Happy Halloween! Local Halloween haunts and fall activities

Zach Trueblood

Staff writer

As Halloween draws near the Champaign-Urbana area has a number of attractions for both young and old. Two main attractions that continue to draw crowds in the fall and Halloween season are Curtis Orchard as well as “The Freakshow Field of Fears” and “The Haunt,” both located at the Bonesaw Mill in the Fluid Events Center.

Curtis Orchard boasts a wide array of activities for everyone. The orchard is located at 3902 South Duncan road in Champaign. The orchard grows its own apples, pumpkins, and raises its own bees for honey. Various products are made from these items and sold at the orchard. Two of the best sellers are the homemade apple donuts and the homemade apple cider.

There is a pumpkin patch where pumpkins can be picked for fall or Halloween activities, and a number of playground areas for children as well. Perhaps one of the more challenging IMG_9018attractions is the corn maze. Curtis Orchard has been a staple of the fall season in Champaign and continues to remain as such.

Two of the scarier Halloween attractions in Champaign are “The Freakshow Field of Fears” and “The Haunt” at Bonesaw Mill. These two haunted attractions are held at the Fluid Events Center, 601 North Country Fair Drive. There are two options available. The freakshow portion is a spook-filled walk through the woods. The haunt is held indoors as attendees walk through the bloodstained Bonesaw Mill. There are around 50-60 actors that work between the two attractions. There are three ticket options including $15 for one haunt, $20 for both, or $28 for an all access pass that comes with a t-shirt.

If those attractions don’t satisfy your Halloween hunger, then check out some of these other local area events:

Events for the week of Oct. 25 running until Halloween

The Virginia Theatre to show “5 Nights of Hitch!” A week’s worth of suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock films.

The Art Theater hosts “Shocktober” for the third year in a row. Various horror films are played late night.

Midway of Madness haunted attraction held at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

The Baldwin Asylum in Rantoul boasts 10,000 square feet of terror.

Trick or Treat times for Champaign and surrounding areas are as follows:

Champaign: 5-7 p.m.
Homer: 6-8 p.m.
LeRoy: 5:30-8:30 p.m. 
Mahomet: 6-8 p.m.
Monticello: 5-9 p.m.
Ogden: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Paxton: 5-8 p.m.
Pesotum: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Savoy: 6-8 p.m.
Sidney: 5-8 p.m.
St. Joseph: 5:30-8 p.m.
Tolono: 6-8 p.m.

Tuscola: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Urbana: 5-7 p.m. 

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