13 Stories Haunted House is now open in Newnan until Nov. 13 for all your Halloween-scaring needs. Evolved from the long-running Horror Hill, the indoor facility offers a range of frights and adventures, and with their new virtual queuing system, your place in line is only a text away.
13 Stories is composed of four main haunts with differing themes and a fifth, optional haunt.
“We have Clown House, Zombie Alley, 13 Stories and Ward B,” said Leah Valentine, manager at 13 Stories in Newnan. “13 Stories is our original idea. It feeds off different types of fears you have: cemeteries, doctors’ offices, spiders, snakes, that sort of thing. Then we have Ward B, which is our insane asylum, and Zombie Alley, which pretty much speaks for itself. It’s very much a play on the zombie craze going on right now.”
Tickets for the four-haunt package start at $25, while the five-haunt package is $35. For an additional $20, attendees can add the Black Ops package to their ticket, in which they will be provided with a weapon to carry through the haunted house to “kill” the zombies and other creatures inside.
“The guns are an M4 assault replica,” Valentine said. “It has a laser and CO2 canisters in it, so it’s not real but it feels very real.”
The fifth haunt, Sacrifice, is more intense than the first four haunts, and attendees are required to sign a waiver before entering.
“Sacrifice is our sensory deprivation experience—that is, you’re deprived of one of your senses,” Valentine said. “If you’re under 18, you can have your parent sign the waiver, but you have to be 18 to sign the waiver yourself.”
13 Stories is owned by Allyn Glover, a long-time resident of Newnan, who had operated the Horror Hill attraction for more than 20 years before changes to city laws forced him to shut it down several years ago. By then, he had already established 13 Stories Haunted House in Kennesaw, but space limitations and leasing complications sparked the return to Newnan.
“Mom and Dad, when I was really young in College Park, used to build haunted houses in our basement,” Glover said. “They’d put thumb tacks [in the ceiling] with the sheets and do the mazes, and they’d have the grapes that were the eyeballs in the spaghetti, and we’d go up under the sheets and jump out and scare people.”
Horror Hill was born after the family moved to Newnan in 1984, ending the Halloween Haunted House tradition.
“We were bored out of our minds,” Glover said. “I was looking around in the woods and I said, ‘Hey, let’s cut a trail through the woods and invite all our friends over, and we’ll jump out and scare the crap out of them.’”
For more information on 13 Stories Haunted House, including dates, times and ticket purchasing, you can visit 13storieshauntedhouse.com.