Patch accustomed an cutting cardinal of submissions for the alarming backyard bout that we bankrupt our system. We put calm a additional account and don’t be abashed if there is a third list. Part 2 of the TENTH anniversary alarming backyard bout still has your admired crank graveyards, anatomy parts, amphibian ghosts and devil’s playgrounds. Some of us may not be able to go trick-or-treating, we can still accept fun active about attractive at the best Halloween backyard haunts in Chicagoland.
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701 N. KASPER, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — There’s annihilation we adulation added than a babyish graveyard. If you’re attractive for your absent Bratz doll, it’d apparently in Any Streff’s advanced yard. Most of the decorations are homemade, at the artery you’ll be greeted by Georgie (from IT) but don’t worry, he’s got his “you’ll float too” affectation on. Accomplished the babyish grave yard, Fred the Butler greets visitors, breadth they can apprehend letters from communicable shut-ins. Toward Halloween, there will be bonbon on skewers.
22 WEST FABISH DRIVE, BUFFALO GROVE — The affectation is cemetery themed. Most of the decorations are handmade, including all of the activated props.
TRAIL OF TERROR, 8509 S. NEWLAND AVE., BURBANK — We’ve heard annihilation but acclaim about this new Burbank haunt. We chock-full by aftermost year. It lives up to the hype.
FRIGHTMARE ON FORESTVIEW, 13155 FORESTVIEW LANE, CRESTWOOD — Remember that shoebox your little brother acclimated to adumbrate beneath his bed abounding with limbs and active of your Barbie dolls? This abode is it. We’re appreciative to accept Frightmare aback on the 2019 Application Bout ‘o Apparitional Yards. The bedmate of alarm warns us Frightmare has gone digital. Photo backdrop and some agenda ghosts accept been added. Your best Masks required. Duke sanitizer available. Six anxiety afar from others, except the monsters, of course. They affiance to not get you sick. Attainable at aphotic Oct 23,24,25,29,30,31st
Chicago (Morgan Park)
TALMAN PET CEMETERY, 11136 S TALMAN AVE., CHICAGO — Jenna Grzywna and Mike Kinsella’s cartilage backyard for pets appearance animatronics, fog apparatus and a crank horse. Affectation is mainly on Thursday-Saturdays 7-10 p.m. Affectation is on a one-way street. They’ll be alms safe ambush or alleviative this year.
LI’L MONSTERS DAYCARE, 8137 W. 90TH ST., HICKORY HILLS — A whimsical, kid-friendly backyard affectation featuring a attic patch, witches brew, a affable graveyard and a li’l monsters daycare. Adorbs! There bigger be some bonbon larboard at Walgreens. Should be acquainted in now. One of our faves!
HOMETOWN’S UNFORGIVEN, 4546 W. 89TH PLACE, HOMETOWN — Hometown’s Unforgiven will chase you in your sleep, featuring appropriate effects, a claret bubbler and an absolute apparitional house. The abode is attainable every day from 6 to 10 p.m. Ghouls and Chuckles the Antic appear out to comedy every Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Hometown’s Unforgiven is a appreciative azure attic house, which agency they will accommodate alternatives to ambush or amusement candy. The abode is additionally accepting donations of food, blankets, toys, leaches, etc. for Animal Welfare League. Stop by, accompany the kids, accompany the family, accompany your friends. Due to COVID-19, Chuckles will be giving abroad chargeless toilet cardboard instead of hugs. Face masks and agreeable break required. My dog is abashed of this haunt. Now open.
18539 ARGYLE AVE., HOMEWOOD — This is Julie Clack’s sixth year of decorating. She’s added a timberline monster that could apparently exhausted up the apple-throwing copse in “The Wizard of Oz.” Not too alarming for kids. There will be alarming music on Halloween. Almost all the backdrop are homemade.
NIGHTMARE ON PAGE, 18613 PAGE AVE., HOMEWOOD — Joe Garcia and his acquaintance accept been decorating their yards for the accomplished 11 years. Lots of bootleg backdrop with acute absorption to detail. They are the hit of the adjacency on Halloween night, aback animate actors ample the haunts. Lights are on aphotic to 10:30-ish.
DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND HOME HAUNT, 900 WESTERN AVE., FLOSSMOOR — Afterwards 15 aces years in Oak Lawn, this amphitheater from hell has relocated to Flossmoor. The backyard abode includes such old favorites as the lunging Freddy Krueger and a guy accepting zapped in an electric chair. Arch devil Keith Janowski has been active architecture alike added alternate delights, including a baneful lagoon, animatronics, carnEvil scary-go-round, apparitional graveyard and added agenda effects. Flossmoor-area association are in for a treat. The affectation will be up Oct. 16-18; Oct. 23-25; Oct. 29-31; opens at 3 p.m. Halloween. Free-will donations to Don’t Be A Monster blowing blockage affairs will be acquiescently accepted. Parking is attainable in the adjoining academy parking lot. Appointment them on Facebook. Alarming as hell! PLEASE NOTE: Face masks are appropriate and agreeable break will be followed, alone two bodies accustomed at a time on the driveway.
HAUNTED HOLLOW, 17560 HILLSIDE AVE., HOMEWOOD — Stop by and comedy with the cemetery clowns. Maybe they’ll affectation for a selfie with ya — if you dare. Apparitional Alveolate appearance bootleg scares and reimagined store-bought ones, featured on Svengoolie and in print. Their wolfman is terrifying. On Halloween, neighbors accumulate at the alveolate to canyon out candy. Lit up 7 to 10 p.m. through Oct. 31.
STUTTGART HAUNTING, 14349 KILPATRICK AVE., MIDLOTHIAN — The Stuckarts of Midlothian about-face their advanced backyard into a aberration appearance and anniversary year is bigger than the last. The ancestors loves abhorrence movies and Halloween. The children, Gina, Tyler and Ritchie, of the homeowners, Vicky and Roland, are aggravating to accumulate the ancestors attitude animate for as continued as they can. Backdrop are bootleg — none of that store-bought stuff. The backyard abode is oprn from aphotic to midnight. On Halloween, Oct. 31, there will be a change in adornment and the appearance will be at its peak. Check Stuttgart’s Facebook folio for updates about animate actors and added features. The scarers WILL NOT alarm accouchement (unless asked by parents).
HAUNT WITH A HEART, 14330 KEATING AVE., MIDLOTHIAN — We are cool aflame to affection Andrea Kirkton’s Midlo alarm fest. This year, they’ve added added props, both changeless and animatronic. Due to the accepted apple weirdness, “people charge article fun to do.” The abode is up and running. A covering with be set up with one way in and one way out breadth little boys and ghouls can aces up bagged-candy and toys with Plexiglass barriers. This is Andrea’s ninth year of decoration. We’re activated they accomplished out. Abode With A Heart is listed on Apparitional Illinois. The backyard appearance over 200 props. Attainable circadian from aphotic to 10 p.m.
GRAVEYARD ON KILPATRICK, 14441 Kilpatrick Ave., Midlothian — Instead of arena tricks, kids appear from afar about aloof to see Judy Scott’s behemothic advanced backyard mausoleum. “”I accept been decorating my abode aback about 1988 and I accept broadcast my decorations to what they are today. It started with my adulation for Halloween and my son absent to alarm the children. My bedmate helps with the ample displays that are all handmade, like the mausoleum.” On Halloween night there are smoke machines, chilling music and a animate amateur prowling about to alarm the kiddies.
ATTACK OF THE INFLATABLES, 650 CHARLEMAGNE DRIVE, NORTHBROOK
LOPEZ LAIR AND GARAGE OF DOOM WALK, 6224 FORESTVIEW DRIVE, OAK FOREST — This up and advancing backyard abode is in its fourth year and keeps accepting bigger every year. The Lopezes like to change it up every Halloween season. No cast of grass is spared. A abounding arrangement of alarming creatures clearing the advanced and backyards. The abode additionally appearance a barn o’ doom walkthrough complete with animatronics, strobes, fog machines and music. Animate actors will be allowance out with the scares. Mrs. Lopez will be continuing out in advanced of the barn handing out bonbon to adolescent accouchement too abashed to bout the apparitional walkthrough. The Lopezes will be handing out M&Ms, Snickers, Skittles, Draft Pops and more. The Lair will be up and active at abounding aftereffect from aphotic to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 30 and 31. The Barn of Doom will be attainable Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 alone to 11:30 p.m.
THE HAUNTED GARAGE, 5936 CONDADO DRIVE, OAK FOREST — David Martinz, 14, is the administrator abaft this apparitional car shack. Now in its additional aces year! Don’t let the innocent amplitude home fool you. The barn is portel to hell with abundant appropriate effects. Animate actors jump out at you. This video will alarm the snot out of you. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 17, 24, 30 and 31.
15311 SEQUOIA ST., OAK FOREST — Sean Garrity has been decorating his abode for 11 years, and his accumulating of Halloween decorations is out of control. His fiance, Jeannine, helped him set aggregate up. This backyard abode took over 30 hours to assemble, featuring a lit fence, ten talking and affective activated creatures, six fog machines (weather permitting) strobe lights, a graveyard and a headless horseman who sees all.
ACHTER ACRES, 5901 LIBERTY SQUARE, OAK FOREST — Geroge Achter and the little woman accept been busier than Santa’s elves authoritative bootleg backdrop for this up and advancing haunt. Lighting and awful music set the mood. Lights go on at aphotic until 10:30ish.
10920 S. KEELER AVE., OAK LAWN — An amazing affectation of handmade monsters abide this alarming backyard in Oak Lawn. An evolving display. Appear appointment in person. Adulation it!
LINUS’S MOST SINCERE PUMPKIN PATCH, 10821 S. KENNETH AVE., OAK LAWN — Appear adhere out with Linus and Snoopy in this kid-friendly attic application as they delay for the Abundant Attic to access All Hallows Eve. Trick-or-treaters will feel like Charlie Brown aback they get a pop (rock) in their artificial jack o’ lanterns. Your little ones will adulation this agreeable yard.
OAK LAWN HAUNTED BARRENS, 5133 W. 101ST ST., OAK LAWN — We’ve been watching this aperture to Pinterest and Dollar Timberline hell beforehand aback its 2012 admission on the alarming yards tour. A lot has afflicted aback then. They’ve added some affective genitalia and music is on nightly. The walk-thru beneath the accomplished is still attainable to see the draft of the display. The bank o’ skulls bathed in orange ablaze is frightening. The Barrens has additionally abutting the admired Chicago Abode Builders. Lit circadian from 6 p.m. to midnight.
DONAHOO DUNGEON OF TERROR, 9606 S. 52ND AVE., OAK LAWN — Flashback to the the 1970s! We adulation this blacklight affectation of UV acknowledging corrective backdrop and smoke. The Donahoo association will accept smoke machines activity and a dragon prop Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.
Orland Hills/Orland Park
EVANS MANOR, 16260 92ND AVE., ORLAND HILLS — Best beheld afterwards aphotic but consistently attainable and acceptable to families to appear accept a looksie.
SPOOKY SPIDER HOUSE, 7335 WHEELER DRIVE, ORLAND PARKGeorgia Gerretse’s affectation is abundant for kids of all ages. The abode is ample with bootleg spiderwebs with spiders.
452 EAST MILL VALLEY ROAD, PALATINE — Pirates, cemeteries and scarecrows — oh my. Aaron and Jessica Vokoun are authoritative their admission in Palatine. These new transplants from Oklahoma came from a adjacency in Tulsa that was advised one of the top nabes for trick-or-treating. Not absent to absence the Halloween fun in 2014, Jessica waited to accord bearing the abutting day to their son River. They spent the apprehension animate on their abode and authoritative backdrop from austerity abundance and Facebook buy-sell-trade finds. Their charlatan affair pays admiration to the Palatine High Academy Pirates. They’ll additionally be cutting bonbon out of assize to trick-or-treaters. The affectation is up during the day, but blowups and lights are on from 6 to 8 p.m.; afterpiece to Halloween it will be 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Yo, ho, ho and a canteen of rum!
ANOTHER NIGHTMARE BEFORE HALLOWEEN, 12407 S. MELVINA, PALOS HEIGHTS — This acutely kid- and sensory-friendly affectation (no strobe, no claret or gore) is attainable now through Nov. 1. On the weekends, a chilling cine is projected on the window. On Halloween, they’ll be giving out all kinds of bonbon and allergy-friendly treats. Thanks, Amanda Stolarski .
A NEW L’IL PUMPKIN IN THE PATCH, 1433 KEYSTONE AVE., RIVER FOREST — This is Jeremy and Michelle Fine’s aboriginal time on the bout o’ alarming yards, called in account of their bairn baby. This agreeable affectation is attainable to appearance 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The lights and fog alpha about 6 p.m.
401 ESSEX ROAD, RIVER GROVE — Most aggregate in this backyard abode is bootleg and beautifully lit.
3941 S CLINTON, STICKNEY
979 LAKEWOOD DRIVE, BARTLETT
CANYON TRAIL CEMETERY, 371 CANYON TRAIL, CAROL STREAM — ExtensiveAward acceptable Halloween backyard affectation with over 30 duke fabricated aeriform backdrop and dozens added automatic and changeless props. Hours: Aphotic to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; aphotic to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Donations: Nonperishable aliment for Aliment Pantry and budgetary for Aloof Giants Dog Rescue. Abounding admeasurement bonbon confined for Ambush or Alleviative Halloween night.
6001 PERSHING AVE., DOWNERS GROVE — Tommy Nybo’s 3-year-old son doesn’t apperception administration his beat set and accelerate with the aroused babies his dad puts out for Halloween. Skeletons and ghosts are bathed in blood-red lighting. Kid-friendly, but abashed up a bit. They’ve widened the aisle in their affectation for bigger agreeable distancing. Tommy brings out the big being on Halloween. “We anticipation it was actual important to accept our affectation up this year and accomplish it the best we can due to the communicable and additionally due to the actuality that abounding added attractions are bankrupt or acutely adapted this year.” Aphotic to 9 p.m. weekdays, until 10 p.m. weekends.
NEWMAN’S DEAD AND BREAKFAST, 1024 61ST ST., DOWNERS GROVE — If you’re attractive for a adventurous weekend you may appetite to skip this Asleep and Breakfast, unless you’re a skeleton. Designed absolutely by Jean Elser’s son-in-law, all the backdrop accept been repurposed. Lit from aphotic to 9:30 p.m.
GAME OF BONES GRAVEYARD, 1613 SWALLOW STREET, NAPERVILLE — Beware of the atom spider, chained gargoyles and skeletons walking their asleep dogs.
1620 HEDIG COURT, NAPERVILLE — Bob Fink has scaled aback a bit this year, but still some absorbing being activity on.
POSSESSION ON PARK STREET, 0S 185 PARK ST., WINFIELD — Your arch will circuit aloof like Linda Blair’s did in “The Exorcist” aback you get a amount of this abounding affectation with animations baddest Friday/Saturday nights and Halloween. This year the home haunter has added a cast new swamp arena on top of the acreage and cemetery scenes, including a 16-foot by 8-foot swamp house, all complete out of wood. Animate actors will be prowling about Halloween night. (animations are acclimate dependent). Aphotic to 10 p.m., through Halloween; a little after on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
8327 CHELSEA LANE, WOODRIDGE — The homeowner accept been ambience and abacus to their for the accomplished few years, Halloween will affection added for trick-or-treaters with a apparitional n-contact bonbon coffin.
FULL MOON FARM, 2306 CAMBRIDGE LANE, WOODRIDGE — A kid-friendly and agreeable display. 5 to 9 p.m. through Halloween.
MARS ATTACKS 2020, 636 N BATAVIA AVE., BATAVIA — We adulation this awakening sci-fi affectation of aerial saucers and burglary martians. The affectation is alone attainable from the bike path. Bodies can esplanade at the Fabyan Villa parking lot off Rt. 31 and airing south. This year’s affair is Mars Attacks 2020.
2475 BIRD LANE, BATAVIA — Kertrina Justice capital to accord the kids article to attending advanced to this Halloween. She tells us there are some well-decorated homes on Bird Lane, so arch over there.
224 PRESIDENTIAL BLVD., OSWEGO — This alarming affectation is all lit up with strobe lights and appearance animatronics, projector appropriate furnishings and fog machines. The Dienoffs are planning a appropriate abruptness on Halloween. Prepackaged admirable accoutrements for the kiddos.
HALLOWEEN TOWN, 1821 HARTLEY DRIVE, ALGONQUIN, IL — Aboriginal created in 2006 by homeowner Jim Haupert, it all started with a tiny graveyard and a few skeleton lights. Anniversary year the affectation grew beyond abacus lights, fog, lightning effects, and GHOULS. In 2008 with the accession of JACK SKELLINGTON, HALLOWEEN TOWN was born. Halloween Town appearance PNEUMATIC and MOVING PROPS aural the cemetery gates, an agreeable graveyard walk-thru brings assemblage and victims of every age, up abutting and claimed to their darkest fears. ZOMBIES, GARGOYLES, BATS, and SKELETONS, anticipate you in this apparitional cemetery, forth with BLEEDING CREATURES, CREEPY COFFINS, and much, much, more. Visitors are encouraged to chase the 6 bottom rule. Masks are alternative and we ask to not accumulate in a accumulation of 10 or added in one area. Attainable for examination through Oct. 31, aphotic to 10:30 p.m. Chase Halloween Town on Facebook.
ALIEN INFESTATION, 11775 EVERGLADES ROAD, HUNTLEY, IL — Phone home, E.T.! Larry Sliwa has been a affiliate of the acclaimed Chicago Abode Builders for years. The abode is based on the sci-fi cine authorization ALIEN, featuring assorted activated props, lighting, sound, jump scares, and a 16-foot alpine animatronic King Alien.
13115 SAGE COURT, HOMER GLEN — The blithe Fiskows accept created a delightful, family-friendly cemetery with lots of draft molds. Appearance projections, skeletons on roofs and lots of added awful things to beam at.
JOLIET MAC’S ELECTRIC HAUNT, 1619 AVALON AVE., JOLIET — Kelly MCKenzie is a accustomed woman, except on Halloween aback she advisers a antic apparel to alarm the adjacency children. Possessed babies, clowns, monsters and skeletons adorn this Joliet calamity., including changeless and electric props. 4-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 3-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
COUNT KUHAJDA’S HAUNTED HAUS, 1112 NICHOLSON ST., JOLIET — Mark and Nancy Kuhajda accept been spooking their block for over 20 years (now we’re athirst for a basin of Count Chocula.) This affected advanced and backyard abode offers a kid-friendly agreeable walkthrough. There are no actors to alarm their kids. The advanced backyard appearance mostly acceptable Halloween fare. Belly up to the demon bar breadth a asleep bartender introduces visitors to the haunt. The backyard appearance the abode bandage the Asleep Beats. The cemetery and backdrop are based on Universal Studios and sci-fi accompanying characters. All abstracts and tombstones are handmade. The Kuhajdas will already afresh be accepting donations for 1Pet 1Vet, a abundant alignment that trains accomplishment dogs as assembly and account dogs for veterans. Face masks will NOT be required. Abode hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31.
1402 TIGER LILY LANE, JOLIET — A adorable affectation featuring a abounding graveyard with skeletons and ghouls on one ancillary and a abounding ablaze appearance to admired Halloween tunes on the other. Tune your car radio to 95.3 FM and you can apprehend the music appropriate in your car.
910 ALANN DRIVE, JOLIET — Appear watch Hangin’ Hank booty his aftermost breath. Drive by or appearance from the sidewalk. Hank is a fan admired in Joliet. Added additions are in the works
HORROR ON HIGHLAND, 1314 HIGHLAND AVE., LOCKPORT — Now in its third year of operation, there is abhorrence about every corner. Visitors get the abounding acquaintance with zombies arising from a cemetery breadth the asleep lurk. This year’s affair is “Zombie Outbreak.” Can you acquisition a cure for the Z virus? Abundant fog. Crank hunting permits awash here.
24361 SHAWNEE LANE, MANHATTAN — Michael Hesser’s backyard abode is a abstruse feat, done absolutely with computers. Michael starts programming and alteration weeks in advance. Currently, he has two “scenes” running, with added to be added in the canicule accomplished up to Halloween to accumulate things interesting.
MONEE MANOR, 24066 S. CICERO AVE., MONEE, IL — Booty a drive bottomward Cicero Avenue to breadth the streetlights end and the aphotic country takes over. This is the Berryhill family’s seventh year of accomplishing their country backyard haunt. Awful animatronic and changeless ghosts anticipate you, mostly homemade. Appear see the huge graveyard with 10-foot pillars, skeleton banal accommodation and basement zombies. Watch out for the MASSIVE rooftop spider and the busy baneful decay dump. The neighbors additionally do a abundant display. There’s affluence of accept breadth to esplanade and airing forth the advanced of the acreage to get a afterpiece look. Aphotic to midnight through Nov 3rd. Monee Manor – Halloween Backyard Display.
New LenoxYARD O’ THE APOCALYPSE, 250 IAN AVE., NEW LENOX — Walt Disney couldn’t accept done a bigger job himself with these animatronics. From the awful lighting, fog machines, alarming sounds, projected terrors, an acrimonious clown, zombies, Leatherface’s Chop Shop, a abominable fellow, babies that you would not appetite to babysit for to the twins that accept a aphotic angle on life, there is a little bananas fun for all. Attainable for examination 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. through Nov. 2. For Halloween, this affectation will be re-oriented to face the centermost of the yard, so visitors can airing the abbreviate apparitional aisle through the affectation and aggregate the Halloween bonbon at the end. The Brauers’ will be casual out mid-grade candy, not abhorrent and not full-sized bonbon bars. Somewhere in between. Check out the 2020 YouTube preview.
CARR’S SPINE CHILLER, 4518 MALLARD LANE, PLAINFIELD — Scarecrows are the new zombies this Halloween season. Valerie Carr’s 9-year-old son Nicholas has fabricated a lot of decorations in this Plainfield backyard abode himself, including his own developed and adolescent skeleton scarecrows.
LOST SOULS GRAVE YARD, 724 UNION AVE., ROMEOVILLE — This advanced backyard graveyard has abounding skeletons, skeleton dogs, as able-bodied as hand-made and abundance purchased activated props. You will acquisition a skeleton horse affairs a hand-made wagon with a board coffin. Some gravestones accept pop-ups abaft them. There are glow-in-the-dark skeletons and accepted bats. The cemetery aboideau has activated ghost, gargoyles and alarming music playing, as able-bodied as a skeleton window display. This year, the Linklaters are planning a apparitional attic patch. On Halloween night, amusement accoutrements will be accustomed out. If raining, some activated backdrop will not be displayed. Feel chargeless to get out of your car and airing about the graveyard fence area. Public examination starts Oct. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m.
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