Get scared: 11 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 22 – November 3

The fact that that The Mortuary Haunted Mansion sits next to a cemetery and was once a funeral home is scary enough. Now, add the creepy clowns and horrifying zombies, and you really have a frightening scene. This year, the Mortuary explores what seems like a very timely purge-like theme titled “The Mortuary Strikes 12.” The haunted house opens on Sept. 22 and continues tours initially on weekends, then picks up a more accelerated schedule nearing Halloween. Tours are offered Sept. 22, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14, Oct. 18-21, Oct. 25-31 and Nov. 2-3.  The box office and tours open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. or later. Ticket prices are $30 to $150.

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Scout Island Scream Park

October 5 – November 3

New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary Haunted Mansion team up to debut the new “fright festival” Scout Island Scream Park. Scout Island, a wooded area located in City Park North of I-610, transforms into a land of terror. The attraction will include spooky themed-areas like The Devil’s Swamp, Zombie Combat, Scream Factory and others. Families with small children are invited to attend early and take part in the pumpkin patch, hay ride, and Scare Free Kids Zone. The seasonal City Park event will also include live music, carnival rides and food and drinks available for purchase. The park opens weekends starting Oct. 5. Then, closer to Halloween it opens Oct. 25-31 and Nov. 2-3. Ticket prices range from $15 to $69. Guests can also opt to experience add-on attractions for an extra charge.

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New Orleans Nightmare

September 21 – November 3

New Orleans Nightmare hopes to tap into guests’ “deepest fears” this Halloween season. The new haunted attraction takes over the site previously occupied by the House of Shock, which announced its closing in 2017. The haunted house plays up two themes called The Laughterhouse 3D and Cursed: Voodoo. The Laughterhouse 3D is a clown-themed spectacle featuring “inhumane beasts” and “sinister freaks” for the “greatest nightmare on earth,” according to the website. Cursed: Voodoo follows a character names Baron Crow who plans to “merge his power with everyone in the cemetery” in order to “resurrect his long-lost love,” the website says. The haunted house opens on Sept. 21 for tours initially on Fridays and Saturdays, then picks up a more accelerated schedule nearing Halloween. Tour dates are Sept. 21-22, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 11-14, Oct. 17-21, Oct. 24-31 and Nov. 2-3.

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Ranch of Horror

September 28 – November 3

Ranch of Horror pops up this year with thrilling, zombie-themed experiences taking over The Party Barn during the Halloween season. The new haunted attraction unleashes two spooky attractions: A haunted hayride called Zombies of the Bayou and an interactive paintball escape game called Zombie Escape. There’s also a kid-friendly attraction called The Haze Maze. Ranch of Horror opens every Thursday through Sunday starting on Oct. 4. The site also opens on Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Ticket prices vary for each haunted attraction. Zombies of the Bayou costs $10, Zombie Escape costs $25 and the kid-friendly Haze Maze costs $5.

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The 13th Gate

September 28 – November 3

Take a trip to Baton Rouge for this popular haunted attraction. The 13th Gate continues its ultra-realistic nightmares by introducing several new and terrifying realms to the already massive haunt. Only the bravest will find their way across a Louisiana swamp infested with hundreds of live snakes to the house of voodoo. Guests will also make their way through the dark forests of Oz, while watching for the flying monkeys. Also new this year is CarnEvil Haunted Midway, a twisted carnival full of Halloween scares, roaming characters, games like axe throwing, virtual reality experiences, great food and free nightly entertainment from some of Baton Rouge’s top cover bands. General admission is $30, and VIP skip-the-line tickets are $55.

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RISE Haunted House

September 29 – November 10

Pick your pleasure at this multi-faceted attraction in Tickfaw, La., near Hammond. The haunted house has undergone several updates since last season. You can also get a glimpse of the brutal treatment guests experienced in the Risewell Mental Asylum and Research Facility. This year, the site debuts a Haunted Hayride to replace the Zombie Paintball attraction. Guests will board a hay wagon and get transported along a trail where they’ll find scares along the way. Last year, New Orleans Pelican star Anthony Davis got seriously spooked when he decided to visit the haunted house. The attraction opens starting Sept. 29, then, Oct. 5-6, Oct. 11-13, Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-28, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2-3. The haunted house also opens for special nights on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10. Each attraction is $20, with savings offered on combo packages.

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Terror on the Coast

September 28 – 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. Tickets start at $15.

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Lafitte Fire Department House of Horror

September 28 – October 31

The good men of the Lafitte Fire Department are raising money by scaring the dickens out of you. The haunted house is completely revamped this year. The attraction opens every Friday and Saturday starting Sept. 28 and on Halloween night. You can explore their maze of mayhem for just $10 per person.

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Shadowlands Haunted House

October 12 – October 31

Shadowlands Haunted House resurrects its Halloween attraction in Mandeville after a seven year hiatus. Haunted house producers say guests can step into scenes inspired by classic horror movies inside a old, abandoned house with twists and turns. Shadowlands Haunted House opens Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 14. The site will open Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 28. It will also open on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31. General admission is $15 per person. Groups discounts are available for 15 or more people.

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Cajun Country Corn Maze

September 29 – November 25

For family-friendly fun, the Cajun Corn Maze opens every weekend starting Sept. 29. However, every Friday and Saturday night in October, the farm 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. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Haunted admission is $20. The live zombie shoot is $10. A combo price let’s you try everything for $25.

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Bernie Baxter's Traveling Sideshow

October 26, 27 and 31

This is New Orleans’ second-oldest haunt and one of the few free attractions in the city. This year’s theme will tell the story of Dr. Austin Tisdale, a former psychiatrist who tortured his patients by forcing them to face their worst nightmares until they met their untimely death. Although there are only three days to catch this show, their yard display is featured the entire month of October. Doors open at 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., or when the last visitor leaves. Even though it’s a free attraction, they are more than happy to take donations.

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