Get scared: 10 horrifying haunted houses to visit this Halloween season

Here's where to get scared this Halloween season.

Grab a friend, family member or anyone you can hide behind because the city's best haunted houses are in full force. Creepy clowns, murderous men and terrifying zombies are ready to take your breath away. Here's a list of haunted houses around and near the New Orleans area.

The Mortuary Haunted Mansion

September 13 – November 2

The fact that that The Mortuary Haunted Mansion sits next to a cemetery and was once a funeral home is scary enough. Now, add creepy serial killer characters, and you really have a frightening scene. This year, the Mortuary explores a new theme titled “The Cult of 13” that explores 13 crimes of the Black Zodiac — a deceased group of homicidal mass murders and serial killers. This year’s grand opening is set for Friday, Sept. 13. Tours are offered Sept. 13, Sept. 21 , Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 11-13, Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-27 and Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. The box office and tours open from dusk until. Ticket prices are $30 to $125.

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New Orleans Nightmare

September 13 – November 2

New Orleans Nightmare hopes to tap into guests’ deepest fears this Halloween season. Back for its second year, the haunted attraction takes over the site previously occupied by the House of Shock, which announced its closing in 2017. New Orleans Nightmare plays up three new attractions for 2019 called Rise of the Dead, Darkest Dreams and Clown. The haunted house will also feature a mini escape game and a Phobia Sensory Overload. Tour dates are Sept. 13, Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 10-13, Oct. 16-20, Oct. 23 – Nov. 2. General admission begins at $19.99 and VIP options allowing patrons to bypass the line start at $29.99.

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Scout Island Scream Park

September 27 – November 2

New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary Haunted Mansion team up for the second annual fright festival Scout Island Scream Park. Scout Island, a wooded area located in City Park, transforms into a land of terror. New this year, Scout Island adds Boogie Spooktalular, a unique scare-free attraction for younger kids. The attraction also includes spooky themed-areas like The Devil’s Swamp, Zombie Outbreak Battlefield and others. The seasonal City Park event also features live music, carnival rides and food and drinks available for purchase. The park opens weekends starting Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-27.  Then, closer to Halloween it opens Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. Ticket prices range from $20 to $79. Guests can also opt to experience add-on attractions for an extra charge.

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Lafitte Haunted House of Horror

September 27 – November 2

The good men of the Lafitte Fire Department are raising money by scaring the dickens out of you. The Lafitte Fire Department is ready to spook you again with their Haunted House of Horror at 2385 Jean Lafitte Boulevard. The attraction opens at 7 p.m. on every Friday and Saturday starting on Sept. 27. It also opens on Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and debuts a new flashlight night on Nov. 2. You can explore their maze of mayhem for just $10 per person.

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Ranch of Horror

October 4 – November 3

Ranch of Horror returns with thrilling, zombie-themed experiences taking over The Party Barn in Hammond during the Halloween season. This year, haunted attraction unleashes two spooky attractions. New for 2019 is CarnEvil Trail, a twisted walk through the dark woods of Louisiana. Guests can also check out an interactive paintball escape game called Zombie Escape: Paintball Escape Town. Your objective is to find the anti-virus before time runs out. Participants are equipped with paintball guns to fight off fast and furious zombies as you search for the cure. Attractions open at 7 p.m. Friday through Sundays from Oct. 4 to Nov. 3, and on Halloween night. Ticket prices vary for each haunted attraction. Tickets for CarnEvil cost $13. Zombie Escape Paintball Escape Town costs $25.

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Sinister Hallows Haunted House

October 4 – October 31

The creators of Shadowlands Haunted House in Mandeville returns this Halloween season with a new name and restructured management. For 2019, the attraction reemerges as Sinister Hallows Haunted House. Haunted house producers say Sinister Hallows offers more twists, turns and scares than its predecessor. Guests can step into the world of a sinister family that lives in darkness. The family-friendly haunted attraction features a completely redesigned set with new animatronics and special effects. The site opens every Friday and Saturday in October. It will also open on Oct. 27, Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. Ticket sales start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13.

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The 13th Gate

September 27 – November 2

Take a trip to Baton Rouge for this top-rated haunted attraction. The 13th Gate continues its ultra-realistic nightmares at massive haunt. Only the bravest will find their way through a Louisiana snake-infested swamp, voodoo shows and claustrophobic cellars, among other terrifying realms. Returning this year is CarnEvil Haunted Midway, a twisted carnival full of Halloween scares, roaming characters, games, virtual reality experiences, food and free nightly entertainment from some of Baton Rouge’s cover bands. The attraction opens select days from Sept. 27 to Nov. 2. General admission is $30, and VIP skip-the-line tickets are $55. Other excursion prices range from $5 to $65.

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RISE Haunted House

September 28 – November 3

Pick your pleasure at this multi-faceted attraction in Tickfaw, La., near Hammond. The haunted house returns with three terrifying attractions this year. You can wander through an abandoned bed and breakfast where experiments in a hidden lab awakened the dead. The site also features a Haunted Hayride and Risewell Asylum. In the asylum, guests are immersed into the dark world of alternative medical techniques. The attraction opens starting Sept. 28, then, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 31- Nov 3. Each attraction is $20, with savings offered on combo packages.

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Terror on the Coast

September 20 – October 31

The largest haunted house on the Gulf Coast dares you to visit their attraction for a fearful night of frights. You’ll wind your way through 86,000 square feet of scares, thrills and ghoulish Hollywood movie props. The Hollywood-style haunted attraction opens every Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. starting Sept. 20. It also opens on Oct. 31. Tickets start at $15.

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Cajun Country Corn Maze

October 5 – October 26

For family-friendly fun, the Cajun Corn Maze opens every weekend starting Oct. 5 to Nov. 24. However, every Friday and Saturday night in October, the corn maze turns into a haunted playground. Explore the corn maze at night and see what creatures may be lurking around the corner. The haunted trail in the woods is full of spooks, tricks and scares. The haunted pallet maze is filled with goblins watching your every move. During the zombie shoot, take aim at stuffed zombies while riding a safari ride. Haunted hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Open to age 4 and older. Haunted admission is $20. The zombie paintball shoot costs $6. There’s also a combo price for haunted admission and the non-haunted corn maze for $25.

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