10 best haunted house attractions across the US in 2019

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The real world seems scary enough these days. But if you’re one of those folks who needs an extra exhilarating jolt of fear around Halloween, there are plenty of haunted house attractions across the USA where you can get your thrill on.

Haunted house attractions – which have exploded in popularity across the USA in recent years – provide a multitude of adrenaline-inducing thrills.

Here are eight of the best to work into your terrifying travel plans:

Bates Motel

(Glen Mills, Pennsylvania): You don’t need reservations to check into the Bates Motel! You can also take a haunted hayride on the grounds or face down some revenge-minded scarecrows.

Bates Motel: 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342; +1 610 459 0647

The Dent Schoolhouse

(Cincinnati): This attraction is at an actual former school, but the lessons you learn here make Edgar Allan Poe and his ravens look tame.

The Dent Schoolhouse: 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45248; +1 513 445 9767


(Pontiac, Michigan): Erebus bills itself as a “four-story tower of terror.” It’s filled with zombies, monsters and experiments gone terribly wrong. Erebus is just outside Detroit.

Erebus: 18 S Perry St., Pontiac, MI 48342; +1 248 332 7884

Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror

(Las Vegas): What scares in Vegas slays in Vegas. Choose from this terrible troika: Castle Vamprye, Coven of 13 and Gates of Hell.

Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror: 4245 S. Grand Canyon Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147; +1 702 362 3327

Haunted Overload

Scarecrows gone wild! Haunted Overload is set on a farm.

(Lee, New Hampshire): Have you always wanted to see a 34-foot-tall monster roaming a frightening farm? Then head to one of New England’s top Halloween attractions.

Haunted Overload: 20 Orchard Way, Lee, NH 03861; +1 855 504 2868

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

(San Diego): Take a mile-long walk of horror through a “grove of twisted pines and gnarled oaks” that hide a host of gruesome delights. But before you can even get there, you’ll have to make your way through a malevolent maze – the rumor is Michael Myers hangs out there.

Haunted Trail of Balboa Park: Balboa Drive and Juniper Road, San Diego, CA 92101; +1 619 696 7227

Netherworld Haunted House

(Stone Mountain, Georgia): This Southeastern classic has a new location, but your blood will still run cold. You can also enjoy the haunted escape rooms.

Netherworld Haunted House: 2076 W. Park Place Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Scared by the Sound

(Rye, New York): The usual happy noises of children at the classic Playland Park are replaced by shrieks, screeches and yells every Halloween season. Walk through an enclosed haunted house and outdoor cemetery.

Scared by the Sound (at Playland Park): 1 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580; +1 914 813 7010


(Chaska, Minnesota): Scream Town offers eight attractions, including the “Ludicrous Labyrinth,” “Oak Blood Forest” and “Phobia House.”

Scream Town: 7410 US-212, Chaska, MN 55318; +1 888 317 7308

The 13th Gate

The 13th Gate is where folks in Louisiana find their thrills.

(Baton Rouge, Louisiana): They definitely know a thing or deux about putting on a haunted show in Louisiana (you have seen “True Blood,” right?) And what awaits you here? Look out for iron-hot pokers, swamp pools of REAL snakes, mad scientists and a “Carnevil” that isn’t playing around.

The 13th Gate: 832 St Philip St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; +1 225 389 1313

Bonus attractions

– Bennett’s Curse: 7875 Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore, MD 21224; +1 410 322 7332

– The Darkness: 1525 South 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104

– The Disturbance (created by The Haunted Hotel): 1288 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA; + 1 619 696 7227

– Hundred Acres Manor: 1 100 Acres Drive, Bethel Park, PA 15102: +1 412 851 4286

– Nashville Nightmare: 1016 Madison Square, Madison, TN 37115; +1 615 933 5377

– Thrillvania: 2330 County Road 138, Terrell, TX 75161; +1 972 524 2868

– Woods of Terror: 5601 N Church St, Greensboro, NC 27455; +1 336 643 3558