Local haunted houses offer thrills, terror

Oct. 12, 2015

Alexander Nedd
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October is in full swing with the return of pumpkin spice lattes, but it’s important to appreciate everything the fall season has to offer.

Specifically, haunted houses.

Colorado has a wide range of places to get scared, which are located anywhere from 15 minutes away to a quick excursion to Denver.

Some of the featured houses won national awards for their authenticity, placing Colorado as one of the scariest states in the nation.

These scary attractions are just waiting for your lives, uh, feet to come through the door. Visit them this Halloween to get the ultimate scary experience.

Take a look at these three haunted houses as you make your plans for this Halloween and remember one thing…don’t go alone.

Haunted Mines
Western Museum of Mining and Industry
225 North Gate Blvd.

Closer to UCCS is one of the most frightening haunted houses in Colorado Springs. Exiting off the interstate near off-road territory could leave you with second thoughts. But the decision to visit will be worth it.

Haunted Mines offers decent scares at a decent price. The house uses every inch of square feet both inside and out and at times the tour ventures underground. You will use all your senses to make it through.

As with any haunted house, employees are not allowed to touch you but that does not stop them from getting close. (Ed 10/12)

Haunted Mines is open Thursdays from 7:30-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30-11 p.m. it’s $20 for regular admission and $25 for a RIP Fast Pass.

3021 N. Hancock Ave.

It’s time to get serious. HellScream features chainsaws, clowns and a workout from running away from your biggest fears. This attraction also features some of the best make-up artists in Colorado Springs.

The way looks from employees are able to bring fictional fears into real life continue to impress those who attend.

“My friends and I usually go to HellScream every year,” said Jordan Richard, junior biology major. “It’s the closest one and we usually have a good time. I do recommend it because it’s fun.”

The closest to campus, HellScream should be a top destination for those looking for scary thrills at a cheap price.

HellScream is open Sundays and Thursdays from 7-10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. It’s $20 for regular admission and $25 for a Fast Pass.

13th Floor Haunted House
4120 Brighton Blvd., Denver

I have never been so scared and thrilled to spend $30 in my life.

By far the scariest place to visit in Colorado, students afraid of the dark or claustrophobic spaces might find this tour difficult to navigate, but it can be done.

“I went to 13th Floor last week and it was terrifying,” said Emily Crompton, junior theater major. “At one point there were spiders involved and I just ran. I hate spiders.”

The haunted destination features several different rooms and walkways through an empty warehouse. Chances are you won’t make it out (without going through them).

Bring along your friends to push over before anything grabs you and share the experience; it’s a win-win situation for, well, you.

The website suggests you buy tickets in advance, and be mindful that prices continue to go up the closer it gets to Halloween. Long lines and potential days that are busier than others can ruin the fun so be sure to plan ahead.

Tickets vary in price and start at $27 and 13th Floor is open every day until Halloween. Visit www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com for details.