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Kansas City’s Edge of Hell

I’m a local gal at heart, and so after my Bates Motel post, I needed to give some love to another one of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses & Attractions. Plus, it’s right in my backyard.

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Kansas City Haunted Houses are Great!

Kansas City’s “Edge of Hell” has been around for many years, since 1975 to be exact. I remember even as a junior high student, all of the high school kids were hitting this Kansas City haunted house. It was known for its fright tactics – for its themes and amazing costumes. And it was THE place to be in Kansas City around Halloween time.

Well, I’m obviously not in junior high anymore, but I am way excited that this haunted house is still in existence, and stronger than ever! Part of what makes the Edge of Hell unique is it’s location – it’s in a run-down part of the city (West Bottoms) that just makes you a little on edge as you drive to the haunted house. There are five floors that you have to walk through, and after 30 minutes of terrifying noises, characters and lights – you’re totally spooked. But there’s also some fun things they do to make it a “spook”tacular time…

– characters in crazy scary costumes, like “Ratman” who bites the heads off of rats

– shadows cast by dim lighting, even right as you walk in

– Frights from all of the scariest things: bats, dogs, Dracula, ghosts and more.

– light and state-of-the-art technologies

– spooky music

– cramped quarters and lots of walking wears you out and has you guessing what’s next around the corner

If you’re in KC and a big fan of Haunted Houses, you’ve got to check this one out. There are some other great ones too, and you can even buy some package deals to go to several haunted houses. This year, Kansas City is also getting a “Ghost and Gangsters” tour together that runs year-round! Check it out if you’re out this way!

Turning Your House Haunted This Halloween

I can still remember the houses that went “all out” for Halloween when I was a kid. In a neighborhood of about 100-200 homes, there were 3-4 houses that stood out amidst the crowd. The majority of them left their porch light on, and had a delicious assortment of Snickers bars and mini-Twizzlers that I begrudgingly had to share with my brother once I got back home. But every so often, we’d approach a house that stood out. Creepy music was playing as we walked up to the door, and it felt like we walked through cobwebs to get there. The house was lit up with scary candles, and the host usually opened the door wearing some freakishly bloody mask that scared … and scarred me … as a young child.

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Although I was scared in the moment, it was always a thrill to return to the “scary” houses. Maybe that’s why a big Halloween trend has picked up and more houses are starting to decorate for Halloween. Instead of the “porch light means we’ve got candy” mantra, nowadays home owners are really getting into Halloween and transforming their homes into haunted houses on the evening of Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. Whether it’s outdoor lighting, frightening music, pretend spiders and black cats, or even freaky costumes – it’s become a family affair to celebrate Halloween and scare children. And it’s great.

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this fall, consider decorating your house with lights and other Halloween decor. You’ll be a trick-or-treater’s favorite, and be the envy of all the neighbors.

I am looking forward to Halloween this year. And although the little girl inside of me still gets scared when I approach a house that’s obviously going to feel “haunted,” I push through it for the thrill of being scared, and for the chance to get a mini Snickers bar.

Bates Motel – One Scary Haunted House

If you’re looking for ideas about how to create your own haunted house this fall, take tips from the big guys. One way to transform your house into a haunted house for Halloween is to follow some of the same techniques used by some of the most popular haunted houses, Bates Motel.

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Take Tips from the Pros for your Next Haunted House!

Bates Motel is one of the scariest haunted houses in the United States. It’s been ranked in the Top 5 haunted American attractions by Hauntworld Magazine and USA today. Located in Glen Mills, PA, travelers come from near and far to be thrilled through a haunted house tour and hay ride.

Some of the Bates Motel scare tactics include:

  • Spooky Halloween sounds and music
  • Scary animatronics
  • Synchronized lighting to music and fog
  • Strobe lights
  • Black lights
  • Dressed up, frightening characters placed throughout the house

Bases Motel uses programmed lighting and sound equipment to make the effects realistic and believable. Bates has some great ideas for your Halloween party this year!

Curious where to get some of the same equipment used at Bates Motel? Check this out – all you need for a Bates Motel-like Halloween in a Box!