With the expertise of the twisted minds who built the other 13th Floor haunted houses around the country, The 13th Floor: San Antonio hit the ground running back in 2009. And in just seven short years, they’re hitting their stride.
Located in the heart of San Antonio near St. Paul Square, 13th Floor takes up three stories of a 107-year-old building that only adds to the creepy ambiance. The waiting area is inside where a band and light show will keep you entertained. Most of the building is taken up by the large attractions, though, so keep in mind that the line usually stretches outside at peak season. Inside or out, the horrors come out to meet you, with monsters of all types roaming the line.
Our Favorite Parts
13th Floor is split into two attractions over the three floors, each one a long, winding maze of expertly planned rooms that’s filled with plenty of scares. You start in the basement, then work your way up. If you spring for the VIP ticket, then entering the basement means going down pitch-black slides directly into the arms of the waiting horrors. It’s a unique scare that’s worth the extra cost.
The Slaughterhouse sends victims twisting through murderous corkscrews of clown-filled horrors. By themselves, clowns are creepy. When you mix clowns and psychotic murderers, you enter a whole new realm. The chainsaw-wielding clowns are especially scary as they stalk their prey and chase you through the maze. Each room in the Slaughterhouse is different and the attraction provides a wide variety of scares, but they all have their distinct insane clown touch.
Feral Moon goes in a completely different direction to re-envision those classic monsters—werewolves. Set in a town where the chains have broken and werewolves are unleashed, it’s room after room of horrors, including plenty of other monsters, too. Like Slaughterhouse, the detailed rooms create a wide variety of scares while still holding onto the central werewolf theme.
The props and effects are top-notch in both of these attractions. Well-placed and well-timed effects frighten the hell out of visitors, and well-trained actors aim for the middle of the group where they can have the greatest effect. Like any non-interactive haunted house, the actors can’t touch visitors, but that doesn’t stop them from taking full advantage of the makeup and FX built into their costumes to create maximum terror.
What We’re Excited About for 2017
Every year the twisted minds behind 13th Floor: San Antonio come up with new attractions to terrify their visitors.
As of this writing, their 2017 attractions haven’t been announced, but here are a few things we know will be there:
The attractions will be long and filled with plenty of scares.
The effects and props will be chilling in their realism and horrific in their imagining.
The actors will be well-trained to make the most out of their makeup and FX.
If you’re anywhere in south-central Texas this Halloween season, you won’t want to miss 13th Floor: San Antonio.
Know Before You Go
Like most haunted houses, they have VIP and Skip-the-Line tickets. These bump you to the front and give access to the VIP-only slide entrance, which is well worth it.
There’s street parking and parking lots nearby. Expect to pay $5-10 for close parking.
Some of the rooms have vicious slants and features that mess with your senses and balance. Even if it’s for a costume, you should leave the sandals or stiletto heels at home.
Snacks and drinks are available outside the attractions