2021 Guide to Haunted Houses in Illinois
Did you know that Illinois has 93 haunted house attractions listed for the 2021 Halloween haunt season!? Some of them may be located closer to you than you think…
Below, we’ll break down what types of haunts you can choose from, ranging from spooky hayrides and terrifying trail walks to creepy home haunts and multi-attraction scream parks. We’ll also discuss where in Illinois some of the most popular haunted houses are located!
The following list totals up each type of haunt in Illinois, based on how they are listed on our website:
- Amusement/Themepark Haunts: 1
- Haunted Barns: 6
- Charity Haunts: 15
- Cornfield/Maze: 3
- Haunted Farm: 3
- Haunted Hayride: 10
- Haunted Houses with Multiple Attractions: 23
- Home/Yard Haunts: 11
- Haunted Ride (Non-Hayride): 2
- Haunted Trail: 20
- Year-Round Haunted Houses: 1
The city with the most attractions / surrounding haunts is Chicago, IL.
Each year, we search the internet to find out what these haunts are up to during the off-season. During our 2021 update session for Illinois, 10 haunts’ information was updated, 6 were removed (for various reasons) and 1 haunt was added to the Illinois Haunted House Directory.
Here are the Top 6 Haunts in Illinois* according to our local Scream Team’s experiences.
Statesville Haunted Prison – Lockport, IL (2019) with an overall score of 9.25!
Evil Intentions – Elgin, IL (2020) with an overall score of 9.23 (tie)!
Hellsgate Haunted House – Lockport, IL (2019) with an overall score of 9.23 (tie)!
Midnight Terror Haunted House – Oak Lawn, IL (2020) with an overall score of 9.07!
Massacre Haunted House – Montgomery, IL (2020) with an overall score of 9.02 (tie)!
Basement of the Dead – Aurora, IL (2019) with an overall score of 9.02 (tie)!
*Based on all of our Illinois Haunt Reviews and their most recent, respective scores given out of the past 3 years.
The following are some of the most popular haunted attractions** in Illinois, based on our website traffic:
Mack Manor Haunted Drive Thru
1100 Algonquin Road, Fox River Grove, IL 60021
"Don’t underestimate their ghoulish intentions. And no matter what, do not allow them access into your vehicle as they will go home with you."
A reflection from the Mistress of Mack Manor:
We wish to thank those irrelevant mortals who pass through our gates as our guests to our humble domicile this year. Correct, this is our home and thank you to those who respect that. At times, we can not meet the expectations of all our visitors, we do our best to accommodate all those souls wishing to pass through our gates.
At times we have other earthly responsibilities; daytime occupations, domestic duties, and oh yeah . . . trying to eat dinner before 9:30pm. . . . Our only commitment is to provide a SAFE and entertaining atmosphere. We love what we do; hearing the mortal humans scream, giggle and laugh provides us with the response that we are accomplishing our intended goals.
The passage our monsters have traveled is an extensive, dark and terrifying path. It is not easy to rise from the dead, on a regular basis and then retreat to the sanctum from which they execrably emerged. Meanwhile, these creatures must exist in the mortal world under the guise of human beings.
A lot of determination, sweat, muscle and time is contributed to produce this tremendous exhibition. It is now time for the massive transformation.
Thank you for all your support!
Terror in the Timbers
37W955 Big Timber Road, Elgin, IL 60124
Think you're safe behind a piece of glass and some metal? Think again.The dead have taken over the once innocent Big Timber Campgrounds and are coming for the living..one car at a time
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago
5050 River Road, Schiller Park, IL 60176
Horror in the Heart of Chicago! This Halloween Season, explore the legend at one of the most horrifying haunted house experiences in Chicago! In most buildings, the 13th Floor does not exist. But, hidden in this building, it’s very real.
Experience the truth about the legend of the 13th Floor at a haunted house created from your darkest fears. Legends and nightmares alike will come to life at the 13th Floor, Chicago's legendary haunted house, a gut-wrenching ride to untold nightmares 13 floors straight down!
Horror in the Heart of Chicago! Located near Winston Plaza Shopping Center in Melrose Park.
217 Terror Haunted House
221 Rawlings Street, Roodhouse, IL 62082
Central Illinois' scariest haunted attraction includes 3 haunted houses, 3 carnevil games, and 1 escape room. 217 Terror Haunted House is an in your face (no touch) old school scare haunted attraction.
Disturbia Haunted Attraction
1213 Butterfield Road, Ste D, Downers Grove, IL 60515
613 LaSalle Blvd, Marquette Heights, IL 61554
The longest-running “Outdoor Haunted Attraction” in Illinois. Over 40 years of scaring Central Illinois:
WORLD FAMOUS – SPOOK HOLLOW™ with M.C. MANOR & M.C. NIGHTMARE
Three Haunted Attractions combine to bring you the “Trilogy of Terror” for one admission price.
BE AFRAID… BE VERY AFRAID!
* CASH ONLY at Box office (ATM onsite)
* ONLINE TICKETS Accept Credit Cards (with fee). Turn in your printed bar code voucher (can be scanned from your smartphone) at the ticket window, to receive your Spook Hollow Ticket for entrance to the event.
Count Kuhajdas Haunted House
1112 Nicholson Street, Joliet, IL 60435
We've been hosting a free walk through yard haunt for over 27 years. It's a front & backyard walk through haunt, don't just drive by, you will miss most of the features. We have about 30 characters, many animated and a graveyard of tombstones all built by us. The front yard features traditional Halloween themes, the side yard takes you through a demon bar with an introduction from your bartender. The backyard haunt is devoted to Universal classic films & science fiction, and also features our animated house band "The Dead Beats". The haunt is kid friendly with NO ACTORS! Admission is free, but we are proudly accepting cash donations for our friends at American Veterans Service Dog Academy, training rescue dogs to be service & companion dogs for our Vets. Hope to see you this season. Check out our FB page! Keep watching for special events! Closed if raining. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Mark & Nancy
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House
600 29th Street, Zion, IL 60099
Haunting season at Dungeon of Doom, named one of the most terrifying haunted houses in the nation. Upgrade your experience to a Fast Pass or VIP experience and enjoy Buried Alive, the sensation of being buried six-feet deep, for the ultimate scare.
Nightmares loom in Zion, IL where visitors walk through the 42-thousand square-foot warehouse to experience the horror of Dungeon of Doom’s terrifying 60-minute indoor haunted house. At Dungeon of Doom, attendees experience one frightening attraction after another. Dungeon of Doom's "Killer Crew" aims to terrify the most daring of souls!
**This information was determined by looking at the haunts’ traffic on our site from the past two years. This is not a top haunts list. The above haunts are listed here in no particular order.
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