Located outside New Orleans, House of Shock first began terrifying visitors back in 1993. After two decades of horror, the House was scheduled to close after it’s 22nd season in 2014. But the community wouldn’t stand for it, and rallied behind the scaremasters.
So the House returned in 2015 with House of Shock: The Resurrection. This new version is bigger, badder, and more shocking than ever, which is really saying something. House of Shock has always been a top attraction, but the resurrection brought forth a whole new level of horror.
Starts with the freakishly horrific
The resurrection brought two new attractions, including the Bordello of Freaks. Carnival freak shows have always filled audiences with a horrid fascination, which is why the scaremasters embraced the idea of a freak-filled sideshow.
Then brought out the “horrid” part by giving it the House of Shock twist. The combination of effects and well-made creatures helps to give the Bordello that extra bit of realism. They get a special shout-out for the imagination behind these creatures, creating a chilly blend of freaks and monsters.
If that weren’t enough, the Bordello also includes a circus side show featuring the NOLA Suspension Piercing Troupe doing stunts that are cringeworthy to say the least, like being lifted into their from hooks pierce through the skin.
Enter a 3D maze that’s no laughing matter
Throughout most of the 1900s, Pontchartrain Beach near New Orleans was a site of amusements, rides, and, of course, fun houses. One of those old fun houses is the inspiration behind the House of Shock new Laff in the Dark attraction, and that’s actually where the name comes from.
Like the Bordello of Freaks, Laff in the Dark starts with an old-school haunt, then takes it to a whole new level. Built around a 3D clown theme, the haunt just doesn’t let up from the moment you enter until the moment you leave. The creators claim that Laff in the Dark has more scares per square foot than other attractions of its kind, and honestly, we’d believe them.
The shocking attraction that started it all
The third attraction is the big one: the House of Shock. After two decades of existence, the House had plenty of favorite sets, and the updates between the 2014 and 2015 seasons remembered this. Classics were updated, ramped-up, and enhanced to new levels of terror, while at the same time whole new horrors were added to the mix.
Everywhere you look there’s an incredible attention to detail that adds chilling realism to sets and effects. The makeup on the actors is well done, and the actors themselves are passionate about the horror. Where the House really shines is in going that extra mile. Just when you think they’re scary enough, the scaremasters find some twisted way to make the horrors that much more disturbing.
Come for the scares, stay for the show
Rather than try to churn visitors through the houses and spit them on their way, the House really strives to make it a full evening of horror. Every night they have two performances of a theatrical stage production filled with scares and incredible pyrotechnics. Oh, and those pyrotechnics also got an upgrade for 2015 to make them bigger and badder than ever.
If that weren’t enough, they also have an annual outdoor Halloween Festival, complete with live music, a full service bar, and concessions. Bottom line: House of Shock is made by Halloween lovers for Halloween lovers.
- The live music performers rotate, so if you have a favorite band then be sure to check their social media for who’s playing.
- Tickets and VIP passes are both available online.
- Like most haunted houses, choose your footwear carefully, since you may be running through the dark.
- Parking is free and police-patrolled along Boyce St. and St. George Ave.