Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 21, 2015

Haunted Illinois

Peoria State Hospital

Bartonville, Ill.

This site in Bartonville, Ill. has gone by several names. First, it was originally known as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane, from its opening in 1896 to 1907. In 1907, its name changed to Illinois General Hospital for the Insane. From 1909 to it’s close in 1973, it was known as the Peoria State Hospital. On the site, there was a training school for nurses, a small zoo for the patients, as well as classes but there were also several sinister occurrences, such as patients being beaten to death by guards and patients violently killing each other. More patients and staff members were killed by several disease outbreaks, such as a three-year pellagra outbreak that killed 150 people. There was also a syphilis outbreak that killed an undetermined number of people, and many questionable medical practices that resulted in death. Doctors performed gruesome procedures, such as trepanning and lobotomies, which involved making holes in the skull and removing small pieces of the brain. The hospital closed down and was abandoned in December of 1973 after a series of murders committed by patients. Many tours and events are conducted on site during the month of October, such as historic tours, ghost walks and overnight paranormal investigations.

 

Corn Maze and Zombie Quest

Country Corner, Alpha, Ill.

 By day, Country Corner is a quaint, family-friendly farmer’s market, with a petting zoo, hayrides and an expansive pumpkin patch. But on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m., they host several different nighttime activities. One of the most popular is “Zombie Quest,” where guests ride on the “zombie train” and shoot zombie targets with mounted paintball guns. You can also go through the 8-acre corn maze at night with only a flashlight. This is a great option for those who don’t want to do anything too scary but still want to get out for some outdoor fall activities. If you go during the day, you can pick out pumpkins, ride the cow train and grab a cup of hot apple cider while wandering around the different attractions.

 

Springdale Cemetery

Peoria, Ill.

Over 78,000 people are buried over the 225-acre Springdale Cemetery, including many prominent figures in Peoria and Central Illinois History. It also includes a pet cemetery, to add to the creepiness. It was built in 1855, in the Victorian era, and there are many beautiful headstones and statues. Though wandering through a cemetery at night may not be highly condoned, many supernatural occurrences are said to have happened there. If you’re extra adventurous, this would be a great place for a nice, leisurely fall stroll with a creepy twist.

Elizabeth Clay

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