It's a great time of year to be a Chicago-based family, as the holiday festivities ramp up and all the offerings of the city really shine. Many local parents want to milk the festivities for all they're worth, and there's no shortage of fun to be had for kids in the Windy City. In a locale like this, there's no need to wait until Oct. 31 for the fun to begin either. The best kid-friendly haunted houses in Chicago open weeks in advance because it's never too early to get your Halloween on.
While the following list is meant to be a valuable aid, parents should always do some further digging to determine whether a certain haunted house is appropriate for your child's age and/or sensitivity. Reading online reviews and asking friends in the community about their experience is a great place to start, or you might choose to load up everyone and head to the site with a back-up plan prepared if the haunted house is not a good fit. (The nice thing about many of these places is there are plenty of other activities to do.)
Speaking as a mom whose preschooler won't even wear his own Darth Vader pajamas to bed at night, I know a thing or two about spookiness botching best laid plans. Hopefully, one of the sites on this list will fit your bill and you can enjoy moderately eerie fun, without a side of nightmares.