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HauntedIllinois.com 2019 Pre-Season Update
As we anxiously head into the Halloween season of 2019, we at HauntedIllinois.com are ecstatic to be celebrating the 20 year anniversary of our website!  We are incredibly proud of the progress it's made this far and we are excited to see how it changes and advances...


As we anxiously head into the Halloween season of 2019, we at HauntedIllinois.com are ecstatic to be celebrating the 20 year anniversary of our website! We are incredibly proud of the progress it's made this far and we are excited to see how it changes and advances in the transition of how people are using and will use the internet and social media.

While our website went live in 1999, the events that led to the materialization of the site started years before that.

Growing up, Halloween was a big deal in my house. We decorated the house with spooky effects, and we watched classic monster movies like they were going out of style. Eventually, in the early 1990's, my family was given the opportunity to create and manage a haunted house for the local Chamber of Commerce in our little Illinois town. So, we started from scratch and we built a low budget haunted attraction upstairs from a clothing store on our Main Street.

While our haunt was low budget, it had some innovative effects for back then. One of my favorites was a spinning floor that moved when guests walked on it. We had to be creative with the resources that we had, and that is what initiated my appreciation for the craft of creating haunted houses; from building to set design to costuming to acting to scaring. So, I started traveling to other haunted houses to see their shows.

In the mid-1990's, there wasn't a current source of information for haunted houses throughout the State of Illinois. There were national directories, but they often contained out-of-date information and even listed events that had gone out of business.

That was one of the main inspirations behind creating the website. HauntedIllinois.com started out as a simple laundry list of attractions and really was intended to be used by me, "The Webmaster", to coordinate my haunt travels. In its early years, it became clear to me that other people were visiting and using the database for their haunt visits, as well. Soon, more information was added to the site, including haunted house reviews, trick-or-treating hours, prop DIYs and links to other Halloween-related sites.

I solely managed and upkept the website for a little over ten years, and it became to be overwhelming for one person to visit and review over 30 haunted attractions across the entirety of Illinois by themselves. A friend and fellow haunter convinced me to bring on other official reviewers (him being one of them) and the HauntedIllinois.com review team grew.

It was about that time that I met another local haunter. She managed a haunted attraction about ten miles away from the little town I had lived in my whole life, and that she had just moved into. She had the same appreciation for haunted attractions and the work that went into them, because she had also started a low budget charity haunt from scratch five years previously. After a couple of years, that haunter became my wife.

Jennifer makes significant contributions to the site as a consultant, haunt reviewer, and event coordinator. With her help, the site expanded even more to include a large archive of paranormal information, as well. The site's "Real Haunted Places" section features directories of ghost tour companies, paranormal groups and real haunted places throughout the state. In addition to that, the site hosts a large collection of ghost stories and paranormal reports provided to us from some of the most respected paranormal experts in Illinois.

This year, we are excited and anxious to see what haunters across the State of Illinois have been working on all year! We have 14 official reviewers this year and we have already chosen everyone's assigned visits to Illinois haunted attractions! We are grateful for everyone that has contributed to our site and its growth over the last 20 years, and we can't wait to see what the future holds for HauntedIllinois.com! With that being said, let's jump into what's happening in the Illinois haunted house scene this year!

Tips For Visiting Haunted Houses
Enhance your haunted house experiences this season! Haunted Illinois has compiled a list of tips and tricks that will make your haunted attraction visits the best they can be.

https://m.hauntedillinois.com/tips-for-visiting-haunted-houses.php

2019 Halloween Event Directory
Haunted Illinois is proud to announce the launch of our mobile-friendly Halloween Event Directory for the 2019 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

Also, plan your haunted house and Halloween event visits with our "Weekend Planner". This feature allows visitors to see a list of haunted attractions and Halloween events that are open for the upcoming weekend. Clicking an event name opens up a new window, displaying their event listing with all of the event details. To use this feature throughout the season, bookmark the following page:

https://m.hauntedillinois.com/weekend/

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 2019 Halloween Event Directory. We recently reset the directory, removing all of the 2018 listings, so even if you have listed with us in the past you will need to submit your 2019 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:

https://www.hauntedillinois.com/submityourevent.php

Attractions Open in September
Want to get your Halloween fix early? Haunted houses aren't just for October anymore. More than 20 Illinois attractions have announced that they will be opening in September! Mark your calendars and check out the following spooky events, starting in mid-September!

13th Floor Haunted House (Melrose Park, IL) - September 13, 20-21, 27-29, 2019

Basement of the Dead (Aurora, IL) - September 13, 27-29, 2019

Blood Moon Manor (Forest City, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Central Illinois Zombie Prom (Towanda, IL) - September 14, 2019

D.E.A.D. Rising Haunted House (Crestwood, IL) - September 27-30, 2019

Evil Intentions (Elgin, IL) - September 21, 27-28, 2019

Factory of Fear (Moline, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Harvest Moon's Frightfest (Gibson City, IL) - September 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2019

Haunted Haven (Rock Falls, IL) - September 20-21, 27-28, 2019

Hopper's Haunted House (Rockford, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Karnival of Karnage (Belvidere, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Massacre Haunted House (Montgomery, IL) - September 13, 28, 2019

Midnight Terror Haunted House (Oak Lawn, IL) - September 27-29, 2019

Northern Illinois Fear Fest (South Beloit, IL) - September 27-29, 2019

"R" Acres of Terror (Dow, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Raven's Curse Haunted House (Centralia, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Raven's Grin Inn (Mount Carroll, IL) - Open all year (closed Wednesdays)

Sinister House (DeSoto, IL) - September 27-28, 2019

Six Flags Fright Fest (Gurnee, IL) - September 14-15, 21-22, 27-29, 2019

Sonny Acres Fall Festival (West Chicago, IL) - September 14, 2019

Terror at Skellington Manor (Rock Island, IL) - September 28-29, 2019

Twisted Crypt Haunted House (Rockford, IL) - September 20-22, 27-29, 2019

Zombie Prom Quad Cities (Moline, IL) - September 14, 2019


Only September opening dates are listed here, so visit our Halloween Event Directory for more information including a complete list of all open dates, event descriptions, driving directions, pricing and more.

Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour
Would you like to visit some fantastic haunted houses this Halloween season? Be sure to sign up for The Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour. They have announced that they will be hosting 4 separate bus tours, visiting a total of 11 top-notch haunted houses in the Chicagoland area! Let them do the driving and get entertainment along the way, including prize raffles, games and more. You also get a VIP experience at each attraction (you skip the queue line)! The Lost Souls Haunted Bus Tour will be visiting the following attractions:

13th Floor Haunted House
Abandoned Haunted House Complex
Basement of the Dead
Evil Intentions
Fear Itself
Haunted Hills Hospital
HellsGate Haunted House
McHenry Jaycees
Realm of Terror
Statesville Haunted Prison
The Catacombs

There will be behind-the-scenes tours of some of the attractions and you will be treated to an after-party at the conclusion of each bus tour!

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Lost Souls website at https://www.lostsoulschicago.com/.

New For 2019
Disturbia (Downers Grove, IL) - Resurrected from the grave in 2019, Disturbia emerges with all new redesigned scenes!

Jack's Pumpkin Glow (Lisle, IL) - Jack's Pumpkin Glow is an enchanting Halloween experience that features a pumpkin wonderland with thousands of hand carved jack o'lanterns. From single pumpkin carvings to larger than life displays, Jack's master carvers bring the Halloween spirit to life. In addition to marveling at the masterpieces created by our talented artists, you can also enjoy our pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and tasty fall food & beverages.

Main Street Manor (South Pekin, IL) - This is the first year for this South Pekin haunted attraction. We are opening in 2019 to produce one of the Midwest's best haunted attractions, featuring top-notch actors, movie quality sets and props.

Slaughterhouse Washington (Washington, IL) - The Slaughterhouse is located on a large farm located just outside of town in Washington, Illinois and will be host to a number of events this Halloween season. The Slaughterhouse haunt will take you through multiple buildings and barns as you traverse through the property for a spooky good time. For additional fees, there will be a hay rack ride that will take you throughout the property into the cornfield to an old family graveyard.

Sonny Acres Fall Festival (West Chicago, IL) - Sonny Acres' Fall Festival will feature animal rides, carnival rides, food, stores and a relaxing hayride. At night the spooks come out to play! Experience the newly renovated haunted barn (twice as long and twice as spooky!) and the haunted hayride. For more timid souls, we have the Spook Shed. The fall festival opens on Saturday, September 14th, 2019!

The Gallery Presents: The Haunting (Vernon Hills, IL) - Celebrate Halloween like never before in this multi-sensory interactive exhibit. Interact with and encounter this museum of the bizarre and unusual. Experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of the Halloween season as you traverse countless artistically created exhibits designed to bring out the best of this spooky season! You won't find jump scares or anyone trying to scare the life out of you - This is not a Haunted House... This is Halloween!

The Haunting is a Halloween themed art installation created by a collaborative of artists, set designers, sound designers and more. Unlike a Haunted House, The Haunting allows you to walk into and immerse yourself into the world of Halloween. Touching all of the senses, The Haunting is an exhibit that strives to intrigue, inspire and immerse all that enter - Nothing in this exhibit is here to frighten you, but rather here to unlock a world of creativity centered around the spookiest time of the year! Open September 13 - November 3, 2019!


For more information about these events, visit our Halloween Event Directory.

Moved or Renamed
Fright Night (Forest City, IL) has been renamed to Blood Moon Manor and will be at the same location.

Evil Intentions (Elgin, IL) has moved to into another section of the building that they occupied in 2018.

The Park After Dark (Chicago, IL) will be in the same location, but has been rebranded as The Attic Haunted Experience.


For more information about these events, visit our Halloween Event Directory.

Not Open in 2019
Creepy Hallow (Frankfort, IL) - Unfortunately, Creepy Hallow will not be operating in 2019.

Halls of Horror (Creve Coeur, IL) - The Halls of horror would like to announce that after an initial 2 year partnership with the Village of Creve Coeur, we have acquired the building at 601 Rusche Ln. While this is exciting news for the future of our haunt, we feel it necessary to take off the 2019 haunt season to rebuild, renovate, and customize the building to bring the best possible haunt-- not only in our area, but in the entire Midwest. Rest assured that although we are not opening for the 2019 season, things are already underway for the 2020 season. Sets, props and costumes are currently being created along-side the structure renovations.

Heyworth Haunted Trail (Heyworth, IL) - The Heyworth Summer Youth League (HSYL) has decided not to manage the Heyworth Haunted Trail for 2019. "Although it is a really fun event, we're not able to maintain the manpower to keep it going year after year." said HSYL board president, Joe White, "Like all of the sports organizations in town, we are all volunteers. Our small board is stretched very thin year-round managing the over 300 youth playing ball in Heyworth. The Trail takes numerous man-hours, and to continue to oversee the event with the quality we have in the past, is becoming exceedingly difficult with our small group." The HSYL is willing to help another non-profit take over the popular event. Any groups interested in sponsoring the Heyworth Haunted Trail, may contact any HSYL Board member or email: Board@heyworthsummerleague.com.

House of Torment (Morton Grove, IL) - The House of Torment will not be operating in 2019.

Old Joliet Haunted Prison (Joliet, IL) - Despite plans to open a commercial haunted attraction, there will be no haunted house operating at the old Joliet Prison in 2019. There will be, however, various tours are available including a historical tour, a haunted history tour, a photography tour and more. For more information about the tours, click here.

The Scream Haunted Experience (Decatur, IL) - The Scream Haunted Experience will not be open in 2019.

Tilton Fire Haunted House (Tilton, IL) - We are sorry to announce that the Tilton fire department will no longer be having a haunted house we would like to thank everyone for their support over the years.
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Help Wanted
Have you ever wanted to work at a haunted house? Here is your chance! Haunted Illinois has compiled a list of more than 30 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 Connected!
To get the latest haunt-related news and updates, be sure to follow us on our social media channels below!

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/HauntedIllinoisHalloween/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/hauntedillinois

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https://www.instagram.com/haunted_illinois/

Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/hauntedillinois/

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/hauntedillinois666

Stay tuned! We will provide more updates as the Halloween season approaches!


Happy Haunting,

Adam & Jennifer Drendel
HauntedIllinois.com - Your online source for everything haunted in Illinois.
HauntedIllinois@gmail.com




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