Like football, apple cider, and hunting season, haunted houses that open every Halloween are one of America’s most enduring fall traditions. Here’s our list of the this year’s scariest establishments across the U.S.
13th Floor (Denver, CO)
Demons, live animals, and even a Yeti are among the denizens of the 13th floor ― and don’t be surprised if, at some point, you’re forced to flee from a zombie horde and take refuge in a barn that has issues of its own. Tickets for the 13th Floor are priced at $25 per person.
13th Gate Haunted House (Baton Rouge, LA)
For seven years now, Hauntworld has ranked this 40,000-square-foot property as one of the country’s best haunted house attractions. Those who make it out alive must first crawl through a crematorium, cross a suspended bridge above a pit of live snakes, and navigate a network of subterranean catacombs. Tickets for 13th Gate are priced at $25 per person.
Bates Motel (Glen Mills, PA)
This homage to Hitchcock utilizes state-of-the-art makeup, lighting, and a digital soundtrack to recreate one of the most terrifying films ever made. The site also features an award-winning haunted hayride and a diabolically crafted corn maze. Tickets for the Bates Motel are priced at $15 per person.
Field of Screams (Lancaster, PA)
Named “America’s #1 Haunted Attraction” by Field and Screams, this site features a haunted hayride, a monster-infested house, a forest filled with bloodthirsty cannibals, and an insane asylum populated with physicians who are, shall we say, less than ethical in their practices. Tickets for Field of Screams are priced at $14 to $16 per attraction (or $33 for all four).
Markoff’s Haunted Forest (Poolesville, MD)
In addition to zombies, ghouls, axe-wielding property owners, and other monstrous denizens, visitors who visit this haunted woodland spread will also get the chance to fine-tune their ziplining skills. Did we mention there’s an on-site bar with a happy hour special for forest walkers? Tickets for Markoff’s Haunted Forest are priced between $21 and $30 per person.
Netherworld Haunted House (Atlanta, GA)
Featuring a hyperrealistic blend of live action and visual effects, this haunted house is an annual favorite of Hauntworld, Fangoria, and other authoritative experts. This year’s attraction features an army of undead and a lurking boogeyman who isn’t shy about chasing people. Tickets for Netherworld Haunted House are priced at $22 per person.
Terror Behind the Walls (Philadelphia, PA)
Eastern State Penitentiary is a hotbed of spectral activity (according to most ghost hunters, anyway) ― and every fall, the former prison invites guests on a walking tour through the 11-acre building’s macabre history. This year, the proprietors promise it’s “scarier” and “bloodier” than ever. Tickets for Terror Behind the Walls are priced at $19 per person.