11 Best Haunted Houses in America
We asked haunted house expert Steve Kopelman his picks for the scariest spooky homes and attractions around the country.
Thrillvania (Terrell, Texas)
Located 20 miles east of Dallas, Thrillvania is one of the most decorated haunted attractions in the world. Spread out over 50 acres featuring eight attractions, Thrillvania frightens more than 20,000 visitors a year. The cornerstone of this fear farm is Verdun Manor, a two-story haunted house originally designed by Disney Imagineers and said to boast more props per square foot than any other haunted house in the country.
The House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs (Buffalo, New York)
Known for terrorizing scares, the House of Horrors has zombies, demons, vampires, psycho killers, and the living dead creeping around every corner. Celebrating its 18th season, the Haunted Catacombs guarantees fear-in-your-face special effects, amazing animations, and Hollywood-style sets that will make your heart race.
Woods of Terror (Greensboro, North Carolina)
What began as a mere haunted trail 19 years ago is now one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the country. Some 20,000 visitors a year pay to roam 20 acres of pure terror while seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush: fear.
ScreamWorld (Houston, Texas)
Since 1989, ScreamWorld has been the premier home for horror in Houston with three haunted houses, an outdoor maze, a cemetery, and roaming creepy characters. Consistently named Houston’s No. 1 Haunted Attraction by both the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Press, it provides the most mayhem for the cost to its 30,000 annual guests.
The Terrorfest (Columbus, Ohio)
Formerly the critically-acclaimed “House of Nightmares” haunted house, the Terrorfest has undergone a fear facelift. With a new terror-filled theme, diabolically-detailed sets, state of the art effects and a core of more than 60 dedicated actors, this attraction brings haunting to a new level.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Built as a haunted house inside a state prison, this lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers stands behind the Eastern State Penitentiary’s massive 30-foot high walls. This is home to Terror Behind the Walls, ranked the “Number 1 Haunted House in the U.S.” by AOL City Guide, and labeled “perfect for Halloween” by the New York Times.
Nightmare New England (Litchfield, New Hampshire)
New England’s legendary Spookyworld joined Nightmare New England to forge one of the largest and most terrifying Halloween Scream Parks in the country. The scale and variety of this mega-park offers something to thrill even the boldest of Halloween fanatics. Nightmare New England and Spookyworld feature seven terrifying haunted attractions and a “Monster Midway” where dozens of freakish characters freely roam the grounds and lurk around every corner.
Bennett's Curse (Baltimore, Maryland)
Bennett’s Curse is the only medieval vampire knight themed haunted house in the world. Original scenes, enthusiastic actors, and state of the art special effects combine to create an unforgettable experience.
13th Door (Denver, Colorado)
Once you check into the legendary Barrington Hotel, you become immersed in the events that took place on the night of the hotel's infamous October 1912 massacre. In order to check out, you must proceed through a series of 13 doors. Will you survive or become the hotel's next victim? Your hope lies in making it through the hotel's mysterious 13th Door.
Haunting On the Hill (Patterson, New York)
A local favorite, this emotional rollercoaster takes you through a hayride and haunted village of unique and never-seen-before scares. In its seventh year, the Haunting on the Hill offers a hayride, a general store, a schoolhouse and even a creepy hotel. Well known for its Bones of Jones attraction, actors strive to terrorize every visitor.
Terror on the Fox (Greenbay, Wisconson)
With four attractions from an asylum to the pitch-dark void, the torment is pure torture. Terror on the Fox is sure to put you on the edge when you discover you are virtually trapped. This is the only haunt in the nation actually located at a real train station.