I’ve had the chance to experience haunted houses, and haunted attractions in Chicago, and every year they seem to get better and better. This year is no exception.
The 20th District Haunted House is a great place to start. This attraction is run by local police officers, and businesses, and is entirely non-profit, though donations are accepted. The 20th District Haunted House is located at 5400 North Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. For more information, call (312) 742-8870.
Another non-profit group hosts Haunted Scenes at the 16th District Chicago Police Station. Admission is free, but they accept donations at the door. Haunted Scenes is open from 5-8:30 pm, and the line is cut off at 8:30. You’ll still get through, but you have to be in line by then. For more information, visit their website at http://www.hauntedscenes.com.
If you’re looking for a scary experience with the chance to see real ghosts, look no further than Chicago Ghost Investigations. Each tour lasts 2 ½ hours, and after learning the tricks of the trade, you have the chance to try investigating on your own. The tours start at 7:30, and 11:30 and cost $55 per person, but they have group discounts available. Better yet the tours run seven days a week. For more information call (773) 935-6332, or visit their website at http://www.ghostsofchicago.com.
Not ready to investigate on your own, but still want to see some real ghosts? Head over to Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tours. The tours run at 7 pm on Tuesday-Sunday, with an additional 10 pm tour on Friday and Saturday. Tickets range from $20-30 per person, and they have group discounts available. For more information visit them on the web at http://www.chicagohauntings.com and see why this one is listed as one of the top ten haunted tours in America.
Disturbed II is strictly for adults, but worth the $9 ticket, and if you order from their website at http://www.oracletheater.org, you can save $2 on the price of admission. Visitors don’t just watch a horror movie, they become part of the horror movie. There’s nothing like this experience anywhere else.
Twisted House of Horrors is another great haunted house in Chicago, perfect for adults. The Twisted House of Terrors is open every night from 6 pm-2 am, and admission is $20 per person. Every trip through is a different experience.
St. Pascal’s Haunted House advertises as appropriate only for adults, and its easy to see why. Located underneath the St. Pascal’s Church, this attraction would be scary even if they didn’t use anything else. Tickets are $7, but if you visit their website at http://www.stpascal.org/Events/Haunted.htm, you can get a $1 off coupon. Be warned that no children under 7 are permitted inside. They’re open from 7-10 pm on weekdays, including Sunday, and 6:30-11 on weekends.
Looking for even more adult friendly activities? Head over to Cabaret for the Seven Deadly Sins at Cabaret. After taking a short elevator ride to the basement, you’ll be treated to the ghosts of prostitutes and other “undesirables” who died inside the building. It only opens after the club does, and admission is $20 per person.
Midnight Terror in Oak Lawn is a free Halloween event appropriate for adults and children. You get to experience the startling lawn displays and exhibits before traveling through the haunted house. For more information call (708) 574-1713.
If you’re looking for something different, try the Little Flower Shop of Horrors, where rumors of real ghosts run rampant. Visitors are treated to horror movies playing on a big screen television, and a haunted maze, all for just $3 per person. The Little Flower Shop of Hours is open on Saturday from 8 pm-1 am, and Sunday-Thursday from 7 pm-midnight. Kids are not permitted on Saturday, as alcohol is served. For more information, call (312) 451-2962.
These are the ten best haunted attractions in Chicago. Have fun and be safe!