It’s the s p o o k i e s t time of year! And one of my favorite ways to get in the Halloween spirit (other than watching my buddy Charlie Brown get shunned trick or treating with his friends) is to drive around and look at the AMAZING Halloween displays in the area. Here are NINE spooky houses and décor that you just can’t miss!
NOTE: Since I grew up in the Northwest Suburbs, I know many of the scariest spots in that area. If you have others to add from elsewhere in Chicagoland, please comment below so I can check them out and add them to the list! Also, even though this article has a 2015 publish date, I constantly update it!
Super Scary with lights, sounds, and movement (the girl on the swing haunts my dreams, I swear). Good for visiting during the day for those who are more timid…definitely extra spooky at night. 1784 Everett Avenue, Des Plaines.
Scary Forrest Frights is the hit of our neighborhood…and much of Chicagoland. No matter what scares you (clowns, gore, monsters, etc.), this house has it all! 1119 North Forrest Avenue, Arlington Heights.
The light show to end all light shows. This house takes holiday lights to an entirely new level, so be sure to visit once the sun goes down. Bell Plaine and Engel in Park Ridge.
Ahoy, mateys! This gorgeous house always reminded me of a light house every time I drove by. That served as inspiration for their awesome pirate ship Halloween display. A little tricky to find, it is on Sibley overlooking the boulevard street. Put the intersection of Sibley and Ashland in Park Ridge into your GPS and you will find it. Perfect for a day or night visit.
The graveyard. This corner house was my favorite house to visit as a kid. They park a hearse outside on Halloween, have smoke and sound effects, and even serve their candy out of a coffin. Located where Manor Lane turns into Western Avenue, adjacent to North Park in Park Ridge.
Wilmette’s gorgeous houses get all decked out for Halloween. The most popular stretch is on Lawndale Street, with the highlight at 208 Lawndale Street in Wilmette.
There are tons of decorated houses and inflatables within the Charlemagne subdivision in Northbrook. Our favorite is on Charlemagne Drive…perfect for a visit any time of day…and watch out for the moving spider!
Southern & Western Burbs
The Thomas Halloween House at 1127 Conan Doyle Drive in Naperville is the talk of the town year after year. Just check out this video and you will know why. But after some disgruntled neighbors got sick and tired of all of the traffic the admirers provided (who donated oover $6,500 to Gigi’s Playhouse) and got an ordinance passed to make the house go dark this year. However, there is a petition circling and an impending board meeting to see if Thomas can light up his house again, a Naperville tradition that impresses Halloween lovers all over the world.
Looking for a free haunted house? Then look no further than the free and ghoulishly decorated Moe’s Graveyard. Real actors roam the yard and house at 6961 West 156th place in Oak Forest. Be sure to visit between dusk and 10 p.m. until Halloween when there are nightly performances. Check out this cool video review from The Horror Tourers.
Looking for other Fall fun, including crafts, activities, and more? Then check this out!