…We’ve been expecting you!


Desoto Asylum is a FREE intense haunted house walk-through experience like nothing else in the tri-state area! We’re part of Haunts Against Hunger, we’re collecting nonperishable food items for those in need this holiday season.

We’re a family run haunted house that has been in operation since 2008. We strive to find new way to scare our guests and to make our haunted house a believable and enjoyable experience for everyone. We completely change the layout and design every year and work starts months before opening. We put lots of hard work and soul into making Desoto Asylum and hope you will come out and see what we have created.

*Food item is NOT required for entry.

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Haunts against hunger

We proudly collect nonperishable food items for those in need this holiday season. Patients visiting Desoto Asylum are asked to please bring a nonperishable food item. Please no dated items, people can’t eat dated food.

*Food item is NOT required for entry.

Check the FAQ page for answers to some of the most common questions.

Back Story

Even small towns need medical services, so a hospital for the mentally insane wasn’t unusual. The asylum in Needles was typical—nurses administered medicine and restrained patients if they became agitated or dangerous. A doctor was in charge of treating patients and determining when—or if—they could ever return to society.

According to a registration log that was uncovered years after the catastrophe, there were 22 patients admitted at Desoto Asylum and a staff of 10. Under normal circumstances, nothing ever went wrong.

But, in the summer of 1966 residents of Needles began to go missing. Their mangled bodies found by authorities inside Desoto Asylum. Unable to figure out how the patients of Desoto Asylum where escaping the residence panicked and boarded up Desoto Asylum with all the patients and staff still inside, the strong brick structure acting as a prison.

In the weeks and months that followed, things began to change inside the Desoto Asylum. The doctors and nurses ignored the patients in their frantic attempt to save themselves.

Toby was one of the higher-functioning patients, who’d been committed to Desoto Asylum in 1966 after killing his family with a pitchfork and using their dead bodies for experiments involving electrical cords and blue cheese dressing. When Toby was no longer subdued by debilitating amounts of brain-numbing sedatives, he overheard the staff planning to escape and leave the patients to die.

Unrestricted by the bounds of human decency, Toby unleashed years of pent-up rage against the frightened staff and began committing revolting horrors on their live bodies. With the help of other patients, Toby turned the tables on the former nurses and doctors, drugged them, and subjected them to his own twisted and painful experiments.

Years passed before anyone escaped. Her name was Nurse Betty, and her story was found scribbled in the margins of a book. Most of the entries are smeared with blood. One of them reads:
October, 1968. He is coming for us one by one, and I can hear them screaming from the padded cells, can smell the burning flesh each time the lights flicker. I know it is the electric chair. He calls it “shock therapy” but he and the girls are punishing us. I beg Alice and Paulette to remember how well I treated them as patients, but now as Toby’s nurses, they are brainwashed to enjoy Toby’s dreadful experiments. I’m afraid to guess what he’s doing with the dead bodies this time.

Today, hardly anyone remembers the horrors of Desoto Asylum. During the day, it’s vacant, eerie, crumbling brick structure hardly seems worthy of notoriety. But at night, when the smell of burning flesh permeates the air in a putrid dark cloud, thrill seekers looking for innocent fun are in for the shock of a lifetime.



Back story adapted from Green River Asylum by Dana Martin danamartinwriting.com


Where Are You Located?

Desoto Asylum is located at 1924 Desoto Street in Needles CA. Map on Facebook about page.

triangle-exclamation-point Are Face Masks Required?

Face masks are required while in line, waiting for others to go through the haunted house, and while in the haunted house. They must be worn properly and cover your nose and mouth. If you are wearing a costume mask a regular face mask must be worn underneath or over it as costume masks have breathing/mouth holes.

When Are You Open? (2021 Season)

Friday the 29th for a walk through haunted house from 6pm to 9pm.

Saturday the 30th for a walk through haunted house from 6pm to 9pm.

Sunday the 31st for walk through haunted house from 6pm to 9pm.

NOTICE: Due to curfew and because we are located in a residential area the line will be cut off at 9:45 pm. Anyone still in line will have to come back the another day.

How Much Does It Cost?

It’s Free! If you paid you went to the wrong haunt. We’re part of Haunts Against Hunger and collect nonperishable food items for those in need this holiday season. Please bring a nonperishable food item, but a food item is NOT required for entry.

Is It The Same As Last Years Haunted House?

NO, we change the layout and rooms every year to create a new experience, although it is always asylum themed.

What Is An Escape Room?

No escape room experience this year.

In our Escape Room Experience you and up to 2 other guests will be “locked” inside Desoto Asylum with our monsters. You will have approximately 16 minutes to figure out how to escape. The clues to your escape can be found by looking around your environment.

Can I Go Through More Than Once?

Yes, but you must wait in line again, but DO NOT tell other guests where the monsters are hiding.

Will I Be Touched While Inside Desoto Asylum?

No, the monsters have been told not to touch or chew on the guests.

Can I Touch The Monsters?

No, touching the monster or the props will get you removed from the haunt.

Can I Take Pictures/Videos While Inside Desoto Asylum?

NO Pictures/Videos while inside. We encourage all pictures/videos to be taken in front of Desoto Asylum or while in the line, but don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Can I wear a costume?

Yes, If you are wearing a costume mask you will be asked to remove it before entering the haunted house as the small eye holes limit your vision.

Can I help or work in Desoto Asylum?

YES! Message our Facebook page for more information.


“I’m pretty!”

Last Halloween some friends and I got dressed up and went out to the clubs. I love wearing costumes and seeing other people wearing costumes. I’m just into the whole scene. I love sick and twisted horror movies like Saw and the Human Centipede and shit like that. I went out that night as Zombie Amy Winehouse. At the clubs, there was the usual sea of people. Most were in costume, most of the girls wore sexy, skimpy, and revealing costumes, while guys costumes ranged from super heroes and video game characters to zombies and evil clowns and everything in between. There were very few “scary” costumes, but one guy did stick out.

He managed to be super creepy without really trying. He stood off by himself in the club, a total wallflower, which made the whole effect he was going for that much creepier. He really wasn’t wearing a costume, he was in jeans and a t-shirt, basically the sort of clothes you would expect someone to wear on a typical autumn day. He was just wearing a mask.

The mask was that of a woman’s face. It literally looked like a face that had been freshly skinned or ripped off some young woman. It was bloody and even a little moist. The mask was held on to the man’s face with a piece of twine that had been sewn or stapled to the temples of this woman’s face. I never actually saw the man’s face as he never took the mask off. He was able to drink using a straw through the mouth hole. The whole effect was so creepy and bizarre I couldn’t help but go up and compliment him on his awesome Halloween mask. When I approached him and complimented him, he responded by shouting, “I’m pretty!” I just laughed and went back to my friends. We finished the night off at a different club and eventually came home for the night after the clubs had closed.


The next day while watching TV at a friend’s house I flipped to the local news. There was a picture of a young woman on the screen. “…..Police say the young woman was last seen leaving work Tuesday, October 30 at 5:30 pm. Friends and coworkers reported her missing after she failed to show up to work today and all attempts to locate her were unsuccessful. She is described as five foot four, weighing one hundred and twenty five pounds, she has dark hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black dress pants and….” I gasped. “No….Fucking…..Way!” My friend looked up from her phone “What?” That is fucking her! That sick fuck was wearing her face!”

I immediately called the police and was put through to a tip line that had been set up. I told the person on the tip line about the guy at the club, where and what time I had seen him and the best description I could give of him, which really wasn’t much. To my relief the person on the tip line informed me that they were getting lots of calls all stating the same thing. So many calls from people who had seen this guy with the mask that the police were acting on it.

The police went to the club and using the security footage they were able to ID him. They went to his apartment with a search warrant, and when no one answered the door they let themselves in. In his bathroom, in a bloody bath tub they found the missing woman, sans face. She had apparently been dead since Halloween morning,

The fact that I had conversed with a psychotic killer, albeit briefly as he had only said two words, was enough to cause severe anxiety. But, this morning I went to my car to drive to work. On my windshield, under one of the wipers I saw a note. I picked it up thinking it was from one of the neighbors. It was a note that would’ve made most women’s hearts flutter. It made me go weak in the knees. The note read simply, “You’re pretty!”


Adapted from “Pretty” by Cravenite