Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks

Haunted houses are everywhere during the month of October… but we’ve also found some spooky Halloween walks that are sure to thrill! These events are not for everyone, and parental discretion is definitely recommended. If you are unsure of how scary any on our list might be, website links are provided so you can easily find out more information or call. For those kids who love to get their scare on, don’t miss these spook-tacular ideas below!

Haunted Walks in the West Suburbs

Haunted Forest (Oak Brook)
October 13 – 14, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rain or shine, last hayride at 9 pm.
This yearly event features a 10,000+ square foot haunted maze, as well as a hayride, pumpkin patch, fireside stories, and more. Each activity costs between 0–5 tickets, which are sold at the gate for $1/ticket (or 25/$20). Parental discretion is advised on the haunted maze for children 10 and under.

Family Ghost Walk (Burr Ridge)
October 19, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Suitable for kids 4–8 years old. The park district provides flashlights for a walk through nature while you listen to spooky stories and look for ghosts, all before a campfire with s’mores. Registration required.

Haunted Forest Walk (Woodridge)
October 20 – 21, 2017 | Friday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm,  Saturday 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm
Hawthorne Hill Woods transforms into a scary place, complete with slithering creatures and crazed maniacs alike. The Saturday afternoon session will be better suited for kids 9 and under and the faint of heart (parental discretion advised). $8 evening session/$5 afternoon session.

Haunted Forest – Paranormal Prison (Westmont)
October 21, 2017 | 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The night kicks off with a Merry Monsters Matinee performance from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm for younger children. Then at 7, there’s a scary combination walking and hayride tour through Twin Lakes Woods, complete with ghouls and other creatures. $6/person.

Scarewalk (Wood Dale)
October 21, 2017 | 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.

Halloween Night Walk (Oak Brook)
October 27, 2017 6:00pm-9:00pm
Ages 2 and up; under 18 must be with adult. This 75-minute guided walk through the dark woods includes short stops for dramatic interludes and funny stories, with Halloween and natural history themes. $12/ person; tickets on sale October 7 at 9 am at Fullersburg Woods (no phone or online orders).

Haunted Houses in the Chicagoland Area

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

Frightmare Haunted House
Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park
7759 S. Harlem Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 598-8580

Cicero’s Town Hall of Horror
4937 W 25th Street
Cicero, IL 60804
(312) 719-5339

Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead
17250 S Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441
(877) SCARED2

Six Flags Fright Fest
Six Flags Great America
1 Great America Parkway
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 249-1776

Bengston’s Haunted Barn
13341 W 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-3276

13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George Street
Melrose Park, IL 60160
(708) 571-3326

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

Orland Park Lions Club Haunted Woods
14800 S Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 288-4110

Haunts Against Hunger Park Forest
361 Artist Walk
Park Forest, IL 60466
(866) 783-4608

Disturbia: Screams in the Park
MB Financial Park
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 430-4338

Community Commonwealth Cemetery Gates Haunted House
6226 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 519-3694

Nightmare at the Terrace Haunted House
11500 Beloit Avenue
Worth, IL 60482
(708) 448-7080

Check out our events page for even more fun things to do as Halloween approaches!

Want to find more kid-friendly Halloween activities and events in the western suburbs?

Check out our Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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