Are you ready for monsters and things that go bump in the night? Here are nine spooky Louisville attractions you can visit this Halloween season ... if you dare.
2012 Northwestern Parkway
They're calling it "Louisville's newest nightmare," and with a name like American Horrorplex, it's a sure bet that anything could happen as you walk through the rusted and ramshackle gates, enter a maze of maniacs, and tread carefully through the haunted halls. Will you escape with your mind and soul intact? The Horroplex is open from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays now through Nov. 4. General admission tickets are $25. If you want the VIP experience, which includes access to a shorter line and a $5 credit toward side attractions, merchandise and food, it's $45. If you want the top VIP treatment, which gets you front-of-the line access, entry to the haunt and a $5 credit toward side attractions, merchandise and food, it's $65. For more information go to americanhorrorplex.com.
451 Baxter Ave.
The Baxter Avenue Morgue is celebrating more than 20 years of fear. If you've experienced its low ceilings, scary tight corridors, long dark hallways and flashing strobe lights, then you know to expect the unexpected. Remember, you can't touch the creepy characters you may encounter along the way, but they might touch you. The Baxter Avenue Morgue is located at 451 Baxter Ave. and is open 8 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 22, 23, 29 and 30, It's open 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 6-28 and Sundays, Oct. 1-29 and Tuesday, Oct. 31. A general admission ticket is $20. A speed pass is $40 (customers gain entrance to the morgue directly after purchasing a ticket). For group discounts, purchases must be made in advance from the office only. For those who are too scared to finish the tour there are Chicken Doors that offer an immediate end to the tour with a quick exit to the outside. In all, there are seven doors marked with yellow chickens. Get more information at baxtermorgue.com.
Starting points for full service: 4002 S. Pope Lick Road (Kentucky); 2221 State St., New Albany (Indiana)
Who is down for a scary scavenger hunt? Danger Run is a Halloween game that has you driving around − yes, you play in your car − as you gather clues and puzzles, try to solve a murder mystery and make your way to two haunted houses. There is a Kentucky and Indiana Danger Run, each with two haunted houses. The identities of the haunts are shielded. You'll find out as you play the game, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To play, go to DangerRun.com and register. Take the Self-Service Clue Portal to start your experience from your driveway or the full-service location to get you started. For self-service, you can play 24/7 Sept. 28 through Oct. 31. Full service, 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29 through Oct. 21. The cost is $20 per person; $40 per person with haunted houses; groups of 4 or more save $15 by using code ‘carload’ at checkout. For casual players and beginners, they offer the standard route relying solely on puzzle solving to beat the game. For those looking for a challenge, they offer the Cluemaster's Cut relying both on puzzle solving and mileage to beat the game. dangerrun.com.
647 W. Hill St.
The Devil's Attic beckons you to come live the nightmare. You'll see a collection of elements that make up classic horror films, including childhood demons and a twist on some of the classic monsters of Hallows Eve. It's open 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays now through Oct. 28. The cost is $25 or $35 for a speed pass that allows participants to bypass both the general admission and ticket line when purchasing online. Save $2 when donating two canned goods. This attraction is intended for mature audiences. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, go to thedevilsattic.com.
132 Darnall Ave., Brandenburg, Ky.
This Halloween adventure includes a two-story haunted barn, Forbidden Woods, the Hayride to Hell and a 6-acre corn maze. If it sounds like your kind of scary, then here's what you need to know: It's open 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays now through Oct. 28. The cost is $40 for all events; $30 for the main event (Field of Screams, haunted woods); $15 hayride; $20 fast pass. For more information go to fieldofscreamsky.com.
3000 S. Fourth St.
Be afraid! Louisville's longest-standing Halloween attraction is an extreme, interactive and in-your-face touch haunt. It's open from 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 22-23, 29 and 30; 7 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays in Oct.; 8-10 p.m. Sundays in Oct.; 7-9 p.m. Halloween, Oct. 31. The cost is $25 Fridays and Saturdays in September, Sundays in October and Halloween; $30 Fridays in October and Saturday, Oct. 7; $35 Saturdays Oct. 14, 21 and 28. To upgrade to a fast pass add $15, which will put you in a shorter line, bypassing the general admission, or add $35, which puts you at the front of the lines, allowing you to bypass both general admission and fast pass lines. The attraction is for ages 18 and older only; groups must have an adult/chaperone present. All minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, and/or an adult 18 years of age or older with valid ID. For more information go to hauntedhotelky.com.
Culbertson Mansion State Historic Site, 914 E. Main St., New Albany
Scaring visitors since 1985, the Culbertson Mansion’s annual haunted house is full of thrills and chills taking place in the mansion’s Carriage House. After the mansion was auctioned off, the Carriage House fell into disuse, but dark legends abound concerning fires, spiritual activity and even demonic possession. Visit the haunted house 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 29 through Oct. 28. The cost is $18 and tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 812-944-9600 or go to indianamuseum.org/historic-sites/culbertson-mansion/.
29th Annual Pepper Upper Club Haunted Woods
10801 Highway 60, Sellersburg (2.5 miles west of Hamburg on Highway 60, watch for the signs)
Want to hang out in the woods at night? The haunted woods? If you are looking for a scare, this is a place that promises you will be very afraid. You can visit 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15. The general admission cost is $15. Its' $10 if you are 12 or younger. For more information go to facebook.com/thehauntedwoods/.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium, 4400 Paralee Drive
Take a tour of Waverly Hills in the dark. You'll walk all five floors with the host and learn about Waverly's paranormal side. You even get to take a look down the infamous "body chute." The two-hour tours are offered Sept. 22, 23, 29; 30; Oct. 4 and Nov. 3, 4, 18, 24, 25; at various times. The cost is $30. Arrive on the property 30 minutes before your scheduled time. To schedule a tour and for more information go to thewaverlyhillssanatorium.com/.
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