Spooky season has officially arrived! That means it's time for the best haunts and spookiest events to rise-up in Central Illinois. Have no fear, this blog will make sure you hit all the best Halloween events this October.
Springdale Cemetery Tours: Oct 4th - 13th
The 17th Annual Springdale Cemetery Tours are back this year to bring real-life haunt to your Halloween season! Peoria's vast history comes to life during the tour with visits from five different Peorians from the past. This year's characters include Mary Foster Bryner, Daniel B. Allen, Sarah E. Royster Owen, Rev. Addison Coffey, and Dick Houlihan. All five of these former Peorians contributed greatly to the city we know and love today.
When: First two weekends in October
Fridays: October 4th & 11th tours are at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: October 5th-6th & 12th-13th tours are at 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Where: Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL
Pricing: Purchase Springdale Cemetery Tour tickets.
Children 12 & Under: $5
Families (2 Adults & 2 Children): $25
The Infirmary Haunted House: Select days between Oct 15th - 30th
In the heart of Bartonville lies the Pollak Hospital which is thought to be abandoned. But every October in the old tuberculosis ward of the historic Peoria State Hospital (Bartonville Asylum) the spooky comes out every weekend thanks to Doom Industries.
This fright-fest is a fundraiser for Limestone JFL and has been voted the #1 Haunted Attraction in the state of Illinois by visitors in both 2017 and 2018.
When: Every Friday & Saturday night in October. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. gates close at Midnight or capacity is reached.
Where: Pollak Hospital, Bartonville, IL
$15 per person
Recommended ages 14 and up
More Info: Check out The Infirmary Haunted House's website for all your spooky info!
Spider Hill: Oct 4th - 26th
This is the 21st year of Spider Hill and Central Illinois in for a spooky treat! With the Massacre Mansion, Trail of Terror, Paintball Zombie Invasion, and the all-new Rage Room, Spider Hill will not disappoint you this Halloween season.
The new Rage Room while not as scary as the other three attractions, can help you with your anger, aggression, and frustration. Spider Hill will provide stuff to obliterate and smash up or you can bring your own items to smash! Spider Hill also offers face painting, a bonfire to stay warm, and free entertainment!
When: Every Friday & Saturday night in October. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for ticket sales & the scares start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are sold until 11:00 p.m.
Where: Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe, IL
Pricing: Tickets are sold at the gate. Check out Spider Hill ticket prices.
Tickets are $10 each for Haunted House, Trail of Terror, Rage Room & Paintball Zombie Invasion.
All four are $35
Fast Pass tickets are available
Discounts for groups are also available
More Info: Check out the Spider Hill page on Three Sisters Park website for all your spooky info!
Spook Hollow: Oct 15th - 30th
The longest-running "Outdoor Haunted Attraction" in Illinois has been scaring people for 40 years in Central Illinois! Spook Hollow will lead you deep into the woods of Independence Park M.C. Manor and M.C. Nightmare are three haunts combined to bring you a "Trilogy of Terror" that will have you screaming the entire time.
When: October 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd, and 29th & 30th. Gates and ticket sales open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are sold until 11:00 p.m. Spook Hollow is open until the last person makes it through!
Where: Spook Hollow, Marquette Heights, IL
Pricing: Purchase Spook Hollow tickets.
General Admission: $30
R.I.P Speed Pass: $45
More Info: Check out Spook Hollow's website for all your spooky info!
HOWL-ZOO-WEEN: Oct 15th & 16th
Calling all little ghosts! Join the Peoria Zoo for their annual HOWL-ZOO-WEEN with a trick or treat trail through Africa! There will also be a magic show, a costume contest, plus more! Don't let the lines scare you the day of, get your tickets today!
When: October 15th & 16th from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Peoria Zoo, Peoria, IL
Pricing: Purchase HOWL-ZOO-WEEN tickets.
Member Cost: $7 (Children Under 1 are Free)
Non-Member Cost: $7 (Children Under 1 are Free)
More Info: Check out the Peoria Zoo's website for all your spooky info!
Wildlife Scary Park: Oct 21st - 24th & Oct 28th - 30th
A Central Illinois spooky tradition for the past 34 years, Wildlife Scary Park offers a kid-friendly Halloween experience! This family-friendly event is full of trick-or-treating, hayrack rides, haunted train rides, pumpkin carving, and lots of animal encounters! Everyone is encouraged to show up in their Halloween costumes and participate in the fun rain or shine.
When: October 18th - 20th & 25th - 27th times varying on the day.
Where: Wildlife Prarie Park, Hanna City, IL
Pricing: Purchase Wildlife Scary Park tickets.
At the Door Prices:
Children 2 & Under: Free
Fun Zone: $5
Parking is $5, members free
Advanced Admission & Fun Zone Bundle Prices:
Non-Member Bundle: $13 ($15 at the door)
Member Bundle: $11 ($13 at the door)
More Info: Check out the Wildlife Prairie Park website for all your spooky info!
Pekin Haunt: Oct 18th - 26th
What do you get when you take paintball guns versus the undead and add in a corn maze? You get the Pekin Haunt at the Pekin Paintball Park! Unique to the Pekin Haunt, you can ride on the two-story battlewagon through the undead and zombie-infested territory, shooting at these real-live zombies with paintball guns. The Pekin Haunt also features a creepy haunted corn maze which takes scary to a whole new level!
When: October 18th - 19th & 25th - 26th from 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: Pekin Paintball Park, Pekin, IL
Pricing: Tickets can only be purchased at the counter with cash or credit card
Battlewagon ride w/ 200 paintballs: $15
Ride wagon again w/200 paintballs: $10
Haunted Corn Maze: $10
Extra 100 Paintballs: $5
Gold Package (haunted shoot w/200 paintballs, plus entrance to the haunted corn maze): $20
More Info: Check out the Pekin Haunt website for all your spooky info!
Jeepers Creepers: Oct 19th
Metamora St. Jude Runs has teamed up with the Metamora community to crate Jeepers Creepers: Community Fall Fest for an afternoon of frightful fun and an evening of the Haunted Trail. This fourth annual event will include Halloween fun for all ages with a hayrack ride, s'mores, kids' games, food plus more which all benefits Metamora St. Jude Run!
When: October 19th from 2 - 6 p.m.
Where: Black Partridge Park, Metamora, IL
Pricing: All proceeds go to support Metamora St. Jude Run
$10/child (up to 3 children per family after $5/child)
Haunted Trail: $10/person or $15 for unlimited entry/person
Creatures of the Night: Oct 25th
Summon all of your courage this Halloween and enter the dark forest at Forest Park Nature Center. Enjoy a trick-or-treat trail, a campfire with not-so-spooky stories and other nocturnal fun! Families are encouraged to come dressed in costumes!
When: October 25th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Forest Park Nature Center, Peoria Heights, IL
Pricing: $4 in advance, $5 at the door.
More Info: Check out the Forest Park Nature Center's website for all your spooky info!
Spooktacular: Oct 25th
Want to join in on some freaky fun, ghoulish carnival games, and a haunted maze? Then the Spooktacular at the Pearce Community Center in Chillicothe is for you and your family! All age groups are welcome to join in on the fun with a costume contest and 4th-6th graders are invited to the Monster Mash dance after Spooktacular. There will even be a special performance by James and the Hip Hop Howlers!
When: October 25th from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Pearce Community Center, Chillicothe, IL
Pricing: 25 cent tickets
More Info: Check out the Pearce Community Center's website for all your spooky info!
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street: Oct 25th
Join the Morton Chamber of Commerce and Morton Main Street Businesses for an evening of trick-or-treating, store specials, and more fun! Bring a canned food item that will go to Midwest Food Bank and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $25 Chamber Check. In case the rain ruins the fun, the rain date is October 25th.
When: October 22nd from 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Morton, IL
More Info: Check out the Morton Chamber's website for all your trick-or-treating info!
Happy Hall O' Wheels: Oct 26th
Wheels O' Time is excited to host their very trick-or-treating event! This event is for children through the 8th grade and will include a not too spooky adventure through the museum's main building plus more!
When: October 30th from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Where: Wheel O' Time, Dunlap, IL
Pricing: $4 per child
More Info: Check out the Happy Hall O' Wheels Facebook event page for all your trick-or-treating info!
Haunted in the Heights: Oct 26th
Get excited for the second annual Haunted in the Heights! Come for the yummy treats but then stay for the 1984 classic movie, "Ghostbusters"! There will be Trick-or-Treating, Trunk-or-Treating, Frights Tower, and the movie all taking place in downtown Peoria Heights.
When: October 26th from 4 - 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Peoria Heights, IL
Haunted PlayHouse: Oct 26th
Join the Peoria PlayHouse for a day of Halloween fun! There will be spooky story-time, trick-or-treat scavenger hunt, and creepy art and science activities. There will be a silly photo booth to show off your costume along with a parade through the building. Wear a fantasy costume and you will receive $1 off museum admission! But please, no masks or plastic, metal or wooden weapons.
The museum will be open before and after the Haunted PlayHouse (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) and there will be Halloween games all day long. There will also be a Halloween luminary activity, but space is limited.
When: October 26th from 12 - 4 p.m.
Where: Peoria PlayHouse, Peoria, IL
Pricing: Normal admissions fee
Ages 1-64: $8.50
Active Military: $7.50
Under 1: Free
Trunk-or-Treat at Proctor Recreation: Oct 31st
Happy Halloween! Celebrate Halloween in a fun and safe way! Proctor Recreation Center will provide an area in and around Proctor to pass out treats to all the kiddos in their costumes.
When: October 31st from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Proctor Recreation Center, Peoria, IL
More Info: Check out the Peoria Park District website for all your trick-or-treating info!