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  • Spooky sights await visitors to the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park, one of many sophisticated haunted houses open in the suburbs.

      Spooky sights await visitors to the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park, one of many sophisticated haunted houses open in the suburbs.
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  • Do you have the guts to visit the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park?

      Do you have the guts to visit the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park?
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  • Get ready to scream at the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park.

      Get ready to scream at the Asylum Xperiment in Villa Park.
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  • Can your nerves handle Villa Park's Asylum Xperiment?

      Can your nerves handle Villa Park's Asylum Xperiment?
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  • Creepy characters await at Villa Park's Asylum Xperiment.

      Creepy characters await at Villa Park's Asylum Xperiment.
    courtesy of the Asylum Xperiment

 
 

It's that time again -- time to let ourselves be scared witless inside haunted houses all over the suburbs.

Here's a list of some of the bigger and better-known haunted houses that will be open for business in the area through Halloween. Dates and hours may change, and some might not be suitable for children. So check ahead and have a frightful time!

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Addison
DISTURBIA, Torments of Fear, 880 W. Lake St. (in the golf dome). Opens at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 23-31. (Closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 p.m. all other days.) Kids Day held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Regular tickets $20, $30, and Kids Day tickets $10. Go to disturbiatof.com.

Aurora
• Basement of the Dead, 42 W. New York St. Opens at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 25-28 and 30-31. (Closes at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. other days.) Tickets $25, $35. Call (630) 896-2466 or go to 42fear.com.
• Haunted Museum, 18 W. Benton St. (in the SciTech Museum). Open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21 and 26-28. Tickets cost $10. Call (630) 859-3434 or go to scitechmuseum.org.

Batavia
Haunted Quarry, 400 S. Water St. (Hall Quarry Beach). Open from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. A version for children will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Tickets for the regular version cost $8, and $5 for the children's version. Go to bataviaparks.org.

East Dundee
Nightmare From North Street, 601 Dundee Ave. (in Santa's Village Azoosment Park). Open from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27. $10. Call (847) 426-6751 or go to santasvillagedundee.com.

Elgin
• Evil Intentions, 900 Grace St. Open at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 25-28 and 30-31. (Closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. other days.) Tickets cost $15, $20. Go to evilintentionshauntedhouse.com.
• Psychosis, 200 N. Spring St. Open at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 25-28 and Oct. 31-Nov. 3. (Closes at midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. other days.) Special kids matinee from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Regular tickets cost $16, matinee tickets $7. Go to psychosishauntedhouse.net.

Elk Grove Village
Eleventh Hour, 434 E. Devon Ave. (at Berthold's Garden Center). Open at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 24-31. (Closes at 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. other days.) Tickets start at $18. Go to eleventhhour.info.

Glendale Heights
Haunted Heights,240 Civic Center Plaza. Open at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. (Closes at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 10:30 p.m. all other days.) Tickets cost $5. Call (630) 260-6060.

Gurnee
Six Flags Fright Fest, 1 Great America Parkway. Open from 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 19 and 26; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 20 and 27; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 21 and 28; and 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Tickets start at $30.99 online and $61.99 at the park. Go to frightfest.sixflags.com.

Hawthorn Woods
St. Matthew House of Mayhem, 24500 N. Old McHenry Road. Open from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28. Special kiddie house open from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 27. Regular tickets cost $12, kiddie house tickets are $6. Call (847) 612-7725 or go to stmatts.net.

Lombard
No Rest for the Wicked, 356 Yorktown Shopping Center. Open at 7:30 p.m. every night through Halloween, except for Monday, Oct. 22. (Closes at midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. other days.) Kids matinee open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Tickets cost $10 adults, $5 children 9 and younger. Kids matinee free, but a donation of nonperishable food items appreciated. Go to haunted-house.com.

Naperville
• All Hallows Eve: Night of Fear, 523 S. Webster St. (Naper Settlement). Open from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20. Tickets cost $15; free for members. Call (630) 420-6010 or go to napersettlement.com.
• Massacre, 3440 Odyssey Court (on the grounds of Odyssey Fun World). Open at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 25-31 and Nov. 2-3. (Closes at midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween night -- except for Nov. 2-3; 11 p.m. other days.) Tickets start at $20. Go to fearthemassacre.com.

Rosemont
Screams in the Park, 9703 Bryn Mawr Ave. (MB Financial Park). Open from 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 19-20, 24-27 and 29-31; open from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. Tickets cost $20 (cheaper in advance). Call (847) 349-5008 or go to screamsinthepark.co.

Round Lake Beach
Realm of Terror, 421 W. Rollins Road. Open at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21 and 25-31. (Closes at midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. other days.) Tickets start at $16. Go to realmofterror.com.

Villa Park
Asylum Xperiment, 1033 N. Villa Ave. (the Odeum Expo Center). Open at 7 p.m. Oct. 19-21, 25-28 and 31. (Closes at midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. other days.) Tickets start at $25. Go to asylumxperiment.com.

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