Ghoulish Gregula Guide to Chicagoland Haunted Houses 2017

Ghoulish Gregula Guide to Chicagoland Haunted Houses 2017

Ghastly greetings to all my fiends in fright. Count Gregula here vith some ghoul news! The BEAST time of year is here once again. So many fang-tastic fears and fall frights are already happening this month. Haunts aplenty around town!

Below is a lurid listing of a select few Chicagoland locations that offer some early sinister scares, haunted horrors and terror treats. Every haunt on this list is open in September and runs through October or even up till November. Be sure to check each location for exact times and dates of operation before visiting. Have fun in getting scared! BOO! V^^^V

Midnight Terror Haunted House

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Last year, Midnight Terror Haunted House thrilled visitors by moving to a bigger, better location in Oak Lawn. This year, determined to give paying customers fresh thrills, they’ve reinvented that extra space into a “fear-for-all” playground of more than 60 rooms and over 100 actors spread across 26,000+ square feet. Midnight Terror creator/co-owner Justin Cerniuk and his crew spent the offseason redesigning, expanding and improving more than 85 percent of the haunt. Also, to provide more spontaneous performances, the creepy characters lurking the rooms now have the freedom to frighten patrons in their own creative vay. Cerniuk, an ex-Marine and Oak Lawn native, launched Midnight Terror in 2014. Midnight Terror provides admission to two haunted houses all in one location that takes on average 35-minutes to valk through both attractions. First, meet the ghostly Willow and her cult of possessed followers in Black Oak Grove. Then the second part of your journey leads through the Factory of Malum, named after a demonic overlord that has enslaved an army of monstrous minions.

Located at 5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn, Illinois. Midnight Terror opens to the public for shows beginning on Thursday, September 28, 2017, and runs on select dates through November 4, 2017. Free entertainment for guests in line. Ghoulish gift shop on the premises. ADA-accessible. All indoors including a covered vaiting area. Park for free at the Oak Lawn Metra station parking garage (located at 9525 Tulley Ave.) and take a complimentary round-trip shuttle that includes costumed characters aboard to entertain passengers to the Midnight Terror site. Tickets start at $25 per person for regular admission at the door or $23 online; VIP admission per person is $35 at the door or $33 online. For more info, promotions, and to purchase tickets online go HERE.

Evil Intentions Haunted House

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In Elgin's industrial section stands the abandoned home of Elgin Casket Company. This once proud building has been vitness to murder, grisly discoveries, cult activities, and unexplained occurrences, and a dark legacy has emerged from its sordid history. Evil Intentions Haunted House now takes up residence at this completely unique location and nothing else is like it in the state of Illinois. Be truly terrorized at this multi-level 55,000 square foot paranormal hot spot. The horrific haunt offers a hex-perience you vill never forget and macabre memories that vill give you nightmares for years to come.

Located at the abandonded Elgin Casket Company (900 Grace Street) in Elgin, Illinois. Parking is free in the adjacent lot across the street. Evil Intentions Haunted House opens to the public for shows beginning on Friday, September 22, 2017, and runs on select dates through October 31, 2017. General admission tickets are $25 per person. Fast Pass tickets are also available for $35 per person. To purchase tickets in advance, click HERE.

13th Floor Chicago

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The vorld famous haunted house brand, 13th Floor, returned to the suburbs of Chicago this fall for a fourth frightening season. 13th Floor Chicago is one of the Chicago area’s largest haunted houses featuring over 30,000 square feet of authentic movie-quality sets, animatronic monsters, special effects, and actors in every darkened corner. The production this year offers major enhancements in light and sound. The fourth season of 13th Floor Chicago brings two newly themed attractions in one location for one price: Cursed: Purgatory and Dead End District: Freakshow. In Cursed: Purgatory, something sinister brews deep in the voods in Melrose Park and threatens to curse all that enter. At the second attraction, Dead End District: Freakshow, bloodcurdling screams is the music that comes from inside the Laughter House as shadows of inhumane beasts dance across the canvas of the tent.

Located at 1940 George Street in Melrose Park, Illinois. 13th Floor Chicago opened to the public for shows beginning on Friday, September 22, 2017, and runs on select dates through November 4, 2017. Tickets start at $19.99, dependent upon show date. Upgrades such as Fast Pass and Skip the Line vill incur additional fees. Purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.

House of Torment Chicago

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The nationally celebrated haunted house brand, House of Torment, returned to the suburbs of Chicago once again this fall to thrill for a terrifying third season. House of Torment has two shows in one location for one price. This year’s attractions offers two new themes: The Swarm and Nightmare High: Fall Harvest. In the first attraction, The Swarm, Morton Grove is under heavy lock down after a horrifying government experiment gave birth to a new breed of deadly insects and creatures that leave no survivor unbitten in the toxic sludge and overgrown plant pods. At Nightmare High: Fall Harvest, the local high school in Morton Grove has been overtaken by an unimaginable terror so deadly and demented the blood of all entrants fiendishly feeds the evil entities roaming the halls. Hannah, the hauntingly hungry zombie cheerleader, is hosting a festival dance to find fresh brains to keep her evil school spirit alive.

Located at 8240 North Austin Avenue in Morton Grove, Illinois. Free parking in adjacent parking lot. House of Torment Chicago is ADA-accessible, all indoors, including the vaiting area. The haunt opened to the public for evening shows beginning on Friday, September 22, 2017, and runs on select dates through November 4, 2017. Tickets starting at $19.99, dependent upon show date. Upgrades such as Fast Pass and Skip the Line vill be available at additional fees. Purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest

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Bengtson Farm is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Festival that has served the Homer Glen area for over 37 years. The state’s most popular pumpkin patch and pumpkin farm. This 2017 Season marks the largest expansion in their 37 year history. The pumpkin festival is located just 40 minutes outside of Chicago. Stay as long as you like and enjoy the attractions such as their All New Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster, a gentle but hex-citing roller coaster for almost all ages. Enjoy traditional returning attractions like the Free Selfie Booth, Gemstone Mining Sluice, Pumpkin Chucker, Pig Races, Animals & Petting Zoo, Train Rides (2), 90′ Mega Fun Slides, Frog Hopper, Flying Frogs Ride, Pumpkins, Twirling Honey Pots, Happy Swing, Bengtsonville Kids Village, The Milking Cows, Jimmy Cracked Corn Box, Fun Barn and Pony Rides. Unlimited rides are included for all guests of the farm. Some rides have minimum height requirements. Also, vhen hungry be sure to visit their Eats and Treats that includes classic carnival food, a variety of food trucks, and much, much more. The main reason I included Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is because of their horrifyingly hip and completely animated Haunted Barn that has been a Gregula Fang-mily terror tradition to go inside every year now since our first visit.

Located at 13341 W 151st St in Homer Glen, Illinois. Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest is ADA-accessible, mostly outdoors and stroller friendly. Free parking in adjacent parking lot. Discounted veekday admission.  Free to children 2 years and younger. The pumpkin farm opened to the public on Friday, September 15, 2017, and runs on select dates through October 30, 2017. Tickets starting at $9.99, dependent upon date. Purchase tickets online by clicking HERE.

**If you vould like your haunt listed here send us a press release and then ve can set up a date to come over for a review. Fangs! V^^^V

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