The Best Haunted Houses in the U.S.

The Best Haunted Houses in the U.S.

by Spencer Manley
10.27.2010

Everyone loves a good scare... or a bad one, however you’d like to look at it. When Halloween rolls around each year, everyone looks forward to the great parties at the clubs and bars around town, but there's really nothing like a good haunted house. There’s plenty of time to indulge in both this year, but just in case you were wondering, here is a list of the spookiest haunted houses in the country. Be sure to bring an extra pair of underwear, and perhaps a bucket for the squeamish.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Blood Manor
New York, NY


With all of the new additions, the screaming shall remain at a level that can be heard outside of the building. Blood Manor feature nearly 24 interconnected rooms within a one-story, shithole of a house. It’s reminiscent of the Scooby Doo chase scenes, except there’s no upbeat music and vampire strippers, werewolves, and hatchet murderers are all trying to get a piece of you.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Pennhurst Asylum
Philadelphia, PA


Talk about a building with some history. The Pennhurst State School used to house individuals struggling with mental illness and has long rumored to be haunted, before the actors arrived. Be careful on your trek home after you are let out underground, through the labyrinth where you must find your way out in order to leave.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Nightmare on the Bayou
Houston, TX


Down here is where DJs like to chop & screw their music, but the monsters like to chop & screw their victims. Built atop one of Houston’s oldest and most storied graveyards, there are actual tales of eerie behavior that was not put on by actors in this location. With breathtaking effects and lighting tricks, it will be hard to distinguish from reality and frightening tricks.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Netherworld
Atlanta, GA


With zones called The Mangler, The Flesh Compactor, The Acid Room, and The Drowning Tank, the mind can only wonder what’s in store for visitors while waiting for entrance into Netherworld. Flying creatures and demons are eager for flesh, the kind that paid a fee to get in. Netherworld is almost a reverse buffet in a sense, featuring a 17-foot gargoyle that frequently feeds on prey in front of viewers.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - The 13th Gate
Baton Rouge, LA


13 is the number of fear. Flipped backwards it’s 31 for Halloween. With 13 themed areas sitting on 40,000 square feet, visitors are up for thrills in a wide variety. Featuring padded walls, morgues, and even Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees, the 13 gates cover every realm of horror imaginable. Of course, being that it is Louisiana, there is a voodoo/witchcraft realm where victims can witness the tradition that the area is certainly popular for.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Headless Horseman
Sleepy Hollow, NY


Named the #1 haunted attraction in the U.S. by Haunt World Magazine, the Headless Horseman offers 45-acres of scares for visitors from all over the globe. Incorporating a mile-long hayride with five separate haunted houses, it is almost as if people never get tired of getting scared out of their underwear. Perhaps it helps their sex lives. Awesome lighting effects and pyrotechnics make the experience more interactive than Saw 3D could even try to. The Headless Horseman is also introducing the Crow Hollow Harbor, which features three 40-foot fleets, which are haunted of course.



Best Haunted House in the U.S. - Bates Motel
Philadelphia, PA

Frightening people for 20 years, the Bates Motel is not for the weak-hearted. Even the caution signs say so.  The thrill of the Bates Motel has recently stretched beyond the story of a transvestite psychopath with the addition of the Haunted Hayride. Featuring 20-minutes of numerous ghouls attempting to jump on board ravage innocent civilians. Try not to fall off of the wagon because once they have you, that’s the end of the ride.

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