Ready for the fright of your life? These haunted houses rely on demented actors, wild beasts and special effects to elicit screams of terror from visitors.
The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA, is housed in a building that is more than 150 years old and was once a brick-making yard manned by slaves and, later, an actual slaughterhouse. The attraction targets every imaginable phobia, with zombies, serial killers and more.
In this former theater in Austin, TX, actors truly get into character as they frighten visitors in 3 distinct horror experiences — Blackthorne District: Realms Collide, Cursed: The Coven and Slaughterhouse: The Feeding.
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City, Nightmare on 13th starts scaring guests in the waiting line, before they even step foot in the haunted house. Highlights in this cavernous 36,000-square-foot fright fest include a cannibalistic Aztec witch doctor, an explosive volcano and a replica of the Bates Motel.
Many believe that this site, located next to one of Houston's oldest cemeteries, is home to full-time ghosts. So it may be hard to tell if you’re spooked here by an actor or an apparition. Don 3-D glasses in the psychedelic clown room for even more mind games as you try to figure out what’s real and what’s not.
Denver's 13th Floor Haunted House is full of frights, including a hillbilly horror show, a fire dancer writhing in flames, and extra-large rats. Even scarier? The real ghosts: Paranormal experts have 5 EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) recordings to prove that there's haunted activity here.
Located in a building in San Diego's Gaslamp District that’s more than a century old, the Haunted Hotel includes a frightful elevator ride, chain-saw-carrying clowns and plenty of zombies and ghouls popping up in every corner.
The senses are assaulted at Cutting Edge in Fort Worth, TX, with pumping music, heavy fog and horrific sights. Pass through a giant skull to the world's largest walk-through haunted house, which features zombies, vampires and gothic ghouls.
Spread out over 55 acres, Spookywoods in Archdale, NC, near Greensboro, has a creepy cornfield, a twisted maze, a haunted house and a haunted train ride, the Ghost Town Express.
Creepyworld in Fenton, MO, is a one-stop shop for creepiness, with a variety of haunted attractions, including a chain-saw-wielding bride, flying sparks and a bloody bathtub scene straight out of a horror flick. See if your nerves can handle the mazes filled with zombies or a haunted hayride.
The Beast, housed in the old John Deere headquarters in Kansas City, MO, pairs real-life horrors with classic haunted-house attractions. Actors and real animals, such as alligators and a 220-lb. anaconda, add extra thrills.