There are all kinds of haunted buildings. You can eat at a haunted restaurant, or get spooked at a haunted bed and breakfast¸or even live in a haunted house of your own. For those of us who don’t have the stomach to actually do those things, however, Halloween is a great time for us to get our thrills at a haunted house attraction where we know we’re safe but can still suspend disbelief for a bit.
Halloween in America is one of the greatest celebrations of the ghastly and ghoulish. People in every one of the 50 states get into the spooky spirit of the season, resulting in fantastic haunted attractions available no matter where you are. If you live for the adrenaline rush you get when you’re too scared to move or laughing so hard that your stomach hurts from watching your friends cower in fear, we have some of the best treats (and tricks) for you. From Alabama to Wyoming, we’ll take you on a tour across the country to see the best haunted house in each one of them.
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Alabama might literally be one of the cheesiest states, but its haunted attractions sure aren’t. Minutes from Birmingham, Warehouse 31 promises a night of ghoulish fun as you make your way through 30,000 square feet of terrifying mazes. You can choose from three different haunted house experiences (or go through all of them), including The Freak Show, said to be the largest 3-D experience in Alabama.
The best haunted attractions don’t necessarily have to be terrifying. While in Alaska, you can tour the restored Brothel Museum above the Red Onion Saloon, observing original relics and photographs of the ladies who worked there. Resident ghost Lydia is sure to pop in to say hello!
Named Haunted House of the Year in Arizona, Sanctum of Horror is truly horrifying. Weave your way through an ancient graveyard filled with the undead until you stumble upon the St. Charlotte Asylum. There, the inmates have taken over the compound, and the only way out is through the room of a little girl who was a patient in this fictional (yet believable) world.
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Believed to be the oldest two-story brick building in Southern California, The Whaley House was named “one of the most actively haunted mansions in the world today” by famed ghost hunter Hans Holzer. Also believed to be one of the most elegant homes in San Diego, The Whaley House has haunted tours that are available on select dates throughout October.
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All work and no play makes you a dull person. But step into The Stanley Hotel, made famous in the classic horror flick The Shining, and you’re in for a treat (and maybe some tricks!). Estes Park is one of our 101 best weekend getaways in the country, so why not visit in October so you can catch this Halloween attraction? Take the Night Spirit Tour to experience the paranormal activity many people have encountered in the century-old hotel.
With many Florida locals too scared to enter, it’s up to you to take on the challenge of walking through this haunted house inside the House of Horror Haunted Carnival. Watch out for the escaped patients. They might be sneaking up right behind you.
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Only a limited number of “fast passes” are sold for Thrashers House of Terror each night, and they sell out quickly. Run by volunteers, this Iowa haunted house is also a fundraiser for the Midwest Old Threshers Organization with proceeds going towards preserving the grounds and the construction of new buildings.
The legend of Germany’s Dr. Von Monschture comes to life in Zombie Toxin. Dr. Von Monschture pursued horrifying scientific experiments until one day an explosion consumed his entire home. This Kansas attraction is the perfect haunted house for anyone who loves zombies… just be careful you don’t become their next meal.
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New Orleans is known for being one of the most haunted cities in America, and this place upholds that reputation. Legend has it that Dr. Ravencroft, the twisted mortician of what is now Mortuary Haunted Mansion, experimented with bringing back the undead. And he succeeded. Now they’re out for blood!
Tickets for Barrett’s Haunted Mansion in Massachusetts actually gain you admission to two attractions: The Mansion and The Compound. The most horrifying experience, however, will occur on only two nights this month: Darkness Unleashed. The entire mansion will go dark and the creatures haunting you will “no longer be bound by the rules.”
When you’re told this Minnesota attraction has been called the “scariest plot of land,” that might not exactly make sense. But set foot on this bit of acreage and you’ll see exactly what that means. Molitor’s Haunted Acres takes you on a haunted hayride through the Woods of Doom, where maniacal madmen are looking for their next victims.
One of the fastest growing haunted houses around, Bailey Haunted Firehouse is a must-see. For just $10, getting scared to death is pretty affordable.
Open since 2012, Missoula’s haunted house never offers the same experience. Each year there’s a new tall tale to be told, complete with spooky sights and sounds.
Once called “the scariest place on earth” by The Today Show, Brighton Asylum has created another terrifying house of shock, horror, and awe. Once an actual asylum in New Jersey, many unthinkable, very real events took place here during the ’40s and ’50s, so there’s no shortage of terror behind these walls.
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After two years of planning, Dragon’s House of Horror set the Guinness World Record for the longest indoor walk-through horror house, measuring an astonishing 7,183 feet, in 2015. That’s a pretty long, treacherous walk. What are you waiting for?
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In the early ’20s, the parents of Suzie Milburn thought there was something troubling about their little girl. They were right to be suspicious… but it didn’t save them from being murdered by their own flesh and blood. Do their spirits still lurk around the manor? See for yourself.
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The best aspects of Terror in the Dark are that it’s fun for all ages and that it gives back to the community. One of many hidden gems in Rapid City, the not-for-profit haunted house raises money for youth programs and organizations, and it is so popular that each year the attraction gets bigger and better.
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Bet you never thought you’d be six feet under after entering a haunted house. Castle of Chaos features an “underground labyrinth of classic and modern-day horror” with four levels of fear to choose from. You can even opt to keep your group completely secluded from other guests for a especially terrifying experience.
Nightmare Vermont is a unique experience, combining live stage combat and theatrical storytelling with interactive scares and top-notch special effects to create Vermont’s most thrilling attraction. Some of the tricks are so off-the-wall that patrons must sign a waiver before entering. Are you game?
Every year, those who dare set foot inside Nightmare on 17th Street are in for a wild ride. The 10-plus rooms change each season, frightening patrons of this Wyoming haunted house with new scares every year. If none of these haunted houses seem impressive to you, however, you can always learn to create your own.