Boutte-area ‘Haunting on Da Bayou’ has returned to haunt St. Charles Parish for the 2023 Halloween season, with doors set to creep open at its 14291 Highway 90 location on October 6.
The haunted house will operate from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. each weekend in October, Friday thru Sunday, remaining open an extra two days on the last weekend of the month from October 27 thru 31. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.
Food truck vendors will be available each weekend as well as the venue’s hearse and coffin situated in front of the building, which guests can pose for photos with.
This year’s haunted house will include several new features, including a tall, imposing horned rougarou and two new clown additions.
“We really did a lot of thinking this year, debating on if we were going to go a scarier route, and we chose to stay with the community, family-oriented theme,” co-owner Terry Smith said. “The kids really seemed to enjoy it last year, so we decided to stay on that track.”
Smith said she and her co-owner husband Rodney Smith are bringing back the haunted house’s popular scary clown room and operating room features for 2023 but have begun to transition a few more bayou-themed elements into their attraction.
Haunting on Da Bayou will offer its Trunk or Treat event on Sunday, October 29 for local residents, where trick-or-treaters can bag lots of candy in a safe environment, while enjoying musical entertainment, available food truck vendors and get the opportunity to view multiple classic cars and show cars on display. Toys for Tots will also be present at this year’s event, collecting toys for local children in need ahead of its annual Christmas toy drive.
“We’re planning to start [the Truck or Treat event] at 6 p.m., and there should be quite a few people to participate this year,” Smith said.
Smith said she and her husband can trace their haunted house operation back over 30 years ago, when her father-in-law first began running haunted houses. Her husband enjoyed that experience so much that he continued the tradition by creating smaller haunted houses in their garage for neighborhood kids, later expanding into their current operation on Highway 90.
Tickets for ‘Haunting on Da Bayou’ can be purchased ahead of time online for any specific day the haunted house venue is open at http://hauntingondabayou.thundertix.com.