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Dozens flee during debut of Lawrenceburg haunted house

Landon Willard, left, quivers while Isaiah White laughs during the opening weekend of the haunted house at the old Anderson Hotel. The haunted house will continue through Halloween.
Landon Willard, left, quivers while Isaiah White laughs during the opening weekend of the haunted house at the old Anderson Hotel. The haunted house will continue through Halloween. The Anderson News

How scary is this year’s haunted house in Lawrenceburg?

Of the estimated 400 people who dared to enter the old Anderson Hotel last Friday and Saturday nights, 50 of them turned tail and ran before they completed the tour, and another dozen or so quit while waiting in the hotel’s lobby.

“They got in there, took a look around and just took off,” said Troy Young, who along with his family and plenty of volunteers, moved the haunted house in the hotel, which has gained through the years a reputation for being haunted.

Young said that reputation is a major factor in having so many people show up for the opening week weekend, and why people from across the region and even other states are coming to Lawrenceburg to be scared.

“The history of the hotel is drawing a lot of people,” said Young, who said he’s receiving calls from people asking if they can enter the hotel, which has been closed to paranormal activities for the past several years.

“They want to come a do a paranormal tour, but I tell them sorry, it’s just a haunted house and we’re an attraction.”

The old hotel, which has been closed for decades, became a bucket list stop for paranormalists and ghost chasers across the country after it was featured on national television. Local ghost walk host Jeff Waldridge included it on his local walks, but said he stopped because of what and others experienced inside, including people revealing spots where they’d been bitten.

The hotel was featured on a website called weekinweird.com.

“The Anderson Hotel, which has been abandoned for over thirty years, is the unlikely site of some of the most violent and visually stunning paranormal activity documented in the last several decades, manifesting on camera in the form of aggressive bite marks from invisible jaws and producing a mysterious haunted artifact that continues to stump researchers,” the website reports.

The kind of hype seems to have worked during the haunted house’s first weekend.

“We had more people Saturday night than we did the entire opening weekend last year,” said Young.

Net proceeds from the haunted house will support local charities.

Admission is $10. Future dates are Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31.

This article is provided via the Kentucky Press News Service.



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