Hosts' Favorite Halloween Attractions

From frightening attractions like 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA, to something more lighthearted like a pumpkin patch in Moorpark, CA, see our hosts' picks for their favorite Halloween attractions.

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Netherworld

Netherworld

An actor with an impressive set of teeth at Netherworld, a top haunted house in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

  

Netherworld

Netherworld

Affixing a latex mask to a Netherworld actor's face. 960 1280

  

Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta

Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta

A laughing Buddha painted pumpkin at the Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta in Maine. 960 1280

  

Pumpkin race

Pumpkin race

Look at those pumpkins go! 960 1280

  

Netherworld

Netherworld

This Netherworld clown is ready to play. 960 1280

  

Bates Haunted Hayride

Bates Haunted Hayride

A sign for Darkwood Home for the Criminally Insane at the Bates Haunted Hayride in Pennsylvania. 960 1280

  

Bates Haunted Hayride

Bates Haunted Hayride

Come and spend the night at the Bates Motel -- if you dare. 960 1280

  

Bates Haunted Hayride

Bates Haunted Hayride

A skeleton stands watch over this grave at the Bates Haunted Hayride. 960 1280

  

Bates Haunted Hayride

Bates Haunted Hayride

A decrepit church in the woods -- all part of the Bates Haunted Hayride. 960 1280

  

World Famous Pumpkin Race

World Famous Pumpkin Race

A full-size pumpkin racecar at the World Famous Pumpkin Race in Manhattan Beach, CA. 960 1280

  

Netherworld

Netherworld

A gruesome greeter in the parking lot of Netherworld. 960 1280

  

Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Guests begin to board for their terrifying journey on the Ghost Ship, a 75-minute haunted cruise in Newport Beach, CA. 960 1280

  

Netherworld

Netherworld

One very unhappy clown at Netherworld. 960 1280

  

Run for Your Lives

Run for Your Lives

Watch out for zombies in this crowded haystack maze during the Run for Your Lives 5K obstacle course in Darlington, MD. 960 1280

  

Erebus Haunted Attraction

Erebus Haunted Attraction

One of the largest Halloween attractions in the world, Erebus is a 4-story haunted house in Pontiac, MI, that promises underworld giant monsters, bottomless pits and crushing walls.

Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations made our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2013. Plan ahead and prepare to be spooked!
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Bennett's Curse

Bennett's Curse

Bennett's Curse in Jessup, MD, is consistently ranked a top haunt because of its unique special effects and hi-tech fright entertainment. Check out the trifecta of terror attractions here: House of Vampyres, Sanctuary of Insanity and Zombie Kingdom 3-D. 960 1280

Jim O'Connor  

Witches of New Salem

Witches of New Salem

“Enter the corn at your own risk,” warns Witches of New Salem. This nighttime tour in Dorr, MI, will take you on a wild ride of dead ends, twist and turns, and the entire time you’ll be haunted by creepy corn stalkers. And if your heart can take it, take a tour of the Witches Woods’ for even more frightening fun. 960 1280

Witches of New Salem   

Dent Schoolhouse

Dent Schoolhouse

The legend of Charlie the Janitor, a janitor in the ’50s who killed students who taunted him, still haunts the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati. Tour this haunted schoolhouse, where town lore says the missing children were killed. 960 1280

Dent Schoolhouse  

Hangman's House of Horrors

Hangman's House of Horrors

Hangman's House of Horrors in Fort Worth, TX, features the Cirque de Fantomes, Hillbillies Revenge and a wild 3-D Funhouse. Inspired by the legend of Hezekiah Jones, a murderer known as "Hangman,” this house of horrors also includes less scary entertainment like live music, rides and karaoke. 
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Hangman's House of Horrors  

Terror Behind the Walls

Terror Behind the Walls

Once one of the most notorious prisons in the country, Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary is now one of the country’s top-ranked haunted attractions, with its empty cell blocks and over 11-acres of frightening fun. New this year, Detritus takes brave souls past the historic prison greenhouse and into an outdoor labyrinth of overgrown twisting vines. 960 1280

By David (eastern state peniteniary, 11) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

ESP's Night Watch

ESP's Night Watch

We can’t think of anything scarier than a night at Eastern State Penitentiary, a 180-year-old facility that dozens of paranormal investigation teams have declared haunted. Visitors explore ESP's Night Watch on their own, using only a flashlight to guide the way. 960 1280

By David (eastern state peniteniary, 23) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Fright Factory

Fright Factory

Ghoulish fiends masquerade as Hollywood's famous villains at the Fright Factory in Philadelphia. For a full night of fright, check out all 3 terrifying attractions: the Asylum, Village of the Damned and Horror High. 960 1280

  

Bates Motel

Bates Motel

When you check in to the Bates Motel, be prepared for the creepiest trip you'll ever take. Whether exploring the hotel's gruesome interior of computerized lighting and high-tech special effects, hopping aboard the 20-minute haunted hay ride through a forest of nightmarish ghouls, or getting lost in the spine-tingling aisles of the corn maze, visitors are sure to be spooked. 960 1280

Bates Motel   

The 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. 960 1280

Andy Black, flickr  

Thrillvania

Thrillvania

This notorious thrill park plantation features 4 haunted attractions, including the "Labyrinth of Terror," Dr. Lycan's "Trail of Torment," "Voodoo Bayou," and Granny Lupus' "Seance Theater." 960 1280

Thrillvania  

Scream in the Dark

Scream in the Dark

Staged for the first time outside in an expansive parking lot, the Scream in the Dark, formerly Chamber of Chills, has mastered the creepy art of using sound and lighting -- and some very talented actors -- to bait and confuse visitors to the site. 960 1280

Chamber of Chills  

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

The Collector awaits your visit to the self-guided Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, GA. Known for its unique themes and chilling close attention to detail, Netherworld is owned by TV and film professionals, so the makeup, costumes and acting are top notch. 960 1280

  

UNDEAD Haunted House

UNDEAD Haunted House

The UNDEAD Haunted House, located on the premises of the 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, CO, is an interactive and immersive zombie experience. The zombies of the UNDEAD Haunted House have taken over a built-to-scale farmhouse, and it's up to you to seek refuge. 960 1280

  

The Beast

The Beast

The Beast in Kansas City, MO, transports you to a creepy, haunted Louisiana plantation, complete with a live alligator pit and bayou filled with who knows what else! 960 1280

  

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail in San Diego, CA, takes over the city’s famous Balboa Park for a mile-long, terrifying walk through the woods. The Haunted Trail is San Diego's only all-outdoor haunted attraction – and it’s not for the faint of heart. 960 1280

Mike  

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

If you prefer your scares indoors, The Haunted Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter offers patrons a ride on the "hell-evator." The Haunted Hotel is San Diego's biggest and longest-running Halloween attraction. 960 1280

  

The Edge of Hell

The Edge of Hell

The Edge of Hell in Kansas City, MO, is home to Medusa, the largest man-eating python. 960 1280

  

Creepywoods

Creepywoods

Creepywoods in Kingsville, MD, turns a once-quiet family farm into a frightening forest of evil creatures, werewolves and ghouls. An all-outdoor attraction, Creepywoods allows visitors to wander the woods on their own, making it an even more terrifying adventure. 960 1280

  

Hundred Acres Manor

Hundred Acres Manor

Hundred Acres Manor in Pittsburg, PA, features 6 different experiences, from the twisted medical research facility known as “South Valley Hospital” to the meat-processing plant turned human butcher shop called “Brine Slaughterhouse.” 960 1280

  

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Toronto Zombie Walk

Toronto Zombie Walk

A participant in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk enjoys a tasty hand sandwich. This year the walking dead attempted to break a world record and learn to save a life with CPR training by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As they put it, “zombies need to plan for the future too!” 960 1280

By Josh Jensen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Blue Eyed Zombie) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

"World Zombie Day" takes place every October in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. The annual Walk Against Hunger returns to Grant Park in Royal Oak, thanks to the "bloody-the-lawn-all-you-want" policy. 960 1280
Chicago Zombie March

Chicago Zombie March

Zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade look on as "The Executioner" poses for the camera. Over the summer, the annual zombie march takes place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

By Eric Ingrum [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

The West End Village is flooded with the undead on "World Zombie Day." Free to the public, zombies were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. In 2007, Pittsburgh had a Guinness World Record-breaking attendance of 1,028 attendants. 960 1280
London Pub Crawl

London Pub Crawl

For the Brits, celebrating World Zombie Day takes place in the form of a pub crawl through central London, ending with a midnight screening of "Shaun of the Dead" at the Leicester Square Theater. 960 1280
Philly Zombie Prom

Philly Zombie Prom

This handsome couple found true zombie love at Philadelphia’s zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280
Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s annual zombie walk has become one of the world’s largest, with over 2,405 participating in the Fremont flash mob this past July. 960 1280
Sitges Zombie Walk

Sitges Zombie Walk

Sponsored by Jack Daniels, this event has become a highlight of the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. 960 1280

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Stockholm Zombie Walk

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Zombie walks have become a worldwide phenomenon. The Swedish capital’s streets are flooded with blood and guts during the annual zombie walk. 960 1280

Pelle Sten, flickr   

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico City broke the world record for the largest zombie gathering in 2011, when Guinness officially counted 9,806 participants, surpassing the previous record-holder Asbury Park, NJ. 960 1280

Munir Hamdan, flickr  

New Jersey Zombie Walk

New Jersey Zombie Walk

“Rise and walk” to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the apocalypse in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2008, the event has nearly tripled in size. 960 1280

Bob Jagendorf, flickr  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

A crowd of "infected" people surround the hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters at San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: "Absolute zombie domination." 960 1280
Brisbane Zombie Walk

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Trying to top past success, this year’s event will be a Zombie Festival in Victoria Park in Spring Hill, Queensland and hopes to raise more than $24,000 for Brain Foundation. 960 1280

Mark C-F, flickr  

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