Last updated on November 20th, 2022 at 06:20 am.
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 this fall. The City of Fountains shifts to the city of haunts and scares each Halloween season.
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.
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 2022 opening weekend is September 16th.
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.
Season starts Sept. 16, 2022
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 Sept. 16 through Oct. 29, 2022
Address: 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161
Many visitors, including nuns, have reported sightings. Footsteps, temperature drops, and flickering lights have also been reported.
Open for scheduled tours on Saturdays & Sundays at 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
Address: 720 N 4th St , Kansas City, KS
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?
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
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
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