Ranging from the more traditional haunted houses to zombie paintball, there’s a place for everyone.

While some people enjoy spooky movies come October, some people just like the candy. But for those that like to venture out into some festive, thrill-filled activities, a haunted house is a great option for a lively night out with friends. Here’s a short list of local haunted houses (plus a few in Columbia) that will test your jump-scare threshold.

The Beast
1401 West 13th Street
Kansas City, MO

The Beast boasts a truly haunted haunted house, for those who really want a good scare. So much so that it made a Huffington Post list asserting that it’s scarier to work there than to attend. A haunted bathroom? What more could you want? The Beast has been scaring folks since 1991 with its open format design. With a 40-minute experience ending in a four-story slide exit, the Beast features the Werewolf Forest, a maze, and a three-story lighthouse. If you do not like being videotaped, do not go to the Beast. Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, and kids under 10 who experience nightmares are not advised to go at all.

The Edge of Hell
1300 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO

Founded in 1975, The Edge of Hell is the oldest haunted house in Kansas City. So you get a little history with your haunt. They feature 40-plus live performances and are constantly reinventing their five floors to keep people on their toes. The converted five-story warehouse employs state-of-the-art technology as well as an in-house 20-foot-long python named Medusa. The python’s handler is the general manager of the place, as well.

“We try to keep Medusa well-fed and slightly out of reach as there have been instances with reticulated pythons where they’ve had to cut people out of them! We never underestimate that she does always have the upper-hand.”

Macabre Cinema
1222 West 12th Street
Kansas City, MO

As a unique haunted house/movie theater experience, you can experience the thrills and also catch a renowned horror movie as well. Located all in the same block as the previous two haunted houses, you can get combo passes for each place or spend $25 for a ticket to Macabre.

Macabre Cinema is one of the more unique haunted houses as it is also a theater.


1207 Rogers Road
Columbia, MO

Necroplanet is an innovative, interactive haunted house where you enter a post-apocalyptic world and battle zombies. Lets be real, who doesn’t want to battle zombies?! While they are relocating and may not be available as of this year, keep your eye out for this spot! You can always visit FearFest, who is next up on the list.


6399 US-40
Columbia, MO

FearFest has four attractions in one location for you to fully customize your haunted experience. Hawthorn State Asylum and The Mortuary are both traditional haunted houses, Terror in the Woods is a haunted trail, and Zombie Safari Paintball allows you to shoot zombies while riding FearFest custom trailers. They even provide options with differing levels of intensity!


What’s your favorite haunted house in Kansas City? Did we miss one on our list? Tell us in the comments below!

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