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Travel the Trail of Terror!



The award winning Trail of Terror swings into action throughout Northwest Illinois during September and October with special events and haunted happenings. Fall festivals, haunted houses, cemetery walks, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, winery tours and more are what you'll find on the 10 county Trail of Terror which is a full listing of fall activities covering Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago and Whiteside counties.

The Trail is a self-guided tour through Northwest Illinois with stops at such places as the Lena Haunted Barn, Savanna's Haunted Forest Festival, Terror on the Railroad in Union, The Old Haunted Mill in Orangeville, The Train of Terror in Freeport and the Haunted Haven in Rock Falls. O'Connell's Haunted Barn & Cemetery in Amboy will thrill you, and the Egyptian Theater 6 level Haunted House in DeKalb features Amenti, the Egyptian goddess guarding the world of the dead.

For those wanting a less scary venue and a chance to get out in the crisp fall air the Trail of Terror takes you to Oakdale in October in Freeport, Mt. Carroll's Historic Cemetery Tour, The Science and Engineering STEMfest at NIU in DeKalb, The Savanna Historical Society's Civil War Ghosts & Legends and the Stephenson County Fall Barn Tour.

Fall festivals are abundant throughout the ten counties and include Fulton's Fall Festival, The Spooktacular Festival at Lockwood Park in Rockford, Oregon's Autumn on Parade & Fall Wine Festival and Sycamore's Pumpkin Festival all featuring small town events at their best!

Pumpkin patches, orchards, corn mazes, winery tours and farmers markets brimming with fall produce are also a popular stop on the Trail and feature such activities as petting zoos, hayrides, campfires and, of course, pumpkin picking.

Lodging accommodations are also included in the Trail of Terror information and many feature special rates during the fall season with no extra charge for little ghosts and goblins!

With all these attractions and events you won't want to miss the opportunity to visit Northwest Illinois and take a trip on the Trail of Terror. Some sites have admittance fees that range between $2.00 and $10.00. Please note, some haunted happenings are scarier than others and we recommend calling first before taking small children.

To receive a brochure or get more information on the Trail of Terror, contact Blackhawk Waterways CVB at 800-678-2108 or the Freeport/Stephenson County CVB at 800-369-2955. You can also check out the Trail online at

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