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What are some of the scariest haunted houses in Chicago this Halloween season?

Jennifer Geer

The weather is still warm, but the vibes are turning decidedly spooky.

You know Halloween is approaching in Chicagoland when the Spirit Halloween shops start appearing out of nowhere in vacant retail stores across the area. And though it may feel like summertime outdoors, haunted houses are already beginning to open for business.

Last year was a strange one for the haunted house industry, as the Illinois government had ordered haunted houses closed due to the pandemic, but some defied the orders and opened anyway. This year it's legal for them to run with no capacity limits. However, everyone must wear masks.

Some of the haunted houses will start welcoming the fright-lovers as soon as this Friday. Here is a list of some of the top-rated haunted houses where you can get your scare on.

Midnight Terror Haunted House

  • Where: 5520 West 111th St, Oak Lawn, IL
  • When: September 24 to November 6

Buy tickets here on the website.

About: According to the website, they "use 'Old School' tactics, with a balance of 'New School' technology." You can read the backstory behind the frights here.

13th Floor Haunted House

  • Where: 1940 George Street, Melrose Park, IL
  • When: September 24 to November 13

Buy tickets here on the website.

About: The story goes, the 13th floor of any building is a legendary place of bad luck and horrors. "Step inside, take a ride, and travel through the 13th floor...and discover why it continues to be one of the world’s greatest mysteries."

Statesville Haunted Prison

  • Where: 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL
  • When: October 1 to October 31

Buy tickets here on the website.

About: This popular attraction has been scaring Chicagoans since 1996. And now, according to their website, this is the final year for your chance to visit 'the escaped prisoners' of Statesville.

Basement of the Dead

  • Where: 42 W. New York Street, Aurora, IL
  • When: September 24 to November 6

Buy tickets here on the website.

About: This top-rated attraction in Aurora that operates out of a 100-year-old house is known for its elaborate sets and scary actors.

Terror in the Timbers

  • Where: 7826, 37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, IL
  • When: October 1 to October 30

Buy tickets here on the website.

About: This one is a little different as you never need to leave your car. However, it's still going to be a thrill as the website states, "The dead have taken over the once innocent Big Timber Campgrounds and are coming for the living...one car at a time." If you're brave enough to exit your car, they also offer a walking trail.

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