Review of The Baxter Avenue Morgue Haunted Attraction

Review of The Baxter Avenue Morgue Haunted Attraction

Review of The Baxter Avenue Morgue Haunted Attraction

The Baxter Avenue Morgue

The Baxter Avenue Morgue is a Haunted Attraction located in Louisville, KY.

451 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204
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Free Parking, Restrooms/Porta Potties On-Site, Gift Shop/Souvenirs, “Old-School” (Low Tech), You may be touched, Original Characters, Uncovered Outdoor Waiting Line, All-Indoor Attraction

Team Zombillies reviewed this attraction on September 9, 2017.

Final Score: 7.14


The Baxter Avenue Morgue has been a long-time staple in the Louisville area’s Halloween community. To add to its history, the haunt takes place in the basement of an authentic, 100-year-old morgue building! This is an old-school haunt that offers actor-based scares, classic scenes, and a few other tricks that they’ve got up their sleeves.

We visited Baxter on their second night open this season and had a great time! They have a lot of potential and we look forward to going back next year. If you are in the Louisville, Kentucky area and appreciate an authentic, classic, and creepy haunt with a ‘truly’ haunted building, then The Baxter Avenue Morgue should be a good stop for you. As they say, “Folks are dying to get in!”

Cast: 7.2

It was evident that some of the creatures have lived here for a long time as they knew every nook and cranny they could possibly come out from. We ran across an assortment of freaks and creatures within the shadows of the morgue. Two of the characters from the opening scene, the dummy/clown with an ax and David Vanderdark (it was hard to hear his name), popped in and out of various holes and hiding places and kept the action going from start to finish. They were also the most believable characters we came across during our visit, using a variety of dialogue and providing an interactive experience.

Note: We were curious as to whether each group gets this treatment, so we asked the group behind us and they said they did not see the same people, so we aren’t really sure how often you can expect this to happen with your group.

At one point, we saw a very realistic corpse jump at us from within a coffin… only to find out later that it really was a living corpse! We also heard one character who was speaking in a different language and, although we have no idea what he was saying, it sure sounded like he was legitimately dooming us to Hell!

Costuming: 6.67

Costumes at the morgue consisted mostly of stained and distressed clothing. Some were detailed a lot more than others… particularly the clowns and the two that followed us through. But, they (the clowns) didn’t really match the areas they were seen in. Some of the makeup included minimal appliances, darkened eyes and paled skin. The characters in the beginning segment and those we found in the graveyards seemed to be the most complete. Several unique masks were noticed as well, which added some finishing touches to the characters who were wearing them.

Customer Service: 7.94

Finding the Morgue was fairly easy for us since our GPS led us right to it. Their sign is located at the start of an alley between buildings, one of which is slightly arched over a set of wrought iron gates. Parking is available in a small parking lot right across the street and another lot behind the building, which can be accessed via the next alley or Lexington Rd. Both lots are free to use.

The ticket booth and waiting line can only be accessed from Baxter Ave. When you’re making your way up the sidewalk, you can’t miss the large sign, iron gates and orange lights. During our wait, the only queue line entertainment was the music echoing between the buildings. In the past they’ve had dance crews performing, but they were absent on the night of our visit.
Once inside the morgue, there were a lot of low-hanging obstacles, so be sure to watch where you are walking at all times. Several of our group members had to duck multiple times. Plenty of chicken exits can be found throughout the show for those who are not brave enough to continue. Appropriately, those exits are marked with a yellow chicken.

Atmosphere: 7.67

Halloween party-style music filled the air outside the morgue and several large, Halloween character cut-outs lined the queue area. The Morgue does take place in an authentic building that is pretty creepy to look at during the night hours. But, other than that and the aforementioned features, there wasn’t much else going on outside to let us know that we were at a haunted house during our visit. Right before we entered, one of the creatures from within creaked the entrance door open and stared at us through the crack… and then quickly slammed it in front of us. For those that don’t know, that’s the universal sign that ‘something’ is eager to meet you!

Special Effects: 6.65

The Morgue doesn’t use a lot of animations or high-tech effects. Instead, they offer a variety of authentic decor and old-school effects. This was our first visit to The Morgue in several years and one of the newest things we saw was the slanted hallway in one portion of the haunt. There were some appropriate and downright creepy sound effects in use as well, but they were very hard to hear in some areas. A few of the other things we came across include swinging bodies, poppers, a large boar head, a picture hallway, a rocking grandma, dirt floors, a unique wall illusion and several very large, indoor graveyards. There was also an abundance of other death-related items along our route including many coffins, body slabs, convulsing morgue drawers and more!

Theme: 8.24

Before we were set free to venture into The Morgue, we were given the rules and a short introduction to the attraction. It seems the mortician has created many strange and abnormal beings that will be ready to play with you, should you decide to join the dead and continue. If you want to learn more about the true history of The Morgue, there is a YouTube video that explains the story and why this morgue was shut down many years ago. As we made our way through the death and devastation, everything seemed to fit this storyline and the overall theme, except for the clowns toward the end of the attraction. It really seemed as if they were added as a filler because those last few scenes were pretty bare as well.

Fright Effect: 6.46

The Morgue provides lots of creepiness, pop scares, and acts of intimidation. The introduction to the haunt was the most intense and suspenseful part of the show and, though they have the potential to be a very frightening attraction, they are ideal for those who are looking for a haunt with lighter scares than others in the area. We also came across some very dark scenes, threatening dialogue, sudden noises, blasts of air and we even witnessed quite an enthusiastic victimization scene! The chainsaw attacker came at us with a ton of determination, even though his saw malfunctioned on his initial scare attempt (whoever you are, kudos for not giving up!).

Value: 6.28

General admission to enter the morgue is $20.00 per body. For busy nights they do offer a speedpass admission ticket for $35.00 that will allow you to bypass the waiting line before and after the ticket window (just be sure to go directly to the window). Be sure to check their website for coupons before your visit! We were able to print off a $5.00 off coupon, which dropped the ticket prices down to $15.00 per person. It took our group around 15 minutes to creep through all of the crevices of The Morgue, including the introduction/rule room. At the general admission price, that puts this value at 0.70 MPD (minutes of entertainment per dollar spent) which is quite a bit below the average of 1.5 that we see most often. However, the Vanderdark behind the madness does have some cruel tricks up his sleeve this season so if you do decide to pay them a visit, “remember to always go forward and NEVER go backwards.”

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Guest Reviews
Guest Average: 0 out of 10

Sarah – 10/10
Challenge Accepted was awesome! Me and my boyfriend were looking for escape rooms in our area, and …show more as poor college students, price was a big factor. Despite being only two small locations in the mall, they have multiple rooms, at 20, 40, and 60 minutes long, with the 20-minute rooms being only $10 each! We’ve been back multiple times, and loved every one! Staff is very helpful and enthusiastic about their job, and is thrilled to explain all the little secrets after you escape. Will be back every time they make a new room!

Norma – 4/10
We visited this attraction on the last night of their 2018 season I believe. We did show up late …show more (about 20 minutes before they closed) and it was dead in the waiting line. Regardless, every group that was in the haunt somehow ended catching up to one another. We walked as slow as we could knowing there wasn’t anyone behind us but we still couldn’t stay away from the group in front of us. They had one teenage female that was petrified of everything so all the monsters kept taking advantage of it, cornering her every chance they got. They also followed her through multiple scenes that weren’t theirs while our group tried to stay behind some and there were no entertainers around because they were all following her. When they would stop and turn around to go back to their base spots (if they even have them there), some of them just walked passed us without any effort towards scaring us. It was a disaster. This chic’s name was Lauren and by the time we got to the exit of this thing, we were relieved that we didn’t have to hear her name called out over and over and over anymore. She had to of been extremely annoyed by it herself. It took all of the fun out of it. Actors even stopped us in some of the maze portions so the other monsters could entertain their group for quite some time and they would just be staring off into outer space. The only way we knew they could talk is because they said Lauren’s name already. Besides that, costuming was mostly store-bought quality. Nothing different to look at here. Scenes were the same. Some looked as if they had been built out there in the woods for years and they’ve sat through the seasons and no one’s ever gone back to touch them up. Parts of the maze where there’s a lot of plastic and wood seem to possibly be a danger. We didn’t see any actors for quite some time in them bc they were following Lauren and if someone ignited one of these things, I’m afraid it would have taken us a long time to find the exit. Some spaces were very tight for us, if those were to fill with smoke where there are roofs, I don’t think that would be good at all. At one point, we didn’t know where to go at all so we weaved through these pipe-like things and found a hole and we started walking on this really dark path into the woods. There were props and things out there but 0 lights. Come to find out, it looked like a previously closed portion of the trail because when we got to the end of it, there was no way to get back into the maze. We had to crawl under caution tape to get back in. That right there tells you that no actors were paying any attention to our group. We paid full price for our tickets that night and we honestly should have just passed this place up. We’ve been here before too and it wasn’t that bad. The highlights of the trip were the gentleman that introduced us to the park and gave us the rules before we went in. There was also one clown (Pickles, maybe
?) that actually put effort into scaring us but he was mostly one of the only ones. In one of the mazes there was a chainsaw assailant behind a door and we could hear the saw and see him through the crack of the door but we couldn’t get in. When that door finally opened, holy shit! That was the best scare in there for sure! Also, there are places where you will need to duck down, tight corridors as mentioned above, uneven terrain, and a lot of walking (especially if you’re bad at mazes) so be prepared for that.

Norma – 6/10
Maybe we just went on a bad night but we weren’t very impressed with this haunt. We had heard many …show more good things about it and we ended up with a free Saturday night so we gave it a shot. We showed up at probably 9:30 at night. Waited in line maybe 15-20 minutes so that wasn’t bad. We really didn’t have problems with spacing inside the haunt except for a few times but we were able to slow down and it helped when there wasn’t anyone behind us. I will say, there were a lot of unique things in the haunt portion. One interactive set was very different and unnerving. Some of the characters were really into their roles while others were bland. One was sitting on top of a washing machine and he jumped down and we were thinking, “Oh shit” but he didn’t do anything, he just jumped at us a little and said, “What?” In the outdoor portion of the haunt it was a bit too dark to see the characters, especially the Creeper. Our favorite part was the alligator! They know how to utilize this now, commonly-seen prop to the fullest for sure! If you are likely to pee your pants, you just might lose it on that one! I would give the house itself a 7 out of 10. Now we were under the impression that the corn field was haunted too. Although it was a good maze, there were three scareactors in it and they were terrible. No lights, sounds, sets, nothing but mud and corn and the dark. At first it was creepy but after we walked and walked and nothing happened, we were aggravated and ready to find our cars. The last actor that we came across could have hidden well since they were in all black but they didn’t, they stood in the middle of the trail acting like they couldn’t see, whispering to us as we walked asking us if we were customers. Wow. Don’t upgrade to the corn if you’re expecting a fright in there, it won’t happen.

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2012 Awards

Actor Shout Out Award - Vanderdark's Secretary (Given by: Team Zombillies)

Actor Shout Out Award - Warren & Lillian Vanderdark (Given by: Team Zombillies)