Sauk will host another evening of screams, scares, and laughter with its Second Annual ‘Sauk Fright Night’ beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday October 22. Participants on this one-evening trip will visit three haunted house venues.
The journey begins with a visit to the mouth of madness, the Statesville Haunted Prison in Chicago. The prisoners of Statesville Haunted will lead a terrifying tour as participants will work their way through the dark, ancient walls, into 30 maximum-security cells, and encounter more than 200 of the most dangerous monsters ever imprisoned. Meet Hannibal the Cannibal, the Clown, Dr. Vierhof and his Maniacs, and the Warden, the Demon of Darkness. Statesville Haunted Prison has scared haunted attraction lovers since 1996 and has been rated number one by Haunted House Chicago.
The next stop will be the Nightmares Basement of the Dead in Aurora. In the late 1920s, Walker Laundry grew to become Aurora’s largest laundry. Maintenance engineer Imus Kilya worked at the laundry ever since 1945. In 1960, Imus’s son Al joined him as assistant. Heat for the building and steam for the presses was supplied by the building’s original coal-fired boiler. Al and Imus begged management to replace the ancient boiler for years, but to no avail. In 1964 the boiler exploded, scalding and maiming Al and Imus. Neither ever returned to work. Rumor had it that they vowed to get even. Beneath the streets and buildings were sewer lines and tunnels well known to Al and Imus. A year or so after the explosion, people from the laundry started to disappear. Body parts were discovered in the river near the drainage pipes. Al and Imus were suspected but never found. Walker Laundry eventually closed and the basement never used again. Since then businesses have moved into the building, but no one stays for very long. To this day, it is believed that Al and Imus still lurk beneath the streets of Aurora.
The final stop of the night will be the Amenti Haunted House in DeKalb. Amenti is the Egyptian Goddess guarding the world of the dead. Within her gates lie the horrors of the Egyptian underworld. Terror-after-terror awaits those that enter. Amenti’s jealousy guards her gates and assures that no one escapes.
Cost for this trip is $85. Round-trip coach transportation will leave Sauk’s west parking lot at 5 p.m. and return about 1 a.m. To register, stop by Sauk's Office of Admissions, Room 1J1, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays or between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call Sauk’s Office of Personal and Professional Development at 815/288-5511, ext. 212.