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Press Release 2019

Best Spooky Halloween Activities


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Statesville Haunted Prison and City of the Dead in Lockport, IL Open October 3, 2019

Lockport, IL (September 2019) Statesville Haunted Prison®
(, Illinois’ longest running and most acclaimed haunted
house continues to lead the way in scares and screams this Fall. Every year, the Statesville
team changes more than 30% of the attraction including new rooms and new characters for
more screams. In 2019, victims patrons can look forward to the re-imagined, nationally-
renown, creepier than ever Clown Room and Sewers, new Wardens Room and frightening
characters. Improvements do not stop at Statesville. City of the Dead features a brand-new
Roots Room and live snakes, rats, cockroaches, spiders, and, of course zombies, throughout the burial caves.

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 more than 20 years and nationally recognized by several media outlets, including; Travel Channel, Fox News, MSNBC, Time Magazine, and CBS. It has been named the “Best Haunted House in Chicagoland” for 14 of the past 18 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 featured as the Craziest Haunted House on the Travel Channel’s “Halloween Craziest” in 2013.

Critics say the success of Statesville Haunted Prison, and its evil little sister City of the Dead, is due to cutting-edge effects, attention to detail, the aggressive believability of 175+ actors and the fact that the audience actually feels like they are in a horror movie. “We feel that our success is due to one simple philosophy: We love our fans and work all year long to give them the very best haunted house experience of their lives,” said Paul Siegel, Owner and Operator of Statesville Haunted Prison and Scared Inc.

Statesville Haunted Prison® is an aggressive interactive experience designed for adult audiences, and not intended for children or the weak. Statesville takes you through the twisted chambers of the darkest creatures ever imprisoned. With more than 175 live prisoners attacking you at every step in more than 40 horrifically detailed rooms, it takes of 50-60 minutes to get through its oppressive walls. Statesville Haunted Prison® and City of the Dead are less than 35 miles southwest of Chicago, near Joliet, and sit in the shadow of Stateville Illinois Maximum Security Prison, on Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm.

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

Three attractions:

  • Statesville Haunted Prison the prison has been overrun and you must find your way through 40 cells and come face-to-facewith more than 100 convicts before escaping.
  • City of the Dead the burial pit for the undead prisoners of Statesville. Climb through these twisted underground caves andget yourself back to the surface before the Beast drags you to the bottom of the pit.WHEN: Thursday-Sunday October 3 – October 27 and Wednesday, October 30 through Saturday, November 2, 2019

    WHERE: 17250 Weber Rd. Lockport IL. 60441

    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. Follow on Facebook (StatesvilleHauntedPrison) for 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.

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

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