Bring out the candy and decorate your vehicle. From the time the gates open until the sun sets, kids wander the lot for Trunk or Treat collecting goodies in their costumes. Our participants decorate the vehicles in spooky fashion or themes as we judge them and hand out awards for the winners of the decoration contest at intermission time. Tons of great prizes donated from local businesses and groups plus trophies!

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2017 marks the 6th anniversary of our annual FRIGHTFEST pre-Halloween celebration. Each year we deck the place out in spooky decorations and bring in some fun extras for everyone to enjoy and get excited about the upcoming October Holiday.


This year is no exception and we've expanded the event to 2 full weekends of fun: Friday and Saturday September 8th & 9th, then the following weekend September 15th and 16th.  
 
What is Frightfest 2017? 
 
We've got DOUBLE FEATURES on both screens. Screen 1 will be catering to the families with a Halloween-themed kid friendly pair of movies. Screen 2 will pair up 1 newer Horror movie with one classic. 


​Weekend 1 September 8th & 9th

  • Screen 1: ParaNorman & The Monster Squad
  • Screen 2: IT & Texas Chainsaw Massacre


Weekend 2: September 15th & 16th

  • Screen 1: Coraline & The Addams Family
  • Screen 2: IT & Dawn of the Dead


Schedule of events:


6 pm: Gates open for patrons.

Free Glow Sticks at the Tiki Hut(limit 1 per person)

Patrons begin Decorating Cars for TRUNK OR TREAT & decoration contest

Roving Monsters and Zombies will be wandering the theater grounds for pictures and selfies


6:30 pm: Zombie Challenge Games

Light Fright free version of Haunted Trail Opens(for kids 8 and younger only)

Spooky Photo booth Opens for Fun Pictures

Face Painter opens


7 pm: Judging for Car Decoration Contest

Pumpkin Decoration Contest Judged in front of the Snack Bar(by the picnic tables)


7:15 pm: Light Fright version of the Haunted Trail closes


7:30 pm: Walk of the Dead 'After Dark' opens for scary version(wristbands required for admission, $3 for 6 & up, $1 for 5 & younger, available at the tiki hut or snack bar)

Zombie Challenge Closes


8:30 pm: The Movies start and the haunted trail is closed until Intermission


Intermission: Haunted Trail re-opens until movies restart

Costume Contest held in front of the Snack Bar

Decoration Contest Winners Announced for Pumpkins and Cars

Movies resume and the night wraps up like normal



The whole drive-in gets a spooky makeover with Halloween style props, decorations, ghosts and more including our Skeleton Horse drawn Hearse, a real life Hearse and more.
 
We host our annual Costume Contest each night for both adults and kids with great prizes donated by local organizations and businesses.  
 
Prior to the movies starting we have a host of activities for everyone to enjoy including Trunk or Treat, car decoration contest, the Zombie Challenge carnival style games and obstacle course, our 'Light Fright' version of the Walk of the Dead haunted trail, our new Pumpkin Decoration Contest, and of course all of our usual food and fun. 
 
Once the sun sets each night, the ghouls come to life with our Roving Zombies and Monsters scaring people on screen 2, and the after dark WALK OF THE DEAD opens for your enjoyment. The WALK OF THE DEAD is our haunted trail with with themed rooms full of your worst fears, scary props and actors working to scare you. This year we are once again expanding the trail with new rooms, a redesigned maze, boobytraps and some scary extras. Do you have what it takes to make it through alive? 
 
Plus we've added a photo booth and Jack Skellington from the movie 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' will be here for pictures with his fans(character statue).

Special Events: Horror Artist Chris Kuchta will be here with his artwork on display.

Our Zombie Challenge corner is set up for the kids to enjoy prior to the movie starting. Opening 1/2 an hour after the gates open each night, the Zombie Challenge consists of two carnival style games with prizes from our Tiki Hut: Zombie Break-a-Plate and Zombie Nerf Shooting Gallery.

Just $1.00 a game, play as many times as you like, get a prize every time! We've also got our Zombie Challenge Obstacle Course where you can test your zombie dodging skills. Just $1.00 to go through the maze. 

Fun Extras for everyone to enjoy:

  • Spooky Photo Booth with Jack Skellington, a double coffin, and more.
  • Halloween Special Food Items including Zombie Brain Funnel Cakes
  • Scary Decorations all over the theater
  • Pumpkin Decoration Contest before the movie
  • Some Vendors may be set up

We host our annual Costume Contest with prizes for both Kids, Adults, and 1 Best Dressed Award for the most dazzling costume each night. The contest will be held before the movie or during intermission with prizes donated by local groups and businesses.

One of the best features of Frightfest is our annual WALK OF THE DEAD Haunted Trail.


The Walk of the Dead is a 3600 square foot winding outdoor maze filled with your deepest fears. We incorporate common phobias, movie themes and monsters, and some special effects to bring this life.


2017 Theme is Carnevil of Terror!


The Walk of the Dead is a fully staffed Haunted Trail with actors, props, decorations and roughly 20 themed areas including a spinning room.


We've got 2 Versions of this fun house:


  • Light Fright: Little Kids are allowed to go through during the daylight hours with the animated stuff off and the actors out of the maze for a less scary thrill.
  • After Dark: For just $3 (6 & older) or $1(5 and younger) you can get a wristband to go through the Walk of the Dead as it was meant, full of terrors. The props come to life, the lighting and special effects are turned on, and the actors will scare the dickens out of even the most seasoned haunt fans. Walk of the Dead After Dark is open 1/2 an hour before the movie starts and during the intermission each night.

A staple from the beginning, our Theatre is filled with Roving Zombies and Monsters. Once the sunsets, take advantage of our 'Scream Pass' and get visits from the creatures as you watch your horror movie.

Fun Food Specials including:

Zombie Brains Funnel Cakes

Deep Fried Caramel Covered Apple Fries

Spider Web Cotton Candy

Caramel Apples and more!

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Directions on how to get here:

  • From Champaign IL area take Interstate 74 west towards Bloomington and exit at the Mahomet exit(Route 47), then take route 47 north to the edge of Gibson City where the drive-in will be on the left.  
  • From Bloomington IL area take route 9 east to Gibson City. Once in Gibson City, take a right at the route 9 and 47 interchange(4 way stop). Follow to a t-intersection and take a left. At the 4 way stop, make a right on route 47 south and head out of town. The drive-in is on right just at the edge of town. 
  • From the Chicagoland area, Take Interstate 57 south towards Champaign. Get off on the Paxton Exit(route 9) and take a right to follow route 9 west towards Gibson City. At the 4 way stop in Gibson City, make a left onto Route 47 south and follow it out of town where the drive-in is on the right.