Americas Scariest Haunted House Top 13 2022

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Every October, thrill seekers travel the country looking to visit the scariest haunted attractions in America. Hauntworld.com is the World’s biggest directory of haunted attractions with over 4,000 haunt listings. Hauntworld has been publishing it's TOP 13 SCARIEST HAUNTED HOUSES list for nearly two decades. Today many websites publish haunted house best of lists, for click bait, despite never attending or researching any of the attractions on their list. Hauntworld is the leader, creating content for the haunted attraction industry, publishing the industry's only magazine, Hauntworld Magazine, and how to videos with educational content for attraction owners. Hauntworld knows the haunted attractions and which haunts will make you SCREAM!

Each Haunted Attraction is different and what makes them unique from every other haunted attraction in America is these are simply the best of the best.  This years top 13 lists includes haunts in real haunted asylums to others built into abandonded concrete factories to old turn of the century school houses or deep in the woods where no one will hear you scream!  This year's list of the best and scariest haunted attractions has something for every traveling thrill seeker. 

The secrets are revealed the horror and realism of these attractions exposed who will survive?  In 2022 thousands upon thousands of scream seekers will pack their bags, load their camera's and extra underwear and travel the country looking for the ultimate SCREAMS!  Hauntworld presents the list of the best SCREAMS you'll find in 2022. 

 

Please follow our youtube channel for more scary videos CLICK HERE.   Hauntworld will also publish additional lists including our annual top 31 haunts in America.  Stay Scary!  Now if you're brave enough visit this year's list of the best, scariest, and more horrific haunted houses in America.  


 


 

1) Pennhurst Asylum - Spring City, Pennsylvania pennhurstasylum.com

 
Hidden in the old forests of northern Chester County, lies Pennhurst Asylum. Just forty-five minutes from Philadelphia lies a sprawling campus of monolithic abandoned buildings which stand as sentries over you as you follow the dark and twisted paths and catwalks. Journey deep into the heart of one of the most haunted places in America as you experience new levels of fear.

Experience three groundbreaking horror attractions. Enter first into the Asylum. Follow the dimly lit paths as your sanity is pushed further and further to the edge. Witness horrors beyond compare as an army of monsters and killers swarm to greet you.

Making it out of the asylum is only the beginning as you are then thrust into the bowels of this long forgotten building and experience the Morgue. Face death in all of its incarnations as you struggle to find your way through this labyrinth. Pray the lights hold out long enough for you to escape.

Finally, with no chance to catch your breath prepare yourself to journey into The Tunnels. Underground no one can hear you scream as you try desperately to claw your way back to the surface. Unimaginable horrors live in the forsaken tunnels of the Pennhurst Asylum and they are hungry.


 

 



2) 13th Gate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana 13thgate.com

Widely regarded as one of the top haunted houses in the Country, The 13th Gate, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the Ultimate Haunted House. Journey through 13 nightmarish realms where your worst fears come true and anything can happen!

The 13th Gate is a haunted attraction that is known for its extreme ultra-realism and is one of the most detailed haunted houses in existence. The artists behind the massive dark attraction are experts at blurring the lines between horror and reality, and guests frequently wonder between screams whether what they are experiencing is real or not. The Attraction’s level of detail, set design, and effects combined with their impressive actors and incredible makeup effects can only be compared to a Hollywood movie. The attraction features a life-like pirate ship, a stroll through the dangerous streets of Whitechapel, hidden subterranean passages filled with live snakes, and even an outdoor, zombie-infested graveyard, all seamlessly woven together and nothing short of masterful. The haunted house is constantly changing and growing from year to year so guests never know what to expect around the next terrifying corner.


 

 



3) Hellsgate - Lockport, Illinois hellsgate.com

HellsGate isn’t just a haunted house….It’s an Adventure! The only haunted house in Chicagoland that is hidden deep in the woods, will challenge its audience to walk the  haunted trails, cross the zombie filled cemetery, navigate the secret passages throughout the mansion, and ride the slide into the basement,…..just got scarier!  Zombie Army Productions has not only expanded HellsGate in every direction with new rooms, experiences, and scares, but we have also welcomed the Escaped Prisoners of Statesville Haunted Prison into our dark world. Fluffy, Sharky, and the Statesville Crew have joined forces with HellsGate and are now roaming the halls and hiding in the woods.

This Halloween season, challenge yourself to a truly terrifying interactive experience, where you must not only find the haunted house in the forest, but you must then find your way out! Your dark adventure will take you through over 40 Rooms, face more than 150 Live Actors, and last up to 45 minutes before you can rest along side the bonfire with a drink. It’s Chicagoland’s Halloween destination!

Make your plans to Take The Adventure!

And be sure to stay after the show to experience the Monster Midway! Featuring new places to gather and enjoy the outdoor seasonal ambience, Food and Drinks, Midway Games, The Witch’s Wagon 5 minute escape room, bonfires, roaming characters, The Monster Movie Screen and more!


 

 



4) The Darkness - St. Louis, Missouri thedarkness.com

Some rank The Darkness the best haunted house in America due to its amazing set design and the industries largest collection of monsters, animations and special fx along with a huge horror themed gift store.  The Darkness is a complete haunted attraction the ultimate Horror experience with outdoor screamzones, two floors of fear, and Terror Visions 3D, Monster Museum, with one of America's Best escape room facilities next door St Louis Escape.  The Darkness features over 300 animated special fx, including animated monsters, cgi animation, projections, moving floors, and more.  

The Darkness has been featured on reality tv shows more than any other haunted house in the industry from Modern Marvels, Myth Busters, Shipping Wars to features on Travel Channel, to Discovery Channel.  The Darkness celebrates its 29th year of fear created by the team of Halloween Productions of St Louis.  Halloween Productions builds attractions for clients, amusement parks across the World and consider The Darkness as their horror themed show room.  

Walking thru The Darkness is like being  transported into a real Horror Movie where you're the SCREAM QUEEN!  Every scene features over the top special fx and set design.  Each year The Darkness goes under the knife with  tens of thousands of dollars in new scream inovations.  The Darkness is located in St Louis the single most central city in America within driving distance of many scream seekers.  Visit The Darkness this Halloween, and their other two haunts Creepyworld Screampark and Lemp Haunted Brewery.  


 

 



5) Eloise Asylum - Westland, Michigan eloiseasylum.com

Located in the heart of southeast Michigan, lies the most infamous haunted site in the Midwest -  The Eloise Asylum. The Massive building, is a towering five stories of brick and glass and is home to two of Americas most terrifying, cutting edge haunted attractions. Guests arrive in the Shadow of “HER”, the Eloise Asylum Building. After venturing across the sprawling property, they are permitted to enter into the Asylum. Guests will quickly find themselves overwhelmed by the army of monsters and killers they will face inside.

For the few who are brave enough to venture on; they will be ordered to enter the Sublevel and bear witness to grotesque human experimentations, human/insect hybrids, and truly terrifying creatures in the dark and damp underground that is the Eloise Asylum basement.


 

 



6) The Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio dentschoolhouse.com


Relive the legend of a murderous Janitor and find out the truth about what went on behind the walls of Cincinnati’s Halloween Tradition! Cinematic sets, award winning makeup, and sinister storytelling make each trip through the Dent Schoolhouse feel like a real-life horror movie! Over 500 carved pumpkins pepper the unique interactive queue line and guest areas outside the school. Behind the attraction sits the Monster Midway, a large interactive experience! Mini escape games, fresh donuts, axe throwing, The Spooky Shop gift shop, and massive photo ops makes a night out to The Dent Schoolhouse a perfect Fall experience! Plus, the building alone is a haunted house icon. The schoolhouse has been featured on E!, BuzzFeed, USA Today, Forbes, Fangoria, and more! You may have seen this haunted school on the Travel Channel show- Halloween Crazy! , Toy Hunters, and Skin Wars. Hauntseekers from all over the United States travel to see the extreme detail and sets in the haunted hallways of The Dent Schoolhouse. Are you ready to meet the haunt icon Charlie the Janitor and the frightening faculty of The Dent Schoolhouse?

The Dent Schoolhouse has been the center for Halloween for 26 years!  The attraction continues to evolve and add new spectacles and scares to keep haunts seekers coming back year after year! Plus, the schoolhouse has a handful of special events, like their ghost tours, Lights Out event in November, Lights On @ Dent for kids, and A Christmas Nightmare in December.  There is something for everyone!  The attraction is located on the west side of Cincinnati right off I-74. It is just 20 minutes from downtown and shares easy access to Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Experience Cincinnati’s Halloween tradition at The Dent Schoolhouse.


 

 



7) Bennett's Curse - Baltimore, Maryland bennettscurse.com

Maryland and DC’s #1 Halloween Event! Locally owned and operated small family business since 2001. Bennett’s Curse Haunted Attraction in Baltimore county, Maryland, with it’s close proximity to Washington DC and southern Pennsylvania continues to dominate the Mid-Atlantic region from Philadelphia to Richmond and is renowned and highly respected in the haunted world. Known far and wide for its incredible array of giant monsters, detailed sets, and impressive theming, the legendary Bennett’s Curse consisentely ranks as one of the best Haunted Houses in America year after year!


 

 



8) Spookywoods - Greensboro, North Carolina spookywoods.com

 
Kersey Valley is located right in the heart of North Carolina.  With I-85 and I-74 on two sides of the 100-acre farm making it is easy to access from major highways.  Founded in 1985 from a dare between teenagers to enter an abandoned farm house has evolved to employ over several hundred on staff.  What started with humble beginings has expanded with year-round attractions across the entire farm. Much more than Spooky Woods haunted house, it's a full weekend of attractions to experience at Kersey Valley from zipline tours, escape games, ax throwing tours, daytime family events with the Maize Adventure, and even a massive Christmas light show after Thanksgiving.  Halloween is a 40-hour-per-week effort with a full-time art department and build crew focused on creating new set designs, themed down to the smallest of details in costumes all created on the property.  

Being located on a farm allows the sets to be as real as they can be with having a backdrop of old barns, fields of corn, and the main attraction located in an abandoned Christmas tree farm where numerous buildings were constructed deep in the woods each with their own theme as part of the town of Kersey Valley.  It all starts with the drive into the property from the back of the farm on a long winding dead-end road.  For the brave, we like to suggest rolling down the windows to take in the night air and the sounds of screams as you approach the attraction.  Once on property, everyone is fair game, so prepare for a night you will not soon forget.  Come hungry as the Tumbleweeds Grub House and Watering Hole serve up some tasty options along with the famous Apple Cider Donuts, Fudge, and Funnel Cake shops.


 

 



9) Headless Horseman Hayride - Ulster Park, New York headlesshorseman.com

Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions is a unique, immersive experience, celebrating our 30th anniversary.  This year’s theme is The Horseman’s Night of The Shadows.  The event features a theatrical walk through, and nine additional haunted attractions.  The experience includes stunt performers, trained actors, monsters, pyrotechnics, professional illusions, and a cast and crew of over 300.  In addition, there is a magic illusion stage show, food eateries, retail shops, and donut bakery.  Headless Horseman Escape Rooms are also open nightly during the Halloween season.  Children’s Days - A Tiny Taste of Terror, is the daytime event, suitable for children ages 1–9.   The event goes from scary to merry for A Frosty Fest, a Winter Holiday Light Spectacular.  Also, stay at The Horseman House via Airbnb.


 

 



10) Hundred Acres Manor - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania hundredacresmanor.com


Pittsburgh's Top Halloween Tradition, Hundred Acres Manor, brings you a whole new vision of horror and fun all within one haunted house in Pittsburgh, PA! Hundred Acres Manor features a 5 themed haunted house sections as one LARGE walk-thru with add on attractions like  burial simulators voiced by horror legend Tom Savini, beer garden, insanity maze AND MORE!

Come Experience why Hundred Acres Manor is ranked not only as "Pittsburgh's Best Haunted Attraction" by HauntWorld but also one of the nations scariest attractions by Travel Channel, USAToday, LATimes, BuzzFeed Forbes.com and more. Experience the scariest and largest haunted house in Pittsburgh for yourself. But don't let all that fear fool you, Hundred Acres Manor is a 501c3 non-profit that has donated over $2.7M to local Pittsburgh charities.


 

 



11) Georgetown Morgue - Seattle, Washington seattlehaunts.com

Experience Seattle’s Premier Haunted Attraction. Purchase tickets at www.seattlehaunts.com

The Georgetown Morgue in Seattle attracts more than just adventurous city folk looking for a good scare, thrill-seeking quests to make the journey from all over the Puget Sound region, Because the Georgetown Morgue isn’t just a haunted house, it’s legendary. The Georgetown Morgue is a facility for tragic stories of death. The morgue has a history of thousands of funeral preparations, cremations, and the processing of animal Carcasses. The morgue holds what is considered to be the most horrifying unsolved crime in Seattle's history. October 1968, nine of their staff were forced into the cremation chamber. There were no surviving witnesses, nor were any suspects ever identified.

The Georgetown Morgue is open each Fall offering a one-of-a-kind Halloween experience. We also have 5-minute escape games, the Dark Maze, Spooky Shack for merchandise, and photo ops.
The morgue has been featured on Seattle Refined, Evening Magazine, Forbes, and King 5’s New Day Northwest to name a few.


 

 



12) SLC Fear Factory - Salt Lake City, Utah fearfactoryslc.com

THEN:
In the late 1800s, in the heart of industrial Salt Lake City, a cement factory known as the Portland Cement Works opened its operation. In those days, manufacturing was a dangerous activity, requiring the use of boiling liquid and heavy machinery powered by the grinding of giant gears. In this environment of early industrialism, the margin for error was small. Throughout the history of the factory, numerous workers learned this reality too late.

George Howe, charged with the maintenance of the coal crusher, was one such worker. One evening, George was alone in the factory oiling the crusher before shutting it down for the night. As he reached across to apply oil deep within the crusher, the machine grabbed his sleeve and began slowly pulling him into its gears. George’s arm was first removed from the socket, then snapped and ripped from his body. Unable to free himself, the man was slowly, but consciously, pulled into the crusher. The roaring machinery and the solid factory walls silenced his cries. George Howe’s entire body was eventually twisted into the gears before being spit out as nothing more than a torn and mutilated collection of bloody flesh. Other deaths include falling into boiling vats, additional grindings, death by suicide via the train , dismemberment, and many others.

For the factory and its managers, this first accident was unexpected and unfortunate. As the frequency of accidents increased, however, it seemed that the factory itself was intent on keeping its gears oiled in blood. The building would take its victims in the blink of an eye leaving them mauled, dismembered, burned, electrocuted or beheaded. As the years passed, the number of stories increased.

The Portland Cement Works eventually closed its doors. As the decades passed, the property fell into a terrible state of disrepair. Several times, would-be entrepreneurs acquired the factory as a home for their businesses. Despite the best of intentions, these businesses never lasted long. Between periods of operation, the property became home to transients and wanderers. In 2010, Fear Factory Haunted House acquired the property and began exploring its expansive spaces, its silos, and its multiple underground tunnels.

NOW:
Fear Factory is one of the top Halloween attractions in the world, made up of 6 buildings, up to 6 stories high, with 2 underground passages, and is a massive haunted attraction in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.  Fear Factory has quickly grown to be one of Utah's - and the world's - favorite Halloween entertainment attractions. Fear Factory - an attraction so vast that a waiver is required to be signed prior to entry - opens each fall, as well as periodically throughout the year for special events. The attraction has seen more than 11 documented historical deaths, has been featured in TV shows and movies, boasts over 100 nightly live actors, and is heavily awarded within the industry. It's a great place to bring family, friends, coworkers and more for an evening of entertainment, thrills and fun.


 

 



13) Factory of Terror - Canton, Ohio fotohio.com

The Factory of Terror, located in Canton, Ohio, is one of the LARGEST INDOOR HAUNTED HOUSES IN THE WORLD, recognized by Guinness World Records three times for this achievement. This enormous haunt is more than a mile long and consists of five unique spine-chilling attractions; 1300 Lost Souls, Industrial Nightmare, Lafayette 13, Massacre on Mahoning, and the brand new The Abyss. To take advantage of every minute, talented actors and performers are scattered throughout the queue lines to entertain patrons as they anxiously await to enter each attraction.
 
The Factory of Terror now features an all-new Zombie Bar Crawl, where patrons experience five themed bars throughout the building. The "Carnevil" Bar, “Poison Ivy's" Greenhouse Bar, “Forsaken Bar on Bourbon" , "One Eyed Jack's" Pirate Bar, and “Bullseye’s Bar” are positioned around the attractions so guests can choose how scary of an experience they want to have.
 
Factory of Terror boasts some of the most HIGHLY DETAILED AND ELABORATE SETS in the haunt industry, and employs over 130 actors and staff, in addition to more than 500 of the industry’s scariest static props and high-tech animatronics.
 
The final attraction directs patrons into the jaw-dropping "One Eyed Jack's" Pirate Bar. In this area, guests can kick back and relax with some drinks, visit the food truck, and dance while browsing our gift shop:  The SCARE SHOP at the Factory of Terror. There you will find FOT, Halloween, and horror pop culture merchandise. Such as Pop! Funko toys, socks, home decoration items, plushies, and SO MUCH MORE!

 


 

 
 

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