Escape rooms have hit a surge in popularity over the last 5 years. You get locked in rooms that are usually themed and you have a set amount of time to solve puzzles in order to escape. All rooms are interactive and some even include actors chasing after you even attempting to find you which is often why these rooms surpass haunted houses in popularity these days.
5. Bates Motel Escape Room
As we all know Hitchcock’s 1960’s horror Pyscho is one of the scariest films ever made. And for those thrills seekers that would give an arm to spend a night in Bates Motel. Well, you can, to an extent. In West Chester, Pennsylvania you can partake in an escape room modeled after Bates Motel where that also infamous shower scene takes place.
Team members must navigate the Bates Manor, where gold is hidden somewhere in a safe. The Goal? Well, you must reach the safe before Mr. Bates returns which could be at any moment. Obviously, the story differs from the original film but the premise is just downright terrifying.
Address: 540 E Union St, West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 459-8065
4. The 13th Gate
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana you can find the 13th Gate which contains six different escape rooms for guests to choose from. Each as spooky as the last. Most of the rooms play on the fears of being trapped against your will – making each room claustrophobic for the participants.
Each room takes 60 minutes to complete and some of the room options range from: being trapped in a dark room behind a closed door, searching for a long lost prisoner on death row, and trying to escape an insane aslym before enduring a frontal lobotomy.
Address: 832 St Philip St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-1313
3. The 13th Floor
There seems to be a trend here. Found in Chicago – this escape room is in one of the city’s most haunted houses and offers up two equally sinister rooms. The Jack the Ripper Room and The Illusion Manner. The former — obviously — playing on the timeless fear of the London serial killer. Participants have an hour on the streets of London to stop the killer before he slays another victim.
You will be taunted by Jack throughout as he brags that he will never be caught — and honestly — he’s not wrong. The Illusion Manner is more of a biblical escape room and play’s on the cultural fears of demons and the occult. Participants are put in a Victorian Mansion and are forced to prevent a demon from entering into the living world.
Address: 5050 River Rd, Schiller Park, IL 60176
Phone: (708) 571-3326
2. Black Plague
You can find this terrifying room in North Carolina. Based specifically on the legendary bubonic plague. You have the options of two rooms, The Plague Room and The Cure Room. In both, you will be forced to run away from the Plague Doctor during which time you will be chased by plague zombies.
Now unlike many escape rooms, this one allows for the actors to touch you. Though they do promise they won’t hurt you. Participants must sign a waiver prior to entering so they agree to the touching terms and conditions However, participants are not allowed to touch the actors and will be penalized for doing so. Touch an actor and the game ends. Your character is now dead.
1. Cannibal Killer Escape Room
This gruesome escape room can be found in Los Angeles. The premise? You are held captive by a grisly serial killer and of course, you must escape before you meet a gruesome fate. Participants are hooded and led into a cage before the game begins following that you are forced to solve various puzzles in order to out-maneuver the killer.
You have 45 minutes, if you fail, you’re captured, caged, and consumed. Well, hopefully not really but that’s a risk you’ll just have to take.