When I think of Halloween, I think about the crisp autumn air biting my cheeks, deciding exactly which type of zombie I will be, and digging through grocery store shelves, looking for as many foods that include the words “pumpkin” and/or “spice”.
Many people enjoy the nostalgia of trick or treating and passing out candy to the neighborhood kids. Others enjoy the sound of a pumpkins smashing and the sight of toilet paper hurling across tree tops. For the more thrill seeking fair, let’s explore all the spooky fun that Louisville has to offer. Here’s a look at the Top 5 “Haunted Lou Attractions”.
5. Haunted Attraction: The Haunted Hotel
The Haunted Hotel is a staple in the haunted attraction industry in Kentucky. 20+ years of frights and screams! Located near Churchill Downs off Central Ave, the Haunted Hotel is the Longest Continuous Running Haunted Attraction in the State. Customers from all over the world have visited the haunt. After 23 years of fear, the Haunted Hotel is more disturbing and warped than ever. More blood, effects and insanity than any haunted house in the state. You will witness the most unnerving scares around every corner. The Haunted Hotel sets the bar and pushes more limits than any other haunt in the area.
4. Haunted Attraction: Baxter Avenue Morgue
The Baxter Avenue Morgue has quickly become a Louisville legend in the haunted house industry. The Baxter Morgue haunted house features a very descript storyline with a cast of characters that are some of the most creepy people you will see in a haunted house. You are greeted at the Morgue in a funeral parlor by Warren Vanderdark. The Vanderdark family has ran the Morgue for over a century and it has been said that Warren actually killed his father and has been running the Morgue in an unspeakable fashion ever since. As he walks you through the opening corridor, he sends you off into the deepest recesses of Baxter Morgue where you will encounter Warren Vanderdark’s deepest secrets as the spirits who have been imprisoned by the Baxter Morgue haunted house come alive in front of your eyes. This is an incredible haunted house in the Louisville area and it has a huge cult following. If you are a haunted house fan, this is the haunt for you this Halloween.
3. Haunted Attraction: Danger Run Haunted Adventure
Want to mix the spooky with a little adventure? Then Danger Run is your answer! The Danger Run is a haunted house scavenger hunt game in Louisville. It is a one of a kind event that exists no where else in the world, only right here in Louisville! It is a game played in the car with your friends. Go to one of their three starting locations located in the Metro Louisville area, or you can start online right from your house, and you will get a book of rhyming clues that you solve to find your way to haunted houses (included with your admission!). If you haven’t tried the Danger Run and you are looking for a completely unique experience, Danger Run is the event for you.
2. Haunted House Attractions: The Devil’s Attic
As the story goes, since the dawn of time the Devil has been collecting evil souls….souls that have brought terror to us all. The Attic is where he has chosen to keep them locked away for centuries. They have been waiting…..waiting to unleash their hellish fury! Go prepared to face pure evil as they welcome you……to The Devils Attic! The Devils Attic haunted house is a collection of the true elements that make up many classic horror films. They have taken these elements and integrated them into a VERY interactive and detailed environment within the walls of this haunted attraction. Within the realms of The Devils Attic you will encounter many of your childhood demons as well as a slight horrific twist on some of the classic monsters of Hallows Eve. The result of many years of planning and passion is sure to frighten even the bravest of souls.
1. Haunted House Attractions: Asylum Scream Park
Asylum Haunted Scream Park is a Halloween theme park in the Louisville area. For the last several years the Asylum Haunted Scream Park has been on of the best haunts in the Ville. For 2014, Asylum ramps up their show by updating ALL 4 haunted attractions at Louisville’s largest Scream Park with new scenes, decor, storylines and SCARES. The Asylum Haunted Scream Park this year will include Darkness Falls, Zombie City, Xterminate: Zalien Attack, and the Carnivale of Lost Souls. It is always a great place and is going to be a VERY exciting attraction in Louisville this year and you won’t want to miss it!
J.J. Sicotte is a Paranormal Investigator and Researcher, Audio Engineer, and sometimes writer, who relocated to Louisville from Southern California. J.J. is a member of American Paranormal Research Association and has been featured on The Unexplained Files (The Science Channel) and Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel). For more information visit www.apraparanormal.com.