Top Haunted Cities in America

There’s something intriguing about America’s historic cities, filled with folklore and unanswered mysteries. Plan a spooky adventure to one of these most haunted cities in the country.

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The Jerome Grand Hotel is the most haunted structure in Jerome, Arizona, a town known as "Ghost City." Originally built in 1926, an estimated 9,000 people died on the premises. 960 1280

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The Mizpah Hotel was a storied hotel and casino during the Nevada Gold Rush. While in the basement, Aaron witnessed a broken elevator's doors open and close in front of his eyes. 960 1280

  

In a multi-part lockdown at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego, California, the guys investigated the raucous spirits from wild parties dating back almost 2 centuries ago. 960 1280

  

The crew returned to Virginia City, Nevada, to investigate the Silver Queen Hotel where they recorded their first visual evidence in their 2004 documentary. Zak entered Room 11 to reconnect with Rosie, a prostitute who committed suicide. 960 1280

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The guys experienced terrifying paranormal activity in the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for the Stephen King horror classic "The Shinning." 960 1280

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They caught mind-blowing evidence at the Goldfield Hotel in Nevada, the old ghost town that launched their careers. 960 1280

  

Since it opened in 1827 as the Genesee County Poor Farm, the Rolling Hills Asylum has had many faces. Some unfortunates never escaped the place, dead or alive and it's haunted to this day. 960 1280

  

High atop Louisville, Kentucky, sits a structure which bared witness to one of the most horrific diseases known to man: Tuberculosis. The guys investigated Waverly Hills Sanatorium, the final destination for many who were without hope. 960 1280

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The GA team investigated an abandoned hospital in Yorktown, Texas where the ghosts of nearly 2,000 people who died there still linger. 960 1280

  

Zak, Nick & Aaron traveled to Letchworth Village, an abandoned mental institution complex in Haverstraw, NY, to reveal a powerful and addictive force that compels locals to persistently revisit the haunted grounds. During the lockdown Zak felt a force clinging to him. 960 1280

  

GA investigated a former hospital turned haunted house in Salt Lake City, Utah, where a spirit called Zak out by name. 960 1280

  

On 63,000 square feet in New Castle, Pennsylvania, lies the massive edifice called the Hill View Manor -- where spirits seep out of walls, a cemetery full of souls wander its soil, and our Ghost Adventures Crew spent the night listening to the voices of many of them cry out from the "other side." 960 1280

  

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Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

The Collector awaits your visit to the self-guided Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, GA. 960 1280

  

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

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. 960 1280

  

UNDEAD Haunted House

UNDEAD Haunted House

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. 960 1280

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The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail

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.” 960 1280

  

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s biggest and longest-running Halloween attraction. 960 1280

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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. 960 1280

  

Creepywoods

Creepywoods

Creepywoods, an all-outdoor attraction, 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

  

Carving Hands

Carving Hands

Scott Cummins, an artist and school teacher, carves pumpkins as a hobby. We decided to share a few examples of his amazing work. This pumpkin is a tribute to the famous Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher’s 1948 lithography,“Drawing Hands.” Scott pays homage to him and calls this piece of pumpkin art “Carving Hands.” 960 1280

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Hidden Predator

Hidden Predator

“For this one, I visualized a snake stowed away inside a pumpkin.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Carving Technique

Carving Technique

“Sometimes I enjoy completely carving out a pumpkin so it can be lit from inside. It’s much easier to hollow the pumpkin out before carving the outside.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Master of Thin Skin

Master of Thin Skin

This pumpkin’s skin wasn’t thick enough, so Scott came up with a creative solution when the nose fell off this funny character. 960 1280

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Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle

“My favorite carvings are usually of a face, but I’m always surprised at how many people have expressed that this little sea turtle is their favorite out of all my carvings.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Retro Lego

Retro Lego

Scott has fun with his pumpkin-carving hobby and creates the face of a Lego man on the side of a small pumpkin. 960 1280

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Pie-Sized Pumpkin

Pie-Sized Pumpkin

“Pie-sized pumpkins are great for those times when larger ones are hard to find. These pumpkins usually have a thicker skin in comparison to larger pumpkins and they’re also a lot easier on my back.” - Scott Cummins 960 1280

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Star Wars Droids: C-3PO and R2D2

Star Wars Droids: C-3PO and R2D2

“I always try to find a little time during pumpkin season to carve some pop culture subject matter that appeals to me.” - Scott Cummins

Want to see more of Scott’s work? Visit pumpkingutter.com
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ScareHouse (Pittsburgh, PA)

ScareHouse (Pittsburgh, PA)

ScareHouse is the place to be this year, especially because it has an exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment to help create the scariest Halloween to date. Featured attractions include The Summoning, Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out and The Basement. This Halloween haunt offers a big-budget sensibility without losing its hometown appeal. “ScareHouse is my pick because sociologist and ‘fear expert’ Margee Kerr is always on staff to research and develop new ways to truly disturb visitors,” says geek culture and paranormal pop-culture expert Aaron Sagers. 960 1280

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Fright Dome (Las Vegas, NV)

Fright Dome (Las Vegas, NV)

Located in Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, the Fright Dome is one of Las Vegas’ largest and longest-running Halloween attractions. With 6 new haunted houses, the theme park is transformed into a pitch-black, lights-out, haunted spectacle – easily making it the scariest on the Strip. The 5-acre theme park also includes 25 rides and attractions, multiple live shows at night and 4 new scare zones, including the Clown Overload Zone. “My personal nightmare of clowns with glowing eyes surrounding me came to life,” says Zak Bagans, lead investigator of Ghost Adventures. “I had the worst panic attack. Needless to say, I’ll go back again, because it was badass!” 960 1280

  

Netherworld (Atlanta, GA)

Netherworld (Atlanta, GA)

With more than 200 animated monsters and 100 live actors, Netherworld is one of the nation’s most famous attractions. Having been featured on TV and in movies such as Zombieland, this spooky attraction has amazingly detailed sets. “And unlike other Halloween attractions, Netherworld’s creepy characters greet patrons in the parking lot before they purchase tickets, scaring them off before they even enter,” says Larry Kirchner, owner of HauntWorld.com and Halloween Productions. 960 1280

  

The 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The 13th Gate is one of the most, if not the most, elaborately detailed haunted houses in America, thanks to a construction crew that includes award-winning set designers, lighting and sound technicians, and special-effects artists. Sets are over-the-top and feature live animals, including snakes and gators. In each of the 13 themed indoor and outdoor areas, more than 100 professional actors and 12 special makeup artists help bring the horror to life. “Hollywood production companies have rented the attraction multiple times to film movies such as The Reaping,” says HauntWorld Magazine owner Larry Kirchner. “The 13th Gate is, without any doubt, one of the best haunted houses in America.” 960 1280

  

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House (Weston, WV)

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House (Weston, WV)

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is one of the most memorable haunted locations for Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans, who completed a live 7-hour investigation with the Ghost Adventures crew. The spirits that roam the asylum’s halls are extremely active, and tours are offered to see how the mentally insane lived and died within these walls. “It is undeniably the scariest overall haunted attraction that I’ve been to in the US, outside of the Fright Dome,” Zak says. Additionally, visitors can participate in zombie paintball, a fall festival and the Asylum Ball, which includes a costume contest. 960 1280

  

13th Floor Haunted House

13th Floor Haunted House

The 13th Floor Haunted House is the largest and longest indoor haunted attraction in Colorado. It was renovated this year with 2 new attractions. “Watch evil take control of unwilling bodies in Undead: The Possession, or run for your life as terrifying ghouls and monsters come alive as you walk through Dwellings of the Dead,” says TravelChannel.com video project manager Arthur Hsu. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Microsoft Kinect, the robotic monsters are more than capable of frightening the victims who dare to venture into the 13th Floor. 960 1280

  

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)

This haunted spectacle outside Baltimore is one of the top Halloween attractions in the mid-Atlantic region. It features 3 terrifying haunted houses — Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D and Sanctuary of Insanity — and the owners of this popular haunt continue to add monsters and twists to keep the attractions exciting for new and returning visitors. Arthur Hsu says, “Not only has Bennett’s Curse been featured on Travel Channel’s America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3, but it has consistently been ranked by several sources as one of the best Halloween attractions in the US.” This spooky spot is also among the first to frighten its victims with the latest cutting-edge technology. 960 1280

  

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando should be at the top of anyone’s Halloween bucket list, especially fans looking for big-budget scares. Aaron Sagers says, “Movie industry experts craft haunted houses so loaded with detail that visitors walk through and feel like they’ve been dropped into an episode of The Walking Dead or the movie From Dusk Till Dawn.” Other popular attractions featured at the theme park include Bayou of Blood, Dollhouse of the Damned and Roanoke – Cannibal Colony. Those willing to face their fears can also enter, at their own risk, the Halloween house for a face-to-face meeting with Michael Myers, the iconic masked slasher from the movies. 960 1280

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Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)

Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)

Salem, MA, is historically known for the 1692 Witch trials that left 20 people executed. This year’s Festival of the Dead includes 2 weeks of events and parties designed to bring out your inner Witch. Attend a séance to speak with the dead, share your stories with others at the Mourning Tea, pick up new ghost-hunting techniques or learn about death’s macabre customs and strange rituals. Finish the festival with the Official Salem Witches’ Ball on Oct. 31, and you’ll leave this town spellbound. Author, TV personality and paranormal expert Jeff Belanger says, “This town will cast a spell on you.” 960 1280

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Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

The Queen Mary was built in the early 1930s as a luxury trans-Atlantic ocean liner, but it was pressed into military service to carry troops during World War II, when hundreds died in and around the ship. This Halloween, the haunted ship is offering its Dark Harbor tours with 4 new attractions: the Soulmate maze, the B340 maze, Voodoo Village and Monster Midway, which features a freak show, a mechanical monster and a new ride, the Sinister Swings. “Keep your eyes open, because those ghostly apparitions you see may not just be another special effect,” says Jeff Belanger. And before you go, make sure you check out the Ghost Adventures’ lockdown and investigation of the Queen Mary. 960 1280

  

Fan Favorite: Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY)

Fan Favorite: Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY)

We asked and the majority of the people who responded on Twitter and Facebook told us that Waverly Hills Sanatorium, in Louisville, KY, should be the fan favorite pic for Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. Built in 1908, the original building was designed to accommodate up to 50 tuberculosis patients. Today, it’s the site for paranormal investigations, tours and creepy sightings. Add it to your must-see spooky spots on Halloween. 960 1280

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