Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Coolest Haunted Houses of 2012

According to the Haunted House Association Detroit, Michigan has the most haunted houses in America. Lucky for me, I live there and have gotten to experience some of the scariest haunted house attractions in existence. But Michigan isn't the only place in the U.S. that has really great haunted houses; Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida  and California have some too.

Here's my list of the coolest haunted houses of 2012.

Pennhurst Asylum

Pennhurst Asylum
250 Service Road
Spring City, PA

The Pennhurst Haunted Attraction is home to the Pennhurst Asylum, a hospital themed haunted house that features artifacts and items that were originally a part of the Pennsylvania State School for the physically and mentally disabled.  The original name of Pennhurst State School was the Pennhurst Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic. The school was built in 1908. It held over 10,00 patients and was the largest asylum in Pennsylvania.

The school was closed in 1986 after serious allegations of patient abuse. When it was shut down, all of the medical equipment was left in the building. So when the owners purchased it and went to transform it into a haunted house, they decided to use the operating tables, medical cabinets, surgical lights and the morgue as props. Add to the fact that you get to visit an actual morgue and walk through the burnt shell of the sound proof rooms where patients where locked up in solitary confinement, and you're in for one heck of a scary good time.

Visitors claim that the school is haunted. A subsonic bass and antique medical devices are used to create unease in the guests, but the ghosts that haunt the place are thought by some to add to a whole new level of fear to this haunted house experience.

Pennhurst Asylum opens September 21, 2012 and will be open the last two weekends of the month. In October, starting on the 18th, the haunted attraction will be open on Thursday as well.

Friday and Saturday from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.
Sunday and Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Tickets start at $15.00 per person. There's a $5 discount online purchase promo code. To get it, type "ghost" in the promo code text box when you purchase tickets on their website.


18 S. Perry
Pontiac, MI 48342

Erebus is a four story haunted attraction. From 2005 to 2009,  it held the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest walk-through haunted attraction in the world.

I personally had the pleasure of going to this haunted house when it first opened up in 2000 with my SO Shane Strange. Since then, it has gained national recognition as one of the best haunted houses in America.

I have fond memories of that night; it was cold, and there was no line because we went there on a Thursday. The most memorable room was one where the walls closed in on you as you walked through it. The floor started to tilt ever so slightly, just enough to make you grab onto the hand rails so that you feel like you're going to fall, but you never do. It was so cool.

Erebus opens Friday September 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The first two weekends Erebus is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Starting October 5, 2012 it will be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Friday and Saturday from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am.
Sunday 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Tickets are $23 per person. There are discounts available for groups of 15 or more people on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The discount group rate is $16 per person.

Visit Erebus's website for a $3 off coupon that you can print and use when you purchase your ticket.

The Mortuary House 

The Mortuary House 
4800 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Mortuary House is a "haunted house in a real haunted house." At the end of Canal Street, sitting among the New Orleans cemeteries, which house the famous tomb of Marie Laveau, The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, and over one million graves in a square mile radius, is the mansion and funeral home of the Slattery Estate.

After suffering years of neglect, and surviving the devastating high winds and flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, the funeral home was purchased and made into the Mortuary House.

There are footsteps and whispering voices heard in the three story, 14,000 square foot mansion. Visitors claim that there are several ghosts that inhabit the funeral home, including the spirit of the mortician and a poltergeist that moves furniture.

What's cool about this haunted house is that you can go on ghost hunting tours and experience it for yourself.

During the fall, the Mortuary House becomes the Mortuary Haunted House with cutting edge animatronics and brilliant actors. There's a Flashlight Fear Fest Night where

During Flashlight Fear Fest Weekend on November 2nd and 3rd, the lights are all turned off and guests are given small flashlights to help guide them through the terrifying halls. Tickets for Flashlight Fear Fest are $20 per person.

Discounts are available every Thursday of October, by saying "Scared to Death" when you buy your tickets at the door to get $5 off the ticket price.

Tickets are $25 for general admission. To skip the lines, you can buy a VIP fast pass for $35, or you can buy a VIP Frequent Fear Pass for $88 online to gain VIP admission every night of the season.

The passes are not valid for the ghost tours or ghost hunting investigations. For more information about the Mystere Mortuary Ghost Tour call 504-579-4431 or email them at

The Blumhouse of Horrors

The Blumhouse of Horrors
 940 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA

Fans of "Insidious" and "Paranormal Activity" take delight. The producers of the movies, Blumhouse Productions, has created a haunted house experience in Los Angeles. The movie production team used its horror film expertise to transform the Variety Arts Theater into a fully-immersive Halloween attraction. The building that the Blumhouse of Horrors is located in is a historic cultural building that once hosted famous actors such as Laurel & Hardy and Clark Gable.

It is a one of a kind haunted house, where a stage magician that was a practitioner of the dark arts made his name during the 1920s. When his assistant entered a box for a disappearing act, she vanished forever.

The Blumhouse of Horrors will be open at 6:00 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday of October. The week of Halloween it will be open Monday through Saturday.
Tickets start at $29. VIP front of line passes are $55.

Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios
6000 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL

Universal Studios Florida theme park holds Halloween Horror Nights  from September 21 to October 31. The theme park transforms into a haunted landscape of spooktacular proportions, with monsters roaming the streets and crazy live shows by Penn & Teller and Alice Cooper.

This year, Halloween Horror Nights is not only featuring a "Silent Hill" attraction, but one from "The Walking Dead." Yes, you read that correctly. "Silent Hill" and "The Walking Dead." It's enough to make me want to run away and hitchhike my way to Florida.

"The Walking Dead: Dead Inside" and "Welcome to Silent Hill" mazes are sure to be utterly fantastic. There hasn't been a lot said about the Silent Hill maze, but I do know that it will have fog, the Otherworld, the nurses and Pyramid Head.

"The Walking Dead: Dead Inside" starts out at the hospital that Rick Grimes woke up in, and ends at Herschel's barn. Iconic zombies from the TV series, including bicycle girl, the tank walker, deer eating walker that Darryl shot, and the well walker will be in it. For a realistic, yet very gross touch, the maze will incorporate the stench of decaying corpses. Yum.

General Admission is $88.99. There are purchasing packages at discounted rates that can be found on the Halloween Horror Nights website for additional tickets for those of you who wish to attend for more than one night.

Universal's Halloween Horror Nights start September 21, 2012 and go to October 31, 2012. The gates to the haunted attractions at Universal Studios theme park open at 6:30 pm

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