By The Trip Sisters
You may think of Halloween as a holiday for kids, but if you live in an area like Chicago like the “Trip Sisters”, you’ll find that there is plenty of fun to be had for adults. Whether you’re in the city or out in the suburbs, the Chicagoland area has plenty to offer adults this season. From haunted theme parks and haunted houses to adult pumpkin patches and ghost tours, we’ve got you covered. Grab your witch’s brew, put on those cat ears and get ready for some adult Halloween fun (no costumes required!).
1. Jack’s Pumpkin Nights
If you're looking for the festive feeling of a pumpkin patch visit, yet in the city and including adult activities (think axe throwing and spiked cider drinking), then Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up (Jack's Pumpkin Pop-Up – A Pumpkin Pop-Up Experience) is the experience you'll go batty over this Halloween. Talk about taking a patch visit to the next level! You’ll feel like you fell into Halloween Instagram heaven with so many artistic photo opportunities.
I was bewitched with the buttered rum cocktail, and our group loved the break-a-plate carnival game. Chicago's largest corn maze, fortune tellers, bumping music, several full-service bars and food trucks combine to make a memorable autumn evening outdoors. Buy tickets in advance. Open until November 3rd. (Guest Contribution by Cortney Fries)
2. 13th Floor Chicago
Located in Melrose Park, IL is 13th Floor Haunted House. Recommended for ages 12 and up, adults are sure to enjoy this truly terrifying haunted house. As one of the largest haunted houses in Chicago, 13th Floor stretches across nearly 40,000 square feet. The terror begins on September 13 and goes through November 9, 2019. Prices vary based on the night of the week that you go, ranging from $19.99 and $32.99 per person. Purchase tickets online in advance to skip the line at the box office.
For busy days, we recommend purchasing a Fast Pass ($10 extra) or a Skip the Line pass ($20 extra). This year, the haunted house boasts two new attractions, including our personal favorite, Creature Feature. Anyone with a passion for classic horror flicks will love this gem! Keep in mind that no masks or hand held items are allowed inside. And sorry, ladies, but wearing heels or flip flops is discouraged!
3. Fright Fest at Six Flags
If you love a thrill, consider combining Halloween with a theme park. Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (45 min from Chicago) will give you a scare in more ways than one. Buy your advance purchase tickets online for only $47.99 and save 40% off the regular price of $79.99. To get the most boo for your buck, consider adding on the Flash Pass, allowing you to skip the majority of the line and enjoy more ride time.
You won’t want to miss some of the scariest rides around, including the park’s crazy Joker ride and the thrilling Maxx Force, a launch coaster that just opened in 2019 and reaches speeds of 78 miles per hour in under two seconds. Be sure to head to the center of the park at dusk to check out the zombie parade. For those looking for a little extra thrill, consider adding one of the park’s new haunted houses to your ticket! Check their website to find the date that works for you, September 14 - November 3, 2019.
4. Night of a Thousand Jack-O-Lanterns
Have you ever seen a thousand hand-carved jack-o-lanterns in one place? At Night of a Thousand Jack-O-Lanterns in Chicago’s Botanical Gardens, you can. Taking place every October, this Halloween festivity features the work of artists from all over, showing off their pumpkin-carving skills. This year, the event is occurring October 16-20 and 23-27, 2019 from 6:30-10:30pm. Adults can even purchase and enjoy spiked cider and ale as they walk the pumpkin-lit trail through Chicago’s famous garden. Purchase your tickets before October 15th for a discounted rate of $16 for adults and $13 for children (3 - 12). If you’re already a Botanical Gardens member, you’ll receive $2 off each ticket. You’ll feel like you’re in a Halloween wonderland!
5. Chicago Ghost Tour
Looking for some truly haunted action this Halloween? Look no further than one of Chicago’s famous ghost tours. From the location of Al Capone’s notorious St. Valentine’s Day Massacre to the Biograph Theater where the infamous Dillinger was taken out, these tours cover it all. History buffs will love the true stories behind these gruesome locations, while amateur ghost hunters will enjoy the supernatural thrill. With a variety of tours offered, from walking to bus tours, there’s a tour to fit everyone’s preference. Our favorite part? Their Original Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour by Bus tours aren’t just for Halloween — they take place Fridays and Saturdays year-round, so you can satisfy your supernatural itch any time of the year. Check out their website for tour details and pricing.