2017 Guide to the Scariest Haunted Attractions in Every State
At the start of each Halloween season, there are a few hotly anticipated traditions: Oktoberfest celebrations, costume parties, pumpkin beer, pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin bread, gorging on candy corn until you puke, scaring your little sister, etc. However, there is one event that stands above all: FrightFind’s annual guide of haunts.
As always, we are not here to rank or tell you which killer clown (Pennywise) is scariest; we are just here to bring you at least one haunted house to visit in every state. Some haunts draw thousands; some draw dozens. We have some repeat top haunts, but we left room for some new blood. But enough waiting – Prepare yourselves for FrightFind’s top haunts in every state – 2017!
Alabama Top Haunt: Insanitarium
Are you insane enough?
Kicking off our 2017 favorite haunts is none other than Pinson, Alabama’s award-winning INSANITARIUM. You’ll visit the lair of the demented Dr. Ausnemen, the mad scientist whose evil undead still lurk the grounds. But rumor has it the deranged doctor has also created a machine which allows INSANITARIUM’s victims..er, visitors to witness creatures only seen in nightmares. INSANITARIUM promises to step up the scares each and every year to deliver the ultimate fright fest for the whole family (although parents are advised the attraction may be more appropriate for those 13 and up).
INSANITARIUM is also updated and redesigned every year so returning guests will always get a new spook. Rain check? No need. INSANITARIUM offers covered waiting areas with availability to snacks and refreshments to boot. INSANITARIUM also supports their local arts by working closely with Pinson Valley Effects, PVFX, a special effects group geared to offering young artists real-world experience in costuming, prop making and set design. So come on down, the doctor is in!
Alaska Top Haunt: Fright Night Manor
Anchorage’s Oldest Haunted House
For the second year in a row, Anchorage’s own Fright Nite Manor comes in as Alaska’s top haunt. Fright Nite Manor was founded in 1985 and currently stands as the longest running haunted house in Anchorage bringing fun and fear to the entire family for more than three decades! The terrifying “Manor” is located in the Northway Mall, a 10,000 sq. foot space filled to the brim with ghastly sights.
The attraction also includes 3D glasses with every $15.00 ticket so you won’t miss a single moment of their immersive 3D effects. While the attraction does veer in the direction of being a completely family friendly haunt, it may not be advised for very young children. Fright Nite Manor is a wheelchair accessible establishment that is sure to bring you back year after year!
FrightFind It: Fright Night Manor in Anchorage, AK
Want a recap of our 2015 guide to the top haunted houses in America?
Arizona Top Haunt: Sanctum of Horror
Will You Survive the Mad Mind of Lenore?
For the past 5 years, Sanctum of Horror has been striking fear into the hearts of haunt lovers from near and far. Moving up the ranks from the second spot on our list in 2016, this attraction is sure to get your blood pumping. When you enter you’ll be introduced to the notoriously twisted mind of Lenore, a violently disturbed little girl. As you walk through a maze of macabre surroundings you’ll be witness to her terrifying past.
Sanctum of Horror has already announced that they’ll be unveiling new room layouts this haunt season so returning guests will get to experience all new scenes! In addition to the Sanctum, guest will get to experience their more recent addition, “The Breach”. Frightened fans of the Sanctum of Horror rave about their amazing special effects, self-described “larger than life” animatronics and incredible acting. This award-winning haunt is considered “Very Scary” according to an Arizona haunted attraction guide and is most appropriate for ages 10 and up. Its location at the Superstition Springs Mall (in the Sears parking lot) will give you the added benefit of abundant and free parking.
FrightFind It: Sanctum of Horror in Phoenix, AZ
Runner Up: Mount Mayhem Haunted House in Phoenix, AZ
Arkansas Top Haunt: Carpenter’s Mortuary
A Haunted House in an Actual Mortuary
Moving up from our 2016 Runner Up list to take the number one spot this year is Carpenter’s Mortuary, one of the only haunted houses in the US located in an actual, eighty-eight-year-old mortuary. As you make your way down the horrifying halls of the Spook House, you’ll come face to face with the murderous morticians and ghastly gravediggers that still reside in Mother Carpenter’s mortuary and children’s home of horrors. Yep. You read that right. A mortuary and children’s home occupying the same space; what could go wrong? Well, with an embezzling, murderous “Mother” in charge, a lot apparently.
This haunt is scary, so scary in fact that it’s recommended that you pass this one by if you suffer from certain medical conditions. (Check out their “Warnings” page on their site for more info.) Otherwise, this attraction is recommended for those 13 and up and the entire attraction is located indoors so it will operate rain or shine! In addition to frights, this is a haunt with a heart. Carpenter’s Mortuary has previously partnered with Vet Tix to provide free tickets for veterans on opening weekend. For that, we salute them.
Runner Up: Fear Factory 501 in Jacksonville, Arkansas
California Top Haunt: The Haunted Hotel
Stay a night, or forever.
San Diego’s Haunted Hotel will scare you to your core. With nothing but a glow stick to light your way, you’ll start your evening by plunging into the depths on the Hellevator. Next, you’ll be forced to make your way through zombie-infested alleyways where the only option to escape the streets unscathed will be to survive a ride on the Clown Subway (named best haunted room in America). If you survive the insanity, you can try to make your way through the murky Hillbilly Swamp, but beware of the man hunting killers that have other plans in mind!
The Haunted Hotel is celebrating their 25th year and is the longest running haunted attraction in San Diego. It’s been featured on The Travel Channel’s “America Haunts IV” and has been selected as one of the top 13 haunted houses in America by Haunt World Magazine. With hundreds of reviews and thousands of visitors annually, this is one haunt that should be on your list!
Colorado Top Haunt: Haunted Field of Screams
30 Acres of Fright!
Coming in to take the top spot for Colorado is Thornton, CO’s Haunted Field of Screams. Covering 30 acres and offering three unique experiences all in one convenient location makes this Colorado’s largest haunted attraction. With only the moon to guide you, you’ll have to make your way through looming cornstalks and eerie encounters with unseen inhabitants. Your wits may be put to the test on themed scenes that lay before you.
If you survive, will you have what it takes to make it through the Dead Man’s Night Maze? A daunting maze filled with terrifying creatures who share one goal – to keep you trapped forever! Should you prove your merit, you’ll join other survivors in an effort to reach the zombie patrol outpost and put your paintball skills to the test during the Zombie Paintball Massacre! Needless to say, this haunt isn’t recommended for young children, although the young at heart are more than welcome!
Connecticut Top Haunt: Legends of Fear
The Legends are true…and they want to get to know you too!
Claiming Connecticut’s number one slot this year is none other than Legends of Fear. For the past 21 years, the talented folks at Fairview Tree Farm have been transforming their land into the ultimate scare fest! Located on an actual farm with acres of land to explore, visitors will have access to The Hallow which features four separate attractions, including the Melon Head Revenge Trail, Pine Hills Parish, and The Dark harvest, as well as an all-new 2017 addition, Hemlock Manor Mortuary. Should you make it out alive, maybe take a trip on the Haunted Hayride, celebrating its 21st year of total fear!
Despite this being a family farm, certain features may not be appropriate for your entire family. (No one under the age of 12 is permitted on the Melon Head Revenge Trail.) Guests will have to brave a multitude of monsters, including cannibalistic creatures, deranged parishioners, vile vampires and more if they want to survive the night. Parking is free with parking attendants on duty to assist anyone with special needs. Comfortable shoes and warm clothing are recommended due to the mostly outdoor locations. So come on by and make this Halloween legendary!
Delaware Top Haunt: Screams at the Beach
Over 2 Full Hours of Fear!
Screams at the Beach isn’t just a spooky name, it’s what they plan to make you do! And for their seventh year running, they’ve opened three brand new additions for 2017! Now featuring 9 main attractions, Screams at the Beach will test your bravery, offering a wide variety of spooky scenes to satisfy even the most fearless among you. Explore the escape rooms that force you face to face with your phobias while solving puzzles and racing the clock. But be warned, you don’t want to be left behind when time runs out! In addition to mind-bending puzzles in the escape rooms, guest will get to explore the rest of their award-winning establishment, including haunted trails, mazes, zombie paintball (with a required Zombie Hunting Permit, of course) and more! Children under 14 are required to have adult supervision, although they are allowed upon parent’s discretion. This is one haunt where the actors are allowed to touch them.
Children under 14 are required to have adult supervision, although they are allowed upon parent’s discretion. This is one haunt where the actors are allowed to touch the guests, however, so parents may want to keep that in mind when planning a visit. Do you have what it takes to face your fears?
Florida Top Haunt: The Shallow Grave
Two scary attractions, one not-so-scary price!
Established in 2013, The Shallow Grave became Central Florida’s ONLY Nationally Ranked Haunted House and within only 3 years has risen to fright-filled acclaim, even making USA Today’s 10 Best of 2016. This year they’ve upped the ante once again, now offering two terrifying attractions for the price of one! With nearly 13,000 sq feet to explore, The Shallow Grave will proudly present their all-new feature for 2017, “Betrayal”. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit this renowned haunt before then you’ve already been introduced to Florida’s favorite cemetery caretaker turned cannibal, Thaddeus Van Buren. But rumor has it there’s some family drama boiling up to the surface and a new Van Buren who’s looking for trouble. Will you survive this deranged family reunion?
Also returning in 2017, Pavor Nocturnus, a stomach-churning haunt that promises to creep into the darkest depths of your subconscious. How do you know when a haunt is worth it? Well, when it sits less than 45 minutes from both Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream and Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights and STILL earns the title of our number one “fright find” for Florida!
Georgia Top Haunt: Paranoia Haunted House
The Devil went down to Georgia, and Paranoia Haunted House scared him back.
The 2017 haunt season wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Georgia, purportedly one of the most haunted states in the US. If you’re feeling rather brave, make the drive and double down on your fears to check out our top pick, Paranoia Haunted House in Canton. New for 2017 is Experiment X, where visitors will join a team on a reconnaissance mission to scour the property for the elusive and deranged Dr. Tobias Warner. Beware though; Dr. Warner’s ghoulish experiments may still lurk the property.
If you don’t need a change of underwear after that, you can make your way to the Slaughter Shack, where you’ll learn urban legends aren’t always just the stuff of stories. Paranoia Haunted House maintains a solid 4.5-star rating with hundreds of reviews, and 5-star ratings are already pouring in for the 2017 season. Be there or beware!
Hawaii Top Haunt: Haunted Plantation
Terror in Paradise
Coming in at number one for the THIRD year in a row is Waipahu’s own Haunted Plantation and for good reason; this attraction is supposedly located in an actual haunted village. Over 60 unique actors and masterful special effects have cemented this Haunted Plantation as a destination haunt worth visiting and a staple of holiday horror for area residents.
Haunted Plantation has been featured on Syfy, Travel Channel and Buzzfeed and voted one of the top Haunts in the nation. This year’s theme is Apparitions, and currently their Facebook page is being updated regularly with spine-tingling teasers that give only a small taste of what’s in store. Guests should be warned this isn’t an attraction for small children or those with heart or breathing conditions, so plan your visit accordingly.
FrightFind It: Haunted Plantation in Waipahu, HI
Idaho Top Haunt: Requiem Haunted House
Requiem for a Nightmare
Securing the top spot for Idaho this year is Requiem Haunted House. Requiem is a member of the Haunted Attraction Association, the official association of the haunted house industry and a top rated haunted house for the state of Idaho for the past 2 years. It is the newest and largest indoor haunt in Treasure Valley and offers more than 7,000 sq feet of fright-filled fun. There are two price tiers for admission with special prices for children under 12 so this attraction offers a scary good time no matter your budget.
If you’re also looking to make a real world difference, Requiem is offering two nights on their calendar this season where a portion of the ticket price will go to the anti-bullying organization Don’t Be a Monster (Saturday, October 7th) and the Caldwell Fire Department (Friday, October 20th) for their Fire Stairclimb fundraiser to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Go get scared to show you care!
Illinois Top Haunt: Nightmares Basement of the Dead
Nothing bad has ever happened in a basement. Right?
Nightmares Basement of the Dead is featured as the top haunt for the state of Illinois! The experience begins from the moment you step out of your car and intensifies the closer you get to the attractions. That’s right, those brave enough to enter, receive two haunts for the price of one! First, enter the Basement of the Dead, then find yourself lost within the sheer blackness that is the 3D Shattered Haunted House. You won’t know which way is up when you’re armed with only a flashlight and a pair of 3D glasses!
Indiana Top Haunt: Hanna Haunted Acres
30 acres of Horror
Iowa Top Haunt: The Heart of Darkness Haunted Complex
They Don’t Skip A Beat
Runner Up: Thrasher’s House of Terror in Mount Pleasant, IA
Kansas Top Haunt: Field of Screams
There is no Joe in this shack.
The top haunt in all of Kansas, Field of Screams is on the site of the infamous “vigilante murders;” the Spurlock family farm in rural Maize, Kansas. Traverse through Jebediah’s Field, then find yourself locked inside Jeb’s Escape Shack where once inside the padlocked cabin, you have only 15 minutes to solve the puzzles to earn your escape. Take a stroll through Clown Town 3D with its mind-bending mazes and disorienting obstacles, and just maybe you’ll make it out alive!
Kentucky Top Haunt: The Haunted Hotel
A creepy bellhop and mint on your pillow
Kentucky’s longest continuous running haunted attraction, The Haunted Hotel, is the top haunt for the state of Kentucky. The Haunted Hotel opened in 1991 and is dubbed one of the most extreme and physical haunts in the United States. Guests can count on being accosted by creepy hotel employees and may hear disturbing dialogue inside of this horror house. You may check-in at The Haunted Hotel, but you will never CHECK OUT!!
Louisiana Top Haunt: The House of Shock
Not sure if you know this, but New Orleans is kinda haunted.
Of all of the historical haunted houses in Louisiana, The House of Shock was voted this year’s top haunt! The haunted festival features three world-class attractions: Laff in the Dark, an “all-out 3D clown assault,” The House of Shock, and new for 2017, House of Wax, a tribute to Museé Conti. House of Wax takes you through the dark and twisted history of New Orleans, including a visit with Mad Madame Lalaurie and The Myrtles! The haunted experience also includes a full-service bar, live music, and a horror show.
Maine Top Haunt: Destination Haunt
A Destination to Die For!
The next attraction on our list is none other than Lebanon, ME’s Destination Haunt. The self-guided walk will wind you through a macabre array of horrific sights, from the dreaded Hobo Village to the Buried Alive Cemetery and more, including this year’s latest addition, The Clownhouse! Appropriate footwear and dress is recommended as this attraction has many outdoor areas. Destination Haunt will be sure to whet your appetite for fear, but if you’re feeling famished after the walkthrough they’ll also be sure to hook you up with an array of new items available at their Snack Shack. Not recommended for anyone under 7 so keep that in mind when making plans.
Maryland Top Haunt: Laurel’s House of Horror
Over 28,000 Square feet of building practically dripping with dread.
2017 marks the fourth year for an attraction rated DC and Maryland’s scariest, Laurel’s House of Horror. This attraction is not only open during the regular haunt season from September to November, but also offers a special “Halfway to Halloween” event on select dates in April and May. There are over 28,000 sq feet of building practically dripping with dread. Guests will have to make their way through the various monstrous inhabitants that dwell within – creatures designed to overload your senses and prey on your phobias.
In addition to the holiday haunt, the attraction doubles as space for four chilling and challenging escape rooms that operate year round. You’ll be plunged into interactive iconic scenes from your favorite horror films (try not to be the one that gets separated from your group though!), challenge rooms where your group is split into two as you race against the clock to be the first to emerge unscathed and more. Open rain or shine, no matter the weather you can bring your team to see if you have what it takes to survive the night!
Massachusetts Top Haunt: Hysteria at Connors Farm
What makes a haunt a hit? History. And with a location like Danvers, MA – just a short drive from the Witchcraft Victim’s and the Salem Witch Trials Memorials – this haunt delivers on horrifying history. Fans of Hysteria keep coming back year after year and they enthusiastically agree that this attraction only gets bigger and better. For two consecutive years, Hysteria was voted one of the Top 13 Scream Parks in the country and this year promises to live up to the hype. Visitors will experience an array of sights, sounds and smells (eek!) while they explore an actual century’s old farm, including a trip
Visitors will experience an array of sights, sounds and smells (eek!) while they explore an actual century’s old farm, including a trip through an authentic 1600’s burial ground and along the murky waters of an actual swamp, making this a location where you’ll definitely want to dress for the environment. Professional grade props and special effects will guarantee a restless night afterward!
Michigan Top Haunt: Erebus
4 stories of Halloween awesomeness
Erebus the 4-story haunted attraction located in Pontiac was chosen as the top haunt for the state of Michigan. This haunt is not for those who fear tight spaces, as you will be thrust into a claustrophobia-inducing world of thrilling effects that will take your breath away! The indoor trek is over a half mile long and filled with creatures who bite first, ask questions later… Will you be able to outlast the torment and make it out alive? 7,086 others have tried and failed… We wish you luck.
Minnesota Top Haunt: Scream Town
8 attractions for the price of admission
Scream Town, the top haunt for Minnesota, features 8 awesome attractions, guaranteed to get your heart racing! Visitors who enter the Redneck Resort will wish they had never crossed paths with Bubba and his hillbilly cousins! The Ludicrous Labyrinth has so many terrifying turns and defeating dead ends, you may start to believe you belong in the Circus Asylum! Ticket prices start at the low price of $25 per person and go up to $59 for VIP and Fastpass options.
Mississippi Top Haunt: Bailey Haunted Firehouse
9th Year of Hellraising
The Bailey Haunted Firehouse takes the top haunt in the state of Mississippi for the third year! When you enter the haunted forest, you will encounter gaggles of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins! Continue into the Haunted Firehouse and you may find yourself face to face with Jason Voorhees and his chainsaw or a maniacal Michael Myers! The Firehouse has been scaring the pants off adults and kids alike. Jamie said, “I literally left running! It was well worth it! My heart is still pounding…” The best part? Bailey Haunted Firehouse is a charity event and the cost of admission is only $10!
Missouri Top Haunt: The Darkness
30,000 square feet of Darkness
The Darkness is the ultimate fright experience. Operating since 1994, The Darkness is one of the state’s longest running haunts, and has landed itself the top haunt in all of Missouri! With some of the best special effects in the business and a completely new floor plan each year, you can expect non-stop terror as you explore the 30,000 square feet of Hollywood-quality effects.
Montana Top Haunt: Field of Screams
Fight your fears in the Field of Screams!
Rated Western Montana’s #1 Haunted Attraction, (and claiming a three-year victory as our top pick for Montana!), Field of Screams is celebrating their 18th year of operation this haunt season! Field of Screams offers a variety of fear-inducing attractions, from towering corn fields that limit your field of vision to claustrophobic “shrinking” tunnels and playgrounds that now serve as the stomping grounds for horrifying clowns, and more. And don’t forget your ticket also gives you access to their famous, spook-infested Ghost Town. Looking for something for the whole family?
Then come on down during the day for their Children of the Candy Corn attraction. Everyone is welcome to take wagon rides around the property, get their picture taken in a special fall photo op, and maybe even take a crack at that cornfield – whose spooky inhabitants hide away until it gets dark! Ages 8 and up is still recommended for the full haunted experience, however. Field of Screams is an affordable, hauntingly beautiful property where the whole family will be treated to stunning mountainous views and a ghastly good time!
FrightFind It: Field of Screams in Kalispell, MT
Nebraska Top Haunt: Haunted Hollow
Honk! Honk! Stab! Stab!
The top haunt for Nebraska is Haunted Hollow, which features over 20 different activities! $25 will grant you access to a 3-story haunted house, a haunted maze, a Freak Show, a bonfire hangout, Tarot card readings, as well as scenes from the Nebraska Chainsaw Massacre and much more! This attraction also has nightly showings of classic horror films for your viewing pleasure!
Nevada Top Haunt: Fright Dome
Over 250,000 Sq Feet of Pure Vegas Terror
When you’re located in one of the top entertainment destinations in the world, you have to step up your game for the Halloween season; and that’s precisely what Fright Dome has done! Fright Dome offers one of the largest selections of unique, terrifying attractions in one location. In their extensive lineup of Haunted Houses alone you’ll encounter horrifying zombies carrying a deadly plague, a Chainsaw Massacre fan favorite, a “Lights Out” experience where you’re all alone with nothing but your wits and a flashlight to protect you from what lurks in the dark, Happy Hell-
In their extensive lineup of Haunted Houses alone you’ll encounter horrifying zombies carrying a deadly plague, a Chainsaw Massacre fan favorite, a “Lights Out” experience where you’re all alone with nothing but your wits and a flashlight to protect you from what lurks in the dark, Happy Hell-idays, because all holidays matter, and a 4D Killer Clown experience. But that’s not all. “Scare Zones” are a completely different feature that the attraction offers. In the Scare Zone you’ll enter quarantined contamination zones in “Infectious Point”, witness a chaotic, dystopian glimpse into the “New World Disorder”, experience a once in a lifetime “Freak Show” and much, much more! The location also offers 4D theaters and nightly stage shows. If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping then one of their eight roller coasters and rides will surely do the trick! Travel Channel got it right when they called it “one of the most extreme haunted houses in the world”. With general admission tickets starting at only $37, Fright Dome is Halloween in true Vegas style!
The location also offers 4D theaters and nightly stage shows. If that doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping then one of their eight roller coasters and rides will surely do the trick! Travel Channel got it right when they called it “one of the most extreme haunted houses in the world”. With general admission tickets starting at only $37, Fright Dome is Halloween in true Vegas style!
New Hampshire Top Haunt: Nightmare New England
Five Fright Filled Funhouses!
Located just 45 minutes north of Boston, MA sits New Hampshire’s 80-acre haunted attraction, Nightmare New England. You’ll start your evening into the unknown with a 1 mile long hellish hayride before you boldly venture into the abandoned Brigham Manor. Or is it? While the Bishop Family no longer resides within those walls, something else may be lurking in its shadows. If you think you can continue, prepare to experience a freak show that only Spooky World can deliver! All manner of sinister specters and carnival rejects will grab your attention in this 3D Festival of Fear attraction. Then venture into the nightmarish world of Carnage before entering a maze of trails through the backwoods of New Hampshire where you’ll get an
Then venture into the nightmarish world of Carnage before entering a maze of trails through the backwoods of New Hampshire where you’ll get an up-close look of The Colony, home to some of the most demented beings imaginable. There are no age restrictions at this elaborate 5 attraction haunt, but parents should be advised there will be blood and gore in certain scenes, as well as an attraction that comes with a bit of a shock. (Seriously, like an actual electric shock!) Spooky World’s Nightmare New England also partners with local schools, teams and more for fundraising opportunities that help groups give back to their community.
New Jersey Top Haunt: Brighton Asylum
Year Round Horror Themed Attraction!
Taking the number one slot for New Jersey’s best haunt of 2017 is Brighton Asylum. This Halloween season sees an all-new interactive addition inside the bowels of this ramshackle 1940’s asylum, Zombie Attack. Forget paintball and laser tag, you and a team of friends will take on weighted, metal body replicas of M4 rifles so you can truly tackle the undead uprising. Called “The scariest place on earth” by The Today Show and rated as a Must See Haunt by Haunted Attraction Magazine for 2 consecutive years, it’s needless to say that if you want to get into this attraction, you should buy your tickets early. Visitors can also gain access to their
Visitors can also gain access to their time-sensitive escape rooms, where you’ll need to work together to unlock hidden passageways and solve the puzzles that lead to your freedom. But why stop there? Since Brighton Asylum is open on selected dates year round there will always be an occasion to get spooked! So go ahead, take your loved one out for one of their dark Valentine’s Day celebrations in February, or maybe try your luck at one of their full contact (waiver required) experiences even later in the year. No matter when you need the scares, Brighton Asylum will be there!
New Mexico Top Haunt: McCall’s Haunted Farm
They aren’t growing flowers on this farm
McCalls Haunted Farm is the top haunt for the state of New Mexico! This one is a double feature, with both a Haunted Cornfield and a Haunted Barn, both filled with loathsome creatures that will hunt you down like Old Man McCall hunted his unsuspecting victims. The spirits of those who were slain still gather in the cornfields… awaiting to harvest more souls to walk among them. Inside the Haunted Barn are demented deviants, looking to add to their collection of human trophies… You can run, but there is nowhere to hide in this indoor/outdoor fear fest!
FrightFind It: McCall’s Haunted Farm in Moriarty, NM
Runner Up: Battlefield Apocalypse in Albuquerque , NM
New York Top Haunt: Darkside Haunted House
Professional haunt with movie quality sets!
Darkside Haunted House has intrigued curious visitors both near and far since 1998. Offering two attractions for the price of one, guests will get access to “The Village” and “The House” – both of which sit on over 14,000 sq feet. Fanatical patrons of the establishment insist that you should take your time to enjoy the professional and beautifully crafted props and scenery, although that may be hard when all you’ll want to do is hide your eyes and run! Located in the middle of a deserted field, adding a hint of
Located in the middle of a deserted field, adding a hint of real-world isolation, you must make your way through the winding trails of “The Village” before venturing indoors where even more startling scenes await you. Applauded by Newsday for their realism and continual effort in creating a bigger and scarier haunted house year after year, you may want to bring a change of pants. (Or two.)
North Carolina Top Haunt: Woods of Terror
Horrifying Haunt That is Sure to Please!
For over 25 years Woods of Terror has been terrorizing visitors with their extensive 20-acre property that’s best described as a living hell. Featuring 13 unique attractions, this is a haunt that will satisfy even the most hardened horror fan. Guests will be subjected to attractions like “Blackout Terror”, where they will don a completely dark hood, blinding them to their surroundings and creating a tense atmosphere of claustrophobia. Showing that they’re truly not ones to play favorites with phobias, their infestation attraction will appeal to anyone with a fear of creepy crawlers.
But the fun doesn’t stop there, you’ll be thrown into the midst of your most dreaded cinematic moments as you work your way through the lairs of famous horror movie icons. Maybe sit that one out if you’re an 80’s babysitter or hormonal camp counselor, everyone else, ENTER IF YOU DARE!
North Dakota Top Haunt: Acres of Terror
Going strong since 2003
If you visited Acres of Terror last year, then you already know why it was voted the Top Haunt in all of North Dakota. Its familiar cast of characters will bring tears to your eyes… in more ways than one. You’ll find yourself laughing one minute, then screaming and running for your life, and then laughing and wondering if you’ve completely lost it! The insanity of it all will keep you on your toes… If ZiggyD Wolf doesn’t scare you off with his insatiable desire for… selfies?
FrightFind It: Acres of Terror in Leonard, ND
Runner Up: Haunted Fort in Mandan, ND
Ohio Top Haunt: Dent Schoolhouse
Class is in session
Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio, was yet again selected as the top haunt in all of Ohio and is widely considered one of the scariest haunted houses in the entire country. The Dent crew has some of the highest standards of acting, makeup, set design, and storytelling in the business, and this year, the clowns are making a return! No one is safe in this school of horrors; even the school nurse makes a ghastly appearance. Top marks if you don’t tap out early.
Oklahoma Top Haunt: The Hex House
Inspired a true story of murder in Tulsa
The Hex House in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the top haunt for Oklahoma. This extreme haunted attraction is considered too intense for most children. The Hex House features two haunted attractions in one: The Hex House and West Side Grim. The Hex House is an “intense multi-element, walk-through haunted attraction themed around a dark chapter in Tulsa’s haunted past.” You will descend into the depths of dread as you traverse the halls of horrors. You will not come face to face with the likes of Freddy and Jason, but you will face your own deepest fears in this high-octane thrill-ride of a haunt!
Oregon Top Haunt: House of Shadows
They Really Know How To Grab Your Attention
House of Shadows, located in Gresham, Oregon is not for the faint of heart…. Voted Top Haunt in all of Oregon for the second time, House of Shadows is the only full contact haunt in all of Oregon and guarantees a highly interactive experience. There are now eight attractions total, promising you a deep dive into the eighth level of hell! You’ll find yourself among Angels, demons, and corn-fed killers who will take a stab at scaring even the most experienced thrill-seekers.
Pennsylvania Top Haunt: Bates Motel
A boy’s best friend is his mother.
Bates Motel is in its 27th year of operation, and is featured as the top haunted attraction in Pennsylvania! Bates Motel gets up close and personal with terrifying detail and brutal realism, and is so frightening, it is not recommended for children under 8. For those who are brave enough, the site also features one of the scariest hayrides in the nation! If you dare, take a hike through a creepy cornfield and you’ll come face to face with the Headless Horseman… You may have thought you knew everything there is to know about the Bates Motel, but there are more questions than answers in this mind-bending march through madness.
Rhode Island Top Haunt: Field of Screams
Try and compose yourself, then aim for the decomposing.
For the third year running, Field of Screams is at the top of the list for Rhode Island. Adding an intense zombie paintball course made this haunt a sure bet. Board a 30 foot, 5 ton military truck with mounted paintball guns and ward off the undead horde before you and your peers get overrun. Also included in the price of admission are a crawl through the Dungeon of Doom, Dead River Haunted Hayride, and a clown-themed Cirque de Souls, so there’s sure to be a spine-tingling experience for everyone, no matter your personal phobia.
South Carolina Top Haunt: Deceased Farm
Something’s Funny on the Farm
Deceased Farms promises to bring the scares in 2017, introducing guests to their deepest, darkest fears. Visitors will experience a continuous self-guided haunt that spans 6 buildings of chaos, beginning with a trippy 3D experience that will leave your head spinning. After that, guests will make their way through a dreary farm and onto 2 acres of expansive cornfields.
It’s almost harvesting time, so make sure you’re not caught out alone! You’ll likely need some time to unwind after such an adrenaline-filled adventure, so be sure to relax and enjoy some smores or just grab some cold ones with the ghouls at Deceased Farms bar, “Deceased Brews”. All ages are welcome with parental or adult guidance, however, parents are cautioned that this may not be an attraction suitable for those under 12. Characters are allowed to touch visitors and there are active strobe lights so those with medical conditions or expecting mothers may want to plan accordingly.
South Dakota Top Haunt: Fear Asylum
Don’t be scared. Some people make it out.
Returning to the top spot after a one-year hiatus, Fear Asylum is unlike any haunted house you have experienced before. This Escape Room will entrap you and up to 8 of your friends, locking you within the confines of a mind-bending maze of puzzles and props. If you have what it takes to escape, you’ll relish the chance to maneuver through the 1000 square feet of movie-quality sets, props, puzzles, and special effects.
Tennessee Top Haunt: Frightmare Manor
The Money Back Haunt that Guarantees a Fright!
Nestled in the quiet mountain town of Talbott, TN resides Frightmare Manor. Formerly the home of a wealthy plantation owner, Frightmare Manor is more than just another haunt. You see, that former plantation owner was Jeremiah Lexer, one of Tennesee’s most prolific serial killers in history. Yes, you read that right. What was once the site of one of the most grisly real-life ax murders in Tennessee history is now the home of Frightmare Manor. Visitors can still see the ax marks on the wall where Lexer brutally murdered his family before throwing himself out of a top floor window.
While there are no actual serial killers lurking around the property today, Frightmare Manor still offers sweat-inducing, blood pumping action like no other, including a free fall attraction aptly named the “Lexer Jump”. If you’re brave enough, check out the Nightmare at Frightmare Challenge – if you are able to complete all 5 horrifying attractions, you WILL get your money back, guaranteed. How’s that for a number one attraction? Needless to say, this is one attraction where you’d best leave the kids at home.
Texas Top Haunt: 13th Floor San Antonio
The Lone Star State doesn’t mess around!
The 13th floor arrives in San Antonio, returns to take its place as the top haunt in all of Texas. The largest and longest haunted house in all of San Antonio, The 13th Floor will transport you to new levels of terror! Described as theatrical, intense, and graphic, this haunt promises an agonizing thrill ride. You’ll plunge into the cavernous basement of a 107-year-old house, where feral werewolves and the undead will greet you with great enthusiasm.
Utah Top Haunt: Fear Factory
Salt Lake City’s only “haunted” haunted house
Ranked top haunt for the state of Utah, Fear Factory, Salt Lake features a zip line, and a Fear Fall, Free Fall, making this attraction an action-packed thrill-ride from the moment you arrive! Guests can experience a post-apocalyptic world through the first Virtual Reality haunted attraction in all of Utah! For those wanting a more “hands-on” experience, take a walk through Touch of Fear and let the monsters guide you beyond your wildest nightmare! If you’re still itching for more, take a wild ride on the Zombie Bus where you just may find yourself at the end of the road.
Vermont Top Haunt: Dead North
Just head dead north and you’ll run into it.
When a flourishing Vermont town began to slowly wither away into a barren wasteland, its residents began referring to it as DEAD North, Vermont. It’s no surprise that DEAD North is at the top of the list of haunts in all of Vermont. The ghastly history that surrounds the demise of the town is woven into the storyline of this mile-long haunt. The haunt is open only two weekends in October, so with only four chances to visit this historic attraction, tickets are likely to vanish before you know it.
Virginia Top Haunt: 43 Nightmares
With 43 Nightmares you’re sure to have a sleepless night!
Nestled in the small town of Keeling, VA lurks your darkest nightmares. Rated one of Virginia’s scariest haunts and partner with Scream Freak Network, a professional acting troupe that promises to offer you the scare of your life! While 43 Nightmares prefers to remain mum about the horror that awaits you, you’ll face all manner of deranged beings, chainsaw-wielding madmen and more! For years they’ve been satisfying fans who rave about their prop design, sets, and special effects. Featuring a haunted house, trail and corn maze, as well as live animals and a talented crew that’s sure to live up to their motto; making your nightmares a reality!
Washington Top Haunt: Fright Factory
Washington’s Largest Manufacturer Of Screams
Fright Factory, located in Buckley, Washington, holds onto its place at the top of the podium for the second year in a row. The owners of this haunted house make no claims of being “family friendly…” In fact, due to the intensity of the attraction, they suggest you leave young children at home and come prepared to be totally freaked out! This haunt might break your spirit, but it won’t break the bank; cost of admission is only $12 ($11 if you bring a can of food).
West Virginia Top Haunt: The Asylum Haunted House Presents DEVIANT
Three-year winner located in the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The folks over at the Asylum certainly know how to put on a show. For the third year in a row, they have stolen the number one spot as West Virginia’s Top Haunt, following their presentations of “Malice” in 2015 and “Hysteria” in 2016. This year prepare to be driven mad by “Deviant”, a terrifying glimpse into the sadistic mind of Dr. Cerebus and his mutilated experiments.
Located in one of the US’s oldest and most terrifying asylums from the 1800’s – the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – this is a haunt with a lot of history. Like most of the others on this list, children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and it isn’t recommended for expecting mothers or those with heart conditions. All others should proceed with caution, the doctor is in and he’s accepting new patients!
Wisconsin Top Haunt: Green Bay Fear
Not your typical CheeseHeads
Green Bay Fear, the top haunt for Wisconsin, features a terrifying barrage of torment, leaving you disturbed and dizzy! Watch helplessly as Mr. Jingles unleashes his most heinous acts of all time! Green Bay Fear will illuminate your darkest nightmares, bringing them to life before your eyes. Choose your own hellish adventure… wander through the Twisted Trail, or try your luck inside Mr. Jingles’ Funhouse. But don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Wyoming Top Haunt: Nightmare on 17th St
Sweet Dreams Are Not Made Of These
Nightmare on 17th Street is the top haunt in all of Wyoming for the third year in a row! Spawned in 1989 by members of an international, non-sectarian fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias, the attraction terrifies 2,500 to 3,000 victims every year. Featuring 15 scenes so shocking, you’ll have to leave pregnant women and young children at home. And on one exceedingly creepy night, guests are welcome to wander the haunted halls in complete darkness.
FrightFind It: Nightmare on 17th St in Cheyenne, WY
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