Children by nature love the chills and thrills of Halloween. Every year crowds of kids flock to haunted houses to see a highly choreographed display of ghosts and goblins. These houses are not really haunted. of course. At least the parents hope not! Some haunted attractions are geared for adults with realistic looking horrors, while others are designed with children in mind. Illinois has a number of safe and fun haunted houses for kids to enjoy.
Sweet Dreams Haunted House
Sweet Dreams Haunted House (Sweetdreamshauntedhouse.com) is located in Alsip, Illinois, and is open to the whole family. It opens every year during the last week of September and runs until the end of October. The attraction is owned by a professional stunt man and special effects artist and uses live actors to deliver the scares. In addition to a house packed with frights, there are also go-karts, mini-golf, paint ball and video games for the kids. Sweet dreams is located at: 11901 S. Cicero Avenue, Alsip, IL 60803.
Kinsch's Autumn Fun Fest
There is a children's haunted house at Kinsch's Autumn Fun Fest (Kinschflorist.com). The Fest runs from the middle of September to the end of October. The haunted house is full of gentle frights for kids. Children can also enjoy a two story monster slide, a corn maze, fun booths, a train ride and a haunted forest. This attraction is located at: 301 West Johnson Street Palatine, IL 60067.
Six Flags Great America (Sixflags.com) in Gurnee, Illinois holds a Fright Fest during the entire month of October. The whole amusement park is transformed into a family friendly land of spooky thrills. There are many shows to be seen and also several different haunted houses to enjoy. You can also ride the rides in the dark. The park is located at: 1 Great America Parkway Gurnee, IL 60031.
Frightmare Haunted House
Frightmare Haunted House (Frightmarehauntedhouse.com) has been in business for over 20 years and runs for most of October. It is a two story haunted maze with live cast members. It is open to children of all ages. Frightmare is located inside a year-round Halloween themed amusement park called Haunted Trails. The park offers go-karts, mini-golf, rides and a multitude of games. Frightmare is located at: 7759 S. Harlem Avenue, Burbank, IL. Their website is: Frightmarehauntedhouse.com.
Gilson Haunted School
The Gilson Haunted School (Hauntedgilson.com) is located in the small Illinois town of Gilson. The attraction is set up inside a 100 year old three-story school and runs during the month of October. This is one school that your children might actually be happy to go to. The building is large so it takes a while to go through but is packed with frights. Live actors help deliver scares and there is a complicated maze at the end. The Gilson Haunted School is located at: 1264 Hamilton Street, Gilson, IL 61436.
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