Published on 10/08/18 by Yvona Ward


Practically every city, big and small, across the U.S. possesses at least a couple haunted house attractions and, more often than not, the residents of those cities will claim that they have one of the scariest haunted houses in the country. Unfortunately for most of those people, they are wrong. The residents of Baton Rouge, however, can proudly say that they really do have one of the scariest haunted houses in America:  13th Gate!

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The terrifying experiences provided by the  13th Gate halloween attractions have been listed as some of the best in the country by numerous reviewers again this year.  Hauntworld.com, a haunted attraction review site that releases a yearly ranking of the top 13 haunted houses in the U.S., put 13th Gate in 4th place for 2018 (a slight drop after earning the silver medal last year - but still pretty impressive). What makes a rating like this from Hauntworld.com especially meaningful - aside from the sheer quantity of reviews on the site - is the fact the site is run by Halloween Productions, Inc., which has helped design and build haunted houses, theme park rides, and other attractions for major venues all over the world, including Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Over Texas - so these guys really know what they're talking about!

To make things even scarier for their customers, the 13th Gate has decided to shake things up by debuting a terrifying replacement for Necropolis, a haunted cemetery that has been run alongside their haunted house for the last 7 years. This new attraction, which they call Carnevil, will be a circus carnival where, according to the owner and artistic director of the 13th Gate, Dwayne Sanburn, you will experience not only the usual frights they expect but "test" material from the creators as well. This will create a more unique and unexpected atmosphere for guests at this twisted big top production. In addition to Carnevil, there will also be two virtual reality games offered this year - a lightsaber battle game and a virtual ride - as well as axe throwing. With far more to satisfy visitors than ever before, this halloween is promising to be an exciting one at the 13thGate!

Personally, I don't think I will ever be brave enough to set foot in either of the 13th Gate's two attractions but if this is precisely the adrenaline rush you've been searching for then you are in luck. Right now, they are open every Thursday through Sunday night from 6:30 to 11:30 and are located just a short drive downtown Baton Rouge, at 832 Saint Philip Street. The 13th Gate will also be open on the Monday and Tuesday before Halloween and, of course, on Halloween night.

To get more information on what the 13th Gate has in store for its victims this year or to grab your tickets, check out their website at MidnightProduction.com.

Or, click here for a short video preview of what they are offering at the 13th Gate this year! [Note: the link opens in YouTube]


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