Each Halloween season, millions of terror enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike file into haunted attractions all across the country, in hopes of spooking their socks off. But with so many haunts to choose from, it's hard to know which ones frighten above the rest. So we did a little fear-inducing research and created this list of the nine best haunted houses in America. Beware!
The Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio
This tightly themed attraction takes place in a haunted schoolhouse, where a murderous janitor is said to still roam the halls. State-of-the-art animatronics, Hollywood-style sets and award-winning makeup have helped make The Dent Schoolhouse one of the most popular and highly rated haunted houses in the country.
Netherworld - Atlanta, Georgia
Known for its over-the-top special effects, intense makeup, elaborate costuming and unusual themes, this self-guided, dark attraction presents an extremely high-quality immersive experience. Netherworld is ever-changing—with new effects, scares, characters and storylines each Halloween season—which brings guests back year after year.
13th Floor - San Antonio, Texas
Quality and creativity set 13th Floor apart from the rest, making it one of the smartest, safest and most terrifying attractions in the U.S. The attraction features dynamic and interactive scares, high-tech interacting animatronics and highly regarded theatrical performances.
Bennett's Curse - Baltimore, Maryland
This massive legendary attraction is an absolute thrill for the senses. Known for its incredible array of monsters, enormous animations and well-themed shows, Bennett’s Curse is consistently among the best of the scariest.
Cutting Edge Haunted House - Fort Worth, Texas
Located in a massive old dark and decrepit meat-packing plant, Cutting Edge provides a show that will build your anticipation from the moment you enter the building. The atmosphere is thick with music, entertainment and blood-curdling excitement.
Bates Motel - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This high-action Psycho-themed attraction is filled with high-tech animatronics, Hollywood-quality sets and over 75 highly trained actors. It also includes a 25-minute haunted hayride through the dark forests of Arasapha Farm. The Cornfield haunted trail includes a walk through the tall corn where you encounter ghost towns, graveyards, a slaughterhouse and other spooky sites.
The Darkness - St. Louis, Missouri
Known for featuring a combination of amazing special effects, animation and impressive set design, The Darkness is an over-the-top experience that includes moving floors and falling walls—stunt actors have been known to leap from the ceiling at guests before mysteriously disappearing. Allegedly, more people have visited this haunted house than any other in America.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Built as a haunted house inside what was once one of the most notorious state prisons in the country, this 11-acre attraction is known for its decimated cell blocks and abandoned guard towers set behind 30-foot high walls. Before entering, guests may decide if they want to be touched by the actors or not. Either way, Terror Behind the Walls will surely have you running for safety.
McKamey Manor - San Diego, California
This no-boundaries torture chamber takes its theatrics to another level of terror. You must be 21 or older to enter, and they require you to sign a waiver and provide you with a "safe word" before you enter (yikes!). Once inside, your group stars in your very own horror movie that can make for an intense physical experience lasting anywhere from four to six hours. McKamey Manor is definitely not for the faint of heart.
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