Local Hayrides, Forest Walks, and Haunted Houses for Halloween 2021

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There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! These local hayrides, forest walks, and haunted houses range from cute to scary, so be sure to pay attention to age recommendations. If you have younger or spook-sensitive kiddos, be sure to look for events offering daytime or special scare-free times as well.

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2021 Haunted Hayrides, Houses, Forest Walks, and Drive-Thru Events

Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is age-appropriate for your kids, call ahead!

Escape the Barn (St. Charles)
October 15 and 16, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, or 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Follow creepy clues through the grounds at Primrose Farm. Advance registration required.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (Oak Brook)
October 16, 2021 | 3:30pm
Come in costumes for a spooky walk in the park! This 1/2 mile walk in the woods includes games and crafts before making your way to the trick or treat trail and a leisurely haunted wagon ride.

Halloween House Tour (Downers Grove)
October 16, 2021 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Come take a tour of the house decorated for Halloween. All children must register and be accompanied by a registered adult.

A Nightmare at West Main (Batavia)
October 15 and 22, 2021 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Join for a haunted walk through the spooky trails at West Main Community Park. Not for kids under 10. Pre-registration is required.

Ackerman Woods Spook Trail (Glen Ellyn)
October 21 and 22, 2021 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, 4:00 – 9:00pm on Friday
Games, treats, and walk a spooky trail at this scary event.

Worth Park District Haunted Trail (Worth)
October 22, 23, 26, and 30 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Spooky creatures and other haunts along the Worth Boat Launch Trail.

Haunted Trail (Glendale Heights)
October 29, 2021 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Stroll through this guided tour of Camera Park and try not to get scared! Pre-registration is required.

Haunted Hayride (St. Charles)
October 29-30 , 2021 | 7 pm – 9 pm (Ages 16 and up)
A unique and scary adventure in the dark! Advance registration required.

Trick or Treat Trail (Carol Stream)
October 30, 2021 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm
All participants must register for a designated time slot, and must check-in during their arrival window.

Ongoing Events

Goebbert’s Farm Haunted Hayride (South Barrington)
September 11 – October 31, 2021 | Daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Hop on the wagon and travel a corn stalk trail to the Haunted Barn. Included with admission wristband; masks required.

Sonny Acres Farm (West Chicago)
October 2021; Check website for more details
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
Sonny Acres usually runs a haunted hayride and other spooky events. This year, “haunted” experiences will begin in October; check their website for more details.

Haunted Houses

Please note that some of these haunted houses do not allow children or may be very scary, while others host family-friendly times. Check out the websites, call if you have questions, and use your parental discretion.

Bengston’s Haunted Barn
13341 W 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-3276
Kids under age 12 must be with an adult.

Canyon Trail Cemetery Halloween Display
Projected to be running by October 3, 2021; check Facebook for updates | Dusk to 9:00 pm on Sundays – Thursdays, dusk to 10:00 pm on Fridays – Saturdays
371 Canyon Trail
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Elaborate and extensive residential Halloween display that goes all-out with moving parts and special effects, including some elements that pop out.

Goebbert’s Farm Haunted House
40 W. Higgins Rd.
South Barrington, IL 60010
(847) 428-6727
12-room haunted house designed to scare school-aged children. Entry included with farm admission.

Six Flags Fright Fest
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-1776
Six Flags recommends not bringing children after 6 p.m. 

Sonny Acres Farm Haunted Barn 
29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 231-3859
Not recommended for children 10 and under. Opens October 1, 2021.

13th Floor Haunted House
5050 River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
(708) 571-3326
Not recommended for children 12 and under.

Basement of the Dead
42 West New York Street
Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-2466

Hellsgate Haunted House
301 W. 2nd Street
Lockport IL 60441
(605) 301-4283

Midnight Terror Haunted House
5520 West 111th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 639-3279

Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead
17250 S. Weber Road
Lockport, Illinois 60441
(877) SCARED2

There are plenty of 2021 family-friendly Halloween events going on, so make sure to plan ahead and make reservations early!

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