Chicago’s haunted houses provide terrifying experiences for Halloween thrill-seekers

Guests flee out fear from a wrench weilding actor at 13th Floor haunted house in Melrose Park, Illinois. (Internet Photo)

Halloween is the only time of the year where people pay to be scared. What better way is there to celebrate the holiday than to go to a haunted house and be scared out of your wits? Here are The Leader’s suggestions for terrifying haunted houses to visit this Halloween.

13th Floor Haunted House 1940 George St, Melrose Park

The closest haunted house to EC, 13th Floor has two haunt- ed houses that guests can walk through: “Bloodlines: Legacy of Darkness,” where guests must survive a vampire uprising, and “Dead End District: Fallout,” where guests experience a post-apocalyptic scene of horror.

Ticket prices for general admission range from $26.99- $32.99, depending on what day you go. Fast Pass and Skip the Line tickets are also available. A fast pass is an additional $10, which gives guests a wait time one third of that of the regular line. The skip the line option is an additional $20, which enables guests to literally skip the line. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid extra-long waits in line.

For an additional $30, guests can also walk through “Nightfall: Revenge of the Witch,” a virtual reality haunted house, where guests must search through a virtual witch’s shack to keep their friends from turning into her undead minions.

13th Floor will be open every night through Halloween from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. On Nov. 4 and 5, there will be a special Blackout event, where all the lights are turned off and guests only have glow-sticks to guide them through the house.

House of Torment 8240 Austen Avenue, Morton Grove, IL

Thirty minutes North of EC, House of Torment is run by the same company that runs 13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park, so guests can expect similar kinds of scares from both locations, although the layouts and stories are different.

Like 13th Floor, House of Torment has two haunted houses: “Nightmare High,” where guests must traverse a high school overrun by a zombie cheerleader and her undead minions, and “The Frenzy,” where guests can experience the thrill of running through city streets while being chased by murderous, possessed criminals.

Ticket prices for general admission range from $26.99- $32.99, depending on what day you go. Fast Pass and Skip the Line tickets are also available for an additional $10 for Fast Pass and $20 for Skip the Line. It is recommended that you purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid extra-long wait times in line.

House of Torment will be open every night through Halloween from 7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Similar to 13th Floor, there will be a special Blackout event at House of Torment on Nov. 4 and 5.

Massacre Haunted House 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, IL

Located 42 minutes South- west of EC, Massacre Haunted House is exactly what the name suggests: a haunted house where everyone in it has been chopped to pieces or is doing the chopping. Rated the No. 1 haunted house in Illinois by the Chicago Tribune in 2014, Massacre Haunted House is sure to provide guests with a terrifying experience.

This year, Massacre Haunted House has “Freakshow,” a 3-D movie where guests can experience a horrifying, in-your-face sideshow of terror. A $25 general admission ticket ($35 if you want a Fast Pass) enables guests to experience both the haunted house and the freak show. Tickets should be purchased online to avoid the long ticket lines, and coupons can be found at the haunted house’s website.

In addition to the haunted house and the 3-D movie, guests can also play Massacre Tactical Laser tag, where they must try to complete one of 21 missions in about five minutes. These missions range from trying to defeat an alien invasion, to leading a navy SEAL team against a terrorist group to kill Osama Bin Laden.

Guests can either pay by the mission ($7.50 per mission or $15 for any three missions) or by the hour ($30 for one hour of unlimited missions). Ladies play free on Thursday nights when accompanied by a paying male partner, and on Fridays an hour of laser tag is $20 instead of $30. Tickets for laser tag should be purchased online as the number of spaces is limited.

Along with the new 3-D movie, Massacre added an escape room this year. Guests must solve a series of puzzling riddles in order to rescue victims from the deranged serial killer Helter Skelter. Tickets for the room are $30 and should be booked online as the number of spaces is limited.

Massacre Haunted House will be open Thursday - Sunday nights through Halloween. Hours of operation vary depending upon the day. Please see the website for details. After Halloween, the Massacre Haunted House has two special events: November 4 and 5 is the Zombie Survival Event and November 12 is the Blackout event.

Massacre Laser Tag and the Escape Room are both open beyond Halloween, so if in December you suddenly feel a desire to be terrified, you can take a trip to Montgomery, IL to scratch that itch. Hours of operation can be found on Massacre’s website.

Midnight Terror Haunted House 5220 W 111th St, Oak Lawn, IL

Located 30 minutes South of EC, Midnight Terror Haunted House has two haunted houses on site: “Factory of Malum,” where guests must go through a factory run by demented workers, and “Black Oak Grove: The Mark of Willow,” where guests walk through a town overrun by something called “The Fear.”

Tickets are $23 for general admission ($33 if you want a t-shirt), which includes entry into both haunted houses, and $31 for VIP admission ($43 for a t-shirt), which includes entry to both haunted houses and a shorter wait in line. Tickets are $2 cheaper online than on-site, so purchase them ahead of time.

Midnight Terror Haunted House is open from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Oct. 27 and 31 and on Nov.4 and 5. On Oct.28 - 29, the haunted house is open from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

There is limited local parking near the haunted house, so the website recommends parking at the Oak Lawn Parking Garage, where a free, interactive shuttle operates every five minutes to take guests to the haunted house.

Statesville Haunted Prison 17250 Weber Rd, Lockport, IL

Situated 40 minutes Southwest of EC, Statesville Haunted Prison is a play off of the Stateville Correctional Center in nearby Crest Hill, a maximum security state prison for men. Here guests can walk through a prison full of demented and dangerous criminals, ending with a trip through the City of the Dead, where the prison in- mates are buried.

General admission tickets are $30 dollars and include entrance to both the Haunted Prison and the City of the Dead. For an extra $15, guests can get the VIP pass so they can bypass the regular line to get into the haunted house.

Statesville Haunted Prison is open from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Sundays, October 26 and October 31. On Friday and Saturdays, Statesville is open from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. However, as long as guests are in the parking lot by closing time, they are guaranteed entrance into the haunted house.