Inside the 13th Floor Haunted House - The Philadelphia 13 Floors Haunted House Legend


I met a woman once who had not only heard of the thirteenth floor haunted house, but who claimed that she had actually been there. I could see that she wanted to tell me it all, was desperate to share her tale with me, but then she thought better of it, so that all I really learnt about it, was that she’d only made it to the sixth floor, and would go no further.
The real thirteenth floor haunted house is a modern day legend, and the next great horror movie waiting to be made, a haunted house so scary, that should you make it through the 13th floor, you’ll be given your money back, and should you not, well, then who knows what might happen to you.
Fairground Haunted House
Fairground Haunted House

Whilst there are claims that this thirteen floor haunted house has been spotted all around the world it is most commonly thought to appear in Philadelphia, USA. Some say that once a year on Halloween a certain group of individuals take over a warehouse and convert it into the best haunted house possible, and that the legend was created as nothing more than a great advertising campaign, others claim the thirteenth floor haunted house to be something more, telling of how some who enter through it’s doorways, never leave.
The number 13 has always been a number shrouded in mystery and a cause of panic for some. Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13, and this phobia is more common than you might suspect, so the fact that this most notorious of haunted houses has thirteen floors will have been no accident.
Friday the 13th is regarded as a day of bad luck all around the world, from England to the Philippines. The association is thought to derive from the fact that Jesus was believed to have been the 13th guest at the last supper.
There are 13 months in the Pagan lunar calendar, in Britain; those who were to be hung walked 13 steps to the noose, Jack the ripper, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer and Theodore (Ted) Bundy all have thirteen letters to their names. Many streets do not contain a house number 13 and many airports use ‘12b’ in place of the number 13 at airport gates. Apollo 13 malfunctioned in space having been launched at thirteen minutes past one, or 13:13, making thirteen the most notorious of numbers.
Floor after floor within the thirteenth floor haunted house the terror rises, it is said to start with simple parlour trickery, silly-string and rubber snakes, but with each step things become more real, and more insane. The first floor and you’re laughing and joking, cursing the fool who sold you this tale, the next a little better but still the same old same, the thirds a little gross but you can handle it, no worries, but then things become stranger and weirder, and all of a sudden you’re not entirely sure what’s going on anymore, and few are said to make it past the sixth or seventh, and some of those who do, are never seen again.
To enter the thirteenth floor haunted house you are first required to sign a waiver, signing away any right to make legal claim against those who operate the thirteenth floor haunted house, so that whatever happens within those walls, is between you and the house.
Would you enter the thirteenth floor?  and even if you would, where would you find it?  nobody knows where the thirteenth floor haunted house is.  They say an advert plays on a local Philadelphia radio station just before it opens its doors, to announce its location to those who've been searching, but even if you knew where it was, would you go in?

28 comments:

  1. Nope, I wouldn't go. Call me a chicken but don't call me a liar on account of this! Funny, in Asia, the number 4 is the most unluckiest of numbers, mainly because the number 4 and the Chinese character for death look identical. You could even trace it to Roman Mythology as the Hades's symbol looks exactly like the number 4...I could go on.

    Thanks for mentioning the fact that all of those notorious serial killers had 13 letters in their names and I especially liked the facts pertaining to Apollo 13! Good stuff.

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  2. Where do you find this stuff? Fascinating. A legend you are, never mind the hotel. As for whether I'd go to the hotel ... the answer would be 'no ta'. I like life, and based upon my liking for remain organically mechanical, I'd err on the side of safety and give it a wide berth.

    I'm not hugely superstitious by the way. I pay lip service to superstitious mumbo jumbo on occassion - no shoes on the table for eg. But that's only because shoes on any table is nasty - not because I see them as a portent of doom.

    Unless you factor in whomever the shoes belong to. They instantly climb to #1 on my hitlist :)

    Well, I'd better go back to what I was going to do. Which was make a good coffee then drink it. Have a great weekend - nice to see you up and about so early ;)

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  3. Aaaaah, haunting season is here. Nothing better than a haunted hay ride. There are dozens to pick from in southern Michigan. Love it!

    I'd stroll right up to the thirteenth floor, then wait for somebody to push me in because I'm absolutely chicken-shit right at the last moment when I do these things...

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  4. I have an incredible fascination with the macabre. I question whether I would enter, probably not.

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  5. At a time, I was really 'obsessed' with numerology and symbols, but they just got too commercialized in TV and stuff that I just lost interest. anyways, I think haunted houses aren't what they used to be...I think the demons just got fed up playing dead people...lol

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  6. Ive heard of this before. Way back when they used to advertise the location and time on the night of Halloween on the Philly radio station Q102. Calls would come in all night about how people couldn't find it! Appearantly, it was Q102's idea of a hilarious joke! I wonder if they still do it? Either way you wouldn't catch me there!

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  8. If I ever find the 13th flor, Ill let you know. My mother was born on Friday the 13th btw. Nice hub. Keep up the scary work. ;)

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  9. Thanks all for your comments, this is one of my favorite urban legends so I had to share it. It's looking like nobody would enter the 13th floor haunted house, myself included, at least not without somebody much bigger and stronger than I to hold my hand all the way. =)

    Halloween is fast approaching though, so keep your eyes open and report back should anybody stumble across it. ;)

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  10. As I guy that has built haunted houses for theme parks, I have heard all of the rumors about the thirteen floor haunted house. I have yet to find it. The number 13 has been very good to me over the years and continues to be lucky for me. Great Hub!

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  11. I would enter.... but I don't know how far I could get. Sounds like it would be fun though.

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  12. I THINK IT IS A GRATE HAUNTED HOUSE I MADE IT TO ALL 13 LAVLES

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  13. I'm not going near anything 13 anywhere. :-D Kimberly

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  14. The number 13 can also be a good luck number as well. Well, sort of =/

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  15. You couldd catch me in there with my dad... I'm 12 and my papa said he would take mem excited. Hahahahahah

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  16. where is it this year?

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  17. I would like to think that I would be brave enough to enter. This kind of stuff fascinates me.

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  19. I MADE IT TO THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR 13 TIMES

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  20. I have been before it is fun but the father you get the more you question if it is fake. By the time you get out you never want to enter again

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  21. No such place as the 13th floor. Although if you google it, there may actually be a haunted house with this name in Kennesaw GA. Complete myth here in Philly.

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  22. i have got to find this place. i want to go and check it out with my family

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  23. WHERE IS THE 13TH FLOOR AT IN PENNSYLVANIA?? I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF I CAN MAKE IT TO ALL 13 FLOORS

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  24. i found out a ton, on q102 they sed tht the makers of the factory come on air the 1st nite it opens, its a new factory every year, Q102 will announce the location 1 time every 3 days, when u sign the waiver u sign tht u wont reaveal the location n aloota otta stuff too.i went in 2007 w. my friend he went in i didnt i chiickened out

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  25. I may be risking a lot by telling, but the place of which you speak has gone underground. It was only open to the public the first year. It is painfully re-located every year to a new location (a real empty building with 13 or more floors), and it is only open Halloween night. By morning it is gone for another year. It is by invitation only (that's why the secure local), but you do have to pay. Very pricey! It will cost you much more than the $1,000 cover charge. Some have lost their dignity, others their sanity, and a few have even lost their lives. And I am not just referring to the two who died of heart failure.

    They do make you sign your life away in the form of a waver, but no one ever reads the fine print. I've already said too much, and I may be putting my life in danger if it gets back that it was me who let the cat out of the bag. I used to work there (only on the fourth floor)--the creepy level, where yes they did have cadavers you had to touch amongst the many gross items. The rumors at that time were that not only had no one made it to the 13th floor, but that they would not let you make it to end. Those who came close disappeared, were carried out (dead or alive) or never exited at all.

    At first I laughed this off as press or just rumors, but there were too many stories of people who took the chicken exits looking for friends who were still in the house. Then the people running the place would show up assuring them everything was fine and took them to find their loved ones. Only no one would see these people again either. I had a friend who worked in public relations and witnessed this. The next day a local newspaper carried the story with pictures of the group who had died in an "auto accident." I thought he was crazy to make the stretch that they were somehow snuffed out to keep this haunt a secret until my friend mysteriously died of a O.D. I knew the guy; he was as straight as they come. He never used anything. He didn't even drink. He just couldn't keep his mouth shut.

    I have obviously severed ties with these people, and I have no way of knowing where it will be located this year. What city or deserted county road? What state or even what country, but if you get an invite or overhear of the local. Don't Go!!! Warn others not to go. This place is the real deal.

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  26. To the one above who makes these claims....i am the chosen one I have been called forth to the fourth floor. And im going and there is nothing you can say that will stop me mwahahaha

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  27. Been there done that. Only made it to the seventh floor, and then things just got too strange and creapy. Not a grand though, but a hefty hundred bucks.
    Never go back!

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