Haunted Houses adding extra ‘spook’ to Halloween

Friday, October 12, 2007 | 3:00 p.m. CDT; updated 2:05 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Necropolis Haunted House

Location: 1207 Rogers St., near the corner of College Avenue and Rogers Street in The District

Details: The Necropolis, or “city of the dead,” features the urban legend of the Bishop Factory Butcher, who committed a grisly string of sadistic crimes in the building.

The Web site promises graphic scenes of violence, loud noises, electric shocks and periods of total darkness. The attraction “Freakshow in 3D,” where the brave don three-dimensional glasses and a witness a circus freak show, debuts this year.

The Necropolis was ranked 12th best haunted house in the U.S. by Yahoo Buzz in 2006.

“We make it as scary as possible,” said Bill Schnell of Dark Son Productions. “Lots of adults don’t make it through.”

Hours: Open 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October and every night during Halloween week.

Admission: $11 for the Necropolis; $7 for the “Freakshow in 3D”; $15 for both. Tickets available online or at the box office. $1 discount coupons available at sponsor locations, listed online. No children under 12 unless accompanied by an adult.

More info: on the Web


Location: 6750 Highway 40 W., three miles west of Columbia at exit 121 (Fayette exit), just north of Interstate 70 and near the Mid

Details: This haunted venue offers a variety of thrills and chills, with each room in the two houses boasting a different theme.

The House has Hollywood-style animations and special effects to bring you face to face with spiders, snakes and all the rest of your deepest phobias.

Or ride the Hellevator into the creepy depths of the SlashMaster’s Asylum, a mental hospital where the insane roam free and nightmares become reality. But be careful: Madness can be catching.

“We will make you jump,” co-owner Greg Allen said.

Hours: Open Fridays and Saturdays in October from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., selected weekdays in October and until at least 10 p.m. every night during Halloween week.

Admission: $10 for the House, $15 for The House and Slashmaster’s Asylum. On Sundays, bring five canned goods to donate to the Central Missouri Food Bank and get $5 off. No checks or credit cards. Recommended for children 10 and older.

More info: on the Web

Ozark Nightmares Haunted House

Location: 22599 E. 32, Lebanon,

Details: This haunt is “all original,” according to John Benner, haunted house operator and owner of the Ozark Visions Costume Shoppe in Lebanon. Ozark Nightmares features the O’Malleys, an undead family that resorted to cannibalism during the Great Depression after their farm failed and all of their livestock died.

Zombies, a mad doctor, a ringmaster, freaks and a psycho clown are also running loose. Additionally, Ozark Nightmares offers a creepy corn maze inhabited by scarecrows, demons, ghosts and even more zombies.

Hours: Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. in October; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during Halloween week.

Admission: $5 for haunt or maze; $8 combination for both. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

More info: on the Web

Hallowed Grounds Haunted Scream Park

Location: 1834 E. Liberty (Business 54 E.), Mexico, in the old Hickman’s IGA building

Details: The Scream Park offers 12,000 square feet of spooks.

Brand new scares are on display, including an insane asylum and a haunted indoor forest, said Kenny Wyss, a member of Hallowed Grounds’ “Screamteam” for more than 20 years.

Come to dinner at Mayhem Manor and pray you’re not on the menu. Then, go for a nighttime stroll through the Cemetery of the Forgotten and Ravenwood Forest. The scarefest also features Dr. Wilhelm VanAtter, who lurks in the Dark Castle and is famous for his “living autopsies.” Can you escape from the castle with all your internal organs intact?

Hours: Open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., and every evening between Oct. 19 and Halloween.

Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children 10 and under, with coupon from sponsors, at the gate or on the Web site.

More info: on the Web

The Morbid Mansion

Location: Osage Beach, Lake of the Ozarks, west of Highway 54 on Bluff Drive

Details: Dr. Killerman’s Morbid Mansion 2007 features a ghastly complex of fright and mayhem.

Discover the secret of Dracula’s Castle, dodge ghouls in the Creeping Death Cemetery and gaze upon the gory specter of the Butcher Shop. Then, make your way through the Maze of Darkness and enter the gruesome Monster Creation Chamber, where Dr. Killerman will be conducting his latest experiment.

Hours: Open Fridays and Saturdays, and Halloween night, “from dusk till you dare” (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

Admission: $12 general admission; $10 with sponsor coupon or two cans of food to donate to the Camden County Lamb House.

More info: on the Web

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