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Get Scared 2014: A-Haunting We Will Go in Southern Illinois’s Scares!

For those who like a good scare, look no further. Southern Illinois is home to several haunted house
Brian Wilson
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For those who like a good scare, look no further. Southern Illinois is home to several haunted houses every year around Halloween. Here’s a list to get you started.


The Arts Center of Anna will host the Haunted House of Horrors Fridays and Saturdays from October 10 to Halloween night, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will take place in the old Anna fire station, which was built in the late 1800s. Inside visitors will find a haunted graveyard, a diabolical surgeon, witches, zombies, a house of rats, and much more.

Admission is $5 or five persons for $20. All proceeds will go toward the maintenance and renovations of the Anna Arts Center buildings.

For more information, visit <http://AnnaArtCenter.com>.


The Carterville Lions will hold a haunted hayride October 23, 24, and 25 at 7 p.m., starting at James Street Park in Carterville. Visitors will ride on hay wagons to the Haunted Railroad Bed, where they will encounter ghouls, goblins, and ghosts.

Admission is $4. This event is appropriate for children.

For more information, visit <http://CartervilleLionsClub.webs.com> or call the Carterville Chamber of Commerce at (618) 985-6942.


Every year, The Hauntings at Chittyville treat visitors to one of the most terrifying haunt experiences around. The event plays up the tales surrounding the old Chittyville School, which was built in the 1930s and reportedly has a history of paranormal activity, even being investigated by ghost hunters in 2005.

As if the normal experience weren’t enough, owners will stage a haunted house there on weekends until November 1. From October 30 through November 1, they will turn off all the lights for a total blackout. Guests will walk through with only glow sticks to light their ways.

A second haunted house, the Lair, was added last year, and for those easily scared, there is also the much gentler Spooky Town. The latter is an interactive, kid-friendly monster hunt for preteens and younger, or just those who prefer to be able to sleep at night.

The main haunt will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays (as well as two Sundays and a Thursday) throughout October. Spooky Town will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those same days, and the Lair will be open when weather permits.

For directions, a detailed account of the haunting, and ticket information, visit <http://www.chittyville.com> or call (618) 942-6111.

Considered one the scariest haunts around, the Cell Block Haunted House in Herrin, created by Slaughterhouse Productions, is back this year with almost twice the space as last year. Located in an old roller-skating rink that sat abandoned for twenty years, this one is home to countless dead prisoners, zombies, and other frightening sights. Workers say this is the only haunted house in the area that you actually must escape from, finding your path through the thousands of combinations of tunnels within the catacombs.

New to the area this year is another Slaughterhouse Production, Ravenwood Hollows Haunted Hayride, located on about 220 acres on Bandyville Road in Herrin. This forty-minute haunted hayride follows the fictional premise of the evil Doctor Ravenwood, who was arrested for mutilating his patients in the 1950s and sentenced to an institute for the criminally insane from which he escaped. Visitors take a trip through the woods and encounter an evil society that has stayed hidden from humankind for years.

Both the Cellblock and Ravenwood Hollows will be open every weekend in October, from 7 p.m. until the early hours of the morning.

Tickets for each are $15 per person.

Website updates are still coming, but for more information, email <mailto:WeScareU@gmail.com>.

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