It may be July, but it’s time to start thinking about Halloween! Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween horror event–returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25 through November 1. Tickets go on sale for all Great American Nightmare dates on Friday, July 31. Rob Zombie will also be performing two special concerts on October 2 and October 4.
“I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After last year’s overwhelming response we’ve decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It’s more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun.”
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare 2015 will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films:
CAPTAIN SPAULDING’S CLOWN SCHOOL IN 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten even the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying. (this attraction debuted at Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona last year.)
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn’t afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances. (this attraction debuted at Great American Nightmare in Scottsdale, Arizona last year.)
31: On October 30, 1975, five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage until the following night (Halloween), and are put in a compound named “Murder World.” They’re told that they are there to take part in a game named “31,” where the goal is to survive the next 12 hours. This is made difficult by the fact that they are not alone in “Murder World” — a violent gang of evil clowns are there and stalking their every move. (31 is a brand new, never-before-seen haunt based on Rob’s forthcoming film of the same name.)
The fully immersive haunted house experience at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will include the all new Bloody Boulevard with major carnival rides, freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night. Note: Carnival rides will not be open on concert nights.
Added for October 3 – Insane Clown Posse, P.O.D. and more
TICKETS: Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be on sale Friday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. Central time, starting at $25. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities. TICKETS FOR OCTOBER 2 & 4: Tickets for the Rob Zombie concert will be on sale Friday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. Central time, starting at $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert and a VIP-only bar. All tickets can be purchased here: www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season starting September 25 and will run through November 1. (September 25, 26, October 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and November 1)
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 p.m. until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. (Thursdays and Sundays). On concert nights, Great American Nightmare will be open until midnight.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould. Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman says, “Given the tremendous support we received last year in Chicago, we are extremely excited to make it the first location that we are coming back to. Last year was just a taste of what’s in store. This year will be Bigger, Badder and Bloodier! We can’t wait to show Chicagoland our all new event.”
Odeum Expo Center is located at 1033 North Villa Avenue in Villa Park, IL, just outside Chicago. It’s easily accessible from downtown Chicago by major highways, and from the Tri-State area by tollways.