Rockford Scream Fest: Machesney Park Mall, in front of the Kohls store. Cited as northern Illinois largest and scariest haunted house, it gets seven out of 10 stars from me. Features five haunted houses and lasts about 45 minutes. If you experience motion sickness or vertigo, this is not recommended. Open Sunday-Thursday, 7-11 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission: $12/$10. Info: 968-4232. Open until Halloween.
Hoppers Haunted House 11576 Route 2 (4 miles west of Rockford Airport). Only about 15 minutes long and not very terrifying, according to Rock Valley Colleges Valley Forge. 7 p.m.-midnight. $8/$5. Call for dates. Thru Oct. 31. Info: 961-0743.
11th Annual Lena Community Haunted Barn Lena Lions Park. 35 haunted scenes, mazes and a slide. Open: Fridays & Saturdays, 6-9:30 p.m. thru Nov. 1t. $7, bring non-perishable food, get $1 discount. Info: 815/369-2642.