Regularly ranked as one of the top haunted houses in Illinois by Halloween connoisseurs, Basement of the Dead has been providing seasonal scares since 2000 in a 120-year-old building in downtown Aurora. Explore the dark, sinister confines to encounter demented doctors and nurses, creepy dolls, and a cult. Admission also includes entry to Shattered 3D, a circus-themed space lit by blacklights and filled with mesmerizing art and creepy clowns. If you want to avoid jump scares, visit during the Night of Isolation Wednesdays Oct 6-20, when you can explore the scenes without the actors. For an extra spooky experience, go on closing day when the lights are all out. Sept 26–Nov 6
Haunted houses weren't an ideal way to celebrate Halloween in Chicago last year, but with vaccines, mask mandates and other precautions in place, it’s now much safer to have some spooky fun. Haunted houses near Chicago offer the chance to encounter ghosts, zombies, mad scientists and other horrors brought to life with incredible costumes and sets. These attractions aren’t meant for the young or faint of heart, so if you’re looking for some more tame fall fun, check out our guides to the best pumpkin patches and apple picking. For everyone else, these haunted houses near Chicago are good for a few frights.
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