For almost 15 years, the 13th Gate Haunted House has been terrifying its visitors in the heart of Baton Rouge, only a block away from the Mississippi. It’s earned top spots on lists across the country—including ours—and continues to earn repeat appearances year after year.
The haunted house has two separate attractions: The original 13th Gate Attraction and CarnEVIL – which is essentially a Halloween carnival with horror-themed elements, VR, and Escape room.
13th Gate is the original haunted attraction and covers a mind-boggling 40,000 square feet. The name comes from the thirteen different gates that separate the attraction’s sections. Each section has multiple rooms, a common theme, and plenty of scares. The gates make a strong separation between the themes, which helps avoid overlap that could water down the scares. In order to survive, you’ll need to make it through the 13th Gate—not as simple as it sounds.
Realism = Immersion
The 13th Gate excels at making things look as real as possible. It seems like a hefty budget is spent on make-up and costumes to make the vampires look like vampires and the zombies look like actual dead people. It’s all truly impressive!
The best part about 13th Gate is the incredible freedom the premise gives the creators to create any theme their twisted minds can come up with. A prehistoric cave complete with murderous cavemen and monstrous yeti can be right next to an incredibly realistic swamp with a terrifying giant alligator. One section can hold a hospital filled with insane doctors and horrific tortures, the next a journey through the terrifying world of vampires, and the one after that an exorcism gone wrong.
The specific themes shift every year, but there’s always exceptional attention to detail that creates incredible realism. You’ll find expert makeup, detailed prosthetics, and well-trained monster actors here.
That permanence is one of the great things about Necropolis 13. The graveyard is filled with over 400 different crypts, each one carefully crafted and sculpted to give it that extra feeling of realism. Statues, crypts, graves, and tombs all look like the real thing, which makes it all the more terrifying when a zombie burst out of them, and the undead roaming the map seem at home among the decaying ruins.
It’s Time to Party
The newest addition to the 13th Gate this year along with their haunts is CARNEVIL. According to their website, CARNEVIL is taking place across the street from the 13th Gate and will have all sorts of activities to do from nightly entertainment to VR experiences, and they even have a few 5-minute escape rooms!
Not to mention Haunted games and Free concerts… there’s so much to do you might forget that there’s even a haunt to go to!
- The waiting area is in a fenced-in lot next to the ticket booths and has live entertainment, food, and picnic tables.
- It gets crowded on weekends, especially in October. Buy tickets ahead of time or pick less popular days.
- If you’re coming from out of town or planning on drinking, check out the deals they have with local hotels