Don’t Panic!

Welcome to The Panic Room.


The Panic Room is Southern Illinois’ premier escape room experience.

Feeling brave and ready to face some challenges? Lock yourself in The Panic Room! We host an interactive group experience sure to satisfy your curiosity and engage your intellect. Bring a team and prepare to solve puzzles, make discoveries, and try to escape in under 60 minutes!

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Booking The Panic Room is easy!

Once you have selected which room you and your friends would like to visit, select the “Book Now” button after the description.

A new window will open for you to select how many guests you would like to bring, as well as the date, time and some basic contact info so that reminders can be sent to you prior to your booking or so we can contact you with any problems.

*Please Note:  Reservations will close 60-90 minutes prior to room time.  For instance, reservations for a 7:00pm booking will close at 6:00pm or 5:30pm depending on room.  The Haunting is 60 minutes and Secrets of Little Egypt closes 90 minutes prior to booking.

Decide then whether you would like to purchase Cancellation Protection for just an additional $3.00 per individual and when finished select “Continue” at bottom of screen.

The Panic Room requires a deposit of $30.00 to reserve a room for you and your guests.  The deposit is non-refundable (unless Cancellation Protection has been purchased)  and is deducted from the total amount due.  Customers have the option to either pay the deposit, or pay for the room in full.

Don’t forget to apply any discount codes or gift certificates that you may have!

*Any remaining balance will be due upon arrival.

**Save more time by downloading and signing the waiver before arriving.

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Room Descriptions

The Haunting

The Haunting  (Difficulty Level: Hard) – A paranormal research team went missing investigating a haunting in the old Conner place. No one has set foot inside since.  Can you finish their research and escape The Haunting before becoming a permanent resident?

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Secrets of Little Egypt

Secrets of Little Egypt -(Difficulty Level: Medium)  Southern Illinois has long been known as “Little Egypt”, but why?  Come explore the unearthed cavern system of an Egyptian civilization, revealed by a massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. How did they get here? Where are they now? Can you find out before another earthquake collapses the cavern, taking the secrets with it?

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Hollywood Horror

Hollywood Horror (Coming Soon) – Rejected from Hollywood, this wannabe director has had enough. His last attempt at fame and glory has forced you to be the unwilling participant in a live online reality show. Can you live up to the challenges, or will you die trying?  Either way, it’s all about the ratings, and on live TV, anything can happen. You’ll never watch reality TV the same way again….



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Code Breakers (Coming this Winter) –  The toughest room ever designed! Most will not finish. Only the best will win. No hints, no tips, no tricks. The only thing between you and escape is the ability of you your team being able to work together. Unravel some of the toughest puzzles, riddles, ciphers and codes ever developed. Can you crack the room before time runs out? Put your brain to the test…


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  • Am I Really Locked In?

“Locked” is such a heavy term. We prefer the term “Secured.” In truth, you can leave at any time, but consider the fun lost if you just walk out! Let your guide know if you have any issues with enclosed spaces so we can best accommodate you, and use the “Panic Button” if it’s just time to go.

  • Can I Schedule a Time Outside of Set Hours?

If you have a group, we want to make sure you get a chance to come! We have a wide variety of times and gaming slots, but if you need something special, we’re happy to help! Shoot us an email at and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

  • How Big of a Group Do I Need?

It gets kind of lonely in there, so bring some friends! We can combine groups to increase the fun if you can’t round up a crew, and we do accommodate smaller groups. Not all rooms are created equal, and size does matter, so check the room descriptions but a minimum of 2 guests is required!

  • Who Should Come to The Panic Room?

Pretty much anyone! We’re a great destination for company retreats, family fun, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthdays, church groups, clown college reunions, dog lovers anonymous, neighborhood watch communities, and Ouija board enthusiasts…Come one, come all!

  • What Should I Bring?

Guts and imagination. However glasses or readers are always helpful when reading the fine print.   We also have a gift shop, so bring your wallet, but we’ll take you just as you are!

  • What Room Should I Choose?

Choices are hard, but the good news is you can’t go wrong, and you can keep coming back! Every room is different and will provide a different type of experience. Choose the one that speaks to you and then come back and try out the rest.

  • Is There an Age Limit?

We want everyone to feel welcome and have fun. Kids 12 to 17 can participate with a signed parental waiver. Groups with children younger than twelve are asked to make sure a parent is present at all times, and to book a private room for family fun.

  • When Should I Arrive and How Long Does it Take?

Promptness and time management are valued here at The Panic Room! We must get things started on time, and maintain a strict schedule. On your part, please arrive fifteen minutes before so we can get all the paperwork out of the way so you can enjoy yourself! You’ll have an hour to solve the puzzles and escape, and another fifteen minutes after to decompress, buy a t-shirt, take a group shot with your team and tell everyone how much fun you had.

  • Are Walk-Ins Welcome?

We are more like an airport than we are a barber shop. We have a lot of moving parts and prep work, so we ask that you register and arrive at a certain time. Long and short of it…no. Reserve your room only at You can also get to our site via our Facebook page.

  • Can I Make Changes to a Reservation or Get a Refund?

We can’t imagine why you would want to, but if you decide not to come you can forfeit your fee or transfer it to a friend or family member.  However, anyone who purchases Cancellation Protection with their booking is covered and will receive a full refund. No questions asked.


The Panic Room

2145 Sweets Dr. Carbondale, IL. 62902