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No matter which state you reside in, the Halloween Season is an endless celebration that takes place all Fall long. From Haunted Houses, Spook Walks, Haunted Hayrides, Haunted Corn Mazes and other scary-good attractions, there’s enough of frightening fun to keep the bravest of thrill seekers busy all throughout the season.
Check out ILoveHalloween.com’s Must See 2016 Haunted Attractions below, and get your Haunting Bucket List ready for this year. And if one of the below attractions isn’t in your state – it’s well worth a road trip to satisfy your hunger for horror!
Best Haunted Attractions in America – 2016 Edition
#1: The 13th Floor Denver – Denver, CO
Located on Brighton Boulevard, Denver’s 13th Floor Haunted House is where your very worst nightmares are transformed into a horrifying reality. In 2016, 13th Floor Denver featured three Haunted Attractions at one great location, including ‘Slasher Remix,’ ‘Undead: Abominations,’ and Cursed: The Ritual.” For thrill seekers brave enough to take on all three attractions, they were immersed into terrifying settings where tons of twisted characters waited for them. This intense haunted attraction is not for the faint of the heart, and is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
#2: Basement of the Dead Haunted House – Aurora, IL
Aurora’s Basement of the Dead Haunted House will truly terrify even the most brave of thrill seekers. Legend says that the Basement is home to Shattered, the smashing clown, who took refuge there in the old Walker Laundry building. Sewer lines and tunnels were located under West New York Street and were well known to maintenance engineer Imus Kilya and his Al who worked as his assistant at the laundry company. A boiler explosion scaled both Al and Imus, and they never returned to work again. Ever since, people from the company started to vanish and body parts were found in the river near the drainage pipes. Al and Imus may have been to blame, as they wanted revenge after the explosion, but they were never found. Do you have what it takes to come face to face with Shattered the Clown, and the rest of the creatures that lurk throughout the Basement?
#3: The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA
The 13th Gate of Baton Rouge offers 13 different themes, both indoor and outdoor, to satisfy your appetite for fright during the Halloween Season. Visitors will be welcomed by the 40,000 square foot haunted house where the creepiest of creatures are known to lurk. Known for its extreme realism, this haunted attraction is proud of their detailed sets and and is a well known spot that has been featured on USA Today, NBC News, The Discovery Channel, ABC News, The Travel Channel, ESPN and more!
#4: Hex House – Tulsa, OK
Tulsa’s Hex House features two extreme haunted attractions at one location on West Skelly Drive. There’s The Hex House and West Side Grim, an intense multi-element, walk-through attraction that is designed around a dark chapter in Tulsa’s haunted past and is inspired by a true story that locals may have heard of. Be prepared as Hex House will completely take you out of your comfort zone!
#5: McKamey Manor – San Diego, CA
San Diego’s McKamey Manor is not place for those who scare easy, as it is an attraction that requires audience participation! That’s right, those who enter will become part of their very own Horror movie. This VIP, reservation-only event is for adults only, and is not recommended for those who aren’t in good health. McKamey Manor offers a truly terrifying experience that puts a personal twist on things, while characters are allowed to come in contact with you!
#6: The Scream Zone – Del Mar, CA
The Scream Zone in Del Mar offers a number of haunted attractions for thrill seekers to take on, including the House of Horror, the dizzying KarnEvil, and the Haunted Hayride. New for the 2016 Halloween Season was Zombie Boot Camp, where visitors learned how to survive a Zombie Apocalypse by participating in a rough, but basic, training course. Do you have what it takes to brave The Scream Zone?
#7: Statesville Haunted Prison – Lockport, IL
Lockport’s Statesville Haunted Prison is where the guards have fled, and prisoners have rioted, taking over the maximum security prison. Visitors will be “processed” and then forced to venture through 23 security cells, coming face to face with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. After journeying through the prison’s walls, thrill seekers descend into the burial pit of City of the Dead. Made up of caves and mine shafts, you’ll meet the Gatekeeper who has risen from the dead and the zombies that are on the march!
#8: Land of Illusion – Haunted Scream Park – Middletown, OH
Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park offers five unique attractions, including Temple of Terror, Voodoo Bayou Shanty, Middletown Haunted Trail, Killer Klowns and Dr. Psycho’s Haunted Estate. Land of Illusion also offers a Zombie Sniper Patrol Hunt and a 40-foot free fall Demon’s Drop with a separate ticket purchase.
#9: Indy Screampark – Anderson, IN
Located just minutes from Indianapolis, Indy Screampark boasts six insane attractions in one, plus a Monster Midway complete with food, drinks, games and more. Rage 3D brings a dizzying assault on your senses and Pandemic, an interactive attraction, gives visitors a truly immersive experience where they can be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden rooms, or removed from their group! Then there’s Zombieland Apocalypse, Brickmore Asylum and Back Woods. Choose wisely. Or brave them all – if you dare!
#10: Cutting Edge Haunted House – Fort Worth, TX
This dark haunted attraction is located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant that is situated in Fort Worth’s “Hell’s Half Acre.” The intense, multi-story haunt just recently celebrated its new Guinness World Record, proving that the rumors are true and that it is truly one of the scariest in the nation!
#11: Freakling Bros. – Las Vegas, NV
Freakling Bros. was established in 1976 and has ever since been terrifying all those who are brave enough to enter. With a crew that concentrates on primal fears, this R-Rated attraction offers ‘The Gates of Hell,’ an experiment in interactive horror, and ‘The Coven of 13,’ a horror show that pushes the boundaries of complete immersion, based around a classic theme of witches, warlocks and black magic!
#12: The Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, OH
Unlike any other school, The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati is home to a resident ghost named Charlie, who was once the school’s janitor. Rumor has it that Charlie murdered a number of school children and now lingers the halls in spirit, terrorizing those who enter. Visitors can experience the schoolhouse in the dark or with the lights on, and will also be faced with the Queens City Slaughteryard, open weather permitting.
#13: The Devil’s Attic – Louisville, KY
Located in Louisville, The Devil’s Attic is where the Devil himself keeps evil souls, collecting more and more, filling the attic with creatures you can only dream of. This attraction is a collection of the true elements that make up many of the classic horror movies we all know and love. Will you be brave enough to enter the Attic?
#14: Fear Overload Scream Park – San Leandro, CA
San Leandro’s Fear Overload Scream Park has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX and also in Forbes, and offers two terrifying haunted attractions and live entertainment throughout the Halloween Season. The scream park is for mature audiences only, as it will put each and every one of your senses to the test!
#15: Brighton Asylum – Passaic, NJ
Called “The Scariest Place on Earth” by The Today Show and “The #1 Best Haunt in America for Millennials’ by The Huffington Post, Brighton Asylum offers a detailed, truly interactive haunting experience for those who are brave enough to take on the challenge. Experience The Tunnel, Brighton Asylum and Brighton Asylum Escape, which features four escape rooms, including 1408 Escape, The Tomb, The Device and Bomb Squad, and Zombie Attack!
#16: Scarefest Scream Park – Lenox Township, MI
Scarefest Scream Park is located on 28 Mile Road in Lenox Township, right outside of Detroit. The park offers huge scares and four separate haunted attractions, including The Hayride of Doom Haunted Hayride, Castle of the Dead Haunted House, Carnival of the Dead Spook Walk and the Terror Maze Zone Haunted Maze. In 2016, they celebrated a decade of scary good fun with their Survive the Night Campout, a 13 hour, overnight camping experience where only the bravest made it through a night of sheer terror on the grounds of the Park.
#17: Bennett’s Curse Haunted Attraction – Baltimore, MD
Located in a 40,000 square foot facility, Bennett’s Curse has plenty of space to give haunt-goers the scares they’re in search of during the Halloween Season. The haunt features four haunted houses, including Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D, Sanctuary of Insanity and Legends of Halloween, which was brand new for the 2016 Halloween Season. Easily accessible to those in Washington DC, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, Bennett’s Curse is surely worth the trip!
#18: Woods of Terror on Church Street – Greensboro, NC
Woods of Terror on Church Street in Greensboro offers a number of haunted attractions, created to test your very worst fears. Attractions include Night Stalkers, where creepy creatures are harvesting their favorite food – humans, The Third Dimension, a wild ride through an all new dimension of horror, The Blood House, where beautiful, but thirsty, vampires reside. Then there’s The Awakening, an old graveyard full of restless spirits, Horrorwood Cinema, an abandoned theater full of your favorite horror movie icons, Blackbeard’s Revenge, where visitors will come face to face with Blackbeard himself and his pirate crew. And The Gold Mine, where money truly is the root of all evil.
#19: Terror on the Fox – Green Bay, WI
Green Bay’s Terror on the Fox celebrated their 20th year of terror in 2016 and offers thrill seekers two terrifying attractions, including Laughterhouse, where the creepy clown survivors of a circus train that derailed long ago are said to reside and then there’s The Deadhouse, where all of Wisconsin’s demented souls, criminals and asylum patients live out their days. Will you be able to make it through both haunts? Or will you run screaming?
#20: Bayville Scream Park – Bayville, NY
Located at the Bayville Adventure Park, which transforms into a terrifying destination each Halloween Season, the Scream Park features five Haunted Attractions that are sure to get your heart racing. A Top 10 Rated Attraction six years in a row on LIHauntedHouses.com, the park becomes invaded by ghosts and ghouls and is made up of the Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates and Evil in the Woods. Do you have what it takes to complete all five spine-tingling attractions?
#21: Nightmares Fear Factory – Niagara Falls, NY
This haunted attraction is proud to be famous for thousands of visitors who “chicken out.” Nightmares Fear Factory is located at the top of Clifton Hill and boasts an intense journey through terrifying themes. According to the website’s “Survivor Stories,” one haunt-goer wrote, “It plays on your psyche and creates an atmosphere of absolute dread and suspense.” All of your worst fears in one location, would you be able to make it out? Or will you join list of thousands who couldn’t make it through?
#22: Trail of Fear – Lawton, Noble & Luther, OK
With three locations in Oklahoma, including Lawton, Noble and Luther, Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park is a Halloween destination like no other. Started in 1998 as a single attraction with a small tent and outdoor maze, Trail of Fear has transformed into a super haunt over the years, delivering tons of terror to Oklahoma locals. Attractions include The Experiment, Cirque de Morte, The Magical Work of Ron Wilson and family friendly fun including Pumpkin Junction, trick or treating, a Halloween train ride, Halloween stories, Paintball Target Range, Ghost Cart Racing and much, much more!
#23: Terror Behind the Walls – Philadelphia, PA
Located at the Eastern State Penitentiary, Terror Behind the Walls features six horrifying attractions that are inside actual cell-blocks of a real abandoned prison! Once haunt-goers enter, they’ll be faced with the critical decision of exploring the prison and watching the action take place, or be one to take part in all the scary-good fun. The six attractions include Machine Shop, Breakout, Quarantine 4D, Lock Down, Infirmary and Detritus.
#24: Spooky World Presents Nightmare at New England – Litchfield, NH
One of the most well known haunted attractions in the Northeast, Spooky World has been delivering terror for over 20 years. With all that haunting experience, it’s no surprise that the crew sure knows how to terrorize! Attractions include the Haunted Hayride, Brigham Manor, Festival of Fear 3D, Carnage and The Colony.
#25: Sanctum of Horror – Mesa, AZ
Featuring two haunted attractions at one great location, Sanctum of Horror sends thrill seekers on a journey through the twisted mind of Lenore, where they’ll relive her violent past. Venture through the rooms of her childhood home, and witness the brutal murders of her family that took place there. Then there’s the ancient graveyard and St. Charlotte Asylum, where the patients have taken over, experimenting on the doctors who once tried to help them. Want to escape? Your only way out is through Lenore’s cell and into the basement where she would torture her victims!
#26: Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach, FL
Located at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach, Fright Nights features four unique haunted attractions, eerie special effects, terrifying live actors and creepy monsters straight out of your worst nightmares. Attractions include the Sunnyville Schoolhouse, Doll Factory, The Void, Pestilence and new for 2017 will be two horror-themed escape rooms for those interested in taking on a scary-good challenge!
#27: House of Torment – Austin, TX
Austin’s House of Torment offers 40,000 square feet of frightening fun, and three haunted houses, including Dawn of Evil, The Frenzy and Graveside Manor. Each attractions takes visitors on a terrifying journey that is sure to test their fears, and make them feel as though their nightmares have come to life!
#28: Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park – Dade City, FL
With six terrifying haunted attractions at one great location, Dade City’s Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park is an experience like no other. The scream park was a Nominee for the Top 10 Rated Attraction on FloridaHauntedHouses.com in 2015 and gives visitors the hair raising entertainment they seek during the Halloween Season. Attractions include the Blackpool Prison, Cursed Hayride, Deadwoods, Infected, Bedlam 3D and the Monster Midway where an array of seasonal fun takes place.
#29: The Crypt Haunted Attractions – Mesa, AZ
One of Arizona’s longest running haunted houses, The Crypt Haunted Attractions is located in the Fiesta Mall parking lot on W. Southern Ave. and features three haunted attractions at one scary-good location: The Asylum, Chaos Maze and The Crypt. Sure to get your adrenaline going, this Mesa attraction is a Halloween Season must see!
#30: Fright Haven – Stratford, CT
Fright Haven is an indoor attraction that boasts 20,000 square feet and offers a number of attractions, including Dead End Manor, a Victorian-style mansion infested with cannibalistic vampires who are thirsty for blood, The Frightmare Fear Institute: Achluophobia, a pitch black haunt that takes being afraid of the dark to a whole new level, and Carnival of Evil, a 3D tribute of terror to Savin Rock Park, Palisades Park, Freedomland, Paragon Park, what’s left of Coney Island, and all the amusement parks torn down over the years!
#31: Bane Haunted Attraction – Livingston, NJ
Do you have what it takes to test your boundaries? Bane Haunted House offers an adrenaline rush like no other, and is a truly interactive haunted attraction that is located in the old Katherine Gibbs College building, allowing it to offer over 40,000 square feet of pure terror. Dubbed “The Scariest Haunted House in New Jersey” by The Star-Ledger, Bane gives haunt-goers an up close and personal experience they’ll never forget, no matter how hard they may try! Also, new at Bane is their Escape Room – “Bane Escape.”
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