Top 5 haunted houses in Louisville


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As Haunted House season comes to a close, Manual RedEye rates the top 5 best places to get a good scare.

5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium’s annual haunted house 

The building that some call the most haunted place in Louisville, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, hosts a haunted house during Halloween season every year. This haunted house is very heavy with special effects. It begins with a video explaining the history of the Sanatorium, but doesn’t carry out this theme the whole time.

This haunted house is very understaffed. When I visited, there were points where a scare wouldn’t occur for minutes at a time. In addition, each group contained 20 people, so often times we were waiting in a line inside the actual haunted house.

The creepy atmosphere of Sanatorium adds to the scare, but overall this haunted house is geared toward a first-time haunted house goer.

The attraction is located at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, which is at 8501 Standing Oak Dr. Louisville, Ky.

The cost at the gate is $20 and $60 for a VIP tour, which includes a mini building tour and a haunted house fast pass. Visitors can purchase tickets here. 

Waverly Hills haunted house is open through November 2nd from 8 p.m. to midnight.

4. Devil’s Attic

Devil’s Attic is a haunted attraction located on Hill Street, not far from Manual. The haunted house begins with the devil sitting on a throne, and after that, the haunted house takes visitors through different themes, from classic scary movies to insane asylums.

This haunted house, however, didn’t stand out among the other haunted houses in Louisville. The scare factor was not exceptional, just average. However, the lines were fast-moving, and groups were separated well. This haunted attraction is good for people looking for a mild thrill.

Devil’s Attic is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from eight p.m. to midnight.

This attraction is located at 647 W Hill St, Louisville, KY 40208.

Tickets can be purchased for $22 for general admission or $28 for a Speedpass. You can purchase tickets here.

3. Grim Trails Haunted Attraction

Grim Trails Haunted Attraction is an outdoor haunted house located in J-Town, Kentucky. This haunted house takes a different approach on ways to scare those who dare to enter.

This attraction is open on Friday and Saturday nights from eight p.m. to midnight. It is recommended to get there before 8 p.m. in order to get in line.

As the name states, visitors go through various tents and visit monsters like Count Dracula, Bluebeard and more. Grim Trails also takes a new approach to implement classic fairy tale characters and sets into their production.

The attention to detail is evident in the decorations and in the actors’ performances, although the scare factor was not high. In addition, too many people are sent in at one time, which can lead to groups bumping into one another and therefore, decreasing the number of jump scares.

Despite all this, Grim Trails is still a very well-run haunted house that is great for both adults and teens.

Grim Trails is located at 12009 Rehl Rd, Louisville, KY 40299 and parking is very limited.

A standard ticket in $20 and a fast-pass in order to skip the line is $40. You can purchase tickets here.

2. Baxter Avenue Morgue

Baxter Avenue Morgue is a haunted attraction located at the actual site of the old morgue. This haunted house is one of the scarier haunted houses in Louisville, and the actors are allowed to touch you. This is not for people who are scared easily.

This haunted house is very well structured and follows a storyline that correlates to the morgue aspect of the haunted house. In addition, they are fully staffed with actors around every corner.

This attraction is open on Friday and Saturday from eight p.m. to one a.m. and on Sunday from eight p.m. to 11 p.m.

The line was not very long, and groups were separated accordingly. This haunted attraction was very well-run and is definitely one of the best in the Louisville area.

Baxter Avenue Morgue is located at 451 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204.

Tickets start at $20 for general admission and are $35 for a fast-pass. Tickets can be purchased here.

1.  The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel is Louisville’s longest-running haunted house and arguably the scariest. This haunted house allows actors to touch you to a greater extent than other haunted houses.

The Haunted Hotel is open on Fridays and Saturdays from eight p.m. to two a.m. and on Sundays from eight p.m. to 11 p.m.

At times, I was grabbed, picked up, separated from my group and even touched with a chainsaw.

This attraction is not for people who are scared easily.

The line was fast-moving, and groups were sent in separately so no one ran into one another. Overall this was an amazing experience and very scary.

Haunted Hotel is the best-haunted house in Louisville according to Manual RedEye’s rating.

This attraction is located at 3000 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40208.

General admission tickets are $20, fast-pass tickets are $40 and V.I.P tickets are $60. Tickets can be purchased here.