How much does it cost to go into real haunted houses?

Some genuinely haunted houses — especially haunted hotels, museums, and B&Bs — charge admission.

Note: This is different from commercial, theatrical “haunted houses” that are set up at Halloween.

In this article, I’m talking about sites that seem to be haunted by actual ghosts and paranormal activity.

theatre curtain - is that site really haunted?If you’re simply touring a haunted house, the admission price should be consistent with local museums.

Read online reviews before spending a cent.

Some haunted houses charge more for overnights and ghost hunting events, and similar experiences that provide extra value.

If you’re not promised extra value* as part of your visit, be sure you’re comfortable with the price of admission.

Is it a ghost hunting event?

If so, ticket prices should reflect these features:
– The quality of the guest speakers or investigators.
– Food and entertainment.
– How small or exclusive the event is. That is, will you be elbow-to-elbow with beeping EMF meters and swinging dowsing rods? Or, will you be able to conduct research, undistracted, with a small group of people?
– How much individual attention you can expect from the professional ghost hunters.

Is it a simple overnight vigil?

The price should match moderately priced hotels in that same area.

Of course, if the vigil includes a tour and a series of specific experiments — that can produce startling results — you may expect to pay more.

Fiona's adviceIn general, compare the price of any haunted house visit with any similar hotel, museum, or historical home that doesn’t have ghosts.

If admission is considerably higher, be sure you’re getting a good value. Ask ghost hunting friends and read reviews. Weigh them against other, similar haunts you can visit, and your budget.

*No genuinely haunted house can (or should) claim that you’ll have a paranormal encounter. If they are… be skeptical. It might be mere entertainment, not the real thing.

Author: Fiona Broome

Fiona Broome is a paranormal researcher and author. She describes herself as a "blip analyst," since she explores odd "blips" in reality. But mostly, she investigates ghosts and haunted places.

4 thoughts on “How much does it cost to go into real haunted houses?”

  1. I’ve been trying to figure out how to spend my Halloween later this year. It would be fun to go out and find real ghosts. However, I don’t know if I can really handle it. Do you have any other tips about how to find a haunted house, perhaps some place that isn’t actually haunted?

    1. Johnny, I’m not sure what to tell you. And, since you’re not sure if you could handle a genuinely haunted house, I removed your link. (I’m fine with haunted houses, but attractions designed to scare people…? Not my style. I’m uncertain why you linked to one.)

      Many haunted houses are more like dimmer switches than on/off. That is, you’ll find plenty of locations that are supposed to be haunted, but reviews at TripAdvisor (etc.) suggest you may not encounter a real ghost, or anything scary at all.

      I like hotels like New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone. If you’re looking for ghosts, you’ll find them there. If you’d rather have an undisturbed night’s sleep, you’ll be okay, too. Their ghosts are not intrusive.

      In England, Tudor World (Stratford-upon-Avon) isn’t especially haunted by day. You could tour it and perhaps get a few chills, but nothing too scary.

      By night, it’s one of the weirdest haunts I’ve ever seen. Bring a friend; you won’t want to leave there on your own. Not in the dark, anyway.

      I hope that’s helpful.

      Sincerely,
      Fiona

  2. What are the best haunted houses in the USA? Because I’ve been to supossed haunted houses and did’nt even get chills… Any recommendations?

    1. GoldenColony, if you’ve been to houses where others have encountered significant phenomena, and nothing happened, you may be someone who repels ghosts.

      A former team member was like that. He was very interested in ghosts and haunted places, but nothing seemed to happen within ~30 feet of him, ever. We tested it a few times, to be sure. He started joking that he was a “walking banishing spell,” and he stopped doing research with us. I’m not sure if he ever found a way to overcome whatever-it-was that prevented him from encountering ghosts.

      In the USA, I think the Myrtles Plantation (Louisiana) offers a lot of different phenomena.

      Not far away, Houmas House seems to be overlooked by many ghost hunters, but the house’s phenomena have been well-documented. I’ve seen ghosts there, even in broad daylight. Any site with multiple apparitions is rare.

      I also like The Mount, which was Edith Wharton’s home. A couple of us heard her voice, clearly, in the library area. I also saw some startling “hack shack” responses in another room, but only when one investigator asked questions. (The radio remained silent or nonsensical with everyone else.) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mount_(Lenox,_Massachusetts)

      Generally, I look for houses with a powerful reputation, but limited hours/days when you can visit. I think sites with lots of visitors have steadily reduced investigation opportunities. I’m not sure if the steady stream of ghost hunters dilutes the energy, or if they leave their own energy behind and it masks other phenomena. (The latter concept isn’t as bizarre as it sounds: http://qr.ae/TUpGbX )

      Either way, some of the most popular sites can (but aren’t always) be disappointing, especially if you’re new to ghost hunting.

      I hope that’s helpful, and you find a haunted house that gives you chills.

      Cheerfully,
      Fiona

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