America's Scariest Halloween Attractions

Every Halloween, a frightening fever sweeps the nation with scary haunted houses, hair-raising theme parks and creepy mazes. If you dare, check out these Halloween attractions for lots of terrifying thrills.

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Six Flags® Fright Fest®

Be prepared to be scared as zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Theme Parks this Fall. Enjoy family activates by day and frights by night. When night falls, you won’t have any place to hide as the park closes you in on your worst nightmares. Six Flags® Fright Fest® starts in September and runs through October 31st. Visit Six Flags to view your Six Flags Theme Park operating schedule.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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."

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

The Edge of Hell

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


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.

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.”

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