This Halloween season is not complete without caramel-covered apples, candy corn, a carved pumpkin on your doorstep, and a visit to a local haunted house. There are hauntings around every corner in the Omaha area and we have done some research about each location to help you know what you can expect upon entrance. We’ve done our best to prepare you, but now you’re on your own and there are many more surprises in store! Enter if you dare…
Experience a BLOODRUSH in Camp Fear’s forest of terror that is sure to leave your heart beating out of your chest. Or pack your sleeping bags for a camping trip that you wish you could forget. That’s right — Camp Fear invites brave guests to stay overnight on their spooky premises with Fright Overnight. Book your camping spot while space is available — if you think you can handle it!
Camp Fear also plays three classic horror films nightly at their Nightmare Theater. Choose from the 35 creepy movies screened over five weekends by checking out their movie schedule. You can also huddle together to survive the horror with a group of friends at their firepits available for rent for $20.
If you have a fear of clowns, the Carnival of Terror is the perfect place to experience the ultimate fright this Halloween season. From the producers of MTV’s “House of Terror”, this haunted house is located in the “underbelly” of the Halloween Candy building in Old Market. Enter this intense haunted attraction for $13 but be sure to avoid the blood-thirsty clowns! Going on a Thursday or Saturday? Save $2 off admission with this printable coupon.
If you have a little zombie or princess to consider while making your Halloween festivity plans, consider visiting the Omaha Children’s Museum for Cobweb Castle. Kids are able to explore the castle, play in the Neon Nook, conquer the Noodle Forest, and venture through the graveyard with OCM’s personal witch, Broomhilda, during an interactive sing-along. This is quite the exciting lineup for kids, and you can have peace of mind knowing the activities are specifically geared towards children. This event is free with regular museum admission or membership.
Survive an evening of fear at Eagle Hollow Haunts, which hosts three new impressively haunted attractions. Creep through Luminon, a 3D alien world, get on board a bus driven by a madman towards the Darklands, and revisit your worst nightmare in Night Terrors. After all is said and done, wind down with dinner at their jampacked concession stand, enjoy a few drinks around a cozy fire pit or rock out to some Scary-oke.
With several updates this spooky season, the Gateway of Chaos is your entrance into a world of terror. Cross the border into Iowa and through this gateway for the scare of a lifetime. The Gateway of Chaos isn’t just full of evil and screams! 100% of the funds raised benefit the Malvern Area Betterment Association, a nonprofit group focused on bettering the social, educational, business and developmental aspects of local people in the city of Malvern, Iowa and surrounding areas. So you can know that your $10 ticket (or $8 if accompanied by two cans of food for donation) will go towards bettering the local community and improving the individual lives therein.
It’s difficult to list all there is to do at Haunted Hollow Haunted Theme Park! Some of the attractions include a 3-story haunted house, Heartbeat Suspended Bridge, Nebraska Chainsaw Massacre, a barn maze, nightly movies under the stars, a bonfire hangout, a mausoleum, a cemetery, Mike Meyers’ house, Whack Shack, a redneck roller coaster and a tarrot card reading station.
After you feed your hunger for fear, you can also nibble on funnel cakes, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, fried cookie dough and caramel apples. It’s amazing that just $25 on Fridays and Saturdays and $20 on Sunday-Thursday gives you access to all of these spooky attractions and activities. But before you go, print out one of these two coupons to save a few bucks!
If you read our list of the best Omaha area pumpkin patches complete with an interactive map, you’ll remember the beloved Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch. You might also know that Pioneer Trail has a dark side at night, and they do nighttime hauntings just as well as they do cheery daytime pumpkin pickin’s. Travel through their 1890 farmhouse and the graveyard just outside. The seasoned veterans warn you to “be careful when you pass through the kitchen that you don’t become dinner…”
According to the stories passed down over time, the Mystery Manor was built in 1887 and was once the home of William and Greta Hall, who opened up their gorgeous home as a meeting place to the elite of Omaha. When the stock market crashed on October 23, 1929, William went insane due to his lost fortune and killed his wife and buried her body on the property. A week later, Greta’s brother killed William with the same ax used for his sister’s murder, reuniting the husband and wife in a shallow grave in the backyard. Greta’s brother was then found dead at the grave sight on Halloween.
His murder has always been a mystery, giving this horror sight the name “Mystery Manor”. Purchase a ticket for $12 to set foot on the murder scene if you dare. And check out their coupons in advance to save $2 on admission or to obtain a fast pass!
Take a twisted walk through the haunted house and haunted caves, stop by a zombie jail and go on a haunted hayride at the Ranch of Terror at the Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Patch. The Ranch of Terror has over 30 years under their belt in the haunted attraction industry and actors and actresses with multiple years of experience, so they sure know how to scare. You can stop by on Fridays or Saturdays between 7:30 and 11:30 p.m. or Sundays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Over 20 acres of hauntings host three spooky attractions that you don’t want to miss this Halloween season: Master’s Castle, Haunted Woods and House on the Hill. Each attraction holds terrifying surprises inside that we wouldn’t want to spoil. After enduring the frights inside, enjoy the comfort of a bonfire during the chilly autumn night and enjoy treats from their concession stand.
Step to the edge of your comfort zone at The Shadow’s Edge. This is their 13th year in the haunting business and you know what they say about unlucky 13. Try to hold onto your luck and survive your journey through this horrific haunted house located two blocks north of I-80 in the Westgate Plaza. Admission is only $12, but you can obtain a coupon on their website!
For the unscareable…
If fog machines, zombie makeup and ketchup-for-blood aren’t quite scary enough for you, you might want to check out a real haunted location. Hummel Park is said to be one of the most haunted places in Omaha. Find out why…
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Camp Fear, Eagle Hollow Haunts, Pioneer Trail Orchard & Pumpkin Patch, Mystery Manor and The Shadow’s Edge.