As we welcome October, many of our thoughts turn the beautiful hues of fall leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and of course, Halloween. For the adventurous and brave, that means getting scared half to death at haunted houses crawling with zombies, scary clowns, murderous maniacs, and blood-thirsty aliens.
And people do love to be scared! Haunted houses are now the single most popular way to celebrate Halloween in the U.S. According to Hauntworld.com, more than $1 billion of the $10 billion that will be spent on Halloween this year will be for tickets at themed haunted sites.
Evolving way past Halloween’s traditional pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and hayrides, today’s haunted attractions strive to make guests feel like they’re experiencing a real-life horror movie. The most successful attractions use computer animation, giant monsters, talented actors, and even virtual reality to scare the heck out of their guests. Many haunts have added new attractions such as zombie paintball, zombie laser tag, and escape rooms.
So, if you’re ready to start celebrating Halloween by getting your scare on, here are this year’s scariest haunted houses in the U.S., courtesy of Hauntworld.com:
Netherworld – Atlanta, GA
- The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA
- The Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, OH
- Erebus – Pontiac, MI
- Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, NY
- Haunted Overload – Lee, NH
- Nashville Nightmare – Nashville, TN
- Bennett’s Curse – Baltimore, MD
- The Darkness – St. Louis, MO
Field of Screams – Mountville, PA
- Factory of Terror – Canton, OH
- Nightmare on 13th – Salt Lake City, UT
- USS Nightmare – Newport, KY
(If you’d like a preview of the scream-inducing attractions listed above, check out this video.)
Can’t find a haunted attraction near you, or looking for something a bit less terrifying for the little ones? Click here to view the entire list of the “Best of” scary to not-so-scary attractions.