At AtmosFX, we sometimes have a hard time letting Halloween go, even during the more cheerful winter holidays. Instead of dreaming of sugarplum fairies dancing in your head maybe you imagine: creepy carolers, perilous presents, and terrifying trees.
Christmastime 2017 Haunts
This was a tough season for some haunted attractions. A few were damaged or even closed by the recent hurricanes; one had their entire safe stolen from their building including the actor pay and ticket revenue. Somehow, we bet there is a curse attached to the burglar. So here are a few places definitely scarier than your in-laws this Christmas.*
Krampus: A Haunted Christmas (AZ, CO, IL, IN, OH, TN, TX)- Dec. 8th and 9th
Krampus: A Haunted Christmas looks like a nationwide event! It runs only December 8th and 9th (probably best to buy tickets in advance) but you can catch Krampus in Phoenix, Denver, Chicago, Seymour, Canton, Nashville and Austin.
All Saints Lunatic Asylum (CA)- December 22nd and 23rd
Nearly 50 years ago, All Saints Lunatic Asylum lost funding and was forced to close its doors. Patients unable to leave, Doctors with nowhere to go, the once cutting edge mental health facility fell into obscurity. In October 2011, All Saints Lunatic Asylum (Home Haunted Attraction) re-opened its doors to the public for the first time. Were you the first of your friends to witness the horrors that lay within....? Enter If you dare!!!
Sinister Pointe (CA)- Dec. 22nd and 23rd
Sinister Pointe is revamping their Halloween attraction into a brand new "Choose your own adventure style", interactive, "Rude & Crude XMAS nightmare! Which includes plenty of inappropriate behavior, language and insults. If you are easily offended then this specific holiday event is NOT for you. This Event is NOT for children!"
If the above warning doesn't frighten off the faint of heart and the timid of taste, the show poster should impress how serious they are when they say, "rude and crude."
Factory of Fear (IL)- Dec. 8th and 9th
We couldn't find much information about the event on The Factory of Fear website, only that they are open in both December (8th, 9th) and February (9th, 10th) so the frights will keep going through the dark months.
Massacre Haunted House (IL)- Dec. 16th, 22nd and 23rd
The Christmas Haunted House at Massacre Haunted House posted the below trailer to give fright hunters a taste of what they have in store this holiday season. They also point out, "Don't let the weather scare you, leave that to us! Massacre Haunted House is the only Haunted House in the area with ALL INDOOR HEATED WAITING AREA, BOX OFFICE, and ATTRACTIONS!" That's pretty important in wintertime Illinois. This one also looks like it is targeted to adults. The attraction designers suggest those with doubts should "go visit Santa in the mall."
Christmas Fear at Midnight Terror Haunted House (IL)- Dec. 16th - 18th
"Christmas spirit is lost. Can Fear make it right?"
Christmas Fear at Midnight Terror Haunted House is an interactive Christmas Horror Story. Visitors will experience Santa’s Workshop of Fear, Silent Night Maze, The Town that Lost Christmas Spirit. Our warehouse is completely re-themed with a new layout, New Props, and all New Christmas Characters.
Save huge before Dec. 4th with presale tickets. Limited pre-sale tickets available HERE; USE THE CODE “jackfrost” for an additional 10% OFF! Consider it an early Christmas present!
Basement of the Dead (IL)- Dec. 15th and 16th
Krampus Christmas Horror Story (MO)- Dec. 16th only
Christmas has gone frightfully wrong at the Darkness...are you ready to experience the best haunted house in America? How deep into the depths of The Darkness can you take before your next breath is your last? The all new Darkness Haunted House, located in Soulard, off South Broadway in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, has been rated as America's BEST haunted house.
Brighton Asylum (NJ)- Dec. 9th and 16th
Open throughout the year for special haunted attraction events such as the world famous "Santa's Slay", and "Dark Valentine" haunted attractions events. Check out their "optional contact" events for extra thrills!
Bayville Haunted Christmas (NY)- Dec. 8th -10th, Dec. 15th-17th, Dec. 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th.
Chamber of Horrors (NY)- Dec. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th
Chamber of Horrors, located in Happauge, describes itself as "Long Island's most unique, exciting and absolutely terrifying haunted attraction." This holiday season, they are bringing you two attractions in "A Very Scary Xmas 2017":
- Tales of Terror: A collection of disturbing Christmas tales
- Santa's Workshop: An industrialized factory run by demonic toys
Guests can expect a “Killer Snowman, A Krampus for sure, Cannibal Christmas Dinners and even a Christmas light electrocution!” You'll enter the building to and be greeted with the sound of Christmas carols in an eerie tone. Once inside guests make their way through a Victorian mansion saturated horrendous holiday decor. Then, they will venture through an industrial factory with demonic toys: Killer Teddy bears, maniac wooden soldiers and more!
After this attraction suffered a major burglary over Halloween, all of the Actors, Crew, and Cast are volunteering. They are now asking everyone to help scare up support for the Chamber of Horrors. Tickets are only $15, include both attractions, and the digital photo with Santa. Donations to save Chamber of Horrors are also being accepted. For Donations or Sponsorship opportunities email Retrosoulsny@gmail.com
nightscare before christmas (TX)- Dec. 16th
This upcoming Christmas season, visit the place where the Christmas Haunted House started, Moxley Manor. Moxley Manor Haunted House brings you our 8th annual NightSCARE Before Christmas Haunted House. This December, the Moxley Manor is overrun by Evil Elves and the legend of the Krampus. Witness the events of a Christmas gone terribly wrong. Bring a friend, but you may leave alone!
Silo of Screams (TX)- Dates and times TBA
Wreck the Halls Dark Hour Haunted House (TX)- Dec. 15 and 16th, 29th and 30th
Sentient toys are rising up against their oppressors… Evil Elves. A lonely toy’s wish is granted by an ancient genie bringing life to all the other toys in the world. And they want revenge. So they rise up in arms with the genie, who leads a battle against Krampus and his army of elves. You’re stuck in the middle of this battle royale in a winter wonderland. Whose side are you on?
Nile Nightmares (WA)- Dec. 8th and 9th, 15th and 16th
If you thought the scares ended in October, you'd be dead wrong. This December, Nile Nightmares is summoning its evil elves and crazed creatures to give you an unforgettable holiday gift. Join us for a "horror-day" walk-through haunted house, and see if you're on Krampus' naughty list. The frights include six attractions:
- Ghosts of Christmas Past
- Lair of the Winter Witch
- Crazy Christmas At the Asylum
- Krampus Kave
- The Toy Factory
- Ice Station 13
What Did We Miss?
Did we miss a holiday haunted attraction in your state, city, or nearby dimension? Add it to the comments below with a link. We want to hear about them!