HellsGate Haunted House has been named one of the scariest haunted houses in the country. It's also the scariest in Illinois according to haunted house magazine 'HauntWorld'.  I know what you're thinking, there are so many haunted houses nowadays, how is this one any different?  Well, this isn't just a 5-minute haunted house experience. This is an entire production that starts with taking a shuttle to the haunted mansion located in the middle of a spooky forest, to their new addition of 'dragon caves underneath the house', this place is obviously above average.

It's a bit of a road trip from Rockford, but it's 100% worth it.  'HellsGate Haunted House' is located in Lockport, IL, and is only 2 hours from Rockford.  According to Patch -

One of the unique aspects of HellsGate Haunted House is the chance for visitors to earn their money back. All they have to do is find the hidden key somewhere on the adventure.

Personally, I think one of the coolest parts is that you park your car and then board a shuttle bus that takes you to the middle of the woods where the house is.  A quote on the website even says,

It has a giant slide!

I'm not sure what that means, but sign me up.  Details and tickets can be found on their website.