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Alabama Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in the Birmingham, Alabama the haunted houses in Alabama seemed to be around every corner especially in the Birmingham, Alabama area haunted houses are very popular form of entertainment and more haunted houses in Alabama can be found at Hauntworld.com. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Alabama from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Alabama here at Hauntworld.com. Alabama has some of the biggest haunted houses in cities like Auburn, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Dothan and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Alabama look no further than the area of Auburn, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, Dothan and Tuscaloosa because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses. Alabama has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Alabama has many cities with great haunted houses especially Alabama area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.
There are at least 25 major haunted houses in and around, Alabama or in regional area's around Alabama. Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama is not far from many other cities and states that also have several haunted houses for example you could drive to Atlanta, Georgia or Nashville, Tennessee or even other parts of the state like Mobile, Alabama, and of course Birmingham, Alabama. Birmingham, Alabama has some of the best haunted houses in America including Atrox Factory, where horror has a new face. Hauntworld.com did a full blown review of this ultimate haunted house Halloween attraction in Birmingham, Alabama.
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UPDATE: New TYPE of haunted attractions in Alabama featured at many SCREAMPARKS are these zombie paintball hayrides, where guests get to shoot and kill zombies from hayrides. Zombies roam the fields of an old farm and you armed with paintballs blast away killing as many zombies as you can find! Many farmers or Screampark owners have embraced the concept of MUD RUNS, ZOMBIE RUNS, and different kinds of themed races. You should really look at these haunted attractions often because they feature so many different kinds of events all year long. Your local farms are now a lot more than farms from pick your own pumpkins, zip lines, mud runs, zombie races, paintball hayrides, to pony rides and more. Lastly, many haunted houses are NOW OPEN YEAR AROUND in Alabama opening for special events from a Friday the 13th to Valentines Day or Spring Break which now haunters call SCREAM BREAK! So do not think for a second that haunt season is only during Halloween its now year around for some haunts. In fact Alabama features many year around haunted houses located in tourist towns across Alabama. Check Hauntworld.com often to find the biggest, best and scariest haunted houses in Alabama!
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Alabama haunted houses are some of the scariest and best haunted houses in Alabama and America. Hauntworld.com will help you find haunted houses in Alabama, Haunted Houses in Birmingham, Alabama, Haunted Houses in Montgomery, Alabama, to haunted houses in Mobile, Huntsville to Tuscaloosa and more. As the editor of Hauntworld.com we know Alabama haunted houses well because we use to live in Birmingham, Alabama and have visited Haunted Houses in Alabama many times and rate them for our readers.
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What truly makes a city or a town haunted are not always the buildings or the land. Often it is the history and the haunting stories that are behind each of those building. It is the stories of battle or violent crimes that were many times taken place on that land or in that building. Mobile, Alabama certainly has it share of haunted houses, haunted attractions and ghost stories. The exciting part is not only seeing them, but learning the history and the haunting tale that goes behind each one.
The USS Alabama has an amazing history behind all of her own . She was responsible for shooting down 22 Japanese planes in a battle on the Pacific. Her radar was the first to detect enemy bombers in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Today the USS Alabama is at its final resting place at Mobile Bay. The USS Alabama is now considered a National Historic Landmark. Today as in many years ago there are still strange noises and unexplained happenings that take place on the USS Alabama. The servicemen reported heavy footsteps and strange voices below deck.
So many time real haunts are houses, graveyards and buildings. Baton Rouge is known for having a real Haunted Oak Tree. Located in downtown Baton Rouge you can see this large oak tree which is believed to be haunted by many. Several reports of people hearing noises and crying and whispering coming from the tree. There have also been people who like to frequent the large oak tree with a loved one. Perhaps trying to help the soul of the person who is crying out inside.
Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island is located in Mobile County and was used a lot during the Civil War. Fort Gaines had a beautiful view of the Mobile Bay. The fort was not built very well. This would cause a major problem in the future, especially with being so close to the Mobile Bay. The water entered the fort at high tide and at one time killing several of the prisoners of ware and helpless victims. The Government realized this problem and tried to correct the problem and eventually did. It took many years, but the Coast Guard is still using the fort and has a base there when they are often taking part crash rescue boat drills.
To this day there have been many reports of paranormal activity. There will be footsteps heard, but nobody will be there. Cold spots have been reported felt in many different parts of the fort. Others have reported seeing spooky figures, hearing strange noises, some in terror. It is no wonder that Fort Gaines in haunted. Over the years over 1800 men lost their lives either on accident, during their tour or they simply died attacking the fort itself.
A famous haunted site in Birmingham, Alabama is the Sloss Factories. The Sloss factories were ran as Iron Factories for over 90 years. Iron work was very dangerous and many people were reported as loosing their lives by dying in the hot burning furnaces. There are two ghost that are known today as still being in the Sloss Factory. The first is a worker who had been burned to death when he fell into the burning furnace. He was killed instantly. All that was recovered was his shoe with a foot in it. The second ghost is known to be young girl and not a worker. The story is told that she was pregnant and not married and decided to jump into one of the hot furnaces and commit suicide. A deer is often seen whenever people are gathering for a special event. The people believe the deer is the spirit of the dead girl. Today the Sloss Factory is a popular place for paranormal investigators and ghost enthusiasts to gather and look more into the unexplained happenings and activity.
Haunted Huntsville is one of the most popular ghost town in all of the state of Alabama. Located just 1 hour from Birmingham, this high tech city which is often referred to as "Rocket City" is also full of more than one spirits. Many who visit Haunted Huntsville have reported seeing unexplained phenomenon and paranormal events or activities.
Lucas Tavern is part of a grouping of historical buildings, called Old Alabama Town. Lucas Tavern is a building with a main tavern room, a kitchen, an eating area and bedrooms, that was fully restored by 1979. The spirit of Eliza Lucas became active in 1980, after the renovations of the Tavern was complete and the a new family with a new life had moved into the offices, which was located in the old bedrooms. Not only was the Tavern restored and changed, but it was once again being filled with strangers, people she didn't know or even want to know. Eliza was not liking one bit of this. She just wanted to be left alone. Many reported seeing this small shadow of a woman standing in the doorway of the Tavern. She seemed to be just watching everyone, almost as if she was keeping an eye on them and making sure everything was alright. As time went on the ghost of Eliza became more comfortable as did the new owners and the customers of the Tavern. She became a well-know sight if you were to go to the Tavern and almost something as a customer you would look forward to.
When visiting the street of Montgomery, you may want to be on the look out for a black 1988 Chevy Caprice hearse. Inside you will find the tour guide, Shannon Fontaine wearing a all black suit with a black top hat and sunglasses. A spooky sight for sure. One great thing about this haunted tour is how real it is. Take it from this retired detective, he knows all the haunted mansions and has heard all the reports of haunted locations and unexplained paranormal activity. You can see many of Montgomery's greatest unsolved mysteries, tragic accidents and more! One of the many things you are sure to enjoy on this tour is the famous Huntingdon College's, "Red Lady" Dorm, A tragic story of a young girl who was almost forced by her family to go to Huntingdon College. Having a true kind heart, but perhaps a little different on the outside, Martha had a hard time making friends. For some reason she was obsessed with the color red. She was often draped in a red robe, her room was completely covered in red, red drapes, a red praying rug and a red bedspread. Martha tried to fit it, but no one could she through her strange behaviors, she hated being there and just wanted to leave. After her behavior became even more strange and she was finally out in a room all by herself, no one wanted to be her roommate, Martha snapped. They found the dormitory president in the doorway of Martha's room. Martha had finally done what she had threatened many times, suicide. She was found with her wrists slit wearing her red robe and wrapped in her red bedspread. Martha had bled to death. This happened many years ago, but the students today that attend Huntington say that on the date of Martha's suicide they have seen rays of red light flashing down from her room in Pratt Hall and the Red Lady returns in her crazy red clothes to Pratt Hall.
The Old Barfoot House
Located in the city of Troy, the hauntings of the Old Barfoot House are said to date back to 1899 when Tom Johnson was hung from the gallows that at the time were located in front of the house. Johnson was hung at the turn of the 20th century after he was convicted for the ax murder of two elderly widows. During the 1930's, residents of the house claim seeing a frightening apparition of man with dark hair dressed in black pants and a white shirt, believed to be Johnson. Allegedly, family members would often wake to find the ghost standing at the foot of their bed staring at them or see him walking through the house towards a back bedroom before he would disappear.
Note: The Barfoot House is currently a private residence and permission from the owners must be obtained before entering the premises.
Graystone Manor was built in the early 1900's by Dr. Vanburen Graystone for his family. Dr. Graystone began experimenting on the bodies of his deceased clients and after the deaths of his son and wife (who passed away under strange circumstances), he became obsessed with death. After townsfolk began to mysteriously disappear, it was found that Dr. Graystone had murdered the citizens to satisfy his lust and satiate his obsession. Residents stormed Graystone Manor and burned it to the ground with the doctor inside.
Many years later, a Graystone descendant decided to rebuild the mansion in order to open it as a museum and clear the family name. However, during the construction, strange and unexplainable things began to happen. Lights would flicker and equipment would randomly turn off and on even when unplugged, and screams could be heard coming from inside the building.
Today, Graystone Manor is not a museum but rather one of the scariest haunted houses in the country. Covering more than 30,000 square feet, Graystone Manor is actually a PG-13 rated attraction because of its extreme intensity, gore, and realism. The Graystone Manor is truly only for those who can handle true terror!
The University of Alabama
Parts of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa are believed to be haunted. The ghost of a former professor of geology is said to still haunt Smith Hall. For the past quarter of a century, students and professors have reported hearing mysterious footsteps and ghostly voices of children.
Little Round House, also known as the Jason Shire on campus, is also said to be haunted. In 1865, three Union soldiers were discovered and killed by a student while searching for whiskey. Later, the building become home to the Jason's, a senior fraternity known for their painful initiations. It’s believed their initiation rituals have caused the ghosts of the Union soldiers to return and haunt the house.
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The Deep South is not the place you usually think of when a discussion of haunted attractions breaks out. But in recent years a number of major events have begun to gain recognition in the haunt community, events far from the autumn leaves and cool October nights of the eastern seaboard and Midwest. Today’s excursion will take us to Alabama for two major haunts that share a close connection even though they are both very unique events: Atrox Factory and Graystone Manor.
The story of Atrox Factory goes back many years to a group of friends and a haunt called Slain Manor. Slain Manor was a small show in a creepy farmhouse far off the beaten path near Birmingham, Alabama. Over a number of years they grew it into a sensation with huge crowds and long waits, but after a successful run the place was no longer available. The core group of haunters then took a year off and traveled all over the southeast seeing what passed for haunted attractions in other markets. Invigorated by the trip they decided to create a monster of an event and turn the local haunt scene upside down. Thus Atrox was born!
ATROX: The Very Name means Horror!
Securing a vast building in Leeds, Alabama just outside of Birmingham they were faced with a huge challenge. In Slain Manor every square inch mattered, now they had the opposite problem, to fill almost 50,000 square feet! The event would be massive and require a totally new approach. Key to the design was the memory of their old haunt and the long wait that the crowds had to suffer through. Atrox would be designed from day one with a system to organize and entertain the huge crowds that would soon descend on the place, a system that used a large part of the building not as a queue line but as an arena full of entertainment options. Taking the Latin name for horror they began the process of building Atrox Factory!
Our Visit to Atrox
For years I had heard tales of the event, just a few hours away from our own, and one dark night I finally got to see it. We jumped in a car, tired from a day of building our own show, and made the drive to Alabama. We were treated to an expansive tour by Paul Johnson the “Main Slain” and his crew, truly a heaping helping of southern hospitality. So what was it like? It was huge, very organized and very different from almost any haunts I have seen.
The first thing that you encounter when you enter is the arena. Visitors to Atrox in the past could enter this room free of charge and then head over to the “ticket booth”. Now entering this room has a cost, and even getting in the arena is something guests must wait a good while for. The ticket booth doesn't’t sell tickets, but rather “tokens” representing assorted body parts. Visitors are then free to hang out in the arena until their token is called and about 100 of them enter a short chain linked queue line for admission to the Haunt. I think this is a really cool idea from a haunt management side because you are not giving a firm commitment to a certain time to enter, but rather to a sequence of admissions almost like standing in a queue line without doing so. Guests may buy food, go to the gift shop, watch horror movies or meet the often top tier horror celebrities Atrox brings in every weekend. Actual queue time once the token is called is short, but when the announcement is made “to enter the cage” the repressed terror often makes guests freak out and leave without entering!
Although the event is large, it is the goal with this regulated timed entry concept to keep the groups separated as much as possible. The first room is a detailed study where the theme of Slain is revealed, and the guests enter into the catacombs via a secret door (There they encounter a Spookywoods Skeleton Costume totally camouflaged amongst the bodies!). The scenes that make up the show don’t necessarily stick to any one theme but rather are designed to explore the deepest fears of the audience. Early areas include an extensive surgery zone with a large industrial fan called the Gauntlet, a raised platform clown scene, and a tricked out execution area featuring a Shake-N- Bake by Distortions. Much of the haunt is left in near total darkness, with well placed drop panels, wall mounted mirrors or concealed animations with high quality sound shocking patrons in the dark voids between the larger more detailed sets.
In an unusual contrast, much of the haunt has rails separating the audience from the sets, like such classic events as the Haunted Schoolhouse in Akron Ohio while other areas feature huge unrailed open format rooms like you might see at The Beast in Kansas City (notably the scarecrow room). Then some of the halls are tight with things set right in your face like they are in most haunts, in a design style that really keeps you guessing.
Midway through the event you get to a very wide room with a series of shacks. There are many human sized animations here, and when the chainsaw attack occurs, it totally feels like the final scene. But you are only somewhere near the middle, followed up almost immediately by a huge gory butcher/blood splat room.
Many amazing events await guests on a journey through Atrox, as the scares just keep coming. In one section a HUGE truck rushes out of the darkness, driving a chain link fence to fall (seemingly) onto the crowd! In another, a creepy lab purported to be the site of real paranormal activity, a very small actor rushes from under a table shocking the guests out of their shoes. One area is located in an old storage section of the building where they have cut a path through massive shelving units. The place is submerged in spider webs and fog creating an extremely eerie environment.
The place is full of quality props and animations from vendors such as Unit 70 including a massive Yuggoth monster and Distortions with Tortured, Rage and the Body Saw illusion. They also make use of the Oak Island claustrophobia tunnels and shock pads plus the ever popular Vortex Tunnel. Some of my favorite features were the cold sticky latex they coated many walls with and the custom built rocking floor, an entire section that shifted with the weight of passing customers.
Other popular scenes at Atrox included a very effective distraction/plex bang and a maze with sliding walls. In the old days they would confuse and trap people for long periods of time, but now this is done less and less as attendance has grown.
Behind The Scenes
Another area that Atrox really shines in is the insane backstage area. Actors have a large comfortable costume/makeup room with a time clock and a big screen TV along with several airbrush stations. Actors also have a unique system in the haunt of getting help when they need it. Every major scene has a special panic box with buttons, one for medical, one for security, one for tech and one for a “monster mom” This sends a signal to the control room (where the cameras positioned all over the show are monitored), so that the proper help can be dispatched as needed.
The workshop is huge, with every major tool and supply ready to build scenes all laid out for use, and the backstage areas have massive corridors that rival the behind the scenes areas of the late Rocky Point. The entire operation is well organized and neat, not what you would expect from a bunch of haunters!
Due to the high volume of celebrities that visit Atrox they have a well appointed green room and a special stage for these visitors. Their use of celebrities is a story in itself, and is one of the many things that Atrox is known for.
The entire impression of Atrox is one of massive scale and organization. The way that the flow is controlled, the use of actor call systems, the large backstage areas and the variety of technology based scares (crisp audio, big gags) speaks to immense amounts of planning. I don’t think that I have seen a show this tightly organized since Rocky Point.
Truly a stunning spectacle of fright awaits those who would dare explore its cavernous depths!
The Land Of Graystone
Any of you who have spent much time on the Hauntworld forums have heard of the irrepressible Shane Dabbs. Coming into the haunt scene like a fireball a few years ago, he was well known for sharing his opinions, but his event, Graystone Manor located in upstate Alabama in the small town of Killen remained an enigma. As it happens my wife’s family is from the Shoals area, less than an hour from Shane’s haunt, so over the Christmas holidays I popped over to meet the man and see the show that at the time was shrouded in mystery.
I was very pleasantly surprised! The event, located in an old flea market, was massive, extremely detailed, full of props and animations, and getting the kind of attendance in just three years that many haunts never see. So where did this totally unexpected and out of place event come from?
Shane had actually been doing haunts for many years, often with his friend Vinny Grosso, more of the typical set ‘em up and tear ‘em down type operations. Shane’s background was in Christmas displays and costume stores, so he had always had a connection to the holiday market, especially the Santa photo business that he had set up in malls all over the southeast. Another interesting part of his background was his collection of wild animals including big cats and snakes. In some of his earlier haunts animal actors were utilized to good effect, but he was always careful to obey all of the laws regarding their proper care. A few years ago an old flea market became available so Shane stepped in, not quite realizing the amount of time and money it would take to turn it into a successful haunt.
Into the Manor
The property contains a series of long shed like buildings that were once used for the tenants of the market to display their wares. This allows a ton of space for the haunt, but with limited width and ceiling height. The fire marshal insisted the buildings used for the show must be sprinkled, but Shane for the sake of realism wanted to actually have ceilings on all the haunt scenes, thus he was required to DOUBLE sprinkle the buildings, one set in the eaves and another under the drop ceilings, for an initial cost of over $90,000! A big influence on Graystone Manor was his good friend Paul Johnson and Atrox so he would also design an arena style queuing area as well as taking many inspirations from that haunt into the feel of his show. But in the end they would still be very different events, despite their common origins.
When one arrives at Graystone you are greeted by a two to three story impressive façade of an old mansion with a backlit circular window that was custom built to span several of the buildings. You enter into a huge sanctioned queue room where tickets (tokens like Atrox) are purchased, then funneled into an indoor/outdoor waiting area similar to Atrox’s arena. Here guests remain until their group’s admission to the Manor, and many of them pass the time by eating! A huge well equipped fast food kitchen is set up with corn dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and every other imaginable fair food option you might want to indulge in. Entertainment is provided on several big screen TVs, a DJ and the house band the Cornstalkers who have a stage and seating all to themselves. The tokens bear symbols such as snakes or spiders, and when the creature is called one hundred or so guests queue up for their trip into the Manor.
The first room is very similar to Atrox in which the story of the crazed Graystone is revealed along with a few other gags (Like dropping maggots!). Then the group is off into an adventure that I would describe as rolling out in four different sections. Unlike Atrox, Graystone is very tightly themed, and the entire feel of the place is different. While Atrox varies from tight to very huge open areas, Graystone has a very consistent realistic feel almost like you really are in a house. The drop ceilings, rectangular rooms and floor treatments (rugs) really create a sense of place. The walls are aged with paint washes and full of knick knacks like paintings and chair rail. I was especially impressed by a large collection of old bottles in one of the doctor’s office areas. In an interesting twist, windows in the house look into a secret hallway where actors can watch the guests go through the show. This hallway is also used to create a lighting storm with flashing lights and booming audio!
The first section is the house and hospital/morgue area of the crazed doctor. A series of rooms like bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, trophy rooms, kid rooms, etc. gives way to examining rooms, labs, morgues, and other medical themed areas. The scenes are very populated with human sized animations primarily from Unit 70, featuring mutilations and insane gory patients twitching and popping up. Needless to say the gore factor is pretty high! Also fitting into the mix are very creepy old medical equipment and carefully concealed actor hiding places. After a fairly long series of rooms that might be an entire haunted house in other parts of the country, guests venture out into the outside courtyard between two of the buildings into the second “section” to experience a simulated thunderstorm!
You cross a tin roofed boardwalk with rain pounding down on it over a “lake”. Flashes of lightning illuminate the lake and you see endless mounds of bones just below its surface! Shane has purchased truckloads of cow bones from a slaughter house and the quantity is amazing. Leaving the courtyard you travel down a long claustrophobic tunnel into the third “section,” a dungeon crypt styled area. Several larger animations are found here like a Scarefactory wolf and a Distortions Tortured animation. This section has stone like walls, dungeon and crypt like scenes filled with gruesome animations and even more massive piles of bones. The claustrophobia feeling grows here as many of the ceilings are arched with drippy set dressing hanging down, totally selling the illusion of an underground environment. After a large variety of related themed rooms you get to a very well done almost Frankenstein like lab with a cool custom built machine. Then it is out to the final section, an outdoor graveyard with standing mausoleums and the ultimate chainsaw area!
This entire event is very tightly themed and extremely well decorated. The care to make arched ceilings and the elaborate custom lab set shows a serious degree of art direction, not to mention the massive façade at the beginning! I could not believe that a show only three years old in an area so far from huge cities could have this many effects and so many people coming to it. Shane has purchased dozens and dozens of gory animations, and has thrown in a black out maze and claustrophobia tunnel to boot. If this is Graystone in its first few years I cannot imagine what it will be like in the next ten! I can tell you all that Shane has a totally awesome haunt and it is only the beginning for him and his crew.
Both of these events are exceptional, vast shows built in permanent locations, well funded, well attended, packed with the latest gags, with elaborate queuing systems and waiting line entertainment. Both are neat, organized and ready to scare the fool out of anyone daring to make the journey to see them. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting to see when I went to these haunts but I left both very impressed and eager to spread the word about how elaborate they were. The south may not be packed with haunts, but when they do spring up watch out! We may not have the crisp autumn evenings and traditions of the east and midwest, but when it comes to major haunts the South has definitely risen from the grave!
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