Monday, September 19, 2022

Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn expands staff and characters in 2022

Since its opening in 2014, Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, Chicagoland’s favorite haunted attraction, has attracted tens of thousands of fright-seeking fans who appreciate the haunt’s commitment to eerie excellence and attention to dreadful details. But this year promises to be the most nightmare-inducing ever, thanks to the establishment’s decision to nearly double its staff of costumed actors.

That means 40 additional characters, nearly 80 in all on most nights, await brave customers who dare to walk through Midnight Terror’s malevolent maze of monsters.

Containing two uniquely themed but interconnected haunted houses under one roof – Willow’s Nightmare, and the Factory of Malum – the haunt boasts claustrophobic corridors, petrifying passageways, and unforgettably horrifying rooms packed with creatures, killers, and psychopaths hungry for new victims. This year, the demonic overlord Malum has appointed Malice, his daughter of slaughter, to lead his minions in an uprising into the helpless world beyond the factory, and you’ll bear witness to this disturbing outbreak.

“In 2022, we’ve hired and carefully trained more actors, added new creatures, and implemented more special effects to enhance the fright experience,” explains haunt creator/co-owner Justin Cerniuk. “I’m confident that visitors are going to be thrilled and rank this as our best year yet. People are eager to get their fear on again in full force.”

As in years past, the haunt will offer covered outdoor and indoor waiting along with entertainment provided by a DJ, photo opportunities before entering and departing, and online ticket discounts.

Case in point: Those who plan to attend opening weekend – September 23, 24, and 25 – will enjoy half-priced general admission when purchasing tickets online using the promotion code SPOOKY. At, you can also join Nightmare Fuel (the haunt’s official email list) and receive information on future discounts and promotions.

“This year, we will also be giving away free Midnight Terror merch every 90 minutes to random lucky attendees waiting in line, including T-shirts, hoodies, and hats,” adds Cernik.

Midnight Terror was just named among the best haunted houses in Chicagoland by TimeOut. In recent years, readers of USA Today voted Midnight Terror a top 10 haunted attraction in the entire country; the haunt is one of 20 nominees in USA Today’s 2022 voting, as well. Meanwhile, ranked Midnight Terror as a top 10 haunt, named it among the top 10 scariest haunted houses in America, Fox 32 Chicago declared it the number one haunted house in all of Illinois, and the attraction comes highly recommended by Thrillist, NBC, the Chicago Tribune,, Haunted House Chicago, Illinois Haunted Houses, and others.

Midnight Terror Haunted House is located at 5520 W. 111th St., Oak Lawn, Ill., 60453, just east of the intersection of Central Avenue and 111th Street. General admission per person starts at $28 online and $35 at the onsite ticket booth; Fast Pass admission per person, which places you in a line that is three times faster than the general admission line, is $50. Or you can purchase immediate access ($65 per person), which guarantees instant entry into the haunt.

Visitors can park for free on-site. The attraction is wheelchair accessible and open, rain or shine, from:
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Sept. 23, 24, and 30, Oct. 1, 7, 30, and 31
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sept. 25, and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 20, 23, and 27
7 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Oct. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29

Suffer from a phobia of evil clowns and carnival creatures? Conquer your fears by coming to Midnight Terror on November 4 and 5 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.), when the haunt’s theme transitions to a Clown Takeover and sinister circus dwellers rule the roost (tickets start at $25).

For more details, visit or email

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Spirits on Sproat rises from the dead on September 30

Great news, fans of all things frightful: Your favorite Halloween house will return in a little over three weeks. That's right, Spirits on Sproat will reopen for our 19th season on Friday, September 30.

In 2022, we're rolling out all-new animatronics (including some BIG personalities) and other characters and effects designed to give you nightmares, as well as all the old favorites we've put on display since 2004. And, of course, we still feature the most terrifying live Michael Myers you've ever encountered (rest assured he won't scare little ones or seniors).

This popular home haunt showcases over 100 figures—most being custom-made replicas of your favorite scary movie creatures and horror icons—plus several original characters. Enjoy humorous museum-like signage describing each character, creepy horror movie music mixed with sound effects, live scarers, two fun "find the monster" scavenger hunt games, front window music-and-lights show, and more. Check out Spirits on Sproat, which was named to the Horror Tourers Hall of Fame and featured twice on Svengoolie's TV program!

For our full schedule and further details, visit See you next month!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

All good screams must come to an end...

Thanks for making it another great season at Spirits on Sproat. We appreciate all the visitors this October, despite some crummy weather along the way. A reminder that we will be open from 6 pm until 11 pm tonight, Halloween evening, so come out and bid your farewells to Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees for 2021.

We leave you with our Spirits on Sproat official 2021 video, assembled from footage that our visitors recorded and posted themselves. Enjoy, and happy Halloween!


Thursday, October 28, 2021

Here's the winning Spirits on Sproat video for 2021

And the winner of the 2021 Spirits on Sproat video contest is...
Bennett Anthony Nisbet, who submitted the following video earlier this week and wins 2 VIP tickets to Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn. Congrats on a really fun video with great visuals and audio, Bennett!

Spirits on Sproat to open earlier than normal on Oct. 29-31

The bad news is that rain is expected in the forecast tonight and tomorrow. But the good news is that Spirits on Sproat will be open and operate as usual, regardless of the weather, so bring an umbrella and raincoat if necessary.

Also, we've decided to open one hour earlier than normal on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Oct. 29, 30, and 31, Spirits on Sproat's hours will span 6 to 11 p.m. So if you need to come earlier than usual (and want to beat the big crowds), head out just before sundown and get your Halloween on pronto! Hope to see you soon!

(Note that our Oct. 28 hours will remain 7-10 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Last chance to enter our video contest

Here's your final chance to enter the Spirits on Sproat video contest. Please post videos of your 2021 visit to Spirits on Sproat, to Facebook, Tik-Tok, Twitter, or another social media platform (using the hashtag #spiritsonsproat) by no later than noon Central time tomorrow, Oct. 28. We will choose the best video and contact the winner by late tomorrow; the winner will get 2 free VIP tickets to Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn (a $90 value), and must pick up and use the tickets Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. May the best video win. Good luck!

P.S.--We need to be able to find/discover the video, which means it has to be tagged via #spiritsonsproat. It's easiest for us to find your videos if you post directly to our Facebook page ( 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Spirits on Sproat now open nightly through Halloween

Beginning tonight, Friday, October 22, your favorite Halloween house will be open every night for the next 10 days – through Halloween (October 31). For our full schedule, click here. Make your plans for a final visit (or two) to Spirits on Sproat before our 2021 season draws to a close. And don't forget to post videos of your visit to Facebook, Instagram, Tik-Tok, or Twitter using the hashtag #spiritsonsproat

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Reminder: We need you to post videos of your Spirits on Sproat visit

If you plan to visit Spirits on Sproat soon, or have recently stopped by our haunt, we encourage you to take videos recorded during your visit and upload them to your favorite social media platform. So far, only two people have uploaded videos of their visit, and we could use a lot more to share with our followers and friends.

To make things simpler for you, we're now easing the rules of our Facebook video contest, which awards 2 VIP tickets to Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn. Henceforth, our contest is no longer limited to Facebook video postings. You can submit your Spirits on Sproat videos to other popular social media platforms, including Tik-Tok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We simply ask you to tag your video using the hashtag #spiritsonsproat, which allows us to more easily find your posted videos. We're also extending our video posting deadline to October 28, 2021. We will review all videos posted through that date using the #spiritsonsproat hashtag, pick the best one, notify the winner, and give them 2 VIP Midnight Terror tickets (a $90 value).

Please post your recorded videos on your favorite social media platform soon so that you meet the contest deadline. Good luck, and happy Halloween season!

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Meet Phantasm Phil

You don't stand a ghost of a chance against Phantasm Phil. That's because he's committed to haunting over the long-haul and has a seemingly unlimited supply of ectoplasm. Call Ghostbusters if you want, but they're unlikely to corral this transparent terror. Eager to learn more? Read on.
  • Secret shame: Was once spooked by Casper
  • Personal heroes: Lord of the Nazgul, the Dementors, Rudy Giuliani
  • Voted in high school: Best school spirit, most likely to disappear after graduation

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Meet The Jester

Some people call him the space cowboy. Some call him the gangster of love. Others simply call him The Jester, and he's bursting at the seams with grating quips and nefarious clownishness. Here's the 411 on this cartoonish character:
  • Nickname: Two-face
  • Little-known fact: Once sued the Joker for copyright infringement
  • Famous for: Failing to make 15 consecutive kings laugh even once Weapons of choice: Bad puns, rotten rhymes, irritating voice

Friday, October 15, 2021

Meet Corpse Bride

Some people would practically kill to get hitched. Others would die of embarrassment if no one showed up to their wedding. And then there are unfortunate matrimonial wannabes like Corpse Bride, who plans to spend a honeymoon in Hades, minus her beau, who prefers a spouse with a marriage certificate, not a death certificate. Want to know more about Corpse Bride? Consider the following:
  • Dirty little secret: Jilted at the altar by five fianc├ęs in a row
  • Nickname: Queen goth
  • Archenemy: Divorce lawyers everywhere
  • Sick of the preacher saying: Till death do you part