Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts and ghouls are everywhere… especially in the Southwest suburbs. Celebrate Chicagoland’s spookiest season by touring a haunted house, strolling along a haunted trail or boarding a haunted hayride. We’ve rounded up our best bets for thrills and chills in the area (along with some less-scary alternatives), so you’re sure to get every member of your family into the Halloween spirit.

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

haunted trail with cute ghost and spider; haunted walks

Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks

Haunted Terror Trail
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 29 – October 28; Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Sundays 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Undead Acres
Santa Fe Landscaping and Nursery, INC.
3450 W. Crete Monee Road
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-3600
Take in some truly frightful sights as you and your group explore the haunted nursery on foot, escorted by the ghoulish groundskeeper. Not recommended for young children. $15 per person.

Zombie Paintball Safari
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September 29 – October 28; Fridays and Saturdays 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Sundays 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Undead Acres
Santa Fe Landscaping and Nursery, INC.
3450 W. Crete Monee Road
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-3600
Ready, aim, FIRE! Put your zombie-slaying skills to the test as you wipe ’em out, one by one. Fortunately, these zombies don’t attack back! No minimum age requirement, though parental discretion is recommended. $22 per person.

Zombie Safari Hayride
Fridays and Saturdays September 29 – October 28; 7:00 pm – 12:00 am
Odyssey Fun Farm
18900 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 429-4078
Are you brave enough to battle a hungry hoard of zombies? Take a dark ride into the land of the undead, where you’ll slay the enemy, armed with mounted paintball guns. $22 per person.

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Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 18–20

Terror Trails Haunted Cornfield & Woods
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 5 – 28 and Oct. 31; Saturdays 7:00 – 11:00 pm and Sundays 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Creepy Hallow
24405 South La Grange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 532-6668
Take a terrifying hayride right into the heart of the Haunted Cornfield, where you’ll be left to find your way out before the corn creatures find you! $22 per person.

Zombie Paintball Hunt
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 5 – 28 and Oct. 31; Saturdays 7:00 – 11:00 pm and Sundays 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Creepy Hallow
24405 South La Grange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 532-6668
Brave the darkness as you battle blood-thirsty zombies in the city of the dead. Suitable for all ages; $22 per person.

The Curse of the Bayou
Fridays and Saturdays throughout October | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dellwood Park
Route 171 and Woods Drive
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-1183
Explore the haunted underground of Dellwood Park as you attempt to escape a maze of terrifying sights and sounds. Not recommended for young children. $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased onsite or online.

Hayride of Horror
Fridays and Saturdays throughout October | 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Dellwood Park
Route 171 and Woods Drive
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-1183
All aboard the Hayride of Horror! Keep your eyes peeled for creatures of all kinds as you take a riveting ride through Dellwood Park. Frightening festivities include scary movies on the big screen and a big bonfire to warm chilly souls. Refreshments are available for purchase. $15 per person. Tickets may be purchased onsite or online.

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Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 18–20

Not So Scary Hayride
Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Dellwood Park
Route 171 and Woods Drive
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-1183
Make Halloween fun for everyone! Hop on the “Not So Scary Hayride” for a kid-friendly cruise that’s sure to delight even the youngest members of the family. $5 per person. First 200 kids to ride receive a free pumpkin. Tickets are only available onsite.

Haunted Hayrides
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays October 5 – 28, 2018 | 6:00 – 10:30 pm
Forest View Farms
16717 Lockwood Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 560-0306
Make your way through the Farms’ haunted woods by wagon to get up close and personal with the Headless Horseman and other creatures of the night. Adult supervision is recommended for children under nine years of age; less scary rides featuring pared-down visual effects are offered from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. $9 per person for early rides; $12.50 per person thereafter. All riders receive a souvenir pumpkin.

Halloween Haunting
Founders Community Center
140 Oak Street
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-940
Join the Frankfort Park District for a kid-friendly Halloween extravaganza including haunted hayrides, spooky games, inflatables, a DJ dance party, and more. The first 200 kids to participate receive a free pumpkin. Wristbands are $10 (or $9 with costume) and can be purchased onsite. 

Haunted Canal Hayride
October 19, 20, 26, 27, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Lemont Safety Village
55 Stephen St
Lemont, IL 60439
Take a spooky hayride along Lemont’s historic I&M Canal Trail and discover the ghosts and ghouls that once haunted the halls of Lemont’s Central School. Proceeds benefit Hope and Friendship Foundation and School District 113a Foundation. Tickets may be purchased online.

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Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 18–20

Haunted Houses in the Southwest Suburbs

Statesville Haunted Prison & City of the Dead
Open October 4 – 31, 2018 | 7:00 – 10:00 pm Thursdays, Sundays and Oct. 31; 7:00 – 11:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays
17250 S Weber Road
Crest Hill, IL 60441
(877) SCARED2
info@statesvillehauntedprison.com

Bengston’s Haunted Barn
Open September 14 – October 30, 2018 | Check calendar for hours of operation 
13341 W 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-3276
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.

Farmer Frank’s Haunted Barn
Open September 22 – October 31, 2018 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (seven days a week) 
Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, Inc.
17250 Weber Road
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 741-2693

Hellsgate Haunted House
Open October 4 – 31, 2018 | 7:00 – 11:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays; 7:00 – 10:00 pm Thursdays, Sundays and Oct. 31
Lockport Metra Lot
1300 South State St.
Lockport, IL 60441
(605) 301-4283
captain@hellsgate.com

Midnight Terror Haunted House
Open September 28 – October 31, 2018 | 7:00 – 11:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays; 7:00 – 10:00 pm Thursdays, Sundays and Oct. 30-31
5520 West 111th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 639-3279
midnightterror.info@gmail.com

Check out the Kidlist Events calendar for even more frightful Halloween festivities to enjoy with the whole family!  We’ve also got haunted houses and haunted forest walks in the west suburbs, plus tons of other outdoor things to do with your family.

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

2 Comments on "Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs"

  1. Hi, thanks so much for this! Any suggestions for a 6th grader? My daughter was at Goebbert’s farm last year but said it was a little tame for her. At the same time, she (as well as her father! lol) doesn’t want to be scared silly. Also, we live in the NW burbs. There don’t seem to be many haunted houses this way for some reason. Are you aware of any?

    • I’m in the same boat because my son is in 5th grade. Check out this list: https://mykidlist.com/haunted-houses-haunted-forest-walks/, which should be closer to you and has a few options that are listed for ages 10 or 11 and up. We’re going to try the Haunted Forest Walk at Oak Brook Park District this year because it’s listed for older kids, but not a full blown haunted house. There are also some in Batavia and Itasca in that link that are listed for older kids as well.

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