Halloween is coming, which means all things frightening begin their ascent into the spotlight—scary movies pop up on the TV, spooky halloween recipes gain in popularity, creepy décor monopolizes the store shelves, and haunted houses start lurking in the dark corners of your cities, prepping day and night for the opportunity to terrify you. They’re all in the business of scaring—and let me tell you, business is booming!
It’s an odd thing, the phenomenon of being scared. Even though many people instantly regret taking that first step into the dark, ominous confines of a haunted house, it’s still one of the most popular things to do during the Halloween season. It’s true, as a culture, we absolutely love to be shocked, scared and surprised. So with that being said, we’d hate for you to waste your time with boring, amateur scare tactics this Halloween.
Top 5 Haunted Houses in America
Here are the most elaborate and immersive haunted houses in the United States for all you thrill seekers!
#1 The Mortuary
Destination: New Orleans
This 14,000-square-foot, three-story mansion is the only haunted house in Louisiana that takes place over multiple floors… and with real ghosts! That’s right—Ghost Hunters across the globe have actually verified that The Mortuary is most definitely, without a doubt, totally haunted. So, we aren’t lying when we say this house isn’t for the faint of heart. With an already creepy environment, add in the state-of-the-art animatronics, theatrical sets, movie quality makeup, and special effects, and you’ve got yourself one of the most terrifying Halloween haunts ever.
Destination: Litchfield, New Hampshire
Even thick-skinned fans of the horror genre should be scared to enter this 20-acre trail of terror hidden in the wooded banks along the Merrimack River! Just the thought alone is enough to raise the hair on the back of the neck and produce an unsettled feeling in the pit of the stomach. The sinister atmosphere, the gloomy anticipation, the nightmarish characters… bone chilling doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Destination: Atlanta, Georgia
If you’re looking to push the envelope on how much fear you can tolerate, then Netherworld is just what you’re looking for! As you wait to enter the dark abyss of this creepy-looking warehouse, you’ll find yourself face-to-face with unnerving monsters or feel something lurking beside you—nowhere is safe. Once inside, you’ll be met with amazingly disturbing special effects and insane details like squishy floors and walls that start to close in around you. Don’t worry, we won’t judge you if you don’t finish this haunted house—it’s that scary.
#4 13th Floor
Destination: Chicago, Illinois
Chicago sets the bar pretty high when it comes to entertainment options, and the 13th Floor is no exception. During this frightening adventure, you’ll experience the scariest, biggest and most gut-wrenching ride to untold nightmares as legends and impressive performances come together to create a horrifically good time. There are two different houses—Feral Moon and Dead End District—both of which will leave you breathless, thrilled and scared out of your mind.
Destination: Luray, Virginia
Darkwood Manor was once the home of famous killers Leroy and Raven Darkwood, and was the centerpiece to real-life tragedy…or so the legend goes. This haunted attraction takes the simple concept of conjuring scares and nightmares, and adds a more artistic approach. It guarantees fear-in-your-face special effects, amazing details, and scenarios that will make your heart race and leave you gasping for breath. By the time you finally escape – and yes, it will definitely feel like escaping – you’ll be exhaling with relief!
These haunted houses aren’t for the faint of heart… are you up for the challenge?