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Sauer Castle Property – Haunted House of Kansas City ~ On the Auction Block
Sauer castle, kansas city, kansas.
UPDATE: The Sauer Castle Haunted House of Kansas City has its surrounding 11 acres currently up for auction according to a posting on the Unified Government’s website , as well as the house itself, in separate auctions. The properties were owned by Mr. Lopp, a descendant of the original Sauer family. They have been on the government website for a while now with no auction date or starting bid, so we are unable to provide that information. The auction was scheduled for April 2020, but was delayed due to COVID. The total tax amount due as of September 2020 was $7,737.61, but that will continue to accrue until a sale is finalized. So how about being a close neighbor of the haunted castle?
Rounding a curve on a winding, residential street, a red brick structure looms over the landscape. Set behind long lengths of chainlink fence, one gets a sense of foreboding as if the carved lions framing the doorway and the windows in the tower are watching us. It is the Sauer Castle.
Although the architect is not documented, it is thought that Asa Beebe Cross (1826-1894), whose work includes the Vaile Mansion and Gillis Opera House, may have designed the home. In any event, the first structure constructed built on the property was said to be a barn to house the materials for the massive house project.
Fourteen-foot ceilings, 12-foot windows and marble fireplaces graced the home. A wine cellar lay underneath and a music room sat adjacent to the parlor which had patterned wood floors covered with rich rugs.
The dining room walls were hung with paintings of religious figures, and a system of bells on wires could be rung from every room in the house to call for the servants.
Bedrooms were on the second floor, and the Sauer Mansion was one of the first homes in Kansas City to have running water. The servants quarters and children’s classroom was on the third floor, as was the entrance to the tower which afforded a spectacular view.
Anton chose the location of his home because it reminded him of this hometown along the Rhine River in the Swiss Alps. With views of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers, it was the ideal setting for his large family. Little did he realize, however, that the house was built smack in the middle of what was once the Shawnee Indian trail. That trail later became part of the old Santa Fe Trail through which many wagons passed on their journey west.
In part due to traumatic events in the house, and partly due to its construction on ground where the Shawnee and settlers experienced hardships and adversity, some say the property is a hotbed of paranormal activity. Sadly, the house appeared to bring bad luck to its inhabitants.
Carl Lopp, a descendent of Anton Sauer and New York socialite, purchased the home in 1988. He had plans of converting the mansion into a bed and breakfast, but as an absentee owner, the roof began to leak and windows were broken. You would think that as a descendent, Loop would have at least maintained the home. Historical societies have even offered to fix it up or buy it and put the family name on it, but Loop was unwilling.
The years after Carl Lopp purchased the mansion saw the greatest deterioration of the home. He allowed no one inside the home, but the exterior’s broken windows, falling-down iron work and unkempt grounds could be seen from the street. In 1996, the “caretaker” was charged with stealing $30,000 worth of items from inside the house, including the crystal chandeliers. Soon after, Wyandotte County slapped an “unfit for habitation” notice on the home, and Carl Loop was found guilty of two housing court violations. His probation terms included that he pay the back taxes and come up with a plan to restore the mansion. A bench warrant was issued when he failed to do so.
Lopp visited Kansas City in 1997 for this mother’s funeral and was promptly arrested. His lawyer wrangled an appeal, however, arguing that Lopp still was initiating plans to restore the home. Lopp continued to play cat and mouse with the city/county for many years. Whenever the home was up for auction for back taxes, he would wait until the last minute to pay the taxes. For 20 years, Lopp and his lawyers insisted he had plans to restore the home, but nothing ever came of it.
The structure now lies abandoned and derelict. Apparently, the ghost stories have kept trespassers continuing to vandalize the house, and the insurance company will not cover the expenses.
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Nicholas W Smith
Is this still for sale?
Just the 11 acres around the property are a tax lien sale.
Shawn M Meckley
What about the structre can it be purchased as well?
The owner is not interested in selling the structure.
Robin R Beltrami
How much is the land around the building, and is it possible to keep people off the property?
The property has been on the city’s auction site for a while now with no auction date or starting bid, so we are unable to provide that information. The auction was scheduled for April 2020, but was delayed due to COVID. Taxes are accruing and no price has been set.
This home needs to be saved while there is still time
So what I am getting from what I have read- I can not purchase land and house together – it is a beautiful well constructed home – needs work but is simply beautiful . Would love to purchase
Right. They are on separate auctions with nor auction dates as of yet.
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26+ Haunted Houses & Scary Ghost Tours in Kansas City: Updated for 2023
Halloween is all about the spooky, scary things to do and haunted houses in Kansas City. Below is what we’ve gathered so far. Several entities have not provided new details for this year. We will update as new information becomes available. If you know of any that we should add, or that have recently announced their details for this year, email us the full scoop, and we’ll get it loaded!
With Halloween around the corner, KC’s haunted houses, ghost tours, and special Halloween events are full of scares and thrills. While not all the scary entertainment is suitable for small children, you can find spooky things to do with your older kids around town.
So sit back, turn on a light, and get ready to be scared at these haunted houses near me!
Whether you’re looking for haunted houses in Missouri or scary Halloween things to do in Kansas…we couldn’t forget the scary, thrill-seeking Kansas Citians out!
Be sure to note, most of these events are geared towards older children. This list is sure to raise a few hairs!
Looking for Halloween things to do for younger kids? Check out other Halloween resources:
- Family Friendly Halloween Activities
- Trick or Treating & Trunk or Treating in KC
- Kids Eat FREE on Halloween
- Candy Buy Backs
- Pumpkin Patches Near KC
- Fall Drink Ideas (maybe add alcohol…)
Scary Haunted Houses in Kansas City:
Exiledkc haunted house.
12829 Loring Rd., Bonner Springs, KS
Open Fridays & Saturdays September 30th- October 28th
Box office opens at 6 p.m. and haunts begin at 7:30 p.m.–midnight (if you are in line by midnight, you will still have access). Tickets: $49+
ExiledKC is a fierce and rugged, haunted trail located outside. You will have to hike through the trail while trying to escape the terrors of the night.
This trail is outside, and you will get sweaty, dirty and be able to climb hills, bend, and navigate through obstacles, so please dress accordingly!
This haunted attraction is recommended for ages 12 and up. No flashlights/phone lights/photography are allowed. You can call (913) 259-4411 for more information.
The Beast KC
1401 W 13th St Suite B Kansas City, MO
Dates and times vary – find more info online .
One of the top 13 scariest haunts in the nation, The Beast is sure to scare you the entire way through! Haunted housegoers can travel through the various aspects of this haunted house, which include 4 floors of fright!
The Edge of Hell
1300 W 12th St Kansas City, MO
Dates and Times vary by day, so check online .
Take a journey 5 stories high from Heaven to Hell in this Kansas City Favorite!
The Edge of Hell Haunted House is home to the Rat Man, vampires, and the devil, and all the unsavory on your path to purgatory. This is one of the best haunted houses in Kansas City…in our opinion.
Macabre Cinema Haunted House
1222 W 12th St., Suite A, Kansas City, MO
Don’t just watch your favorite horror movies this Halloween, be a part of them!
Head to Macabre Cinema Haunted House in the West Bottoms for the time of your life. Venture through this haunted 1930s movie theater and be a part of 30 + famous scary scenes spread across 4 floors!
Macabre Cinema Haunted House puts visitors into spooky scenes from classic and contemporary horror movies. To add to the authenticity, portions of actual movie sets are included in the four-story West Bottoms haunted hotspot, including from both The Mummy and Hellraiser. Some of the film’s most memorable characters are sure to be spotted in this nightmare-fueling adventure.
**Pro tip, combo The Best, Edge of Hell, and Macabre to save**
Haunted House Kansas City
11516 N Bristol Ave., Kansas City, MO
October 27 th , 28 th , and 31 st , 7-10pm
Haunted House Kansas City is a FREE local haunted house. Donations are appreciated and go directly to the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City.
We create an outstanding attraction that generates no fewer screams and laughs than the biggest professional haunted houses. There is no blood or gore in our haunted house to ensure a positive family experience. Guests have the option of three levels of fear: dead, medium scary, and TRAUMA!
Halloween Ghost Tours & Scary Activities:
Haunted & Historic Spaces Tour
SE Main and SE 3rd, Lee’s Summit, MO
Downtown LS will return for haunted tours on October 21st! Tickets are $30 and go on sale on September 18th.
John Wornall House
6115 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO
All ages Ghost Tour October 1st
21+ Ghost Tour, October 29th
Paranormal Investigations night of October 14th, 27th, 29th and 31st
Tour times and prices depend on which tour you choose to attend.
As one of the most haunted homes in Kansas City, The Wornall House offers ghost tours as well as paranormal investigations that will walk you through the life and death of John Wornall’s wife, Eliza, who lived during the Civil War! Children under 12 are not permitted, and children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Sallie’s House Haunted Activities
508 N. 2nd Street, Atchison, KS
In one of the most haunted towns in the US, Atchison, Kansas, is full of ghost tales. For those afraid of things that go bump in the night, the faint of heart, schools, or clubs, the Sallie House is open for daytime tours by reservation only. Take a self-guided tour of Atchison’s most famous haunted home.
This house was once the home of a physician who would conduct examinations in the front office. One of his patients needed emergency surgery and unfortunately died during the procedure. The 6-year-old girl is allegedly still haunting the house today.
If you’re looking for scary things to do…this is the place!
Self-guided Guided Day Tours are ($20) every Sunday to Thursday, but you MUST HAVE an appointment.
Overnight Stays are $125–150 per night and run all year. There is a 2-person minimum, but it is perfect for a couple’s getaway. Other events normally include Paranormal Investigations.
You can pick up your ticket at the Santa Fe Depot anytime on the day of your tour, but you must have a ticket to enter the house.
The Haunted McInteer Villa
The haunted McInteer Villa is not only really haunted, but the owner has also beautifully restored the house back to it’s original 1889 glory. The owner, Stephanie, has daytime tours during the Halloween season. It is such a beautiful and spooky home.
Belvoir Winery Paranormal Investigation
1325 Odd Fellows Rd., Liberty, MO
From 8:00 pm to 1:00 am (next day) on October 21st
Tickets: $60 each
Located in Liberty, MO, the Belvoir Winery hosts more than mixers and dinner parties…
This winery is known for the scary paranormal activities and for also being one of the most haunted locations in the entire Midwest! Get your tickets for this tour ASAP, as there are limited times and tours.
1859 Jail Museum (Old Jackson County Jail)
217 North Main St., Independence, MO
** Pick a timeslot online. Only 1 group is allowed in each hourly time slot.
Tickets start at $25. Ghost hunt: $75 (no kids under 7 allowed)
This historic jail is home to a few ghostly inhabitants. Visitors have smelled cigar smoke, seen shadowy figures roaming around, and even seen one who likes to pull the hair of women.
Tickets for this tour will sell out quickly due to the time constraint, so visitors are encouraged to purchase ASAP!
Glore Psychiatric Museum
3406 Frederick Ave., St. Joseph, MO
This Museum may not be haunted, but it is just as hair-raising and thrilling! The Glore Psychiatric Museum was formerly known as the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2. This museum gives you a first-hand glimpse of what it was like to be treated in the asylum, as well as notes, paintings, and clothing worn by the patients and caretakers.
Museum-goers will experience the real-life horrors that happened there – even be able to see ALL the things one patient, in particular, swallowed. Unnerving mannequins are prevalent as well, illustrating the near-barbaric procedures many patients were subjected to, making for one creepy visit. Call (816) 232-8471 for more information.
Haunted Hotel Savoy (now 21c Museum Hotel)
219 W. 9th St., Kansas City, MO
Haunted Hotel Savoy (now 21c Museum Hotel): Guests that stay at this hotel, specifically room 505, have had many frightening experiences.
Guests have heard music turn on by itself, water turning off and on, and eerie feelings of being watched.
The Elms Hotel and Spa
This hotel and spa in Excelsior Springs is rumored to have hosted several ghosts over the years. Tour times are roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour and are only $25.00 per person.
One of the most subtly spooky homes in Kansas City is Sauer Castle. This abandoned Castle has been reported to have incidents of ghostly figures wandering the property, lights turning on, and eerie happenings in the tower.
Vaile Victorian Mansion
This beautiful mansion in Independence is rumored to have multiple sightings of the lady of the house. Most passersby are so frightened of her that they cross the street or find alternate routes.
1612 Grand Blvd
Kansas City, MO
A live experience escape room.
This unique fright is like no other. The Basement is an escape room that has tricky puzzles and is creepy. Get locked inside a story and try to escape.
Blossom House Haunted Hotel
817 Santa Fe St
Kansas City, MO
This haunted hotel is open for overnight stays. Guests have witnessed many ghosts and paranormal happenings. Contact them for more details 913-280-1340
Visit Epperson House
5200 Cherry St Kansas City, MO
Noted as one of the top 5 haunted houses in the US by Unsolved Mysteries, Epperson House is famous for its 54 bedrooms, Tudor Gothic design, and many reports of paranormal activity inside and out from Uriah Spray Epperson himself.
Many guards, students, and local authorities have witnessed what they say are loud footsteps, crashing noises, and ghostly figures.
200 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO
Now one of the three wings of the Kansas City Marriott in Downtown Kansas City, MO, the Muehlebach was once a prestigious hotel that hosted many visitors. Most of them were famous and even legendary in their own right.
One particular wing is believed to be haunted by “The Blue Lady”. This mysterious lady is described as a blonde woman in a blue dress, possibly from the 1920s. She wanders the halls and lobby, supposedly looking for her lost lover.
Come visit the hotel’s wing to see if you can feel ghosts wandering the halls.
1596 E. 250th St., Lecompton, KS
Just a quick drive down the road from Stull United Methodist, the Stull cemetery is believed to be one of the 7 gates to hell. Witnesses have reported experiencing paranormal encounters, strange sounds, and mysteriously “losing time” while visiting the cemetery.
While there are “no trespassing” signs posted, visitors are encouraged to make sure they have plenty of batteries for flashlights, warm clothes, and a partner to accompany them if visiting at night.
Atchison, KS, has TONS of Halloween events going on in October. Hop on their website and see what they have to offer. You could make a whole day of ghostly activities to do as a family. If you are super brave, you could even stay the night in Atchison’s Scariest haunted house. Below, I have featured two of their activities.
World of Fun Halloween Haunt
4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., Kansas City, MO
Select nights: September 15th – October 28th
Head out to Worlds of Fun for rides full of thrills and a night full of screams! Be on the lookout for hundreds of scary creatures lurking around the fog-filled park. The frights start at 6:30 and are not recommended for ages under 14.
Halloween Haunt is the Midwest’s largest Halloween event and one of KC’s most fearful fall traditions. Every Friday and Saturday night during the month of October, the family-friendly park transforms into one of the scariest destinations in town as the otherworldly Overlord awakens his army of ghouls each evening. Featuring 13 extreme haunts, more than 500 monsters, spooky shows, and chilling thrill rides, the Haunt promises Halloween terror for everyone 14 years old and up.
Haunted Trolley and Coach Tours
200 S 10th St., Atchison, KS
Tours are available Thursday – Saturday through October 28th and October 30th and 31st.
Tour the most haunted town in Kansas! Take a trolley ride around Atchison, Kansas, and see where all the haunted houses are located and learn more about the ghosts that inhabit them.
Tours for the trolley and coaches vary each day. For more information on tickets and schedules, visit them online. This tour is not recommended for children under 6.
Not Yet Updated for 2023 –
The attic kc – no information for 2023 yet.
Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets are $25 per person
This is Union Station’s newest attraction & a fun Halloween thing to do!
Explore the attic of Union Station, one of the most haunted places in Kansas City. It was previously closed off to the public, but they have opened it up this Halloween!
Come experience the ghosts of Union Station…it’s sure to scare your pants off.
Mount Washington Manor Haunted House – Info for 2023 TBA
9515 E Independence Ave. Independence, MO 64053
Grab tickets on Groupon for as little as $8 per person!
Be ready to get scared at the scariest haunted house in Independence! While this Halloween activity is family-friendly, there will be scary parts.
Fun Halloween Things to Do at Home
Decorate your front door.
Get in the Halloween spirit by decorating your front door! You can go the spooky route, or make it cute if you have younger kids.
Host Your Own Halloween Party
Whether you have little ones or older children, Halloween parties are some of the most fun parties to plan. There are so many Halloween-themed treats & activities to create!
Check out our guide to hosting a Halloween party for inspo!
Host a game of Glow-in-the-Dark Capture The Flag
As the evenings are getting cooler, it’s the perfect time for a heart-thumping, sweat-dripping night game of CAPTURE THE FLAG . Glow stick-style.
Here’s how to play:
- Gather a big group of friends who aren’t afraid of the dark and like to chase each other. Divide up into 2 teams.
- Review how to play Capture the Flag. See instructions here .
- Get your glow-on. You will need 2 glow sticks of different colors – these will be the flags. Each player will need 2 glow bracelets, one for each wrist, the same colors as the flags. Half of your group will wear one color for their team. The other half will wear the second color.
- Don’t activate your sticks until just before you are ready to play.
Pro tips for Glow Capture the Flag:
– Players can’t hide their glow bracelets under any clothing.
– If a flag (glow stick) that has been stolen is dropped it must be returned to the original area
– Agree on specific jail rules. For example, if a player touches the jail, everyone is freed and gets a free walk back but they have to go back to their side before they can try to steal the flag. The person freeing the prisoners can still get tagged at any point
– You can also play this rousing game indoors using a gym or basketball court. Select two corners of the room for jail and put the flags (glow sticks) there on either end. Activate your sticks and turn off the lights!
Host a Murder Mystery Party “Clue” Style
Teens can still dress up by hitting up a Thrift store and finding outfits to wear that fit their part. Check out Pinterest for menu ideas, scripts, and costume ideas for the party. You can also find some great ideas online!
Halloween Mystery Boxes
Make several Halloween mystery boxes for a little added surprise this season!
Blindfold each participant & have them stick their hands in to guess what they are. You can use boiled spaghetti for brains, peeled grapes for eyeballs, corn kernels for teeth & many other crazy concoctions.
Host a Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) Party
Have each guest bring their own pumpkin and you supply pumpkin decorating and carving tools. Find no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas that don’t involve cutting too!
Then, host a contest for “most creative pumpkin”, “most unique pumpkin”, and “most festive pumpkin”, etc. Let the kiddos watch a Halloween-themed movie. Make some popcorn and throw in some candy corn… You got yourself a party!
Make Caramel Apples together
Who doesn’t love caramel apples? You can add many different toppings so everyone can get a little creative!
Look up ghost stories online or create your own
Once you find scary stories, read them around the fire or in the dark.
Whatever it is you choose to do… just embrace the fact that you are doing something together. These memories will last forever. There’s nothing like seeing time fly before your eyes quite like holidays with your kids…
One minute you’re searching for ladybug costumes and the next you’re sending them off to haunted houses and parties.
Your kids will never forget that you cared enough to take the time to invest in them!
What are some ways you celebrate Halloween with your older kiddos? Send us your ideas, we’d love to hear from you.
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What are Kansas City's eeriest and creepiest places? You don't need to look far
Kansas City has its fair share of historic homes, odd churches and menacing mansions, each with their own haunting past. With unsolved murders to unexplained mysteries, these sites are perfectly creepy and fascinating even beyond the Halloween season.
This story was first published in KCUR's Adventure newsletter. You can sign up to receive stories like this in your inbox every Tuesday.
The imposing, stately nature of many historic Kansas City landmarks make it hard not to lean into the ominous spirit of fall. The air is crisp, and the color changing leaves bring a feeling of melancholy.
When you venture across the region, buildings more than a hundred years old hulk over cars and pedestrians almost knowingly, full of stories from Kansas City’s past.
So for Kansas Citians who love murder mysteries and stories of spirits and ghosts, a gold mine awaits here. Behind many churches, parks, cemeteries and hospitals, there are perplexing stories of tragedy and unrest. Some cases — like the murder of Thomas Swope — still have questions begging to be answered more than 100 years later.
Light up the fireplace, curl up in a blanket, and immerse yourself in five chilling stories behind the structures that make the Kansas City area — and maybe start planning for a Halloween road trip.
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Since the early 1900s, ghostly lore and legends have been told about the historic St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in downtown Kansas City. One person reported the sighting of a curious figure on the locked second floor, and noises coming from empty rooms.
According to Michael Wells, Special Collections Librarian at Kansas City Public Library, in the 1990’s, “One church member decided to look further, arriving at the church one night with an electromagnetic field detector.” In curious corners of the church, the detector " sprang to life ."
Many speculate the ghost of a former St. Mary’s priest, Henry D Jardine, is who haunts that second floor. Jardine was the church’s rector from 1879-1886, and apparently had an affinity for the Catholic church. He made waves in the Episcopal community by implementing Catholic traditions — but he also had a checkered past and was exposed for robbing a business when he was 16 years old.
With a target on Jardine’s back, church leaders published articles and pamphlets ostracizing and discrediting the priest for the crimes of his past. When that didn’t lead to excommunication, the church leaders published more pamphlets accusing the priest of sexual misconduct , saying he was caught by a fellow church member spanking a young female parishioner in his office.
The young rector was excommunicated on the basis of inappropriate behavior with a female parishioner. But just a week after, Jardine’s body was found by a fellow priest in the church. His death was ruled a suicide, which prohibited him from being buried in consecrated ground until he was exonerated 35 years later.
Apparently, Wells says, the area of the church where the electromagnetic detector went off in the 1990’s was the consecrated ground where Jardine was supposed to be buried, but wasn’t because of his tarnished legacy. His body was finally moved to the spot in 2000.
The Elms Hotel
In 1910, just outside of Kansas City in the quaint town of Excelsior Springs, the’ illustrious Elms Hotel caught fire the night of a Halloween masquerade ball, killing two coal shovelers in the depths of the building.
Created in 1888, the hotel was a haven for people seeking homeopathic treatment for various afflictions. Excelsior Springs, where the hotel resides, is home to valuable mineral water and several natural springs . The distinguished destination became the place to “take the waters” and rejuvenate.
Ironically, the hotel fell victim to several fires in the early 1900s until the building was renovated and made fireproof in 1912. Thankfully, a 2020 grant from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund helped fix structural issues inside the Elms and restore it as the town’s visitor center.
Apparently, if you’re in the building around 1:30 a.m., you can hear the clashing of pipes -- which happens to be the exact time of the firestorm on that unforgettable Halloween night. People have also reported mystifying and untimely calls to the front desk from vacant, shut rooms.
Believers credit the unexplainable signs to the grudges of two ghosts – the coal shovelers still lurking in the bowels of the hotel, banging, clashing and begging to be heard.
Odd Fellows Home at Belvoir Winery
The peculiarly named Odd Fellows Home in Liberty is a self proclaimed “ haunted hotel ,” now home to Belvoir Winery .
The 240-acre compound was created by a secret society of men known as “ Odd Fellows ,” who were formed in a humanitarian effort to help their community. In the 1800s, when the estate was built, it was used by the group as an orphanage, school, nursing home, hospital and secondary hospital.
The Odd Fellows were also big on rituals and traditions. For example, all skeletons of members were named “ George ” (one of which is on display in a small room in the winery) and the compound is home to a cemetery with almost 600 skeletons buried in it.
Today, the space has been converted into a winery and small inn with nine rooms - often used for weddings . But that doesn’t mean the odd history isn’t still around: The long-standing estate has received reports of pianos playing themselves, strange noises, the sounds of footsteps, and more. You can try to hear for yourself on one of the Belvoir Winery’s ghost tours .
Legend has it , the spirits of children run round the orphanage singing nursery rhymes. In other buildings, employees have seen lights flash and doors swing open and closed.
The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures investigated the property in 2021, and one crew member said they were grabbed on the arm by a spirit. Another said they saw shadow figures on the grounds.
Another Travel Channel program, Kindred Spirits , also investigated the property and “identified” the spirit of a man who was treated in the hospital and took his own life.
Kansas City lumber magnate and philanthropist Robert Long is credited with building the 1,780-acre Longview Farm in 1914. The sprawling estate included 42 buildings, a racetrack and thousands of staff members.
Long’s equestrian daughter Loula Long Combs, lesser known than her father, lived on the farm until she died in 1971. Today, some say they’ve spotted an unknown woman on horseback, galavanting through paths in the area near Longview Farm.
In her life, Loula was a real animal person, and would take in ownerless dogs that came her direction. She raised and raced horses across Europe, Canada and the U.S., and buried her favorite horse, Revelation, out front of Longview Show Horse Arena.
She married her husband Robert Pryor Combs, who had a shared love of horses, in 1917, and lived to be 90 years old.
Before she passed, Loula and her sister Sally Long Ellis contributed 146 acres of the farm to the construction of what is now the Metropolitan Community College Longview Campus, where Kansas City students say they’ve heard the clacking of horse’s hooves against the pavement, despite there being no horses in sight.
In 1987, the Longview Mansion was used for the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse — an annual event by the Kansas City Symphony Alliance, which showcases a different historic or notable Kansas City building for the public. A staff member , who was working in the mansion at the time, said that each morning Loula’s bed mysteriously required remaking, despite no one staying in it.
In 2018, the mansion was renovated thanks to a $3.2 million restoration project, and it can now be used as a wedding or event venue.
The land for Swope Park was generously donated to the city in 1896 by the prolific philanthropist Thomas Swope. At 1,805 acres, it’s Kansas City’s largest park and boasts hiking trails, the Swope Memorial golf course, the Kansas City Zoo, and the Starlight Theatre.
And while visitors may come across Swope’s memorial and final resting place inside the park, they might not realize that his death in October 1909 was surrounded by mysterious circumstances — and eventually lead to a high-profile “trial of the century.”
It’s long been suspected that Swope’s nephew-in-law murdered Swope and other members of his family in order to steal Swope’s fortune. But after a hung jury, botched autopsies, and a state Supreme Court case, the question remains: Did Dr. Bennett Clark Hyde really poison Thomas Swope, or was the prominent Kansas City physician actually the victim of a years-long family grudge?
KCUR’s Mackenzie Martin digs into the 114-year-old cold case on the most recent episode of A People’s History of Kansas City to try and separate the fact from urban legend. You’ll never think of Swope Park the same way again.
And for even more ghoulish content, check out KCUR’s guide to the haunted and historic cemeteries of Kansas City .
Scary for the Wrong Reasons: Unlicensed KC Haunted House Shut Down for No Toilets, Exits
Owners told guests to 'use bathroom before coming but we can supply bucket and toilet paper' before entering the $40 experience.
The Kansas City fire marshal has closed a local haunted house due to safety concerns stemming from rotting wood, inadequate plumbing and electrical systems, and a lack of bathrooms.
The Blossom House Haunted Hotel, a warehouse offering a $40 haunted tour with the promise of a 'real paranormal experience,' recently shocked visitors with its truly dismal condition and unhygienic practices.
"On Wednesday, Oct 18, the Kansas City Fire Department issued emergency orders to vacate 817 Santa Fe Street,” city spokeswoman Sherea Honeycutt told The Kansas City Star in an email.
The Blossom House Haunted Hotel had no emergency exits and no usable bathrooms, along with rotting wood and limited electricity throughout the five-story warehouse.
"Use bathroom before coming but we can supply bucket and toilet paper," the confirmation text said.
Besides the lack of public restrooms, The Kansas City Star also confirmed that the warehouse has no license to operate as a business in either Missouri or Kansas City and lacks the necessary permits to operate as a haunted house attraction.
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The 13 Most Haunted Houses in Kansas City
The haunted houses in Kansas City are some of the biggest and scariest in America. And the best part is, not all of them are fake. In this post, we’ll take a look at the best Kansas City haunted houses, museums, and attractions to visit any time of year plus the scariest haunted houses during the Halloween season.
If you’re a haunted house fan, add Kansas City to your list of destinations. The City of Fountains shifts to the city of haunts and scares each Halloween season. But, you don’t have to wait until October, because there are many haunted locations to visit any time of year!
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13 haunted houses & Places in kansas city
Below are the 13 haunted houses in Kansas City plus the most haunted hotels in the city and the best haunted tours. We also have the most haunted places to visit in Missouri !
Real Haunted Places in Kansas City
We are starting our list with real haunted houses in Kansas City as well as haunted museums, spooky buildings and an eerie chamber!
1. Epperson House (University of Missouri at Kansas City)
Students and police alike can attest to this one. The Epperson House served as a private residence long before it was donated to and repurposed by the university.
The original owners (Uriah and Mary Epperson) took in a student and dubbed her their adopted daughter (although she was an adult and too old to be legally adopted).
Unfortunately, she passed away soon after at the age of 47. Before her passing, she was particularly fond of plans to build an organ inside the home. Students and security guards have reported hearing organ music and seeing strange lights – all while the building was empty. Even stranger, these claims began nearly 50 years ago and continue to this day.
Address: 5200 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110
2. Strawberry Hill Museum
The Strawberry Hill Museum was originally built as a private home in the late 1800s. It was then used as an orphanage starting in 1919 and became one of the first in America to accept all children regardless of their race, background, or creed.
Although it has operated as a museum since 1988, the ghosts of its past still linger. A woman in red is often seen roaming the premises, asking “Where is the house of the priest?” before vanishing.
3. Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe
Famous poet Edgar Allen Poe lived a life as dark as his stories. It was fraught with tragedies and unusual circumstances. So, it makes sense that a building built in his honor is full of terrifying secrets and surprises.
While it once operated as a Halloween attraction, Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe is also believed to be haunted by real ghosts. The building’s original owner died in the elevator shaft.
It was also investigated by Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab. According to a legend featured on the attraction’s website, the now-closed building was shut down after college students, on a quest to disprove the paranormal, actually discovered something sinister in the building.
Today, it is one of the most haunted abandoned places in Kansas City. So far, no one has been brave enough to buy the building and re-open it.
Address: 1100 Santa Fe St, Kansas City, MO 64101
4. The Kansas City Music Hall
Built in 1936, The Kansas City Music Hall is one of the most beautiful buildings in KCMO. It’s also one of the most haunted. While no deaths have been documented in the building, visitors still see semi-transparent apparitions roaming the halls and even taking seats. Women have even reported seeing an older male spirit wearing a fedora. He apparently has a habit of rudely scaring them and blocking their view of the stage.
Address: 301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105
5. John Wornall House
Built in 1858, the John Wornall House briefly served as a hospital for injured soldiers during the Civil War . Interestingly, they treated both northern and southern troops. One of the most significant battles of the region, The Battle of Westport, broke out just a short distance from the house.
While its place as a hospital has long passed, some of its patients seem to have remained making it one of the most haunted houses in KC. The scent of pipe tobacco comes and goes without explanation. Windows are filled with ghastly apparitions and armed soldiers are apparently still seen guarding the entrance.
Candlelit tours of this haunted house in Kansas City allow visitors to experience the haunts for themselves.
Address: 6115 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, MO 64113
6. Alexander Majors Historic Museum
One of the most historic houses found in Kansas City is also believed to be haunted. One of the only four remaining antebellum houses in Kansas City, the Alexander Majors Historic Museum is rich in history.
Its 1856 construction predates the Civil War and rests just a few feet away from what was (at the time) the nation’s western border. The mansion’s location serves as a metaphor for Majors’ vision of westward expansion. It also served as a strategic location for him to conduct business.
Ghost tours are hosted at the mansion, and some are self-guided. If you choose a solo tour, keep a careful eye out for the spirit of Louisa Johnston, the former caretaker who is still believed to roam its halls.
Open: Thursday – Sunday afternoons
Address: 8201 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114
Halloween Haunts & Scary Haunted Houses
If you need to be frightened in October, below are the scariest haunted houses in Kansas City. This is your chance to encounter ghosts, zombies, ghouls and other horrors brought to life with incredible costumes and sets.
These attractions aren’t meant for the young or faint of heart, so if you’re looking for some more tame fall fun, check out our guides to the best pumpkin patches and apple picking . For everyone else, these haunted houses in KCMO are good for an eerie evening.
7. The Beast Kansas City
It’s that time of year for spooky fun and some of the most popular attractions in Kansas City are organized by Full Moon Productions.
Among the largest haunted house experiences in Missouri, The Beast invokes a sense of danger by toying with visitors’ phobias and sense of direction. In fact it’s entirely possible for visitors to get lost in the werewolf forest. It brings a new level of immersion to haunted attractions. You’ll find it in the heart of Kansas City’s West Bottoms district. It’s also home to our next West Bottoms attraction…
The Beast Kansas City 2023 opening day is October 12th.
Address: 1401 W. 13 St, Suite B, Kansas City, MO 64102
8. Edge of Hell
One of the most popular Halloween attractions in Kansas City, Edge of Hell has been haunting western Missouri for nearly 50 years. Like most high-production haunted houses, it features a cast of terrifying characters lurking in unsettling places within the multi-story haunted house.
However, Edge of Hell Kansas City ups the ante by targeting some of the most haunting phobias plaguing mankind. The House of Phobia includes a world record-breaking (real) snake named Medusa. It’s a must-see among KC haunted houses and one of the two scariest West Bottoms haunted houses.
Edge of Hell Kansas City 2023 opening day is October 12th.
Address: 1300 W 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64111
9. Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt
Kansas City’s only amusement park goes all out every Halloween with a complete transformation. Creepy decor fills the Worlds of Fun while terrifying characters roam its shadows. New attractions emerge, including shows and haunted houses.
Fear rises when darkness falls as Worlds of Fun is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual Halloween Haunt!
And yes, they do a legitimately great job in creating a terrifying experience for visitors. In fact, the traditionally family-friendly park recommends all visitors under 14 leave after 6:30 during its Halloween Haunt. Oh, and there’s also a real graveyard near the park that’s rumored to be haunted.
Open select nights from September 15 – October 28, 2023.
Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161
10. Macabre Cinema Haunted House
What better way to enjoy some classic macabre cinema than to live through it? That’s the unique theme found in Macabre Haunted House . Meet some of classic cinema’s most terrifying characters as they haunt you across four floors of absolute terror.
Ready for clowns, zombies and ghouls from movie sets from The Mummy, Hellraiser, Killer Clowns from Outer Space, and more?
Traverse the actual sets used in popular horror films. Can you escape back to the real world, or will you spend the rest of your days stuck in a horror film?
Macabre Cinema Haunted House 2023 opening day is October 12th.
Address: 1222 W 12th St Suite A, Kansas City, MO 64101
11. Full Moon Escape Rooms
What’s more terrifying than being locked in a room with no way out?
How about placing that room in the middle of Kansas City’s Largest Haunted House?
Full Moon Escape combines the fun and challenging puzzles of an escape room with the thrills and chills of a haunted house. The stakes are higher, and the pressure is on. The longer it takes, the closer “they” get…
Open: Wednesday, Thursday, & Sunday Noon – 8:30 pm and Friday & Saturday Noon – 11 pm
Address: 1401 W. 13th St. Suite C, Kansas City, MO. 64102
12. Haunted Tours in Kansas City
Discover some of Kansas City’s most iconic sites and the terrifying true stories behind them.
Apex Paranormal brings the spooky this October season with a walking ghost tour of the insanely haunted Harris Kearney Civil War Home. This 1-hour tour will keep the lights on for the faint of heart and while they share the history and the stories of ghosts lurking around and inside. Tours will be led by real paranormal investigators who will also share their experiences hunting for ghosts inside both buildings.
This is an all-ages event, but they also host full paranormal investigations and ghost hunts you can join in!
13. Haunted Hotels in Kansas City
Two of Kansas City’s most historic hotels are also it’s most haunted. While guests at the Hotel Savoy (now the 21c Museum Hotel) and The Muehlebach Hotel (now the Marriott) enjoy luxury, comfort, and meticulous attention to detail, they also revel in ghostly lore – particularly during the Halloween season.
If All Hallow’s Eve finds you in our fair city, consider booking a room in one of these spooktacular hotels.
Hotel Savoy Kansas City
Originally known as the historic Savoy Hotel, this historic hotel is now the 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City. Room 505 is known to be the most haunted with unexplained happenings such as the water faucet that wouldn’t stop turning on in the bathroom, after repeatedly turning it off.
There are also tales of jazz music playing from within the empty room. Theories of the ghosts of the Hotel Savoy are a bit unclear. So, this is officially an unsolved mystery! But, are you brave enough to stay on the 5th floor at 21C?
Looking for more? We’ve heard that St. Mary’s Church, and Union Station both have legendary ghost stories. Do a self-guided exploration of their hectic pasts and learn about accounts of the ghosts that haunt them and the infamous gangsters that plagued the streets of Kansas City and the mayhem left in their wake.
Address: 219 W 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Check out reviews of 21c Kansas City on TripAdvisor and our favorite site to find the lowest hotel prices is Hotels.com .
The Muehlebach Hotel
This building was a theatre before it began operating as The Muehlebach Hotel. Today it is known as the Kansas City Marriott .
The historic building in Downtown Kansas City is known to have a ghost called “The Blue Lady”.
Described as a blonde in her early 30’s, the ghostly presence has been seen wearing a 1920s-style blue dress with her hair tucked up into a wide-brimmed hat. Some have speculated that she is the ghost of an actress who once played at the Gayety Theater next door, and searches the hotel for a lost lover.
Address: 200 W 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Check out reviews of Kansas City Marriott on TripAdvisor and our favorite site to find the lowest hotel prices is Hotels.com .
Keep reading: Check out the 13 most haunted hotels in Missouri ! From an 1880 spa hotel in Excelsior Springs to a hotel in Hillsboro that was once a hospital for Confederate prisoners of war and a St. Louis hotel said to be 10 Spookiest Buildings in the World.
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"The Blossom House Haunted Hotel was open for about a year here in the West Bottoms, but the city says they need to make more repairs until they can get back to scaring. 'We don't have actors here. Most people are like, 'What do you mean?' And I'm like, 'Well, we have ghosts.' Real ghosts? Yeah,' said Paul, who helps run the business."
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Best Haunted Houses Near Kansas City
October 13, 2021 by Danny Chan | 0 comments
Looking to get extra spooked this October? (Just view the prices at any of our rival Kansas City car dealers – oh, sick burn.)
Kidding aside, if you’re really up for a scare, then you’re in luck – we’ve found some of the top ranked haunted attractions in Kansas City. Whether you’re ready to take on real haunted houses, or if corn mazes, trails and hayrides are more your speed, Kansas City’s sure to have something for you.
Take a look at our picks for the best local haunted houses, events and attractions of 2021.
Worlds of fun halloween haunt.
Aren’t rollercoasters scary enough on their own? Not at Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt.
The Kansas City theme park puts on a terrifying display for the Halloween season. They have plenty to offer for a full night of fun, like haunted corn mazes, thrill rides, live shows, and on-site restaurants. Keep an eye out for their more frightening attractions, like Overlord’s Awakening and Chamber of Horrors, before you buy your tickets.
Acres of Madness
This haunted spot truly lives up to its name, especially now that they’ve added seven new attractions for 2021, including Axe Throwing, The Last Coffin Ride, and Riot Room. Try out the fan-favorite Zombie Purge Monster Bus, where hunting zombies with paintball guns is the only way to survive.
Acres of Madness also hosts a variety of food trucks for you to try out some local grub.
Travel back in time to the 1930s at this haunted movie theater. Macabre Cinema’s set is based on real movies such as Hellraiser , The Mummy , and Killer Klowns from Outer Space . Nothing spookier than feeling trapped inside one of your favorite horror films, right?
The Edge of Hell
As one of the longest-running haunted houses in the country, The Edge of Hell has one mission: use your deepest phobias against you. Clowns, rats, and other slithery creatures are just some of the ways they do it. Oh, and their live snake “Medusa” is the largest captive snake in the world.
This list of best Kansas City haunts wouldn’t be complete without The Beast. Featuring four floors of terror, it’s one of the largest haunted attractions in the country. Dark hallways, mazes, and an open floor plan make this immersive experience even scarier.
When you finally find your way, jump out of a two-story window or zip down a four-story slide to escape.
Note: Macabre Cinema, The Edge of Hell, and The Beast are part of the same company. Several combo tickets are available!
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Exiled – trail of terror.
Since its opening in 2016, Exiled Trail of Terror has made a name for itself as one of the scariest haunted trails near Kansas City. Lace up your sneakers and get ready for a one-mile hike through the monster-infested forests of Bonner Springs.
Toynbee’s house of horrors.
Toynbee’s House of Horrors is a local favorite in Gardner. They have several themed rooms that continue to get scarier the further you go. Watch out for creepy clowns, and if you see the evil surgeon — run!
They also have a food truck available on Saturdays, if you can stomach some grub.
The sallie house.
Think you’re brave enough to visit a real haunted house? How about spending the night in one? The Sallie House has been plagued by paranormal activity since the early 1900s — temperature changes, moving objects, and other unexplainable phenomena are just some of the creepy things you might experience. As for the rest… you’ll have to discover that for yourself.
Dark nightmares haunted forest.
This haunted trail is 1.2 miles of terror, with only the moon to light your way. Be on your toes, as the monsters are known to pop out when you least expect it. Settle your nerves and warm up near the bonfire with a cup of hot chocolate when you’re done.
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12 Most Haunted Places in Kansas City, MO
Welcome to the spooky side of the “City of Fountains,” where ghostly residents love to make a splash!
From haunted hotels to haunted mansions, Kansas City has its fair share of spine-tingling ghost stories that have been passed down through generations.
So, buckle up, turn off the lights, and get ready as we take a journey through the 12 most haunted locations in Kansas City.
1. 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City (formerly Hotel Savoy)
The 21C Museum Hotel has been providing people with a place to stay since 1888. Some of the people that have stayed or worked at the popular hotel have decided that they simply never wanted to leave the establishment.
An assortment of supernatural activity has been reported in the more than 100 years the hotel has been around.
Two of the tragedies that occurred in the hotel were the mysterious death of Betsy Ward in room 505 and the 1990 murder of the restaurant manager by the dishwashers on the second floor.
Guests who stay in room 505 had told hotel officials, that music could be heard in their room when there’s nothing switched on.
Ward’s ghost is said to like to open doors, as well as turning the bathroom faucets and shower off and on. People who visit the second floor get odd feelings, they are being watched.
The fourth floor is home to the ghost of a little girl dressed in Victorian clothing and the ghost of a man whose apartment used to be on the fourth floor.
2. John Wornall House
One of the oldest and most haunted sites in Kansas City is the John Wornall House . The house has been around for decades and has a rich civil war history.
The stories about the hauntings and sightings at the Wornall House are vast.
Neighbors that have been witness to so many spirits wandering around outside the home, that vanish into thin air, that they have taken odd measures to protect their homes.
One neighbor hangs crosses on all windows facing the home, while another neighbor whited out their windows.
Aside from the reports of ghosts vanishing in the yard, people have spotted armed soldiers from the Civil War era, patrolling the balconies and doors of the home.
The smell of pipe tobacco and a woman bent over in front of the fireplace are additional claims. Noises, voices, and orbs floating on the rocking chair, in the children’s bedroom have also been reported.
One staff member’s account of the guns hanging in the home being moved, so they aimed at the front door. Has to be one of the most frightening of all the paranormal activity at the Wornall House.
3. Belvoir Winery & Inn
In 1900, the Odd Fellows Home District was established and the Belvoir Winery is part of that district today. In its initial incarnation, the Odd Fellows Home District had multiple buildings on the property, each of which served a specific purpose.
There was a home for the elderly, a hospital, as well as a home and a school for children.
There is also a cemetery at the location that has approximately 600 people. The Belvoir Winery now serves as a place for wine tasting, weddings, and other private events.
People that make their way to the Belvoir Winery for wine tasting, weddings, and other events sometimes encounter the unexpected.
Some to have spotted the ghosts of an old woman singing and spied a man that looks like he is up to no good.
Other visitors have seen countless children on the property, playing or singing.
Hearing strange noises, odd voices, children giggling, or seeing the piano play without any assistance, are common occurrences when visiting here.
Learn more about the ghosts of the Belvoir Inn and Winery
4. Elms Hotel and Spa
Built in 1888, about a half-hour northeast of Kansas City, sits the historic Elms Hotel and Spa. People used to come to the Elms Hotel to relax and enjoy the mineral spring’s supposed healing powers
Within a year or so of opening, the hotel was damaged by a fire. The Hotel was completely rebuilt sometime between 1909 and 1912.
Once it reopened its doors countless patrons visited the hotel. Some visitors included famous bad guys, such as “Pretty Boy” Floyd, Al Capone, and Bugsy Moran.
It is claimed these bad guys and other mobsters enjoyed gambling and alcohol in the hotel, especially the basement.
The Elm is home to multiple ghosts according to the staff and guests.
There is the ghost of a maid from around the 1920s, who appears to look after hotel cleaning staff.
Another ghost is that of a woman who is in a panic. It is said she is searching for her child. People who have had their hair pulled or seen things throw, believe it might be the woman’s child.
5. Epperson House
Uriah Epperson and his family lived in the glorious Epperson House, that was built roughly around 1920.
The property is now part of the University of Missouri–Kansas City, yet the strange occurrences remain.
The paranormal activity occurring in the house, includes the sound of footsteps, organ music, and other odd or unidentifiable sounds.
Witnesses have seen an arm wearing blue clothing, reach into the room and turn a light on.
Countless other witnesses claim to have seen, the ghost of a woman in an evening gown wandering around the property.
This could be Epperson’s adopted daughter Harriet Barse, who died in the house shortly after moving in with Uriah and his wife, Mary Epperson.
6. The Coates Hotel
When the Coates Hotel opened in 1867, it was an impressive hotel. That catered to the needs of countless famous people, dignitaries, and even three U.S. Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, and Grover Cleveland.
A century after it opened, the once-grand hotel became a homeless shelter. A fire would end up killing roughly 16 of those homeless people in 1978.
Years later the building was repaired and transformed into a large apartment complex.
Residents of the apartments say they have seen shadowy figures walking around the building.
They have also stated their appliances occasionally make odd growling-like noises. Which is one of the odd noises, that are rather common.
7. Pretty Boy Floyd's House
After attempting to break Frank “Jelly” Nash out of prison, during the Union Station Massacre, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd went back home to his girlfriend.
He knew he needed to hide out after his plans went awry. Floyd did not remain in the home for long, but it is believed an accomplice that was with him at Union Station, died from his injuries in the home’s attic.
As the years passed and the home was sold to new owners reports of activity started.
Some of the activity included objects moving in the attic, the attic door opening at will, even when locked, and the attic light turning on.
Further reports by the owners, state they had problems keeping lights off and doors shut.
8. St Mary's Episcopal Church
When it was established in 1857, it was Kansas City’s first Episcopal Church. The church has been used for more than a century and is not without its conflicts.
At one time Father Henry David Jardine was a rector at the church. It is said he had numerous disagreements with church officials and members because of his controversial way of thinking.
Father Jardine perished in 1886. The reports were that he died at his own hand.
The different paranormal activities at the church contradict that claim.
There are those that say the odd sounds and activity in the church are caused by Father Jardine, attempting to get the truth out so his name can be cleared of any wrongdoing.
9. Muehlebach Hotel (now part of Kansas City Marriot)
With an opening date in 1916 the Muehlebach Hotel is not the oldest hotel in Kansas City but it is among the most prestigious, the city has to offer.
The Muehlebach Hotel has been the stopping point for the likes of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, and all the Presidents in office from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan.
The Muehlebach is still in operation today as part of the Kansas City Marriot.
10. Kansas City Power & Light Building
In an effort to bring jobs to the city, the Kansas City Power and Light Building was built in 1931. Many businesses called the building home for many years.
No longer used as an office building, the Kansas City Power and Light Building is now home to luxurious loft apartments.
There is also a Grand Hall on the first floor, which serves as a location for weddings and other events. Along with all of the renovations and remodeling, there are still unusual occurrences that take place in and around the building.
The feeling of being watched, most specifically at night, is quite common, as is hearing odd and unexplainable noises.
There have also been countless reports of shadowy figures appearing to jump to their death from the top of the building, but somewhere along the way, the figures vanish, never reaching the ground.
11. Alexander Majors House
Built in 1856 for local entrepreneur Alexander Majors and family, the Alexander Majors House is one of only four antebellum homes left in Kansas City. Majors himself, having played a key role in the early day success of Kansas City, was one of three founders of the famous Pony Express , that shuttled letters from Missouri all the way to California.
Currently open as a historical museum, depicting the life and times of people from Kansas City and surrounding areas from the Civil War era. Opening its doors for patrons year-round, the house has been the suspect of rumor for decades. Is it really haunted? Well, from the stories of past patrons and even staff, then yes, it most certainly is. The Haunted Rooms America team of investigators have visited the location on many occasions and have reported the same.
Staff and visitors alike have witnessed disembodied voices, sudden unexplainable cold spots, strange noises, the sound of phantom footsteps, and the feeling of being touched! Investigators also claim to experience equipment malfunctions regularly here.
Many people believe that the house is haunted by the last descendant of Alexander Majors to own the home, Louisa Johnston (Majors’ Great-Grandaughter). She lived and lovingly restored the home over a period of 49 years, from 1930 up until her death in 1979. There’s also the belief that the home and grounds could be inhabited by the spirits of the many slaves that lived, worked, and even died here
12. Hotel Phillips
Located just blocks from Kansas City’s Power & Light District, the historic Hotel Phillips stands as an Art Deco masterpiece with a brooding and enchanting atmosphere. Built in 1931, the 20-story building was once the tallest in the area and has since undergone a $20 million renovation, making it one of the most luxurious and haunted hotels in the city.
The hotel’s history dates back to the late 19th century, when the first structure on the property was built. It later became the Glennon Hotel, operated for 10 years, and housed a haberdashery shop owned by future American President Harry S. Truman. The Hotel Phillips is now managed by Hilton and is part of their “Curio Collection.”
With a reputation for dramatic hauntings and active spirits, the hotel’s narrow hallways and dimly lit corridors are home to many ghostly encounters. One tragic tale involves a young woman who was shot dead by her gangster lover, her spirit now haunting Room 1513. Her lover’s ominous presence can also be felt near the room. Other paranormal activity includes mysterious knocking and tapping sounds, as well as objects moving on their own.
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Kansas City’s haunted houses open ahead of Halloween
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - It’s time to get spooked out of your skin.
Kansas City’s infamous haunted houses are open ahead of Halloween.
The haunted houses are located in the West Bottoms, near the 12th Street Bridge in Kansas City. Missouri. Creators say there is something for everyone who enjoys being scared, either a little or a lot.
Macabre Cinema Haunted House
Address: Macabre Cinema: 1222 W. 12th, Kansas City, MO 64101
Tickets: Single tickets start at $35 and discounts available with combo ticket purchase or triple haunt purchase. Tickets and times available at MacabreCinema.com .
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Theme: Where the Silver Screen’s Nightmares Become Reality
This is the cinema nightmares are made of, according to its creators. Step into an abandoned theater and walk from screen to screen as slasher horror icons come to life.
You’ll find yourself walking through real horror film sets set up on four floors of terror.
Beast Haunted House
Address: 1401 W. 13th, Suite B, Kansas City, MO 64102
Tickets: Single tickets start at $35 and discounts available with combo ticket purchase or triple haunt purchase and are available online . Times and dates are also listed online.
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Theme: The Beast is created by the makers of America’s oldest haunt. It involves heart-pounding scares as visitors are transported through a time warp into a nightmare. Visitors will also include witch trials, voodoo, and the reign of Jack the Ripper. The creators promise that the sets are so immersive that visitors will be engulfed in the horrors.
Edge of Hell
Address: 1300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64101
Theme: Spiral into Depths of Hell’s 49th Season Fear and Phobias as you embark on the Halloween ritual at the Edge of Hell. It’s been a staple in Kansas City for 49 seasons.
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Kansas City’s Real Haunted Houses
Eerie exploits and fictional frights long ago cemented Kansas City’s reputation as the Haunted House Capital of the World . But KC also holds other haunted secrets—a few well-known locations around the city where a creak in the floorboards or a cold draft may be more than just a bump in the night.
Gather ‘round the campfire and discover the true stories behind Kansas City’s real haunted houses.
The John Wornall House
One of KC’s oldest ghostly residences is the John Wornall House . A prosperous farmer in Jackson County, John Bristow Wornall built his now-infamous home in 1858. The Civil War broke out soon after its construction, dividing the nation and causing friends, neighbors and even brothers to take up arms against one another.
The historic Battle of Westport, which took place in 1864, occurred just a few blocks from the Wornall family home. The residence became a field hospital during the conflict, where soldiers from both the Confederate and Union armies were treated. But not all could be saved. As a result, these spirits are said to roam the halls of what is now the John Wornall Museum. Employees and guests alike have reported several instances of otherworldly phenomena, including the smell of pipe tobacco filling a room, mysterious figures in windows and ghostly armed soldiers guarding the doors and patrolling the balconies.
Visitors can experience the atmosphere with ghost tales, candlelit tours and other ongoing events throughout the calendar.
The Sallie House
The charming town of Atchison, Kan., which lies about an hour north of Downtown KC, is home to what is considered by many to be the most haunted house in the Sunflower State. The residence was once occupied by a doctor and his family, with the physician operating his entire practice on the bottom floor of the house, from examination room to operation table. The house’s most famous patient, however, was a 6-year-old named Sallie, whose spirit is said to have never left. The young girl came to the house seeking medical care for a stomachache, which was promptly diagnosed as appendicitis. Sallie required immediate attention, but, as the legend goes, didn’t survive the operation.
Over the years, many have tried to make the house a residence. In the early 1990s, a young couple and their child moved into the home and reported strange occurrences throughout the house. Their dog seemed to bark at nothing in particular, especially in the upstairs nursery.
The room downstairs, where the operating table once stood, would suddenly go cold without any explanation.
As the story goes, the situation transitioned from curious to ominous. Fires would randomly break out in the house and soon the husband became the regular target of a sinister attacks that left marks on his chest and abdomen. The wife and child were never harmed, however. Eventually, the family cut its losses and departed, leaving behind a string of spooky tales oft-chronicled by TV networks, including A&E , The Travel Channel , The Discovery Channel and SyFy .
The Elms Hotel & Spa
A much-lauded resort loaded with history, The Elms Hotel & Spa is reported to have its own collection of spirits that walk the halls of the resort. Many may not know that two fires destroyed previous iterations of the hotel (both in 1898 and 1910), and while neither fire claimed any lives, some stories suggest that a spirit who never checked out is responsible for one of the incidents.
What’s important to note here is that everyone, from staff to visitors, maintain that the ghosts who permanently reside at The Elms are friendly. Rumors insist that a Prohibition-era gambler likes to hang out near the resort’s lap pool. Others say that the housekeeping staff is aided and advised by a ghost decked out in 1920s-style maid uniform. Regardless, the hotel embraces its past and was featured in an episode of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters .
There’s no doubt that one of the most mysterious ghostly sights in KC is Sauer Castle, located in Kansas City, Kan. Although now a private residence, the 18 th -century, German Gothic mansion was built by Anton Phillip Sauer, an Austrian who’d relocated from New York City by way of Vienna after his wife passed away in 1868. Sauer resided there with his five daughters and soon remarried a young widow with children of her own. Sauer himself passed in 1879, but the Sauers and their descendants continued to live there until the mid-1980s. Unfortunately, their history is riddled with sorrow.
Not much is known about the hauntings that supposedly go on in the home. A key feature of the house, however, is the watchtower. Though the castle has been vacant for more than a decade, regular reports include lights appearing in the tower, along with apparitions of both a woman and a boy seen standing and walking in front of the property’s windows.
Alexander Majors House
Just eight minutes from the John Wornall House is another Civil War-era home with a history of soldierly hauntings. Constructed in 1856, the Alexander Majors House presided over a 300-acre farm and overlooked what was then Kansas Territory. Visitors have been said to encounter the spirit of deceased caretaker Louisa Johnston, a reportedly friendly specter who spent her pre-ghost life restoring the home.
Visitors can participate in ghost tours, haunted happy hours and plenty more.
An impressive example of Second Empire architecture, Independence ’s Vaile Mansion maintains a reputation as one of the preeminent history destinations in the region. Yet while the home is preserved today for guests to visit year-round, some say that spirits have haunted the residence for decades.
Originally constructed in 1881 by married couple Harvey and Sophia Vaile, only two years transpired before tragedy struck the family. Sophia, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, was found dead at home due to a morphine overdose while Harvey was away on business. Vaile never remarried and eventually passed away in 1895. Reports have since indicated sightings of Sophia’s ghost all throughout the house, including peering out of the mansion’s windows. It’s known to cause such a fright among passersby that many cross to the other side of the street when they come upon the mansion.
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Kansas City Haunted Houses for Halloween 2022
Kansas City haunted houses are some of the largest in Missouri. Spend a great scary night out with your spouse, date, or friends. Plan to be terrified at these haunted attractions. For the price of a bowling night you can be part of the action as you come face to face with terror. Most haunts use animatronics, great props, Hollywood-worthy sets, and actors with makeup beyond belief. You will be frightened. Find all the 2022 haunted houses near me, trails, corn mazes, hayrides, and Halloween fun attractions in the Kansas City area.
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3rd Street Asylum - Bonner Springs, KS It appears they will open in 2020. Their Facebook page is the best way to get additional information and dates.
Hemlock Hill House - Overland Park, KS Located in downtown Overland Park they are open every night in October. Revel in the grandeur and lost hope of The Stirring Witch, the Grave thoughts of Mr. Digger, come see what Piper, Prue and Pheebee have brewing or partake in the wickedly lighter side of Jack and Statler. Open from dark through 10 pm.
Macabre Cinema - Kansas City, MO The fun begins in early September. Imagine exploring a 1930’s haunted movie theater playing haunt movies and terrifying guests and you have Macabre Cinema. Tickets options available starting at $27. Most nights the attraction runs from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Combo tickets and passes are available with The Beast, and Edge of Hell. Haunt runs most Friday and Saturday nights in October.
The Beast - Kansas City, MO Opens Friday and Saturday nights this season starting in early September. Also open most nights in October. The Beast is one of America’s largest haunted houses. Founded in 1991 it takes approximately 40 minutes to go through the various haunted attractions at The Beast. The scares are Werewolf Forest, Storm Scene, Jack The Ripper, and the Swamp (featuring blood thirsty alligators and man-hungry lions). Doors open at 7:30 pm. Closing times are 1:30 am. Check their web page for schedule information. There are a number of combo ticket options. The Beast or Edge of Hell ticket is $27 on weekends. Choose the any night combo ticket for $45. Lots of free live entertainment and a free hayride.
The Edge of Hell - Kansas City, MO Opens this year in early September. The Edge of Hell is located near The Beast attraction. There is a combo ticket option with the Beast available online. It originally opened in 1975 and has actively been scaring folks in the area with an emphasis on phobias. For example a centerpiece attraction is their reticulated python. Basic ticket price is $27. Check their web page for schedule information.
Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt - Kansas City, MO Sorry folks the Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun will not be open this fall. Given the virus issues in the local community Worlds of Fun will close after Labor Day for the balance of the year. Normally they are open every Friday and Saturday night. Tickets options include the full park. Check their website for advance purchase discounts. World of Fun Haunt transforms into a horror filled nightmare on weekends. It features terrifying creatures and spooky thrill rides that will haunt your dreams. This is a Cedar Fair park so you know it must be good. Save money, online ticket price is as low as $37 in September or more in October. Look online for discount options.
Zombie Toxin - Junction City, KS Zombie Toxin is open Friday and Saturday nights beginning the second weekend in October starting October plus some additional dates. What happened to the evil scientist Dr. Von Monschture after the explosion? What was that green smoke?
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Don't believe in ghosts? Stay the night or tour 7 area haunts
KANSAS CITY, Mo . -- It’s the season of carved pumpkins and creepy decorations. A season where scaring the living daylights out of someone is not only the norm but is encouraged. Halloween is coming.
Haunted houses and venues filled with people in gory and downright spine-tingling costumes are open across the metro, but there are a few places that hold the title of haunted house year round.
For those looking for a real-life ghost hunt this season, here are a few choice locations where a cold draft and the sight of a shadow caught out of the corner of your eye may be more than you think.
JOHN WORNALL HOUSE 6115 Wornall Road Kansas City, Mo. 816-444-1858
Nestled in a normal-looking neighborhood in south Kansas City is one of the area’s oldest and most infamous haunted homes. Ghostly figures and untraceable smells of pipe tobacco have been reported by employees and guests alike at the John Wornall House.
A wealthy farmer in Jackson County, John Bristow Wornall built the house in 1858. The Civil War broke out soon after its construction, and the historic Battle of Westport occurred just years later a few blocks from the home. The residence eventually became a field hospital during the war, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were treated.
But not all the soldiers could be saved, and so the ghost stories were born. Spirits from the war are said to roam the halls of what is now the John Wornall Museum. Visitors can experience the creepy atmosphere for themselves with events like nighttime ghost tours or after-hour visits with professional paranormal investigators .
HOTEL SAVOY 9th & Central Kansas City, Mo.
Currently under renovation, Hotel Savoy is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in downtown Kansas City.
Built in 1888, the hotel has had centuries to build up plenty of ghost stories. According to Visit KC , two past guests are said to have never checked out of the Savoy.
One ghostly resident named Betsy Ward is said to have passed away of a sudden heart attack in room 505. Witnesses say the shower turned on and off by itself and they have heard music coming from the room when no one was inside. Other incidents include doors on the inside of the room opening on its own.
Other witnesses say they’ve seen a spirit on the fourth floor. Hotel guests and staff say they have heard mysterious voices and have seen strange shadows. Some say they’ve seen the ghost of a man dressed in clothing from the 1930s.
Hotel Savoy should open sometime next year as a 120-room upscale hotel with a fine-dining restaurant, event space, and contemporary art museum.
THE ELMS HOTEL AND SPA 401 Regent Street Excelsior Springs, Mo. 816-630-5500
A short trip outside the Kansas City metro, The Elms Hotel & Spa is rich in interesting history and ghost stories.
The original hotel was built in 1880 after a local farmer discovered the healing mineral waters in Excelsior Springs. Over the centuries, fires claimed two earlier incarnations of the hotel. While neither fire claimed any lives, there are rumors that one of the spirits was involved in one of the fires.
According to some of the ghost legends, the spirit of a gambler involved with illegal activities during the speakeasy days of the Prohibition can be found near the lap pool. Others say the housekeeping staff has a spiritual adviser in the form of a ghost wearing a 1920s-style uniform.
Hotel staff and guests seem to agree that the ghosts who reside at The Elms are friendly.
The Elms fully embraces its history and even offers a paranormal package for curious guests that includes a tour of the property.
BELVOIR WINERY 1325 Odd Fellows Rd. Liberty, Mo. 816-200-1881
This land used to belong to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The fraternal organization turned 113 acres into a complex for its members and their families. Buildings on the property used to house an orphanage, a home for the elderly and a nursing home.
Some say they have heard disembodied voices and footsteps along with music playing. Some people have even reported feeling their clothing being tugged on.
Belvoir offers public paranormal investigations several times throughout the year. Those events are posted on the online calendar .
SAUER CASTLE 935 Shawnee Rd. Kansas City, Kan.
A vacant home with definite creep-factor, Sauer Castle looms on a ridge behind a fence in Kansas City, Kansas.
The home was built in the 18th-century mansion was built by Anton Phillip Sauer, a German immigrant who first came to Kansas City in the 1860s. Sauer lived in the home with his five daughters and soon married a young widow with children of her own.
In 1879, Sauer succumbed to a sickness and reportedly died in the home. Five generations of the Sauer family continued to live at Sauer Castle and collected a sad history along the way, including other natural deaths in the home, a reported suicide, and the death of an infant.
The most eye-catching part of the home is the watchtower, where much of the ghostly activity has been reported. Though the castle has been vacant for over a decade, some report seeing lights in the tower, as well as the figures of people standing and walking in front of the windows.
Please respect the no-trespassing signs and take in this local haunt outside the fence.
VAILE MANSION 1500 N Liberty St. Independence, Mo. 816-325-7430
With 31 rooms, 9 marble fireplaces and a 48,000-gallon wine cellar, the Vaile Mansion in Independence is an impressive sight brimming with history. While the mansion is open for visitors year-round, some say ghosts have been haunting it for decades.
The home was built in 1881 by Colonel Harvey Vaile and his wife, Sophia. Only two years later, tragedy struck the family. Sophia, who had been diagnosed with stomach cancer, was found dead in the home due to a morphine overdose. Vale never remarried and eventually died in 1895.
After that, the mansion changed hands several times. At one point, it was even converted into an asylum and sanatorium. The mansion was eventually bought by the City of Independence and restored to its former glory. It’s now a historic house museum operated by the Vaile Victorian Society.
Some report seeing Sophia’s ghost throughout the mansion, even peering out of the windows at people passing by.
THE SALLIE HOUSE 508 N 2nd St. Atchison, KS 913-367-2427
A little less than an hour from Kansas City, you’ll find what many consider to be the most haunted house in Kansas. The Sallie House in Atchison was once home to a doctor and his family. The doctor would run his practice on the bottom floor of the house.
The doctor’s most famous patient was a 6-year-old girl named Sallie and it’s said her spirit has never left the home. The child was brought to the home by her frantic mother, who said her daughter had collapsed from severe abdominal pain. The doctor diagnosed Sallie with appendicitis and said she needed immediate surgery. As the legend goes, the doctor started cutting into Sallie before the anesthesia took full effect. She died on the operating table.
Over the years, many tried to make the house a home. Some reported strange occurrences throughout the house, and they transformed from curious to ominous. One family reported fires randomly breaking out in the home, and the husband was the target of attacks that left marks on his chest and abdomen. The wife and child were never harmed, however.
There are several options to tour the home . Self-guided tours are offered through the month of October, while guided tours are offered all year. Overnight stays are also an option - if you dare.
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