Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park District (and look for a special giveaway on the Kidlist Instagram feed in the next couple days!).
Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest
Friday & Saturday, October 12 & 13 from 6:30-9:30pm (Last hayride is at 9pm)
Special Maze Preview Night-Thursday, October 11 from 4-6pm
Central Park | 1500 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook
Each year, this unique fall festival offers Halloween fun for the entire family! Features include a life-sized ADA accessible haunted maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, crafts, games, fireside stories, and more! Tickets are available at the gate for $1 each or 25 for $20. Activity prices are available online, so be sure to visit www.obparks.org so you can plan your experience. If you’re looking for a lighter dose of Halloween hijinks, check out Thursday’s maze preview night! Scary scenes will be in place, but there won’t be any actors in place, which makes the feature more kid-friendly. Preview night is $5 per person for unlimited maze walks. Please note the maze will be the only activity available on Thursday.
Haunted Houses and Forest Walks in the West Suburbs
Haunted Hayrides and Walks
Batavia Haunted Quarry
October 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The quarry is haunted with ghosts and ghouls to give you a good scare! Ages 10+ only. Admission $10. Advance ticket purchase $8 (through 10/12).
Burr Ridge Family Ghost Walk
Burr Ridge Community Center
October 19, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Fee $25 per family. Suitable for kids ages 4-8. Registration required.
Geneva Park District Zombie Apocalypse
Saturday, October 20, 2018 | 4:00 – 7:30 pm
Family-friendly hour, 4:00 – 5:30 pm. This hour is suggested for those ages 10 & under.
Zombie Apocalypse, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Zombie apocalypse begins! Suggested for those ages 11 & older. Participants will be divided into groups of 10 to 15 people and will start approximately 5 minutes apart from each other. Each group will be led by a guide from safe zone to safe zone. Pre-registration before 10/20: $10/residents, $15/non-residents. On-site registration: $12/residents, $18/non-residents.
Goebbert’s Farm Haunted Hayride (South Barrington)
September 15-October 31, 2018 | Daily from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Hop on the wagon for a short trail ride to the haunted barn; fun for all ages. Included with Animal Land admission, which is $12 on weekdays and $15 on weekends.
Itasca Park District Haunted Trail
Ray Franzen Bird Sactuary
October 19, 2018 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Family Hour, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Active Scaring
Dare to enter this spooky 1/3 mile loop through a haunted trail. Kids 11 and under with adult only; must be 12+ to go alone. Last ride starts at 9:30 pm. Cash only; $5/ticket, $2/repeat trips.
Oak Brook Park District Haunted Forest and Haunted Hayride
Friday, October 12, 2018 – Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
This annual event includes a life-size 10,000+ square feet of haunted maze with ghouls and goblins. Also included are bounce houses, a hayride throughout the haunted forest, candy in a haystack, a pumpkin patch, and more. Tickets required for activities vary from 0-5, and are sold at the gate. Snacks and refreshments available for purchase. Tickets are 1 for $1 and 25 for $20. Parental discretion recommended for children under 10; event will include creepy characters, fog, strobe lights, and music.
Special Maze Preview Night Thursday: $5 for unlimited maze walks. You can make your way through the maze as many times as you’d like, in the daylight! Scary scenes will be set up, but there will be no actors or spooky special effects.
Sonny Acres Farm Haunted Wagon Ride (West Chicago)
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October until Halloween | 7:00 pm – 9:40 pm, weather permitting
Halloween ride through the haunted woods. Tickets $10 and may be purchased at the ticket booth beginning at 5 pm.
Westmont Park District Haunted Forest
October 20, 2018 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Merry Monsters Matinee for younger children, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Sheer Terror
The night kicks off with a Merry Monsters Matinee performance from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm for younger children. Then at 7:00 pm, there’s a scary combination walking and hayride tour through Smith Woods. $6/person.
Wood Dale Park District Scarewalk
The Beach Pool
October 27, 2018 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Recommended for ages 10 and older; family-friendly hour from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. A scary walk through the woods with monsters, creatures, and ghouls from classic horror films over the last 50 years. $6/person.
Woodridge Haunted Forest Walk
Woodridge Community Center
October 19, 2018 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm | October 20, 2018 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm and 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Hawthorne Hill Woods transforms into a scary place, complete with evil creatures. The Saturday afternoon session will be better suited for kids 9 and under, or more sensitive visitors (parental discretion advised). $8 evening session/$5 afternoon session.
Basement of the Dead
42 West New York Street
Aurora, Illinois 60506
Frightmare Haunted House
Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park
7759 S. Harlem Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
Canyon Trail Cemetery Halloween Display
371 Canyon Trail
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Projected to be running by October 6, 2018; check Facebook for updates | 9:00 pm on Sundays – Thursdays, dusk to 10:00 pm on Fridays – Saturdays
Canyon Trail Cemetery is a house with an huge, award-winning Halloween display. It’s designed to be spooky rather than scary; there is no gore. Thousands of visitors come every October!
Cicero’s Town Hall of Horror
4937 W 25th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead
17250 S Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441
Six Flags Fright Fest
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
Bengston’s Haunted Barn
13341 W 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
Annie’s family checked this one out last year and it was pretty tame- appropriate for elementary school-aged kids who are okay with some spookiness.
13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George Street
Melrose Park, IL 60160
Midnight Terror Haunted House
5520 West 111th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods
14800 S Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
Haunts Against Hunger Park Forest
361 Artist Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466
Disturbia: Screams in the Park
MB Financial Park
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
Goebbert’s Farm Haunted House
40 W. Higgins Rd.
South Barrington, IL 60010
September 15 – October 31, 2018 | Daily from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
12-room haunted house designed for school-age children.
Community Commonwealth Cemetery Gates Haunted House
6226 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Nightmare at the Terrace Haunted House
11500 Beloit Avenue
Worth, IL 60482
We have the scoop on haunted houses and haunted walks in the South suburbs, too! And you can find tons of other ideas for outdoor activities and fall family fun on Kidlist.