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Halloween In Chicago: A MapQuest Guide

From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Chicago that are sure to be a scream.
— Laura Agadoni


Statesville Haunted Prison


Statesville Haunted Prison may not be a real jail, but after the 45-minute tour guests will probably be on their best behavior -- just in case. Although it's primarily open to adults and teens, children ages 10 to 15 are allowed to enter if accompanied by an adult. Visitors have rated Statesville Haunted Prison the number-one haunted house in Chicagoland for nine years, according to Chicagofun.com. It costs $30 per person to get in and, upon exiting, visitors can purchase their own "tortured soul" attire at Statesville’s Halloween and costume shop.


17250 Weber Road, Crest Hill, IL 60441 | Get Directions


Franken Plaza (Daley Plaza)


Daley Plaza in Chicago becomes “Franken Plaza.” during the last few days of October as surrounding streets, buildings and parks assume an eerie Halloween facade. Visitors can be entertained by spooky storytellers, mask-making activities, live music, hayrides, pyrotechnics, pumpkin-carving contests and circus acts. Other activities include aerial entertainers and a farmers’ market. Admission to the Plaza is free, and visitors are encouraged to dress up.


50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602 | Get Directions


Frightmare Haunted House


Horror movie fans won’t want to miss the Scream Scenes Cinema at Frightmare Haunted House. Scenes from famous scary films are re-enacted in this two-story maze, and instead of merely watching the movie, guests are the stars. Frightmare is open during October to adults and children of all ages, although parents should use discretion for children under 10. General admission tickets are $10.


7759 S. Harlem Ave., Burbank, IL 60459 | Get Directions



At Statesville Haunted Prison, “no one escapes.”


Did we miss a Halloween event in Chicago? Tell us about it in the comments section below.


Want other great Halloween-season ideas? Check out FrightQuest and our coverage in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana.


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