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The Rumor of the "13th Floor Haunted House" - The Urban Legend of the Scariest Haunted House Ever

You may have been speaking with your friends about the haunted houses and haunted hayrides you plan to visit this October when someone mentioned the 13th Floor Haunted House.  This urban legend is said to be the world's scariest haunted house.  Is the 13 story haunted house real or just a rumor?

Common factors in the rumor of the 13th floor haunted house include, of course, multiple levels of terror, increasingly violent or dangerous passages as customers come closer to completion, and the stipulation that anyone who reaches the thirteenth floor of the haunted house will receive a refund of their ticket.  Naturally, no one has ever been able to brave this monstrously terrifying haunted house.

Is there really a 13 story haunted house too terrifying to complete?

Is there really a 13 story haunted house too terrifying to complete?

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Does the 13th Floor Haunted House Exist?

Short answer: no. For all intents and purposes, this is entirely an urban myth. Perpetuated mainly by the idea that somewhere, there's an extreme haunted house out there that even the bravest have been unable to conquer. As with many urban legends, the tale of the 13 story haunted house features a few regularly reoccurring variables. Those brave enough to take on the haunted house often have to deal with gross-out challenges like holding parts of a cadaver, eating or touching bugs, and walking through rooms full of snakes.

Although the story usually involves a 13 story haunted houses, not every version includes this typically "spooky" number. However, almost all versions of the urban legend include the promise of a free visit for anyone brave enough to make it through. Naturally, no one has ever been able to make it all the way through. Of course, you're totally brave enough to make it, right?

Sadly, no such haunted house exists. It would be a nightmare for insurers and finding event space for 13 stories of haunted house is a bit difficult. There are plenty of great haunted houses all over America, however. Just none that have customers risking life and limb just to earn a free ride.


But my friend told me the 13 Story Haunted House is Totally Real!

Your friend is mistaken, confused, or playing you. There have been some haunted houses that have played on the rumor, but none that are actually the real deal. You might occasionally see haunted houses or haunted tours offering a ticket refund to anyone brave enough to make it all the way through. These events usually feature confusing mazes with "quitters" exits conveniently placed so anyone frustrated with the near-impossible labyrinth can easily leave and go home without their refund.

The fires stoking the 13th Floor Haunted House rumors were only increased when a Philadelphia morning radio show created an elaborate Halloween prank based off the myths surrounding impassible 13 floor haunted houses. Featuring a DJ "really going through" this secret haunted house, he played up all the rumors of gross stunts and terrifying events to the hilt. While this was a blatant lie, Philly residents do have the best haunted house in the nation to keep them company: the Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls is easily one of the scariest haunted houses ever.

What a REAL Haunted House Attraction is like

"You're wrong! I totally made it to the 13th floor!"

Disagree?  Still steadfastly claiming that you've managed to visit the elusive 13th floor haunted house?  Prove it!  Post pictures, video, ticket stubs, or any other physical proof that will finally bust the urban myth of the 13 story haunted house wide open.

Otherwise, just enjoy the Halloween holiday.  There are plenty of real haunted houses out there, so don't stress over this fake one.   And, hey, why don't you share a few of your favorites, too?

Form a line: what do you believe?


Erin Poole on October 27, 2013:

If you tell me the 13 room is real then I will not beleve you then ill still

think its Fake Even the 14 floor isent real! So I only Beleve Shianna &

Shianna is my friend . & I Don't Beleve Everyone .I only Beleve Shianna!

Erin Poole on October 27, 2013:

I Think The 13 floor is Fake Because I never Been in There So Its fake!

lindsay on September 10, 2011:

hahaha. you are crazyyy! it is real. its in denver colorado and i went last year.

Talbot on September 06, 2011:

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It's not real as yet. I'm going to make it real.

yiasa from Dhaka on March 11, 2011:

Oh! So it is real! ha ha ha ha ha ha!

iT's real you said . iT's so funnY. hA. hA.

Ryah on November 05, 2010:

Uhh 13th floor haunted house located in Denver Colorado is in fact real, and it is 13 floors high.

John on November 03, 2010:

Also it DOES NOT repeat DOES NOT give you YOUR MONEY BACK

John on November 03, 2010:

It is real and me and some friends are going but its called the 13 stories and is in kennasaw georgia and the website is:

Claire on October 23, 2010:

There really is a thirteenth floor. I'm going there tonight and I have my tickets. It's in Colorado.

SilentNinjaChick on October 13, 2010:

/Users/galarn.amanda06/Desktop/13 floors.jpg it will not let me posted it but i do have proof

SilentNinjaChick on October 13, 2010:

there is a 13th floor haunted house i have tickets to prove it

Katelyn Chan on October 07, 2010:

There actually is a 13th floor haunted house, i know one for sure in denver. but it is just one floor, built in an old warehouse, nobody can touch you and almost everyone gets through it...there is no other choice XD every 13th person to make it through gets their money back. but this is a different story than a 13 story haunted house that progressivly harder with live animals and such.

Kristin on October 07, 2010:

Umm...I don't think the point of this was to say that there is no haunted house called "The 13th Floor"...Obviously it's Halloween and there are going to be lots of places using 13 in their names. I am from a VERY VERY small town and even we have "The Haunted Hotel, 13 Floors of Hell" It is just kind of stupid to argue that there is a place named the 13th Floor. There is NOT however, and I'll repeat again NOT, a 13th floor haunted house that pays people there money back. To Manchester23 I am actually doing a story on haunted houses and have called this place and they will tell you themselves that NO, not every 113 person gets there money back. No one gets there money back for completing it. In 2001 there was a publicity stunt done promoting a fake attraction that gave huge amounts of money upon completion. This was extremely false considering that IT WAS A PUBLICITY STUNT. Through all my research I have only found one attraction that will award money, this is in Michigan and it is not given due to completing the attraction is paid to you for finding a hidden room in the maze. However, like the author says those of you who claim to have been there or know someone who has been there I would absolutely love to see just a shred of proof considering that this place doesn't exist.

Chanel on October 02, 2010:

The 13th floor does exist. It's in Denver, CO. And NO, they do not make you eat bugs or walk in a room with snakes or hold cadavers. Its just a normal haunted house. People started this stupid rumor about the haunter house to scare people. Everyone here in Colorado knows about the 13th floor haunted house but we also know that they don't make you do creepy stuff like that. The 13th floor is REAL but the rumors about what they make you do is FAKE. The 13th Floor website is

WASSUP on September 06, 2010:


Joe from Pennsylvania, USA on August 24, 2010:

I went to an old penitentiary in West Virginia that was converted into a haunted "house". They put us in the cells, left us in the dark, and walked us around everywhere. They don't have any effect on me. I guess you have to believe somewhat in the supernatural or maybe have low expectations going in. Some people seemed scared though.

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on August 07, 2010:

Well, to date so far, according to the poll, 13% have been to the 13th floor so far!!


Let's round these people up and talk to 'em!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on July 09, 2010:

You were very convincing. It's too bad it's not real. It would be interesting.

skrishnakar on November 11, 2009:

If this is so truly and widely accepted, then why does the calendar still retains number "13" ? The why the numbers include "13" in it ? Is it really believed everywhere or just a belief ?

Justine76 on November 04, 2009:

Im so bummed... I wanted it to be real...please don't tell me santa isn't real!!!!

sara12534 on November 01, 2009:

that is totally real

Taylor on October 30, 2009:

Yeah, I went to a haunted house called 13 stories hoping it was this one, but i was greatly disappointed. It lasted like 20 minutes at best and I was laughing all the way through because I was expecting so much better. Oh well, that sucks that the house that would be the most fun doesn't really exist.

jandee from Liverpool.U.K on October 21, 2009:

Enjoyed it, waiting for more

healthgoji on October 20, 2009:

I never heard of it before today - but hear of lots of urban legends. If it ever comes to town I will be sure to see the "13th floor haunted house".

Happy Halloween.

J. Sapp

khmohsin on October 20, 2009:

Urban Myths have a number of great stories ...might be available in the current era ....but over a great interesting hub you have.

Tiffany Bracelets on October 20, 2009:


Joshua McDonald from Fort Collins, Colorado on October 19, 2009:

I living in Northern Colorado, know of the 13th floor. It is a Famous Haunted House in Denver. Every 113th person to make it to the "top floor" Gets their money back. It is a story that did originate from a hotel in the 1800's that was rumored to be haunted, which eventually led it to it's vacancy and yet remained for years and years to come, eventually turning into an older apartment complex. I'll be hopefully going in the next few weeks. But I can assure you it is real and is called "The 13th floor" In this haunted house, there are live animals, insects, and people who will chase you around, also sometimes depending on which year, you're required to sign a waver. The waver is there so you won't be sued for the Actors bumping into you, fun isn't it? Every friend of mine who has gone say it is by far the scariest experience they have had in a haunted house. As for the amount of floors, it only is on one level, and takes a while to get through. They make you go through elevators which move giving the illusion it moves. Also, it is dangerous, people have gotten hurt going to this haunted house. There is a set path, paying customers should follow, if they wander off the path, they have fallen down elevator shafts, gotten "lost", passed out, etc... Anyways, hopes this helps with the fact or fiction idea of the 13th floor.

Info Help from Chicago on October 18, 2009:

Great hub Len!

I love haunted houses and if there really was such a thing, I would probably try and find it myself. Keep up the good work!

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on October 18, 2009:

Great hub but I really have no interest in actually trying out even the kiddie versions of haunted houses (chicken me!). They do look interesting though!

Len Cannon (author) from Brooklyn, NY on October 16, 2009:

I'm sure he just heard about it too, haha. I've been getting good traffic, I'm not worried. Thanks for looking out though.

Pachuca213 on October 16, 2009:

Some other dude named MR Voodoo wrote a hub about this today too....just so you know.

Mindfulness on October 16, 2009:

Hah that's why there's no 13th floor in highrises! Spooooky. Nice halloween story.

Michael on October 15, 2009:

Just search "13 Stories haunted house" on google.. you'll get all the same answers I did.

Michael on October 15, 2009:

All these rumors originate from a haunted house called 13 Stories. It apparently gives the illusion that you're going up different levels but you're really not, and they haunted house itself doesn't give much information. People claiming to be employees comment on hubs like this and give a vauge explanation of what really goes on a false myths. I've never been but the website says they MIGHT have live rats, and their ACTORS will not touch you but their MONSTERS will.. whatever that means. They won't throw you out of a window or give you a refund for making it all the way through, but it's supposed to be pretty damn scary either way.

pinkhawk from Pearl of the Orient on October 15, 2009:

wohhh..never heard this before so it is really interesting to know and unravel the truth behind this haunted house..however based from your hub-it is just a rumor so i'll keep it that way so i won't be scared.. thanks for this halloween treat. :)

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 13, 2009:

it looks scary.

Pachuca213 on October 08, 2009:

what is really trippy is the fact that old hotels used to disregard the 13th floor and go from 12th to 14th. But in actuality the 14th floor would still be the 13th floor and some of those old hotels (if still standing) may be haunted, thus making it kind of a "13th floor haunted house"...but I think that's the closest thing to getting to one as we're gonna get. GOOD HUB!

mith_moral on October 04, 2009:

This was a very entertaining hub. Too bad the 13th floor haunted house doesn't really exist. It would have been a real scare-fest to visit on Halloween.

Keep the hubs coming! I'll be back for more.

fruitboot on October 03, 2009:

yes there is a 13th floor haunted house, but it is only one flood that's y its the 13th not the thirteen. It is located in colorado, and i went there last nite. don't believe me???

Luciendasky from Florence, OR on October 01, 2009:

Great hub - very interesting and fun to read!

Brian Stephens from Laroque des Alberes, France on September 29, 2009:

Well I think its a shame, every town should have a 13th floor house, especially at Halloween. Think of the money that could be made as everyone flocked to scare themselves senseless. Oh well another lost opportunity, still I guess some entrepreneur will read this and think I really need to create a 13th floor scary house and the next thing you know it will be real.

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