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Field of Screams - Mountville, Pennsylvania
The Legendary Jason's Woods - Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Spook Haven - Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
Haunted Mill ScreamPark - Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
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The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania - www.thebatesmotel.com - 61672 Views
Located in Philadelphia, PA Bates Motel is a massive haunted atarction you won't want to miss! Walk through ghost towns and graveyards. Ride the scariest haunted hayride in the country loaded with huge sets, props and FIRE! Click this profile for more information, photos, videos, directions and more.

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.2 Skulls
Originality: 9.9 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.3 Skulls
Special FX: 9.7 Skulls
47.77 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Blood Manor in New York, Pennsylvania - www.bloodmanor.com - 44548 Views
BLOOD MANOR, NYC's Premier Haunted Attraction: The Nightmare on 27th Street, returns with a depraved appetite for gore and a twisted thirst for blood, in the same creepy location, 542 West 27th Street (btwn 10th & 11th Ave). With louder screams, scarier dreams and more thrills for each moment in its fun-filled darkness, BLOOD MANOR makes your nightmares come to life.

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Scare Factor: 9.1 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.8 Skulls
Originality: 8.9 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.1 Skulls
Special FX: 9.1 Skulls
46.05 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Haunted Scarehouse in Wharton, Pennsylvania - www.hauntedscarehouse.com/ - 41456 Views
Haunted Scarehouse - Two Floors of Fear!! Regarded by Halloween enthusiasts as Jersey’s most original and innovative haunted attraction, Haunted Scarehouse features two floors of heart-stopping entertainment. Rooms decorated like movie sets, jaw-dropping props, disorienting noises, actors heightening your tension, ratcheting up your fear—it’s all here for your enjoyment. Your night of nonstop shock begins once you set foot on the eerie premises. The lobby, featuring horror memorabilia, TV screens, photo ops, and enticing merchandise, boosts your excitement for the award-winning show. Navigate the darkness, explore two gigantic haunted houses, journey through numerous rooms created by expert set builders, interact with special effects, animated walls, fearfully realistic set pieces and scenes—everything a professional haunted house should be, and much, much more. Inspired by the imaginative genius of pioneer Walt Disney and his theme parks, Scarehouse’s creative team strives to match Disney’s awe-inspiring levels of craftsmanship, detail, and live performance. Come and experience for yourself why Haunted Scarehouse was rated Scariest Haunt in North Jersey by Fright Tour 2013.

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Scare Factor: 9.6 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.5 Skulls
Originality: 9.5 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.5 Skulls
Special FX: 9.3 Skulls
47.33 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - www.terrorbehindthewalls.com - 29999 Views
In Philadelphia, PA Eastern State Penitentiary has been declared haunted by dozens of professional paranormal investigation teams. Click this profile for information, photos, videos, directions and more.

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.6 Skulls
Originality: 10 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.5 Skulls
Special FX: 9.7 Skulls
48.36 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Sleepy Hollow Hayride / House in the Hollow in Newtown, Pennsylvania - www.sleepyhollowhayride.com - 24855 Views
In Newtown, Pennsylvania The Sleepy Hollow Hayride & House in the Hollow at Active Acres Haunted Farm promise a frightfully good time with elaborately furnished rooms, secret passages, see-through ghosts and a perpetual thunderstorm. Click this profile for more haunted house & hayride details...

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Scare Factor: 9.1 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 8.6 Skulls
Originality: 9.2 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.2 Skulls
Special FX: 8.8 Skulls
44.72 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Jason's Woods Haunted Attractions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania - www.jasonswoods.com - 21120 Views
PA Haunted House in Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania: No one does Halloween like the Legendary Jason?s Woods Haunted House, Lancaster?s premier Haunted House! Click this profile for photos, videos, directions and more.

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.8 Skulls
Originality: 9 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.1 Skulls
Special FX: 9.9 Skulls
47.38 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
LuLu's House of Horrors in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania - www.hauntlulu.com - 16926 Views
PA Haunted House in Plymouth Meeting, LuLu's House of Horrors: Voted Weirdest & Most Bizarre Haunted House in the Philly Area. aN "Old School" Haunt! This is the place in Plymouth Meeting where even the bravest fear to tread. The 2014 SEASON will offer 11 nights of TERROR on weekends starting Oct 10th thru Nov 1st! Click this profile to see pictures, videos, directions & more.

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Scare Factor: 8.9 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.1 Skulls
Originality: 9.8 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.3 Skulls
Special FX: 9.5 Skulls
46.61 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Field of Screams in Mountville, Pennsylvania - www.fieldofscreams.com - 14603 Views
Located inLancaster, Pennsylvania.Field of Screams offers a World Class Haunted Hayride, a Terrifying Haunted Den of Darkness Horror Barn, andmore. Click this profile for information, directions, photos, videos and more.

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.5 Skulls
Originality: 9.7 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.7 Skulls
Special FX: 9.8 Skulls
48.45 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Wells Township Haunted House in Brilliant, Pennsylvania - www.wellstownshiphauntedhouse.com - 13196 Views
WELLS TOWNSHIP HAUNTED HOUSE - Get ready to experience the MOST UNIQUE, MOST INTENSE, MOST INSANE, HIGH ENERGY, HIGH OCTANE, LIVE ACTION HAUNTED ATTRACTION YOU HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

LEARN MORE -   Reviews - 9 Youtube Videos - 11 Photos
Scare Factor: 9.6 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.5 Skulls
Originality: 9.5 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.7 Skulls
Special FX: 9.7 Skulls
48.03 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Wells Township Haunted House in Brilliant, OH , Pennsylvania - www.wellstownshiphauntedhouse.com - 13109 Views
Get ready to experience the MOST UNIQUE, MOST INTENSE, MOST INSANE, HIGH ENERGY, HIGH OCTANE, LIVE ACTION HAUNTED ATTRACTION YOU HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

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Scare Factor: 9.9 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.7 Skulls
Originality: 9.8 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 10 Skulls
Special FX: 10 Skulls
49.45 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
HAUNTED HILLS ESTATE in Uniontown, Pennsylvania - hauntedhillsestate.com/ - 11545 Views
PA Haunted Houses in Uniontown, Pennsylvania: 3 Interactive Haunted Adventures all located at the Estate! All three adventures are interactive and unique!

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Scare Factor: 9.1 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 8.6 Skulls
Originality: 9.1 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.3 Skulls
Special FX: 8.2 Skulls
44.33 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Altered Nightmares in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania - www.hotelofhorror.com - 9392 Views
The Pocono Mountains Premier Haunted House, Hotel of Horror, Altered Nightmares & Exhibition Macabre, Three State of The Art Attractions at The Legendary Lake House Hotel in Saylorsburg, PA. Open Rain or Shine w/Covered Wait, ATM & Concessions. Attractions Stay Open till Last Victim is Served! ATM and Concessions Onsite. Free Parking.

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Scare Factor: 9.8 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.3 Skulls
Originality: 9.2 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.1 Skulls
Special FX: 9.1 Skulls
46.44 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania - www.pennhurstasylum.com - 7671 Views
Pennhurst asylum and Museum, Dungeon of Lost Souls, Ghost Hunt, and the Tunnel of Terror

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Scare Factor: 9.3 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.8 Skulls
Originality: 9.7 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.5 Skulls
Special FX: 9.8 Skulls
48.11 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Horrorfest at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, Pennsylvania - www.shadybrookfarm.com - 6787 Views
Horrorfest at Shady Brook Farm offers 4 thrilling attractions at 1 horrifying event. Hayride of Horror, Barn of Horror, Alien Encounter 3D Haunted House & The All New: CARNAGE. For the scariest time of your life, click here.

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Scare Factor: 9.4 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.7 Skulls
Originality: 9.3 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.4 Skulls
Special FX: 10 Skulls
47.77 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Ghost Lake, 13 Levels of Fear in Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania - ghostlake.net - 6635 Views
13 Levels of Fear Ghost Lake is the longest and scariest haunted attraction in America and takes nearly two hours to make it through all 13 levels.

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Scare Factor: 9.6 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 8.8 Skulls
Originality: 9.4 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 8.9 Skulls
Special FX: 8.7 Skulls
45.41 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Spook Haven Haunted House in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania - www.spookhaven.com - 6292 Views
Spook Haven Haunted House is located in Central PA. We have now opened a new part of the building and found the evil Thorton Family that ran the brick factory. Wait till you see what was uncovered this year.

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Scare Factor: 9.8 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.7 Skulls
Originality: 9.3 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.5 Skulls
Special FX: 9.4 Skulls
47.78 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Haunted Mill Scream Park in Spring Grove, Pa, Pennsylvania - www.hauntedmillscreampark.com - 4638 Views
The Haunted Mill Scream Park located in Spring Grove, PA has Four terrifying attractions the will test your bravery and fortitude. What awaits you in the dark and damp basement of The Haunted Mill? The House of Eyes, Maw's Crazy Maze and the Terror Trail! Check out the website for details!

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Scare Factor: 8.9 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 8.8 Skulls
Originality: 9.4 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.2 Skulls
Special FX: 9.2 Skulls
45.45 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Bane House in Rockaway, Pennsylvania - www.banehauntedhouse.com - 3991 Views
Bane NJ's Scariest Haunted House! Located at The Rockaway Mall by Best Buy in Rockaway, New Jersey. BANE is the newest, most terrifying haunted house attraction in NJ! We're bringing your worst nightmares to life!

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Scare Factor: 7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 7 Skulls
Originality: 7.1 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 7 Skulls
Special FX: 7 Skulls
35.13 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
The FEAR FACTORY in Mays Landing, Pennsylvania - www.thefearfactorynj.com - 2747 Views
NJ the FEAR FACTORY is New Jersey's Largest and Scariest Haunted House. 30,000 Feet of PURE Terror!!!

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Scare Factor: 9.3 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.6 Skulls
Originality: 9.6 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.6 Skulls
Special FX: 9.6 Skulls
47.67 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Reaper's Revenge Haunted Hayride in Scranton, Pennsylvania - reapersrevenge.net - 2152 Views
America's Best Haunted Hayride! Located in Scranton, Pennslyvania, Reaper's Revenge Haunted Hayride offers four terrifying attractions over 60 acres. Come test your fate on the Haunted Hayride, in the Lost Carnival, the Pitch Black and Reaper's newest attraction, Sector 13 - the Zombie Apocalypse!

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Scare Factor: 9.8 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.5 Skulls
Originality: 9.6 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.6 Skulls
Special FX: 9.3 Skulls
47.84 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Circle of Screams in Dickson City, Pennsylvania - www.circleofscreams.com - 1499 Views
Circle of Screams is the newest attraction of the Circle Entertainment Complex on the Scranton - Carbondale highway in Dicksson City, Pennsylvania. The Circle of Screams haunted houses will have its grand opening September 21, 2012 and promises to be one of the best and largest haunted house attractions in America!

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Scare Factor: 7.1 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 7.9 Skulls
Originality: 7.4 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 7.8 Skulls
Special FX: 8.2 Skulls
38.32 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Fear Hollow Haunted House in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania - www.fearhollow.com - 538 Views
Fear Hollow is a Haunted Attraction offering 2 features for 1 price!!! Fear Hollow Haunted House: an intense, indoor, walk-through Haunted House. Deadwoods Haunted Trail: an interactive, outdoor walking trail through the backwoods of Mountain Top, PA. Voted a "Favorite Attraction" by Scranton Haunted Reviews, come see what many are calling the scariest Haunted Attraction in NEPA!!!!!

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Scare Factor: 9.7 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 9.3 Skulls
Originality: 9 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 9 Skulls
Special FX: 9 Skulls
46.00 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Haunted Hillside in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania - hauntedhillside.com - 96 Views


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Scare Factor: 10 Skulls
Monsters/Actors: 10 Skulls
Originality: 10 Skulls
Sets, Detail, Theming: 10 Skulls
Special FX: 10 Skulls
50.00 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
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PENNSYLVANIA PROFESSIONAL HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS BLOG

Pennslvania Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  the haunted houses in Pennsylvania seemed to be around every corner especially in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area haunted houses are very popular form of entertainment and more haunted houses in Pennsylvania can be found at Hauntworld.com. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Pennsylvania from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Pennsylvania here at Hauntworld.com

 

When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Pennsylvania look no further than the area of Philedelphia, Pennsylvania because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses Pennsylvania PA. Pennsylvania has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Pennsylvania has many cities with great haunted houses especially Philadelphia area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.

 

There are at least 10 major haunted houses in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or in regional area's around Philadelphia, Pa. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is not far from many other cities and states that also have several haunted houses for example you could drive to Baltimore, or Washington DC or New York City, anywhere in New Jersey in less than an hour or so... making Philadelphia really the best place to live if you want to find the best and scariest haunted houses.

 

 

 

When trying to decide what haunted houses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit make sure you choose the ones on the FIRST page of our directory as these are the best ones in the state.  Also make sure you vote on our poll to determine the best haunted house in Pennsylvania and tweet this page or share with facebook to help others find the scariest haunted houses in Pennsylvania.

 

Use the zip code finder here on Hauntworld.com to find the best and scariest haunted houses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or any other city in Pennsylvania such as Lancaster, Allentown, Pittsburgh, or any other Pennsylvania Haunted House.

 

There are so many haunted houses in Pennsylvania that you can use Hauntworld.com to find, rate and review the best and scariest haunted houses in PA. Really where do you start because if we rated the top 20 or 30 haunted houses in the Nation the Philadelphia area would include 4 or 5 of the best starting with Bates Motel which has a major haunted hayride filled with special effects, a haunted mansion, corn fields, and much more.  Then you also have Eastern State Penn located in Philadelphia, PA, one of the most historic real prisons in the U.S..  Eastern State haunted house uses most of the prison to scare people, utilizing over 100 live actors attractions tens of thousands of guests each Halloween. 

 

Even if you don't want to visit a haunted house within the city limits of Philly you can drive to nearby Allentown, Lancaster and find major haunted houses like Jasons Woods, or Field of Screams or across the state lines to places like Baltimore where you'll find Bennets Curse or Creepywoods.  ALso not far from Philadelphia PA are haunts scattered across New Jersey and New York. Another great place to find the scariest haunted houses is PIttsburgh, PA also known as the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers but its also known for the best and scariest haunted houses in America like Kennywood Amusement Park which features Phantom Fright Nights, which also includes Kennywood Ghost Wood Estates.  In addition another awesome haunted house in Pittsburgh is Hundred Acres Manor.

 

Philadelphia Pennsylvania is really the best place in America to find haunted attractions and even REAL haunted houses like Pennhurst Asylum a place most agree is really haunted due to all the paranormal ghost tours, and ghost hunting that have gone on inside the building.  We featured Pennhurst Asylum here at Hauntworld you can read the article about the very scary haunted houses located just outside Philadelphia Pennsylvania Haunted House.


Please be sure to rate and review haunted houses in Pennsylvania leaving comments on this page or join our facebook page and share your experiences.  We look forward to hearing all about your best haunted experiences in Pennsylvania PA.

 

Pennsylvania Haunted Houses

 

Originally inhabited by a variety of Native American tribes for centuries, Europeans settled the area now known as Pennsylvania during the 17th century.  As one of the original Thirteen Colonies, the state has a rich colonial history, one that has given rise to alleged hauntings throughout the state.  Pennsylvania is also home to many frightening haunted houses but if you’re looking for an authentic frightening experience that’s a little less orthodox, try visiting one of the many notorious haunted places.  People from all over the world travel to these very places to investigate the paranormal activities that seem to occur and to learn more about the ghostly tales that surround them. 
 
 

The Historic Baker Mansion
Built in 1849, the Baker Mansion is known as a true one of central Pennsylvania haunted houses.  Originally built by Elias Baker for his family, the 28-room mansion is now home to the Blair County Historic Society.  In 1914, the family abandoned the home after Anna, Elias’s daughter, died.  Supposedly the Baker family now haunts the mansion; several people working in and around the mansion along with visitors who have toured the home have reported seeing eerie, ghostly images.
 

Jean Bonnet Tavern
Located in Bedford, Pennsylvania, the Jean Bonnet Tavern is well-known for its rustic charm, delicious cuisine, and most notably, the ghosts that haunt it.  During the 1700’s, the tavern was actually a French fort and a stop along the trade route of the Shawnee Indians.  Legend has it a man who was hung in the tavern and his body buried beneath the floorboards now haunts the tavern.  In the 1950’s, a new owner of the tavern decided to replaced the floor and found a human skeleton.  Testing indicated that the skeleton was in fact from the 1700’s.
 

The Historic Royer Mansion
The Royer Mansion dates back to the 1800’s when Samuel Royer built the house for his family. Several tragic events that occurred in the home have been documented including the death of Samuel’s first wife during childbirth, the death of Samuel himself, and the original Royer mansion being burned to the ground (it was rebuilt afterwards).  The Royer mansion stood vacant for years and locals believe the spirits of past owners of the mansion now haunt it – many even claim they’ve seen ghosts in the home and on the grounds.
 

The Hotel Lincoln
Once a popular bar and brothel in the late 18th century, the Hotel Lincoln is now home to an antique shop.  During its hay day, one of the most popular girls who worked in the brothel was murdered by her enraged husband when he found out what she was doing.  Legend has it in a fit of rage, he shot her lover, then stabbed her to death before hanging her body on the closet door.  Today many locals and even visitors claim to have seen apparitions in the newly remodeled antique shop.  Some have even complained of feeling an eerie presence when on the second floor (where the murder took place).  
 

 

Pennsylvania Haunted House Attractions

 The essence of what we do in this business is simple, SCARE PEOPLE, and that is what the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Gradyville, Pennsylvania is all about! I first met the owner, Randy Bates about 8 or 9 years ago and he was already at the top of his game. With three events, a Hayride, Corn Maze and Haunted House he had all the bases covered, three different ways to reach deep into the minds of his guests and make ‘em scream! In a market packed with major events he always brings in massive hordes of scared patrons every year, and weather permitting, things just keep getting better.

I had the chance to visit the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in the off season this year and walk the shows with Randy. Although they were still half converted to a Christmas event, his approach to shocking his guests was very clear to me. Blow them away with pure unrelenting action. After checking out the set up I could see why this event is considered one of the scariest haunted attractions in America! Classically hayrides work in a stop and show format, with the wagon pulling up to a scene and some sort of skit unfolding. Not so at his haunted hayride! This event is operated like a high throughput haunted house…once the wagons load they never stop, continuously moving through high action, high startle scenes with relentless attacks from all sides of the trail. Barrels hurl down from overhead, enormous living trees grasp at the riders from above, walls collapse, actors fly over the wagon and monsters jump on with the guests bringing the action right into their faces! Another big factor for Randy is the use of fire, with a huge dragon, a flaming gas station and exploding dynamite shack just the beginning of the pyrotechnics. His approach almost plays out like a high action stunt show with trained employees pushing the guests’ fear quotient to the limit!

Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania Monster Preview Big sets and detail are also part of the winning equation at the Bates Motel. Surrounded on all sides by massive trees, the wagon rolls through enclosed barns and compounds full of buildings. After entering the mouth of a dragon and going almost 100 feet though its smoky strobe filled guts (to the pounding,  heartbeat sound of huge 1200 watt subwoofers), the wagon passes through a series of asylum style buildings. This puts the actors right on top of the wagon with inmates swarming out of every door and window! Not only were the elaborate building constructed from the ground up by Randy and his staff, all of the wood was milled right in the farm from trees on the property. Other big sets include a King Kong style village, a zombie strip mall, a haunted church with ghostly pallbearers, a toxic waste facility, and a 300 foot long cave and mine shaft filled with collapsing beams and giant monsters. And when I say monsters I mean monsters! Randy has amassed a huge collection of the biggest animatronic beasts the industry has to offer including such favorites as the Slayer, the Giant Spawn and the 17 foot tall Pumpkin King. One thing that sets this hayride apart from the others is the use of an onboard, digital soundtrack, that is choreographed to the scenes. Using 500 watt amps, MP-3 players, and full range cabinet speaker systems, the Bates Haunted Hayride adds an element found nowhere else.

After surviving the hayride guests queue up for the famous Bates Motel itself. Already rattled, they are now REALLY up close and personal with the actors. This event is high action high startle as well, with monsters getting at the patrons from every possible angle of attack. Packed with tight set dressing and special effects, guests barely have time to catch their breath before the next scare hits! Many classic haunted mansion style scenes are found inside including libraries, kitchens, multi-doored hallways and my favorite, the Trophy Room. This scene has over 30 REAL exotic animal heads from an old big game hunter’s collection. When the actor shows up with his air powered shotgun you can guess what happens next! Another thing one notices in this haunted house is the density of special effects. Everywhere are moving props, slamming doors, overhead ghosts, unusual lighting effects and illusions, including a live action CGI style ghost greeter. After a brief dip outdoors to view a haunted playground with animated swing set and merry-go-round, it’s back inside for the conclusion of the haunt. After more cavern-like twists and turns including a body bag room, the final blow off occurs, a large room with a massive sweeping staircase. Hidden here are several intense scares designed to blast the guests out of the double doors screaming. I cannot tell you what they are (One is a custom effect found ONLY here), so you need to check them out in person!

Haunted House Pennsylvania Prop Description The final element is the corn maze. Entering underneath a colossal cow skull that literally swallows them up, guests begin a harrowing journey through the tightly packed stalks. Although much of the path is through a cornfield there are many other structures hidden in the rows. First is a graveyard and crypt area loaded with another of Randy’s special collections…real tombstones! Apparently he got a deal on mis-carved and out of service monuments from a local dealer after offering him a super low price for the lot. Randy said ,“Hey don’t you go to conventions where you get together with your fellow stone carvers? Think what a great story this will make, how you sold the same tombstones TWICE!“ The guy loved the idea and made the deal! After the crypt with its automated doors comes a complete house totally hidden in the corn. The entire structure is a bloody murder scene loaded with props and animations. Another large structure near the end of the maze is a walk through mine shaft, complete with flickering lanterns and crazy miners! Scattered throughout the corn are many other sets, including a western area with a black lit forge that gives the appearance of red hot coals (and the guests are gonna get branded!) not to mention the ever present swaying corn. At any time actors can suddenly appear and disappear in the stalks, making the entire journey seemingly fraught with danger, although Randy is renowned for having one of the most expansive safety programs in the haunt industry. The maze also has a background digital soundtrack playing custom erie music, that sets each customer on edge, and makes it easier to scare them.

The entire event is wildly successful, one of the consistently most heavily attended Pennsylvania haunted house attractions in the country, and ranks highly on top ten national haunt lists every year. The combination of a wooded farm location in a major market (Philadelphia), big effects, major sets, unique scares and pure adrenaline makes it an all time fan favorite. And you cannot forget the most important thing that ultimately makes a haunt likely to succeed - ask Randy why he haunts and he will lay it out plain and simple - “I love to scare people!”

 
     
 

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