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Best Haunted Houses Around Indy: 13 Spine-Chilling Adventures

Indianapolis is known for its rich history, vibrant culture…and a deep appreciation for all things spooky and mysterious.

Every Halloween, a host of haunted houses, corn mazes and other attractions spring up all around the area, each with its unique brand of spine-tingling terror. We’ve got all the details for this annual scream fest right here:

1. Nightmare on Edgewood

For more than 45 years, Nightmare on Edgewood has been delivering heart-pounding thrills. With a relentless commitment to pushing the boundaries of terror ─ and with three attractions at one location ─ you can enjoy an immersive experience like no other. If you are gripped by a relentless sense of unease, as the line between reality and nightmare blurs in this captivating and macabre journey, you won’t be alone. Visit a terrifying theater that puts the “slash” in slasher films, a club where humans are used for sport and a farm where mutants reign supreme.

2. Indy Scream Park

If you’re looking for the ultimate Halloween thrill, venture just outside of Indianapolis to Anderson, where Indy Scream Park awaits. This massive attraction is one of the largest in the region and features multiple haunted houses, a haunted hayride, a zombie paintball assault and other chilling experiences. Each haunted house has a unique theme, offering a variety of scares to satisfy all your ghoulish desires.

3. Hanna Haunted Acres

Hanna Haunted Acres, nestled in the outskirts of Indianapolis, is renowned for its extensive and elaborate autumnal attractions. In this carnival of all things scary and macabre, you’ll find everything from a haunted corn maze to a demented hayride. The attention to detail and creativity put into each spooktacular attraction really sets this place apart from other seasonal haunts.

4. Fright Manor

Fright Manor, located in Indianapolis, has been a local favorite for many years. It’s dark, dingy, creepy and filled with clanging chains, dark hallways and all kinds of monsters – just as every haunted house worth is salt should be! There are two attractions here: the bloody Manor Haunt and the twisted depths of the Psychomanthium Haunt, but you’re in for a screamingly good time at both.

5. Necropolis Underground 

Come to the Dead City Festival at Necropolis Underground, where the dead always outnumber the living, and the living become part of the horrifying narrative in this interactive piece of horror theater. You can also get a friends or family group together to attempt an escape from a room, try your hand at ax throwing and seek your fortune from a mystical tarot reader. But beware: Legend has it that if you die of fright inside Necropolis, your soul can never leave again!

6. Reaper’s Realm

Located just a short drive from Indianapolis in Hancock County, Reaper’s Realm is an immense haunted house attraction that delivers a triple-tiered, bone-chilling experience. With a dedicated team of actors and a commitment to creating a terrifying atmosphere, Reaper’s Realm is a must-visit for those seeking a freaky adventure that will take them to the very edge of darkness.

7. The Key: Haunted Escape Rooms

If you’re looking for a different kind of haunted experience, The Key: Haunted Escape Rooms in Indianapolis might be just what you need. These escape rooms combine the challenge of solving puzzles and riddles with a creepy narrative. You and your group must work together to uncover the secrets of the haunted room and escape…before time runs out. As the folks running this say, “It’s more than a game…it’s an adventure!”

8. Malice Manor

Located in Clarksville, Malice Manor’s nightmarish labyrinth of fear beckons you into its sinister embrace, where every twist and turn leads to a new horrible and shocking surprise. From the moment you step through its foreboding doors, you’ll be plunged into a world of darkness and dread, where your deepest fears come to life. With expertly crafted scenes and a cast of terrifying characters, Malice Manor promises an unparalleled, heart-pounding journey through dangers untold.

9. Piney Acres Scream Farm

From haunted hayrides that wind through shadowy woods to nightmarish mazes in the corn fields, Fortville’s Piney Acres Scream Farm has 70 acres of true terror and enough heart-pounding scares to suit the most dedicated of “fear enthusiasts.” Unleash your screams and confront your deepest fears as you navigate this terrifying terrain, where the boundary between reality and nightmares is forever blurred.

10. Stillwell Manor

According to legend, there have been a lot of people who have made their home at Stillwell Manor over the years – and all of them are still there. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be gripped by a sense of unease that will only intensify as you encounter a cast of sinister characters and navigate through the twisted corridors of fear. Are you fated to join the shades that currently haunt the manor, or can you escape with your life (and wits) intact?

11. Hysterium Haunted Asylum

Step beyond the bounds of reason and into the twisted corridors of this sinister institution, where reality blurs and your darkest fears take physical form. The asylum’s grim history has left a haunting mark, and it’s your turn to face the madness head-on. Fort Wayne’s Hysterium Haunted Asylum offers an unforgettable, heart-pounding experience that’s continuously landed it on lists of the top haunts for Halloween. Do you dare to tread where fear and insanity reign supreme?

12. Soul Takers Acres

The indigenous people called him Wanetaqua. Early settlers in the region called him the “Soul Taker.” Modern Americans just call the whole thing delightfully creepy and utterly terrifying. Located in Warsaw, Indiana, Soul Takers Acres is one of those haunted houses that comes with a warning for folks with heart conditions, so go in prepared to run screaming back out again – unless you get dragged into the Soul Taker’s underworld kingdom, of course!

13. The Thirteenth Hour

When the clock strikes thirteen, you know that reality has begun to bend all out of shape inside The Thirteenth Hour. The high-quality costumes, elaborate sets and immersive storyline create an adrenaline-fueled adventure that will test your wits and drive you right to the brink of madness. The Widow’s Walk Cemetery is scary, but The Cathedral of Souls is outright terrifying.

Whether you’re a fan of jump scares, elaborate sets or immersive storytelling, Indianapolis has the perfect haunted adventure for you. So, as the Halloween season approaches, gather your courage and prepare to explore the dark, chilling and mysterious world of haunted house exhibits in the area. 

Happy haunting!