Friday Funny: Be Very Afraid

Just in time for a healthy dose of Halloween horror, here are this year's 13 best haunted houses and attractions across the U.S.

House of Torment

It’s that time of year again, when finding the best place for you and your friends to get absolutely terrified suddenly seems like a worthwhile goal. Thankfully, there’s help:’s list of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America for 2016 has been released in plenty of time for your Halloween celebrations. The haunted houses and attractions on this year’s list were selected because they are the most unique, entertaining, and terrifying haunted attractions in the country.

13th Floor Haunted House

“Every year we get asked which haunted houses are really going to scare people and more importantly, make their friends scream,” said’s James Olmsted. “We scour the country to find the best of the best all over America. This year we paid special attention to haunted houses that are unique in their approach to making your heart race. From locations in creepy old industrial districts to country farms and hayrides under the stars, each location has a unique approach to interactive horror, but all deliver the thrills and excitement that Halloween fans are seeking.

Headless Horseman

As in any industry, there are trends that impact haunted houses and attractions. This year, according to Olmsted, interactive and virtual reality elements are making their mark.

“The haunted attraction industry is growing and continuing to evolve,” said Olmsted. “We are always amazed at how the owners, producers and artists up their game each year. Immersive entertainment in America is growing as a whole, and haunted houses are no exception. This year we’ve seen trends in interactive elements, where patrons become a part of the show, and although in its infancy, virtual reality is starting to make its way into the industry as well.”

The Asylum Haunted House

This year’s top 13 haunted attractions are:

  1. House of Torment, Austin, TX
  2. 13th Floor Haunted House, Denver, CO
  3. Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, NY
  4. Terror on the Fox, Green Bay, WI
  5. Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, Philadelphia, PA
  6. Fear Farm & Phoenix Haunted Hayride, Phoenix, AZ
  7. The Asylum Haunted House, Denver, CO
  8. Bennett’s Curse, Baltimore, MD
  9. Cutting Edge Haunted House, Fort Worth, TX
  10. House of Shock, New Orleans, LA
  11. Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston, TeX
  12. Nashville Nightmare, Nashville, TN
  13. Fear PDX Haunted House Screampark, Portland, OR
Bennett’s Curse

Itching to get spooked but don’t see a top scary spot near you to get you scream on? No problem. offers a directory where you can find, or list, haunted houses and other attractions including real haunted houses, ghost towns, and paranormal sites in your area.