HauntedIllinois.com Update - September 21, 2018
With the Halloween Season rapidly approaching, we wanted to send out some useful pre-season updates including tips for visiting haunted attractions, new event directory features, haunted attraction help wanted ads, haunted house discounts and more!
Tips For Visiting Haunted Houses
Enhance your haunted house experience by following these tips for visiting haunted houses, haunted attractions and other Halloween events.
Halloween Event Directory
Haunted Illinois is proud to announce the launch of our mobile-friendly Halloween Event Directory for the 2018 season. With its clean and easy-to-use format, it couldn't be easier for visitors surfing on their cell phones to find haunted attractions near them. The directory has some great search features, allowing visitors to search for Halloween events by zip code, region, event type, handicap accessibility, online ticketing, event cost, dates of operation, event name and city (or any combination of the aforementioned criteria). Another useful feature is the "Open Today" icon, allowing people to see, at a glance, which events are open on that day.
To check out our mobile-friendly directory, visit: https://m.hauntedillinois.com/halloweeneventdirectory.php
New for 2018! Plan your weekend Halloween event trips with our new "Weekend Planner" page. This feature allows visitors to see a list of haunted attractions and Halloween events that are open for the upcoming weekend. Clicking on an event name in the list opens up a new window, displaying all of the event details. There are many Halloween events opening in September, so start using our Weekend Planner today!
Bookmark these pages now so you can find events near you throughout the Halloween season.
Submit Your Halloween Event
If you are running a Halloween-related event, now is the time to submit to our 2018 Halloween Event Directory. We recently reset the directory, removing all of the 2017 listings, so even if you have listed with us in the past you will need to submit your 2018 information if you want to be included in this year's directory.
Remember that our directory lists more than just Haunted Houses. If you run a Haunted House, Hayride, Haunted Trail, Home Haunt, Yard Display, Festival, Pumpkin Farm, Apple Orchard or other Halloween-related event, please send us your information today for FREE! If it's a Halloween-related event in Illinois, we want to promote it! Just fill out the online form at the following link:
Lost Souls Haunted House Bus Tour
Visit 11 fantastic Chicagoland haunted attractions on 4 nights in October! Reserve your seat on the Lost Souls Bus Tour. On two of these nights, you will get a behind the scenes tour of top rated haunted attractions. For more information and to buy tickets, read the official press release at:
Special Haunted House Deals
Throughout the month of October, Haunted Illinois will be offering some great discounts for your favorite haunted attractions. Currently we have two fantastic deals running...
- Get 50% off tickets for Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Park, IL
- Get 50% off tickets for the Realm of Terror in Round Lake Beach, IL
For more information and to take advantage of these amazing discounts, visit our Special Deals page:
Be sure to bookmark and check this link periodically, as we will be adding more great deals as the 2018 Halloween season progresses.
New Haunted Attractions
We are excited that the following haunted attractions have announced that they will be opening in 2018!
Disturbia Haunted House (Downers Grove, IL)
Two Chicago legends "Dream Reapers" and "Disturbia Haunted House" have combined to create an all new nightmare of epic proportions. .
The Fear Experiment (Danville, IL)
This is not a regular "Haunted House". It is an immersive 18+ theatrical horror experience.
Visit our Halloween Event Directory
for more information.
The following haunted attractions have moved to new locations for 2018. Visit our Halloween Event Directory
for more information.
Insanity Haunted House (Peru, IL)
Maniac Massacre (Centralia, IL)
McHenry Jaycees (McHenry, IL)
Screamatorium (Brodhead, WI)
Note: Since this attraction has moved out of state, from Rockford, Illinois to Brodhead, Wisconsin, it will not be listed in our Halloween Event Directory.
Not Open in 2018
The following haunted attractions have announced that they will not be open for the 2018 Halloween season.
Cicero Haunted House, AKA Devil's Krypt (Cicero, IL)
Due to various factors, the Cicero Haunted House will not be open for the 2018 season.
Creepy Hallow (Frankfort, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "Due to our owner's retirement this year from his main company, our night time haunts will not be open this fall. All of our haunts will be open next fall with some new additions as well."
Frightmare (Burbank, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "Sad to report that Frightmare Haunted House is no longer in operation. The owner has decided not to reopen the attraction for the 2018 season."
Midway of Madness (Champaign, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the Midway of Madness Haunted Attraction Season 7 will not open this October at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.
The Midway of Madness Haunted Barn opened for the first season in 2012 at this location. We love the Barn and the atmosphere at the Champaign County Fairgrounds and will miss seeing you there this October!
Thank you for visiting and voting for our Haunt! We have humbly accepted 5 awards from our Visitors in the six years that we were open! We are honored to have been chosen Visitors' Favorite Haunt!
Please watch Facebook, Instagram and our Website for updates. www.midwayofmadness.com"
Old Joliet Haunted Prison (Joliet, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "In order to give everyone the best show possible we have decided to postpone the opening of the haunted house until the 2019 season. We are very disappointed but continue to work towards the future.
We would like to thank the city of Joliet and everyone excited to visit the haunted house for all of your support and patience. We hope you all have a great Halloween season and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2019!"
Psychosis (Antioch, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "Psychosis Haunted House will not be open for the 2018 season."
Scare at the Park (Alsip, IL)
Scare at the Park will not be open in 2018 because the park has been sold.
St. Pat's Haunted High School (Kankakee, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "Unfortunately the haunted high school will no longer be operating. The parish board for St. Patrick's Catholic Church agreed to demolish its former high school and convent buildings which date back to the early 1920s."
Terror in the Timber (Cambridge, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "It is with great sadness that we announce that Terror in the Timber will be closing affective immediately On behalf of Kim and myself, we would like to thank all of our actors, our build crew, all of the patrons who have visited over the years, and The Timber Campground for allowing us to live our dream. It has been an amazing 5 years and we feel blessed to have been able to entertain each and every one of you."
Thanatophobialand (Lockport, IL)
Attraction Announcement: "For those who are wondering, Thanatophobialand will not be open in 2018 due to health issues. We just cannot setup this year. Our sincere apologies. We never expected to stay closed 2 years in a row. Please look for us in 2019! Thanks!"
Warehouse X (East Dundee, IL)
Warehouse X, from the creative minds of Fables Studios, will not be open for the 2018 Halloween season.
Want to work at a haunted house? Haunted Illinois has compiled a list of more than 40 haunted houses and Halloween events that are looking for volunteers and paid staff for their attractions this year. For a list of events, including addresses, web links, contact information and more, visit our "Help Wanted" page: https://m.hauntedillinois.com/2018-help-wanted.php
Stay tuned! We will send out more updates as the Halloween season approaches!
Adam & Jennifer Drendel
HauntedIllinois.com - Your online source for everything haunted in Illinois.