Being an expert in Haunted Houses, if you’re looking for reviews to help you choose which haunted house(s) you will be visiting this year, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s start with the basics. Haunted houses are meant to scare you. If you’re not interested in being scared or you’re one of those “This isn’t real, I’m not scared people” then maybe checking out real haunted places would be best for you. Skip to the bottom of this post to find some of those around the St. Louis area.
Now for the rest of us who enjoy a great haunted attraction experience. Here’s a list of my Top 3 haunted houses (in order) based on my years of haunted house explorations.
#1. CreepyWorld in Fenton – There is no question that this haunted house is the best. This is the longest, scariest and most worth your money haunted attraction in St. Louis. Over the past year, they expanded and are now 10 haunted attractions in one! You are literally non-stop scared for over an hour. Talk about a work-out; you just run (like for real run) from one attraction to another, from the foggy camouflage room to the black-out meat room where you run into pig carcasses hanging from the ceiling to the Zombie Paintball Hayride. As if it wasn’t intense enough, they added 4 new attractions this year: the Carnivorous in 3-D, The Evil Dead, The Dark Zone, and The Tool Shed (which I imagine I will be screaming and sprinting my way through). It’s over an hour of heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, sweating, screaming, and running terror. If you’re not in good shape, you will be physically exhausted. If you are in good shape, no need to work-out the next day. *My only warning-if you’re not comfortable with being chased repeatedly by scary men with chainsaws, this is NOT the place for you. Tickets are $30 (or $40 with speed pass)
#2. The Darkness in Soulard – Celebrating their 20th year, they have totally renovated the attraction, added new scenes, special effects and more. Let me start by saying I love the Beetle Juice looking-guy who stands outside and chats with people while we’re waiting in line. Every year he dresses up like a dead groom and proposes to women waiting in line. It’s something to keep everyone entertained at least. They also have tons of special effects and having added more this year will probably make it look even cooler. However, as far as scaring goes, I think they’re lacking compared to CreepyWorld. I remember visiting in high school and being completely terrified. It was much more focused on scaring people rather than the special effects then. It’s almost more of a scary stuff museum than a haunted house attraction now. But I understand some people really enjoy the scenes and all of the extra to-dos, so in that case I’d say it’s well worth the $25. And the Terror Visions 3-D is pretty trippy.
#3. Haunting of The Lemp Brewery – To make this worth your time and money, I would suggest touring the haunted Lemp Mansion first (maybe even spending the night), then visit the haunted house. They say the brewery is really haunted as well, so maybe hearing the story of the Lemp Family and their hauntings will make the brewery haunted attraction more scary. I also think going 4 stories underground makes the experience more unique and creepy. It’s definitely a good haunted house and the cheapest of the 3, with tickets at $20, but if you’re looking for the ultimate scare, this isn’t the haunted house for you.
If you have the time and the money, get the Triple Combo ticket and visit all 3 for $65 or add on $10 and get the Speed Pass to go with it. You can also get $3 or $5 off coupons e-mailed to you. And finally, while I haven’t seen any yet, be on the lookout for Groupon and Living Social deals.
Here are a couple other haunted attractions that are worth a mention:
#1. Frightfest at Six Flags – It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Six Flags during Frightfest and a lot has changed and been added, but you basically get to enjoy all the rides that Six Flags has to offer plus additional Halloween attractions like Zombieville, where you walk through a section of the park with zombies, The Zombie Paintball Apocalypse and Total Darkness, which are both new this year, plus other fun frights. While I don’t remember it being very scary, a whole day of Six Flags rides plus additional fun Halloween attractions sounds like a good day to me. Be aware, some of the haunted attractions are not included in the admission ticket price. You have to buy a separate Slasher Pass for them. And if you really want to make a night of it, check out Red’s Corn Maze before you head home. It’s a 22-acre haunted corn maze in Eureka, just 7 miles from Six Flags. I haven’t been but I’ve heard it’s fun, and it’s only $13.
#2. Haunted Paintball Hayride and Creepy Trail Zombie Hunting: There are tons of deals out right now for this. It’s located in Millstadt, IL, so it’s a bit of a drive over the river for St. Louisans, but sounds pretty awesome. You jump on a haunted hayride and shoot down live zombies, ghosts, and monsters. Once you get off the hayride, you walk (or run) through a zombie-infested haunted trail. Check out Groupon, DealSquare, and ApDailyDeals for some discounts.
Now for those not interested in haunted attractions. If you want to witness the “real thing”, check out one of these haunted tours.
#1. The Lemp Mansion: The Lemp Mansion is on America’s top list of most haunted places. The story is that the Lemp family committed suicide in the house and still haunt it to this day. You can take a tour, eat dinner there, and even stay the night.
#2. Alton Hauntings Tour: Alton is one the most haunted small towns in America. There are both walking and bus tours that take you through a tour of the town with stories of the real history of the deaths, disasters, murders and ghosts of Alton. The tour is based on the book Haunted Alton, which sounds like a pretty cool book to get you pumped up for the tour.
#3. Haunted History Tour: David Riordan, a world class storyteller whose family has lived in St. Louis for over 180 years, offers walking tours of the haunted streets of St. Louis. The tour starts at Morgan Street Brewery on The Landing. David tells stories of the Great St Louis fire, the Exorcism that sparked a famous movie, the Cholera epidemic, Bloody island and more as he weaves his way through The Landing to the Arch Grounds. The tour has received great reviews and it sounds like St. Louis has a bit more of a haunted history than I’d like to think about.
Good luck on your haunted housing adventures!
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