Halloween is approaching so quickly, I almost can’t believe it.
If you enjoy getting spooked, you don’t want to miss these area haunted attractions. There is no excuse not to go check one out, and many donate the money they raise to a local cause.
So, dare to venture into one of these haunted attractions, but whatever you do, don’t forget to look behind you.
Holiday Massacre Haunted House
The Frankfort area Jaycees present their annual Holiday Massacre Haunted House at the Harlem Crossings Shopping Center, 19800 S. Harlem Ave. in Frankfort. This runs every Friday and Saturday evening from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $8, and the attraction lasts between 10 to 15 minutes.
This year’s theme portrays each of the holidays throughout the year, only they’ve gone terrible wrong, said Ken Blank from the Frankfort Jaycees.
“Basically, we kind of destroy the holidays,” Blank said.
This involves an evil Easter bunny, cooking humans on the Fourth of July, eating a child on Thanksgiving, a haunted New Year’s Eve party and lots more.
For the kids who are too young for all of these traumatizing scenes, the Frankfort Jaycees provide a children’s matinee on Oct. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m., which includes a walk through the haunted house with lights on and trick-or-treating. Admission is $3.
According to Blank, everyone should come check it out because it’s for a good cause. Money raised goes to needy children and family in the area.
“It’s for a good cause, it’s a lot of fun, and if you’re not scared of it, you’ll still get a laugh out of it,” Blank said.
For more information, call 815-922-0245.
Two Attractions at Creepy Hallow Halloween Fun Park
On Friday and Saturday nights, from 6 to 11 p.m., and Sunday nights 6 to 10 p.m., experience the Blood Shed Haunted House in Frankfort.
Complete with 15 scenes, including a haunted cemetery, a junk yard, a butcher scene, a crazy clown circus and even the hallway to hell, this site is well worth its $16 entry fee.
If one haunted house isn’t enough for your level of enthusiasm, there is also the Hollywood Horror Hayride for $12. This ride takes you down a dark and curvy road, filled with all of Hollywood’s creepiest villains. Whether it was Michael, Jason or Freddy that freaked you out most, they have all come together on this ride.
Both haunted attractions take place at the Creepy Hallow Halloween Fun Park, which resides at , 24405 S. LaGrange Road, in Frankfort. To add to the creepy atmosphere, or to just add one more perk to your night out, carnival rides remain open during haunted house hours.
Read about Creepy Hallow mastermind Jeff Fasel to find out how this spooky tradition started.
A combination ticket for the house and the hayride is $26, and there are numerous specials available from the Creepy Hallow website. Next week, the haunted attractions are open Thursday through Halloween, Oct. 27-31. For more information, call 708-532-6668.
Forest of Fears
There isn’t anything much scarier than walking through the dark woods at night. Add live ghosts and goblins popping out at you to the mix, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a fright night. Partake in the Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods Forest of Fears from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, or next weekend, Thursday through Saturday.
The attraction features over three acres of wooded darkness, strobe lights, fog, live characters, gruesome scenes and more.
You can feel good about scaring yourself silly at this attraction, because all profits benefit the Orland Park Lions Club and other local nonprofit organizations. Tickets cost $10, with $2 off with donation to the food pantry.
For a long, relaxing but frightful hayride experience, head to Forest View Farms, 16717 Lockwood Ave. in Tinley Park, for Haunted Hayrides. The rides last about 20 to 30 minutes and take place tonight through Sunday and next weekend, Thursday through Saturday.
Less scary versions for kids are offered from 6 to 7 p.m., and then the full-on spook ride is from 7 p.m. to close. Admission is $10 or $9 if you order a whole wagon, which seats around 20 people. If you do purchase an entire wagon for your party, you also have the option of ordering a one-hour campfire.
Pre-picked pumpkins are also available for purchase after the hayride. Reservations are recommended. Call 708-560-0306 for more information.
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