First up we boarded the bus to Jefferson, LA for our visit to The House of Shock.
Since this was not my first visit to HOS, I was able to enjoy the site & grounds as well as the most incredible stage show prior to entering the haunt. I’ll link to the Halloween stage show for your viewing pleasure.
Inside The House of Shock was perfectly set, well lit and some of the most active monsters I’ve ever encountered. They do not shy away from the taboo subjects, but embrace them with open arms. With a great mix of props, anitromics and live creatures I set a slow pace to enjoy all the eye candy while dodging the demons trying to get me.
After we all had a chance to go through, we were able to go again with lights on to examine the find crafted scenes. They also had an Arachnid ride- sort of a mechanical bull in spider form. That was fun watching the brave ride it after enjoying the full cash bar & Southern BBQ dinner.
What a night y’all!
2nd night had us back on the bus, this time rolling to Baton Rouge, LA to see Necropolis 13 and 13th Gate haunted house. Since both attractions were still open for regular patrons, we were not allowed to photograph the haunts nor tour with lights on. But a full bar and yummy New Orleans buffet kept us happy.
At 13th Gate you journey through 13 different indoor & outdoor realms where you’ll be crawling though a crematory oven, traversing dark underground tunnels and crossing a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes in this 40,000 square foot haunted house. The attention to detail and set construction is ‘Disney’ quality. Each year they change out 1/3 of the haunt to keep it fresh and unique and have been consistently one of the top US haunts and featured on the Travel Channel. Beings of all kinds assault you along your way, as well as huge creatures and menacing contraptions.
Necropolis 13 is a 40,000 sq ft New Orleans-style cemetery complete with over 400 zombie-infested crypts and mausoleums, nightly voodoo show, and underground catacombs.
You enter the haunt by way of the underground catacomb after viewing the voodoo show. Once inside the multitudes of living dead freshly awakened by Baron Samedi, the Voodoo Lord of the Dead accost you at every turn.
I enjoyed see some familiar names on the crypts until a zombie burst out of one! These are not foam tombstones but crumbling stone & mortar above ground crypts that make up the maze like path that is over ½ mile long.
After spending the day in St. Louis Cemetery I can confirm they nailed the look, feel and smell of an above ground cemetery. Also nightly at 8:00pm they have a voodoo fire show! This, by far, was my favorite haunt of the tour.