We’ve always been a fan of The 13th Gate, and we’re not the only ones. The veteran haunt has been rated as one of the top haunts in the country year after year, and has been featured on national stages like the Travel Channel or Yahoo! haunted house ratings. But that’s not why they’ve got the #1 spot for us. If we’re going to add a haunt to our list, then it’s going to get there on its own merit.
And that’s exactly what the 13th Gate did.
The 13th Gate – 13 gates & 40,000 sq. ft. of terror
In 2015, 13th Gate celebrated its 13th year of horror, and they pulled out all the stops. Now, this group of scaremasters isn’t known for holding back, but somehow they kicked it up to that next level. Every single one of their 13 rooms had that extra spark that bumped them up to the top spot.
The premise of 13th Gate is simple. There’s a gate at the end of each of their features. All you have to do is get through the 13th Gate at the end of the 13th horror. The scaremasters have the freedom to create any horror that comes out of their twisted minds, and they change it up every year.
The individual rooms have both indoor and outdoor settings. So you might go from a snake-infested real Louisiana swamp to a prehistoric ice cave to a claustrophobic cellar. No matter what the setting, there’s an extreme attention to detail that brings the horrors truly to life. The combination of the set design, special effects, costume, and acting bends the borders of reality.
Necropolis 13 – 40,000 sq. ft. of voodoo, corpses, and catacombs
New Orleans has plenty of old graveyards where the stone is crumbling and crypts store the dead above ground. The scaremasters behind The 13th Gate combined this perfect horror setting with the rich history of Louisiana voodoo to create Necropolis 13. The graveyard takes up an entire city block, and your path winds over a half mile filled with the dead.
After descending down into the catacombs, you journey through a labyrinthian cemetery of over 400 crypts while being chased by the recently re-animated dead. The voodoo Lord of the Dead Baron Samedi haunts your every step.
Incredible set design, committed actors, and exceptional special effects create an all-too-real horror that takes full advantage of the eerie Louisiana setting.
They spend all year figuring out how to terrify you
Both the 13th Gate and Necropolis 13 sets are devoted to the haunts. For 13th Gate, this means that the crew has all year to focus on designing and building the incredible new haunts for that year. For Necropolis 13, this means a kind of long-term dedication to realism that other haunts simply don’t have.
And it shows. All of the haunts at The 13th Gate are imaginative, well-planned, and perfectly executed. Necropolis 13 has a level of realism that keeps getting better year after year.
- If you want to skip the crowds, then skip Saturday nights, or come early in the season.
- VIP tickets are available for online purchase
- Yes, the haunts are mostly indoors, but you’ll walk quite a long way. And you may end up running. So plan your footwear accordingly.
- If you do have to wait, it’s not fatal. The waiting area has food and voodoo shows.
- 13th Gate is kind of a big deal, which is why they has special pricing with local hotels. Check out their site for more info.