Fright or flight: How fear lights up the brain

By Adrienne Hurst

A walk through a haunted house can leave you feeling like you’ve run a marathon: pumped full of adrenaline, out of breath and, frankly, relieved it’s over. Some of us love to experience these harmlessly scary situations. Others would rather stick to the pumpkin patch. A neuroscience specialist explains why this might be the case.

Several houses remain open Sunday to test your fear factor.

The Fear at Navy Pier: Zombie Containment, featured in this video, has closed due to Halloween’s severe weather. Fuel your brain’s post-Halloween adrenaline cravings at the following Chicago-area haunted houses:

  • 13th Floor – 1940 George St., Melrose Park.  Open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (10 p.m. on Sundays) through Nov. 8. Tickets: $24.99-$29.99.
  • Audience Annihilated Part 2: Gold Star Sticker – 5026 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. Shows at 8, 8:30, 9, and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Tickets: $18.
  • Statesville Haunted Prison – 17250 S. Weber Road, Crest Hill. Open from 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Tickets: $30.
  • The Massacre – 299 Montgomery Road, Montgomery. Open from 7-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Tickets: $23.
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America – 1 Great America Pkwy, Gurnee, IL 60031. Open from 5 -9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Tickets: $24.99-$66.99.