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'Tis the season for haunted houses and other scares

'Tis the season for haunted houses and other scares


Halloween can be a time for sunny outings to area pumpkin patches ... but it can also mean seeking out terrors after dark.

If you’re up for being scared, check out these area attractions:

Dr. Destruction’s “Haunted Manor” — The resident ghoul of Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm is back this month with an all-new spooky attraction. On Highway L in Somers. Open 4 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $7. The Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm is located on Highway L (18th Street) just west of Green Bay Road in Somers. Note: The Haunted Manor has its own entrance and is not in the wristband area that requires an additional fee.

Haunted House at Kemper Center — The Kemper Center plays host to a new set of creepy creatures each year, from mortuaries to freak shows. This year’s attraction starts Oct. 11, running 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Oct. 26. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children (under age 10). Note: “Kiddie tours” (with the lights on) are 6 to 7 p.m. Saturdays. At Kemper, 6501 Third Ave.

Abandoned Haunted House — This attraction — off of I-94 just north of Highway 11 in Racine County — offers two haunted houses (“Ambush” and “Hysteria”) to tour. And, no, you can’t tour just one. There is also “Stalker” (a haunted cornfield) and a new attraction where you throw axes! Opens at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 2. It’s also open Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Thursday, Oct. 31. “Blackout Night,” a lights-out haunted house tour, is Nov. 2. Ticket booth opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$35, with fast passes available.

Soul Reapers Haunted House at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds — This haunted attraction in Wilmot is open at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2. It’s also open Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Thursday, Oct. 31. Admission is $17 ($25 for a fast pass). For more details, go to

Dungeon of Doom — This first-rate attraction scares the crowds who come to 600 29th St. in Zion, Ill. If you’re feeling brave, you can also opt for the “Buried Dead or Alive” experience. Opens at 7 p.m., mainly Friday-Sunday with more nights on Halloween week. The cost ranges from $30-$50, depending on the level of scares. Buy tickets online at Note: “Blackout nights” are Nov. 8-9.

Six Flags Great America’s Halloween Fright Fest — The theme park in Gurnee, Ill., features haunted houses and haunted “scare zones” as part of its Halloween season makeover each year. Plus, some of the theme park’s rides receive “an eerie makeover” for the season. For more details and tickets, go to

Dan Patch Stables’ Haunted Hayride — This ride, on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, features spooky scenes. Rides are 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, through Nov. 2, plus Sunday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 31. The first ride each night, at 6 p.m., is family friendly. There is a concession stand and a bonfire each night. The cost is $15 for adults, $8 for kids (age 4-10) and free for kids age 3 and younger. 262-215-5303.

The Boy Scout Haunted Hayride at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta — This spooky tradition from the Three Harbor Council Boy Scouts takes riders in hay-filled wagons through “deep, dark, spooky woods” filled with giant pumpkins, zombies, ghosts and scary skits performed by the Scouts. There’s a dining hall stop for refreshments (for an extra fee). Rides are offered 7 to 9 Fridays and Saturdays (Oct. 18-19 and 25-26) at the Boy Scout camp, 3363 Dyer Lake Road in Burlington (on Highway P, just north of Highway 50). The cost is $7 (or $5 if you pre-register at Note: This is an outdoor attraction, so bundle up. This may be too scary for young children.


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