Local haunted houses

| October 13, 2011

I’ve always been a fan of horror films, especially around Halloween, but to take the screams and scares to a whole other level, I also like to attend a haunted house or two in October.

There’s a growing number of haunted attractions throughout Kentucky and Indiana, and each year they seem to get bigger, better and scarier than before.

Here are a few to check out.

Baxter Avenue Morgue

Take a step into a true-life morgue filled with zombies who’ve awakened from the dead, hungry for trespassers who lurk inside the building.

In its 11th season, Baxter Avenue Morgue will feature crazed hospital workers and patients grabbing at your feet or chasing you out the exit. You’ll also walk shoulder-to-shoulder through some of the tiny spaces inside the building while stopping inside an asylum inhabited by an insane nurse.

Baxter Avenue Morgue.

Baxter Avenue Morgue.

The haunted house is based on the actual history of Baxter Avenue’s morgue.

Info:  www.baxtermorgue.com.
Location: 451 Baxter Ave.
Hours: Thursday and Sunday 8 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $20 with discounts available at Circle K and the morgue’s website.

Danger Run

It’s not exactly a haunted house, but an eerie ghost run that guides you to two of the scariest haunted attractions in Louisville.

The driving game comes with a free $10 gas card, a DQ Cheeseburger, vampire fangs and prizes.
Hop in a car with a group of your friends and follow the cryptic driving instructions written as rhyming clues. By cracking the code, you’ll be led to two haunted houses, hand-picked by the event coordinators as the best haunts around Louisville.

The object of Danger Run is to complete the course with the fewest mistakes, determined by the accumulated mileage on your car. This year, the top 50 groups of finishers will compete in the Danger Run Finals for some great prizes.

Info: Visit www.dangerrun.com or call 1.800.771.9750.
Starting locations: Lowe’s at 501 S. Hurstbourne Parkway; 6651 Dixie Highway; or 1350 Veterans Parkway in Clarksville, Ind.
Hours:  Friday and Saturday 7 to 11 p.m.
Tickets: $16.99 (Discounts available on event’s website).

Waverly Hills

The infamous sanatorium and tuberculosis hospital hosts paranormal investigations, ghost hunts and tours and includes an annual haunted house. Featured on the documentary television series, “Scariest Places on Earth,” Waverly Hills offers all kinds of scares, from the costumed creatures in the staged haunted attraction to the spirits that reportedly possess the historic building.

Waverly Hills.

Waverly Hills.

Info: 502.933.2142 or www.therealwaverlyhills.com.
Location: 4400 Paralee Lane.
Haunted house hours: Friday and Saturday (through Oct. 30) 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $20.

Cobbs Haunt

Feel your way through an 11-acre haunted corn maze in complete and total darkness. Flashlights are forbidden, so be prepared to utilize your sense of sound and touch. When it gets cold, Cobb’s Haunt offers a bonfire, as well as a concession area.

For a friendlier and less terrifying Halloween treat, visit Sunny Acres Farm for the Pumpkin Festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. Pumpkins, seasonal décor and food will be on sale.

Info: www.sunnyacresfarmky.com.
Location: 6516 Echo Trail.
Hours: Friday and Saturday from dusk to midnight.
Tickets: $15 for haunted house; $5 for corn maze admission at Pumpkin Festival.

Industrial Nightmare

Hiding inside an old industrial building is a psychotic, chainsaw-wielding factory-owner on the loose. The Industrial Nightmare Terrorplex has four haunted houses in one location, including Industrial Nightmare, Dementions, Carnevil 3D and Infected.

Info: www.hauntednetwork.com.
Location: 835 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, Ind.
Hours: Thursday and Sunday 8 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets: $18.

Nightmare Forest at Otter Creek

Admission to Nightmare Forest will also grant you entrance to the Trail of Terror and the new thrill for 2011, the Nightmare Forest Drive-In, where you become immersed in the movies while scares come from every direction including from the crowd. The attraction  includes some of Hollywood’s famous villains from classic horror films such as Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface and a few other creatures who are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Info: www.yournightmarebegins.com.
Location: 850 Otter Creek Park Road, Brandenburg, Ky.
Hours: Friday and Saturday from dusk until 1 a.m.
Tickets: $18 in advance or $20 at the gate.

Other attractions

Culbertson Mansion: Location: 914 E. Main St., New Albany, Ind. Open Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. Ends Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission: $13. Visit www.hauntedculbertson.org.

Field of Screams: Location: 132 Darnall Ave., Brandenburg, Ky. Open Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission: $20. Visit www.thefieldofscreams.net.

The Haunted Hotel: Location: 3000 S. Fourth St. Open Thursday and Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m; and Halloween. Admission: $17. Visit www.hauntednetwork.com.

The Devil’s Attic: Location: 647 W. Hill St. Open Friday, Saturday and Halloween night from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.; Sunday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Admission: $16. Visit www.thedevilsattic.com.

The Dreams With Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll

If you’re looking to celebrate Halloween without the nerve-racking, heart-pounding experience of visiting a haunted house, here’s a different option.

The Dreams With Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Louisville Slugger Field. The event will include more than 1700 glowing jack-o’-lanterns, music, children’s activities, trick or treating, the Zooperstars, Louisville’s Largest Pumpkin Pie and Krispy Kreme Donuts. For information, visit www.dreamswithwings.org.

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Ashley Anderson

Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).

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