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Sinister Tombs Haunted House in Eastview - 50576 Views
KY Haunted House in Eastview, Kentucky KY: The Sinister Tombs Haunted House Old school haunted house with over 50 actors, wood trails cover bridges and a house you will never forget. This house entertains and scares with both skits and chainsaws. T ...
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Mayhem Mansion Haunted Attractions in MORNING VIEW - 35903 Views
Enter through the only open window of the old Haverford house if you dare. As soon as your greeted by our guests you'll be running for the exit. Will you survive or become a part of the house like those before you?
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SCREAMPARK in Lexington - 27891 Views
ScreamPark Haunted House, Louisville, Kentucky, KY The ultimate haunted attraction to attend in 2012!! Screampark is Kentucky's BIGGEST haunted event featuring 4 Terrifying Attractions...1 Lexington Location!!
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The Devils Attic in Louisville - 24741 Views
Come and Live the Nightmare at Louisville's MOST Award Winning Haunted Attraction…..check out our reviews and awards at: http://thedevilsattic.com/darknessfalls/?page_id=60
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The Nightmare Haunted House in Lexington - 15588 Views
KY Haunted House, The Nightmare Haunted House in Lexington, Kentucky: Enter into the dark abyss of hell and be prepared to be scared. You thought some things were only possible in Hollywood...We bring horror to life!
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The Danger Run in Louisville - 15551 Views
KY Haunted House Adventure: The Danger Run is Louisville, Kentucky's premier haunted attraction featuring 2 haunted houses. The Danger Run is a Halloween game that you play in your car with your friends. You will be given a book of clues which you ha ...
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Asylum Haunted Scream Park in Louisville - 12143 Views
Asylum Haunted Scream Park features 4 unique and separate attractions intended to provide quality entertainment and fun for the whole family in Louisville KY - Darkness Falls on Asylum - Zombie City: Doomsday - Xterminate: Zalien Attack - Carnivale o ...
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VGOC Haunted House in Vine Grove - 6080 Views
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Pottersfield Asylum in Morgantown - 4339 Views
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Lindsey's Haunted Barn in Leitchfield - 4241 Views
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Blood Orchard Haunted House in Shelbyville - 4110 Views
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Benton Farms Haunted House in Walton - 4019 Views
Come tour this 1901 farm house and experience terror as it lurks around every corner! Since 2009, Benton Farms Haunted House has been known to scare the thousands of victims who have explored the dark and mysterious hallways. There has been several ...
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Sandylandacres Haunted Hayride and Farmers Revenge in Petersburg - 3813 Views
Voted Best Hayride in Kentucky 6 Years straight ! Farmers Revenge Voted Best New Indoor Attraction the TriState
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Misery Manor in Lawrenceburg - 3784 Views
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The 7th Street Haunt in Louisville - 3574 Views
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USS Nightmare in Newport - 2937 Views
America's premier Haunted Steamboat! One of the areas highest rated and longest haunted attractions will once again feature some fright seekers' favorites.
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HAUNTED ASYLUM in MORGANTOWN - 2556 Views
H.A.U.N.T. PRESENTS THE HAUNTED ASYLUM 2013
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Edge Of Darkness Haunted House in Berea - 2480 Views
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The Danger Run in Louisville - 2093 Views
KY Haunted House Adventure: The Danger Run is Louisville, Kentucky's premier haunted attraction featuring 2 haunted houses. The Danger Run is a Halloween game that you play in your car with your friends. You will be given a book of clues which you ha ...
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Dead End Hotel in Louisville - 1857 Views
The Hotel was built in the 1940's but had to close in the early 1970's due to business declining after the strange and unfortunate murder. Justine Brown was found hanging in one of the rooms upstairs. Guests reported sightings of ghosts, and complain ...
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Sinister FX in louisville - 1849 Views
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Fear in Ferguson in Ferguson - 1768 Views
Fear in Ferguson Haunted House
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Bye Bye Burley Haunted Barn in Cynthiana - 1487 Views
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Hustonville Asylum Haunted House in Hustonville - 1349 Views
WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH HUSTONVILLE HAUNTED CASTLE FOR A SPOOKTACULAR SHOW!!! HUSTONVILLE HAUNTED CASTLE
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Fright Night Haunted House At Diamond Lake Resort in Owensboro - 1156 Views
Fright Night Haunted House is considered to be the the local tristates #1 Haunted Attraction in 2014. Only being its 4th year in operation,they are turning alot of heads aswell as the competion. Located deep in the backwoods of daviess county ky Insi ...
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The Hustonville Haunted House in junction city - 1053 Views
Hustonville Haunted House has 3 great attractions. The Haunted House. The dark woods. an malichis field of corn. We are located just off of .us.127 in junction city ky just south of danville ky in boyle county. 3 attractions only $20.00 for all 3. o ...
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Hustonville Haunted Castle in Hustonville - 865 Views
COME VISIT THE ONE AND ONLY HAUNTED HOUSE CAPITAL OF KENTUCKY
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FFA Field of Terror in Bardstown - 571 Views
FFA Field of Terror is a 7 Acre corn maze with over a mile of path. This is a fundraiser for the local FFA Chapters who put on this event!
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HAUNTED HAYRIDES
Sandylandacres Haunted Hayride & Farmers Revenge in Petersburg - 3232 Views
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Zombie Paintball Hayride in Cecilia - 1641 Views
STOP ZOMBIES NOW! Thomas Dairy Farm and Market has been taken over by zombies and we need help!! Have you ever wanted to shoot a paintball gun but not get shot? Then this is for you!! We have two specialized "Zombie Fighting Wagons" tha ...
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PUMPKIN PATCH
Family Fun At Red Mill Farms in Elizabethtown - 13450 Views
Want to bring your kids to safe place this Halloween for trick-or-treating? Come trick-or-treating with us! You are sure to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween here! We also have a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, and hay rides! Watch honeybees work in an obse ...
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Pumpkin Days on the Farm in Walton - 9534 Views
BENTON FARMS - a real working farm with history and 70+ yrs experience. We have promised our customers over the years that we will keep it just like it is, a country farm experience without the commercialism. And it is for those reasons that you shou ...
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Sinister Tombs Haunted House in Eastveiw - 8057 Views
All inclusive haunted house. 1 price covers all the events, The Castle, the woods, the mazes, the woods. 1 price not $10.00 each event.
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Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market in Hodgenville - 7773 Views
Fall is a great time for your family to visit Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market! Visit us from Labor Day until Halloween for tons of fun activities for the whole family. Hinton's Orchard & Farm Market is a family farm in Hodgenville, Kentucky f ...
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Mink and Walters Pumpkin Patch in Elizabethtown - 6178 Views
Bring the family down to Mink and Walters Pumpkin Patch for some good, classic Halloween fun! Pick out the perfect pumpkin - just for you! Get lost in our hay maze! This is a great autumn activity - bring your friends and the camera! We have pumpki ...
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Devine's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch in Harrodsburg - 3845 Views
Pick your own pumpkin patches in Harrodsburg Kentucky, find all the information about one of the biggest Halloween Attractions, in Harrodsburg Kentucky with pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes and more at www.HalloweenAttractions.com
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Thomas Dairy Farm and Market in Cecilia - 2068 Views
Thomas Dairy Farm and Market is a family owned Dairy that offers fall attractions. We offer a pumpkin patch, corn maze, mega slide, kids fun zone, petting zoo, hayride, concessions, corn pit, zombie paintball, and much more!
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GHOST TOURS
Hayswood Abandoned Hospital in Lexington - 4064 Views
Hayswood Hospital is a former medical center in Maysville, Kentucky. You can do a search on google right now and find over 10 articles jsut on this one hospital. It is one of the most know haunted abandoned hospital in Kentucky! I invite you to si ...
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Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Louisville - 2761 Views
Waverly is PRIVATE PROPERTY, there is NO TRESPASSING allowed. The ONLY legal way to visit Waverly is to call and make a reservation for a Guided Tour or a Paranormal Investigation. Office days & hours for calling to make a reservation are: Monda ...
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The Haunted Legends of the Mammoth Cave in Mammoth Cave - 2364 Views
There are several haunted legends of the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. Mammoth Cave is actually considered to be a National Park, however, it holds several secrets that locals and travelers have attempted to unveil for quite some time. This popular c ...
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Bobby Mackey's Haunted History in Wilder - 2248 Views
Bobby Mackey’s Music World is a popular country western music club in Wilder, Kentucky. Many nights are filled with music, fun and dancing inside of the club. However, when the lights go out, many say that all of the patrons do not leave. Bobby Mack ...
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The Seelbach Hilton in Louisville - 1723 Views
The Seelbach Hotel has earned the distinction of being included in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered the premiere hotel of Kentucky. It also has a reputation of being the humble abode of the famous Lady in Blue.
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Haunts of Owensboro in Owensboro - 1510 Views
Do you believe in Ghosts? After experiencing our two hour walk around Historic Downtown Owensboro you just might. Our Ghost Tour is the one people are dying to take. We tell tales of Haunts, Hangings and Voodoo.
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Loudoun House in Lexington - 1443 Views
The Loudoun House, located in Lexington, Kentucky, is considered one of the largest and finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the state. The Loudoun House is also know to many of the residence to be haunted.
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The Old Talbott Tavern in Bardstown - 1192 Views
The Old Talbott Tavern has always been known for the ghostly stories told by the locals and some guests. The most famous ghostly visitor is supposedly Jessie James. Another is the lady in white. They always appear as apparitions. The other stories in ...
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Ashland Haunted House in Lexington - 1151 Views
Kentucky's first National Historic Landmark. 19th century architecture, 17 acres, formal garden and seasonal cafe. Dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of America's greatest statesmen, Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser. Open since 1950, but bewa ...
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Unseen Bowling Green in Bowling Green - 948 Views
Unseen Bowling Green’s Haunted History Walking Tour will guide your family on a ghostly adventure you never knew existed in Bowling Green’s Downtown. The tour will disclose histories, mysteries, scandals and haunts rooted around Fountain Square Park. ...
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The Speed Art Museum in Louisville - 674 Views
Harriet Bishop Speed, the second wife of J B Speed, was a high society woman who was also a concert pianist, music teacher, and huge, enthusiastic promoter of music and the arts in Louisville. It wasn't surprising then, that Harriet Bishop Speed esta ...
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ScareFest Horror & Paranormal Convention in Lexington - 2375 Views
ScareFest is the nation's premier horror and paranormal convention in Lexington, KY. Hosted by Ghost Chasers International. September 11 - 13, 2015.
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 Haunted Houses in Kentucky are some of the scariest however Louisville Kentucky Haunted Houses are some of the best in the state of Kentucky.  Are you looking for the scariest haunted houses in Louisville Kentucky, then you've found the best website in the World which rates, reviews and gives you the inside scoop on the scariest haunted houses in Louisville Kentucky.   Each Halloween haunted houses open across Kentucky and these Haunted Attractions in Louisville Kentucky hold their own with the best in the nation.  Louisville Kentucky haunted houses are very different from haunted houses in other parts of America however they offers chills like no other.  Find the best haunted houses in Kentucky and Louisville, Kentucky here on Hauntworld.com

 

Find the best and scariest haunted houses, real haunts, Halloween attractions, hayrides and more near or in the Louisville, Kentucky area.  One of America's most haunted places is located in Louisville at the Waverly Hills Tuberculosis Sanatorium.  In the 1900's Louisville was hit extremely hard with a disease called Tuberculosis, or as it was refered to back then, "White Death". The disease spread extremely easily due to the city of Louisville being built on such a low, swampy area.  In 1910 a hospital was built to help try to cope with the outrageous death toll and help contain the epidemic.  The original hospital became quickly overcrowded and in 1924 a new building called Waverly Hills was built. 

 

 

The patients that survived both the horrifying disease and the and even more horrible treatments left through the front doors while the majority of the patients that died left though what was known as the "Body Chute." The doctors did not want the other patients seeing the dead, lifeless bodies being carried through the front door because they were afraid it would affect their morale and hinder recovery time.  By the 1930's the disease was finally under control and the hospital was able to slow down.  In 1961, the hospital closed down for good and re-opened as the Woodhaven Geriatrics Santarium.  There were many reports that during its time as a Santarium the older patients were not treated fairly. 

 

In 2001 Waverly Hills Sanatorium was purchased by Charlie and Tina Mattingly who now offer ghost tours, ghost hunts, and also put on a haunted house during the Halloween season. Waverly Hills has been featured on shows such as Syfy's Ghost Hunters, Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, ABC/Fox's Scariest Places on Earth, VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project, and many more. There have been hundreds of reports of paranormal activity and unexplained activity even to this day. It's no wonder that a building that has seen so much horror and pain over all these years would still have a few ghostly sprits left behind. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kentucky Haunted Houses are some of the scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews Haunted Houses in Kentucky and today we offer another scary haunted house in Kentucky.  USS Nightmare is one of the best haunted attractions in Kentucky, and each Halloween people from all over Kentucky flock to see one of the best haunted houses in Kentucky.  Now enjoy our review of another Kentucky Haunted House.
 
 
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For nearly 20 years, the USS Nightmare has been an annual Halloween destination in the greater Cincinnati region.  Each fall, the historic steamboat appears on the Newport, KY waterfront just in time for the Halloween haunting season.  Framed by the spectacular downtown Cincinnati skyline, the smashed wreckage of the massive old steamboat seems eerily out of place on the developing waterfront.  And that is just how parent company BB Riverboats likes it; it is an attraction that catches your eye and peaks your interest.  But, it was not always a decrepit steamboat in such disarray.  It was once actually an innovative and powerful steamboat known as the William S. Mitchell.  Built in 1934 by the Marietta Manufacturing Company of Point Pleasant, WV, the William S. Mitchell is an enormous 280 foot long steam powered dredge designed and commissioned by the Army Corps of Engineers to tame the wild Missouri River by creating and maintaining a navigation channel suitable for commercial traffic. As the need for dredging subsided, the Mitchell was retired from service and permanently docked in Kansas City destined to become a steamboat museum.

But it seemed the spirits of the powerful steamboat had other plans. Under flooding conditions, the Mitchell broke loose from its moorings. Powered by the raging flood waters, the mighty steamboat headed aimlessly down the Missouri River on a harrowing last voyage that was captured on video by the local media and dubbed the Mitchell massacre. Although a small tugboat tried to stop the enormous vessel, its attempts were futile, and the Mitchell scraped its way under the Broadway Bridge.  Upon impact with the Railroad Bridge, the stern crew quarters were crushed.  But the journey did not end there.  The current pushed and turned the massive dredge sending it onward to another disastrous collision with the old ASB Bridge, and the 30’ smoke stacks were leveled.  After hitting a fourth bridge, the dredge was finally stopped.  The final voyage was over, but by then, the William S. Mitchell was virtually demolished.  The damage was so severe that the museum project was cancelled and the steamboat was headed for the scrap yard.  That was until it was discovered by present day owners, BB Riverboats. Saved from the scrap yard, the majestic steamboat now serves as the perfect backdrop for the eerie tale told by BB Riverboats and their crew led by USS Nightmare General Manager, Captain Allen Rizzo.

The USS Nightmare tour combines the mystery surrounding the frantic final voyage with the history of the steamboat and the stories of hardships and mishaps as told by surviving crewmembers that worked and lived aboard the dredge.  During the initial planning for the tour through the USS Nightmare, the investigation revealed many strange and horrifying stories relayed by the crew.  Based on these findings, it appears the mysteries and mishaps that have haunted the boat and its crew began during the boat’s construction with three unfortunate and mysterious deaths.  Another bizarre accident reportedly occurred during the launching ceremonies resulting in one death and dozens of injuries.  As a result, the steamboat began its 50 years of service with a crew that held many superstitions, and from all accounts, the bizarre and mysterious happenings continued throughout the vessel’s history.

Some events could be explained as unfortunate coincidences; others seemingly have no rational explanation.   Separating myth from reality is difficult after so many years.  But one thing is certain; a cursed and wrecked steamboat with a mysterious crew makes a fantastic storyline for Cincinnati’s favorite haunted attraction, the USS Nightmare.

Many of the surviving crewmembers believe the real trouble started when dredging during the maiden voyage uncovered an apparent ancient Indian burial ground.  Later that same year, dredging operations were halted when the pump became clogged with what was later identified as a mast from an ancient sailing vessel.  According to the legend passed among crewmembers, the operations of the large dredge in clearing the long uncovered riverbed were disturbing the eternal rest of past mariners and an ancient sacred burial ground.  Some believed it was the souls of those disturbed mariners that haunted the William S. Mitchell and cursed all of the crewmembers to an eternity of unrest and horror.

The man at the helm of the majestic steamboat was Captain William Mitchell, the grandson of the boat’s namesake who grew up on the river living with his father, the original captain of the dredge.  The young Captain Mitchell became the master of the steamboat at an early age when his father mysteriously vanished during a late night storm under mysterious circumstances. Although his body was never found, it was assumed that the mutinous crew had thrown the captain overboard.

Throughout his years of service on the vessel, Mitchell had various family members living on board including his wife, grandmother, his twin brother, and his daughter, Anna.  The family was largely kept distant from the hard-working crew of the vessel.  There are few mentions of the captain’s family among the records of the vessel – either the official records or the crewmembers’ journals.  Although there is no record or known cause of her death, it is understood that the captain’s wife died when Anna was a very young child.  Afterwards, Captain Mitchell became increasingly more protective of Anna, his only child.  To this end, Captain Mitchell had many of the forward staterooms modified into the family quarters which included his private stateroom and office, the captain’s dining room, and a special area for his young daughter.  Anna had a bedroom and play area secluded from the rest of the crew and safe from the dangers of the steamboat and dredge operations. She was schooled on the ship and had some of the finest toys a girl could want.  The captain even had professional circus clowns living on board to entertain her.  But, Anna was a curious young girl who quickly tired of the isolation and reportedly found hidden passages through the boat to get out around the crew and watch the crewmembers and her father.

Although he tried to keep life as normal as possible for Anna, the captain and the crew of the William S. Mitchell experienced long days and nights of hard, grueling, demanding work.  These difficulties changed the demeanor of the young likeable captain.  He became a very strange and hardened man who distanced himself from the crew who had become his trusted friends.  He began to collect the spoils uncovered by the dredging operations – items the crew found to be very unusual. He collected quite a treasure trove of unique and bizarre things (not to mention his bizarre additions to the crew) from an unhatched gigantic egg to freaky insects and a shrunken head.  Eventually, the captain was himself an isolated man wandering through the enormous vessel leading a loyal crew who barely recognized him.  

Eventually, the captain and crew of the William S. Mitchell had completed their work along the Missouri River, and they faced the end of their journey onboard the historic steamboat.  But, it seemed they would face one last mystery before the Mitchell would come to an end.

As legend has it, on a foggy night as most of the crew slept, the night watchman was making his rounds.  Strange sounds were floating through the mist, strange even for the Mitchell.  Growing ever more concerned as the sounds grew more intense, he thought about alerting the Captain who was below deck in a part of the ship where most crew members were not allowed.  But he also knew he must not disturb the Captain for fear of being thrown in the brig, or worse.  His hesitation probably cost him his life.

Just then, a thunderous noise came from the bow of the boat.  As the night watchman raced forward, he saw lines that had been snapped and realized the boat was drifting into the river current.  He panicked and sounded the general alarm.  The Captain was the first to appear.  “You fool,” he screamed as he saw the vessel had broken loose.  He ordered all engines started and all hands on deck.

As the crew appeared and ran to the bow, even in their sleepy daze they realized the danger ahead.  The boat was caught in the main current, careening blindly into the darkness.  A bridge loomed up through the fog directly in their path.  Then came the first of what would be many agonizing crashes followed by the excruciating sounds of crunching steel.  Screams penetrated the thick fog reverberating throughout the vessel.  The crew had no control of the boat as it went spinning downstream at the mercy of the current and obstacles that lay ahead.  What actually happened that night is not clear.  The ship did crash hitting several bridges along the way, but the captain and crew were never found.

Although detailed records were not kept or were destroyed, rumors indicate that over 100 crewmembers lost their lives during service on the boat.  The history of the vessel and its dredging operations is filled with hundreds of deadly and mysterious occurrences.  The hard, grueling, demanding work combined with the captain’s strong hand led many of the surviving crewmembers to dub the boat the “Death Dredge”.  One such crew member is quoted as saying, "She’s haunted as surely as I am standing here. I am one of the survivors of the Death Dredge, and I can tell you that my nights are filled with nightmares more horrifying than you can imagine.” 

The USS Nightmare visitors today begin their tour on the bow of the steamboat surrounded by massive steam equipment and unique dredge equipment as they watch historical news footage of the perilous last journey that transformed the William S. Mitchell into the USS Nightmare.  As they wait to enter the dark attraction, spine tingling screams emerge from within the vessel setting the scene for their impending entry. The tour of the USS Nightmare takes the fright seeker into all areas of the historic steamboat providing a glimpse of the dangerous and somewhat demoralizing life on a working steamboat dredge.

Upon entering the USS Nightmare, visitors enter the dimly lit Mitchell Museum displaying some of the bizarre and creepy oddities collected by Captain Mitchell with everything from old family photographs and documents to gigantic insects and a shrunken head.  Making their way through the eerie steamboat, the fright seeker encounters some of the captain’s strange crewmembers including the one of the steamboat’s trademark characters, the Rat Lady who sits and plays with her rodent friends.  And, that is just the beginning!

The 30 minute journey through the vessel wanders through twisted passageways encountering more than 40 terrifying scenes encompassing two levels and 20,000 square feet surrounded by the actual workings of the historic dredge.  Visitors will get a feel for what life must have been like on this historic steamboat as they realize the vast requirements needed to house a crew of over 60 people for day and night operations.  Areas that once served to provide for the daily needs of the crew have been taken over by evil spirits from the psychotic physician to the belligerent half man, half boar butcher.  On their journey, visitors may also discover the captain’s bizarre pet, the giant 13’ Impaler, that was hatched from a strange egg collected and nurtured by the captain.  It is often hard to tell whether visitors are encountering the tortured spirit of a crewmember, a strange creature collected by the eclectic hoarding captain, or a combination of the two.  Regardless, each of the characters along the way is more than willing to have their guests stay as their latest victim.

As they continue along the meandering path, visitors will experience the vastness of the vessel.  As they walk over the open grated catwalk between the vessel’s two levels, the cool mist from the Ohio River provides an additional level of creepiness to the experience.  The fright seeker will also understand the isolation of the Mitchell family life as they visit the captain’s quarters and Anna’s bizarre playroom.  The eerie giggles and taunting by the captain’s demented daughter set the scene for the dark, demonic playroom.  They will also encounter the fun house and the creepy circus clowns brought onboard for Anna’s entertainment.  And if they are lucky, they might just come face to face with Captain Mitchell himself!

The journey through the USS Nightmare plays on mankind’s most common phobias including the fear of heights, the fear of confined spaces, the fear of creepy crawling creatures, and the fear of being eaten alive.  As visitors adventure through the complex equipment of the vessel in the engine room, the pump room, and the boiler room, they become acutely aware of the eeriness innately associated with the historic steamboat.  If only the walls could talk, they would tell the twisted tales of Captain Mitchell, his family, and his creepy crew. The stories of the ghastly crew of the steamboat combined with the original inner workings of the vessel provide the frightening story used as the theme of the USS Nightmare, Greater Cincinnati’s top rated haunted attraction.

The USS Nightmare is annually ranked among the best haunted attractions in the country.  It was named as one of the original Top 13 Haunted Houses by Haunt World Magazine and has also been named as one of the top 20 events in the southeastern United States by the Southeast Tourism Commission.  It has annually received media coverage throughout the United States and abroad.  As stated in a 2010 review from Ohio Valley Haunts, “Annually ranked among the best haunted attractions in the country, USS Nightmare is a seasonal attraction not to be missed!”

The attraction starts with an incredibly unique setting with original equipment and a mysterious history and builds a believable legend perfect for a haunted event.  The core group of USS Nightmare employees has hundreds of years worth of combined haunt industry experience and expertise that provides the USS Nightmare with Hollywood quality sound, lighting, animation, special effects and makeup.  This depth of knowledge helps set them apart from other haunted attractions and earns them local and national recognition annually.

The USS Nightmare takes great efforts to hire and retain devoted actors who develop and maintain their iconic characters.  This effort is repeatedly recognized in the numerous reviews that are done each season.  A 2010 review by Randal’s House of Doom indicated, “What made this perhaps the Nightmare’s best season to date was the effort, performance, and look of the actors…they were outstanding.  The characters all used dialogue appropriate for their characters and their situation, doing an excellent job of interacting with the crowds.  There was an unusual variety of approaches used-the Captain bestial, the Vampire Overlord smooth, the Tall Klown disturbing, Anna frightfully playful.” 

Each year, the USS Nightmare strives to build on and improve from the previous season.  Makeup, costumes, character traits and décor are tweaked to provide the best possible haunted attraction.  As the demographic group for haunted attractions change, the USS Nightmare adapts to address their visitors’ needs.  The regular shows capture the largest portion of the haunt’s visitors – an audience out for Halloween entertainment with a dose of fright.  For the younger audience, the USS Nightmare offers a special lights-on matinee show perfect as a trial run for those who might not be ready just yet for the regular dark show.  And, in 2010, the USS Nightmare offered an Unrated Extreme Night for a late night audience over the age of 18.  For this show, the steamboat was darker, the visitors were more isolated, and the actors were given freedom to get closer and more confrontational than during the regular show.  The USS Nightmare also offers a variety of ticket packages with added savings, group discounts, and a private party space for seasonal gatherings.

According to General Manager, Allen Rizzo, “The industry in the past 20 years has become more sophisticated creating a more sophisticated fright seeking customer requiring haunted attractions to take steps to stay ahead of the curve in providing what the customer wants and more.”  The crew of the USS Nightmare work diligently to stay ahead of the curve.  When they first started 20 years ago, things were much different.   Gone are the days when fright seekers could pay $5 and enjoy being scared by loud noises and sudden movements.  Today’s fright seekers want more.   The USS Nightmare prides itself on recognizing and implementing the ever changing demands of the fright seekers.  The USS Nightmare was one of the first haunted attractions to utilize express ticketing options.  Now a common occurrence, the USS Nightmare’s RIP express ticket allowing faster entry for an increased ticket price (and increased revenue) was unique for its time.  The USS Nightmare also recognized the need to allow customers to participate and interact with the show.  Whether it is a scared child tucked safely away in the chicken coop waiting for their group or visitors on the bow waiting entry, visitors have opportunities to use various interaction stations to participate in scaring guests.  The USS Nightmare also started early selling online tickets – for individuals, groups, and even packages with other local haunted attractions.  In today’s economic times, the value added option has helped increase attendance for all attractions involved.  The USS Nightmare has even expanded adding a larger exit area including additional concessions, video games, and the country’s only floating laser tag arena, Laser Rage.

As always, plans are currently in the works for this year’s 20th year of the USS Nightmare. 
Come visit and see what new ideas are released this September. 

              

 

 
 
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