia Torment of Fears in Addison 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. A minimum of age 13 and up is recommended.
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 different 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.
As if its Vertical Velocity coaster wasn't enough of a scream, Six Flags transforms into its Halloween alter ego with hair-raising shows, haunted houses and a trick-or-treat trail for kids. Two-hundred monsters, ghouls and freaky faces will roam the park and guests are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.
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: Bloodlines: Legacy of Darkness, a cemetery filled with vampires, and the Dead End District: Fallout, a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested urban nightmare.
Located 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 haunted hostpital, a gruesome sewer and the Cabin of Carnage. The 50-60 minute experience is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
The suburbs get even scarier this fall, with two attraction themes awaiting you in the House of Torment Chicago. You'll encounter demented high school students and zombie cheerleaders in Nightmare High, and a gang of clown killers chasing you through the streets of Morton Grove in The Frenzy. On November 4th and 5th, you can participate in the blackout event, which allows you to walk through both attractions with only a glowstick to light the way.