It is that spook-tacular time of here! Halloween is just around the corner! Get in the spirit of the season at some of the amazing events planned in the Champaign/Urbana area. Whether you are looking for the ultimate scare at a haunted house or want something tamer, such as a fun, Halloween themed event, check out these great activities going on all month long!  

HAUNTED HOUSES

 

Midway of Madness

The family fun setting of the Champaign County Fairgrounds (1302 North Coler, Urbana) has been transformed into a haunted carnival! Overrun with terrifying zombies, crazy carnies, and scary monsters, the fairgrounds have become the site of the Midway of Madness Haunted Barn! This awesome haunted site is open every Friday and Saturday, as well as Halloween night, from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickets are $12 per person.

 

The Freak Show & The Haunt at Bone Saw Mill

Put your fears to the test and check out this great haunted attraction that has two terrifying sites! Check out the all new Haunt at Bone Saw Mill or the chilling Freak Show, a brand new attraction available this year. This attraction is open every weekend now through Halloween. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the Freak Show and the Haunt at Bone Saw Mill are $15 for admission to one. If you are truly daring and want to check out both, tickets at $20 for admission to both or get truly festive and pay $28 to also receive a T-shirt and fast pass! Swing by 601 County Fair Drive in Champaign for a night of frightening fun.

 

Baldwin Asylum

This top rated haunted attraction is seriously terrifying. Be prepared to scream as you walk through the 10,000 square feet space of terror. Click HERE for dates. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the asylum stays open until 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on the weekends. Tickets are $15 per person. Baldwin Asylum is located at 2040 Lon Drive in Rantoul.


EVENTS

 

Zombie Run

Dates: Saturday, October 15th

Times: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Kaufman Lake (2702 West Springfield Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $25 per person (Resident), $37.50 per person (Non-Resident)

See if you can survive a zombie apocalypse during this fun run. Brave the 2.5 mile course filled with zombies and obstacles in the dark of the night. Luckily there are safe points along the way for some respite….if you can find them. There are different wave times as participants will be sent in groups of 20-50 throughout the night. Get active and have some scary fun during this great event. Click HERE to register!

 

 

5 Nights of Hitch

Dates: Sunday, October 23rd - Wednesday, October 26th & Friday, October 28th

Times: 7:00 pm

Location: The Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $6 per film, $24 series pass

Watch the best films from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock! This popular film festival will feature screenings of Vertigo (10/23), The Birds (10/24), North by Northwest (10/25), Rear Window (10/26), and Psycho (10/28) in the beautiful Virginia Theatre. By a pass to see all 5 films and your admission to the fifth film will be free!

 

Gruesome, Gory, and Ghastly Ghosts and Ghouls

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $20 per person

Your entire family will love listening to ghoulish stories from some of our favorite local storytellers, including Dan Keding and Kim Sheahan as well as storytelling students from UIUC. Your kids will leave with a special bag of candy after enjoying ghost stories from around the world.

Stories from the Other Side

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum (600 South Gregory Street, Urbana)

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for students

If you are looking for a more adult ghost story experience, check out the Stories from the Other Side. This evening of storytelling will feature terrifying tales. Note, you must be 16 or older to attend this event.

 

Laser Show: Fright Light!

Dates: Saturday, October 29th & Monday, October 31st

Times: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm (Saturday) & 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm or 9:00 pm (Monday)

Location: William M. Staerkel Planetarium (2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign)

Cost: $8 per person

Spend a night “under the stars” at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium for a scary laser show. This fun show will feature music from Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, and more.

 

An Evening with Poe

Date: Sunday, October 30th

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center (515 Old Timber Road, Monticello)

Cost: $20 per person

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are some of the most haunting. Listen to his suspenseful stories and poems while sitting in the mysterious setting of the Allerton Mansion. After the Poe readings, enjoy a candlelight tour of the Mansion. There will be a cash bar available at the event.