Your guide to the best haunted houses

Your guide to the best haunted houses

I've dived back into the pool of Chicagoland haunted houses, and I've come up with your guide to the best scares around. This is the second year I've done my haunted house recommendations, and I'm pleasantly surprised with how a few of them have developed. Here is the list of haunts I'll be reviewing next week for Chicago Quirk's annual Haunted House Week.

Fear City
8240 N Austin Avenue, Morton Grove
Admission: $25 general admission, $35 for VIP admission
Hours: Friday & Saturday: 7:00 – 12:00 a.m., Sunday & Thursday: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., October 30 & 31: 7:00 – 12:00 a.m.
What's it about: Fear City was my top recommendation last year, so I have high hopes for it this year. They're keeping with the Chicago setting, but the theme is that a zombie apocalypse has hit the city. Considering the sets and make-up were flawless last year, I can't wait.

Eleventh Hour
Location:  434 E Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Admission: $18 for two haunted houses, $23 for all four and $36 for VIP tickets. (Although tickets are about $5 cheaper if you buy them online.)
Hours: Fridays & Saturdays: 7 - 11 p.m., Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7-10 p.m.
What's it about: The biggest draw is that Eleventh Hour is that it's actually four haunted houses: Eleventh Hour, Creatures of the Corn, The Catacombs and Intensity. I've heard great things about this haunted house, and I'm excited to check it out. How can you go wrong with four haunted houses?

13 Terrors
Location: Theater on the Lake, 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Admission: $10 general admission
Hours: October 19 - 21 & October 26 - 28, 7 - 10 p.m
What's it about: 13 Terrors has been around for awhile, but I was never quite sure what it was. I mean, that theater is pretty weird in itself, but it's not very big. Well, I'm biting the bullet this weekend to see for myself. Get ready for a full and complete report.

Screams in the Park
Location: 9703 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont
Admission: $20 general admission
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7:00 - 11:00 p.m., Sunday: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m., Octobre 31: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
What's it about: Now in its second year, Screams in the Park is sticking with its H.H. Holmes murder castle theme. While I wasn't a big fan last year, I've heard that it's much better. It even moved into the basement of a parking garage which is better than that random parking lot tent.

Dream Reapers
Location:  1945 Cornell Avenue, Melrose Park
Admission: $20 general admission, $35 for VIP admission
Hours: Friday & Saturday: 7 - 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday: 7 - 10 p.m.
What's it about: Another Chicagoland classic, the Dream Reapers website says it has over 22 rooms and scents based on the theme. SCENTS?! I have no idea what that means, but I'm incredibly curious.

Sadly I won't be able to make it to Statesville Haunted Prison this time around, but here's my review from last year. Statesville is a very solid haunted house, so if you can make the long drive, I would do it.

Chicagoland is full of weird people with sick minds, so I KNOW I've missed some great haunted houses. Feel free to leave your haunted house recommendations!

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