America’s Scariest Haunted House

Are you ready to experience the best haunted house in America? How deep into the depths of The Darkness can you plunge 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. The Darkness celebrates its 28th Year of Fear with a total renovation to make The Darkness longer and scarier than ever before. New scenes and screams with the Killer Pumpkin Barn, Haunted Conservatory, the Horror Arcade with games with a new 5 Minute Coffin Escape Room, Zombie Jam Basketball, Walking Dead Shooting Games, Horror Arcades, Horror Pinball, Ride the Electric Chair, tons of photos and a massive gift store. The Darkness and Terror Visions both where renovated with new scares, new scenes and more frights than ever.  Also located next door is St Louis Escape NOW with SIX different escape rooms including Dracula, Cellar, Haunted Hotel, Blackbeards Revenge and the all new Frankenstein Escape and Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  Also new this year is Retro Blacklight Mini Golf an interactive mini golf located at St Louis Escape.  Visit The Darkness to go through world class haunted houses, play escape rooms and then the world’s craziest mini golf.

We’re Here to Scare


Things to know before you go

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  • Scare factor: Scary

  • Appropriate For: Ages 12+

  • Organization Type: Commercial/For profit haunted house

  • Category: Haunted House

  • Additional info: Indoor events, Touching not allowed, Free parking


Witness the horror, while it lasts

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Answers to common questions

You can purchase your tickets on location at the ticket booth with credit cards or cash.  Or you can pay online using a major credit card (recommended).

When buying tickets online you will receive tickets by email.  We can accept printed tickets or tickets on your phone.

Coupons are only good when buying tickets at the box office.  Tickets online are already discounted and save you time.  If you download a ticket simply bring one per person to the box office.  Coupons are good any night in September, November or weekdays in October. JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE we sometimes offer PROMO CODES that can be used online.

You will save time at the attraction.  The longest lines are to buy tickets.  Once you purchase online you go straight into the line to enter skipping the ticketing line.  We can your phone or printed ticket.  Do not wait in ticketing line.  Keep in mind when you buy a ticket online your tickets are good ANY NIGHT we’re open.  We also now sell IMMEDIATE ACCESS Tickets – Show up Go in!   HOWEVER IF YOU DON’T MIND WAITING IN A LINE TO BUY TICKETS IF YOU USE CASH YOU SAVE WE CHARGE NO TAX AND THERE ARE NO SERVICE FEES.

NO!  And we have metal detectors.  Keep them in your trunk do NOT bring weapons of any kind into our haunts.

We do not charge for parking at Darkness.  You can park anywhere in Soulard public parking areas. Additionally make sure you leave valuables at home.  DO NOT LEAVE valuables in the front seat of your car.

Great question because yes you can.  There are two ways to do this.  Darkness can host one private party per day complete with fast passes to the haunts, use of our horror party room, free pinball, 3 minute escape, photo ops and so much more. Additionally, Darkness can be totally booked out on days we’re not open to the public.  In other words if The Darkness isn’t open on a Tuesday and you have a group of several hundred we can open just for your company.  Email us here for details:  [email protected]

Absolutely!  The Darkness is located inside a huge warehouse with indoor queue lines to keep people out of the rain.

They are NOT handicap accessible.  The crowds can limit the accessibility and safety of handicapped individuals, so it is NOT recommended. The Darkness is our most accessible haunted house, however it’s an old building and you have to go up several steps, there is an elevator that can take you to the second floor however the Darkness features uneven and tilting floors, tight corners, and other obstacles.  We can however arrange for PRIVATE TOURS for wheelchair guests to see the haunted houses.  Understand with hundreds of people in the attractions, and very difficult situations it creates a very tough situation for anyone in a wheelchair. WE DO NOT SUGGEST you bring guests in wheelchairs.  Again if you want to make special arrangements we’d be happy to escort wheelchair customers thru in non-operational hours at Darkness only.

It depends on how fast you travel through the maze. The Darkness has many visuals and a long, dark confusing maze. We suggest you take your time for maximum fun and excitement to ensure you see everything available.  Est. Time:  Darkness 60 minutes.

Yes.  We do not allow foul language, pushing, vulgar behavior, weapons of any kind, smoking, drugs, alcohol, etc.  We have a list of rules that must be adhered to for your own safety and the safety of the other guests.  Violation of these rules will usually bring a warning.  However, you may be asked to leave.  It is in your best interest to behave accordingly, as there are no refunds.

We’ve never had any serious injuries at any of our attractions in nearly 30 years of operation. Running is the main cause of minor injuries.  Make sure to follow the rules, specifically don’t run and you’ll be fine. Follow all the rules and do not stray from the main paths.  YOU MUST READ the WARNING page before you enter the attractions.  The WARNING signs are also displayed at each attraction.  DO NOT ATTEND if you have medical conditions that might cause you an injury… DO NOT enter our attractions if you are prone to seizers or if you have ANY kind of respiratory conditions, especially asthma, heart conditions.  Do not enter if you have broken bones, casts or are pregnant.  Again, you must read and understand our warning signs before considering entry into our events.  Almost all injuries that do occur are a result from the customer running and they run into one of our actors, a wall, or run and fall down. DO NOT RUN!  Also DO NOT TOUCH props this may also result in an injury.  DO NOT RUN UP AND DOWN STAIRS.  But above all do NOT attend our attractions if you suffer from various different pre-existing medical conditions.  Enter at own risk.  Not responsible for any injury.

We’re suggesting no one visit with a fever and wear mask covering while attending the haunted houses.   Do not attend our event if you’re sick, have a fever or recently had the flu.  Warning’s are posted please read them before attending.  We’re operating with fewer actors and they’re working in SCAREZONES.  We have also added twice as many air cannons and sound fx to scare customers things that don’t require actors.  Guests can wear face coverings if they choose.

No.  And you’re not allowed to bring them on any of our properties.

Yes and No.  Haunted houses are dark and everyone, especially the actors, get adjusted to the low light.  When you flash your camera, you’re not only ruining other customers’ experience but your hurting the actors’/customers’ eyes.  HOWEVER you’re allowed to take any photos or videos without a flash.  Our que lines have several monsters who will take pictures with you.  You can take all the photos you want inside the haunted houses without a FLASH!  Outside the haunted houses we have photo ops set up and you’re free to use your flash.

No pets. No weapons. No alcoholic beverages. No drugs. No cigarettes. No costumes.   It is also recommended to leave your valuables at home, like cell phones, purses, loose jewelry and more.  We do not stop production to search for lost or missing items.  All lost or missing items will be searched for after the close of business.  We are not liable for lost or missing items.  Additionally DO NOT LEAVE valuables in your cars.  YOU MAY WEAR FACE MASKS AND RUBBER GLOVES.   NO GUNS AND NO WEAPONS we can metal detect any customer.

No. Our actors are trained not to touch any customer for any reason.  You will not be grabbed or touched by any actors unless it’s by accident, which does happen.  We also ask that you DO NOT touch our actors or any staff members as well as the props and sets. Warning it’s possible one of our actors might touch you or another customer might touch you.  You’re taking that risk upon entry.  If you feel you have been touched without consent please inform our management.

The Darkness is located next door to two major apartment complex. If parents drop off kids at The Darkness, they must pick up their kids immediately upon exiting the haunted house.  PLEASE ASK YOUR KIDS TO TEXT YOU JUST AS THEY’RE ENTERING the haunted house so you can head towards the haunt for pick up.  The Darkness is near where people LIVE and we’re NOT allowed to have teenagers gathered around the buildings.  Please pick up your kids upon exiting the attractions.

Yes. We sell everything from glow sticks to food to t-shirts and hoodie.  The Darkness features a massive retail store which features mugs, puzzles, t-shirts, jackets to horror movie stuff and everything between.  The store is operated at the exit of The Darkness.

On October weekends we try to open as early as 6pm to 7pm.  On weekdays we open later and in September we open later, simply because it’s still light outside.  Please refer to the times and dates page of our website.

We have had cars broken into like any other place in America.  We have NEVER had a car stolen, or broken into where someone didn’t leave a purse or something very valuable in the front seat.  In almost every case a car has been broken into someone has left a purse in the front seat.  When attending our attractions DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES leave ANYTHING valuable in your car.  Please do NOT bring anything with you or put everything in your trunk.  We have parking lot attendants at Darkness.   We do watch the cars as best we can.  At Darkness you park all throughout Soulard and we supply a Police officer who drives around watching cars.  DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR!  We are NOT responsible for any lost valuables or if your car is broken into.

We have no age restrictions so long as the child is (a) accompanied by adult supervision, and (b) wants to go through on his/her own will with no one forcing him/her through.  All kids are different.  If you think your children will enjoy the scares, then bring them down.  Please use appropriate judgment, and remember there are no refunds.

YES we do.  The Darkness has St Louis Escape Rooms, Silly Putter  Mini Golf, Horror Arcade, and a 5 Minute Escape Rooms.

YES, we make videos all the time for the promotion of our haunted houses.  Additionally we have a security system that films everything.  Lastly we are also on national TV shows all the time so yes you can be filmed.  By entering the haunted houses are you agreeing to allow your image to be used.

No we do not.  You can however gift your tickets to anyone you want.  In other words if you can’t make it then simply give the tickets to someone you know.  You’re allowed to transfer tickets to someone else.

NO! We can’t have our customers thinking you’re one of our staff. No costumes and no masks allowed into the attractions. YOU CAN WEAR FACE MASKS for COVID.

YES!  Are you medically sensitive to fog?  Don’t come!  We use strobe lights!  Do you have a fear of enclosed spaces?  Are you an expectant mother?  Do you have any type of heart condition, abnormal blood pressure, sensitive to loud noises, sudden movement, heart conditions, broken bones, or simply not physically fit?  DO NOT ATTEND our attraction.  You enter at your own risk!  Not responsible for any injury.   If you’ve had a fever, flu or covid 19 do NOT attend.

A fast pass gets you to the front of the outdoor line not the indoor line.  The indoor que line of The Darkness is all-new and is part of the attraction experience now.

This is different than a speed pass.  Even if you buy a speed pass ticket you must wait in the speed pass line.  Speed pass lines are a lot faster than general admission.  However with an Immediate Access ticket you go STRAIGHT IN THE ATTRACTION.  Just drive up, park and present your ticket and boom we put you right inside the door.  Keep in mind at The Darkness there is a very SHORT indoor que line you will not bypass… this is part of the show.

WOW SOMEONE actually asked this question?  We have a great answer… please visit our attractions any night in September or November or weekdays Sunday thru Thursday.  The first weekend in October isn’t very busy either.  Many people think Halloween would be slammed but its NOT!  So in short come any weekend in November or September, first weekend in October or any weeknight.  If you come any of these nights we put guests thru SLOWER and wait times are much shorter.  PLEASE come on these nights.

Great question.  We offer cheaper tickets prices for different dates however our busiest days might go up in price.  Take advantage of the dates when prices are the cheapest.  Visit our haunts any nights in September or November or weekdays in October.  You can only use coupons at the box office.

YES we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to add the latest and best screams, new attractions, and things to entertain our guests. Darkness always gets new amazing screams!  The Darkness is changed by over 30% every year.

Another great question.  There is no comparison between other local haunts and Darkness, Lemp or Creepyworld.  Amusement Park haunts from our perspective have very basic haunt mazes, with a bigger focus on their rides.  Other local attractions are more than likely very low budget. The Darkness, Lemp and Creepyworld are considered three of the best 25 haunted attractions in the entire WORLD!  The Darkness by most haunted attraction industry experts is listed as the #1 haunted house in the America.  Haunt owners, Amusement Park operators from AROUND the WORLD have visited our attractions.  Our company has also built haunted houses for nearly every theme park in America.  Trust us there is no comparison!  LOL


America’s scariest haunted house

The Darkness attractions

The Darkness is not like any other haunted house you’ve ever experienced. For the 28th Year of Fear the best haunted house in America has pulled out all the screams! The Darkness was totally renovated, expanded to includes several new attractions. In 2021 The Darkness features the two floor Darkness, Terror Visions 3D, Monster Museum, all-new Coffin 5 Minute Escape Room, St Louis Escape next door now with SIX Escapes, all-new Horror Arcade Room and the all-new Retro Interactive Mini Golf.

The Darkness will also open for special events such as Krampus Haunted Christmas in December, Valentines Bloody Date Night in February and Scream Break in April.

Next door to the Darkness is  St Louis Escape Rooms, now featuring ALL NEW Escapes including Dracula Escape – Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Cellar – Hotel – Frankenstein and Blackbeards Revenge.  Coming Spring 2022 Jurassic Island Escape. St Louis Escape also features a vintage arcade with 10 pinball games and Arcades.

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