Halloween entertainment in Marion, Illinois, includes a lot of options for 2010, so take your pick and the family, or make it an adult-only journey for haunted houses, hayrides and scares of all types.
Trail of Terror
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, this family-friendly event is sponsored by Marion Toyota. Team Tundra Trail of Terror is designed with the entire family in mind and has its heart in the right place. All the better to make it jump out of your chest, right?
The Team Tundra Trail of Terror will feature food from 17th Street Bar & Grill and Larry’s House of Cakes as well as a haunted hayride and activities for the whole family. The event is being held at Marion Toyota and is a fund-raiser for Pittsburg infant Marci Loucks. Marci was born deaf and the Trail of Terror is part of an on-going community effort to raise money for her cochlear implants.
For some fall hayride fun, you can also head over to Walker’s Bluff winery. Walker’s Bluff has a pair of Belgian draft horses that will be pulling hay wagons around the vineyard from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday in October (weather permitting).
This haunted house in the Illinois Centre mall is sponsored by the same fine folks who have presented the Haunted Barn in previous years. AC contributor Tammy Waters offered a full review of the experience here after her walk-through.
One of Tammy’s favorite parts were the Killer Klowns from Outer Space and the fact that all the monsters knew her name. The haunted house costs $8 for adults and is open Friday and Saturday nights in October from 6 to 11 p.m. This is another haunting for a good cause with the proceeds going to Night Shield home, a West Frankfort, Illinois, charity providing temporary care for children removed from their homes due to suspicion of abuse.
The Haunted Warehouse
Located behind Walt’s Pizza in the old Marion 100 warehouse, the Haunted Warehouse is the most technologically sound and spook inducing of the Marion-area haunted houses. The tour costs $10 and the ticket can be used as a coupon for a half price appetizer at Walt’s Pizza any time in the month of October.
A rickety-bridge and decapitated clowns, as well as Jigsaw from the Saw movie series are among the sights this haunted house has to offer. Carnage and torture are also on the menu as well as a lengthy black-out hallway featuring a maze-like series of halls and a couple areas that require a bit of a squeeze.
The wheelchair-bound Jigsaw gave Tammy a bit of a bump and laugh out loud scare for the night. The walk-through takes about 20 minutes.
The Terror Factory
Located on Princeton, behind Western Sizzlin’, The Terror Factory relies too much on the gross-out factor and loud noises to offer a real fright to adults familiar with haunted houses, but left many of its younger visitors screaming their way out.
The Terror Factory is $10 to enter and operates from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and
Saturday nights in October. The strobe lights and loud noises sadly detract a bit from an otherwise nicely designed and decorated haunted house.