Fear. We’ve all felt it. That familiar shudder down your spine, the hair raising on the back of your neck, the sound of your heart pounding in your chest. Some have learned to love the rush of fear-induced adrenaline. From The Twilight Zone to Fear Factor, there have always been ample opportunities to indulge in this taste for the terrifying. And as Halloween approaches and the nights grow colder, activities are cropping up across the country with the one goal of scaring the living daylights out of you. ‘Tis the season.
From mile-long corn mazes and blood-filled slaughterhouses, to a ghostly ship on churning waters, America’s scariest Halloween activities are not for the faint of heart. The traditional route may be to wind your way through a haunted house, of which there are many, but seasoned thrill seekers may prefer going to the next level with frights like Ohio’s murderous Dent Schoolhouse or New York’s Blackout. Then, the Old Slaughterhouse in Georgia makes for a bloody and spine-chilling tour, while the Haunted Forest in Utah will make you fear the great outdoors.
Anything you thought was safe turns against you this month at classic and innovative Halloween haunts across the country. Houses, corn mazes, zombie runs, hayrides, and famous motels open their (creaking) doors to guests that dare to be scared. Just make sure you keep an eye out for Norman at Philadelphia’s bone-chilling Bates Motel.