We arrived in Louisville early this year to view the Caufiled’s Halloween Parade for the 2nd year in a row. But what we were looking foward to most was the chance to visit Baxter Avenue Morgue. We couldn’t wait and for the most part we left with mixed emotions.
Length-8: Your trip through the basement of the Baxter Avenue Morgue will take around 15 minutes to complete. There is always something or someone lurking around the corner.
Design-9: Baxter Avenue Morgue has always been designed in a way that all the scenes seamlessly blend together to create an authentic realistic experience. You’ll experience tight turns and confining spaces when progressing from room to room. But over the last 2 years there have been very few changes to this cult classic haunt. No longer is a live actor used in the Spider Boy scene and the prop that has replaced the actor wasn’t working properly.
Another obstacle that Baxter Avenue Morgue faces is line control. Too many people are crammed in the haunt at the same time making it impossible for scenes to be activated properly. There were a few instances where we entered a light activated scene and had to wait at least 5 seconds before the lights would shut off. The idea of taking a journey through a haunted morgue used to be intimidating enough to where it created a sense that all the scenes were part of the history of the morgue, but there’s no longer that feeling. Big changes need to be made in order for this haunt to be as good as it once was years ago. Because right now it’s just a mirror image of what it once was, but has almost all the elements of being the best haunt in Kentucky.
Props/Animatronics-9: There is some incredible realistic decor that can be seen at Baxter Avenue Morgue. Some haunts you can tell have spent thousands of dollars on high end animatronics, but after you’ve seen the same props at haunt after haunt, they start losing their effect. This isn’t the case with Baxter Avenue Morgue. All the props co inside with the morgue theme and perfectly compliment scenes. You’ll see coffins, tombstones, old documents and much more. There were a few props that weren’t properly working that night though. In the spider boy the scene the prop that slides across the ceiling wasn’t working at all and made the entire scene not make very much sense.
Acting-9: The actors at Baxter Avenue Morgue resemble creatures of the night. Yes, they may lack dialogue, but they don’t really need it. They’re over the top and creepy beyond belief. You’ll be touched, grabbed and smell the breath on many of the monsters you’ll come in contact with you. They are that intense and up close and personal. There are a few areas that need to be eliminated such as the clown room and chainsaw chase out. Those rooms and actors just don’t seem to fit too well with the morgue theme.
Scare Effect-9: You won’t find a creepier place than Baxter Avenue Morgue. It truly feels like you’re in an actual morgue even though that’s not the case. This is a realistic haunt that creates an experience like no other haunt can. It’s frightening and down right bone chilling.
Fright Value: $20 is way too pricey for any haunt. I’ve been to haunts that have 3 attractions and charge less than $20. If you have a family of 4 you’ll be spending $80 and that doesn’t include the price of gas. So please make sure and take advantage of the discounts available at www.baxtermoruge.com.
Final Stab-8.8: Baxter Avenue Morgue is always one of the best haunts in the nation, but this year they’ve fallen a little short. Scenes weren’t working properly, little was changed and it just didn’t seem as scary as it once was. But every haunt has a bad night and this may have been the case. Either way you’ll have a great time at Baxter Avenue Morgue and make sure no restless souls follow you home.