“Life’s no fun without a good scare.”
1. The Dent School House — Cincinnati, Ohio
2. Nightmare on 13th Haunted House — Salt Lake City, Utah
Why it’ll freak you out: Every year this highly-rated haunted house has an entirely new theme, which they call a “nightmare.” If you’re not convinced about how badass it actually is, here’s a chilling fact: It’s been voted one of America’s scariest attractions by the Travel Channel.
3. Frightworld Scream Park — Buffalo, New York
Why it’ll freak you out: There are five (FIVE!!!!!) insane haunted houses you can experience, including a rustic, isolated cabin teeming with bloody victims, and an old, abandoned asylum on a remote road.
4. Haunted Plantation — Oahu, Hawaii
Why it’ll freak you out: The Haunted Plantation insists this is more than a haunted house — it’s an entire haunted village. It’s so brilliantly terrifying that it’s been featured on the Syfy Channel as well as the Travel Channel.
—Tymmy Flynn, Facebook
5. House of Shock — Jefferson, Louisiana
Why it’ll freak you out: Complete with old “carny freak exhibitions” and an overall homage to the dark history of New Orleans itself, this place is pretty much guaranteed to make you crap your pants.
6. Pennhurst Asylum — Spring City, Pennsylvania
Why it’ll freak you out: Most of the artifacts in this hospital-themed haunted asylum are from the original administration building, dating back to the early 1900s. Spooky.
—Amanda Dawkins, Facebook
7. Netherworld Haunted House — Norcross, Georgia
Why it’ll freak you out: Whichever of the two haunted houses you choose, you’ll be surrounded by plague-stricken, undead spirits who are trying to drag you into their underworld of suffering. Take a deep breath.
—TeKiesha Brady, Facebook
8. Woods of Terror — Greensboro, North Carolina
9. 13th Floor Haunted House — Phoenix, Arizona
Why it’ll freak you out: This experience is totally based off the idea that due to superstition, the 13th floor of any building is a dangerous place where terrible oddities occur and scary creatures reside. Good luck.
10. The Beast — Kansas City, Missouri
Why it’ll freak you out: The Beast is four floors of scariness, and has been consistently ranked in the top 13 haunted houses in the entire nation. Plus, there is a real freaking alligator.
11. McKamey Manor — San Diego, California
Why it’ll freak you out: This place is pretty controversial, because it describes itself as not just a haunted house, but “an audience participation event in which you live your own horror movie.” They even warn you not to wear expensive clothes or bring anything that can’t get wet.
—Kate McMeow, Facebook
12. Asylum 49 — Tooele, Utah
13. Hotel of Horror — Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Why it’ll freak you out: This haunted attraction changes its themes every year, with seriously terrifying themes like “Puppet Pandemonium” and “Spirit Sacrifice.” They’ve also recently added a coffin ride, that “takes you on your own afterlife experience and back again.”
14. Georgetown Morgue — Seattle, Washington
Why it’ll freak you out: This haunted house is on the grounds of an actual historic crematorium and the site of the Seattle Crematorium Massacre. Enough said.
—Robbie Crowder, Facebook
15. City of the Dead — Henderson, Colorado
Why it’ll freak you out: This zombie-themed haunted house centers around a twisted town where humans are complete outsiders, and you have to venture the streets of crashed cars and crumbling buildings and try to survive.
—Myranda Whitesides, Facebook
16. The Gates Of Hell — Las Vegas, Nevada
Why it’ll freak you out: The Gates of Hell is so scary that it’s actually been given an R rating. It’s been described as a “claustrophobic sensory overload” where you experience a “descent into cold, black nothingness.”
17. Creepyworld — Saint Louis, Missouri
Why it’ll freak you out: Among its 13 attractions, Creepyworld has a haunted cemetery and an entire haunted house dedicated to a lot of peoples’ worst nightmare: scary-ass dolls.
18. Erebus — Pontiac, Michigan
19. Haunted Hoochie — Columbus, Ohio
Why it’ll freak you out: Only adults are allowed at this beyond haunted attraction that has insane amounts of gore — and some of the gore is real. They advise on their website that it may not be suitable for “immature audiences OR mature audiences.” Have fun.