Americas Best Haunted Houses Scariest Haunted Houses 2011

Hauntworld Top 13 Haunted Houses in America 2011

Every year Hauntworld.com releases the premier list of haunted houses, haunted hayrides, scream parks, Halloween attractions, corn mazes, real haunted houses and even home haunted houses.  By doing so, Hauntworld.com has helped even the smallest home haunts become nationally recognized, allowing some to even progress into major, professional attractions.  Hauntworld.com has also helped many local haunted houses receive national recognition as one of America’s best haunted houses in the nation.  Many of the best haunted houses in the World were discovered and promoted on this very list, our annual list of the best haunted houses in America.
 
The haunted house industry started back in the early 1970's predominantly as charity attractions.  Then later into the 1980's, they transformed into huge local screams!   With the invention of the internet and more specifically high speed internet access, haunted houses could cost-effectively showcase videos, photos, logos and more towards the worldwide promotion of their events as high end attractions, gaining the kind of national awareness that only places like Disney World or Universal Studios were able to garner prior. 

Haunted houses flourished, finding new audiences and creating worldwide identities as tourist hotspots.  Today, there are people from all over the WORLD planning Fall vacations in search of attending the best haunted house attractions in the world.  Many load up their vehicles, take off work for a week, and travel from city to city finding haunted houses throughout the nation that make their heart pound and the hair on the back of their neck rise.  They’re in search of finding that ultimate high and extreme sensation that ONLY a haunted house can create.  Hollywood can NO LONGER compete with the live experience of fear.  The debut of horror movies have moved out of October, because haunted houses get all the press and hype.  Today, haunted houses are better attracting their attention, and haunted houses are getting millions of people from around the WORLD lined up for miles to enter their favorite haunted houses.



Today’s horror fans flock to haunted houses to experience live, in-your-face thrills, suspense, screams and terror.  They seek that fear, REAL FEAR, only found in live experiences.  Haunted houses today are sophisticated with high tech special effects.  These are the same high end effects you'd find in major motion movies and multimillion dollar theme parks.   The haunted house industry is much like the movie industry, in that it creates very emotional experiences, but the difference is motion pictures are creating movie experiences; haunted houses are creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.  Many times the movie industry over hypes or over sells a film.  Well, haunted houses do the same.  Like the movies, haunted houses have very little time to make the public aware of the product and sell the tickets.
 
Today, you can find the best deals on hotels from a single website.  You can find the best prices on airfare.  From vacations to cars to shoes, you can read and write reviews about places and products you’ve experienced.  Thanks to www.Hauntworld.com, people who love to SCREAM now have a place to call HOME, a place to share their haunting experiences, their passions, and their love of haunted houses and all things haunted.
 
John Carpenter's Halloween might have started the whole craze of fearing “the boogie man” on film, but haunted houses have taken the love of fear to the next level.  This Halloween, remember what you love about Halloween and about horror movies.  Indulge in that overwhelming desire to feel real fear, and visit YOUR favorite haunted house(s) in your community, in your state, across America and around the World.
 
Hauntworld.com will help you find the best haunted houses in America.  With your help, we will share through social media, blogs, message boards and word-of-mouth our favorite haunted houses and pronounce them as THE BEST haunted houses in America and around the World.  This year we present our 2011 list of the best haunted houses in America, best scream parks, best hayrides and best real haunted houses too.
 
Something new this year…You can VOTE for which haunted house YOU feel is the best in each state.  Watch their videos, view their photos, and ultimately visit the haunts.  Then, come back HERE to Hauntworld.com to VOTE for the best haunted houses in the World.  Share this page on your Facebook page or Twitter account and ask America to come to Hauntworld.com to VOTE for their favorite haunted house too.  We want to know which haunted house YOU believe to be the best haunted house in America 2011.  Visit this page all October, and come November return to Hauntworld.com to view the results.  We want YOU, our fans of FEAR, to tell America who has the best haunted house, the scariest haunted house in America!

 

 
 
NUMBER ONE

The Darkness Haunted House in St. Louis, MO Missouri: The Darkness Haunted House is beyond belief with haunting atmosphere and terror. The Darkness is very much like a high end, Hollywood movie set. From room to room, the fear intensifies with never ending detail, special effects, animations, live actors, and more. It's simply the best. The Darkness rests inside a 100-year-old, two story warehouse and includes three attractions in one location for one price.  If you can survive both stories of The Darkness, you will then enter the World’s best 3D haunted house, Terror Visions 3D. As you exit Terror Visions, you’ll find yourself inside The Monster Museum filled with real horror movie collectibles, full-sized horror images, and life-like monsters. The Darkness is a multimillion dollar attraction filled with terrifying experiences. With the ultimate creative team behind it, The Darkness truly stands out from year to year as one of America’s best haunted houses. Each year, they look for new ways to create the ultimate haunting experience for producing the best haunted house in America. To read a more detailed review, CLICK HERE or visit their website at www.Scarefest.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TWO

Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride and Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction in Philadelphia, PA Pennsylvania: The Bates Motel Haunted House & Hayride is a unique haunted attraction for several reasons:  The Haunted Hayride is located deep in a 200-year-old forest full of overgrown trees creating the ultimate dark trail even during a full moon. This puts customers on edge even before ever entering the first hayride scene. Combined with a digital custom soundtrack, pyrotechnics and continuous scares throughout the ride, this hayride attraction is sure to create the ultimate haunting experience of your life! To read a more detailed article about this attraction, CLICK HERE or visit their website at www.TheBatesMotel.com. Additionally, The Pennhurst Asylum is one of the scariest haunted attraction sites in the world, mostly due to the setting of this haunt. It’s located in a 100-year-old, abandoned mental institute. The building itself will instill real fear and true horror in anyone. The Asylum has been investigated by professional ghost hunters and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters several times. This attraction is truly haunted. To read a more detailed article about this real haunted house CLICK HERE or visit their website at www.PennhurstAsylum.com. Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum are owned and operated by the same company and are within a short drive of each other. These have to be number one on our list for locations to get scared this Halloween.

 
 

 
 
NUMBER THREE

13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rouge, LA Louisiana: 13th Gate Haunted House has it all. Their level of detail, set design, and effects combined with their impressive actors and incredible makeup effects can only be compared to the likes of Hollywood. As soon as you enter The 13th Gate Haunted House, you immediately realize you are inside no ordinary haunted house. Over 13 different indoor & outdoor fright zones make this huge scream factory a top haunt on our list. Haunted asylums, claustrophobic cellars, a real snake-infested Louisiana swamp, nightly voodoo shows, hidden subterranean passages and even a prehistoric ice cave all seamlessly woven together is nothing short of masterful. You never know what to expect around the next terrifying corner at 13th Gate. Plus, the company behind 13th Gate Haunted House, Midnight Production, will unveil their latest addition, Necropolis 13, new for 2011! Necropolis 13 is a 40,000 sq. ft. New Orleans style cemetery complete with over 400 zombie-infested crypts and mausoleums. Upon entering the attraction, visitors are sent 13 steps down an open grave into dark underground catacombs where they must find an alternate escape up and out into the cemetery where the terror continues! 13th Gate Haunted House is one of the best, most detailed haunted houses in the WORLD. To read a more detailed review CLICK HERE or visit their website www.13thgate.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER FOUR

Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, NY: Located in the Historic New York Haunted Hudson Valley, Headless Horseman offers a second-to-none haunted scream park featuring a massive corn maze, 6 haunted houses, a haunted hayride, side shows, 5 gift shops, 4 places to eat, and to top it off, you’ll even find professional actors riding around as THE Headless Horseman himself…Or are they actors? The property offers over forty-five acres of natural landscape that as night falls provides the perfect setting for the ultimate haunting.  It’s one of the only haunted houses in America where they presell every ticket before ever opening… a true testament to how incredible this attraction has become! To read a more detailed review of this attraction CLICK HERE or visit their website www.headlesshorseman.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER FIVE

Netherworld Hauntd House in Atlanta, GA Georgia: The legendary NETHERWORLD Haunted House is a walk-through dark attraction filled with THE MOST terrifying live actors, special effects and monsters. They too always seek to produce an even scarier, over-the-top haunt for each coming year. Netherworld’s creators spare no expense in constantly improving and expanding. They play to every nightmare imaginable inside Netherworld Haunted House. Known for their originality of unique monsters and innovative scares, Netherworld Haunted House offers an over-the-top production that many in the industry consider to be the top horror attraction in the country. Created by film and television professionals, NETHERWORLD is also noted for its unique themes, stunts, costumes and sets.  Netherworld has been featured on everything from Travel Channel to The Today Show and was even used as a filming location for the movie Zombieland. To read a full review of this attraction CLICK HERE or visit their website www.fearworld.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER SIX

13th Floor Haunted House in Phoenix, AZ Arizona:  13th Floor Phoenix isn’t just a 60,000 square foot onslaught of terror and insanity. It’s a mega haunted house offering one of the most detailed and terrifying haunted houses in America.  Featuring 2 attractions that thematically span classical horror to modern day zombie apocalyptic carnage, this haunted house is a must see.  You’ll first experience the essence of Halloween in a highly detailed series of haunted mansions, gothic graveyards, and tormented asylums that play out in fantastic wonder in what many have referred to as “one of the most impressive haunted houses in the country.”  Inside the second attraction, Zombieland, patrons experience a one of a kind trip through the apocalypse as they navigate their way through a city infected with undead turmoil.  The 13th Floor Phoenix features over 100 performers, amazing costumes, and horrifying thematic experiences that rival television and film in the scope and scale of its production.  To read a detailed article about this attraction, CLICK HERE or visit their website www.13thflooraz.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER SEVEN

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.

 
 

 
 
NUMBER EIGHT

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.

 
 

 
 
NUMBER NINE

Erebus 4 Story Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, MI Michigan:  Erebus Haunted House is surrounded by tons of competing haunts, but that’s what keeps them on their toes, always staying ahead of the pack by making and developing their own unique scares that you can't see anywhere else but Erebus Haunted House.  With over 30 years in the haunted house business, they are masters at creating things that will grab you, bite you, and even land on top of you.  Imagine being placed in a room, doors slam, and 10,000 balls fall on your head to bury you alive!  How long can YOU hold YOUR breath?  New for the 2011 season, is Erubus’ WAR OF THE WORLDS section where the war between humans and aliens is raging. Watch in terror as you see an alien explode right before your eyes.  To read a detailed review of Erebus, CLICK HERE or visit their website www.hauntedpontiac.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TEN

Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO Colorado:  If there is less oxygen, can you scream as loud?  Visit The Asylum Haunted House, 13th Floor Haunted House, and Blood Shed Haunted House in Denver, Colorado and you’ll find out!  There’s terror in the heart of the Mile High City.  These haunted houses offer intense graphic experiences, where attention is paid to every detail ensuring those who visit have a frightening good time.  It all begins with The Asylum, set in Gordon Cottingham’s Hospital for the criminally insane.  It’s a damp and musty place infested with unimaginable nightmares and coupled with the endless screams of tortured souls. This year guests will be scared out of their minds with an insanely redesigned layout featuring new sets and effects that create a truly mind blowing experience.  Then it’s onward to the 13th Floor, where the age-old question is answered…Where is the 13th Floor, and why is it absent in so many buildings? Find out as you board a haunted elevator for a heart-pounding ride to a thrilling adventure on the legendary 13th Floor.  Superstition? Conspiracy? Supernatural? Or something far, far worse?  Either way, be prepared, because there’s a plethora of updates added for 2011, including a mirror maze never before seen in Denver.  It appears to provide you an endless supply of horrifying reflections.  Visit the 13th Floor Haunted House and you are guaranteed an amazing journey through the most sought after haunted experience in Colorado. To read a detailed article about this attraction, CLICK HERE or visit their website www.getscared.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER ELEVEN

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.

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TWELVE

The 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, TX Texas:  The 13th Floor Haunted House is the flagship haunted attraction of America’s most haunted city, San Antonio, Texas.  This is truly a testament to its high action, in-your-face premium production value among Texas haunted houses.  Spanning 40,000 square feet across 3 stories in a 105 year old historic building, the 13th Floor San Antonio takes patrons through several levels of horror from the depths of its decrepit, underground basement.  Through the wickedness of its massive gothic cemetery and into its horrifically fantastic haunted hotel, 13th Floor San Antonio customers get to experience a barrage of special effects, animatronic monsters and impeccably detailed sets.  Add to that some of the most talented group of performers in the industry, and you’ve got a top notch, first rate haunted house that’s 2nd to none.  Taking nothing for granted the 13th Floor San Antonio delivers 2 haunted experiences that continually raise the bar and push the limits of what a haunted house is and what a haunted house can become. To read a detailed review of this attraction, CLICK HERE or visit their website www.13thfloorsanantonio.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER THIRTEEN

Nightmare on the Bayou Haunted House in Houston, TX Texas:  Located in the shadow of downtown Houston, TX next to Houston’s oldest graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou is the name people think of when searching “HAUNTED TEXAS”.  Nightmare on the Bayou is entering its 12th year in operation and has grown bigger and better with every year featuring newly designed scenes, Hollywood quality props, professional animatronics and dozens upon dozens of the most well-trained and highly supervised actors…CRAZED actors whose sole purpose is to scare you TO DEATH.  Nightmare on the Bayou boasts, “The only haunted house in Houston with REAL ghosts,” and with being right next to the graveyard…I believe them!  Ghost sightings are frequent from both customers and employees alike.  Additionally, Nightmare On The Bayou is one of the only haunted house in America with a WORLD CLASS Halloween retail store for your ease and convenience.  Learn more about Nightmare On The Bayou Haunted House in Houston, TX by visiting their website www.nightmareonthebayou.com

 

The list doesn't end there.

The last time we checked, there are 31 night in October…Correct?

Who is brave enough to take on our list of 31 HAUNTS IN 31 NIGHTS, traveling across the country to visit the 31 best haunted houses in America? If you take on this journey, you need to contact us! If you don't find your favorite, scary haunted houses on this list, check our haunted house directory, CLICK HERE, to find the scariest haunted house in YOUR area. You can search the Hauntworld database for haunted houses, hayrides and more by city, by state, or by zip code. Now, the list continues with rankings 14-31 of the BEST haunted houses in America:
 
14. Haunted Hoochie & Dead Acres in Columbus, OH Ohio www.DeadAcres.com
15. Atrox Factory Haunted House in Birmingham, AL Alabama www.AtroxFactory.com
16. Bayville Scream Park in Long Island, NY New York www.BayvilleScreamPark.com
17. Blood Manor Haunted House in New York City, NY New York www.BloodManor.com
18. Haunted Overload, A New England Haunt in Lee, NH New Hampshire www.HauntedOverload.com
19. Disturbia Haunted Attraction in Huntsville, AL Alabama www.DisturbiaHauntedHouse.com
20. Field of Screams Haunted Houses in Lancaster, PA Pennsylvania www.FieldOfScreams.com
21. Terror Town Haunted Houses in Toledo, OH Ohio www.Terrortown.net
22. Terror Behind The Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania www.EasternState.org/halloween
23. Bennett’s Curse Haunted Houses in Baltimore, MD Maryland www.BennettsCurse.com
24. Creepyworld Haunted Scream Park in St. Louis, MO Missouri www.Scarefest.com
25. The Mortuary Haunted House in New Orleans, LA Louisiana www.TheMortuary.net
26. Jason’s Woods Haunted Attractions in Lancaster, PA
Pennsylvania www.JasonsWoods.com
27. Pure Terror Scream Park in Orange County, NY New York www.PureTerror.com
28. Haunted Schoolhouse and Lab in Akron, OH Ohio www.hshlab.com
29. The Beast and Edge of Hell in Kansas City, MO Missouri www.EdgeOfHell.com
30. ScreamPark Haunted Houses in Lexington, KY Kentucky www.ScaryLexington.com
31. Haunted Hills Estate in Pittsburgh, PA
Pennsylvania www.HauntedHillsEstate.com

 

 

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