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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

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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

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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

  

South Florida Fairgrounds

South Florida Fairgrounds

Meet these handsome fellas at South Florida Fairgrounds’ Fright Nights. They’re among the spooky characters you’ll encounter once you snag an RIP “fast pass.” Tour 4 haunted houses, including Sunnyville Oprhanage, where lost little souls march down dark and smelly halls to lonely rooms -- don’t count on a good night’s sleep. 960 1280

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The Mortuary Zombie Outbreak

The Mortuary Zombie Outbreak

Enter the spookiest house in New Orleans … where something sinister is at play. A renegade special ops group has turned the old Mortuary mansion into a test site for 1 very creepy mission: to try a mutated gene on “guests” in order to create a super soldier. One of those guests might be … you. 960 1280

Bryan Demski, Max Trombly, & Jeff Borne  

ZooBoo

ZooBoo

Crash a hair-raising party at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. For the past 15 years, the annual Zoo Boo has showcased plenty of thrills, chills and family frights: Brace yourself for the French Quarter phantoms, Pharaoh’s Tomb of Revenge and the Tangled Terror, filled with some very hungry -- and carnivorous -- plants. 960 1280

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo  

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando

Brush shoulders with some very creepy party guests at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Now in its 23rd year, Universal Studios transforms into one of the largest Halloween events in the US, showcasing haunted houses, freaky live shows and an all-new The Walking Dead street experience. 960 1280

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Scarowinds

Scarowinds

Gaze into these dreamy eyes at Scarowinds. Every weekend night, Carowinds amusement park transforms into the premier Halloween event of the Carolinas. See a shock fest of thrills and chills unfold across the nearly 400-acre amusement park, featuring 12 haunted attractions, from London Terror to Zombie High, along with 500 monsters, vampires and ghouls who roam nearby. 960 1280

Carowinds  

The Darkness

The Darkness

What’s lurking behind these windows? Find out at the St. Louis’ The Darkness. The haunted house sees one big renovation every year – costing as much as $1 million. Last year, renovations included a live reptile section of cobras, scorpions, pythons and piranhas; this year, a zombie will fly across the ceiling -- better duck, before he takes a bite out of your brain. 960 1280

Scarefest  

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

Ripley's Haunted Adventure

At Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg, TN, a multimillion-dollar haunted house is ready to greet visitors like you. And what could be more inviting than a bullet-ridden face standing at a doorway … a bearded man in a top hat who looks like death warmed over … and a room filled with stacks of coffins? 960 1280

Ripley Entertainment Inc.  

Six Flags Fright Fest

Six Flags Fright Fest

This way, me hearties. With 13 locations across North America, from Montreal to LA, Six Flags Fright Fest offers plenty of venues to get your spook on. Among the creepy attractions, prepare yourself to meet the evil pirate Captain Corpius, who haunts the watery areas of Six Flags Over Texas. 960 1280

Six Flags Theme Park  

Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Night

Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Night

Take a ride through spooky fun at Magnolia Plantation. For the past 5 years, this genteel Southern plantation in Charleston, SC, has transformed itself into a series of family fright nights the last 2 weekends in October, with haunted train rides, a costume contest and more. 960 1280

Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Night  

Knott’s Scary Farm

Knott’s Scary Farm

Now 41 years strong, Knott’s Scary Farm is the place for chills this Halloween. Voted the “World’s Best Halloween Theme Park” by TopHaunts.com, the annual event, which sees Knott’s Berry Farm turned into a park of horrors, has 5 new mazes this year, in what is already Southern California’s largest Halloween theme park experience. 960 1280

Knott’s Berry Farm  

Fright Dome

Fright Dome

How about a hug? Head to Vegas for Fright Dome … and prepare for some horrifying fun, spread across 200,000 square feet at Circus Circus Hotel. Created by hauntrepreneur Jason Egan, this year’s horror fest sees 6 new haunted houses, 4 new scare zones, and 25 rides and attractions, which in years past have lured everyone from David Copperfield to Elvira. 960 1280

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Headless horseman at Walt Disney World's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Headless horseman at Walt Disney World's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

"My favorite Halloween attraction on earth is Walt Disney World. On select nights in the Magic Kingdom park, it has Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and those are the only nights of the year when you can trick-or-treat in the park itself. The highlight, of course, is the villains’ parade, which begins with the Headless Horseman riding through the park as all the lights go out. This year, he stopped right in front of our whole family in between howls of fearful delight from my son and his cousins." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280

  

Inside Pennhurst Asylum

Inside Pennhurst Asylum

"About 30 miles outside of Philadelphia sits one of the creepiest and downright scariest places one can go to, especially during Halloween. Shut down in 1986, after over 75 years in operation, the facility was ordered to be closed because of allegations of neglect and abuse of its patients. It was left to rot until it was opened back up a few years ago by some folks who wanted to capitalize on its history. They fixed it up and brought it to life as a Halloween attraction. The special effects and actors and actresses will get the hair on the back of your neck to rise up and stay there. You won't be sure what will come around the next corner, but my advice is to watch your back, because inside Pennhurst, you are not alone!" - Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280

Randy Bates  

Chappell Farms in Barrie, Ontario

Chappell Farms in Barrie, Ontario

"My favorite location to visit for Halloween is Chappell Farms in Barrie Ontario. I love the pumpkin patch the hayrides and spending time with my children. Our kids love picking out their own pumpkins. While at the farm I also pick pie and soup pumpkins to grill and cook." - Danielle Dimovski 960 1280

  

Don Wildman's mom's basement horror show

Don Wildman's mom's basement horror show

"Best and most frightening Halloween attraction? Mom's basement horror show. No one enjoyed Halloween more than my mother, who'd set up a cardboard coffin in the cold cellar and take the kids down in the dark, instructing them to place their hands inside the coffin. They'd squeal as they fondled the bowl of peeled grapes ("Eyeballs!"), then cold spaghetti ("Intestines!!") and crooked sticks ("Bones!!!"). Kind of an innocent thing you could still do back in the '70s and not get arrested." - Don Wildman 960 1280

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Sleepy Hollow new York Graveyard

Sleepy Hollow new York Graveyard

"I'm lucky enough to live a short train ride away from the New York town of Sleepy Hollow. Yes, it’s a real place. And when Halloween rolls around, this quaint village of lovely people likes to continue its haunted, ghoulish reputation started by the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. There’s a haunted cemetery walk and a reading of the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow (complete with creepy organ music), but the most hair-raising event that took my screams from loud to blood-curdling is the Horseman’s Hollow, which is a haunted trail that could be on Fear Factor. Let’s just say it’s not suitable for children — under 20." - Samantha Brown 960 1280

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Night scene from Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando Florida

Night scene from Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando Florida

"My favorite Halloween experience is the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. I love a good scary movie, so it's neat to go to Universal, because you actually feel like you are part of a horror film! It is always fun to go with people who are new to Halloween Horror Nights, because you get to see them jump. Even as a veteran visitor, there is always something new to experience every Halloween!" - Shane Green 960 1280

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A woman by a grave on the Day of the Dead in Mexico

A woman by a grave on the Day of the Dead in Mexico

"My favorite Halloween attraction is the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca, Mexico. It may not technically be a Halloween celebration, but Halloween is my favorite holiday, and this is the best Oct. 31 I've ever had. Not only is this a colorful city surrounded by natural beauty (the Stone Waterfalls) and history (ruins of Monte Alban), but it's a mecca for those looking to celebrate life and death in a way that goes far beyond getting dressed up and collecting candy." - Shane Reynolds 960 1280

  

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