‘Clown Takeover” occurring at Midnight Terror haunt

  • Written by Dermot Connolly

Throughout 2016, creepy clown sightings have dominated the news. Now, sinister circus exiles everywhere have descended on Midnight Terror Haunted House in Oak Lawn, which will present a special two-day-only “Clown Takeover” haunt from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5.

Midnight Terror, located at 5520 W. 111th St., wrapped up its third annual Halloween-themed attraction on Oct. 31, but the owners decided to extend the season with these two “Clown Takeover” themed encore dates. The haunt will be completely redesigned with all-new characters, costumes, props and themes that play upon our innate fear of clowns.

 “This will be an entirely new and unique haunted house totally different from what we offered in October,” said Justin Cerniuk, Midnight Terror creator/co-owner and Oak Lawn native. “We will have over 100 clown characters, each with a one-of-a-kind personality, costume, and backstory. Visitors will be treated to a lot of shocks and surprises as they rediscover Midnight Terror in a whole different way from what they previously experienced.”

 According to the storyline Cerniuk conceived, the unnerving clowns spotted across the Chicago this year have been kidnapped by Boss Clown and his greasepaint-faced minions and brought back to Midnight Terror Haunted House. There, the unleashed clowns wreak havoc and force everyone they come in contact with to join their evil jester ranks.

 Highlights of the Clown Takeover edition of Midnight Terror include:

An 30-minute walk-through of 60 rooms in two indoor haunted houses; over 100 actors; Hollywood-style CGI effects, a cutting-edge lighting system, and a state-of-the-art sound system; and free entertainment for guests waiting in line

 Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office on site: regular admission per person is $25 at the door or $23 online; VIP admission per person, which provides faster entry without having to wait in the general admission line, is $35 at the door or $31 online.

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