Americas Best Haunted Houses Scariest Haunted Houses 2013

Haunted Houses have been making America scream for nearly 40 years, and now Haunted Houses have gone global. The haunted house industry is an American export. 100% made in America as haunt vendors design, build and install haunted houses all over the WORLD! Halloween is extremely popular within the US. However, it was not as popular worldwide.  Trick-or-treating is an American tradition, and for years it was the primary way most American’s celebrated Halloween, but many things have changed over the last twenty years.  Halloween has become the second largest retail holiday grossing over 8 billion dollars. The industry of making people scream is now a WORLD WIDE industry.  Today, you can find haunted houses in most countries. People of all nations pay top dollar to enter a haunted house…to be SCARED.
 
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So what makes a haunted house one of the best and scariest in America 2013? There are several things a paying customer might look for in a haunted attraction prior to buying a ticket. There are so many established haunted houses, plus so many more that open new each year, and a lot of over the top (potentially false) advertisements promoting them all in every city across America. At Hauntworld, we suggest attending every haunt possible (of course), but for those of you on a budget, typically you’ll want to steer clear from the brand new haunted houses. New haunts have yet to establish themselves and build up an arsenal of experience to make people scream. Rather, we suggest you visit the established haunted houses, the ones with years of experience, the ones who spend tens of thousands of dollars every year to renovate for each season, and the ones committed to making their haunted houses the best scream factories in America.



We look for many things when evaluating a haunt for our America’s best list. So many haunted attractions are quite different from each other. Many haunted houses like The Erebus in Ponyiac, Michigan are inside industrial buildings, while others like Headless Horseman in New York are outdoor haunts with massive hayrides, corn mazes and more. How do you compare a screampark haunted attraction and an indoor haunted house? In most cases, the indoor haunted house will have the best attention to detail, sets and special FX. However, the screampark style attractions will offer more variety, longer attractions and typically more bang for the buck.

There are scary haunted houses, and then there are THE SCARIEST haunted houses in America. What’s the difference? Some haunts just want to make you scream, but some haunts go all out with over-the-top efforts trying to be the biggest, the baddest and the scariest haunted houses on the planet. The haunts that have that WOW factor can make their guests scream, PLUS they provide horrific atmosphere creating realism in every scare. They provide a Hollywood movie quality punch to the gut! Who wants to watch horror movies anymore when you can visit a haunted house and be right in the middle of the action? Below is our list of the best haunted attractions in America. These haunts will put you on stage inside a horror movie atmosphere and basically make YOU the scream queen! Before visiting a haunted house, use Hauntworld.com to find the best haunted houses in America, as we boast the largest and most informative database for finding haunted houses. Shop by city, state and zip to find a haunted house near you or around the World.

So which haunted houses are the best and scariest haunted houses in America 2013? Which haunts can make you scream more than any other, more than the best horror movie? We have it all for you once again in our annual Top 13 best haunted houses in America List. Get ready, turn out the lights, and get ready to scream!...

 

 
 
NUMBER ONE

13th Floor Haunted House / The Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO:  There’s a group who runs the biggest franchise of haunted houses in America, and they specialize in being the scariest in America too.  The owners of these attractions are building haunts nationwide and in each city they build an attraction, their haunts dominate the market place.   13th Floor Haunted Houses are located in Denver, San Antonio and Phoenix Arizona and each attraction is designed and built by the team behind House of Torment and The Asylum.   The Asylum also located in Denver is one of the most detailed haunted houses in America and between the 13th Floor attractions scattered across America and The Asylum in Denver they can fulfill any fright fans need for fear!
www.getscared.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TWO

Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride in Philadelphia, PA & Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, PA:  If you travel to the Philadelphia area you are in store for a one-two punch of gut wrenching fear!  Each attraction operated by the same ownership group offer two totally unique and different attractions The Pennhurst Asylum is located inside a REAL closed down asylum and Bates Motel features a massive haunted hayride, haunted house, maze and more.  Making this trip to Philly is tops for any fright fan.
www.thebatesmotel.com
www.pennhurstasylum.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER THREE

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, NY:  Headless Horseman features the best, most theatrical haunted hayride in the industry, with massive detailed sets, over the top theatrical costumes, tons of haunted houses, corn mazes, and even the Headless Horseman himself riding horseback!
www.headlesshorseman.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER FOUR

Cutting Edge Haunted House / Thrillvania in Fort Worth, TX:  In the Dallas Fort Worth Texas area there are two of the best haunted houses in America.  First up is Cutting Edge, one of the longest haunted houses in the World, once holding the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s a site to be seen.  Plus Thrillvania, of the same ownership group, is also one of the industry’s most celebrated and historic haunted houses.  Once known solely as Verdun Manor, Thrillvania offers scares of all magnitudes including flames flying out of the building and some of the best actors in America.  If you are traveling to the Dallas area, prepare for a real scream!
www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER FIVE

Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, GA:  Netherworld features everything you’d ever want in a top haunt: amazing costumes, monsters, make-up, sets, animations, actors and more.  They scare you both inside and outside the haunted attraction.  Netherworld is the most visited haunted house in the entire industry attracting close to 100,000 fright fans each year!
www.fearworld.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER SIX

The 13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rouge, LA: 13th Gate is one of the most detailed haunted houses in America featuring incredible set design, animations and special FX with over-the-top makeup artists and actors to round out it’s perfection.  It also features thousands of live snakes to add an extra fearful element.  13th Gate expanded a few years back adding Necropolis 13, a haunted New Orleans-style Cemetery, that includes an old fashioned Voodoo Fire Show on weekends.  The spirits really come alive at 13th Gate!
www.13thgate.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER SEVEN

Field of Screams in Lancaster, PA:  Field of Screams boasts the LONGEST haunted hayride in America, and with three other amazing haunted houses, Den of Darkness, Nocturnal Wasteland and Frightmare Asylum, this scream park is another scariest haunt to top our list.  Field of Screams also features scream shops, food, games and stage shows for a well-rounded evening of thrills!
www.fieldofscreams.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER EIGHT

The Darkness Haunted House, St. Louis, MO: The Darkness located in St Louis is celebrating its 20th year of Fear.  It’s the most well-known haunted house in the World.  In fact, many within the haunted house industry have rated this haunted attraction the BEST in America for its original special FX, Hollywood level detail, and the use of computer generated effects.  The Darkness is certainly one of the most celebrated haunted houses in the industry and features 3 attractions in one including the World’s best 3D Haunted House called Terror Visions and the Monster Museum with gift shop.  The Darkness is extremely scary and extremely detailed.  In fact, many of the effects are one of a kind.  People come to visit The Darkness from all over the World!
www.scarefest.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER NINE

House of Torment Haunted House in Austin, TX: House of Torment is located inside an old movie theater with three attractions in one, and each year they totally renovate with all new sets and scenes.  One of the most unique things about House of Torment is their Control Room.  Inside this room sits the evening’s mastermind of House of Torment, controlling triggers to set each animation at the precise moment to get the ultimate scare from each individual guest, creating guest screams unlike any other.  House of Torment has set a new standard for the haunted house industry with icon characters, use of Hollywood make-up artists, and amazing set design.  This year House of Torment features Blackthorne District, Cursed and Slaughterhouse.  House of Torment has been featured on national television, and this year on the very next weekend following the close of the 2013 haunt season, House of Torment will host the industry’s Legendary Haunt Tour, November 8th and 9th.
www.thehouseoftorment.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TEN

Erebus 4-Story Haunted Attraction, Pontiac, MI
By definition, “EREBUS” is the darkness beneath the Earth that the dead must pass to reach Hades, and the owners of Erebus Haunted House take great pride in emulating that depth of horror inside their haunt.  Located in Pontiac Michigan, this attraction once held the Guiness Book of World Records for the LONGEST haunted house in America.  We have rated Erebus the most unique haunted house in America with their over-the-top collection of interactive monster props, and mechanical special FX.  Erebus is located in a multi-story building complete with a full interactive haunted house where the props touch the customers giving them a sense of REAL FEAR!
www.hauntedpontiac.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER ELEVEN

The Dent School House, Cincinnati, OH: This might be the most detailed haunted house in America and by far one of the most unique themed attractions in America.  This horrific haunted house theme centers around a serial killer janitor inside an abandoned haunted schoolhouse.  After visiting this school, you may never step foot in a schoolhouse ever again.  The Dent Haunted School House has been one of the most visited haunted houses within the haunted house industry and has showcased amazing set designs and unique theming.  There’s no wonder it’s Cincinnati’s SCARIEST haunted house! www.frightsite.com

 
 

 
 
NUMBER TWELVE

Kersey Valley SPOOKYWOODS Haunted Attractions in Greensboro, NC: Located in North Carolina, this attraction is rated the best overall screampark in America, because they have more different style attractions than any haunted attraction in America including daytime events and nighttime events.  By day, Kersey Valley houses the best Halloween attraction in America with dinosaur digs, corn mazes, spooky tram rides, pumpkin patches and more.  By night, the Spookywoods’ zombies, monsters and spirits come out to play, haunting the woods and making North Carolina one of the scariest places on earth to be!
www.spookywoods.com

 

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