There’s two theories why the haunted houses in Kentucky are so wicked. America’s Best Top 100 Haunted Houses in 2013 (with videos). Neither theory involves zombies, vampires, or witches. The first is that the haunters have spent way too much time inhaling the blue grass. And the second is that they got trapped in the mammoth caves for a long time and only in 2013 managed to find their way out
Haunted Attractions in Kentucky
Northern Kentucky Haunted Houses
We’re pretty sure that spirits flee Cincinnati for Northern Kentucky as soon as they have left their bodies. They’ve taken up residence in new places for you to enjoy.
USS Nightmare Haunted House – 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Board a real 288 foot long ship, the William S Mitchell, often known as the Death Dredge. This steamboat was built in 1933 Is it haunted? During its long history 112 crewmembers died aboard the ship. Now the USS Nightmare serves as a haunted house each October. The 30 minute haunt tour takes about 30 minutes to traverse. Tickets cost $13 on Wednesday or $18 on Thursday through Sunday. You will witness lots of chainsaws, evil illusions, and dozens of scary actors who may or may not ever let you leave the ship alive. Enjoy your visit aboard the Death Dredge. It is open from 7 pm to 1 am every Friday and Saturday night from September 13th through November 2nd. It is open 7 pm until 11 pm every Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from September 22nd through October 31st. This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and a top 100 most popular haunt attraction in the country.
Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride - 4172 Bellview Rd., Petersburg, KY 41080
Shandyland Acres has two haunt attractions plus Spooky’s Gift Shop, and Auntie Susie’s concession stand. Tickets are $12 for the Haunted Hayride and $10 for Farmers Revenge. A combo ticket for both is $20. Visit in September on the 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, or 28th. Also enjoy on Friday and Saturday nights from October 4th through the 26th. Doors open at 8 pm and close at midnight. Parking is free.
Mayhem Mansion - 13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View KY 41063
Mayhem Mansion opens at 8 pm each Friday and Saturday night from September 20th through November 2nd. You will find lots of zombies but we suggest you do not drink the Bootleggers special brew. The two haunts are Mayhem Mansion with a ticket price of $12 and Haverford’s Trail costing $8. It takes about 30 minutes to go through each attraction.
Lexington Haunted Houses
The Horse Capital of the World has put to work more than a few gamblers who bet it all on a pony that didn’t finish. You’ll find them wondering the grounds at the following haunted attractions:
Screampark - 903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY
(Screampark has 3 haunts but will not open in 2013 as they are moving locations.) They feature two freakish side shows, and one awesome monster midway. The 3 haunts are Castle of Fear, Insanity, and Veil of Souls.
Fright Nights at Jacobson Park - 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Road, Lexington
Fright Nights has 3 haunted attractions named Dark Forest, Zombie Mayhem, and 13 Doors. Zombie Mayhem is 15 minutes of hell in the forest. Dark Forest has scenes at Butchers Oven, The Morgue, Torture Chamber, and many sadistic freaks. Doors open at 8 pm. Fright Nights runs every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from September 26th through November 1st. Doors close at 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday or 10 pm on other nights.
Fright Nights At The Farm - 3898 Haley Road, Lexington, KY
The Farm has 2 terrifying hayrides. Tickets for the Haunted Hayride are $14. Tickets for the Zombie Paintball Hayride are $18. A combo ticket is $29. The attraction is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights beginning September 27th through November 2nd. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Wicked World Scaregrounds - 5817 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40515
Wicked World is open September 13th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th and 29th. It also is open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from October 4th through November 2nd plus the 17th, 24th, and 30th. The two haunted attractions are Nightmare Haunted House and Terror on Tates Creek. Tickets are $12 for each attraction on a combo ticket for $20. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Louisville Haunted Houses
When the horses enter the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby, the crowd is so loud that they wake the dead from their slumber. Five months later, their still restless and eager to take their aggression out on you at one of these haunted houses.
Danger Run - Louisville, Kentucky
This is an unusual haunt adventure. It is similar to a road rally as you search in your car for clues to the answer. You start at three points and even go through two haunted houses as you look for clues. Tickets are $18.95 which gets you free food, free gas, and the two attraction tickets. Starting points are Lowe’s at 501 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY; Lowe’s at 6651 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY; and Lowe’s at 1350 Veterans Pkwy, Clarksville, IN.
Waverly Hills Sanitarium - 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
More real haunted house guided tour and paranormal investigation with a wonderful commercial type haunted house. The haunt attraction is open every Friday and Saturday night from September 27th through November 2nd plus Halloween night.. Doors open at 7:30 pm and close at 11 am. Open Halloween night until midnight. Check out their website for complete details. Tickets are $20. Parking is $5 per car good towards souvenir purchase. Are you an amateur ghost hunter then this place is for you? This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and is one of the top 100 most popular haunts in the country.
Asylum Haunted Scream Park - 3101 Pond Station Road, Louisville, KY 40272
I love full entertainment parks and Asylum Haunted Scream Park fits right in as a 40 acre haunt with 4 attractions and great entertainment. The Carnival of Lost Souls midway has a fire eater, fortune teller, games, food, and live entertainment. The other haunt attractions are Darkness Falls on Asylum, Zombie City Doomsday, and Xterminite Zombie Attack. Darkness Falls features a tunnel and slide ride. Zombie City has what else but zombies. Xterminite is a 9000 square foot doom for hunting zombies. Tickets are $20 for Darkness, $20 for Zombie City, $15 for Xterminate, or $35 for the whole combomination. All tickets get you into the Carnivale of Lost Souls for games, and sideshow performances. Asylum is open every Friday and Saturday from September 13th through October 26th. The times are 8 pm to 2 am. This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and one of the top 100 most popular haunt attractions in the country.
The Baxter Avenue Morgue - 451 Baxter Avenue, Grave 200, Louisville, KY
Tickets are $20 for the Morgue. The attraction is open 8 pm to midnight on September 6th through 21st. It is open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday from September 27th through November 1st. It is also open until 11 pm on October 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, and 31.
Nightmare Forest - Otter Creek Park, Louisville, KY
Nightmare Forest has been terrifying folks around Louisville for 15 years. Both Nightmare Forest and Dead End Hotel are run by the same people. They feature four attractions for one low price at Nightmare. They have a separate attraction in Shepherdsville. Here you will find Freddy Kruger, Jason Vorhees, Leatherface, Evil Dead, and Dead Silence characters. Nightmare Forest is open every Friday and Saturday from September 20th through October 26th. Doors open at dusk.
The haunt attractions are Nightmare Forest, Nightmare Harvest, Trail of Terror, and Drive-In. Tickets are $20 for Nightmare or $20 for Dead End. There is a combo ticket with the Dead End Hotel for $35. Dead End Hotel is located at 495 South Lakeview Drive, Shepherdsville, KY.
The Field of Screams - 132 Darnall Avenue, Brandenburg, KY 40108
Visit Field of Screams any Friday and Saturday night from September 13th through October 26th. Tickets are $20 to go through the Haunted Barn and Haunted Forest from 7 pm to 1 am. There are lots of freaks and ghouls in this 6 acre haunted cornfield. Separately you can take the Hayride to Hell for another $15 or buy he combo ticket to all the attractions for $30. It takes about 1 hour to complete.
The Devils Attic - 647 West Hill Street, Louisville, KY 40208
Devils Attic tickets are $17. Gates open at 8 pm. Visit any Friday and Saturday from September 20th through October 26th plus the additional nights of October 13th, 20th, 27th, and 31st. On Friday and Saturday Devils Attic is open from 8 pm to 12:30 am. All other nights they close at 11:30 pm.
Don’t forget Clarksville Indiana haunted houses.
Bowling Green Haunted Houses
There are several theories about why the city is named Bowling Green. Regardless of which one is correct, you’ll want to make sure that your head remains attached to your shoulders while at these haunted houses! The ghosts love to go bowling on the green!
Skeleton’s Lair - 48 Locketts Dream, Settle, Kentucky 42164
Raencraft Haunted Sawmill hosts Skeleton’s Lair on Friday and Saturday September 13th and 14th. It then is open Friday and Saturday nights from the 27th through November 2nd plus Halloween night. Gates open at dark and close at midnight. Skeleton’s Lair features a Haunted Hayride, Haunted Woods, and 3D Zone for the ticket price of $22. Doors open at dark. A separate ticket can be purchased for $18 to enjoy the Monster Paintball shooting attraction. A combo ticket for all attractions is $30.
Hill of Terror, Priceville Road, Bonnieville KY
There is no mercy at the Hill of Terror haunted attraction. It is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 13th to October 26th. They start at dark and run until midnight. Tickets are $20. Now in the 3rd year they have added food concessions.
Cave of Fear - 119 East Main Street, Horse Cave, KY 42749
This place is so small it doesn’t garner a Wikipedia entry. Whatever you do, do not mention it if you wish to live through your trip to this haunted house.
Talon Falls Screampark - 2932 State Route 849 West, Melber, KY 42069
Talon Falls Screampark can be described as a carnival freakshow. The park opens at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $16 for Talon Falls, $12 for Dead End Haunted House, $12 for Blood Creek Haunted Hayride, and $12 for the Big Top Carnival Freakshow. Get all 4 for the price of a $50 combo pass. Talon Falls Screampark is open September 27th and 28th plus every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from October 4th through November 2nd plus the 30th and 31st. Doors open at 6:30 and close at 11 pm on Friday and Saturdays or 9 pm other nights. This is a Funtober Favorite 100 and is a top 100 most popular haunt attractions in the country.
Asylum 99 Haunted Hospital - 99 Hillview Dr., Scottsville, KY 42164
Attraction is open Friday and Saturday nights from September 27th through October 26th. Gates are open from 7 pm until midnight. Tickets are $15. Your bed is waiting.
Trails of Whispering Woods - 265 Wright Lane, Georgetown, KY 40324.
First hayride goes out at dusk around 8 pm. Tickets are $8. Attraction closes at 10:30 pm. Do not be left behind, ever. Visit October 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th.
Hollow of Unrest - 151 James Ragland Road, Bonnieville, Kentucky
Tickets are $15. Attraction runs from September 27th through November 2nd on Friday and Saturday nights. Doors are open from 8 pm until 12:30 am. All new attraction for 2013. New scares, new scenes, and new frights.
Sinister Tombs - 3246 Meeting Creek Rd., Eastview, Kentucky
Attraction is open September 21, 27-28, October 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, and 31st. Tickets are $15. Doors are open 7:30 pm until midnight. Is there a werewolf or big foot in the area? The town was founded in 1870 and strange deaths have been happening for over 100 years. Once the town hunted all the wolves. Afterwards the evil or wolf hunted the town. Get the story and search for your own evil.
Misery Manor - 1008 Eagle Lake Dr., Lawrenceburg, Kentucky 40342.
Tickets are $5. Attraction is open October 3-6, 11-12, 16-19, and 28-31. Doors open at 7:30 pm an runs until 1 am on Friday and Saturday or 11 pm other nights.
Addresses of Haunted Houses in Kentucky
USS Nightmare – 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride – 4172 Bellview Road, Petersburg, KY 41080
Mayhem Mansion – 13966 DeCoursey Pike, Morning View, KY 41063
Screampark – 903 Manchester Street, Lexington, KY
Fright Nights – 401 Athens Boonesboro Road, Lexington, KY 40509
Wicked World Scaregrounds – 5817 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY 40515
Danger Run – 501 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40333
Waverly Hills Sanitarium – 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
The Haunted Network – 835 Springs Road, Jeffersonville, IN 47131
Asylum Haunted Scream Park – 3103 Pond Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40272
The Baxter Avenue Morgue – 451 Baxter Avenue, Grave 200, Louisville, KY
Nightmare Forest Haunt Park – Otter Creek, Brandenburg, KY 40108
The Field of Screams – 132 Darnall Ave, Brandenburg, KY 40108
The Devil’s Attic – 647 West Hill Street, Louisville, KY 40208
Sinister Tombs – 3246 Meeting Creek Rd, Eastview, KY
Skeleton’s Lair – 48 Locketts Dream, Settle, KY 42164
Hill of Terror – Priceville Road, Bonnieville, KY 42713
Talon Falls Zombie Outbreak – 2932 State Route 849 West, Melber, KY 42069
If you live in Northern Kentucky, you will also want to visit the Cincinnati haunted houses. Or, if you find yourself close to another state, you should give them a quick perusal to make sure you aren’t missing an awesome haunted attraction.
Also consider attending one of the many 2013 Halloween conventions such as the National Haunters Convention held in May.
Also you may find interesting the connection between the growth in Haunted Houses and the history of the horror movies made by Hollywood.
Find other fall fun things to do in Kentucky in October:
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