Step inside a world of fear with some of the scariest haunted houses in America. At the top of the list are the creepiest and most unique haunts featured on the Travel Channel and in Haunt World Magazine. Some of the best and the spookiest are run by professional crew and actors that also work in Hollywood on the side. Next time you are looking for a thrill in these areas, stop by one of these haunted houses that is open all year long or check out the rest when you are traveling in the fall. The best time to go to any of these famous haunted houses is when they step up the scares each Halloween.
1. Kersey Valley Spookywoods—High Point, North Carolina
The Kersey Valley Spookywoods is rated as the #1 Scream Park in the US by Haunt World Magazine with a cornfield maze and even laser-tag. It was founded by a group of teenagers in 1985 who entered the old abandon farm house for a scare long ago. It’s now a top rated haunted attraction spread across the 60 acre farm with 30 years of nightmare scenes. This place is just a short drive from Raleigh or Charlotte.There are concessions on-site, and remember to bring $5 for the parking fee. General Admission costs $20-30 depending on the day and how you make reservations. VIP tickets cost $40 and lead you through the lines much quicker.
2. 13th Gate Haunted House—Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The 13th Gate is an amazingly frightening experience in Baton Rouge. This haunted house is spread across thirteen different themed rooms designed to make your skin crawl. It boasts—this is where nightmares come true. The haunted house is set across a 40,000 square foot area and is designed by many talented artists with a Hollywood portfolio. That means this place is legit, will scare the pants off you and has been featured on MTV and the Travel Channel. It is the perfect Halloween setting for those who loves horror movies. General Admission is $20-$25 depending on location (13th Gate or Necropoli) and VIP tickets are $40 online and $50 at the box office.
3. The Darkness—St. Louis, Missouri
The Darkness Haunted Theme Park located in St. Louis Missouri has been ranked among America’s Scariest Haunted Houses. It has been featured on both the History and Travel Channels and has been manufacturing screams for over two decades now. This place has many great attractions including the Darkness Haunted House with Terror Visions 3D Haunted House, the Monster Museum and some freaky clowns at the downtown location. There is also Creepyworld nearby with ten major haunted attractions making it the largest scream-parks in America. Admission varies from $20-$25 depending on location and combo tickets are available for the three separate haunts.
4. Halloween Horror Nights—Hollywood, California and Orlando, Florida
The Halloween Horror Nights event takes place every October at Universal Studios in Hollywood and Orlando. At this time, the streets of Universal are free-game for zombies, masked creeps and horrifying monsters alike. This spine-tingling event is designed for the adult crowd—so it’s best to leave small children at home! You are sure to feel the chill creep across your back with such realistic costumes and special effects. The Hollywood location featured a maze, scare zones, and back-lot performances while Orlando became Walking Dead in the streets last year. Tickets vary by day, but can be purchased for as low as $46, if you plan the right day. Keep in mind, you also must pay general admission to the park!
5. Haunted Overload—Lee, New Hampshire
Haunted Overload is among the top haunted houses in the New England area of the US. The most original and creative haunted scenes can be found here in the woods. Walk below monsters that stand an towering 34 feet tall, and step through the glowing pumpkin patch. Many of the props here were designed by the owner, so it makes for the most unique Halloween scare zone. Parental discretion is advised for young children, since this place is known to conjure up a scream. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance—they do sell-out! Also, walk-ins will be charged an additional $5 at the door.
6. Frightmare Manor—Knoxville, Tennessee
Frightmare Manor is rightfully named, since it is the sight of an old plantation house—home to Jeremiah Lexer, an American Serial Killer. This place is no doubt a haunted house, since some of the murder victims are thought to still linger within these walls. The haunted house is set across two floors of the home, an enormous barn and the rest of the grounds where Lexer once hacked up his victims. These were some of the most gruesome murders in the history of Tennessee. Once you enter Frightmare Manor, no one can hear your screams. General admission for this attraction costs $23 and an extra $10 for VIP.
7. Netherworld—Atlanta, Georgia
Netherworld is a themed haunted house located in Atlanta with scare events each autumn. The actors at Netherworld use horrifyingly imaginative concepts to bring the fear to life. This haunted house has been featured in Haunt World magazine and the Travel Channel as one of the spookiest haunted tours in America. Last years setup included the Dead Ones an Boogeyman—the true monster hiding under the bed. Netherworld has been named a “40 minute bombardment of fear” for a reason! Tickets cost $23 to $28 for general admission and $50 for the SpeedPass.
8. Bennett’s Curse—Baltimore, Maryland
Bennett’s Curse is a haunted house between Baltimore and Washington DC in the state of Maryland. This place is home to the Legendary Bennett’s curse with thee haunted attractions all in one place. Between the spookiest themed haunts with House of Vampyres, the Zombie Kingdom and Sanctuary Insanity—it’s no wonder this haunted house has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions! This place is home to one of the best vampire themed attractions in America complimented by a 3D zombie experience and horrific torture instruments. General admission is $30, the SpeedPass is $45 and VIP passes are $60.
9. Cutting Edge Haunted House—Fort Worth, Texas
Cutting Edge Haunted House is rated among the top haunted houses in the US on numerous sites and magazines. It holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted House and has been featured as one of America’s Scariest Attractions on the Travel Channel. This is an intense haunted house with scares around every corner. An hour of fright will seem quite a night. Tickets can be purchased online before the event with a debit or credit card. Keep in mind, only cash is accepted at the door!
10. Terror Behind the Walls—Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
How can a haunted house be any scarier—this place was once the sight of an active prison. Six amazing terrifying attractions can be experience within these old cell-blocks between the Lock Down, The Gauntlet, Yard Out, Night Watch, the Infirmary and Detritus. They don’t call this place ‘haunted’ for nothing! The Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured on SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”, MTV’s “Fear and even the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”. For these spooky events, general admission runs anywhere from $13 to $39 depending on the time. Be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time to save $6 for at the door pricing.
11. The Dent Schoolhouse—Cincinnati, Ohio
The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati is a haunted house open in the fall every year. This haunted house is one of the most theatrical haunts with the inside story behind crazy Charlie who murdered a room of school children. This place was the location of a schoolhouse back in 1894, and now holds one of the freakiest settings for thrill-seekers. Truth be told—the place is definitely haunted! The Dent Schoolhouse has been named one of the Scariest Halloween Attractions by both the Discovery and Travel Channel. General admission prices range from $10 to $30, and tickets include both the Dent Schoolhouse and Queen City Slaughter Yard.
12. Pirates of Emerson—Fremont, California
The Pirates of Emerson may sound like a good idea for young kids—but think again! This haunted house is a creepfest. It’s best to keep children under 13 at home. Every Halloween the Alameda Fairgrounds comes to life with one of the scariest haunted attractions—or so says the Travel Channel. It gives you a unique scream you won’t find anywhere else with an original theme and various separate haunted areas. The attractions include Fear Beneath the Pier, Clown Evil, Hotel Hell, Bumpkin Patch, Mental Maze and of course, the Pirates of Emerson! Be sure to bring lots of friends with you—since parking is $8. General Admission costs $25 for all six attractions and the SpeedPass is $30.
13. Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror—Las Vegas, Nevada
The last is arguably the king of scares—Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror. This place is fear handed to you on a silver platter. You not only get the pants scared off you—you seriously could lose your pants! This haunted house allows you to experience the full on intensity of being the victim. That’s right—it’s not R-rated for nothing! It could just be the most traumatic, horrifying and delightfully terrorizing haunted house experience anyone could ask for. So keep in mind, this place requires a bit of psychological fortitude to survive. Tickets start at $125, and it’s located about 10 minutes from the strip. A scare is almost a guarantee!
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