Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means…haunted houses! Nothing says October like grabbing a bunch of friends, clinging to each other tight, and wandering through a dark corridor waiting to be scared.
Halloween expert Larry Kirchner released his new list of America’s scariest haunted houses on his website, Haunt World.
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, New York is Kirchner’s top pick this year. Take a look at the list and start planning your trips now!
1. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses: Ulster Park, New York
The scariest haunted house in the U.S. features a hayride, a corn maze, and haunted attractions all set against the backdrop of a historic manor that dates to 1793. And beware of the Headless Horseman! Spooky!
2. Field of Screams: Mountville, Pennsylvania
A haunted hayride takes you through an eerie cornfield. You can also visit the Den of Darkness and the Frightmare Asylum, run by demented doctors. You can also venture through the creepy woods of the Nocturnal Wasteland.
3. The Dent Schoolhouse: Cincinnati, Ohio
The legend says that a janitor killed students at this school back in the 1950s and it’s been downhill ever since. The school’s cafeteria features a walk-in freezer filled to the brim with bodies – oh yeah, and prepare to get creeped out in the nurse’s office as well.
4. The 13th Gate: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Venture way down south and try to cross a haunted swamp to the house of voodoo. Visitors also go through the dark forests of Oz and a haunted carnival. This one looks great!
5. Netherworld: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Netherworld recently relocated to a massive 10-acre property to be able to scare the hell out of you on an even bigger level! There are 3 scary escape rooms in addition to the regular haunted attractions, and a museum of monsters and movie props.
6. Nightmare on 13th: Salt Lake City, Utah
Bloodthirsty creatures haunt the grounds of this haunted house in Salt Lake City, looking for new victims. This place features a mix of automated creeps and live action monsters that will make you run for your life in their 36,000-foot space.
7. Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory: Akron, Ohio
This haunted house in Akron, Ohio takes up 7, count ’em, 7 floors in an old schoolhouse. There’s an evil librarian, a crazy scientist in the lab, and more terror than you can shake a stick at. Just try to survive this ordeal.
8. Bennett’s Curse: Baltimore, Maryland
This spot has long been recognized as the best haunted house in the Baltimore/DC area, though really it consists of 4 haunted houses. There’s also a demon baby on the loose that you can search for, scavenger hunt style.
9. Haunted Overload: Lee, New Hampshire
Dubbed as “The Ultimate Halloween Experience”, this haunted attraction is set in a creepy New England forest. Every year the people behind the madness offer up new scares and thrills for visitors. There’s also a “Sinister Circus” that really ups the scare factor.
10. Erebus: Pontiac, Michigan
This is a cool twist on the haunted house. Just look at how they describe their attraction:
Dr. Colber, a mad scientist obsessed with time travel actually figured out how to make it work! But in doing this, every time one of his subjects entered another time period, that time period itself looked at them as a virus and wiped them out! Obsessed with trying to make this work, he sent more and more of his employees into the time machine until he ran out of funding and people to put into the machine… Dr. Colber than had an absolutely brilliant idea! Disguise his time machine as a haunted house! Now, he has end endless supply of human guinea pigs to use in perfecting his time experiment, and better yet… they unknowingly fund the program.