Halloween Haunts in Champaign

Ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, werewolves and vampires; it’s time to give yourself a taste of Halloween delight. With tricks and treats plentiful in the Champaign area, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy, or make you leave your light on until next Halloween. BOO!

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The Great Pumpkin Patch. Photo courtesy of nickstirs.blogspot.

The Great Pumpkin Patch
Date: September 15-October 31
Time: 9am-6pm
Where: 1749A CR 1900 North, Arthur
Admission: Weekend Prices, Regular Admission, $7; 60 and up $5; Ages 6-12, $4; Children 5 and under, FREE; Weekday Prices are $2 less

The Great Pumpkin Patch is proud to invite guests to see over 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds from over 30 countries around the world; all grown on the farm. Beautiful surroundings with numerous premier displays, various mazes and gardens grace the grounds. There are several places to eat and drink on the farm and lots of entertainment on the weekends.

Clinton’s Terror on Washington Street
Date: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 31
Time: 7pm to 11pm Weekends, 7pm to 9pm Weeknights; FRIENDLY GHOST TOUR: Saturday, October 20th and October 27th from 5pm to 6pm
Where: 513 E. Washington Street, Clinton
Admission: $9; $1 off with a canned food donation; $1 off with valid military ID; Discount available for groups of 25 victims or more

Strange things happen when October comes to Clinton, Illinois! The old VFW Hall is a place no one wants to travel by after sunset. Screams & moans are heard; slow moving creatures lurk in the shadows. Visit Terror’s home for the creatures of the night.

Nightmare Alley presented by Fear Factory – Rantoul
Date: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 30-31
Time: 7-11pm; Halloween 7pm-12am
Where: Country Tyme Lanes, 1568 E. Grove, Rantoul
Admission: $15

Favorite Haunt in a new location! Nightmare Alley presented by Fear Factory Haunted House!

Rantoul Haunted Dungeon
Date: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 31
Time: Fridays and Saturdays 7-11pm; Weekdays and Sundays 7-10pm
Where: 128 E. Sangamon, Rantoul
Admission: $8

Grab some friends and prepare to be rattled to your core. With surprises around every corner, the Haunted Dungeon is a must see this Halloween.

Saybrook’s Pirate Den Haunted House
Date: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-21, 26-28, 31
Time: Friday and Saturdays 7pm to 11:30pm, Sundays (last two weekends) 7pm to 9:30; Halloween 7pm to 9:30
Where: 105 West Lincoln, Saybrook
Admission: Adults, $8; Children, $6

One of Illinois’ largest Haunts, with over twenty rooms of hair raising fear. Never duplicating rooms each year; a new experience of horror. Built and designed by the twisted minds of “Pirate Chris” and “Rigor Mortis Dave” with a combined twenty years of experience, this Haunt is a must for fear lovers.

The Scream Haunted Adventure – Decatur
Date: October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27, 31
Time: 7-11pm; Halloween 7-10pm
Where: 602 N. Mercer St, Decatur
Admission: General Admission, $10; See website for details on special passes

The Scream Haunted Adventure features 22 horrifying scenes, double vortex tunnels, a grave crawl and Claustrophobia Hallway built inside an empty haunted warehouse inhabited by monsters, beasts and roaming sinister characters. The truly brave can also enjoy The Scream Haunted Warehouse Tour, which guides patrons through abandoned portions of the warehouse that are rumored to be haunted. Similar to the TV show, Ghost Adventures, this flashlight tour is a paranormal experience.

Midtown Fall Festival at the Boneyard
Date: October 6
Time: 12pm-7pm
Where: Boneyard Basin, Champaign
Admission: FREE

The festival will be all afternoon along the banks of the Boneyard Creek in the heart of the Midtown District. Events include pumpkin decorating, scarecrow contest, music and more.

Dracula – Krannert Center
Date: October 11-13, 18-21
Time: 7:30pm; October 21, 3pm
Where: 500 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana
Admission: Tickets range from $8-16 (See website for details)

The classic vampire tale from Bram Stoker’s novel has been adapted by Liz Lochhead, a prominent Scottish playwright and poet whose language is both rough and beautiful. Long before the tortured teen vampires of 21st Century popular culture, Stoker’s original tale chilled Victorian audiences with a mysterious Eastern European nobleman who insinuates his dangerous, sensual presence into the bedchambers of proper English ladies.

Midway of Madness Haunted Barn
Date: October 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Time: 7-11pm
Where: Champaign County Fairgrounds, Urbana
Admission: General Admission, $10; Students & Veterans, $9

Monsters are taking over the Midway! The Haunted Barn at the fairgrounds is filled with crazy carnies and zombies.

Boo at the Zoo – Scovill Zoo
Date: October 19-31
Time: Weekdays, 5:30-8pm; Weekends, 3-8pm; Closed October 22-24
Where: 71 South Country Club Road, Decatur
Admission: Collecting Treats, $4; No Treats, $3; Under 2, No Treats, FREE (see website for admission details)

Dress up or come as you are as hundreds of jack-o-lanterns guide you through the spooky treat stations at Scovill Zoo. Take a ride on the Fright Night Express and the Endangered Species Carousel.

 

Ghost Train. Photo courtesy of traintravel.com

Zombie Run!
Date: October 20
Time: 3pm
Where: Dodd’s Park, Champaign
Admission: Residents, $12; Non-residents, $18 entry fee

Prepare to navigate this 2+ mile course while dodging zombies, checking in at safe points and picking up necessary survival supplies. At the end of the race, we­’ll celebrate your survival with a post-race party in the safe zone!

Ghost Train – Monticello
Date: October 20-21, 26-28
Time: 7-9pm; Sunday Matinees, 1-2:30pm
Where: Monticello Railway Museum, Monticello
Admission: $7 for ages 2 and up

All ages can enjoy the train ride through Camp Creek Hollow with a stop at Cemetery Road, but only the brave should check out our Haunted Boxcar! Hot food and drinks will be available for this event at the museum site. For younger children, we recommend the matinees on Sunday for the train ride and lights-on walk-through of the Haunted Boxcar.

Halloween Funfest
Date: October 26
Time: 6-9pm
Where: Marketplace Mall, 2000 N. Neil Street, Champaign
Admission: FREE

Kids can enjoy trick-or-treating even before Halloween and have some spooks inside the comfort of the mall while venturing into the haunted house.

Gruesome, Gory and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls
Date: October 27
Time: 2:00pm
Where: The Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Admission: Suggested Donation, $5

Family event features multicultural ghost stories told in the Museum’s galleries. The stories will be most appropriate for children grades K–6. The children will leave with bags of candy to start their trick-or-treating off right.

Stories from the Other Side
Date: October 27
Time: 7:00pm
Where: The Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory, Urbana
Admission: Adults, $8; Students, $6

This Spurlock Museum ghost story concert features tales with adult themes or heightened fear factors. It is for adults only (age 16 and above). Don’t worry—everyone still gets candy.

Nightmare on Grove Street
Date: October 31
Time: 5-8pm
Where: Douglass Park, Champaign
Admission: FREE

A great way to spend Halloween in a fun fall festival on All Hallow’s Eve! Games, treats and scares are in store for a night at the park; spooktacular for the whole family!

 

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