Friday, October 15, 2010


7.   Netherworld in Atlanta, Ga.  Netherworld Haunted House brings you a monster fest of epic proportions.  Inside Netherworld, nightmarish creatures fly, swing and crawl as they hunt for flesh, so real you'll feel trapped in a horror movie. You might even see a 17 foot tall gargoyle king feasting on its prey.  Walk lightly....You won't want to be his next victim.  You must escape The Mangler, The Acid Room, The Drowning Tank, The Flesh Compactor, and other horrific death traps as the haunt grows even bigger this year.  You might escape with your life, but not your sanity!

8.   Cutting Edge in Dallas/Fort worth, TX.  The state of Texas is experiencing a booming and growing haunted house industry like no other, especially the Dallas area which now features more haunted houses than any other city in Texas.  Cutting Edge Haunted House is currently celebrating its Guinness World Record as the longest haunted attraction in the World, so it is no surprise this haunt is o the best list.
   Located in a 100 year old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically known as "Hell's Half Acre".  Cutting Edge is built on a foundation of fear.  The old meat packing plant is back in use, but this time it's being used for human flesh!  Cutting Edge features 32 animations, 25 sets, massive creature's on the roof, monster hearses outside, and a pre-show performance comparable to "Stomp".  This is one haunted production you won't want to miss!

9.   Kersey Valley Spookywoods in Greesboro, North Carolina.  If you visit this area, you'll certainly find plenty of screams.  This area is known for the many outdoor haunted adventures.  Creating an outdoor haunted experience allows for a more authentic scare, and one such attraction that stands out above all others.
   Spookywoods isn't just a haunted house.  By day, it's also a Halloween attraction for the whole family featuring a huge corn maze, a 2 mile long zip line, pumpkin patches, fossil and gem digs and much more.  Once dusk sets in, Spookywoods Haunted Scream Park opens featuring America's only haunted tram ride, Dark Terror.  Spookywoods also includes a haunted cornfield, Wrong Way haunted house.  The Fun House and the main attraction, Spookywoods Maze.  Using some of the best scar techniques combined with top quality sets, special effects and detailed creatures around every corner.  Spookywoods offers a unique haunted attraction and probably America's best overall Halloween experience.

10.   The 13th Floor Haunted House, The Asylum Haunted House and Blood Shed in Denver, Colorado.  Denver is a city with a historic past and all sorts of things to scream about, but most importantly they are three of the best haunted houses. 
   Horror in the heart of the Mile High City.  The 13th Floor is located on the edge of downtown Denver and the Lower Downtown (Lodo) entertainment district.  Where is the 13th Floor and why is it absent in so many buildings?  Denver's legendary haunted house takes you on a gut wrenching elevator ride to the mysterious 13th Floor.  Visit the current occupants who call it their home.  Witness the oddities and strange occurrences that have created the legend of the 13th floor, and discover why it continues to be one of the world's greatest, ghostly mysteries.
   The Asylum is Denver's longest running haunted houses featuring two levels into Gordon Cotingham's Hospital for the Mentally Insane.  The Asylum is a damp and musty place infest with spiders, rats, snakes and endless screams of tortured souls.  Together with Blood Shed Haunted House, Denver's newest and goriest Halloween attraction, this haunt location offers a truly terrifying experience.  As you travel through a dilapidated family farmhouse, a backyard of bloodshed and finally the family home, you'll see why Blood Shed is hillbilly horror at its most extreme.  A truly graphic haunting experience bursts onto the Denver haunt scene in a way never before.

11.   The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ohio is a great site for finding haunted houses.  Ohio natives expect excellence in their haunted houses and they find it year after year at The Dent Schoolhouse, rated best by Fangora.
   Imagine reliving a horror movie or your worst nightmare.  You can at The Dent Schoolhouse!  Movie quality sets, intense detailing, and first rate animatronics combine inside an actual haunted schoolhouse from 1894.  You'll experience the story of the murderous janitor and how the school came to its grizzly demise.  The Dent Haunted Schoolhouse will shatter your fond memories of school and replace them with horrific, haunted nightmares of school age days.  With a cast of 50+ monsters and award winning make up artists, the crew of Dent will be happy to "school you" in FEAR!!

12.   House of Torment in Austin, Texas.  Austin would surely be higher on our haunting cities list if there were more haunted houses to visit.  However, the one to see has dominated the competition so fiercely that it leaves other haunts gasping for air.
   House of Torment is one of the most cutting edge houses in America offering a horrific experience like no other and featuring three unique attraction offering patrons a variety of dynamic experiences.  The first attraction guests must brave is Nightmare Mansion, a theatrically driven horror escapade that takes customers through the macabre and demented experiments of an early 20th century physician, Dr. Incubus.
   Second is House of Torments main event, Revenge of the Immortals.  This nightmare takes customers into the post apocalyptic wreckage of a war torn city where infected mutants, an abomination army, and predatory immortals prey on the living.  The 3rd and final attraction is a festival filled with entertaining atmosphere, large animations, and highly detailed monsters rounding out the average nightly staff at just under 100 people.

13.   Nighmare on the Bayou in Houston, Texas.  Currently, Texas has the 3rd most haunted houses of any state in America according to Hauntworld.com.  It continues to grow rapidly.  Houston is no exception with several top rated haunted houses, but this one stand above all the others.
   Nightmare on the Bayou features several animations, sets, special effects, and acclaim REAL ghost hauntings.  It's built right next to one of Houston's biggest and oldest    haunted graveyards, so to have supernatural visitors drop by form time to time isn't unusual.  Nightmare on the Bayou features one of America's biggest Halloween costume shops, Party Boy, located directly next door.  Party Boy is known as THE Houston place to buy Halloween costumes, decorations, and supplies.  When you visit the haunted house make sure you bring your credit card  or you'll be kicking yourself once you see all the goodies at the Halloween store. But no matter what, prepare for the haunting of our life!


   Haunt-goers travel high and low visiting cities across America in search of the best and scariest haunted attractions and houses.  The Internet has made it possible for anyone to find, look at, and compare different haunted houses to find the best ones to go to and spend their hard earned money.  People come from all over to attend the very best haunts and to see if they can scare the pants off of them. So, without further ado here's a list of the top 13 haunted attractions in the United States.

   1.  The Bates Motel is located in Philadelphia, Pa, the city of brotherly love.  There are approximately 15-20 different haunted houses in the area.  The 2 best in the city though are The Bates Motel with Haunted Hayride and the Pennhurst Asylum.   The Bates Motel  is an action packed haunt featuring a 25 minute haunted hayride through a dark forest of Araspha  Farm.  The hayride is just the beginning.  The dark paths on the Cornfield Trail will send shivers up and down your back.  The Bates Motel is a huge Victorian mansion filled with computer controlled animatronics and digital sound, lighting and fog, highly decorated rooms and a host of professional actors. The Bates Motel is one haunt you don't want to miss!
   The other part of this haunt is Pennhurst Asylum is the other must see attraction in Philadelphia.  It has over 16,500 square feet of horror.  Your journey through it details the birth, growth, and death of the Pennhurst State School.  Imagine a highly detailed surgical suite, complete with operating room, lights, gurney and other cabinetry that have been moved from the original hospital located on the property.  They also have a morgue themed room with real drawers used in the facility years ago.  Towards the end of the haunt you travel through a series of underground tunnels over 800 feet of them.

2.   Erebus in Detroit/Pontiac Michigan.  Detroit boasts more haunted houses in one 50 miles radius than any other city in America.  Erebus is a 4 story haunted attraction.  It is known for the way it engages its victims in an all out scare assault.  They manufacture nearly all of their major effects, guests are guaranteed a unique experience as they advance through the 4 story labyrinth of dark, dank passages where your fate is unknown.  This haunt creates a fear factor so intense, some call it PAIN!

3.   The 13th Gate in New Orleans/Baton Rouge, Louisiana area is filled with voodoo and haunting stories, but this area is also known for the intensity of their haunted houses.  One haunt is set up inside a real funeral home and another is known as the most controversial haunted house in America, but the overall best is The 13th Gate.
   The 13th Gate has consistently been recognized as one of the top haunted attraction in the country.  The 40,000 square foot haunted house will take you through 13 frightening themed indoor/outdoor set where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen.  Award-winning scenic artists, set carpenters, lighting and sound technicians, and special effects artists are just a few of the many crew members that make The 13th Gate "the ultimate haunted experience".  It's an experience you won't soon forget.  If you survive The 13th Gate!

4.   The Darkness, Creepyworld, and Lemp Brewery in St. Louis,  Mo. has a sinister past starting with one of America's biggest ghost stories, the historically haunted Lemp Mansion.  The Darkness, Creepyworld, and Lemp Brewery are three of the most unique haunted attractions you will find anywhere in the United States.
   The Darkness has been featured in many papers and magazines.  It features some of the most realistic set design and special effect ever seen inside a haunted house.  With two floors of fright, The Darkness also features a monster museum and the worlds best 3D  haunted house, Terror Visions.
   Creepyworld is one of the largest scream parks in America, now featuring seven haunted houses in one location for one price including Tombstone Haunted Hayride with mind-blowing pyrotechnics.  Creepyworld has incredible set designs, creative back plots, and 100's of live and animatronic monsters known for the most crazy outrageous actors in the haunting industry.  Hardcore haunt fans who desire an entire evening of frightful fun rank Creepyworld their most favorite haunted scream park for a reason!
   There is another haunted house called The Lemp Brewery .  It is one of the nation's biggest brewing companies prior to prohibition.  The Lemp history is one that's truly haunted.  The building still stands on old Lemp Avenue.  The haunt is actually built under the old brewery inside real caves and caverns, making it one of America's only real haunted houses.

5.   The Beast and The Edge of Hell are located in Kansas City, Mo.  The city was once labeled the "haunted capitol of the world".  Kansas City features amazing haunted attractions such as The Chamber of Poe Haunted House, Macabre Cinema Haunted House and Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters Tour, but two of the best Kansas City haunts are The Beast and Edge of Hell.
   Established in 1975, Edge of Hell is the oldest and best haunted house in the area and has molded into a national model for celebrating the Halloween season.  The converted 5 story warehouse in which it stands is the grandaddy of them all, offering a 30 minute, quarter mile walk-thru.  Its many scenes are elaborate and detailed and house a cast of over 45 live actors, including 2 of the largest anacondas in the U.S.  This is one haunt you won't want to miss.
   The other featured haunt is The Beast, which was established in 1991.  The Beast is known throughout the industry for having pioneered the "open format" of haunting.  With this style, guests wander through scenes, never knowing when an actor or activated device will rock into action.  It's a truly intense experience.  It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to walk through, IF you don't get lost along the way.

6.   The Headless Horseman in the New York/Poughkeepsie, NY area.  New York is known for its theatrical productions, and their haunted houses are no exception.  With the most wicked character actors.  Ranked best this year is one of the biggest and best haunted hayrides in America, The Headless Horseman.
   Headless Horseman includes 8 separate attractions including a hayride, a corn maze, 5 haunted houses, 4 eateries, a haunted walk, and a haunted show.  This years hayride theme is Escape of Prisoner X and incorporates high tech special effects, pyrotechnics and illusions.  The newly constructed Crow Hollow Harbor is an expansive set design that includes three 40 foot haunted fishing boats.  Also new this year is the antique Night Shade Nursery and Greenhouse, purchased from a historic estate and restored at the Horseman.  In addition to amazing actors, the cast includes stilt walkers, line actors, side show illusionists and a stunt team.  Guests are entertained at the Headless Horseman for 2 1/2 to 3 hours straight!!