4800 Canal Street, New Orleans
Price: $30, but if you donate blood on site, you can get a VIP admission pass for free.
Dates: Friday and Saturday through November 4, plus extended dates around Halloween. Doors open at 7pm.
Unlike so many haunted houses located in suburban strip malls, The Mortuary is actually held in... wait for it... a former mortuary. Built in 1872, the grand Victorian mansion was converted into a funeral home in 1930. At its peak, the business included cold storage for dead bodies, autopsy and embalming rooms, and a crematorium. It went up for sale in 2004 and sat on the market for three years, slowly decaying, until the current owners bought it and turned it into a haunted house. Can you imagine walking through a vermin-infested, Katrina-ravaged, graffiti-laced former-mortuary and being like, “I’ll take it!”? If the Mortuary’s three floors of ever-changing sets, props, and actors don’t scare you, just think about that.