Monday, September 9, 2019

Oak Lawn’s Midnight Terror Haunted House ranked a top 10 haunted attraction by USA Today

The accolades continue to pour in for Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, which opens for its sixth season on September 27. It was recently voted a top 10 haunted attraction in the entire country by readers of USA Today, earning a coveted spot in the newspaper’s “10Best Readers’ Choice 2019” list. Ranking #8 on that list also earns Midnight Terror the distinction of being the fan favorite top haunted attraction in Illinois.

Midnight Terror (5520 W. 111th St.) was first nominated by USA Today editors and haunt experts, landing it on an initial list of 20 haunted attractions published in the summer. The newspaper then invited visitors to vote online for their favorite; strong support from fans helped the Oak Lawn haunt quickly climb up the ranks before polling closed in late August.

“Being recognized as one of the top 10 in the nation in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2019 poll is only the beginning,” says Midnight Terror creator/co-owner Justin Cerniuk. “Our goal is to continue on as a group of friends creating absurdity, having fun, and letting the reviews speak for themselves. Supporters appreciate all the effort we put into our haunt to scare them out of their wits, and we are so grateful for this honor they’ve helped bestow upon us.”

In 2018, Midnight Terror rated as the top “Must-See Haunt” in the entire state of Illinois by, based on votes by fans, and was declared the number one haunted house in all of Illinois by Fox 32 Chicago. In past years, it has been highly recommended and ranked by Thrillist, NBC, the Chicago Tribune,, Haunted House Chicago, Illinois Haunted Houses, and others.
A big reason Cerniuk and company get so much love—and repeat business—from admirers is their extreme attention to detail and unwavering commitment to create fresh frights for visitors every year.

Unlike many other commercial Halloween attractions, the Midnight Terror crew reinvent their haunt annually: moving walls, completely reconfiguring spaces, and adding new layers of realism to their macabre maze of 60-plus rooms spread out over some 26,000 square feet.

“Our haunt has never been this immersive. This season, we’ve added countless new fine touches, well-timed scares, ultra-detailed props, and strategically positioned light and sound effects,” adds Cerniuk. “Every room’s impeccable detail envelops you into this world we’ve created. We’ve packed so many new surprises into this space to guarantee that visitors will get an unforgettably terrifying sensory experience.”

They can also claim a great value, courtesy of several 2019 promotions:
  • Half-price tickets ($12.50 off the $25 general admission with promo code news13) on opening weekend (Sept. 27-29) only when purchased online at
  • $5 off for students with a school ID every Thursday or Sunday.
  • $5 off when you bring in any other haunted house ticket stub.
  • Free upgrade to VIP tickets on Sundays for active-duty military and veterans with a valid ID.
  • Free trick-or-treating for kids 12 and younger (who are accompanied by an adult) on October 27 from noon to 3 p.m.; this annual tradition is appreciated by area families, whose children are given candy and a fun “lights-on” tour of the haunt by actors appearing in friendly mode.
  • Send in the clowns on Nov. 1 and 2 – The haunt is entirely populated by evil circus denizens for one “Clown Takeover” night, with a limited supply of half-price tickets now available (only $12.50 when purchased online).
  • Santa scares you silly on Dec. 13-15. Those are the dates when Midnight Terror morphs into “Christmas Fear,” with a limited supply of half-price tickets now available (only $12.50 when purchased online).
This year, Midnight Terror also plans to partner with charitable organizations such as Chicago Youth Programs and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Cerniuk will donate stacks of Midnight Terror admission tickets to each of these charities, which can be used for fundraising efforts.

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 is $24.99; VIP admission per person, which provides faster entry without having to wait in the general admission line, is $34.99. Discounted tickets ($2 off) can be purchased online; regular price tickets can be purchased onsite at the box office.

The attraction is wheelchair accessible and open, rain or shine (waiting area is outdoor/indoor), from: 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (Sept. 27 and 28 and Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and Nov. 1 and 2); and from 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 30 and 31. Visitors can park for free at the Oak Lawn Metra station parking garage (located at 9525 Tulley Ave.) and take a complimentary round-trip shuttle – with costumed characters aboard to entertain passengers – to the Midnight Terror site. 

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Spirits on Sproat reopens Oct. 4 -- check out the 2019 schedule

Halloween is only 65 days away! Dying to learn what dates and times Spirits on Sproat will be open in 2019? Our schedule has just been posted. We'll be open a record 20 evenings this year, including Nov. 1!

Check out all the details, including information on what's new and improved for 2019, by clicking here.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Spirits on Sproat has a new website address

To make things easier for you to remember (and type), your favorite neighborhood home haunt has changed its website URL. Formerly, we were "" While we still absolutely love Halloween, we weren't in love with that lengthy web address.

So starting today, our site is officially It made sense to us, and hope it does to you, too.

You can still access our website using either web address.

That's all we have to report. Our monsters are still in winter hibernation and won't be showing their faces for another seven-and-a-half months. But at least this little bit of news whets the appetite for Halloween fun to come later in 2019!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

That's a wrap, says the mummy...

Thanks to all for another fantastic year at Spirits on Sproat: The Gallery of the Dead. We had (and scared) more visitors than any year prior, and we appreciate all our fans, young and old, for making it all worthwhile. Another October (and Halloween) has come and gone, but we'll be raring to go in 2019 with more new figures and frights. See you back in 11 months!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Only 5 nights left to experience Spirits on Sproat!

And then there were 5...there are only 5 nights remaining on the Spirits on Sproat calendar. Come see us any night between now and Oct. 31--if you dare!

Hours: Oct. 27 and 31: 7-11 p.m.; Oct. 28, 29, 30: 7-10 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Remember: Spirits on Sproat is open tonight

Just a reminder that Spirits on Sproat: The Gallery of the Dead is open tonight, Monday, Oct. 29, and will remain open every night through Halloween. If weeknights are more convenient for you, stop by any night this week. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 31.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Reminder: post your Spirits on Sproat video on Facebook and win prizes

It's not too late to enter the Spirits on Sproat 2018 Facebook Video Contest. Visit our haunt by Oct. 26, take a video of your visit, post it on our Facebook page, and you could win two VIP tickets to Midnight Terror Haunted House! Read the full details here.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Spirits on Sproat now open every night thru Halloween

Welcome to uninterrupted Halloween fun! Spirits on Sproat is now open every night through Halloween--from Oct. 19 through 31. Here's our detailed remaining schedule:
  • Oct. 19-20: open 7-11 p.m.
  • Oct. 21-25: open 7-10 p.m.
  • Oct. 26-27: open 7-11 p.m.
  • Oct. 28-30: open 7-10 p.m.
  • Oct. 31: open 7-11 p.m.
Put another way, we're open 7-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween, and from 7-10 p.m. all other days. Come on out and experience all the terror-ific excitement before October ends!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Meet Pennywise (from the "It" movie)

What's that, you say? There are two Pennywise clowns at Spirits on Sproat? That's quite perceptive of you. Yes, you're seeing double, but that's not the alcohol talking--we really do have two different "It" clowns on display here. This one pictured is from the 2017 film (the other is from the 1990 TV miniseries). Bet you also didn't know these fun facts about our fiendish prankster:

  • Nicknames: Pound foolish, balloon goon, Wonder bread, Baldy McDonald
  • Voted in high school: No. 1 class clown
  • Secret shame: That’s his real nose 
  • Little-known fact: Banana peels instantly turn black before he slips on them

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Meet Maleficent

Next to the evil queen from Snow White and the wicked stepmother from Cinderella, there's no fairy tale female baddie quite as sinister as this soulless sister, famous for being the foil to Sleeping Beauty. Here's the 411 on Maleficent:

  • Nickname: Dragon breath
  • Favorite book: “Gardening With Thorns: Who Needs Flowers Anyway?”
  • Favorite song: “Spinning Wheel” by Blood Sweat and Tears
  • Pet peeve: Not being invited to birthday parties