Halloween time is upon us and the best way to celebrate is to visit a haunted house! Last week I attended the media event of San Antonio’s most haunted experience, The 13th Floor. The unluckily known number 13 lives up to its reputation as you go through the multi-story haunted building and get scared out of your wits. With its spooky characters and patron screams, I definitely got scared a bit more than I expected to. The 13th floor is a fun way to spend an evening with friends and family; you can get a drink and snack outside the haunted house. As soon as you arrive at 13th floor you will notice its dragon and while you wait in line you will have a chance to meet and mingle with their monsters and entertainers that you are welcome to take as many pictures with as you like. (No picture taking, food, or drinks are allowed inside.)
The best way to enjoy the haunted house is to get your tickets in advance and if you are one who dislikes waiting in line, be sure to purchase a Fast Pass or Skip the Line ticket. Less people attend on weekdays early in the month so if you want to see just how brave you are without a crowd near you, I suggest you visit then. Keep in mind the crowd changes and increases the closer it gets to Halloween. If you want to come in your costume, cool… just be sure to be wearing comfortable shoes (no heels or flip flops.) and please leave your mask and costume accessories in your vehicle. And a BIG important rule: Do not mistreat any of the 13th Floor performers or you will be sent home. Stay social and scary with the 13th Floor by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and/or YouTube.
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The Story: In the early 1940’s the building that house the 13th Floor Haunted House operated briefly as a hotel for passengers travelling in and out of Sunset Station. According to legend, a group of school children arrived at the station in route to their destination south of San Antonio. The weather turned, and the bus driver who was to take them the rest of the way decided it would be best if they waited till morning to complete their journey. The checked in to the hotel across the street, and turned in for the night. The next morning, the rain had let up to a drizzle, the bus driver loaded the children and headed south. Just south of town, on the same railroad tracks that brought the group of children to San Antonio, a train was moving swiftly down the tracks, when the engineer spied a school bus stalled along his path. Frantically he pulled his break and tugged on the train whistle, the huge engine quickly advanced toward the school bus, unable to stop in time. Ten children reportedly lost their lives that tragic day. Legend has it that they continue to haunt the area, including the hotel where they spent their final night, protecting others from a similar fate. Source: Tne 13th floor.