Haunted Attractions: Top Ten American Scares

posted on 10/15/14

Sometimes watching scary movies and telling ghost stories are not enough to get your horror fix. For hardcore fright fans, only an in-person experience at a haunted attraction will suffice. This great country of ours boasts an enormous selection of haunted attractions to choose from. Here we have highlighted the Top Ten American Scares that stand out as exceptional Halloween destinations.

Knott’s Scary Farm (Buena Park, California)
Knott’s Berry Farm was the first theme park to do a Halloween overhaul back in the 1970’s. This year round tourist attraction transforms itself for the autumnal fright season by creating multiple haunted mazes.

Bennett’s Curse (Baltimore, Maryland)
This one of a kind haunted attraction features a medieval vampire theme. For fans of renaissance fairs and bloodsucking vampires, Bennett’s Curse is the ideal destination for your Halloween excursion.

Cutting Edge Haunted House (Dallas, Texas)
Everything’s bigger in Texas, even the haunted attractions. With the honorable distinction of being the Guinness World Record holder for “Longest Haunted House”, the Cutting Edge will give you the most bang for your buck!

The Darkness Haunted House (St. Louis, Missouri)
This highly rated haunted attraction features four different scary themes, one of which is the unique 3D haunted clown house. If you love 3D movies and hate circus performers, this one of a kind horror experience is guaranteed to quench your thirst for fright!

13th Gate Haunted House (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
This haunted attraction in the deep south is a fantastic celebration of voodoo magic and slithering swamp creatures. With their Hollywood caliber set designs, 13th Gate is a spectacular thrill for those who seek a bayou haunting.

Dent Haunted School House (Cincinnati, Ohio)
This charming former schoolhouse will give you a lesson in torture and mayhem as you work your way through the spooky playground and haunted classrooms. According to the owner of the property, this schoolhouse was closed in the 1950’s after a janitor murdered and mutilated several young children, hiding their bodies in the basement. Allegedly the janitor was never found, nor were any records documenting the incident.

Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Set up in an actual former prison, this haunted attraction combines compelling history with bone-chilling terror. The Eastern State Penitentiary is a perfect Halloween adventure for anyone who wants to learn what hell on earth really looks like.

Headless Horseman Hayrides (Ulster Park, New York)
If you enjoy being outdoors in the crisp autumn night, this haunted attraction is the spookiest thrill around. Based on the classic folklore of Sleepy Hollow, the hayride will provide a terrifying encounter with the infamous Headless Horseman himself.

The Queen Mary (Long Beach, California)
The Queen Mary is yet another haunted attraction that is held in a location with a dark history of its own. Although it has been out of service since 1967, in its heyday this magnificent ocean liner was used to transport World War II soldiers and wealthy tourists alike. 49 deaths have been reported on board the ship, and visitors report seeing ghosts from voyages past.

Blackout Haunted House (NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago)
This haunted attraction is unlike any other you will experience. The scares are so intense that visitors must sign a waiver stating they will not harm the actors, and no one under 18 is admitted. There are no group tours in this creepy facility. Thrill seekers must enter all alone and face the resident demons (who are allowed to make physical contact).

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