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Press Release 2017

Download the Statesville Haunted Prison 2017 Press Release as a PDF.

NEWS RELEASE - Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead Opens September 28th, 2017

Statesville Haunted Prison®, Illinois’ most acclaimed haunted house and winner of the 2015 “Best Haunted Attraction” award from, continues to lead the way in scares and screams this Fall. Every year, the Statesville team changes over 30% of the attraction; new rooms, new characters and new screams. In 2017 our victims patrons can look forward to the new Maniac Ward. Travel through 7 newly opened rooms where The Doctor pursues the true nature of evil in the twisted experimentation of the round house cells of WARD 7.

Our improvements do not stop in Statesville, either. Our second full attraction, City of the Dead, features more live snakes, rats, cockroaches, spiders, and of course zombies, throughout the burial caves of the City of the Dead. Statesville and City of the Dead take the science of fear very seriously.

Statesville Haunted Prison® has been one of Illinois’ best haunted houses for 21 years. We have been nationally recognized by several media outlets, including; Travel Channel, Fox News, MSNBC, Time Magazine, & CBS. It has been named the “Best Haunted House in Chicagoland” for 14 of the past 17 years by, ranked a “Must See Top 25 Haunted Attractions in America” by Haunted Attraction Magazine, received the highest rankings available in both Time Out Chicago and Red Eye, and was featured as the Craziest Haunted House on the Travel Channel’s “Halloween Craziest” in 2013.

Critics have said that our success is due to our cutting edge effects, attention to detail, the aggressive believability of our 175+ actors and the fact that our audience feels like they are actually in a horror movie. Perhaps; however, we feel that our success is due to one simple philosophy: We love our fans and we work all year long to give them the very best haunted house experience of their lives.

Statesville Haunted Prison® is an aggressive interactive experience designed for adult audiences, and not intended for children or the weak. This haunted house takes you through the twisted chambers of the darkest creatures ever imprisoned, with over 175 live prisoners attacking you at every step, over 40 horrifically detailed rooms with an average time of 50-60 minutes required to get through its oppressive walls. Statesville Haunted Prison® is less then 35 miles southwest of Chicago, near Joliet, and sits in the shadow of Stateville, Illinois Maximum Security Prison “Stateville” on Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm on Weber Rd.

This Halloween season, don’t just go to any haunted house, go to Chicago’s Scariest & most entertaining Haunted House experience in Illinois and face the beast that is Statesville Haunted Prison®.

WHAT: Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead — The most criticallyacclaimed haunted house in Illinois for the past 20 years.

Statesville Haunted Prison will feature three attractions:

Statesville Haunted Prison the prison has been overrun and you must find your way through 40 cells and come face-to-face with over 100 convicts before escaping.

City of the Dead the burial pit for the undead prisoners of Statesville. Climb through these twisted underground caves and get yourself back to the surface before the Beast drags you to the bottom of the pit.

Sniper Zombie Paintball is back for this 2017 season! Such a great addition to our haunted experience! The Sniper Zombie Paintball Ride is a completely revamped, fully interactive, 1⁄2 mile long ride on a real army troop carrier truck equipped with 22 precise sniper paintball guns, over 100 Targets, Animatronics, & LIVE Zombies. It more than a ride, it is an interactive experience you cant find anywhere else!

WHEN: Thursday-Sunday September 28 – October 31, Wed. Oct. 25 and Monday Oct. 30th and Tuesday Oct. 31st .

WHERE: 17250 S. Weber Rd. Lockport IL. 60441 (MORE INFO)

COST: $30 General Admission, Onsite VIP Fast Pass $50 (Pre Purchased Tickets - $45 VIP Fast Pass, $21 Group Tickets), Sniper Paintball Ride $20, Discounts: $5 off coupon online, Social media special discounts.

The Statesville staff will assist the media in taking video and photos both inside and outside of the haunted house throughout the season. (MORE INFO)


Creator/Owner: Paul Siegel #103057, Proprietor of Statesville Haunted Prison/ScaredInc.
Email :
Phone: (815)693-8583 (cell) | 877-Scared2(722-7332)

Producer/Director/Designer: John Laflamboy, Zombie Army Productions
Phone: (708)651-2323

Produced by Zombie Army Productions