10. Kersey Valley Spookywoods
Greensboro, North Carolina
With an array of activities and scares, Kersey Valley Spookywoods is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Open all year round, after you’ve been scared by the first class actors, you can enjoy the corn maze, zip line, and treasure hunt.
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Framing itself as a hidden time machine, Erebus sends guests to a time where they are seen as a plague that must be wiped out. This storytelling device allows visitors to experience full immersion within the overall narrative, rather than simply waiting for monsters to jump out from behind corners.
8. The Dent Schoolhouse
Making the commonplace terrifying, this haunted house shows haunted school dances and bodies hanging from rafters. Because the attraction changes so much of its horrors each year, returning fans will always experience something new.
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6. The 13th Gate
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
As more talent in the film industry movies to southern Louisiana, haunted houses such as The 13th Gate are able to foster state-of-the-art makeup and skilled actors to sell their illusions. With over 200 actors and 13 themed areas, you will be able to find new ways to be scared with each return visit.
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5. House of Torment
As its name might suggest, this horror attraction aims for disgust and discomfort. With an array of creatures dripping with blood, this haunted house is sure to cause nightmares for even its most courageous patrons.
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4. Cutting Edge
Fort Worth, Texas
Using an abandoned meat packing facility as its base, Cutting Edge plays on even your most intimate fears, from clowns to psychotic rabbits. The intricate set takes nearly an hour to get through, with surprises around every corner.
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3. The Bates Motel
Paying tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s famed Psycho, this Victorian mansion is filled with scares on each floor. Also on location is the Haunted Hayride, which takes guests on a monster-filled ride through the nearby forest.
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2. The Darkness
St. Louis, Missouri
With a strict attention to detail and elaborate sets, this 3D experience is seen by some as the scariest haunted house in the country. The vivid animation and moving sets aim to raise the hair on the heads of large groups of visitors.
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1. Pennhurst Asylum
Spring City, Pennsylvania
Located inside an actual former mental institution, Pennhurst Asylum makes use of its abandoned cells and the questionable history of medical experimentation to create an atmosphere of terror. It is frequently named the scariest haunted house in the country by several publications, including USA Today.