If you’ve tricked out your house in spider webs, ghosts and goblins and your little ones can’t seem to get enough of the gore, it might be time to take them on a scare adventure. From big league haunted houses that offer low-key matinees and a bonus corn maze on the side, to animated farm sheds, we’ve searched Chicago for the best spots for pint-sized frights with just the right amount of spook for little ones. Read on . . . and get a bit of scream on.

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Bengston’s Fun Farm and Haunted Barn
Recommended age: The Haunted Barn is PG13, no one under the age of 12 permitted without an adult; the giggles in the Fun Farm are open to all ages

Experience the frights of Halloween as you navigate the scary and completely animated Haunted Barn. If you chicken out on walking the Haunted Barn or if you’re with little ones who prefer a lot less scare factor, get your giggles on in the animated Fun Barn.

13341 W. 151st St., Homer Glen
Online: pumpkinfarm.com

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm Haunted House – Hampshire
Recommended age: Appropriate for school-age kiddos

Take a walk on the spooky side with twists and turns through this haunted adventure.  Bring a cozy sweater, because there are thrills and chills that will leave your spine-tingling.

42W813 Reinking Rd., Hampshire
Online: goebbertspumpkinpatch.com

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Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm Haunted House – South Barrington
Recommended age: Appropriate for school-age kiddos

Make no mistake, friends, this 12-room house is designed for kids, but it’s not for those who don’t like to be big-time spooked. So, be ready to walk it with kiddos jumping on your back like scaredy-dog Scooby Doo.

40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington
Online: goebbertsgardencenter.com

Scream Scene
Recommended age: Regular haunts recommended for ages 10 & up; parents discretion for “Lights On” experience

Scream Scene has been famously terrifying visitors since 1997 with its insane clown maze, crazed butchers and chainsaw maniacs. However, they tone it down for two days only so little ones can experience the fun with a “Lights On” performance they won’t soon forget on Oct. 19 & 26, 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Oakton St. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Online: screamscene.org

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Sonny Acres Farm Spook Shed
Recommended age: Ghosts and goblins 12 & under

While Sonny Acres has a haunted hayride and barn appropriate for those who don’t mind the daylights being scared out of them, they also have a Spook Shed perfect for little ones who’d just like to dip their toes into Halloween fun. The shed is completely automated with no actors.

29W310 North Ave., West Chicago
Online: sonnyacres.com

All Hallows Eve at Naper Settlement
The creepy-crawlies come out on two of the darkest nights of the year, Oct. 18 & 19, and you don’t want to miss the terrifying fun at Naper Settlement. Prepare to come face-to-face with literature’s most frightening characters of the past, present and future or meet the lost souls of the dead who you won’t soon forget. But leave your costumes at home, they’re not allowed. With 12-acres of must-see Halloween creatures and entertainment, this fear fest is for kids 8-years-old and up. It is not recommended for younger children. Or their scaredy-cat parents.

523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Online: napersettlement.org

—Maria Chambers