Haunted houses are the only places where you can see a skeleton without first tugging it out of someone's body while that person is sleeping. Jump out of your skin with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $39 for VIP admission for two (a $70 value)
- $75 for VIP admission for four (a $140 value)
VIP admission grants front-of-the-line access to both the Basement of the Dead and Shattered 3D haunted houses. Basement of the Dead opens for the season on Friday, September 13.
Basement of the Dead
The cellar at 42 W. New York St. teems with terrifying secrets. According to legend, it once housed a laundry company where a faulty boiler exploded, burning two engineers who vowed revenge on their bosses. Soon, workers began disappearing ... only to reappear in the nearby river, their arms still clutching perfectly starched shirts. Though the laundry closed, no business ever thrived there again. That cellar became the grisly playground of the two engineers—and is now known as the Basement of the Dead.
But the engineers and their ongoing crimes aren't the only scares to be found in that place. There's also Shattered the Clown—a murderous performer armed with a sledgehammer. After his famous trick backfired and turned deadly, Shattered went on a rampage through the audience. He then hid in that same basement, going increasingly mad with only the souls of his victims to keep him company. He's since turned his part of the cellar into a colorful, terrifying 3D circus.
You might think that so many madmen would crowd the place, but every Halloween, the Basement of the Dead opens up to visitors. Its attractions have earned it the title of #1 haunted house in Chicagoland from the Chicago Tribune, whose writer proclaimed, "you did what few horror movies and even fewer haunted houses could ever do: You genuinely terrified me."
42 W New York St.
Aurora, Illinois 60506