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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.

So what makes a haunted house one of the best and scariest in America 2012?  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 Beast in Kansas City, Missouri 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 2012?  Which haunts can make you scream more than any other, more than the best horror movie?  Below you’ll read about the longest haunted houses, the oldest haunted houses, and even about the best rides with a Halloween theme?  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!...

The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA 

Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, GA 1. The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA  www.13thgate.com  

The 13th Gate is Louisiana’s Ultimate Haunted House! Journey through 13 very frightening themed indoor & outdoor areas where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen.  Crawl through a burning crematory oven, get lost in dark underground caverns, and find yourself standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes.  This 40,000 square foot haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart!

New for 2012:
Lost Creek Cave: Explore the many dark passages of a highly-detailed snake-infested, anxiety-inducing cave.
New areas in The Swamp include a giant beehive and a monstrous cypress stump. The Keep: The dungeon keep filled with dangerous traps, bottomless pits and a dragon’s lair.


2. Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, GA  www.fearworld.com 

Ever known as one of the best haunts in America, Netherworld offers two new haunted themes in 2012.  Banshee: Its Scream Means Death! The Massive Bloody Crawling Eye! Crushed by the Primordial Giant! Portraits of the Undying! The Slime Crawler! Mauled by Crows! The Underwater City! The Beast From the Abyss! Mermaids and Tritons! The Formorian Hordes! The Wail of The Banshee! The House of the Dead! The 21 Foot Tall Tree Beast! The Moray Pits! Feel the horrors of a Halloween gone mad as the sunken city rises and Banshees fill the skies! More repulsive monsters, shocking scares and wild special effects than you have ever seen! The HIVE: They Will Make Your Skin Crawl!

New for 2012:
The twisted gore in the Dark Basement of NETHERWORLD grows even more vile with an invasion of giant bugs! Can you face - The Bone Snapping Crimson Hulk! The Colossal Writhing Centipede! Wasp Warriors! The Unstable Cobalt 99 Missile! Cocooned Horrors! Giant Spiders! Live Arthropods! Attacking Maggots! The Hideous Human Blob! More crawling, skittering, bloody insect nightmares than you can imagine!

To read more CLICK HERE or visit website www.fearworld.com


3. Headless Horseman in New York  www.headlesshorseman.com 

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a force to be FEARED! Two thousand and twelve’s hayride theme is “The Horseman’s Cult”. . The 20th year haunted attraction celebration will also include: The Lunar Motel, Glutton’s Slaughter House, The Root Cellar, Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Nightshade Greenhouse, The Feeding, Dahlia Blood’s Manor, and new for 2012, Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Sideshow. Plus, resurrecting many of the popular monsters that have haunted the grounds throughout the years: Butcher Joe, The Necromancer, The Bogeyman, Dr. Blight, Dr. Dark, Prisoner X, The Tooth fairy, The Collectors, The Hollowmen and of course The Headless Horseman! In addition, there will be a new Magic and Illusions Show, line actors, stilt walkers and stunt performers. With a sizzle reel for a new reality show in the can and the recently established American Made Monster Studios, 2012 is the year to celebrate at “the #1 Haunted Attraction in American” Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. Visit Headlesshorseman.com today!


4. Cutting Edge Haunted House in Dallas, Texas  www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com 

Cutting Edge Haunted House was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the longest haunted house in the WORLD!  Cutting Edge is located inside a hauntingly old meat packing plant, the perfect setting for a gruesome haunting.  Cutting Edge Haunted House features live sets, animations, and hundreds of live actors inside and outside the building.  One of the best features of the attraction is all the real meat packing plant equipment left behind from when the planet closed years ago.  Much of the meat packing theme has been incorporated into the setting of this attraction making this haunted house in Dallas Fort Worth Texas one of the most authentic haunted houses ever created.  Cutting Edge Haunted House is waiting for you…Will you make it out alive?  CLICK HERE to read a complete review of this attraction or visit online at www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com


5. House of Torment in Austin TX  www.thehouseoftorment.com

House of Torment is widely considered to be one of the most innovative haunted houses in the country.  Take a journey through each of its dynamic and ultra-creative attractions: The Awakening, The Slaugherhouse and Cursed – The Howling.  House of Torment brings a boundry breaking, heart stopping, thrilling adventure to customers with aerial stunts, award winning sets, mind boggling illusions, and a horde of meticulously detailed monsters are presented in wonderous environments that range from a post-apocalyptic city to a twisted gothic nightmare. Fall into the depths of the Nightmare Dimensions, brave the Dark Decent, fend off attacking fiends, attempt the Sewer Escape, enter the Undead Station and more! The highly revered House of Torment production team prides themselves on creating new and vivid experiences each year for its avid fan base.  To read a detailed review of this haunt CLICK HERE or visit their website www.thehouseoftorment.com


6. Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, MI  www.hauntedpontiac.com 

Michigan is the haunted attraction capital of the world with more than 70 haunts in a 50 mile radius. Erebus prides itself as one of the most unique haunts in the country by building almost all of their own props in-house. This is not the haunted house you went to as a kid, but the one that makes you scream as an adult. Things will grab you, bite you, and land on top of you.  Walk through a swamp.  Be placed inside a room, door slammed, and get dumped on by 10,000 balls as you’re buried alive! How long can you hold your breath?  Erebus, in Greek Mythology, is the son of Chaos and the brother of Night, this year they are bringing in the "Mother" - Chaos is coming fall 2012. Chaos is unleashing an all-out assault! She'll hit you from every angle with full on fear... and show no mercy.  Visit www.hauntedpontiac.com for more haunted house details.


7. The Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO  www.getscared.com  

If there is less oxygen, can you scream as loud?  Visit The Asylum Haunted House along with 13th Floor Haunted House, Undead Haunted House and ZombieLand Haunted House all conveniently located 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.  Undead Haunted House is Denver’s newest haunt offering an interactive zombie experience, built to scale as an actual farmhouse underseige by the undead.  Inside ZombieLand, the city is under quarantine, and there’s NO WAY OUT!  These haunting experiences offer the cutting edge of screams!  Here 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


8. The Dent Schoolhouse in Cinncinati, OH  www.frightsite.com

The Dent Schoolhouse is a haunted attraction that takes place inside an actual historical schoolhouse with a haunting history.  Shut down in the 1950's after a murdering Janitor worked and resided in the basement all the while children were missing.  Today, movie quality sets and Hollywood animations, combined with this real legend, makes The Dent Schoolhouse a haunted house attraction NOT to miss!  New for 2012, the entire 1st floor of the attraction went through a complete renovation.  Guests now get to witness the age of the building. Lockers are rusted shut, dry wall is falling apart, and the classrooms are in shambles.  Deadly dissections have taken place in the science classroom and the English class has become a make-shift morgue while the bodies in the basement continue to number.  Other new additions to the schoolhouse are the renovated automotive classroom with a rabid junkyard dog and two cars from hell, plus a new ending that has the guests mazing through the school's bus parking lot! Also new for 2012 is the re-themed outdoor maze called Detention Hall.  A group of thug clowns have taken over the facility and are ready for the last laugh!  Both The Dent Schoolhouse and Detention Hall are included with every ticket.  Visit www.frightsite.com for more haunted house details.


9. The Darkness Haunted House in St. Louis, MO  www.scarefest.com  

The Darkness has been rated the best haunted house in the entire WORLD by many publications and haunted house fans nationwide.  The Darkness features four attractions inside two floors of fear.  First, venture through The Darkness first floor, an outdoor themed haunted adventure full of ancient curses where fear for your life seems all too real. Next, trek upstairs through the graveyard and then enter the mortuary house. Once inside, you’ll find the graveyard bodies are back from the dead and zombies are flocking the mortuary ready to pounce on your flesh at every horrifying turn. Then, enter Terror Visions 3D Haunted House, clearly the World’s premier 3D haunted clown house.  The clowns are running amuck and YOU ARE NEXT!  Finally, exit through a Monster Museum of life-size Hollywood props and toys.  The Darkness has some of THE MOST amazing and creative special FX of any haunted house with custom one-of-a-kind animations, sets, scenes, and tons of flesh eating zombies and monsters.  The Darkness is located in downtown St. Louis in the historic Soulard area.  Read more about The Darkness Haunted House CLICK HERE or visit www.scarefest.com


10. The Beast & Edge of Hell in Kansas City, MO  www.KCBeast.com  

The Beast is one of if not the longest running haunted houses in America and is one of the only haunted houses in America that is FIVE STORIES TALL!  In Kansas City, they feature not one but two of the best haunted houses including The Beast and Edge of Hell.  Both of these haunted attractions are amazing featuring incredible set design, and one of the only haunts featuring live and very real creatures like a 25 foot long Python, Gators and much more.  Both attractions feature a 5 story slide from the top floor all the way back down to the ground floor.  Both The Beast and Edge of Hell can be ranked as high as the best haunted houses in the country.  The combination of the two makes Kansas City a must stop when looking for the scariest haunted houses in America.  Read more about these attractions CLICK HERE or visit the websites www.KCBeast.com or www.fullmoonprod.com


12. The Bates Motel in Philadelphia, PA  www.thebatesmotel.com 

For over 20 years, The Bates Motel Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been making Philadelphia SCREAM!  This event is one of the biggest haunted house events in America featuring amazing props, digital FX, terrifying actors, professional makeup, pyrotechnics and multiple attractions in one location including a massive corn maze, an infamous hayride and a horrific haunted house.  The Bates Motel has been featured on multiple television shows and ranked as high as THE BEST haunted house in the nation by multiple media outlets including Hauntworld.com.  The Bates Motel dominates the Philadelphia market as well as every surrounding area.  People travel from miles away just to attend this haunting event.  To learn more about Bates Motel read their featured article CLICK HERE or visit www.thebatesmotel.com


12. 13th Floor Haunted House offering 3 locations: San Antonio, TX, Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ 
www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com or www.13thfloorsanantonio.com or www.13thflooraz.com

What is the terrible secret hidden within the 13th Floor?  Superstition? Conspiracy? Or something much, much worse?  As legend has foretold, The 13th Floor Haunted House provides a gut wrenching ride to untold nightmares STRAIGHT DOWN!  The 13th Floor Haunted House is a franchise haunted attraction located in multiple locations.  These attractions are a true testament to high action, in-your-face premium production value among all haunted houses.  Each attraction offers a massive haunted event, one as big as 40,000 square feet and another as high as 3 floors up!  Through the wickedness of its massive gothic cemetery and into its horrifically fantastic haunted hotel, 13th Floor 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. 

To read a detailed review of the San Antonio haunt, CLICK HERE.  To read a detailed review of the Phoenix haunt, CLICK HERE.


13. Nightmare on the Bayou in Houston, TX  www.nightmareonthebayou.com  

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 even bigger, even better, and even scarier with every passing 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 its location 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 houses in America with a WORLD CLASS Halloween retail store on site 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 stop there we continue on with 18 more through 31 best and scariest haunted houses in America list.  We feature 31 of the best scream attractions for 31 nights of Halloween!...
   

    •    Field of Screams, PA www.fieldofscreams.com
    •    Disturbia, Alabama www.disturbiahauntedhouse.com
    •    Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres, Ohio www.deadacres.com
    •    Creepyworld Screampark, Missouri  www.scarefest.com
    •    Bennett’s Curse Maryland, www.bennettscurse.com
    •    Bayville Screampark, New York www.bayvillescreampark.com
    •    The Haunt House, Dallas Texas www.thehaunthouse.com
    •    Atrox Factory, Alabama www.atroxfactory.com
    •    Blood Manor, New York  www.bloodmanor.com
    •    The Haunted Mill Screampark, PA www.hauntedmillscreampark.com
    •    Burial Chamber, Wisconsin  www.burialchamber.com
    •    Jasons Woods, PA www.jasonswoods.com
    •    Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch, Ohio www.spookyranch.com
    •    HorrorFest at Shady Brook Farm, PA www.shadybrookfarm.com
    •    Trail of Fear Scream Park, Oklahoma  www.trailoffear.com
    •    Haunted Hills Estate, PA www.hauntedhillsestate.com
    •    Pure Terror, New York www.pureterror.com
    •    Terror Behind The Walls, PA www.easternstate.org/halloween/
    •    Haunted Overload, Lee, New Hampshire www.hauntedoverload.com 

 

 OVER THE TOP Haunted Houses in America

What are the top FIVE most OUTRAGOUS, EXTREME, OVER THE TOP Haunted Houses in America?  These haunted houses take their themes seriously.  These haunts are massive.  These haunts are in-your-face with extreme actors, props, animations and more.  These haunts make grown men run like little girls.  There are several reasons why some haunted houses are over-the-top and to some it might be a good thing, while for others, not so good.  Either way, our list of the most over-the-top haunted houses is an irrefutable one.
   
1. Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac, Michigan   www.hauntedpontiac.com   Erebus has uniquely creative sets, animations and so much more.  Erebus will touch you, bite you, grab you, collapse upon you and more.  This is an EXTREME haunted house!

2. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres in Pataskala, Ohio    www.deadacres.com  This haunted house acts out scenes of gore and graphics. The actors are crazed and much of the attraction is downright disgusting, but for those extreme horror seekers, it’s like heaven!  Because of that, they have a unique following like no other.

3. Edge of Hell in Kansas City, Missouri   www.edgeofhell.com  This attraction features a trip through Hell itself.  How could it not be on this list?  Plus, Edge of Hell is home to a python named Medusa, the longest snake ever in captivity, according to Guinness World Records 2013.

4. House of Torment (HOT) in Austin, Texas    www.houseoftorment.com  This attraction features very intense actors with an in-your-face style of making you scream, combined with the highest quality updates and upgrades from year to year and HOT easily makes this list!

5. Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire   www.HauntedOverload.com This attraction is way over the top with larger than life monsters and Halloween displays…LITERALLY! 

 

 Top Longest Running Best and Scariest Haunted Houses in America

Top Five Longest Running Best and Scariest Haunted Houses in America:

Listed below are FIVE of the longest running haunted house attractions in America.  These haunts literally helped to create the haunted house tradition as we know it today across America.  The Jaycee organization still has some haunts in operation from the late 70’s, and they too built a tradition, but those haunts in smaller cities don’t create the long running tradition and legacy that the haunts on this list have developed for their cities and for the entire haunted house industry as a whole.  Long running haunts have not only withstood the test of time, they’ve built and improved upon their trade making their events 2nd to none.  With up 20 to 30 years of experience, FX and more, these haunts are the professionals in scaring!  If you want to see how fright is done right, take it from a collection of haunted attractions who combined have been open for over a 100 years!... 
   
1. Edge of Hell Haunted House in Kansas City, MO  Open for over 30 years, this attraction is one of the best haunted houses in America and has been in operation since the 1970’s scaring guests.  Learn more about Edge of Hell Haunted House in Kansas City MO at www.edgeofhell.com 

2. Haunted Schoolhouse & Haunted Laboratory in Akron, Ohio   Celebrating 38 and 31 years in operation, these haunted attractions are a true tradition.  The Haunted Schoolhouse might be the longest running haunted house in America, and the attraction keeps getting better and better with amazing detail.  Learn more at www.hshlab.com

3. The Bates Motel in Philadelphia, PA   The Bates Motel Is one of the longest running haunted hayrides in America at over 20 plus years of making people scream!  This attraction has set a standard for outdoor farms transformed into haunted screamparks.  Learn more at www.thebateshotel.com

4. The Darkness in St. Louis, MO is one of the longest running indoor haunted houses in America setting a standard for the haunt industry for 20 years!  The Darkness has been featured on nearly every major media outlet including AOL, USA Today and The Today Show, and it has been featured on nationally televised shows like Modern Marvels and America Haunts.  Learn more at www.Scarefest.com

5. Headless Horseman in Ulster, NY has been creating nightmares for 20 years.  This annual haunted event is also operated on a farm and has helped to establish a standard in haunted house agritainment. With multiple haunted houses and a massive haunted hayride, Headless Horseman is one of the best haunted attractions of all time.  www.headlesshorseman.com

 

 Top Ten LONGEST haunted attractions in America

Top Ten LONGEST haunted attractions in America: 

The haunts on this list are the scariest haunted houses giving you the most SCREAM for your buck.  What are the longest haunted houses in America?  This collection of haunted houses is so massive you’ll be stuck in complete HORROR for hours!  What are the longest, biggest haunted houses in America we have the list for you right here…

1. Creepyworld Haunted ScreamPark in St Louis, Missouri   www.scarefest.com   Creepyworld is a massive haunted screampark with nine attractions in one location.  For one price, Creepyworld includes a zombie paintball hayride, Route 666 Drive Inn movie theater, Twisted Torture 3D haunted house, Hornbuckle’s hogs and cornmaze, Silo-X and more! Creepyworld takes well over an hour to complete. 

2. Headless Horseman in New York   www.headlesshorseman.com   Headless Horseman includes a massive hayride, several haunted houses, gift stores, diners and so much more.  This attraction not only takes time to complete, but with all the horrific fun, you’ll want to stay longer and longer with each visit.  They know how to pack in the screams AND the Halloween fun, together at one amazing location!

3. Bates Motel in Philadelphia, PA   www.thebatesmotel.com   The Bates Motel features three attractions including The Bates Motel Haunted Hayride, a massive corn maze and a haunted house where guests fear for their lives.  Years ago, Bates Motel was one of the first haunted houses to ever incorporate pyrotechnic FX, and they’ve been pioneering the way for haunted houses and haunted hayrides ever since. 

4. Cutting Edge Haunted House in Dallas Texas   www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com   Cutting Edge once held the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest indoor haunted house in America.  This haunted house is located inside a 100,000 square foot old meat packing plant.

5. Erebus Haunted House in Detroit, Michigan   www.hauntedpontiac.com  This haunted house also held the longest record.  In fact, it was the very first haunted house to ever hold the World Record for longest.  This haunted house wraps around several floors of an old parking garage with intense features around every turn.

6. Edge of Hell in Kansas City, Missouri   www.edgeofhell.com  One of the best haunts in America, Edge of Hell sits inside a five story building and their exit is a five story slide straight down.  It is believed that Edge of Hell is the origin of that urban legend of the 13-story haunted house. It’s sister haunt, The Beast in Kansas City, Missouri www.kcbeast.com, also sits inside a 5-story building.  The producers of these attractions know how to keep the screams coming!

7. The Beast in Kansas City Missouri  www.kcbeast.com   Scaring for nearly 20 years, this attraction also features a massive haunted hayride, The Den of Darkness haunted house, Frightmare Asylum and of course, Field of Screams Entertainment with a scream shop, food, games, stage and more!

8. Spookywoods in High Point, North Carolina   www.spookywoods.com  Spookywoods features multiple haunted attractions including a huge corn maze, hayride, haunted houses, and even zip lines, plus pick your own pumpkins and much more.

9. Field of Screams in Mountville, PA   www.fieldofscreams.com  Scaring for nearly 20 years, this attraction also features a massive haunted hayride, The Den of Darkness haunted house, Frightmare Asylum and of course, Field of Screams Entertainment with a scream shop, food, games, stage and more!

10. Factory of Terror in Canton, Ohio   www.fotohio.com   Factory of Terror is a 2x Guinness Book of World Record holder longest haunted house in the World.  The attraction features four different haunts inside one building of ongoing horrors: Portal to Insanity haunted house, Massacre on Mahoning, Industrial Nightmare haunted house, and Judgement Day in 3D. 

 

 Top 13 Best Scenic Haunted Houses in America

Top 13 Best Scenic Haunted Houses in America: 

Which are the most detailed haunted houses in America?  Which haunts have the most original props, sets, special FX, and animations?  Which offer the most realistic atmosphere?  Some haunts have the scariest actors, others have the best make-up, some feature the coolest locations, but which haunted houses have THE BEST set design with the most creative artists and production teams?  Which create amazing Hollywood level special FX and more?  Are you one of those thrill seekers who want to feel like you are dead in the middle of a Hollywood movie? Well, these haunts are the ones for you!... 

1. The Darkness in St. Louis, Missouri  www.scarefest.com  The Darkness is an amazing haunted house with unreal special FX, animations and set design and also include the World’s best 3D haunt.

2. 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA   www.midnightproduction.com  A case can be made that this attraction is in fact the most detailed haunted house in America.  The set design is really second to no haunted house in America.  Going here is like being in a real movie.

3. Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire  www.hauntedoverload.com  Haunted Overload is an all outdoor haunted house and if you like Halloween then this attraction will amaze you!!!  There might not be a more detailed outdoor haunted house in the nation!

4. Dent School House in Cincinnati, Ohio  www.frightsite.com  Dent Schoolhouse located inside a real schoolhouse has the look and feel of an old abandoned school house filled with fright!

5. Headless Horseman in New York  www.headlesshorseman.com  Another mostly outdoor haunted house with the main attraction being a huge haunted hayride.  The detail and special fx inside this haunted attraction is beyond belief amazing.

6. The Beast Haunted House in Kansas City, Missouri  www.kcbeast.com  The Beast is a five story haunted house with amazing detail covered over five stories of fright.  One of the coolest scenes is a massive werewolf forest! 

7. Terror Behind the Walls in Philadelphia, PA   www.easternstate.org/halloween  What else can be said a turn of the century prison

8. Edge of Hell in Kansas City, Missouri   www.edgeofhell.com  One of the best haunts in America, Edge of Hell sits inside a five story building and their exit is a five story slide straight down.  It is believed that Edge of Hell is the origin of that urban legend of the 13-story haunted house.

9. The Haunting of Lemp Brewery in St Louis, Missouri   www.scarefest.com  The Haunting of Lemp Brewery is one of the scariest real haunted locations in the country.  You go deep underground inside real European caves and caverns created by Germany brewers back in the 1880’s.  The location is unlike any you’ve ever seen before.

10. Dead Acres in Columbus, Ohio  www.deadacres.com  This attractions is mostly outdoors however it has some of the most detailed sets we’ve ever seen before, with larger than life monsters and over the top set design.  Everything looks real including the gory skits the actors perform.

11. Netherworld in Atlanta, GA   www.fearworld.com  Netherworld spends an entire year decorating their haunted house and they are one of the only haunted houses that had an actual movie shoot inside their attraction.  Zombieland! 

12. Disturbia in Huntsville, Alabama  www.disturbiahauntedhouse.com  This haunted houses features every known prop and animation known to mankind!  The owners of this attraction spend more on their haunted house than any other.

13. 13th Floor Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona  www.13thflooraz.com   Many of the sets and props come from the legendary Rocky Point Haunted House one of the most detail haunts in history.  In addition to all the new sets added this is clearly one of the most detailed in America.

 

 Top 13 Scariest REAL haunted houses in America

Top 13 Scariest REAL haunted houses in America: 

Are you looking for a haunt location like no other than follow this list of haunted houses and you’ll find the scariest real haunt locations in America.  Beware what you wish for because you just might encounter a real demon, ghost or something supernatural.
   
1. The Haunting of Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri   www.scarefest.com  The haunt industry toured this event during a Halloween show and deemed it the best location they have ever seen for a haunted house.  It is deep underground and turn of the century caverns built in the 1880’s.  You must take a spiral staircase down deep where no one can hear you scream. 

2. Pennhurst Asylum in Philadelphia, PA   www.pennhurstasylum.com This attraction is inside a real abandoned asylum filled rotting hallways, and the souls of the forgetting. 

3. The Mortuary in New Orleans, LA   www.themortuary.net  The Mortuary is inside a real turn of the century funeral home with one of the biggest and scariest graveyards in the backyard.  IF you’ve ever seen the movie Phantasm this attraction is a LIVE version!

4. Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA  www.winchestermysteryhouse.com  What better place to operate a haunted house than inside the largest real haunted house ever built!  Live the legend and experience the never ending home at Winchester Mystery House.

5. Terror Behind the Walls in Philadelphia, PA   www.easternstate.org/halloween/  Again nothing can top a real haunted prison built over a hundred year ago!  The place is very very scary!

6. The Haunted Prison Experince at the Ohio State Reformatory   www.hauntedx.com  This old haunted prison located in Mansfield OH will send chill down the spines of all who enter!

7. USS Nightmare Haunted House in Newport, KY in the Greater Cincinnati OH area   www.ussnightmare.com  We’ve all heard stories of haunted ships, but this one takes the cake and you’ll know why when you enter USS NIGHTMARE!

8. The Haunted Cave at Lewisburg, Ohio   www.hauntedcaveatlewisburg.com  Near Dayton OH, this haunted attraction is located inside a real cave 80 feet below ground in a real abandoned mine.  Enough said?

9. Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, TX   www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com  This haunt is located inside a building built 100 years ago, inside a REAL meat packing plant.  It’s the perfect place for a good old fashioned haunting!

10. House of Torment Haunted House in Austin, Texas   www.thehouseoftorment.com  Once running classic horror movies, this old abandoned movie theater has horror secrets that just won’t die!

11.The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, OH   www.frightsite.com  The Dent Schoolhouse is a haunted attraction that takes place inside an actual historical schoolhouse with a haunting history from the 1950’s when a murderous janitor took the lives of multiple school children and the hauntings continue today at The Dent Schoolhouse haunted house in Cincinnati.

12. Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern in Chattanooga, TN   www.hauntedcavern.com  Ruby Falls is a natural wonder featuring an unreal natural cave system, down 26 stories underground, just near the depths of hell. 

13. Necropolis 13 Haunted House in Baton Rouge, LA   www.necropolis13.com  One of the World’s biggest catacomb haunted houses with REAL haunted catacombs and tombs.  The spirits of the undead are alive at Necropolis 13.

 

 Top 10 scariest RIDES in America

Top 10 scariest RIDES in America: 

Are you looking for America’s SCARIEST Rides?  We have experienced all these rides with a Halloween name or theme and have ranked them as the scariest rides in America!  Whether it’s a haunted dark ride or a twisting, turning roller coaster or a high end, death-defeating action ride, we’ve ranked them.  Join the Hauntworld Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/hauntworldscariesthauntedhousesattractions and debate the list!
   
1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey   Universal Islands of Adventure Orlando  www.universalorlando.com   This ride has it all ghosts, giant spiders, scary animations, all combined in an amazing ride that whips you around and makes you feel like you are really flying on a broomstick with Harry Potter himself!
 
2. Revenge of the Mummy Ride   Universal Studios, Orlando, FL  www.UniversalOrlando.com   This roller coaster combines cool twists and turns with massive over the top sets, pyrotechnic FX and mummy animations. What more can you ask for?

3. Towers of Terror   Disney Land, Los Angeles, CA  www.disney.com   As huge Disney fans, we believe not much can top Towers of Terror?  The façade alone is awesome. Plus, there’s an amazing haunted pre-show, amazing sets, costumed ride operators acting their parts, and let’s not forget ghosts and a falling elevator.

4. X-2   Six Flags Magic Mountain LA, California  www.sixflags.com   I doubt there is a scarier roller coaster in the world than X-2 it simply takes the cake!   Many won’t ride it because it’s just too scary.  It’s that intense!

5. Indiana Jones Ride   Disney Land LA, CA  www.disney.com   Take your favorite archeologist and mix that with an ancient tomb filled with spirits, snakes, traps and pyro FX, and you have one scary, action packed ride!

6. The Voyage Roller Coaster   Holiday World, Santa Claus, Indiana  www.holidayworld.com   This is a wooden roller coaster that I truly believe… if it were 10 feet longer it would kill you!  This thrill coaster is without competition in a league of its own, because nothing prepares you for this screaming ride! 

7. Dark Castle   Williamsburg Busch Gardens  www.buschgardens.com   Mix a ride with illusions, special FX and a haunted theme and you’ve made our list of the scariest rides in America!

8. Mystery Mine   Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN Tennessee  www.dollywood.com   Nothing can top mixing coaster experience with a haunted house and special FX.  This ride has it all to make you scream!

9. Ghostwood Estates   Kennywood Amusement Park, Pittsburgh, PA  www.kennywood.com   In a seemingly quiet town of West Mifflin PA, in a seemingly quiet part of Kennywood Park, ghosts, ghouls, and monsters lurk around every corner.  The cool part about this ride is you get to shoot back at these ghosts.  This is one hauntingly good ride! 

10. Disney’s Haunted Mansion   Los Angeles CA  www.disney.com   We realize this quirky, fun ride isn’t much for making you scream, but how can it not land on a list for scary rides.  After all, it’s Disney’s Haunted Mansion!  This ride started and kicked off a wave of scary rides, it is the grand daddy of all haunted rides in the WORLD.
 
 

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