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Talk of The Town: October 2018

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Mark Miles
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Trick or treat

Ghouls, goblins, and ghosts! From frighteningly good movies for the family to some of the country’s most haunted locales, we’re diving into the spooky side of Halloween.

Up Your Fright Factor | Ghost Hunting Across America | Getting Into The Spirit


Up your fright factor

1 13th Floor Haunted House

1940 George St, Melrose Park
With two distinct haunted houses in one, 13th Floor stands out with designated blackout days. Make your way through with nothing but a single glowstick to the light the way!

2 Bengston’s Haunted Barn

13341 W 151st St, Homer Glen
Packed full of thrills and chills, this completely animated haunted barn has a PG-13 rating.

3 Statesville Haunted Prison

17250 S Weber Rd, Lockport
One of Illinois’ top haunted houses, you’ll travel through 23 terrifying cells of this maximum-security prison.

4 Sonny Acres Farm Spook Shed

29W310 North Ave, West Chicago
Intended for the littlest thrill seekers, the Spook Shed is perfect for families of all ages.

5 Fables Studios Warehouse X

601 Dundee Ave, East Dundee
Warehouse X combines the intense scares of a haunted house with an action-packed round of laser combat guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.

6 Six Flags Fright Fest

1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee
Roam the park’s multiple “scare zones”, get your heart pumping on a rollercoaster, or take in the world’s largest LED light show.


Ghost hunting across america

Take a walk on the paranormal side at one of these historically haunted locales

Excalibur Chicago, IL

Formerly the Chicago Historical Society building, the Excalibur has had a long reputation for being one of the city’s most haunted spots. Visitors often report hearing children crying or feeling a heavy presence in the room.

Congress Plaza Hotel Chicago, IL

Built to house visitors for the World’s Fair in 1893, this hotel has a historic past. Legend has it that the elevators often make unplanned stops on the 8th floor, and is regularly visited by the apparition of Al Capone, who frequented the hotel.

The Stanley Hotel Estes Park, CO

Hailed as one of the country’s most active ghost sites, the Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining.” Opened by F.O. and Flora Stanley in 1909, the couple is reported to have never left!

San Fernando Cathedral San Antonio, TX

Visitors have reported shadowy hooded figures, orbs, and ghosts throughout the grounds.

R.M.S. Queen Mary Long Beach, CA

This ship sailed the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967, and is said to be haunted by the spirits of some of the young sailors that once manned the ship in World War II.

Mizpah Hotel Tonopah, NV

One of Nevada’s first luxury hotels, the Mizpah is home to the legendary “Lady in Red”. This ghost makes her presence known, often whispering in guests’ ears or leaving pearls from her broken necklace on their pillows.

Pittock Mansion Portland, OR

Said to be haunted by Henry and Georgiana Pittock, visitors often smell roses (Georgiana’s favorite bloom), and witness a childhood painting of Henry moving from spot to spot throughout the house.

Dock Street Theatre Charleston, SC

One of the oldest in the country, this theatre is home to several otherworldly guests—most notably, Junius Brutus Booth, the renowned 19th century actor (and father of John Wilkes).

Getting into the spirit

Conjure up some spooky vibes with these favorite family-friendly films


It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
1966, PG


Young Frankenstein
1974, PG


1984, PG


1984, PG


1988, PG


The Witches
1990, PG


The Addams Family
1991, PG-13


Hocus Pocus
1993, PG

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