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. 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 in October, when you can explore the scenes without the actors using only the illumination from a glowstick. For an extra spooky experience, go on closing day when the lights are all out but the performers are still there. Sept 23–Nov 5
Halloween in Chicago provides plenty of opportunities for spooky fun such as horror movie marathons, costumed parades and themed cocktails, though serious thrillseekers will want to visit one of the area’s many haunted houses. You could look for real restless spirits at one of the most haunted places in Chicago or guarantee an encounter with the demons, evil clowns, zombies and other monsters that man these seasonal attractions. Actors work to get you screaming in spaces featuring sophisticated sound and video systems and detailed sets, so if you’re afraid of the dark you might want to stick to lighter fall fun like a pumpkin patch. But if you are brave enough, buy a ticket now to visit one of these haunted houses near Chicago.