‼️ BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ‼️
As of today, the haunt will be CLOSED for this season.
The last week and a half has been a whirlwind of emotions for our family. We were contacted by the Illinois Department of Labor and were told we needed to have an inspection, Permit of Operations, Liability Insurance, and Background Checks for all of our volunteers…most of which needed to be done 30 days prior to opening night. (At this point we were a week and a half out). We explained that our little haunt is NOT a business and that it is open air to not be considered an “enclosed structure” per the state code for haunted houses. We explained it is just a free walk through for the community. We explained that our actors are family and friends. We explained that we are safety certified. We explained that our haunt has been on-going for the past ten years and we’ve never had any issues. We explained that it is in our yard.
Unfortunately, their legal team still deemed it an “enclosed” structure and therefore we were required to meet all of the qualifications within a week…an utterly impossible feat. If we continued to do it anyways, we would face criminal charges and upwards of $20,000 in fines.
Our family feels exceptionally disheartened and frustrated at the entire situation. Our goal is to re-evaluate HOW we put on a good show for you all while ABIDING by these standards the Department of Labor determined we, a family on our private property, now fall under alongside the professional haunted houses. That is our plan for the next year.
We love Hillsboro and we love bringing free fun to everyone. We love pushing children to be brave and conquer their fears. We love our haunt, how it brings us together as a family, and how it positively affects the community.
‼️ WE WILL BE BACK ‼️
The Jeffers Family