November 17, 2019

Beware of St. Louis haunted houses

While many haunted attractions close at the end of the month, there are still plenty of spooky events going on the weekend following Halloween this year. Here are four haunted attractions open to visitors this weekend: 

 

  1. Raven’s Curse Haunted House 

Location: 302 Swan Ave., Centralia, Ill. 

How much: $15

Through Nov. 2

Located a little over an hour outside of St. Louis, this haunted house is something unique for those who are tired of revisiting the same local attractions. 

The legend of the haunted house surrounds the late Alexander Hemsworth, a wealthy doctor. Hemsworth constructed an asylum on the outskirts of Centralia and built his family home nearby to be close to his patients. 

After finishing construction, Hemsworth began having dreams, in which he was visited by The Raven – a creature that would show him disturbing visions and whisper to him. After months of these dreams, Hemsworth began to go crazy and torture his patients. He then murdered his entire family, as well as staff and patients of the asylum. 

Today, legend has it that the establishment is haunted by the ghosts of those who were murdered in the asylum. Hemsworth is also allegedly seen wandering the grounds. 

Other attractions at the haunted house include an escape room, maze and showings of horror films.

 

     2. Six Flags Fright Fest

Location: 4900 Six Flags Road, Eureka, Mo. 63025

How much: $45 

Through Nov. 3

Each Halloween season, zombies and ghouls overrun Six Flags’ during its annual Fright Fest.

Haunted attractions in the park include the Slaughter House, Blind Fury and Camp Killamore. The Slaughter House is run by the Pig Man, who wants his farm back. Seeing all who enter as enemies, the Pig Man and his pig-creatures attempt to turn all visitors into demented pig farmers. Blind Fury features evil toys who want revenge. Camp Killamore is overrun by a deranged man with a mask. 

Scare zones include the Sinister Clowns and Gnawins’ Hallow. The Sinister Clowns of the Blacktop try to lure people in an attempt to murder them through humor and the promise of stardom. Gnawins’ Hallow features a group of forest dwellers protecting themselves from outsiders. 

New attractions this year include Oddball’s Funhouse, the Vampire’s Lair and Skeleton Street. 

With plenty to offer, Six Flags Fright Fest is a scare-filled place to spend your Halloween weekend. 

“Terror Visions,” an exhibit at The Darkness, features haunted clowns. St. Louis area haunted houses will remain open after Halloween. Contributed photo by The Darkness.

    3. The Darkness Haunted House 

Location: 1525 S 8th St., St. Louis, Mo. 63104 

Price: $25

Through Nov. 2 

No St. Louis haunted house list would be complete without The Darkness. The notorious St. Louis haunted house is in its 26th season this year. 

The two-floor haunted house was completely renovated this year, with new attractions for every visitor. Part of this renovation includes the new Skull Kingdom, where visitors can expect to encounter the Army of the Dead, as well as a nun who steals souls. 

The Darkness also includes several other attractions. The Horror Party Room features arcade games. For $5 more, visitors can visit The Hive, a live zombie experience or go through a 3-minute escape room.

While wait times may be long, a new outdoor scare zone means visitors will be part of The Darkness experience from the time they enter the queue line. Additionally, monsters will follow visitors back to their vehicle – so enter the premise at your own risk. 

   4. House of the Occult at Lemp Brewery

Located underground, House of the Occult at Lemp Brewery features occult summoning demons who fear visitors into disappearing forever. Contributed photo by Lemp Brewery.

Location: 3500 Lemp Ave., St. Louis, Mo.

Price: $25

Through Nov. 2

House of the Occult at Lemp Brewery opened last year. Located underground below the Lemp Brewery, the attraction features albino creatures who want to make visitors disappear forever. 

The backstory of the recently-added attraction starts with the construction of the Lemp Brewery complex. Built over 100 years ago, the building became “cursed” after its construction over old Cherokee caves. This initial building allegedly led to the suicides of some members of the Lemp family.

Now, a secret occult summons demons by performing rituals from the Lemp Brewery. Prepare to encounter them at this haunted house.

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