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.
Our Favorite Parts
The haunted house has two separate attractions, each of them enormous.
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.
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.
As if that weren’t enough, there’s also Necropolis 13. Louisiana is the land of voodoo and zombies, so it’s the perfect setting for a New Orleans-themed 40,000 square feet of undead horror. The Necropolis perfectly recreates an old-school graveyard that stretches an entire city block. The half-mile path goes past zombies, vampires, ghosts, voodoo lords, and everything else undead. Even though it’s always undead themed, Necropolis 13 switches up the scares every year to make a terrifyingly unforgettable experience.
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.
What We’re Excited About for 2017
13th Gate and Necropolis 13 are the creations of masters who spend all year on their craft. They fine-tune the horrors of Necropolis 13 and dream up all new terrifying worlds for 13th Gate. You might see some favorite themes repeated, but even those will be refined and upgraded. We’re don’t know what they have in store for us for 2017, but there’s one thing we know for sure—we’ll get new depths of terror from some of the most twisted minds in the business.
Know Before You Go
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