The United States is known around the world for its fascination with Halloween and its old, spooky haunted houses across the country. If you are an enthusiast of haunted homes and spine-tingling experiences, chances are that there is a haunted house near you.
8 Noteworthy Haunted Houses in the U.S.
1. 13th Floor, Denver, Colorado
Pricing: $25.99 per person and is open on weekdays from November 1st to November 14th.
Playing off of unlucky number 13, Denver’s largest haunted house takes visitors through a fabled 13th floor that will lead to encounters of spirits from the underworld as well as creepy creatures and rats, snakes, and spiders. The most popular and creepiest aspect of the 13th Floor is Mr. Heykids who is a retired professional clown who after years of neglect has taken a liking to human. His laughter is heard echoing through the 13th floor’s halls.
2. The Scream Zone, Del Mar, California
Pricing: $52.00 for full access to all houses and activities and is open from mid-September to November 1st.
The Scream Zone in Del Mar is a rather elaborate set of haunted homes each with their own unique frights. Paintball Apocalypse is the more popular house which allows visitors to fight off spooky clowns with paintball guns (beware that ammunition is limited). The clowns will fight back so only the best shooters end up surviving.
3. The Hex House, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pricing: $20.00 and is open from mid-September to November 1st.
The Hex House is rather terrifying and it is not necessarily for children. The Hex House was inspired by a true story where two young women were found to have been held captive and hypnotized for seven years. The Hex House is an intense, multi-element walkthrough aimed at removing visitors from their reality and inspiring sheer terror.
4. The 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pricing: $25.00 and is open year round.
Located in the backwoods of Baton Rouge, the 13th Gate features 13 themed indoor and outdoor areas with voodoo haunts, snake infested swamps which allows for visitors to crawl through underground tunnels and caves. This haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart.
5. Headless Horseman Ride, Ulster Park, New York
Pricing: $45.95 and open every weekend in October.
Located on a 250-year-old farm, The Headless Horseman is as much a trip back to history as it is a haunting experience. The experience features haunted hayride, a corn maze, and a great room escape challenge which pins groups into a room with only 60 minutes to escape.
6. Cutting Edge Haunted House, Fort Worth, Texas
Pricing: $29.95 and is open year round.
The Cutting Edge Haunted House is a four time Guinness World Book Record Holder for the world’s largest haunted house (everything is bigger in Texas). This haunted experience is located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically known as “Hell’s Half Acre.” An impressive feature of the haunted house is an old conveyor system that hoists realistic human mannequins over the heads of guests.
7. Statesville Haunted Prison, Crest Hill, Illinois
Pricing: $30.00 and is open every Thursday through Sunday year round.
This haunted prison is located approximately 40 miles southwest of Chicago and sits in the shadow of the real Stateville Maximum Security Prison. Visitors are led through 23 maximum security cells and face over 100 ghost criminals.
8. Bennett’s Curse, Baltimore, Maryland
Pricing: $35.00 and is open year round.
The Bennett’s Curse haunted house experience combines four haunted houses all under one roof. Each house features unique themes that have been designed with film industry standards for the most realistic experience possible. Be aware that this experience is not intended for children.
This article was written by Walter Godinez.