A Guide to a Horror Night

Top four haunted houses to attend this fall season.


David Sprague

1. Dungeon of Doom is located in Zion, IL and has “Chicago’s and Milwaukee’s most 5 star rated haunt.” Their prices differ from the day one attendees such as a Press/Private Invite, Discount Days, Killer Days, Prime Time Days and Dooms Black Out. This house is not looking for “scares” but instead wants one to have an experience of “leaving a dark stain upon one’s soul.” Their actors are not only physically engaged but also mentally engaged, leading pathways to 60 minutes of horror. This house includes plenty of different attractions to attend, ranging from clowns to an asylum and anything in between. Check out their website at https://dungeonofdoom.com/.

Junior, Kameron Jones shares her thoughts on her experience.  

“The Dungeon of Doom haunted house was an insane experience,” Jones said. “From the lights, to the sound effects, to the actors; a great experience that me and my friends shared but [we] are too scared to go back.”

2. Basement of the Dead Haunted House is located in Aurora, IL and has been rated “#1 scariest house in Chicago, Illinois” by Buzzfeed. For this house, general admission is $25 dollars, VIP admission is $45 dollars and the ultimate package is $99 dollars. This house includes intense audio, special effects, moving floors, strobe lights, fog and so much more, so it’s important for any individual who suffers with a medical condition to verify if they can enter. Although this house has extreme scenes, the actors are not allowed to touch an individual. Check out their website at  https://basementofthedead.com/.

3. Realm of Terror Haunted House is located in Round Lake Beach, IL and is “Illinois’ most terrifying haunted house.” This house “features the best in makeup effects created by FaceOff season 9 star, Stevie Calabrese.” It may be inappropriate for those who have medical conditions, heart conditions and young children because it may have offensive content. Check out their website at https://www.realmofterror.com/.

4. 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago is located in Melrose Park, IL and is “Chicago’s legendary haunted house.” This house has two attraction themes, Cursed: Purgatory and Dead End District: Freakshow. It is not recommended for any children under 12 years old to attend this house because it may be too intense. Check out their website at  http://www.13thfloorchicago.com/index.html.