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Every October, there is a “Monster Mash,” and the haunted attractions in Lake County never fail to scare.
There is an abundance of courageous souls out there that want to brave the storm of a professional scarer. That said, Lake County holds a Master’s Degree in terrifying individuals.
So for the next month get your fill of spooks, because Lake County has your haunted attraction of choice. Take note that most of these frightening facilities and spirit havens aren’t for youngsters.
Let’s take a look at the haunted attractions in Lake County and give you “proof that there had been a nightmare, on my street!”
You may be wondering, what’s going on in the old Briquette Factory in Zion. The award-winning Dungeon of Doom Haunted House has moved there and has done their duty in providing a scare zone that doesn’t disappoint. This place is notorious for their reputation for presenting an extremely bone-chilling, wild-ride in Lake County. There is an underground feel to this space, and they are prepared to scare the living daylights out of you. The Zion facility is open through November 4.
600 29th St., Zion.
The night time is the fright time at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Fright Fest presented by SNICKERS® has returned. Crypts, ghouls, zombies and everything else Halloween takes over the Gurnee amusement park on select days through October 31. Besides the haunted houses, Six Flags has 10 different scare areas to make your leisurely stroll through the park a little bit more intense. Fright Fest is open through Halloween. Here are some of the amusement park’s haunted houses. Fright Fest runs through October 31.
- Hell Fest – BRAND NEW
- Big Top Terror
- Gates of Hell
- Massacre Medical Center
- Manslaughter Manor
Besides the haunted houses, there are a variety of scare zones visitors should definitely beware of. There is no such thing as a leisurely stroll available at the Gurnee scare haven as ghouls are spread all over the park to creep and “greet” you. Watch your six!
- The Menagarie – BRAND NEW
- Lost Souls – BRAND NEW
- Forbidden Forest
- Slasher Circus
- Rotten Hill
- The Underworld
- Six Saints Cemetery
- Dread Haven
- Henchman Alley
542 N. Route 21, Gurnee.
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The Realm of Terror Horror Experience is one of Chicago and Milwaukee’s premier Halloween attractions located in Round Lake Beach. Thrill seekers and Halloween enthusiasts alike can expect their biggest and craziest production to date at the ‘Realm.’ The house of scares has been featured in the Huff Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and WGN. The scares may not be appropriate for anyone under 16 years old. The Realm of Terror is open through November 4.
421 W. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach.
Living Spirits and Old Wives Tales
According to legend, there was an all-girls school that was located inside of where present-day Independence Grove stands. Apparently one day, someone broke into the school murdering many of the girls. The structure is no longer there, but the front gate still remains. Click here to learn more about this gruesome story.
The year was 1917 and Mr., and Mrs. John G. Shedd gave their daughter Laura and her new husband Charles Schweppe this Lake Forest mansion to the newlywed couple as a gift. In 1941, Charles Schweppe was found dead by suicide. After Laura’s death much later, the estate stayed empty 46 years except for servants that resided in the facility. It is considered a haunted landmark and is still on the market for sale to this day.
It is said that a black ghost car appears at night near a cemetery on the Lake County road. There is also a female spirit on the path who emerges carrying a lantern asking drivers for help, but she ultimately vanishes in an instance when they stop for aid. Gangsters also frequented the road during the Prohibition era.
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This Waukegan hotel was built in the 1920s. In the 1980s, a fire killed and injured many of its inhabitants. It is said the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and the basement levels are haunted by a cascade of voices. Orbs have also been caught on security footage.
Glowing orbs, a disappearing house, a glowing mist, a black car and voices of spirits have all been heard or seen at the Barrington cemetery. It is also said that photographs do not develop when taken at White Cemetery.
More Spooky Events
The list goes on with the haunted attractions in Lake County. Here are some of the spooky fests, events and other Halloween creeps happening around the area.
- Ghost Stories Plus at Volo Bog (October 13)
- Live Outdoor Theater: Frankenstein’s Monster at Ryerson (October 13-14)
- Halloween Hikes at Ryerson (October 19-20)
- The Ultimate Paranormal Experience at Genesee Theatre (Friday, October 13 and 20)
- Zombie Apocalypse Training at Dunbar Gym in Mundelein (October 26)
- ZombieWauk in downtown Waukegan (Saturday, October 20)
- Long Grove Historical Society Ghost Walk (Friday, October 27)
- Sanfilippo Foundation Halloween Silent Film Gala (Saturday, October 27)
For more spooks, spirits and haunted attractions in Lake County, continue here.