The Darkness in St. Louis promises America’s scariest haunted house


The Darkness, which opened in 1993, promises “America’s scariest haunted house.” This year marks the 28th year of scaring the guests of The Darkness, and the all-new Haunted House is located in Soulard, downtown Saint-Louis.

The Darkness says the longest queue is the one to buy a ticket, one that can be skipped by purchasing a ticket online, although the average person can save around $ 4 by paying cash at the box office. Tickets can be purchased on its website.

The Darkness is one of a group of haunted experiences that also includes the rooms of St. Louis Escape, the Lemp Haunted House, Terror Visions 3D, and Creepyworld. Photos and videos are allowed inside and outside the attractions, Darkness says on the website, however, no flash photography is allowed inside the haunted house.

The Haunted House sits next to St. Louis Escape, which has also added two new horror-themed escape rooms in a Frankenstein and Dracula themed room.

The Darkness also advises against wearing high heels, removing earrings or jewelry, and leaving valuables before entering the house. Inside the experience, guests will encounter intense sound, lighting, extremely low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, special effects, sudden actions and an overall physically demanding environment, the website says.

“You should not enter this haunted house if you have asthma, heart problems, if you are prone to seizures, if you have physical, breathing or any other type of medical problem, if you are pregnant. or suffer from any form of mental illness, including claustrophobia, ”says The Darkness. .

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the house was operational. However, the Darkness has a limited staff during the pandemic, as actors now only work in “dread zones” and guests are advised to bring their own face masks, as St. Louis still has a mandate to do so. indoor mask.

The Darkness has 55 actors throughout the experience this year, which come along with 200 animated scares.

“All of these actions are taken to keep our staff healthy and entertain our guests safely,” writes The Darkness.

The Darkness is open until Halloween Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

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