If you've got an hour this Halloween season, Pete Koklamanis believes he can make it the most terrifying of your life. Koklamanis is co-owner of Dungeon of Doom, one of the suburbs' most well-known haunted houses. Dungeon of Doom, located in Zion, subjects visitors to an hour of gruesome scares, all fueled by intricate technology and actors who never hesitate to go for the jugular. "We deliver 60 minutes of absolute fear," Koklamanis said.
Here are some of the bigger and better-known haunted houses open for business in the suburbs through Halloween. Dates and hours may change, and some are not suitable for children. So check before you go and have a frightful time! (A full list of Illinois haunted houses can be found at hauntedillinois.com.) Basement of the Dead/Shattered, 42 W. New York St. Open Thursday through Sunday now through Oct. 29, plus Monday, Oct. 30, Tuesday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 4. Hours vary.
Will superheroes ever go the way of vampires? Way back in the first decade of this century, love-struck vampires ruled the pop-culture roost, thanks in large part to the wildly popular "Twilight" novels by Stephenie Meyer (and later, their movie adaptations). For several years there, you couldn't take a step without smacking your head into a book, movie or television show that revolved around attractive young blood-suckers.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".