Scariest Halloween Attractions

Every autumn a frightening fever sweeps the nation from its biggest cities to its smallest towns. It's the annual opening of eerie exhibitions: Haunted houses, creepy mazes and frightening fairs. Abandoned prisons and decrepit cruise ships re-create scary scenes and tales of terror for chill seekers to enjoy.

Each year there are new trends in the business of fear, including live performances by actors trained to terrify even the toughest customers. These attractions have morphed beyond the neighborhood haunted house and have become popular tourist destinations across the country.

Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations our panel of advisors chose for Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2014. Prepare to be spooked!

Queen Mary

The Queen Mary

Ahoy! Hop aboard Southern California's Queen Mary -- a 12-deck ship -- and experience 7 terrifying mazes; 1 sassy "fright mistress" in her private lair, a 45,000-square-foot "Dome of Doom" dance hall; and all the requisite skeletons, blood and gore.

What's Cool: Live bands and a dance party keep crowds entertained.
The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802


Phone: +1 877-342-0738

Hangman's House of Horrors

Hangman's House of Horrors

Based on the legend of "Hangman," a 19th-century murderer who killed his victims by hanging them along the banks of the Trinity River until he was killed by an angry lynch mob ... or was he? When the gravedigger arrived to bury his body, it was nowhere to be found. Today, Hangman's House of Horrors features 3 additional attractions: The Cirque de Fantomes, Hillbillies Revenge and the 3-D Funhouse. Hang around the grounds for live entertainment including bands, rides, karaoke and body art. Partial proceeds benefit local charities.

What's Cool: Inspired by the legend of Hezekiah Jones, a murderer known as "Hangman."
Hangman's House of Horrors

2300 West Freeway, Fort Worth, TX, Fort Worth, TX 76102


Phone: +1 817-336-4264



This notorious thrill park plantation features 4 haunted attractions, including the "Labyrinth of Terror," where a decapitated spirit -- Lady Cassandra -- refuses to rest peacefully. Horrific images from her tortured past fill the area. Or check out Dr. Lycan's "Trail of Torment," where an insane psychologist works his twisted experiments on innocent visitors to the plantation. Braver souls may want to visit the misty "Voodoo Bayou," but watch out for the bayou creatures!

What's Cool: Meet some unsavory spirits at Granny Lupus' Seance Theater.

2330 County Road 138, Terrell, TX 75161


Phone: +1 972-428-9653

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