By: Emily Lohr
Are you sick of reminiscing about your hometown pumpkin patch? Are you tired of combing through the yellow pages for corn mazes? If it’s Halloween fun you’re after, then look no further. The GlimmerGlass has got you covered this fall season with our list of Kankakee County’s top three Halloween attractions.
So go on and put away that child-sized power ranger costume. There’s no reason to be stuck trick-or-treating with the pre-teens this year – not when you have your very own list of fun fall activities and events, all within 15 miles of campus. Whether you’re looking for a good scare or just a nice, relaxing hayride, this list has all the information you need to have a great time this October. So jot down some addresses, gather the gang together, and get ready to make some good old-fashioned, Midwestern, Halloween memories.
A Night in Sleepy Hollow
A joint venture between Bourbonnais Township Park District and Acting Out Theater Company, this frightening Halloween experience takes over Perry Farm’s once a year every October.
From carnival style games to hayrides and spooky trails, a night here has something that will appeal to everyone. Expect a fun, outdoor, carnival-like atmosphere with a $1 ticket system in place.
Note that the kiddie activities end and the frightening elements begin at 8:00 p.m. every night.
Fridays, Oct. 10 and 17 from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 11 and 18 from 2:00 –11:00 p.m.
- Haunted and non-haunted Hayrides
- Carnival games
- Food vendors
- Wandering spooks
- Glow miniature golf
- Face painting
For more information, go to: www.btpd.org/sleepy_hollow.php
St. Patrick’s Haunted High
Often billed as the scariest haunt in town, this production packs a surprising amount of fright. Put on annually by Aquinas Catholic Academy, you can expect mild to moderate scares as you make your way through numerous rooms and floors, all filled with live actors and special effects. Boosting a reimagined layout every year, there’s always something new to get frightened over at St. Pat’s. It’s suitable for those prepared for an authentic haunted house experience lasting anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
Fridays, Oct. 17, 24 & 31 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 18, 25 & Nov. 1 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
“Lights-on Night” Saturday, Oct. 18 1:00-4:00 p.m.
- Spinning vortex room
- The “Hellevator”
- Twisting mazes and tight squeezes
- Traditional graveyard and hospital scenes
- Dark moments, jump scares and strobe effects.
For more information, go to: www.hauntedhs.com
Vana’s Pumpkin Land
A cute farm stop only 7 miles West of Kankakee, Vana’s most impressive features are its large corn maze and its homemade fall treats including caramel apples, pulled pork sandwiches, and old-fashioned fudge.
Vana’s provides a fun, family centered Halloween experience without any of the extreme frights and gore. It’s a good choice for anyone bringing along small children or trying to avoid scares. Don’t forget your free fudge sample!
Open daily Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Large Corn Maze
- Extensive pumpkin selection
- Homemade sweets and food
- Petting Zoo
- Halloween costume rental
- ‘G’ rated Haunted House
For more information, go to: www.vanaspumpkinland.com