Halloween 2021: 6 horrifying haunted houses to visit this season

After delays due to Hurricane Ida, Louisiana haunted houses say they’re ready to scare this Halloween season.

Creepy clowns, terrifying zombies and menacing monsters are ready to shock thrill-seekers. Although, the list of New Orleans-area haunted attractions open for screams is quite shorter than in previous years.

We compiled a list of haunted houses and Halloween attractions open for the season around and near the New Orleans area. Check back for updates as we get them.

New Orleans Nightmare

Opening date: Oct. 1

In Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Nightmare returns for its fourth year since taking over the former House of Shock location near the Huey P. Long Bridge.

For 2021, the haunt will open with three new attractions to freak out horror fans in 2021: The Boogeyman, Operation: Laughing Place and the Spirit of Halloween.

New Orleans Nightmare in Jefferson Parish opens for screams for one-night-only on Friday the 13th. Source: NOLA Weekend Photo

The haunt was originally scheduled to open on Sept. 18 but announced plans to postpone operations due to Hurricane Ida.

As far as COVID-19 precautions, protective face coverings are required for everyone on-site during the entire experience, and capacity will be limited to encourage social distancing between groups.

New Orleans Nightmare is one of 13 national attractions produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the world’s largest Halloween-inspired entertainment company.

New Orleans Nightmare opens for tours starting Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Then, the attraction opens again on Nov. 5-6 for blackout nights. See the dates and hours of operation here. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $19.99, plus additional fees for Fast Pass or Skip the Line add-ons.

The Mortuary Haunted Mansion

Opening date: Oct. 1

The fact that The Mortuary Haunted Mansion sits next to a cemetery and was once a funeral home is already scary enough. Now, add creepy creatures, and you really have a frightening scene.

This year, the haunted house explores a new theme called “Inferno,”  with the website describing the plot as “a supernatural event leading to the two men’s disappearance over New Orleans.”

Source: The Mortuary Haunted House

The popular Mid-City attraction was originally scheduled to open on Sept. 18. After Hurricane Ida, the haunted attraction postponed its opening date.

The Mortuary says it will follow all safety guidelines established by the City of New Orleans concerning COVID prevention. At this time, that includes proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR test within 72 hours. All visitors will also be required to wear a mask inside the attraction.

The Mortuary Haunted Mansion opens for tours starting Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, with an additional date on Nov. 6. General admission tickets for the attraction start at $25.00, plus additional fees for VIP Fast Passes or VIP Frequent Fear Passes.

RISE Haunted House

Opening date: Oct. 8

This Halloween season, RISE Haunted House brings back all three of its attractions after scaling down last year due to the pandemic. The attraction in Tickfaw, Louisiana, near Hammond, is known for its multi-faceted, terrifying attraction.

Haunted house operators say the attraction did sustain minimal damage from Hurricane Ida, which forced them to postpone opening night one week.

Photo courtesy: Rise Haunted House

Inside the RISE Haunted House, guests will wander through an endless maze designed as an abandoned bed and breakfast where awakened dead souls lurk around every corner. 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 Oct. 8 and runs weekend through Oct. 31. The haunted house also opens again on Nov. 5, 6 and 13.

Single attraction tickets cost $20 for the Risewell Asylum and Haunted Asylum and $25 for the haunted house. Upgrades for fast passes or combo tickets are available for additional fees.

Ranch of Horror

Opening date: Oct. 8

Ranch of Horror returns with thrilling, zombie-themed experiences taking over The Party Barn in Hammond on weekends in October.

Due to impacts from Hurricane Ida, the attraction will only feature spooky paintball experiences and move its opening date to Oct. 8.

Photo courtesy: Ranch of Horror

This year, Ranch of Horror unleashes two premium paintball attractions: Zombie Escape and Contagion.

New for 2021, Contagion features a high-speed zombie paintball game on a truck ride. Dubbed as the “only high-speed paintball attraction in Louisiana,” you’ll suit up and shoot zombies during an adrenaline-packed thrill ride with a mission to “save humanity” during a zombie outbreak.

Zombie Escape, a second paintball attraction, combines an escape room game and paintball tag into one interactive experience.

Ranch of Horror opens Friday and Saturday nights this month starting Oct. 8. Guests can call to book specific times at 985-687-3899 before purchasing through the online ticket portal.

Tickets for each attraction cost $25.

The 13th Gate

Opening date: Oct. 1

This top-rated haunted attraction in Baton Rouge, the 13th Gate, brings back its ultra-realistic nightmares this Halloween season.

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 on select dates starting Oct. 1 through Nov. 13. General admission starts at $30, with additional fees for VIP tickets and other add-ons.

Source: 13th Gate

Terror on the Coast

Opening date: Sept. 17

While this haunted house isn’t located in Louisiana, it’s known as “the largest haunted house on the Gulf Coast.” Terror on the Coast dares thrill-seekers to visit the Gulfport, Mississippi attraction for a fearful night of frights.

The attraction boasts 86,000 square feet of scares, thrills and ghoulish Hollywood movie props.

The Hollywood-style haunted attraction opens from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from now through Halloween. General admission tickets are $25, and Fast Fear passes are $35.

Source: Gulf Coast Weekend

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