All across the country, there are haunted houses full of spooky sights that cause people to run, jump and scream… but it is just so fun to go through these things! What is great is that several of them even have events throughout the year, such as special Valentine’s Day openings or summer fright nights. If we have to wait until Halloween to visit most of them, though, that is okay - It will be worth it.
These are 10 of the haunted houses, set in eerie locales and filled with life-like monsters, that we suggest visiting (if anyone feels brave enough to do so).
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10 Terror Behind the Walls - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
From 1829 until 1971, Eastern State Penitentiary functioned as an actual prison. Al Capone was even kept there! Now, it houses Terror Behind the Walls, with six attractions that can all be purchased and enjoyed with one admission price - Blood Yard, Lock Down, Machine Shop, Infirmary, Break Out and Quarantine 4D.
This haunted house, which is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been called one of the scariest Halloween attractions by The Travel Channel, a brag that is proudly featured on their website. And that makes sense: How many people can say they have been inside a prison full of haunts?
9 The Hex House - Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Hex House is not full of animatronics and props. Instead, it is filled with halls and rooms that exist to take people out of their comfort zones. Oh, and its ghostly story is inspired by true events that took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma; a small casket was found in a backyard in 1944, as were two women who seemed to be under some sort of occult hypnosis.
All these years later, brave guests can relive it all with three haunts at this one location. Inside, the attention to detail and the fact that actors/actresses are allowed to touch guests both add to the spookiness.
8 The Beast - Kansas City, Missouri
The Beast is a haunted house like no other. From a live alligator and holograms to a Werewolf Forest and a maze, there are many places and ways to get spooked in here, and the way out is down a four-story slide. This website also features some other attractions worth checking out, as well: the Edge of Hell, which was founded in 1975; the Chambers of Poe for group events; Macabre Cinema, which takes place in a movie theatre from the 1930s; and a Ghost & Gangsters tour that takes guests past historical and haunted landmarks in Kansas City, Missouri.
This website also features some other attractions worth checking out, as well: the Edge of Hell, which was founded in 1975; the Chambers of Poe for group events; Macabre Cinema, which takes place in a movie theatre from the 1930s; and a Ghost & Gangsters tour that takes guests past historical and haunted landmarks in Kansas City, Missouri.
7 Erebus - Pontiac, Michigan
Erebus was in the Guinness Book of World Records, as it was the longest walk-through haunted attraction in the world up until 2009. The building it is housed in, which is located in Michigan, has four stories of fun (well, some will consider it that), centered around Dr. Colber; this is a mad scientist who has made his time machine look like a haunted house, in order to get test subjects without them even knowing it.
Another interesting fact about Erebus is that it was seen on an episode of My Ghost Story on A&E, making it doubly haunted!
6 Thrillvania - Terrell, Texas
Thrillvania, which is located near Dallas, has three spots in one, and they are all on 50 acres of land in Terrell, Texas. There is Cassandra’s House of Clowns, Sam Hain's Trail of Torment and the main attraction, Verdun Manor; legend has it that this gothic-inspired house used to belong to Baron Michael Verdun, a werewolf who did all sorts of experiments on people that his wife, Lady Cassandra, a vampire, would bring back to him.
Now, strange creatures and beings haunt this place, which has been highlighted by The Travel Channel, DIY Network, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Reader's Digest, MSN, AOL and more.
5 Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror - Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas is known for over-the-top entertainment, and there is no exception when it comes to haunted houses. The Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror features Castle Vampyre (an attraction built around illusion), The Coven of 13 (an immersive show about witches) and The Gates of Hell (an R-rated haunted house).
For this last one, people have to be at least 17 years old to enter, and even if they are with a parent/guardian, no one under the age of 13 is allowed to go in, since it is a dive into the darkness… where the Prince of Darkness is waiting.
4 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride - Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a ride featuring something that scares a large majority of people: clowns (but who knows what else is waiting there). At this 10-year-old attraction, guests can also enter Purgatory, with shows, a psychic and a Scary-Go-Round, and the House of Shadows that is full of darkness.
There is also a Trick or Treat experience in a haunted village. Hayrides are a staple during the fall season, and LA’s haunted version is a classic when it comes to spooky spots for brave souls to visit. Plus, it is located in The Old Zoo in Griffith Park, which is creepy yet cool.
3 Extinction - Denver, Colorado
When going through haunted houses, many people may feel the urge to fight back against the monsters that lurk around every corner. Well, at Extinction, people can do just that. This is a live-action haunted house set in an apocalyptic time.
A guide leads visitors through 10 interactive rooms, and everyone is equipped with a gun, a mask and a magazine full of ammo. Yes, that is right - Groups get to actually shoot BBs with an airsoft rifle at the monsters and spooks that wait inside! This Denver-based attraction is a one-of-a-kind destination for lovers of Halloween and haunts.
2 Ghost Ship Harbor - Quincy, Massachusetts
The Boston area’s Ghost Ship Harbor is unique, because it is on a Navy ship in the Quincy Shipyard - the USS Salem! This vessel was seen on Ghost Hunters, and it features 100,000 square feet, four revamped attractions, three scare zones, a VR experience and real ghosts;
Fear No Evil focuses on phobias, Contagion and The Plague center around a virus, and Paranormal Ghost Ship is led by experts who know the history of the ship and who use paranormal equipment to try and contact spirits. Last year, Ghost Ship Harbor also added the Walking Dead Augmented Reality interactive bar.
1 The 13th Gate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The 13th Gate is a super detailed attraction in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Guests may have to make their way through a crematory oven, could get lost in a claustrophobic passage underground and may come up on a bridge that is barely standing over tons of real snakes.
Yes, the 40,000 square feet in this haunted house are updated each year and look like something out of a movie. Across the street, there is also the Carnevil, with entertainment, concerts and games, and this company has escape rooms, too - eight of them, with different themes and virtual reality experiences.