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8 of the Scariest Haunted Attractions in America

Brianna is a full-time writer, blogger, and editor. Her specialty is all things scary. Travel with her to some truly haunting destinations!

Reader beware: The scariest haunted attractions are below.

Reader beware: The scariest haunted attractions are below.

Come In If You Dare...

For some people, Halloween is not just about dressing up, bobbing for apples, and trick-or-treating. Maybe you are just too old to be going out and begging for candy. Some of us like to go all-out and visit some spooky places just to scare the pants off of ourselves or someone else.

This list includes a variety of haunted mazes, funhouses, and other horrific destinations. Sounds like a blast, right? I have found some of the creepiest places from all over the country, so you can find the perfect way to get your scare on!


This thrill park was dreamed up and created by those incredible Disney Imagineers. Located in Terrell, Texas, this spooky park scares the hair off of more than 20,000 visitors a year and was selected as one of the top locations of America's Best Haunts of 2010!

The spook house covers 50 acres with a total of 8 attractions. Do not ask them how long touring will take because they will, in turn, ask you how fast you can run. Yikes!

All 8 of their attractions are extremely terrifying, but among their most popular and newest ones is the Labyrinth of Terror, led by the wicked Lady Cassandra as you tour through madness and mayhem. The highlight is the Verdun Manor, where a huge dragon awaits you to blow his fiery breath, then up the stairs, you go where human/animal hybrids are waiting for you to get their vengeance.

Fright Factory Philadelphia, Pa

Fright Factory Philadelphia, Pa

Fright Factory

This haunted location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is among some of the country's most popular haunted tourist locations. It was also featured on the Travel Channel. The warehouse consists of four mazes, with the first being their iChem Industries Factory, where scientists who claim to be detoxifying the planet actually are using the toxins for genetic modification. That is where their most vicious scarers are, but the next maze is the actual asylum, and most claim that it is there where the best frightening experiences happen.

The story consists of psychiatry doctor Robert T. Brash who experimented with his patients and then tortured them. That is until the asylum's patients finally took over and brutally killed the whole staff before turning on each other. What most thrill seekers like best are the mind-playing games and effects. They play with your mind as if trying to convince you that you must check into the asylum. Terrifying!

The next maze is through the Undercroft Cemetary, which is basically you walking through a creepy cemetery with a few scarers now and then. It is the end of that maze where they nearly knock your socks off with two scare actors and their deafening, screaming abilities. The final maze is the Amygdala, which stands for the almond-shaped part in the cerebellum that triggers your emotion of fear and aggression. This part is pitch black, and you must find your way around while terrified of what you may find. Are you ready to get lock downed in this asylum?


Get lost inside the labyrinth chambers of Netherworld, but be careful not to let the Netherspawn inhabitants get you! Enter mazephobia. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, this scare house is filled with immortals from werewolves, goblins, sharks, and zombies to cannibal clowns and has been considered one of the most haunted houses in the nation. This place truly feeds on every single phobia any human being can have. According to Fangoria, the most well-known horror magazine in America, Netherworld has been ranked their #1.

They have been opening and operating for many years, and over time, their storyline often changes, but currently, the show consists of two parts of Gargoyles and Dead Salvage. This place is known for its top-notch actors, elaborate sets, and special effects. A few movies have also included Netherworld as their set. Have a horrific phobia? Come face your fear at Netherworld!

Seven Floors Of Hell

Seven Floors Of Hell

Seven Floors of Hell

This is Cleveland, Ohio's biggest and best haunted house! Seven Floors of Hell isn't just seven floors of hell; it is seven houses, each with its own terrorizing theme! Themes in which they change every single year for the best horrific show out there. They love the element of surprise, and let's just say it consists of a Blood Barn, a Gas Chamber, Camp Nightmare, House of Nightmares, Mausoleum, Evil Visions, and a Mental Ward. What more could you die for? I mean, ask for. If you think you are tough enough to handle it, then come on over to Cleveland. It will take about two hours to make it through all the houses. That is if you make it out alive. *Insert Evil Laugh Here*.

Scream in the Dark

Scream in the Dark

Scream in the Dark

Prepare, all you Halloween junkies, for the all-time thrill in Bakersfield, California. With a new theme every year to keep visitors on their toes, there is no telling what you could be walking into. They have done everything from evil hillbillies, horrors of the sea, mummies and cyborgs to an alien invasion.

The creator, David Enloe, got sparked by the idea of starting his own spook house from years of doing one at his own home. From haunting the local kids to a worldwide phenomenon of good old-fashioned scaring, this place has been named the number one among many in America.

From the second you step out of your car in the parking lot, you better watch out; they are waiting! Step inside the creepy dollhouse for a good thrill. This place is not for the weak, though. Some have even passed out in these haunted walls from the monster charades!

Hangman's House of Horror

Hangman's House of Horror

Hangman's House of Horrors

Down in Fort Worth, Texas, lies a horrific place and a true house of horror. With its featuring one main haunting event, they also include several smaller ones, all with different themes to add to the thrilling adventure. You might want to try those out first to build up the anticipation for the main event. For those looking for more fun or who do not dare to go in, they manage concession stands, karaoke, and live bands. Though they have tons of visitors each year and make tons of money, all proceeds go to charity. They have been featured on MSNBC and the Travel Channel as well.

The main event is the site to see where they will cram you in a small room and explain The Legend of the Hangman tale, which was about a man in the 1800s that hung over a hundred people along the Trinity River in the dark. After being caught and sentenced to the end of the rope himself, the next day, his body disappeared, and the legend lives on! It will then open up to several mazes where you will uncover everything from rooms of white sheets, the room of mirrors and trippy strobe lights, a room based on the Saw movies, the spinning tunnel room, to the checkered disorientation room.

All while the very talented actors sneak up behind you or jump out from the most inconspicuous places. Where something is hiding in every corner and behind every door, come on into the wrath of the murdering Hangman. Hope you make it out alive.

The Darkness Haunted House

The Darkness Haunted House

The Darkness

This haunted attraction, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is said to be the "king" of haunted houses. Though the house in itself can scare the absolute ba-jeebers out of you, that is not all there is to be offered. It is actually a part of a St. Louis event called Scarefest, which includes multiple venues for all your frightening needs.

The Darkness includes multiple floors and is complimented with a ton of intricate and insane details. The haunted greenhouse with a man-eating Venus Flytrap is their latest improvement. There is also a 3D exhibit called Terrorvisions that will be sure to shake you up with their crazy clowns, deranged ice cream men, mazes and giant monsters.

No expense is spared with these people to scare the absolute hell right out of you. And to prove that is the fact that they have been featured on National Geographic, Travel Channel, The History Channel, and right smack dab on the front cover of USA Today. Why so much attention?

Well, they are different, you see. Instead of just a haunted house with monsters popping out of corners, this place is set up like a real live Hollywood movie set playing right out in front of you. Only you are the screaming main star of this horrifying movie. Are you ready to put your acting skills to the test?

Vortex Theater's Blackout Haunted House

Warning: Nobody under the age of 18 shall be permitted. Please wear your protective masks provided and no speaking. You are required to remove your shoes and socks as well. If you cannot handle it, use the safety word.

Scared yet? Ok, how about this? You must walk through alone. What!? That's right, people. NYC's most famous haunted house has a disclaimer and some pretty interesting rules. Oh, and you WILL be touched. This is where your worst nightmare will come true. Audio and video stimulation will test all your limits to the max, and you'll swear you have gone crazy or mad. And with about 50% of the experience in complete darkness, God only knows what truly chilling scenes you are about to partake.

Few glimpses of light while being touched, pushed, and held while having to try to walk and crawl through a pure horrifying nightmare in your protective mask provided at the front gate. Why must you be over the age of 18? Well, for starters, it can get pretty X-Rated in there with vixen-like mental patients, thugs, and just sex and violence period. Not literally, but close enough. This is a horror movie straight from Hell, and you, my friend, are their only victim.

Blackout Haunted House

Blackout Haunted House

You Made It Through the Scariest Haunted Attractions!

Think you are tough enough to make it all the way through these horror houses? Prove it! They all await you to give a fantastic scare. If you get the heebie-jeebies or are going to need to bring an extra pair of underwear, maybe you should just stick to some haunted hayrides. All Hallows Eve is supposed to be a fun night whether you are a child or an adult. I do not recommend bringing your children to any of these places—unless they have more balls than you, of course. Happy Halloween!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Brianna W


Brianna W (author) from East Coast on January 19, 2015:

No worries Nell Rose, they scare the pants off me everytime!

Sunshine625- thank you! They are pretty spooky aren't they?

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 18, 2015:

Heck, I got scared just from reading your list...I'll pass on touring haunted houses. Spooktacular hub!

Nell Rose from England on January 18, 2015:

I loved this, I remember going to a haunted house experience a few years ago, I was so confident that it wouldn't scare the pants of me, I was wrong! lol! great read!

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on October 06, 2014:

Thank you Frank and glad you enjoyed. Just in time for Halloween!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on October 06, 2014:

I know this hub was written years ago but now its a perfect time to read again voted useful my friend :)

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 19, 2012:

Thank you GlstngRosePetals for reading and the positive feedback!

GlstngRosePetals from Wouldn't You Like To Know on September 19, 2012:

Just a chilling article of places that i have never seen or been to. I myself don't think i would like to be frightened to that extent. A good BOO does me just fine. Thank you for sharing this awsome hub. Voted up!!!

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 18, 2012:

Thank you Denise! And glad to see if it is easily found on google!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 18, 2012:

Nice work-caught this on a google search :)

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on October 07, 2011:

Thank you David!

daviddwarren22 on October 07, 2011:

So scary places. Great information here. Love the scary pictures.

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 25, 2011:

Thank you epigramman! Glad you enjoyed and thank you for posting. My love life is probably my biggest, scariest attraction too! lol. Which is most likley why I choose not to have one. Man I can't think of just one horror film I love because I love all different kinds...even those cheesy low-budget ones, but if I had to choose it would be any of the Hannibal Lector movies, The Shining, and The Exorcist.

As far as a ghost, according to family and friends I encountered one that I talked to constantly when I was a little girl(say 2 or 3) the whole time we lived in this old house. After we moved I never spoke of him again. Very creepy!

epigramman on September 25, 2011:

...I would say the scariest halloween attraction is my love life - lol - that is why I have the cat in the picture with me - lol - so maybe some old rich lady will feel sorry for me - lol - but yes this is such a world class hub all the way - in fact it is so essential that I will post this to my Facebook page with a direct link back here - and perhaps you will receive visits from some of my little monsters and believe me on FB there are quite a few - lol - and I really do love the fine variety of hub subjects you share with us too - in one epi-man word - hubfabulous!

What is your favorite horror film? Have you ever encountered a ghost?

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Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 19, 2011:

Thank you Kenneth! I'm glad you enjoyed reading, and it is never too early to wish me a Happy's one of my favorite times of year!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 19, 2011:

GREAT read! Creative in every way--text, art and presentation. I want to wish you a Happy Halloween 2011, a tad early. Keep up the great work.

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 16, 2011:

Thank you for reading and voting Jeannie! I agree and wish to make to atleast one of these places this year. I'm not far from Philly so maybe Fright Factory is the one.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on September 16, 2011:

This is a really awesome hub. All of the attractions look pretty scary. If you are going to go to a haunted attraction, you may as well go to one of the best. This list looks like it covers the very best. Voted up!

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 13, 2011:

Thank you Simone, I was surprised at the Disney part, too. I definitley had great fun writing this hub!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 13, 2011:

These places sound incredible! And I had no idea that Disney Imagineers were responsible for any sort of parks outside of Disneyland and Disney World. How cool!!!

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 08, 2011:

Thank you Husky. Haha I am just so excited about Halloween and I happened to find a webpage review on The Fright Factory so I thought it would be an interesting topic to research and write about. I didn't realize there were so many popular haunted attractions. Out of all my hubs, I think I had the most fun writing this one.

Husky1970 on September 08, 2011:

They all sound pretty scary to me. How did you ever come up with such an interesting list of frightful places? Interesting hub and voted accordingly.

Brianna W (author) from East Coast on September 08, 2011:

I agree with your choice FloraBreenRobison, the dark combined with being frightened, in the dark, and alone could spark anyone's true worst nightmare. I think it would me.

FloraBreenRobison on September 08, 2011:

I've never been to any of these places. Regarding the poll, I voted for the last choice. Being in the dark pretty much the whole time requires a lot of imagination on your part-and I find that people's imaginations can frighten them better than props that you can see