Some people just love to be scared. Whether it's watching a horror movie, visiting somewhere that allegedly has some heavy paranormal activity, or reading about some terrifying local urban legends, there are a lot of ways to be scared. For some people, that can be a ton of fun. But for people that are serious thrillseekers, truly being scared can be difficult.
So many haunted house attractions, scary movies, and creepy stories just aren't scary enough. Once you've experienced the scariest things life has to offer, everything else can start to feel a little tame. But there are some haunted house attractions around the US that take the terror to a whole new level. To see 10 of the most intense haunted house attractions that are not for the faint of heart, keep reading!
10 13th Gate - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
13th Gate is a haunted house attraction located in Baton Rouge, Lousiana. The company that puts 13th gate on has been scaring people with various different attractions since the mid-1990s. 13th Gate is one of their most recent attractions and opened its doors for the first time in 2015.
This attraction changes every year, so visitors can head through the attraction over and over again but never know what to expect. 13th Gate takes visitors through a huge dark attraction that involves 13 different areas full of people's most serious fears. From snakes to small spaces, no one is safe from being spooked.
9 McKamey Manor - Hunstville, Alabama
McKamey Manor isn't your average haunted house attraction. Instead of being a short walkthrough where the visitor has jumpscares and sees creepy scenes, the visitor actually becomes part of the house. Visting this attraction can last anywhere from four to eight hours and is considered the most intense haunted house attraction in the country.
Visitors have to be over 21 years of age and have a letter from their doctor that states they're in "excellent" physical and mental condition. In this attraction, visitors have to sign a waiver before they spend hours living out their own survival horror movie and are part of the highly interactive attraction.
8 Erebus Haunted Attraction - Pontiac, Michigan
Erebus opened for the first time in 2000. The owners have decades of experience in the horror industry and know what it takes to really scare people. From 2005 to 2009, this attraction held the record for being the longest walkthrough horror attraction and every minute of the experience is terrifying!
Erebus' storyline follows a mad scientist who learned how to make time travel happen! Unfortunately, it went horribly wrong. He chose to disguise his time machine as a haunted house attraction in order to get new test subjects to come through until he can work out the bugs. Do you dare walk through Dr. Colber's laboratory?
7 The Dent School House - Cincinnati, Ohio
What's creepier than an abandoned schoolhouse with a truly terrifying history? It's hard to think of anything. The Dent School House is a haunted house attraction set in a super spooky haunted house that changes every year, meaning visitors never know what to expect.
According to the story of this haunted house attraction, Dent Public School opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1894. The school was known for being an excellent place for parents to send their children until everything changed in 1942. Between 1942 and 1955, several students mysteriously vanished. Parents became convinced the janitor, Charlie, was somehow involved. The remains of the missing students were found in the basement, but Charlie was never found.
6 ScareHouse: The Basement - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
ScareHouse is a group of different spooky haunted houses located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of the most terrifying and iconic is called The Basement. Visitors that want to experience this haunted house need to be over 18 and sign a waiver in order to enter.
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People who have been through this half hour long haunted house call it unnerving. It walks the visitors through several different areas where the actors push them to their limits with their scares. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the attraction solo, but groups of two are allowed.
5 Fear Overload Scream Park - San Leandro, California
Fear Overload Scream Park has two different attractions that visitors can walk through. Visitors can choose between Night Terrors and The Teeth Collector, both of which are just as terrifying as they sound.
Night Terrors is set in The Hale House, a house where a family was found mangled by the things that they fear at night. In The Hale House, you're never fully awake and you're never totally safe. The Teeth Collector is based on a dentist named Dr. Pearly. While most dentists try to fix teeth, Dr. Pearly designed a chemical that instantly rots the teeth after it's applied. In The Teeth Collector, visitors are chased by Dr. Pearly's patients - or should we say victims? - as they search for new teeth.
4 Terror Behind The Walls - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
While most haunted house attractions are totally fake with their backstory, Terror Behind the Walls is a little different. While there are trained actors that work here in order to make sure that visitors truly feel terrified, the story that makes this location scary is anything but fictional.
Terror Behind the Walls is located within the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary, one of the most haunted places in the country. When it was still open as a prison, prisoners reported seeing and hearing unexplained things within the walls. Pair that history with the actors that bring this attraction to life and you're in for a serious scare.
3 New Orleans Nightmare - New Orleans, Louisiana
House of Shock was a haunted house attraction that was known for being a truly terrifying experience in New Orleans for over two decades. It was founded by Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo in the 1990s, so you know it was intense. After they closed down for good in 2017, their website directed interested visitors to New Orleans Nightmare, the new attraction that opened in House of Shock's former location.
New Orleans Nightmare features three different haunted house attractions and a series of mini escape room games for visitors to experience. The attractions are changed every year, so even repeat visitors won't know what to expect.
2 Blood Manor - New York, New York
Blood Manor is a haunted house attraction located in New York City, New York. This attraction gained extra attention after Jimmy Kimmel and Kevin Heart visited it on the show and were totally terrified.
The attraction lasts about 20 minutes and claims to be the scariest haunted house attraction in New York. The attraction is super dark and each of the different rooms in this attraction has a different theme. From terrifying neon clowns to zombies, the different rooms and sections are designed to scare everyone that walks through.
1 Blackout - New York, New York and Los Angeles, California
Blackout is a haunted house attraction that opened its doors in New York, New York for the first time in 2009. Since then, they've expanded to also having a location in Los Angeles, California and a 2016 documentary examining the inner workings of the location was released.
Visitors have to sign a waiver before they're allowed into Blackout. They're also asked about the things that scare them most and are sent through the attraction completely alone. Because of this, the actors are able to tailor the experience to each individual visitor, making the experience completely personal and immersive.