If you love the thought of being chased by a guy with a chainsaw or starring in your own horror film, this list is for you. We’ve gathered a round-up of Louisville haunted houses that range from “terrifying” to “not even Stephen King would set foot in here.” Check out these six places you need to visit this season … if you’re okay with losing a little sleep.
6 Louisville Haunted Houses Guaranteed to Terrify
2600 Freys Hill Rd., Louisville, KY 40241 • (502) 594-7624
Hours: September 23 through October 29, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight; closed Sunday through Thursday
Tickets: Starting at $20
First up on our list of Louisville haunted houses is one with a mystical twist. Ditch the chainsaws and clowns and enter a world of haunted fairytale fantasy! Grim Trails is unlike any other haunted house in Louisville. This attraction takes thrill-seekers through a dark forest, foreboding castles, lost jungle temples, over bridges, and past waterfalls. Enjoy being in a world with mythical creatures like fire-breathing dragons and more. Over the hills and through the woods, but it’s not to grandma’s house we go …
647 W. Hill St., Louisville, KY 40208 • (502) 292-7738
Hours: September 9 through October 29; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; closed Sunday through Thursday
Tickets: Starting at $25
Come prepared to dance with the devil. This haunted house has all the classics of a horror movie with escalated terror due to its interactive nature. The Devil’s Attic will bring all of your childhood fears to the surface. Expect the likes of demons and horrifying twists on classic Halloween monsters. Even the bravest souls can’t escape being frightened by The Devil’s Attic.
Want to experience what it’s like to be in a scary movie? At Baxter Avenue Morgue, a clear storyline is set in place, and morgue visitors are greeted in a funeral parlor by Warren Vanderdark — a man who killed his father and now runs the family morgue in a terrifying fashion. He’ll walk you through the opening corridor, then send you off into the deepest recesses of Baxter Morgue, where you’ll encounter Vanderdark’s darkest secrets as the imprisoned souls come to life in front of your eyes.
4400 Paralee Dr., Louisville, KY 40272 • (502) 690-7880
Hours: September 30 through October 29, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to midnight
Next up on our list of Louisville haunted houses: is the famous (and infamous) Waverly Hills Sanitorium. If the thought of the undead lurking around a vacant building (perhaps searching for something or someone with whom they need to reconcile in order to have a peaceful afterlife) sounds like something you’re down to experience, then a tour of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is for you.
You can choose to tour the sanatorium or even stay the night! If you’re not into the possibility of taking Casper home with you, the haunted house fundraiser may be a better option. While children are allowed, it is not recommended for children to attend the Haunted House due to its “graphic nature” and “extreme terror.” Enter at your own risk.
With a reputation as “Louisville’s longest standing and scariest Halloween attraction,” it’s safe to say that Haunted Hotel is one to put on your October bucket list — that is, if you’re up for losing a few nights of sleep. Remember that nightmare you had when you were a kid that something was chasing you, and you always woke up right before you saw what it was? Imagine that … only you don’t wake up, and you most certainly find out what it is.
This attraction is definitely not one you’ll want to turn into a family outing. What sets this haunted attraction apart from all the others is that actors WILL touch you, and there will also be vulgar language. So be warned, there’s no security blanket when you walk in. You may get shocked, and you may get wet. This is not for the faint of heart. This haunted house is not recommended if you have a heart condition, are pregnant, or are generally in poor health.
248 Darnall Ave., Brandenburg, KY 40108 • (270) 828-6799
Hours: September 9 through October 29; Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: Starting at $15
We find this last Louisville haunted house to be a-maze-ing. Get ready to channel Children of the Corn. Field of Screams includes a seven-acre corn maze, a 6,000-square-foot haunted barn, and more. It’s fun, challenging, and has terrifying scenes that make it a unique and bone-chilling experience. You’ll never see the monsters coming — they’re pretty sneaky and tend to disappear seamlessly into the maze. Be prepared to run and even crawl.
Happy haunts, Louisville!
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