For some of us, October signals the arrival of crisp temperatures, changing leaves, visits to the pumpkin patch and all of the festive fall treats we can imagine. The rest view October 1 as the beginning of the most haunted season of the year. If you’re on the fear-loving side of that spectrum, this is the list for you. We’ve rounded up six of the scariest, most bone-chilling and hauntingly unforgettable houses and attractions worth visiting this Halloween season. Warning: these are not family-friendly and are not meant for the faint of heart. Here are six of the scariest haunted houses in Birmingham!
20 32nd St N, Birmingham, AL 35222
Hours: Select nights from September 27 through November 2; sundown to midnight
Tickets: $20 to $35
If you’re a local or have been in Birmingham for a previous Halloween season, we’re sure you’re very aware of the spooky history behind Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces. Rumor has it that ghosts of all ages haunt the grounds of the furnaces and make a special appearance at each season’s Sloss Fright Furnace. If you’re feeling extra brave this October, visit the furnaces for a night of fear-filled fun. This year’s fright furnaces features five different attractions, including the classic furnace tour. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Warehouse 31 is one of Birmingham’s scariest October attractions with a bone-chilling backstory. It all started in 1875 when a man, Billy Turner, brought his daughter, Anna Belle with her toy doll in hand, to an old lumber yard in Pelham. According to urban legend, Anna Belle suffered an unspeakable accident that resulted in the death of both Anna Belle and her father. For the years to follow, both Billy and Anna Belle have haunted the grounds of the lumber yard, where today’s Warehouse 31 is situated. If you’re intrigued by the terror of this month, grab some friends and head out to Warehouse 31 this season for one of the scariest outings you can find in Birmingham. Three special attractions, including a 3D “Freak Show” will make this year’s haunting unforgettable. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
8404 Parkway Dr, Leeds, AL 35094 • (205) 555-5555
Hours: September 27 through November 2; Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:30 pm to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 p.m. to midnight
Tickets: $20 (cash only)
With 50,000 square feet of bone-chilling terror and over 1/4 mile of shocking surprises, the Atrox Factory is the largest indoor haunted attraction in the Southeast. If you’re looking for a major scare, this is the haunted house for you. This year’s terrors will include plenty of “industrial strength” horror including a run for your life, nightmare-worthy clowns, the return of Slain Manor and scariest of all, an altered state 4D experience where visitors will be strapped in and cannot exit. According to Atrox, attendees will undergo “experiences like never before.” Learn more and purchase tickets here.
1731 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL 35068 • (205) 913-4506
Hours: September 21 through October 31; Sunday through Thursday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to midnight
Tickets: $18 to $40
Nightmare 3008 is described as the place “where nightmares become reality.” If you’re on the hunt for some haunting this season, they’ll have multiple terrifying attractions, including escape rooms and the House of Psychos, which is making its highly-anticipated return this year. The Underground, a spine-chilling attraction will complete the experience. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Hellbilly Hollow, one of the scariest October attractions, is celebrating its 7th season this year. Join them for a night of thrills and chills this October as they host a haunted house filled with creepy monsters and haunting ghouls. Special events will take place throughout the month, including the Dead City Clowns, a blackout night, trunk or treat and a “hell night.” Learn more and purchase tickets here.
5320 Miles Spring Rd, Pinson, AL 35126
Hours: September 27 through October 31; hours may vary. See their full calendar here.
Tickets: $15 to $30
As each season passes, the Insanitarium Haunted Attraction comes back bigger and scarier than ever. Join them this October as they host a horrifying haunted house experience out in Pinson — this one is worth the drive! Insanitarium was named the “Top Fan-Voted Must-See Haunt,” so you’ve got to add this to your list of horrors this season. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
So, get out and enjoy the Halloween season at these spooktacular attractions!