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Are you searching to find the creepiest, scariest, REAL haunted houses in America? Look no further than our list of the Top 10 Scariest REAL Haunted Houses in America 2011. Hauntworld.com is your home for all things haunted houses: finding best haunted houses, real haunted houses, paranormal ghost hunting, ghost tours and much more. Each year Hauntworld.com creates a list of the best haunted houses in America. However, this year we are focused on the best REAL haunted houses in America. Have you ever explored a haunted place and wondered if you’ll make it out alive? Hauntworld.com has come up with the ultimate list of the best REAL haunted houses in America which reside in REAL haunted locations whereby the owners of these properties have turned them into commercial haunted houses.
The Haunted House industry is now a ONE BILLION dollar industry and everyone is getting in on the act: major amusement parks, companies who own relevant tourist attractions (such as Winchester Mystery House), and of course haunted house owners. Other notable tourist attractions such as the haunted Queen Mary and The Eastern State Penitentiary with all of its haunted history become elaborate haunted house attractions in October. Do you want to “ghost hunt” while at the same time having the scariest actors in America jump out and make you SCREAM? Inside a haunt like that, who knows if the stalking presence behind you is REAL or something from the OTHER SIDE! When visiting America's best REAL haunted houses, you’ll never know who is real, what is real, and whether your life is in true danger of being pulled into the underworld …with no hope of return.
Hauntworld.com has compiled a list of the TOP 13 haunted attractions which reside in documented REAL haunted buildings, ships, mansions, prisons, asylums, and even real mortuaries. Grab your courage if you dare and take a road trip to visit America's best REAL haunted houses. A trip like this guarantees yourself the ultimate case of the willies, goosebumps and possibly a real life ghost encounter. So now Hauntworld.com presents the top, best, scariest, ultimate, REAL haunted houses in America for 2011…No, make that…in the WORLD.
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1. Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction: Prior to opening as a haunted attraction, the old Pennhurst Asylum building sat vacant, falling on decay, for decades. Parts were even vandalized until haunted house owner, Randy Bates (famous for The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride in Philadelphia), took over the property and turned this real haunted site into the most controversial haunted house project ever produced. Now, you can walk the grounds and the haunted halls in probably the most terrifying REAL haunted house in America. Located in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area in Spring City, PA, this haunted experience offers multiple haunted house attractions, each more impressive than the next. Prepare for one of the most shocking haunt trips of your life. Read the Featured Article, we did on this amazing attraction CLICK HERE or simply visit their website at www.PennhurstAsylum.com
2. Lemp Brewery Haunted House: The Lemp Dynasty once owned one of the biggest brewery companies in the World until prohibition. It was believed, the Lemp family went a little mad. With mysterious deaths and multiple Lemp family suicides, the Lemp family and their legacy slowly faded away. The Lemp's built one of the biggest breweries in the World over a natural cave system known as the 'Cherokee Caves' found underneath St. Louis city, and believed to be cursed. Was it the loss of their empire or the ghosts in the caves that drove them to their edge? The brewery complex spans over 17 acres of old turn-of-the-century buildings, and the haunted house is located under the complex, five stories down, inside a real gothic style cave and cavern system where light is scant and no one can hear you scream. Learn more at www.Scarefest.com or CLICK HERE to read a complete review of this attraction.
3. The Mortuary: The Mortuary Haunted House sits inside a REAL turn-of-the-century funeral home mortuary, right next door to one of the biggest, oldest and creepiest cemeteries in Louisiana. Can you image the backdrop for a haunted house inside one of the biggest and oldest cemeteries in America? So YES, The Mortuary Haunted House in New Orleans, LA readily makes our list as one of America's BEST locations to get a fright in 2011. Learn more by visiting their website www.TheMortuary.net or CLICK HERE to read our complete featured article online.
4. Terror Behind The Walls: The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is one of the oldest prisons left standing in America. It once housed notorious gangster Al Capone and many other hardened criminals. Documented as a truly haunted building, the old Eastern State Penn allows touring of the facility year around, but when Halloween season arrives, it becomes even darker than ever as one of America's best haunted houses, Terror Behind The Walls. Eastern State is located in Philadelphia, PA, and is now also home to Terror Behind the Walls. Terror Behind the Walls isn't your average haunted house it's a real haunted prison. To learn more visit their website www.easternstate.org/halloween or CLICK HERE to read a full article on Terror Behind the Walls.
5. The Haunted Prison Experience at the Ohio State Reformatory: Staying with the entire haunted prison theme, you should prepare to walk the halls of another historic prison and home to real ghosts and spirits. This location is additionally the site of several famous movies such as Shawshank Redemption. This old haunted prison located in Mansfield, Ohio will certainly put the chills into anyone who enters its gates. Visit their website www.hauntedx.com for more haunting information about this amazing haunted house attraction. It truly is a haunting “experience” you won’t want to miss.
6. USS Nightmare Haunted House: Come aboard if you dare! The USS Nightmare, America’s Premier Haunted Steamboat, is located on the Ohio River in Newport, KY in the Greater Cincinnati, OH area. We’ve all heard of ships being haunted, but this one takes the cake, as you step foot on a real historic steamboat. This is not your ordinary haunted house experience. The USS Nightmare haunted house is floating on the Ohio River bank and filled with ghosts, ghouls, and long lost passengers still trying to find passage to the other side. To learn more visit their website www.ussnightmare.com or CLICK HERE to read our full article on The USS Nightmare in Newport, Kentucky.
7. The Haunted Cave at Lewisburg: Who knows what terror awaits you in a real cave system, deep underground where no one can find you, dead or alive. Near Dayton, Ohio beneath the peaceful village of Lewisburg, OH, The Haunted Cave is the longest running, most highly-rated underground Halloween attraction in and around Ohio. Located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine, the Haunted Cave is home to over 30,000 bats, and possibly just as many ghosts and spirits. If you were to get lost, you might NEVER return! To learn more about The Haunted Cave at Lewisburg, visit their website here: www.hauntedcaveatlewisburg.com.
8. Cutting Edge Haunted House: This haunted attraction is located in Fort Worth, TX inside a building built over 100 years ago. It’s one of the only haunted houses in America built inside a REAL meat packing plant, the perfect place to properly dispose of a body. When you go through this haunted house, you’ll see all the meat packing plant equipment still there and still intact, and this Halloween season, it’ll be put to good use making YOU America's next meal! Cutting Edge Haunted House won the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest haunt in America. To learn more, visit their website www.CuttingEdgeHauntedHouse.com or CLICK HERE to read our full article all about Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas.
9. House of Torment Haunted Houses: This is the only haunted house we’ve known to be located inside an old movie theater. Once running classic movies of horror like The Shinning & The Exorcist, this location now makes American scream with real life horror where the characters are REAL. The theater is supposedly haunted and now that the owners have been running House of Torment Haunted House, we must to agree! Your trip to the movies will never be the same again. Visit their website here: www.TheHouseofTorment.com or CLICK HERE to read our full article on House of Torment in Austin, Texas.
10. The Dent Schoolhouse: Who wants to go back to school? Most everyone would love to relive their younger years, but what if that meant entering a 100-year-old school that was closed and condemned, filled with ghosts who want to teach you the meaning of HELL. The Dent Schoolhouse is one of the only haunted houses in America built inside a real, condemned turn-of-the-century schoolhouse. The entire attraction is themed around going back to school, to a haunted school, utilizing everything that was left behind, and we mean EVERYTHING! There are reports from real ghost investigations that the place is filled with the supernatural. Learn more by visiting their website www.frightsite.com or CLICK HERE to read our full article all about this haunted attraction.
11. Winchester Mystery House: This is one of the most famous houses in America located in San Jose, California. In 1884, Mrs. Sarah Winchester, Winchester Rifle heiress, left New Haven, Connecticut, leaving behind the graves of her husband and child. She landed in the Santa Clara Valley and began building a new house that became an obsession that was to last her lifetime. Why did Sarah Winchester build the world’s oddest home? We don’t know, but inside that home today is a haunted house attraction not soon to be forgotten. If you dare, you can learn more at www.WinchesterMysteryHouse.com.
12. Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern: Ruby Falls is one of America's natural wonders featuring an unreal natural cave system in Chattanooga, TN Tennessee. A major haunted house has been created inside this cave system taking you down 26 stories underground. No other haunted house has such an amazing natural environment quite like the Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. To learn more, visit their website www.hauntedcavern.com.
13. Necropolis 13 Haunted House: The owners of one of America's best haunted houses (13th Gate Haunted House) have created one of the WORLD’s biggest catacomb haunted houses. Walk through the city of the dead experiencing real catacombs and tombs, amongst the spirits of the undead. These top notch hauntings are sure to give you the true creeps. To learn more about this attraction visit their website here: www.necropolis13.com
So there you have it, Hauntworld.com offers you a list of the best and scariest REAL haunted adventures for 2011. Please join our facebook page CLICK HERE and join the discussion of what is the best real haunted houses, best haunted houses, best haunted hayrides, and best amusement park haunted houses in America.
Best Places in America to get SCARED
Are you looking to find the scariest places on Earth to get scared? All of the attractions below are either real haunted sites offering ghost tours, or they’re real haunted locations turned into professional haunted house attractions. Many people LOVE to explore real haunted houses, conduct a paranormal investigation or go ghost hunting. HauntWorld Magazine has created a list just for those people. Below is our list of our top 10 favorite places to find ghosts and spirits, while also experiencing a Halloween attraction:
America's Top 10 Scariest Real Haunted Houses and Places to Visit
1. Salem, Massachusetts: www.salem.org. Salem is the best place in AMERICA to get scared because it has more haunted houses, ghost stories, witch museums, and Halloween related events than any other place in America! Salem is our hands-down top pick for locations to visit during Halloween season!
2. Pennhurst Asylum: One of the most infamous real asylums in America, shut down by the government for abuse against patients, has reopened its doors. After thirty years, this long abandoned property now brings you one of the most terrifying haunted house adventures ever…The Pennhurst Asylum Haunted House. Walk the grounds and see the eerie inside of this 100 year old building. Prepare yourself for real ghosts and spirits of the dead. Pennhurst Asylum was featured on Travel Channel as one of America's scariest REAL haunted houses, and today it's a real haunted attraction. Learn more at www.pennhurstasylum.com.
3. Waverly Hills Sanatorium: Louisville, Kentucky, www.therealwaverlyhills.com. This historically haunted place is run by The Waverly Hills Historical Society, and it not only offers paranormal tours, but you can book an overnight investigation too. Paranormal investigators from all over the country continue to visit the sanatorium. Additionally, this location offers an elaborate haunted house attraction during Halloween season. I don’t doubt for a minute it’s filled to the brim with actual ghosts!
4. Lemp Mansion and Lemp Brewery Haunted House: This 1860’s mansion was home to the Lemps, a prominent St. Louis family and owners of one of the largest breweries in the World until prohibition, the start of the family’s demise. One family member died under mysterious circumstances, four took their own lives, and one died of heart attack ALL inside the mansion itself. Today you can visit the Lemp Mansion for ghost tours, mystery dinners, and even overnight investigations. Next door, visit one of America's scariest haunted houses located under The Old Lemp Brewery inside real caves and caverns. Years ago, the natural cave system under St. Louis provided the perfect temperature for aging beer. Today, it’s a horrific haunted house experience like no other. Visit www.lempmansion.com or www.Scarefest.com for more details.
5. Eastern State Penitentiary: In 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary opened its doors to criminals, murderers and more. The prison closed its doors in 1970 and remained abandoned for two decades until it was opened for daytime prison tours and museum. It’s one of America's oldest standing prisons and home to ghost hunting, paranormal investigations and one of America’s longest and best haunted houses in the nation, Terror Behind the Walls. Visit www.easternstate.org for all the gory details.
6. New Orleans, Louisiana: Visit New Orleans and see some of the scariest graveyards in America with crypts, voodoo shops and YES several haunted houses too! House of Shock (www.houseofshock.com) and 13th Gate Haunted House (www.midnightproduction.com) are sure to please, but another nearby haunt is located in a REAL mortuary. Check out The Mortuary Haunted House at www.themortuary.net.
7. Winchester Mystery House: San Jose, California, www.winchestermysteryhouse.com. This mystery house is filled with endless rooms of eerie intrigue. Turn off the lights and try to find your way out. Legend has it that ghosts inspired the original owner to keep building onto this house…the house that never ends.
8. Alcatraz Island: San Francisco, California, www.nps.gov/alcatraz. Through the years, Alcatraz served many purposes from a military base to a prison, America’s most infamous prison actually. Housing prisoners like Al Capone and other notoriously hardened criminals, Alcatraz had been the subject of much controversy. Just the thought of Alcatraz conjures up ghostly thoughts of the paranormal, but it now serves as San Francisco's number one tourist attraction.
9. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast: Fall River, Massachusetts, www.lizzie-borden.com. Well over 100 years ago, “someone took an axe and gave a man eleven whacks.” Both Lizzie's father and step mother were slaughtered. Lizzie stood trial for the murders, but was found not guilty. Today, you can spend the night in the same room where Lizzie's parents were killed. The actual house of the murders is now a museum and bed and breakfast.
10. Niagara Falls: Ontario, Canada, www.cliftonhill.ca. Niagara Falls has a ton of haunted houses. Several of which are found up and down the old Clifton Hills. Even the wax museum has a makeshift haunt s as part of the show. Additionally, you can check out the Fort George Ghost Tours, St. Catherines Haunt Walks, Drummond Hill Cemetery and more haunting sites while visiting Niagara Falls this season.
“Daunting though it may seem to some, an evening spent with us is filled with fun, history and mystery.”
Enter 92 Second Avenue, Fall River MA and we travel back into the world of Lizzie Borden and the murders that took place there in1892. Come spend the night in what was then the family’s homestead. It is a bed & breakfast now and guests have a choice of six bedrooms–including the room where Lizzie’s stepmother, Abby Durfee Grey was axed. If one thinks that this place is the scariest hotel in American, it is.
August 4, 1892. The murders that occurred on this date would send shockwave throughout the nation. The act would be declared “the crime of the century. Lizzie Andrew Borden–born July 19, 1860 was accused, indicted tried and acquitted of murdering her father and her stepmother.
On the morning of August 4th, someone killed Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Borden. Rumors and suspicion fell upon their youngest daughter, Lizzie Borden. There were other suspects too of course: including Bridget Sullivan–the Borden’s housekeeper and William Borden–Andrew’s illegitimate son. But in the end, it was Lizzie who was indicted. The evidence: the hatchet that supposedly was used in the crime, a dress that was burned a few days after the murders and an eyewitness who saw Lizzie trying to purchase prussic acid (an illegal substance at the time). This evidence was flimsy at best. For example, the hatchet that was found was not the whole axe… the handle was missing. Why? The prosecution claimed, “the killer removed the handle because it was bloody.” The dress Lizzie burned a few days after the murder, the defense said was “ ruined when she [Lizzie] brushed against some fresh paint.” Finally, the evidence that Lizzie tried to buy the acid was eventually “excluded” from the trial. Her defense team depicted Lizzie as an upstanding citizen. She after all was the church’s secretary-treasurer and an active member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. The proceedings came to an end and on July 20, 1893 after hearing the above evidence the jury acquitted Lizzie Borden of the crime. This however did not let Ms Borden escape folklore and history. We all remember and recite the rhyme from our schooldays:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one
In truth, Abby Durfee Grey suffered only 18 or 19 whacks while Andrew–her father, only 11. But remember: it is never the truth that counts, it is the way you tell the story.
Maplecroft–the new home of the Borden sisters after the acquittal was purchased with their inheritance (another possible motive for the murder). In 1905 Emma Borden had a falling out with her sister over the friendship with the actress, Nance O’Neil. Emma eventually moved out and moved to New Hampshire where she died in 1927. The unmarried Lizzie meanwhile had died only nine days prior on June 1.
If you wish to find out more about this infamous case, why not spend a hair-raising night at the home of Lizzie Borden and her family. The bed & breakfast is open year-round except holidays. A full breakfast is included, which consists of coffee, Johnny cakes, fruit, sugar cookies, etc. There is also a library of books and videos of the Borden family, the murders and the aftermath of the trials that the guests are welcome to enjoy.
If you do not wish to take the dare of spending the night, there is a tour only option. From Memorial Day through early September, you can tour the house. Guided tour run from 11a.m. to 2:30p.m., every half hour. House only tours operate on weekends only.
Gift shop is available on premises.