Elgin’s “Nightmare on Chicago Street” 2016!


There was still sunlight when I arrived at the Elgin Safe Zone for their annual Nightmare on Chicago Street this past Saturday evening. This year I’d be attending alone as most of my friends were back home watching the Chicago Cubs play in a historic baseball game that would see them heading to the World Series for the first time in over seventy years. Under those circumstances, their absence was understandable…and what better reason to skip a zombie Apocalypse than for the possibility of watching Hell freeze over instead? In my world, however, the Nightmare on Chicago Street IS the World Series and there was no place I’d rather be.

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Great America Kicks Off Fright Fest!


An old friend of the Terror Daves offered us a sneak peek at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. I’ve never done it before and had always wanted to see what the fuss was about it. Needless to say, I couldn’t refuse her offer.  We arrived around 6:30pm on a Thursday night and the sun was just starting to set. After ninety minutes on the road we saw the park’s familiar sky tower, clutched by King Kong.

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Another Halloween season has come and gone and as we approach the Christmas season, it is never too late to reflect on Halloween and all of the fun that was had. Each year, Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, presents an amazing show featuring over 5,000 carved pumpkins. Money raised for this event helps the zoo on so many levels and I am happy to report that this year’s show broke all attendance records, including the largest Halloween night ever, a night usually slow as most people are out with their kids trick-or-treating. Here I present to you a series of pics taken on the last night of the 2015 season. Enjoy!


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Svengoolie & the Costume Contest of Nightmare on Chicago Street!

Photo courtesy of Jim Roche

Photo courtesy of Jim Roche

Svengoolie was given new headquarters at this year’s Nightmare on Chicago Street, and a classier one at that. Side Street Studio Arts is yet another reason to love the city of Elgin, Illinois; providing residents an opportunity to express their creative side and a venue to display their work. Consequently, the national TV horror host would find himself sitting amid sinister, yet beautiful, works of art; all part of their Something Wicked: A Dark Arts Exhibit. The line outside to see him started forming almost as soon as the event began and for good reason as he’d only be signing for an hour before hosting the annual costume contest

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Elgin Celebrates Five Years of “Nightmare on Chicago Street!”


I no sooner said goodbye to the ladies of Midnite Mausoleum  before earning myself a speeding ticket trying to zoom back east for Elgin’s Nightmare on Chicago Street. If you’ve ever attended one of these in the past than you’d understand my exuberance as well as all the hyperbole I’ve used to describe it over the years; both on this site as well as in the latest issue of Scary Monsters Magazine.

Picture several city blocks created to look like a zombie apocalypse; complete with militia roaming an undead “Safe Zone” while garnering inspiration from their own macabre Uncle Sam; national TV horror host, Svengoolie.  You can’t blame me for making this my favorite stop during the Halloween season, nor for having a led foot while trying to get there.

In this regard, I’m far from alone. Now celebrating its fifth year, Nightmare on Chicago Street has fast become Chicagoland’s premiere Halloween experience with last year’s attendance reaching over 12,000 people!

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Roger Williams Park Zoo once again hosts the JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR, an annual fundraising event put together by a company called Passion For Pumpkins. This fall tradition, despite its late start due to inclement weather (we had more rain in the 3 days leading up to the show than we did all spring and summer combined), is now in full swing and is not to be missed! This year’s theme is People’s Choice, taking the best skits from past shows and combining them into one mega-presentation.


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