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Top 13 Haunted Houses in America

For some, Halloween conjures up images of sweet children dressed as cows or kitty cats, innocently Trick-or-Treating as they tote a plastic pumpkin full of sugary treats.

For others, however, Halloween is a dark and mysterious evening, filled with unspeakable horrors: Witches cauldrons, one-eyed monsters and ghoulish ghosts.

If your Halloween tastes run toward the more sinister, then you'll definitely want to check out our spook-tacular list of America's (unlucky) thirteen most terrifying haunted houses.* If none of the houses on our list are in your town, consider a driving trip -- a scare like this is worth it!

*This list comes from, the world's premier expert on haunted houses.

Netherworld, Atlanta, Georgia

Enter Atlanta's Netherworld at your own risk. You will encounter a pack of savage werewolves, inhuman creatures, and shocking special effects. Featured haunts this year are the vampire hunting Gargoyle, and Dead Salvage Mangler 2. Not recommended for children (or pregnant women or people with heart conditions.)

6624 Dawson Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, Halloween Eve, 7 p.m. - midnight

For more information:
Phone: (404) 608-2484

13th Gate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Journey down to Baton Rouge to traverse 13 terrifying indoor and outdoor areas: from crawling though an old hearse to getting lost in dark underground tunnels. The 13th Gate's 40,000 square feet of haunted house are definitely not recommended for the faint of heart (including children, pregnant women, or those with a preexisting heart condition.)

832 Saint Philip Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Sunday - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, Halloween Eve, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.

For more information:
Phone: (225) 389-1313

The Darkness/ Lemp Brewery/ Creepy World, St. Louis, Missouri

In St. Louis, the darkness will go beyond your wildest and most horrifying imagination. Someone is always waiting and watching in the Darkness. Now in its 17th year of fear, the Darkness has undergone the biggest and scariest renovation ever. At Creepy World, experience seven haunted houses for the price of one, including the all new Silo-X, with a burning helicopter and an evil 3-D ice-cream factory.

1525 South 8th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63104

Sunday - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, Halloween Eve, 6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

For more information:
Haunted Hotline: 314-631-8000

Haunted Overload, New Hampshire

Haunted Overload is simply one of the most creative and unique haunted attractions in New England. Now located at the DeMerritt Lee Farm in Lee NH. The show was voted one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the country when it was still a charity home haunt in Exeter NH. Plus, the farm has a six-acre corn maze, which provides family-friendly fall entertainment.

DeMerritt Lee Farm, Lee, NH
Lee, NH

Hours: October 24, 8:30 p.m.
October 25 & 26, 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
October 30, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
October 31 & November 1, 7:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.

For more information:

Scarehouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Scarehouse is a whole house full of terrors, including the Hall of Nightmares, the Screamatorium, and new for 2010, The Foresaken. Get the fright of your life, but not if you are a child under the age of 13, pregnant or suffering from a medical condition. (It's *that* scary!)

118 Locust Street
Etna, PA 15223

Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 7 p.m. - midnight
Thursdays & Sundays, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

For more information:
Phone: 412-781-5885

House of Torment, Austin, Texas

According to, the House of Torment is "the scariest, baddest, most haunted house in Austin". Not recommended for children under the age of 12, Torment is situated in a 20,000 warehouse offering two unique and spooktacular shows.

523 Highland Mall Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

Thursday - Sunday, 7 p.m. - midnight
The last two weeks of October, open daily 7 p.m. - midnight

For more information:
Phone: (512) 407-9449

Bates Motel/ Pennhurst Asylum, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Philly's Bates Motel offers you a heart-pounding, 25-minute hayride through the haunted forest at Arasapha Farms. The hayride is appropriate for children and adults, especially if you live to be scared to death! You can also check out the Pennhurst asylum; one of the newest and scariest haunted houses in America.

1835 Middletown Road (Rt. 352)
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Sunday - Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

For more information:
Phone: (610) 459-0647

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Add Comment
egiana from Maine, US
14:28 11/21/2011
this sounds scary
Rebecca Downs from New York, US
09:38 10/31/2011
No one has seen the BEST haunted halloween experience unless they have taken the Headless Horseman ride in Upstate New York, Ulster Park.
patty collums from Mississippi, US
20:39 09/26/2011
i enjoyed reading these stories. i love ghost stories, and some of the locations, sound really scarry.i wouldn.t mind visting some of these places. but i live in miss, and my husband has been sick.
Kath from California, US
21:44 04/16/2011
I am so going to these. i luv a good scare
nikki from Oklahoma, US
10:45 03/28/2011
Haunted Houses are so coool And creepy
babe from Missouri, US
08:40 10/27/2010
someone from Arkansas, US
13:38 10/13/2010
hey everyone let go lol! i wish i could.
elizza from Idaho, US
21:13 10/07/2010
u guys should come n c idaho's biggest haunted house at the old albion skool. its paranormal. there is real spirits from where the old skool was burned. come c it its awesome this year only opend until oct. 30th 7:30- midnight!!! be prepared for the shock of ur life the scariest haunted house ull ever been in. ppl hav fainted there, its recomended for children of 11 n up!!! wat u waitin for???
brenda from Missouri, US
23:29 10/05/2010
My husband and I are haunted house fans. and our favorite haunted house in America is Dead Acres in Ohio.We have never missed a year but this year i am pregnant and my husband is going with friends without me. Cant wait til next year
Haunted house Utah from Utah, US
16:28 09/01/2010
I really think that you guys need to come out and see this haunt in Utah and see what you think! I know the site is not the best but it is needing to get updated. If you are in Utah come on down, it is totally worth the trip!


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