The Scary Side of Peoria

Written By: Andrew Ketterer


As October approaches, the Halloween season continues to sneak up on us. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways in the Peoria Area that will help you get that frightening adrenaline rush you’re looking for. We’ve picked out a few of the best scary sites and given a brief description for each.

Hopefully you’ll get the nerve to take on Peoria’s scary side in the near future!


WildlifeScaryParkSavetheDate2013Wildlife “Scary” Park

I hope you’re ready for an awesome time as Wildlife Prairie Park transforms into “Wildlife Scary Park.” The transformation will be open to the public on two weekends, October 18-20 and 25-27 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. A “Merry-Not-So-Scary” part of the park will be available from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for the little ones. Tickets are $8 for non-members and $7 for members.

There is plenty happening throughout the park, including the Train-sylvania Express train ride, Franks-n-Steins food station and the Boo-tique for all of your Halloween trinkets. If that’s still not enough, walk through the Carn-E-vil and enjoy games, rides, face painting, storytelling, bonfires, movies and crafts.


Witches Walk

On October 18-19 at Fon du Lac Farm Park, follow the luminary “Witches Walk,” while experiencing the spooky sights and sounds of the season. This walk isn’t too scary and is the perfect amount of fright for the little ones. All of the farm buildings are decorated for Halloween and the ponds are mysteriously glowing. A storyteller has set up in a residence in the school and the witches in the general store have a treat for everyone.

The park is opened from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and costs $3 for adults and $2.50 for children.


SpiderHill_Zombies_600x280Spider Hill

Don’t miss out on one of the most popular haunted house locations in Central Illinois—Spider Hill at Three Sisters Park. Attractions include the Zombie Invasion Paintball War Wagons, the Massacre Mansion and the Trail of Terror. Every Friday and Saturday night in October will be open to the public. Ticket sales begin at 6:00 p.m. and the scares start at 7:00 p.m. Don’t miss out on one of the area’s most popular frightening attractions.


Historic Trolley Tours

Good news! You’ll have four opportunities to hop on Peoria Historical Society’s Haunted Peoria trolley tour. On October 5, 12, 19 and 26, the trolley tour will pick up all participants at 1:00 p.m. at Kellerher’s Irish Pub for a 1:30 minute tour telling the spooky stories of Peoria. Tickets can be purchased at Kellerher’s Irish Pub for $11, along with a $1 fee for the driver.

So for a scary trip through Peoria, mark the dates above on your calendar and hop on the trolley!


Happy Halloween everyone!

If you have any other “scary” spots in the Peoria Area, feel free to leave a comment below!


Written By: Andrew Ketterer

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One thought on “The Scary Side of Peoria

  1. #HowlZooWeen Do we need to say more? Okay, we will. Purchase your tickets at the Safari Gift Shop here at the Zoo. #HowlZooWeen is from 5:30 – 8:30 pm on both Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12. Cost is $6 for non-member and $5 for members. Hope you’ve started on your costume!!
    For information visit or call 309.681.3559.

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