Haunted Trail Rides in Illinois

by Jaime Swanson

Haunted Trails, a popular spooky destination for kids and families in the metropolitan area of Chicago, has locations in Joliet and Burbank. It is an amusement park with a scary theme that is open year-round, so you won't have to wait until the weeks surrounding Halloween to enjoy some frights.

Burbank Site

Haunted Trails Burbank opened in 1975. It was the first of three facilities operated by the Trails Entertainment Center Corporation, the others being Haunted Trails Joliet and the Enchanted Castle in Lombard. The 3 1/2-acre site off Harlem Avenue and 79th Street in Burbank is an indoor and outdoor facility, with games, rides and a restaurant. As of summer 2011, the Tornado Ride costs $2, while the Miner Mike ride costs $1.75.

Joliet Site

Haunted Trails in Joliet was established in 1988 as a small arcade and mini golf entertainment center. Today, the 14-acre complex has indoor and outdoor facilities with games and rides and can host up to 2,000 people. The complex has a picnic area for large group events and a restaurant that can seat about 325 people. Outdoor rides include the Monster Hop and Bone Shaker. As of August 2011, the cost for each ride is $1.75.

Go Karts

Both the Burbank and Joliet Haunted Trails entertainment complexes offer go karts as part of their ride offerings. The Burbank facility only has one track and it is also the smaller of the two. As of August 2011, a spin on the Trails Raceway go karts in Burbank costs $6. In Joliet, the facility offers three go kart tracks, with Trails Raceway or Bullit karts. The cost is $5.75 per person and junior go karts are available for smaller children.

Activities and Games

Each Haunted Trails facility offers hundreds of arcade games and has batting cages and miniature golf courses. As of August 2011, you can get 12 pitches in the batting cage for $1. In Burbank, mini golf is $6 for adults or $4.50 for kids younger than 12. Joliet golf prices are $5.75 for adults, $4.50 for kids younger than 12 and $4 for seniors. The facility in Joliet also offers laser tag for $4.50 per game.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.