Halloween haunts that scare up fun
October 27, 2011 4:56PM
Updated: May 9, 2012 9:57AM
If you are looking to scare up some Halloween fun, look no farther.
We take our Halloween seriously in Illinois. Here’s your guide to having a ghoulishly good time. One trick: Be sure to visit websites; many offer coupons, online ticket purchase options or front-of-the-line deals.
The 13 Terrors reign at Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 27-30. Visitors 8 and older will confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and a creepy mausoleum. Admission is $10; parking is free. Call (773) 262-8658; chicagoparkdistrict.com.
“Redmoon Halloween Bash 2011” is a free extravaganza, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 28, as only Redmoon can host — complete with fire and brimstone and DJ-spun music at their warehouse-sized Redmoon Central, 1463 W. Hubbard. Drink tickets available for purchase at the door. You must be 21 to attend. Call (312) 850-8440, ext. 100; redmoon.org.
SCREAMS in the Park at Rosemont, a haunted house, will be open through Oct. 31 at the Park at Rosemont, just west of River Road between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral, next to Muvico, in Rosemont. The indoor attraction operates rain or shine, 7-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 6-10 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $20. The attraction is wheelchair accessible. Parental discretion is advised. For tickets or information: screamsinthepark.com; (847) 868-9279.
“Halloween Magic,” featuring The Magic Dentist, Dr. Mark Kaschube, will be presented at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont. Admission $20; $10 for children ages 12 and younger; $30 VIP tickets include a backstage meet-and-greet. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
Fright Night at the Museum Scavenger Hunt, 2 to 4:30 p.m Nov. 5 (adults only). Explore the creepy side of the Art Institute of Chicago (Millennium Park entrance on Monroe Street) by searching for skulls and skeletons, monsters, severed heads, freaky beasts and mortifying martyrs among the thousands of ghouls in the galleries. Cost: $36, includes museum admission. Call (866) 811-4111; watsonadventures.com.
Boo! at the Zoo: Oct. 29-30. Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31stSt., Brookfield. Costume parades, professional pumpkin-carving demonstrations, games and crafts, Zoo Chats and haunted hayrides. Call 708-688-8000; czs.org.
Halloween Haunted Ghost Story Train: Oct. 30. Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. La Fox St., South Elgin. Enjoy an evening around a campfire with s’mores and spooky stories in the haunted woods of the John Duerr Forest Preserve on our Ghost Story Train. Cost: $10. Call(857) 697-4676; foxtrolley.org.
Chicagoween: To Oct. 31. Daley Plaza and other locations, Chicago. Chicago Park District offers pumpkin patches, haunted houses and scary theater. Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, is transformed into Franken Plaza for its three-day monster bash Oct. 29 to 31 with prizes, hayrides and costume contest. Call (877) 244-2246; explorechicago.org.
Frightfest: To Oct. 31. Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor, I-94 and Grand Ave., Gurnee. Six Flags Great America is transformed into a Halloween playground, Friday to Sunday. Shows, street entertainment and haunted houses. Spook-free events for kids, like a trick-or-treat trail from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 847-249-4636; sixflags.com/greatAmerica.
Halloween at Navy Pier: To Oct. 31. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The Fear Haunted House open Wednesday to Sunday, with lights-on children’s shows Saturday and Sunday. Call (312)595-7437; navypier.com.
Satan’s Portal: To Oct. 31. 113 Republic Ave., Joliet. This new haunted house offers free parking, controlled climate, indoor waiting, and unlimited visits with first paid admission. Inside you will find 15 rooms of bone-chilling terror, including many of Hollywood’s most famous monsters. 7 p.m. to midnight. Cost: $24. Visit satansportal.com.
Statesville Haunted Prison: To Oct. 31. 17250 S. WeberRd., Crest Hill. There are 200 dangerous monsters that lurk inside these walls, including Hannibal the Cannibal, The Clown, Dr. Vierhof and his Maniacs, and the Demon of Darkness. Cost: $21 to $40. 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Call (815) 741-2693; statesville.org.
Basement of the Dead: Oct. 27-31. 42 W. New York St., Aurora. Father and son team Imus and Al Kilya were brutally maimed in a factory boiler room. A year or so later, factory workers began disappearing . . . but pieces of them were found in the river. The horror lies in the basement. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays. Cost: $15. Call (630) 896-2466; 42fear.com.
Crypts of Campana — A Factory of Fear: Oct. 28-31. 901 North Batavia Ave., Batavia. The lost souls who perished at a personal products factory roam free, wreaking havoc. This is a fund-raiser for West Aurora High School. From 7 to 10 p.m. weekdays, 7 to 11 p.m. weekends. Cost: $13. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit factoryfear.com.
Haunted Mansion and Asylum 13: Oct. 28-31. Ditka’s Sports Dome, 730 N. Bolingbrook Drive, Bolingbrook. At Asylum 13, there are 13 rooms to hold the souls of history’s 13 most demented and storied characters. Includes indoor waiting, free parking, food and beverages available. 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Ages 9 and over. Cost: $20. Call (630) 739-7600; ditkasportsdome.com.
Camp Big Timber Haunted Hike Trail of Terror: Oct. 29-30. Camp Big Timber, 37W955 Big TimberRd., Elgin. Three Fires Council presents the 20th annual Haunted Hike. The Boy Scouts put on a three-quarters mile spooky trail that comes alive with creatures and ghouls. 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays. A no-scare Kiddie Hike is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: $6 Kiddie Hike, $12 adults, $7 for all Boy or Girl Scouts in uniform. Call (630) 584-9250 ext. 69; threefirescouncil.org.
Terror on the Railroad at IRM: Oct. 29-30. Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. You’ll be stopped dead in your tracks at the demented attractions on this abandoned train of terror. For ages 13 and up. 7 to 11 p.m. Cost: $12. Call (815) 923-4000; www.irm.org.
Compiled by free-lance writer Annie Alleman and Chicago Sun-Times staff