FearFest 2011 offers haunted excitement, starting Oct. 7

Staff Report

Still think Halloween is just for kids? Think again … Get ready to scream your head off as R.I.P. Productions, Inc. and L.A.C. Recreation bring you northern Illinois’ ultimate haunted experience. FearFest 2011 features three separate haunts at one location.

The South Beloit Haunted Barn (an 1830’s barn) is the perfect setting for an incredible haunt. More than 13 years in operation, it has been remodeled again for a fresh stab at fear! You will encounter more actors, more scares and new for 2011, the South Beloit Haunted Barn will feature the dizzying “Vortex Tunnel!” Howls and haunts invade each twist and turn as tractor-drawn hay-filled wagons make their way through the eerie acres on The Blood Creek Haunted Hayride. This year will feature more scares and more actors that will thrill and frighten you along the way. You just can’t celebrate Halloween without a hayride!

The Screamatorium, northern Illinois’ ultimate haunted house, is not only one of the scariest, but was ranked No. 1 Top Haunted Atraction in 2008. This intense, cutting-edge, multi-level haunted attraction has been striking fear into the hearts of terrified visitors since 2008, and this year has once again risen the bar offering new excitement, over-the-top thrills and nonstop action-packed experiences. New for 2011, the Screamatorium brings you Nightmasre Manor, where you will journey through the warping halls of the ill-fated abode and relive the horror and agony of your worst nightmares. Also, check out the “Little Shop of Horrors” gift shop with everything from glow items, T-shirts, novelty items and sweet treats, or chill out and grab some goodies from the concession stand like hot chocolate, funnel cakes, taffy apples, popcorn balls, cider doughnuts, coffee, cider and more.

Experience the insanity … face your phobias … live your worst nightmares. There are worse things than Death… Fear Asylum Haunted House. Horrifying experiments bred an army of hideous abominations that roam the chambers where The Contagium was first created. It is a place where the evil is so contagious that your mind goes numb. The minions of this horrid realm invite you in a for a thirst of living flesh. Welcome to the Nightmare … the freaks are waiting! Since 2009, the Fear Asylum has been rated a top haunted attraction in the northern Illinois area. Celebrating its third Year of Fear, the Fear Asylum brings back a whole new level of old-school, in-your-face, heart-pounding Fear along with the latest in visual effects and Hollywood-style makeup. Check out the concession area with everything from glow items, T-shirts, novelty items and sweet treats like nachos, hot dogs, candy, hot chocolate and more!

FearFest 2011 is at 6512 Manchester Road in South Beloit, Ill. Fear Asylum is at Belvidere Park District (William Grady Pool), 916 W. Lincoln Ave., Belvidere. Event times for both locations are Fridays and Saturdays, 7-11 p.m., weekdays and Sundays, 7-10 p.m.

Because of the intense nature of the Screamatorium and Fear Asylum, parental guidance is strongly recommended for ages 13 and younger. Open Oct. 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 26-31. Discount coupons available throughout the area. Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.trailofscreams.com (online tickets available for Screamatorium and Fear Asylum only). For more information or group rates, call the Frightline at (815) 965-6772.

From the Oct. 5-11, 2011, issue

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