Just about anyone anywhere can put on a haunted house experience.

How are you supposed to know which ones are worth your time and more importantly, money?

Sure, some are just good enough to go check out to get into the Halloween spirit but if you want to get all the bang for your buck, where do you go to find the best of the best?

Well, it turns out, a group called the Haunted Attraction Association (HAA) put together a list of America's finest haunted houses.

But first, what is the HAA?

The HAA represents professional haunted attraction owners, operators, designers, vendors, enthusiasts, and artists who have turned the business of fright into a multi-million dollar industry with its own tradeshows, experts, suppliers, magazines, educational seminars and events.


Sounds like if you have run a haunted house or attraction and aren't part of the HAA, you're missing out.

Also, getting put on their list of the best haunted houses in America is nice too.


Anyway, here in Illinois there are two haunted houses that made the HAA's best for 2022.

Spook Hollow in Marquette Heights was the first one I saw located in the Land of Lincoln.

Nora Fouts on Facebook said this about Spook Hollow:

Always awesome!! The staff does an amazing job!!

This place sounds like the real deal too calling itself Illinois' longest-running outdoor haunted attraction.


Over 40 years of scaring Central Illinois, the Marquette Heights Men’s Club of Central IL presents three truly horrifying events for one admission price.

These are high level intensity scares not recommended for children under the age of 13, however, we will allow all ages.

Spook Hollow is only open the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October.

Buy tickets HERE.


The other haunted attraction in Illinois also has locations in other states as well. It's called 13th Floor Chicago, and it's part of the Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group which is "the world’s largest Halloween-themed entertainment company, with over 15 locations and counting! We bring a premier haunted house experience to markets all across the country."

While they may have haunts in other parts of the US, the HAA recognized 13th Floor in Chicago, San Antonio, Denver, and Phoenix as the best of the bunch.

Located officially in Schiller Park, 13th Floor is rated a 3 out of 5 on Yelp with fans like Jessie Elizabeth J. calling it "Really fun" with "great sets" that make for a "very immersive experience." Nadine S. called 13th Floor the  "best haunted house I've been to."

Get tickets for 13th Floor Chicago HERE.

[H/T NBC 5 Chicago]

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