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The 26 Best Haunted Houses for a Seriously Scary Halloween

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Ah, fall. The leaves are turning , the apple cider is brewing and the undead are chasing you through the halls of a haunted house. If your idea of a great Halloween involves being scared out of your wits, we’ve got you covered. Haunted houses around the country start opening their creaky doors in September and there’s something for everyone, whether you want lightly spooky or absolute nightmare terror. This year things are bit different due to COVID-19 safety measures, so it’s best to plan ahead and buy tickets online in advance. You’ll also want to read up on any required safety precautions, such as mask wearing. From family-friendly fun to adults-only haunts, here are 26 of the best haunted attractions around the country to experience this fall. (Warning: Some of the images and videos below are seriously scary… proceed with caution.)

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1. Knott's Scary Farm

When: September 16 to October 31, 2021

Where: Buena, CA

What to expect: Southern California’s biggest Halloween event is full of scares, including numerous haunted mazes and attractions. There are also more than 1,000 terrifying creatures wandering the amusement park, so watch where you walk. The event is recommend for those over 13 years old.

2. The Bates Motel And Haunted Hayride

When: September 24 to October 31, 2021

Where: Glen Mills, PA

What to expect: Walk through a haunted forest, filled with terrifying sets and monsters, on a trail known as the “Psycho Path” and then head into the Bates Motel, a haunted house known for its high-level special effects. Don’t miss the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail, a haunted corn maze that will send you running back to the car in fear.

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3. Midnight Terror Haunted House

When: September 24 to November 6, 2021

Where: Oak Lawn, IL

What to expect: Taking up over 26,000 square feet, Midnight Terror Haunted House emphasizes using live actors to horrify its guests. There’s a lot to explore, including the “Factory of Malum” and “Black Oak Grove,” which are full of terrifying surprises. There’s an extensive story behind everything you see, making the experience all the more realistic.

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4. The Haunted Trail Of Balboa Park

Where: San Diego, CA

What to expect: Explore two haunts in one location: The Haunted Trail and The eXperiment Maze. Follow a twisting trail through Balboa Park once you escape the mile-long maze, but watch out for dangers lurking behind the trees. Favorite horror icons, like Pennywise and Michael Meyers, can be found throughout the haunted attraction. This one is best for those over the age of 10.

5. Headless Horseman Hayrides And Haunted Houses

When: September 25 to October 31

Where: Ulster Park, NY

What to expect: One of the most famous haunted attractions in America, Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses covers 65 acres and includes a haunted walking trail, corn maze and five haunted houses. There are a few special children’s days where the terror is toned down for younger (or weak of heart) guests. The entire experience lasts about two hours, giving you plenty of time to enjoy everything.

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6. Netherworld Haunted House

When: September 24 to November 13, 2021

Where: Stone Mountain, GA

What to expect: Walk through Stone Mountain’s famed Halloween attraction, which is filled with live actors, monsters and intense special effects. It’s regularly named one of the best haunted houses in the U.S., and it features two haunts, Netherworld and Cyber Shock, which take about 45 minutes to explore in total. The minimum age is five, although kids who scare easily should probably skip this one.

7. Shocktober Fest

When: October 1 to November 6, 2021

Where: Sinking Spring, PA

What to expect: Located on Tulleys Farm, Shocktober Fest features 10 haunts, including “The Island,” “Twisted Clowns” and “The Chop Shop.” It’s notably immersive, with lots of live actors and special effects, although the event isn’t just about the scares. There are also two stages of live music, plus bars and street food options. Bring the whole family—if you dare.

8. Bayville Scream Park

When: September 24 to November 7, 2021

Where: Bayville, NY

What to expect: Discover seven terrifying attractions at Bayville Scream Park, one of Long Island’s favorite haunted attractions. It’s intended for older kids and adults (although there are a few tamer kid’s days on the calendar) and the park also boasts a selection of food, including two full-service restaurants and two bars. Best of all, one ticket covers the entire Halloween season, so you can return to explore different haunts on multiple days if you can’t see them all at once.

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9. Haunted Hills Hospital

Where: Columbia City, IN

What to expect: Join the deranged mental patients at Haunted Hills Hospital, a haunted attraction that only the truly fearless will survive. For a truly horrifying experience, book a ticket to one of the blackout days, where guests will explore the hospital in total darkness. It also includes access to the new Mayhem Midway, which features axe throwing, a live DJ, an escape room and food vendors.

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10. The Haunted Mines

When: September 25 to November 6, 2021

Where: Colorado Springs, CO

What to expect: The long-standing Haunted Mines experience takes over 28,000 square feet, with 2021 embracing a bigger and even better collection of scares. Many of the sets and actors are based on mysterious real events from Colorado’s mining history, but try not to think about how much of it could be true as you venture through the rooms.

11. Field Of Screams

When: September 10 to November 13, 2021

Where: Mountville, PA

What to expect: Field of Scream is often named one of the best haunted houses in the country, and for good reason. It includes four attractions, including a hayride, two houses and a haunted woods, and it makes for a terrifying night out during the Halloween season. There are also concessions with food and drinks and live bands take the stage on several nights of the yearly event.

12. The Dent School House

When: September 17 to November 6, 2021

Where: Cincinnati, OH

What to expect: A murderous janitor roams the halls of The Dent School House, a Halloween tradition in Cincinnati. The attraction, set in an actual schoolhouse and based on a true story, gets upgraded each year, with new sets and effects throughout the rooms. All ages are welcome, although those with a low fear threshold might want to avoid these classrooms. The Dent School House has food on sale for guests, as well.

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13. Haunted Overload

When: October 8 to 31, 2021

Where: Lee, NH

What to expect: Located on the DeMeritt Hill Farm, Haunted Overload’s mission in all in the name. The attraction is different from year to year, but it always hosts a nighttime haunt for adults and daytime hours for kids looking for something slightly less scary. Follow along a scary trail, where you never know what might jump out at you.

14. The 13th Floor

When: September 11 to November 6, 2021

Where: Denver, CO

What to expect: Explore a secret “13 th floor,” which is filled with sinister creatures and scares at Denver’s favorite haunted attraction. There are two separate haunted houses for 2021, “Frost-Bite” and “The Dollmaker,” both of which welcome older kids—think PG-13 and up—for a jolt of terror. Buy a skip the line ticket to avoid waiting outside ahead of entry.

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15. Cutting Edge Haunted House

When: October 1 to October 31, 2021

Where: Fort Worth, TX

What to expect: Cutting Edge Haunted House is set in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant, which sets the stage for the screams to come. It takes about an hour to explore the multi-themed rooms, filled with sets, actors and monsters, and visitors should prepare themselves for a fully immersive experience.

16. Fright Fest At Six Flags Great Adventure

When: September 10 to October 31, 2021

Where: Jackson, NJ

What to expect: Come during daylight hours for family-friendly scares or arrive after dark to experience the full terror of Six Flags’ annual Fright Fest. It includes live shows, a trick-or-trail trail, haunted mazes and rides, including the new Jersey Devil Coaster, which roars through eerie nighttime fog.

17. The 13th Gate

When: October 1 to November 13, 2021

Where: Baton Rouge, LA

What to expect: Intended to blur the line between reality and horror, The 13 th Gate is a 40,000-square-foot haunted house that is not for the easily scared (or for children). It takes visitors through a pirate ship, the dangerous streets of Whitechapel with Jack the Ripper, hidden subterranean passages filled with live snakes and a zombie-infested graveyard, all of which are terrifyingly realistic.

18. Pennhurst Asylum

Where: Spring City, PA

What to expect: Navigate the maximum security wing of Pennhurst Asylum, before exploring the mental hospital’s morgue and 1,200-foot tunnels, which once housed a government research facility. It’s an immersive attraction with great storytelling behind it, and visitors should be prepared for special effects that involve fire and smoke. This one is for older guests, so find a babysitter for the kids.

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19. Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Studios

When: September 3 to October 31, 2021

Where: Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL

What to expect: Universal Studios’ annual Halloween celebration features numerous themed attractions, including a haunted house based on Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House . There are also frightening experiences based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Beetlejuice , and it’s scary enough that kids under 13 should stay home. Visitors can also expect live shows and five special “scare zones.”

20. Cedar Point Halloweekends

When: September 17 to October 31, 2021

Where: Sandusky, OH

What to expect: For something more family-friendly, head to Cedar Point on select weekends throughout the fall. There is trick-or-treating for young kids, and haunted attractions and mazes for those a little older. Don’t miss America’s Spooky Roller Coast, which is terrifying when the sun goes down.

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21. Blood Manor

Where: New York, NY

What to expect: New York City’s Broadway hosts Blood Manor, an annual haunted house that features 10,000 square feet of themed rooms and a labyrinth of passageways and corridors. It’s designed to be the most intense attraction of its kind in New York, and it’s not recommended for anyone under 14 (or for those who scare easily). The house is wheelchair accessible, so this is a good pick for anyone with limited mobility.

21. Reaper’s Revenge

Where: Scranton, PA

What to expect: There’s a lot of terror to explore at Reaper’s Revenge, an annual attraction that hosts a hayride, a horrifying carnival and several other themed haunts. A ticket includes access to all over the site’s offerings, and it can take nearly two hours to experience them all. Food is available for purchase, should you not be too nervous to eat. Keep kids under 10 at home.

22. A Petrified Forest

When: October 1 to 30, 2021

Where: Altamonte Springs, FL

What to expect: Plan a night out to A Petrified Forest, which boasts three haunted trails, live music, food trucks and activities. The haunted attractions are considered PG-13 level, but kids of all ages are welcome to attend.

23. Haunted Schoolhouse And Laboratory

When: September 18 to November 6, 2021

Where: Akron, OH

What to expect: Comprised of two separate haunted houses, Akron’s Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory brings double the scares for one ticket. It’s notably scary (kids are 12 should stay home) and guests can book into the even more terrifying blackout nights to creep through the attraction in the dark.

24. Frightmare Manor

Where: Talbott, TN

What to expect: Located on the site of real-life serial killer Jeremiah Lexer’s former plantation, Frightmare Manor covers 20 acres, with numerous walk-through attractions. It’s so absolutely terrifying that if you make it through the entire experience and beat the so-called “Nightmare Challenge,” you get your money back.

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25. Scary Acres

Where: Hope, RI

What to expect: Head to Scary Acres to immerse yourself in three terrifying attractions, including the “Haunted Woods” and the “Master’s Castle.” There are also bonfires, food and live entertainment, making it feel like a Halloween theme park come to life. There’s no age restriction and plan for at least 90 minutes (if not longer) to go through all three haunts.

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The best haunted houses in the U.S. to give you the creeps

Get ready for ghost stories and ghoul sightings at these super-scary haunted houses in the U.S.

Lights flickering, floorboards  creaking , doors slamming shut, shadowy figures passing by—are all eerie and inexplicable occurrences people have claimed to witness within historic homes over the years. In these abodes, they believe spirits, ghosts or supernatural entities still linger within the walls.

The idea of a haunted house spans cultures and centuries. In the tapestry of American folklore, certain homes have become famous for the tales of the restless spirits within their walls, and each has a spine-chilling story to tell.

From the LaLaurie House in  New Orleans , where real-life socialite and serial killer enslaved people, to the Joshua Ward House in   Salem , MA, where a prominent figure in the Salem Witch Trials resided, to many spooky homes in between, America's most infamous haunted houses continue to intrigue and attract visitors. If you're looking for more spooky properties, try an overnight stay in a  haunted Airbnb  or  haunted hotel .

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LaLaurie House | New Orleans, LA

1.  LaLaurie House | New Orleans, LA

American Horror Story: Coven reignited interest in this famous French Quarter haunt. In the series, Kathy Bates plays Madame Delphine LaLaurie, a real-life socialite and serial killer who orchestrated a torture chamber for enslaved people at the Royal Street mansion in the early 1830s (before responders to a fire uncovered her dark secret). LaLaurie's victims are said to haunt the property to this day—from the street, pedestrians have heard shouts, moans, and weeping, while some even claim to have seen ghostly faces in the upstairs windows. Even still, the house's ghastly history hasn't stopped wealthy buyers. Before losing the home to foreclosure in 2009, actor Nicolas Cage owned it, and today, a wealthy oil tycoon is said to hold the deed.

The Castle | Beaufort, SC

2.  The Castle | Beaufort, SC

Beaufort's most recognizable antebellum mansion is also one of South Carolina's most haunted. Though construction began in the 1850s, the house was only partially finished when it was commandeered in 1861 as a Civil War military hospital. An outbuilding behind the house served as the hospital's morgue, and bodies are rumored to be interred on the home's extensive grounds. After the house finished construction following the war's end, supernatural sightings began; among the spirits occupying the property is Gauche, a French dwarf jester who came to the area in the 16th century. In the past, he reportedly joined a young girl who lived in the home for tea parties and wandered the grounds in full sight of gardeners and visitors. The castle is privately owned but occasionally opens for tours and events if you want to see it for yourself.

Lizzie Borden House | Fall River, MA

3.  Lizzie Borden House | Fall River, MA

Some say a ghostly face appears in the cellar over the sink where bloody clothing may have been washed right after the 1892 hatchet murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. The possible perp? Andrew's daughter, Lizzie, who was acquitted at the trial of the century, perhaps by the jury's error. She, Andrew and her stepmother Abby are said to linger in the house, along with children who roll marbles on the attic floor, victims of a drowning by their mother in the basement well next door. Aim for the anniversary reenactments every August if you’re dying to see the Lizzie Borden House.

4.  House of Death | New York, NY

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The city that never sleeps is probably just too afraid to close its eyes—the House of Death, a famous brownstone off Fifth Avenue, is reportedly terrorized by a whopping 22 ghosts. Are any of them paying rent? Unlikely. In any case, the most famous ghoul among them is none other than Mark Twain, who lived here 1900-1901, while the most heartbreaking is the ghost of a six-year-old girl who was beaten to death in 1987 by her father, criminal prosecutor Joel Steinberg. In addition to sightings of Twain and the young girl, residents claim to have seen visions of a lady in white and a gray cat.

Molly Brown House | Denver, CO

5.  Molly Brown House | Denver, CO

Margaret Brown championed workers' rights, fought for suffrage and won the French Legion of Honor award for her help in France during WWI. But she is best remembered for surviving the Titanic's sinking, dubbed posthumously the "Unsinkable Molly Brown." It's said that she (along with her husband and mother) still haunts her prized Victorian home, now a museum. Visitors say they’ve seen apparitions in the dining room, smelled mysterious pipe smoke from Margaret's husband, and noticed rearranged furniture and unscrewed lightbulbs. (How many ghosts does it take to...?)

The Sallie House | Atchison, KS

6.  The Sallie House | Atchison, KS

At one of the most haunted houses in America, the bad energy allegedly stems from a botched appendectomy—the six-year-old girl who haunts the house died during a desperate procedure without anesthesia at the turn of the century. In the 1990s, a family who lived in the Sallie House documented their experience on the TV show Sightings , which spoke of flying objects, frequent apparitions, and a mix of scratching, gouging, and shoving (all mainly directed at the male owner). The home is now vacant, but a popular pick for paranormal researchers, and even regular folks can book the house to stay the night for about $100 per person.

Bell Witch Farm | Adams, TN

7.  Bell Witch Farm | Adams, TN

It's the age-old tale of neighbors at war: Kate Batts believed her neighbor, John Bell, cheated her out of some land. Lying on her deathbed in the early 19th century, she swore she would haunt him forever. The result was mayhem for the Bell family, who said they experienced physical attacks and heard chains dragged across floors and noises in the walls. They even saw odd-looking animals on their farm, like a dog with a rabbit's head. You can now tour the Bell Witch Cave and the replica of John Bell's log cabin from May through October. 

8.  Snedeker House | Southington, CT

When the Snedeker family lived here in the 1980s, the drama they experienced in this haunted house (and former funeral home) was so crazy that it inspired a popular horror flick called The Haunting in Connecticut . During a two-year span, the Snedeker parents claimed to have been physically assaulted and sodomized by demonic spirits and said a creepy man with long black hair often visited their son Philip.

Lemp Mansion | St. Louis, MO

9.  Lemp Mansion | St. Louis, MO

All the beer in the world won't lead to happiness. So is the case with the Lemp family, purveyors of Lemp Brewing Company, a stalwart in St. Louis before Prohibition hit. Four family members killed themselves between 1904 and 1949, three inside the 33-room Victorian mansion where they allegedly still reside and haunt guests. It has since been turned into a restaurant and inn where you can explore the Gothic arched underground tunnels and even partake in a ghost tour—just go a little easy on the beer during your stay, okay?

10.  Joshua Ward House | Salem, MA

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This brick mansion, built in 1784 for prominent merchant Joshua Ward, sits where High Sheriff George Corwin (a significant figure in the Salem Witch Trials) once lived. Corwin was the man who used his cane to poke back in the tongue of a dying Giles Corey, one of the 'witches' executed by piling stones upon his body. Three ghosts are now associated with the house: Giles Corey himself, "the strangler" who chokes visitors and "the witch," who was famously captured in all her disheveled glory by a realtor taking photos at a Christmas party at the property. Is it Photoshop, or is it Poltergeist? We’ll let you decide.

Winchester Mystery House | San Jose, CA

11.  Winchester Mystery House | San Jose, CA

Sarah Winchester's husband developed the "gun that won the West," a decision that would come back to haunt her: literally. After losing her husband and young daughter, the widow consulted a spiritualist who alleged the family was haunted by Native Americans, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by her husband’s famous Winchester rifle. She was recommended to use her $20 million inheritance to build a home to appease the spirits. What began as an eight-room farmhouse was added onto for 26 years between 1886 and 1922, becoming a 160-room mansion with 2,000 doors, all to confuse pursuing spirits. If you take a tour, bring your compass.

Ferry Plantation | Virginia Beach, VA

12.  Ferry Plantation | Virginia Beach, VA

Built on Native American hunting grounds, this home's got a raft of ghosts, from passengers of a shipwrecked ferry to a boy who fell from a window. Docents have watched the ghost of an enslaved man walk across the room and tend a long-boarded-up fireplace. Another paranormal presence is Grace Sherwood, accused of witchcraft in the 1700s and found guilty by 'ducking' (a process in which she was bound and dropped in deep water; drowning would mean she was innocent). Thankfully, after seven years in prison, she was released, and in 2006 she was officially exonerated. Book a $20 tour or stay overnight.

13.  Farnsworth House Inn | Gettysburg, PA

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The waiters at this inn won't be the only ones dressed up in Civil War-era clothes—keep an eye out for long-dead Confederate soldiers clad in similar outfits. During the Battle of Gettysburg, many of the South's soldiers died while hiding in this home, which explains the one-hundred-plus bullet pocks in the brick walls. After the fighting in the area was over, the house became a hospital for soldiers. You can learn about the weird supernatural occurrences that continue to take place on the property by booking a ghost tour or an overnight stay.

Villisca Ax Murder House | Villisca, IA

14.  Villisca Ax Murder House | Villisca, IA

On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two visiting children, were murdered by ax in their beds inside this Iowa home. The crime remains unsolved. The home has been stripped of plumbing and electricity to give a more realistic experience to visitors who pay $428 to book the house overnight. But stay at your own risk: In 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself (non-fatally) by morning. He still won't talk about what happened.

15.  Franklin Castle | Cleveland, OH

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This mansion was built 1881-83 by German immigrant Hannes Tiedemann, who tragically lost his four children. It was later called Eintracht Hall, and used for German culture clubs. It wasn't until the 1960s that the then-owners began to say it was haunted by Hannes's wife (and one daughter who died before the house was even built!) and declared it 'evil.' There are hidden rooms and ugly rumors about Hannes as a murderer, crying babies, organ music, ghosts who snatch blankets off you at night and more. One owner of this  "most haunted house in Ohio" was Judy Garland's last husband. 

The Conjuring House | Harrisville, RI

16.  The Conjuring House | Harrisville, RI

Paranormal experts say this colonial-era property is haunted to the gills. In the 1970s, the Perron parents and five daughters experienced a demon or poltergeist that physically harmed the family in a plethora of ways, including a scythe falling from a barn beam to nearly decapitate the mother. Ed and Lorraine Warren showed up to tackle the malevolence—events loosely portrayed in the movie The Conjuring . Today, you can book a day tour or an overnight stay.

17.  Amityville Horror House | Amityville, NY

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This house is the site of a grim murder where in 1974 a son killed his parents and four siblings by gun. The next tenants, the Lutz Family, stayed 28 days before fleeing. These events—including the chilling utterance of the words ‘get out’—were immortalized in the book and movie franchise, The Amityville Horror . The home with its distinctive quarter-moon windows (since replaced) in the attic has long been said to be haunted, including by a pig with red glowing eyes who would stare into the windows. The home sold to a private owner in 2017 for $605k.

Lynnewood Hall | Elkins Park, PA

18.  Lynnewood Hall | Elkins Park, PA

A Gilded Age manor with a Titanic connection? That looks like a state capitol meets Jane Austen’s boyfriend’s house? Check and check. At 70,000 square feet, this home has a lot of floor space for ghosts to ramble (its ballroom can hold 1,000 people). Although the house is abandoned, it’s in fairly intact shape, despite peeling paint, thanks to a caretaker and guard dogs. So who haunts this ‘last American Versailles’ which once held literal furniture from the Parisian palace? Apparently, tycoon Peter A. B. Widener, who built it, and his son and grandson, who sank with the famous ship.

19.  High Life Ski Club | Chittenden, VT

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This ski club exists in a farmhouse that hosted some of the turn of the century’s most convincing Spiritualist happenings. In 1874, siblings Horatio, William and Mary Eddy (descendants of a Salem ‘witch’) saw so many supernatural beings that Chittenden earned the nickname ‘Spirit Capital of the Universe.’ Mysterious poundings, children vanishing from their cribs and a giant Native American ghost were just some of the phenomena (more tragic is hearing how the family abused its young trance-prone sons). A convinced skeptic wrote ‘People from the Other World,’ a book about the 400 beings witnessed there during séances.

Boldt Castle | Alexandria Bay, NY

20.  Boldt Castle | Alexandria Bay, NY

Do you love 1,000 Island salad dressing? If so, you will love Boldt Castle on its heart-shaped island in St. Lawrence Seaway’s 1,000 Islands. Underway as a summer home for a millionaire’s wife, the castle’s construction was not yet complete in 1904 when she died of heart failure. The heartbroken Mr. Boldt walked away and the castle was abandoned until its 1977 rescue. Strange lights are said to come on in the castle, and some have even seen Mrs. Boldt haunting the home that death robbed from her. (Bonus for salad lovers? Mr. Boldt was the proprietor of New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where Waldorf salad was invented).

The House of the Seven Gables | Salem, MA

21.  The House of the Seven Gables | Salem, MA

Immortalized in the novel of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne (who changed his surname from Hathorne to avoid connection to his ancestor who had served as a Salem witch trials judge), this 1668 seaside house was built for a hat and shoe merchant. Check out the bonus eighth gable and the secret staircase replete with stair-climbing ghosts, the giggling ghost boy in the attic and a woman who peers out the windows, said to be Hawthorne’s cousin Susannah.

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10 of the Scariest Haunted Houses in America

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Thankfully, for those thrill-seekers, just about every state across the country—from Pennsylvania and New York to Louisiana and Texas—has a place that'll freak them out. Some are located in massive fields and centuries-old farms (do not miss Lancaster County's aptly named Field of Screams), and others take place in abandoned buildings (think a deteriorating meat-packing plant, a historic manor, and a former schoolhouse). Some involve a guided tour of one heart-pounding attraction, while others allow you explore a variety of bone-chilling scenes, sets, and scenarios on your own. But no matter what you choose, all of these haunted houses are packed with spine-tingling sights (expect vicious vampires , killer reptiles, mysterious monsters, and, yes, lots of blood) that'll have you spooked days, even weeks, later.

Ahead, we've compiled a list of 10 of the scariest haunted houses in the United States—and, for that matter, in the world. While none are so extreme that they require you to sign a 40-page waiver , we promise they'll shake you to your very core.

The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride

Location: Glen Mills, PA

Dates: September 25 to October 31

General admission price: $40-75, with $30 group rates

The Bates Motel and Bates Psycho Path (GET IT?) have been dazzling visitors for 30 years with a particularly slick experience featuring animatronic props actors, and digital FX. The third attraction, the monster-filled Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail, features walk-through sets and over 30 actors in creepy costume. In 2021, though, those actors won't be touching anyone—masks are also required, and there's a temperature check at the door.

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Location: Ulster Park, NY

Dates: September 25 to October 31 (Friday through Sunday only)

General admission price: $39.95 to $47.95 + fees

Fans flock to Ulster Park, NY, every year for the theatrical Headless Horseman Hayride, corn maze, and several haunted house experiences on the grounds of a gorgeous, historic 18th-century manor. In 2020, the hayride was be replaced by a drive-through experience titled "The Horseman's Trail," but details regarding the 2021 season have yet to be released. Keep in mind, though: The website promises it's "returning bigger and better" this year.

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Field of Screams

Location: Mountville, PA

Dates: September 10 to November 6 (Friday through Sunday, mostly)

General admission price: $16 per attraction, $35 for all 4

Lancaster County's Field of Screams offers four themed attractions: The Frightmare Asylum, Den of Darkness, Nocturnal Wasteland, and the Haunted Hayride—which sounds less scary, but looks absolutely TERRIFYING in this video trailer .

The Dent Schoolhouse

Location: Cincinnati, OH

General admission price: $20-25

Taken with a grain of salt, the allegedly-true Dent Schoolhouse storyline is a fun one: The attraction's website claims it was once an actual public school, but it closed in the 1950s after a janitor known as Charlie was suspected of foul play after kids started going missing. These days, brave visitors roam the schoolhouse halls and the outdoor Queen City Slaughter Yard to find horrors around every corner.

The attraction—which has been frightening guests for 25 years—opens September 17, and true thrill-seekers can experience the Dent Schoolhouse *in complete darkness* on November 5 and 6.

The 13th Floor

Location: Denver, CO

Dates: September 11 to November 13 (select nights)

General admission price: $19.99-32.99, date depending

What terrors await on the cursed 13th Floor? Actors in exquisitely ghoulish costume, for one, plus high-tech animations, and rooms that may move to shake your sense of reality. While details about the 2021 attractions will be released in the coming weeks, there were three in 2020: Dead End District, an abandoned "town" with lingering residents you don't want to run into, a Creature Feature starring silver screen vampires, mummies, and werewolves, and Deadly Reflections (LOVE a good haunted mirror).

Haunted house aficionados should also check out the 13th Floor's YouTube channel , which offers "Behind the Screams" videos highlighting the artistry that goes into creating these annual experiences.

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Location: Fort Worth, TX

General admission price: Not listed

So named for its location in a former meatpacking plant, Cutting Edge has made the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest walk-through haunted attraction (everything really IS bigger in Texas). It'll take you about an hour to get through, and expect hanging butchered bodies, maniacs with chainsaws, and—well, we'll let their site say it: "Beware: You’ll receive ELECTRICAL SHOCKS. The floors are uneven; the slides are fast and dark; you WILL be enveloped by creeping fog and vapors." Did we mention there's a ghostly drum corps ?

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

Location: Archdale, NC

Dates: October 1 to November 6 (Friday through Sunday only)

General admission price: $30-35, $60 for VIP

Look, it's right there in the name: This is haunted ground. "From the moment you arrive on Kersey Valley property, you are fair game to each and every haunted creature residing here," the site warns. The tour offers a veritable small town of hair-raising sets, and actors in admirably-detailed costumes .

The 13th Gate

Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Dates: October 1 to November 13 (Friday through Sunday, mostly)

General admission price: $30, $60 for VIP

Louisiana's known for its bayous, and 13th Gate is known for its swampy pools full of actual snakes. The 40,000 square feet of ultra-realistic sets and scenarios include an outdoor graveyard full of zombies, and an abandoned asylum. Looking for something even scarier? You can also purchase tickets for one of the two Flashlight Fright Nights (November 5 and 6), in which visitors can explore the completely dark passages of the 13th Gate...with just a few dimly-lit LED finger lights. Oh, and don't miss Carnevil across the street, a festive celebration full of costumed characters, fire artists, and more revelry.

Haunted Overload

Location: Lee, NH

Dates: October 8 to 31 (Friday through Sunday, mostly)

General admission price: $28, $8 in the daytime

New England is famous for its eldritch history, with its real-life witch trials and 19th century " vampire hunters ." New Hampshire's Haunted Overload channels that mood at the DeMerritt Hill Farm each year, transforming it into an immersive experience that's more spooky than gory—but always chillingly done. For those seeking a more family-friendly experience, bring kids before dark for the Day Haunt where there won't be any monsters.

Netherworld Haunted House

Location: Stone Mountain, GA

Georgia's Netherworld has been consistently ranked as a top scary Halloween attraction. The main theme of last year, " Halloween Nightmares ," centered around a centuries-old feud between two rural Georgia clans, but as the website promises, the themes change dramatically each year, so so expect new effects, costumes, sets and scares.

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To celebrate this year’s scary season, here’s Yelp’s list of the most spine-tingling haunted houses and terrifying attractions across the US

If you’re a thrill-seeker with a penchant for heart-pounding scares, you’ve come to the right place. Join us on a journey through the darkest corners of the US, as we unveil Yelp’s list of the scariest haunted houses to fuel your 2023 nightmares.

With each spine-tingling scream and whispered warning, Yelp reviewers have helped separate the truly terrifying from the mildly menacing. From historic mansions with sinister secrets to immersive Halloween attractions that blur the lines between reality and the supernatural, this list showcases the most highly acclaimed, scariest haunted attractions that American ingenuity has to offer. So gather your courage, bring your bravest friends, and prepare to embark on a Halloween-season adventure like no other. 

Ready to achieve your ghouls this Halloween season? Read on to learn about the haunted places near you, and save the collection on Yelp .

Did your favorite haunt make the list? Let us know on Twitter , Instagram , and TikTok with #YelpHauntedHouses. We only know how scary a haunted house is if you take the time to review it , so share your thoughts on Yelp! 

How we did it: This is an all-time list of the top haunted houses in the United States, according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the haunted houses category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. All businesses were marked on Yelp as open or soon to reopen as of September 25, 2023. 

1. Reign of Terror Haunted House , Thousand Oaks, California

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Step into your worst nightmares at the largest professional indoor walk-through haunted house in Southern California. In operation since 1999, Reign of Terror covers an enormous 28,000 square feet of floor space and features more than 130 custom rooms in 10 different themed sections. Inside it’s a no-phone zone, and the exact exhibits are always a mystery. But you’re guaranteed a wide selection of terrifying scenes, monstrous characters, scary props, and spectacular special effects, all designed for a thrillingly fun time. 

Yelpers say: “A high-alert sensory horror wonderland of sweat, gore, and seeming danger…The moment the door opens, you’re in for thrills and chills. Reign of Terror is a SoCal must and Halloween-season thrill.” —Yelp Elite Quintin E.

2. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre , North Hollywood, California

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Immerse yourself in the macabre and bizarre at another LA-area attraction. While Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre hosts a variety of themed activities throughout the year, their Halloween event is uniquely shocking, twisted, and irreverent. After walking through a brief maze, you’ll watch a staged production called Urban Death Tour of Terror that changes every year. It’s a series of vignettes, as quick as 1 minute per scene, that depict a range of horrors and controversial interactions. Please note: These shows are not meant for an underage audience nor the faint of heart, as they typically contain nudity, profanity, and fetishes.

Yelpers say: “Every single time I go, Zombie Joe’s steps up to the plate and hits it out of the park! If you enjoy the bizarre, the unusual, the absolute fringe, then this is the experience for you! Just entering is fun and the staging is small and intimate. I love the dedication of the actors and the fantastic use of lighting. Be warned, though… if you have delicate sensibilities, this is not the venue for you. It is esoteric times 100!“ — Grace C.

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3. Haunted Mansion , Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Embark on a chillingly delightful adventure at the Haunted Mansion in Lake Buena Vista—better known as the Magic Kingdom, Disney World! At this attraction, guests climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy for a grave journey through a labyrinth of haunted chambers. While the ride is dark and contains some mildly frightening scenes, there’s no gore, the ghostly residents are friendly, and the ride is slow-moving, making this the sort of family-friendly attraction you’d expect from the Disney folks.

Yelpers say: “From start of the line to end of the ride, the Haunted Mansion is an entire mood, and I never wanted it to end. Iconic wallpaper, iconic stretchy room, iconic views of all the ‘haunted’ attractions throughout the ride… I loved every minute!” —Yelp Elite Amanda L. 

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4. 13th Hour Haunted House & Escape Room , Wharton, New Jersey

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Prepare for the ultimate adrenaline rush at The 13th Hour, where three haunted houses, 8 escape rooms, and an axe-throwing venue converge to deliver spine-tingling excitement. The Darkside is their newest haunted house experience, where guests navigate through pitch darkness with live actors and animatronics providing scares at every turn. The escape rooms, which run year-round, have been recognized as some of the most original and immersive in the country. When the haunted house opens in fall, live actors join in on the escape room fun after 6 pm for extra thrills. 

Yelpers say: “I loved this place! I’m an October baby so every year I look for the best haunted houses and this one is definitely in my top 3! The haunted houses had so many cool props, almost like movie sets…My group did the escape room and haunted house combo, and I am so glad we did! It’s unlike any other escape room I have done!” —Yelp Elite Carla O.

5. Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg , Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Discover the spine-chilling secrets of Gatlinburg’s oldest and scariest haunted house , Mysterious Mansion. Guests embark on a self-guided journey through a classic turn-of-the-century, 3-story haunted mansion. There are secret passageways, winding staircases, and creepy dark corridors to explore, and you never know what might be lurking around the corner in each room ahead… or behind you! 

Yelpers say: “I loved every minute of it. They have done SUCH an outstanding job on this place. The design and decor of the house is impeccable. The music and sound effects were on point and added so much to the scare factor. I was honestly blown away! I don’t scare easily, but I absolutely, uncontrollably shrieked multiple times.” — Daniel D.

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6. The Bernal Scream , San Jose, California

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From a backyard thrill to a legacy of fright, The Bernal Scream’s journey continues in 2023. Father-and-son duo Abel and Mike Barrera started The Bernal Scream as a free show at their home in 2013. For the next 3 years, The Bernal Scream would attract thousands of people, countless terrifying scares, lots of TV news coverage, and numerous online articles. Since the passing of his father, Mike has continued building out the dream the duo started together. Now located in a parking lot, the Bernal Scream is back for 2023, with the “brand new high-endurance Lucifer’s Wrath haunted attraction.” Are you ready?

Yelpers say: “These guys gave me the longest and most terrifying 10 minutes of my life! This is a well-run, well-executed, well-done-everything kind of a haunted house. They only let a small group in at a time, which is a huge plus in my opinion, because you get to experience the whole thing without bumping into other people or getting distracted by their screams…You’ll have an unforgettable experience while also supporting a local family business at the same time—win-win!” — Heba K.

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7. Lewisburg Haunted Cave , Lewisburg, Ohio

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Descend into darkness and explore the depths of fear as you venture 80 feet below ground into a real limestone cave at the World’s Longest Haunt! The cave takes about 45 minutes to walk through and shoes with good traction are recommended. Photos aren’t allowed in the cave, but attendees can expect a genuinely creepy atmosphere, effective actors, awe-inspiring animatronics, and realistic sound effects. By the way, the 30,000 live bats aren’t paid actors—just cave residents who may zoom past your head.

Yelpers say: “I travel all over the United States to experience haunted attractions, and Lewisburg Haunted Cave is one of my new favorite haunts. It’s a perfect balance of ‘fun fear’ meets ‘real fear’!” —Yelp Elite Christine L.

8. The Dead End Hayride , Wyoming, Minnesota

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Haunted house or a hayride? This Minnesota attraction combines the two for an experience like no other. First, you’ll get on a tractor-towed wagon for 20 minutes of cool scenes, special effects, and frights. Then, you’ll hop off and walk back through spectacular, scary, and different-themed haunted sets—and a post-attraction beer garden with fire pits and several food trucks!

Yelpers say: “This is a Minnesota fall must-do! Most haunted experiences are you blink and miss it, but this is a great long length! It starts with a 20-minute scary hayride and then continues to keep going with 3+ haunted houses deep in the woods.” —Yelp Elite Jon H.

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9. Hotel of Horror , Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

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Delve into the eerie mysteries of the Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares, where the past and the paranormal converge in a 200-year-old “abandoned” resort. These indoor, walk-through haunted house attractions feature live actors and, they claim, actual paranormal activity. According to their website, “The sinister subconscious of the Hotel of Horror feeds off the dark energy that stains the lumber skeleton of this once pristine mountain resort known as the Lake House Hotel, while Altered Nightmares celebrates the chaos that grows stronger as each soul travels through its decaying halls and abandoned rooms.” It’s open rain or shine with a covered wait line, so don’t let the weather scare you—that’s their job! 

Yelpers say: “Halloween wild times in a haunted hotel. This place rocks—I’ve been going here for a couple of years now and it gets better every time. You enter the basement and slowly make your way to the staircase up to the hotel proper. From there it is pure mayhem…and who knows what you will find around that next pitch-black corner? Since there are a load of rooms and doors, you never know what is going to pop out of where. Absolutely worth the trip, especially if you have a group of fun peeps with you.” —Yelp Elite Franco C.

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10. Darkside Haunted House , Wading River, New York

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For a quarter-century, The Darkside Haunted House has been the epicenter of spine-tingling terror. Celebrating 25 years of fear in 2023, it features more than 30 incredibly detailed scenes in 14,000 square feet. The attraction immerses guests in an eerie ambiance, starting with the desolate field that surrounds the haunted domain. They promise to deliver an unforgettable experience that will leave guests trembling.

Yelpers say: “There is nothing better than getting scared out of your wits…Darkside Haunted House gives you all the thrills and chills that one asks for in a scary good time. You’ve got a whole month to get over there so do it while you can. Ain’t nothin’ like screaming your head off to round out an October evening.” —Yelp Elite Josh G.

11. Reaper’s Revenge Haunted Attraction , Scranton, Pennsylvania

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Do you have what it takes to brave a haunted hayride, a dark forest, a pitch-black maze, and the zombie apocalypse? If so, venture into Reaper’s Revenge for a 60-acre haunt featuring several terrifying attractions and more than 90 minutes of scare time. Board the hayride to begin your journey into the woods, but don’t get too comfortable—you’ll have to leave the safety of the wagon to face deranged clowns, mutant zombies,and more. Be careful where you go, because turning back may not be an option.

Yelpers say: “This is an all-around 5-star attraction. I think it takes a lot to impress me after all these years, but Reaper’s Revenge did the job! Color me impressed! Everything is spot on, from cast commitment, to costumes and makeup, to ambiance, to special effects and animatronics.” —Yelp Elite Vlora P.

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12. The Thirteenth Hour Haunted Attraction , Indianapolis, Indiana

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Prepare to step into the chapters of an epic horror story at The Thirteenth Hour. Multiple immersive haunted attractions, movie-quality set design, elaborate makeup and costumes, and high-tech lighting and sound make this locally owned and operated event one of Indy’s favorite things to do each fall. Check out their “sacrifice” ticket, often secretly purchased for a friend or family member, which prompts actors to target the ticket holder through the entire haunted house. 

Yelpers say: “All I can say is wow…! This haunt is not your typical gory, cliché attraction. It follows a storyline with actors who give “cut scenes” every so often throughout. They only let one party in at a time, so it’s paced well for the performances. The quality of the costumes, make up, and theming is excellent! Overall, it’s very creative and well done!” — Carlie C

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13. Purgatory Scream Park , Kingwood, Texas

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Houston’s ultimate haunt experience awaits! Purgatory Scream Park features 27,000 square feet and 40 minutes of terror, making it the biggest and longest attraction in the metro area. Owners Shane and Ryan Glasgow went pro in 2014, after many years of running a highly technical backyard production. Over the years, they’ve built out multiple themed areas, including the Kingwood Asylum, Hallowed Grounds, Asphyxia, and Hysteria Now. They have been voted Best Haunted House in Texas by Haunted Rooms America.

Yelpers say: “A hidden gem in Kingwood! Just when you think the haunt is over, there is another door to pass or a tight hall to walk through what seemed like a never-ending experience. I’ve been to many haunted houses around Houston…Scream Park [is] one of my top choices to visit [and] recommend to everyone.” —Yelp Elite Jose L.

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14. Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail , Plant City, Florida

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Brace yourself for a night of thrills and chills at this outdoor attraction, where the legendary phantom Sir Henry awaits the bravest souls. Established in 2014, it’s a one-of-a-kind fright-fest featuring 3 haunted trails, laser tag, an escape game, and a new-in-2023 hayride. They also offer roaming scare actors, axe throwing, delicious food vendors, and diverse merchandise. Brave your fears and see if you have the courage to face the legendary phantom Sir Henry!

Yelpers say: “This is my 2nd year in a row attending Sir Henry’s Trail and it did not disappoint. The attraction consists of 3 VERY LONG outdoor haunted trails in the woods…All 3 haunted trails are super scary and the props, cast, smells are on point. The trails are set in the woods which makes it extra dark and scary.” —Yelp Elite Lisa M.

15. The Haunted Farm , Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Enter an eerie realm, where screams from a dark wooded path beckon the brave to follow… if they dare. The legend of the Haunted Farm surrounds young lovers Missy Mae Lively and Billy Joe Tate. Born to a rival family, Billy was murdered before he could meet Missy in her delicate white dress at Clear Creek for an elopement. Inconsolable, Missy disappeared into the woods near her family’s farm. Strange, scary things began to happen, as visitors learned very quickly.

Yelpers say: “Had the best time at The Haunted Farm tonight!…For those that haven’t been before, you’ll be blown away with all the new [scares] and sets! Topnotch set design, trails, and staffed with plenty of people in costume so that there were haunts around every corner! Everyone in our group had a blast. One of the best haunted attractions I’ve ever been to!” — Olivia T.

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16. Dark Hour Haunted House , Plano, Texas

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Scream loud, scream often. That’s the tagline of Dark Hour, a movie-quality attraction that has been delivering intense, heart-pumping thrills and chills to Texans and visitors since 2013. Their state-of-the-art lighting and audio systems, in-house production facility, and talented staff of artists and technicians allow them to offer new immersive experiences for each unique production. In 2023, the 13 witches of the Dark Hour Coven have gathered to cast the most terrifying spell, in a haunted house that’s been expanded to add more terrifying scenes, creatures, horrors, and nightmares that are sure to thrill all who enter.

Yelpers say: “I have to say, I think Dark Hour is my new favorite haunt!…Dark Hour is all about high tech and more than your average costumed jump scare. They had a fully realized theme and backstory, so it wasn’t like just walking into a hodgepodge of different scenes that weren’t connected in any way…Give Dark Hour a try, you won’t be disappointed.” — Amanda P. 

17. Trail of Terror , Wallingford, Connecticut

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Join the sinister celebration at the Trail of Terror, where maniacal merrymaking meets a heartwarming mission. The Trail of Terror is run entirely by volunteers who are as dedicated to community charities as they are to dreadful delights. This haunted house has donated close to $2 million to local charities, individuals in need, and community projects since it began in 1995. An outdoor walk-through haunt, it takes 50-60 minutes to traverse the trail. This year’s theme is centered around The Harvester, a being constructed from an amalgam of the town’s collective fears. Don’t worry about the panic setting in…it’s just time for the harvest.

Yelpers say: “So I am a professional haunt attraction enthusiast, I’ve been to haunts all over the world, and Trail of Terror did NOT disappoint! Their entry line was organized with lots to look at and monsters to entertain you.…The maze itself was long! In a good way! Detailed with great scare actors and very creepy scenery.…If you’re looking for a haunt in the Connecticut area, this is for you! Absolutely worth it.” — Ash C.

18. Fright Factory Haunted House , Buckley, Washington

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Enter if you dare into The Fright Factory, where screams reign supreme and terror knows no bounds. Leave the little ones behind, as this haunt is not for the faint of heart. A master class in terror, the owners of this haunted house make no claims of being “family friendly.” Most adult patrons who make it out the back door are usually screaming! This haunt might break your spirit, but it won’t break the bank at just $20 a ticket. Receive a $1 discount with a canned food donation. 

Yelpers say: “The haunted house itself was AWESOME. There were tons of times that truly scared the hell out of me, so that was cool. Outside of being scared a ton, a few times I got to breathe and really pay attention to the detail and work they put into each setting. They really did such an awesome job!…If you haven’t given this place a try, it’s DEFINITELY worth it!” —Yelp Elite Lauren P.

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19. Nightmare Haunted House , Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Prepare to be petrified at Myrtle Beach’s scariest after-dark attraction! This creature-themed haunted house places you in the middle of a terrifying zombie outbreak. See if you can survive more than 4,000 square feet of scares. You can’t be sure what lurks ahead or behind, above or below.

Yelpers say: “Scariest thing that I’ve experienced in a while. I loved it. There was never a dull moment in this haunted house. It was really really scary but in a fun way. You can tell the people who worked there not only did their job but performed it in an excellent way. I would totally go back again and I recommend it for anyone!” — Victoria M.

20. Netherworld Haunted House , Stone Mountain, Georgia

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Get ready for a scream-filled 27th season at Netherworld! Debuting this year are 2 epic new haunts: In Primordial, witness the battle between beings of water, wind, earth, and fire against the spawn from the Netherworld. Meanwhile, Cryptid Chaos brings to life living nightmares like the chupacabra, mothman, yeti, banshee, and more. Beyond the scares, you can enjoy photo ops, food choices, games, and a monstrous museum filled with movie props and the bizarre. Plus, the escape rooms are open year-round.

Yelpers say: “Hands down, Netherworld is my favorite haunt. The main walk-through is egregiously lengthy and elaborate, and the second one is just as terrifying though shorter. Netherworld’s effects are outrageous with so much detail…This haunt is an addiction!” —Yelp Elite Lori B.

Yelp’s 20 Scariest Haunted Houses was written and reported by Yelp Senior Community Manager Sarah Crawford .

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Top Haunted Houses in the U.S., Ranked by Yelp Reviews

100 best haunted attractions in the u.s., ranked by yelp reviews.

Dark Hour Haunted House

"Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood. To terrorize y'all's neighborhood."

If you are into "Thrillers," you have been counting down the days until haunted houses, mazes and attractions reopen in time for the Halloween season.

Some haunts are better than others, so we've turned to Yelp reviewers who love jump-scares to tell us which haunted attractions are the best in the U.S. These are places given between 3.5 and 5 stars and come with warnings to leave little kids at home. Based on their star rankings and number of reviews, we've ranked them leading you to the scariest haunted house in the country.

Ready to scream? These attractions are guaranteed to give you a fright.

96. Talon Falls Screampark

Talon Falls Screampark

Location:  Melber, Kentucky

"The best haunted house I've ever been to. Worth driving a hundred miles for. Tip: It's a dry county, so bring your own pint of Fireball." — Carlos B. , Marion, Arkansas

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95. Folklore Haunted House

Folklore Haunted House

Location:  Acworth, Georgia

"We came from Louisville, Kentucky, on our way to Gainesville. Upon Googling "best haunted house in Georgia," we were recommended to Folklore Haunted House, and man ... we are glad we came! [It was] $27 for three haunts and worth every penny. The detail that went into decorating each area, the craftsmanship in creating a unique environment for each character, and a group of actors who really give their all ... this was a great decision! The owner, upon learning we had come down from Waverly Hills, where we work, even came by to say hey. A great crew makes a good haunt unforgettable, and Folklore was certainly that!" — Jay R. , Louisville, Kentucky

94. The Fear Complex Haunted House

Haunted Mines Colorado

Location:  Colorado Springs, Colorado

"This was an awesome haunted house! You definitely get your money's worth out of the whole experience that lasted about 45 minutes. The costumes were fabulous; the special effects were truly haunting. The makeup on the characters was eerie. At one point, we had to dawn 3-D glasses!!!! Whoever created this haunted house definitely had some really cool nightmares; take your family, take your friends!" — Lona T. , Colorado Springs, Colorado

93. Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Creepy Hollow Haunted House

Location:  Rosaron, Texas

"WOW! I literally just made a Yelp account to write this review. I was blown away, not only by the amazing effects and actors but by the amazing staff! They made the experience so much more fun. We came pretty late and they didn't at all rush us to leave, and we shared a lot of laughs.

"I've been to my fair share of haunted houses, and this one exceeded my expectations. Probably the best in Houston! I 100,000 percent recommend going. Prices are super fair, and the scares are unbeatable. I peed my pants, and I have absolutely no regrets. If you can only visit one haunt this year, please please please go here! Also, it's a huge bonus that they donate a lot to charity." — Addison D. , Richmond, Texas

92. Rise Haunted House

RISE Hounted House

Located:  Tickfaw, Louisiana

"I think I just went to the best haunted house(s) of my life!! #hauntedhayride #asylum — we did it all!! It's an hour from New Orleans, North of Mandeville — which makes it scary enough (LOL) — but it was amazing and worth the drive. Definitely do all three options if you can (Haunted House, Asylum and the Haunted Hayride)." — Amita R. , New Orleans, Louisiana

91. Fear Factory

Fear Factory Utah

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

"Super fun times with options for all! This is a huge closed-down factory turned into a haunted house. Pretty amazing. There were like four to five flights of stairs that anyone with difficulties might want to consider. Quite a few different themes throughout. Really enjoyed the smoky and lighting effects (epileptics beware). At one point, you're around five stories up on some grates with seethrough floors. Good fun all around." — Scott H. , Salt Lake City, Utah

90. HellsGate Haunted House

HellsGate Haunted House

Location:  Lockport, Illinois

"Loved this place! I went here with a group of friends, and we had a blast. It was very cool walking through the forest to the haunted house. Actors interacted with us and made funny comments. You can tell so much work was put into the facility. I have had many poor haunted house experiences, but HellsGate definitely wasn't one of them. The detail put into the mansion was unbelievable! The different rooms were very cool and spooky. In my past haunted house experiences, I haven't gotten scared, but the actors at HellsGate scared me quite a few times. The staff was very friendly and polite to us. I completely recommend HellsGate!" — Vincent F. , Illinois

89. Factory of Terror

Factory of Terror Ohio

Location: Canton, Ohio

"Awesome! Excellent actors and special effects! So many surprises here! Very well organized. Highly recommend buying your tics online so you won't have to wait in line at the ticket window. We bought online and were glad we did. In my opinion, it's the best haunted attraction in the area. Loved the mechanical creatures, theatrical performances of actors and special effects. If you don't have a lot of time, buy the fast pass. You will be able to get through in just over an hour on a Sunday night." — Lisa C ., Akron, Ohio

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88. A Petrified Forest

A Petrified Forest Florida

Location:  Altamore Springs, Florida

"Come here every year, and the haunted houses are just so amazing. I've been to Halloween Horror Nights so many times, and A Petrified Forest totally beats all of those attractions (in my opinion). The haunted houses are long (five to seven minutes inside), the actors are REALLY good, the special effects are top-notch, and the layout of the houses is just unbeatable. I always end up losing my voice from the amount of screaming I do!" — Jenna L. , Orlando, Florida

87. The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park

Location: San Diego, California

"I would 100 percent do this again or recommend to anyone looking for some Halloween fun. It's scary, won't lie. I screamed until I lost my voice. It's about a mile long so it's about 20 to 30 minutes of going through rooms with different themes, one of which was a real school bus, which I thought was super clever!

The characters don't touch you but they get pretty close; they can accidentally bump you, but they never touched a single one of us from our group. They send you out through the trail in groups of 20 or so, but it gets bunched up at times; makes sense when people are stopping cause they're scared." — Salina A. , El Cajon, California

86. Woods of Terror

Woods of Terror in North Carolina

Location:  Greensboro, North Carolina

"Once you get on the trail, it takes about an hour to walk through! By far the longest haunted trail I have ever been to. There are about six haunted houses, two pitch black mazes and the corn maze. Let me tell you the detail that goes into this thing is pretty extraordinary. The best way to describe it is the Disney World of horror places. They really think of everything. My favorites were the 3-D circus, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre house and the multi-horror movie area. The Pirate Ship was pretty awesome as well." — Holly K. , Raleigh, North Carolina

85. Hobb's Grove Halloween Haunt

Hobb's Grove Halloween Haunt

Location:  Sanger, California

"It's the Disneyland of haunts as far as quality. But it's seemingly a low-budget transformation. You drive way into the middle of nowhere and park in a dark lot. There's no grand archway entrance. Just the overall scary environment. They never copy movie stuff. You'll see no Freddy  Kruger here. The line waits are super long on busy nights, but they have characters working the lines. The actors never come out of character so you're transformed into another place. Not all line characters are scary — a few are hilarious!" — Stephen M. , Fresno, California

84. Pennhurst Asylum

Pennhurst Asylum

Location:  Spring City, Pennsylvania

"We just survived Pennhurst! My heart is still racing! The owners, operators, staff and actors are amazing, (Especially Frank!) The entire production was completely redone for 2022. If you thought you were scared in years past, you'll definitely wanna come back this year. It was by far better than I could have ever imagined. I recommend doing all three attractions." — Christina S. , San Francisco, California

83. Howl-O-Scream

Howl-O-Scream in Busch Gardens

Location:  Tampa, Florida

"There was barely any line traffic, and the staff did a great job with splitting groups so everyone can get the scares. There is no line traffic at all and theme-wise it's pretty good! The scare zones are also AMAZING, so interactive and the actors did a really good job. Food and drinks were great, not very hard liquor, but I prefer it that way for theme parks. As for shows, the show with the host of Howl-O-Scream was pretty cheesy and didn't put much effort into special effects. The best shows to watch are cirque x scream and the rolling bones! And there is a bar with food at the Rolling Bones show! Definitely planning on coming next year!" — Juliet D. , Miami, Florida

82. Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights It character

Location:  Orlando, Florida

"Halloween Horror Nights is clearly the world-class Halloween theme park event worldwide. Universal Studios has access to classic IP horror properties such as Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Universal Monsters and so much more that rotate every year — the houses for these are extremely detailed and are like you're walking into the movie/tv sets themselves." — Frank L. , Mount Prospect, Illinois

81. Warehouse 31

Warehouse 31

Location: Pelham, Alabama

"If you like haunted houses, Warehouse 31 is a must see! This thing is huge, elaborate and has amazing actors! From the creepy guy that greets you as you enter, the little girl with the Raggedy Ann dolls, the crazy nurse and finally the freak jumping out when you are in the mine, this place was full of jump scares and overall weirdness! They also have cool 3D effects, karaoke, a bar, food trucks, an escape room and more! This is haunted house perfection!" — April R. , Homewood, Alabama

80. The Darkness

The Darkness

Location: Saint Louis, Missouri

"Is it possible to be addicted to a haunted house?? I think yes! I go here every year, sometimes multiple times. They change it up each year, so it never gets dull. They have fantastic actors that you see from the time you enter the parking lot as well as very high-tech animatronics. Scary Gary and Steve are by far the best. I get a picture with them every year. They also have escape rooms and a little museum and gift shop." — Gabrielle J. , Breckenridge Hills, Missouri

79. Nashville Nightmare

Nashville Nightmare

Location: Madison, Tennessee 

"YOU GUYS!! This was hands down the best haunted attraction experience I have ever had! YukYuk the clown was especially friendly and helpful while simultaneously being scary  The music, lights, and actors kept us entertained while we waited for the rest of our group to arrive My bf and an alien were "communicating" at one point. It was hilarious...There were a variety of themed walk-throughs that were actually scary and excellently decorated." — Beth-Leah S. , Tennessee

78. Bennett's Curse

Bennett's Curse

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

"Our sixth year coming to Bennett's Curse (except the year that Baltimore City dropped the ball) and this was the best yet. There were more actors than ever and the new laser/smoke room is awesome.  The actors in the sanitarium were outstanding and really scared the h*ll out of my wife.  Great time was had by all and we will be back next year." — Robert E. , Severna, Maryland

77. The Haunted Mortuary

The Haunted Mortuary

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

"This was the best Laser Tag Haunted House ever! You heard me right. Laser tag in a haunted house. The mortuary converted an old asylum into a haunted house for both Halloween and Christmas... We went to the Christmas one to shoot evil elves and Krampus. Soooo much fun!!... Well worth the money for a new adventure." — Dacia Z. , Wilmington, North Carolina

76. Barrett's Haunted Mansion

Barrett's Haunted Mansion

Location: Abington, Massachusetts 

"First time being here and it was awesome. We waited in line for an hour each, but the time flew because there were so many actors trying to scare us throughout the line. Excellent! Also the attractions were phenomenal and very detail oriented. They put so much effort into this and made my night. Definitely recommend best haunted house ever!!!" — Alexis J. , Massachusetts

75. The Devils Attic

The Devils Attic

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

"This is probably one of the best and well-thought-out haunted houses I've been to. From the moment you step out of the car, you begin to be immersed into cinematic horror. While you wait in line, some scare actors are present, getting you into the mood for this haunted attraction. Also, they are projecting some old horror movie clips, as well as some weird unusual clips. This house rolls with the punches one after the other, putting you right in the middle of some of the best and most iconic horror films of all time." — Abbey B. , Lexington, Kentucky

74. Sanctum of Horror

Sanctum of Horror

Location: Mesa, Arizona

"Have gone to Sanctum two years in a row — definitely my favorite haunted house in the area. Attention to detail with their makeup, props, special effects, etc., is fantastic. It was great last year, and they've improved quite a few things that made it even better this year." — Michelle M. , Jackson, Mississippi

73. The Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel

Location: Estes Park, Colorado

"I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is into the paranormal. Our tour guide, Ian, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the hotel, as well as its ghoulish friends. He was entertaining and friendly, and provided a one of kind experience. The tour takes you through all of the common areas, and you even get to test if the spirits are with you (we had an encounter, and it was wild)." —Linsey M.

72. Into the Dark Terror Vault

Into the dark

Location: San Francisco, California

"Hands-down, no contest the best haunted house I have ever been to. I've been here 3 years in a row, and the changes they make every year truly justify coming again and again. The performers all put so much work into their various crafts, you're always treated with respect, and you really can tell how invested everyone here is in ensuring you have an amazing time. You can opt for a glow necklace that tells performers they're allowed to touch you — they may grab you or jostle you gently, smell you, even spank you or paint your skin! You can of course opt out, and they'll always be respectful of that, too. Tickets could cost twice as much as they do, and I'd still jump to buy them every year." — Kyle W. , Fremont, California

71. Milburn's Haunted Manor

Milburn's Haunted Manor

Location: Hubbard, Oregon

"The BEST, most terrifying haunted house that I have been to. Brilliantly conceived with two distinctly different haunts, this experience is well worth the trip from Portland. The drive there set the stage with the site being a very dark, isolated area. As you drive there, you pass a nearby cemetary and, then, you see the parking lot lights...and hear screams." — Jerald B. , Tualatin, Oregon

70. Haunted Overload

Haunted Overload

Location: Lee, New Hampshire

"One of the best Halloween experiences of my life. I am a bit of an enthusiast for these types of things. The art and creativity of Haunted Overload is second to none. From the otherworldly light displays, breathtaking designs, and of course the tremendous characters and costumes, it really is a haunted labyrinth experience like no other." — Livingston S. , Keene, New Hampshire

69. Reign of Terror Haunted House

Reign of Terror Haunted House

Location: Thousand Oaks, California

"I am SO glad I made it to Reign of Terror. I was thoroughly blown away. The detail and uniqueness in all of the 130+ rooms (Yes, 130+ rooms!) was phenomenal. The maze has left a lasting impression on me like a reoccurring nightmare that shakes you to the core. Another review stated that Universal Horror Nights should take notes and agree 100 percent." — Joey S. , West Hollywood, California

68. Haunted Mansions of Albion

Haunted Mansions of Albion

Location: Albion, Idaho

"I come here every year for Halloween! I love it! It's so spooky and exciting. Really puts you in the Halloween mood! It takes a while to go through all four houses so it's worth the drive and money. Would recommend everyone to try it at least once." — Stephanie L. , Heyburn, Idaho

67. Haunted Forest at Panic Point

Haunted Forest at Panic Point

Location: Youngsville, North Carolina

"You guys gotta check this place out if you love being scared. I've never been to a haunted forest or trail ever, and I can now proudly say Panic Point was everything I dreamed and more! Looking forward to come back and check out the haunted corns!!" — Alexis G. , Washington, D.C.

66. Rotten Manor

Rotten Manor haunted house

Location: Holly, Michigan

"My fiancée and I went in Oct '18 and haven't forgotten about it since. This place was top-notch, and I've been haunting in the Detroit area since I was a little tot in the '90s.

First, we were floored by the design of the building—done in Gothic style Victorian with the classic tapered Mansard roof. The rickety wood siding gave the house a classic haunted look...Second, the location... The eerie, quaint setting is unsettling on an October night.

Third, the acting is Tony award tier. All the talent inside had a story, accent, or some nuance that really elevated the sense of dread throughout the haunt. There are no cheap thrills here, everything had purpose and built up to a scare." — William F. , Tacoma, Washington

65. Hellscream Haunted House and Escape Rooms

Hellscream Haunted House and Escape Rooms

Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

"I have done a lot of escape room over the years and this place is the REAL DEAL. The rooms are exciting, challenging, creative, very unique, and 100 percent worth the money. I would also highly recommend choosing the scary option! The actors are awesome and might even help you out on your adventure ;)

The staff are professional, funny, and friendly. They provided me with one of the most positive escape room experiences I've had to date." — Brandt M. , Las Vegas, Nevada

64. The Beast

Beast Haunted House

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

"This was absolutely one of the scariest haunted house experiences that I have ever encountered. Carolina haunted houses have nothing on the Kansas City thriller ... The Beast! I was very happy to find out that [Missourians] enjoy a nice scare. First and foremost, I certainly advise you buy your tickets before arriving. The line to get in is incredibly long, and it is very much so worth a few extra bucks to skip all this waiting. I really liked the fact that there were food vendors around on the corners of the streets (food trucks). This helps with the annoying wait time. But once you get inside, everything changes for the better. The actors working at the haunted house do an excellent job at keeping all of us on edge but without scaring us too badly. I was certainly glad to experience such a wonderfully terrifying experience. The art installations were phenomenal, and designs were very authentic. I would certainly go back next Halloween season!" — Zyven S. , San Francisco, California

63. Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park

Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park

Location: Smithville, Texas

"I hate scary things, scary movies, etc. but this was SO much fun.  We went with some friends who enjoy this stuff and we got there right at 7 (during daylight because I'm a wimp) and checked out the amazing museum. It's a $9 admit fee but well worth it. I got some great photos in there and the collection is impressive x1000." — Andria H. , Austin, Texas

62. Asylum and Hotel Fear

Asylum and Hotel Fear haunted house

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

"This experience was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Asylum was the best, the characters were extremely talented and the theme from every room has you screaming until your hoarse. My heart is still pumping from the thrill of it. It was definitely worth the money! Lines are long so I recommend the VIP experience to skip the lines." —Tracy T., Spring Valley, Nevada

61. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium haunted attraction

"By far one of the coolest/creepiest places I have been to. I'm not a huge fan of ghost story stuff, but this place was cool. The night tour is a really cool feature. Things happened on the tour that I cannot explain. It was creepy and fascinating all at the same time." — Jimmy K. , Dallas, Texas

60. The 17th Door Haunt Experience

The 17th Door Haunt Experience

Location: Fullerton, California

"This place is no joke. From beginning to end, you are touched, grabbed, enclosed in small spaces, lifted and dropped into complete darkness, terrorized with live cockroaches, shocked, and if you're brave enough to push through every room, you'll leave completely drenched. (I don't recommend bringing your phones inside because of this last part.)" — McKenna A. , Huntington Beach, California

59. Insanitarium Haunted Attraction

Insanitarium Haunted Attraction

Location: Pinson, Alabama

"I screamed a lot! I've done a lot of big production stuff with the expensive animatronics and this was as good or better...The group of adults we were with chickened out and asked for an exit.

One of the performers said "are you serious." We ducked ahead and just kept screaming/peeing." — Nikki C. , Trussville, Alabama

61. Macabre Cinema Haunted House

Macabre Cinema Haunted House

"One of the best haunts ever, and I've seen many! Came out from CA, grew up in KS. This was by far, the best of the trio offered in KC. Very dark, dank, just enough actors, decent props, decrepit old building perfect for a haunt! Can't believe these haunts are so long. If you scare easily, you may not make it through. This haunt was impressive, and I'm picky and not easily scared at all. Loved it! Great time!!!!!" — Jo N. , San Jose, California

57. Haunted Labyrinth

Haunted Labyrinth

Location: Cranston, Rhode Island

"This is a pretty fun haunted house. This was our second year in a row coming here!  Each year it's a different theme so it's completely unpredictable and fun! You just don't know who or what will be lurking behind a curtain or door. You might not even know which door to open to escape a certain room. 

Strobe lights are flashing, things are slamming, noises are blasting, creatures are creeping and some are even sitting on the throne!! You seriously don't know what to expect!" — Jennifer M. , Tiverton, Rhode Island

56. Fearlandia

Fearlandia haunted house

Location: Portland, Oregon

"This is an impressive haunted house! It's hard to strike that balance between adult-entertaining and (older) kid-friendly, but they did it! Lots of jump-scares and super cool optical illusions. Enthusiastic actors and staff and lots of creative touches. Easy options to exit if it gets to be too much. Special shout out to the Swamp Thing that entertained us as part of the pre-show. You are a riot!" — Molly N. , Portland, Oregon

55. DementedFX Haunted House

DementedFX Haunted House

Location: Holyoke, Massachusetts 

"Great haunted house!!! They go all out and clearly are passionate about what they do. Great effects and great actors. Couldn't have had a better experience! They have TVs and a bar so that you're entertained in line and the haunted house is very much worth it!" — Sydney G. , Ellington, Connecticut

54. The Thirteenth Hour Haunted Attraction

The Thirteenth Hour Haunted Attraction

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

"By far, this is the best haunted attraction I've been to in Indiana, and I have been to just about all of them. Themed, for the most part, not random from room to room with the typical characters.  Top-notch costumes and props.  All of the makeup actors were cleverly face masked to not ruin the vibe. From entrance to exit was just over 30 minutes. I recommend the fast pass for an extra $5 and buying the timed tickets the day before, or early the same day you are going." — Joe M. , Indianapolis, Indiana

53. Mysterious Mansion

Mysterious Mansion Haunted House

Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

"I absolutely LOVED this experience! I love haunted houses and getting a good jump-scare, and that's exactly what this place provides. It's just off the main strip in downtown Gatlinburg, and in a perfect, creepy location. The appearance of the house and the props were excellent.

The actors working inside the house were amazing and scared me over and over again! Not recommended for small children who don't like jump-scares. If you happen to get pushed to the front of the group you are with, be prepared to scream a lot." — Rachel S. , Greensboro, North Carolina

52. Exiled – Trail of Tears

Exiled – Trail of Tears

Location: Bonner Springs, Kansas

"Very fun alternative to the traditional haunted 'house"' format. Loved the entertainment throughout the waiting line, made the time pass much quicker! I really enjoyed the 'school bus' portion of the attraction! Make sure to wear warm/comfortable shoes! The owner Jeff spoke with us after we completed the course and was very nice and engaged with the entire experience. I will be back! Definitely recommend!!" — Alexandra S. , Overland Park, Kansas

51. The Bisbee Seance Room

The Bisbee Seance Room haunted attraction

Location: Bisbee, Arizona

"So crazy and real. My son said his brain hurts. We are all still trying to figure out what happened. This was the best part of our 14-day trip across the West Coast. I loved it and would give him 10 stars if I could." — Nina B. , Temecula, California

50. Blood Manor

Blood Manor

Location: New York City

"Bear in mind that their attraction is relatively short, only 20 minutes, but you spend that time in motion going from scene to scene and dozens of different scares. The actors when we were there were very enthusiastic, and they were smart enough to realize my cousin was a scaredy-cat. They had fun honing in on her, much to everyone else's enjoyment." — Dennie C. , Englewood, New Jersey

49. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses

Headless Horseman Hayrides

Location: Ulster County, New York

"It starts with a hayride through the Forest. Along the trail, you see zombies and monsters alike. There is a 'Walker' on board that gives the history of the headless horseman. Following the hayride, you walk through a motel with lots of different scenarios. Next is a corn maze. It leads to more attractions and more scenarios. The monsters and zombies will pop up out of nowhere, but they do not touch. They follow and will scare." — Lili "Lisa" R. , Nassau County, New York

48. Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory

Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory

Location: Akron, Ohio

"Even though their sets are detailed immaculately, it still has a very old-school haunted house vibe, which I love. Some of the high-tech haunts nowadays go so over the top that it just doesn't feel authentic anymore. The Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory nails that authenticity. Old school haunted housing at it's finest!" — Brian J. , Traverse City, Michigan

47. Dread Hollow

Dread Hollow

Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee

"The VIP room is worth it as it's an experience in and of itself! Not only do you get front-of-the-line access, but you have your own lounge, and best of all, you get to control some of the scares in the haunt!" — Emily M. , New York City

46. Nightmare Haunted House

Nightmare Haunted House

Location: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

"Went back last week so my mom and sister could experience it. They made it in ... and ran right back out! The staff was nice enough to let them retry it, and they made it in and right back out again. My mom said the first few steps had her terrified." — Shakeria J. , Jacksonville, Florida

45. Asylum 49

Asylum 49

Location: Tooele, Utah

"My girlfriend and I managed to make it all the way through the first time together. Right when we got out, they RIPPED our hands apart and sent us right back in separate." — Jaden N. , Tyler, Texas

44. Scary Acres

Scary Acres

Location: Hope, Rhode Island

"We make it a point to go to Scary Acres every year. They put on a great show. Good scares, great props and wonderful costumes and makeup. Be sure to spend the little bit more for the speed pass. " — Kristen R. , Walpole, Massachusetts

43. Frightmare Compound

Frightmare Compound

Location: Denver, Colorado

"The visual experience alone was way more impressive than I was expecting, and this is definitely one of the better haunted houses I've ever been to. Scary enough to make me jump a number of times but also tame enough for my daughter to come with and still be able to sleep through the night, haha!" — Kenneth M. , Bradenton, Florida

42. Georgetown Morgue

Georgetown Morgue

Location: Seattle

"Seriously, what the hell did I get sprayed with? Spoiler alert: The clown has a REAL chainsaw." — Alyson L. , Burien, Washington

41. The Slaughterhouse

The Slaughterhouse

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

"Are you wanting to jump out of your skin? Wanting shivers down your spine? All of your fears coming true? Well, you're in the right place! This Haunted House is the best house in the Des Moines region! All of the cast is into their character. As soon as you step in the gate, you have people in your face, and the terror starts." — Kyle M. , Des Moines, Iowa

40. The Catacombs of St. Pascal's

catacombs

Location: Chicago

"I waited 26 years before I ever went to a haunted house, and with this being my second year of going, I've got to say St. Pascal's had the perfect blend of the jump-out-at-you goblins and overall creepy vibe." — Bridget S. , Chicago

39. The Terrorfied Forest and Manor

Terrorfied Forest and Manor

Location: Pinckney, Michigan

"Was super scared about haunted anything. Braved it anyway. This place was a blast... worth it to buy the pack for house and forest. The monsters are a riot! Would definitely come back." — Tanya M. , Redford, Michigan

38. Niles Scream Park

Niles Scream Park

Location: Niles, Michigan

"This was my first visit to a haunted house, and it did not disappoint! There were twists and turns that kept me on my toes and, more importantly, kept me entertained." — Kaylee B. , Benton Harbor, Michigan 

37. Wisconsin Fear Grounds

Wisconsin Fear Grounds

Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin

"I love this place,  you're entertained by ghouls and goblins and monsters while you're waiting in line to go into the place. Great place to take your love and hold her tight when the ghosts come running right at you all." — Smeet T. , Milwaukee

36. Trail of Terror

Trail of Terror

Location: Wallingford, Connecticut

"This was by far the best Halloween trail we've ever been on! A lot of thought and effort was put in each scene... different rooms had different things happening to you unexpectedly... What an AWESOME experience! I laughed... I jumped and screamed, all the actors did a fantastic job." — Quanieshia D. , East Hartford, Connecticut 

35. Reaper's Revenge

Reaper's Revenge

Location: Scranton, Pennsylvania

"I had a great time last weekend at Reaper's. Quality scares!!!! The cast is truly in character all the time. Even when you're not scared, they make you feel uncomfortable in your own skin. " — Anthony G. , Paramus, New Jersey 

34. 13th Gate

13th Gate

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"The best word to describe it: 'WOW!' The attention to detail is insane!!! LIVE rodents and snakes... are you kidding me!?!? Amazing!!! The actors are great. The sets are better than Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights, and that's a freaking movie studio! The 13th Gate is simply mind-blowing." — Christine L. , Los Angeles

33. The Haunted World

The Haunted World

Location: Nampa, Idaho

"I love going to this place every year! They really put a lot of thought and detail into the attraction, and it's always really fun to get scared and to see what they change every year." — Bryce F. , Boise, Idaho

32. Kersey Valley Spookywoods

Spookywoods

Location: Archdale, North Carolina

"No longer just a haunted house, this is now a premier haunted attraction that's been featured on the Travel Channel. The makeup artists are incredible, as they make the actors look fantastic!" — Michael S. , Las Vegas

31. USS Nightmare

USS Nightmare

Location: Newport, Kentucky

"There are three different shows: lights up, for scaredy-cats; the regular show; and the special Extreme nights. If you decide halfway through that you can't handle it, there are exits throughout the house." — Adrianna B. , Cincinnati, Ohio

30. Hotel of Horror

Hotel of Horror

Location: Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania

"It is downright scary, and you will love it. The rooms are all decorated with expert detail to inspire nightmares. The actors are very scary and truly do their job very well. We have kids who love to be scared, but if your kids are ambivalent, proceed with caution, as this is for older kids and younger ones only who really like to be scared. We screamed the entire time during both tours." — Marisa C. , Collingswood, New Jersey

29. The Dent Schoolhouse

Dent Schoolhouse

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

"You have no idea how good a haunted house can be until you go to Dent. The makeup is amazing. The props are authentic, and it's difficult to tell what is real and what is not real." — John H. , Cincinnati

28. Darkside Haunted House

Darkside Haunted House

Location: Wading River, New York

"Really cool haunted house. A must go to. Worth the trip. Can't talk about details cause it would ruin the suspense. It is about 20 minutes long of just constant sheer terror... Scares the heck out of you!" — RICHARD P. , Westbury, New York

27. Fright Factory Haunted House

Fright Factory Haunted House

Location: Buckley, Washington

"Such a fun, horrifying time! Great job, Fright Factory. Reluctantly, I will be back next year." — Meghan B. , Snoqualmie, Washington

26. Scream Hollow Wicked Hallow

Scream Hollow Wicked Hallow

"This place is amazing. If twisted and spooky is your thing, this is a MUST if you live remotely in the area." — Keshante A. , Austin, Texas

25. Fright Kingdom

Fright Kingdom

Location: Nashua, New Hampshire

"The grim haunted house was terrifying, as you couldn't see in front of your face and the walls shocked you. Half of the time, I couldn't tell what was real and what was fake throughout the haunts, which added to the suspense." — Olivia A. , Bedford, New Hampshire

24. Nightmare on 13th

Nightmare on 13th

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

"Nightmare on 13th was pretty freaking legit. It was so well done! The whole thing was just clever and creative, and I really appreciated it. It didn't seem cheap and tacky at all! The theming is cool, and the scares didn't seem to get repetitive to me at all. Also, the scares here are all in good fun, which I really liked. I never felt unsafe or that things went too far. It was just enough that I was screaming and laughing my way through the entire thing." — Courtney K. , Provo, Utah

23. Shocktoberfest

Shocktober

Location: Leesburg, Virginia

"I am pretty sure I lost my voice because of all the screaming I did. Yes, I was that girl that was freaking out." — Melissa N. , Key West, Florida 

22. Frightland

Frightland

Location: Middletown, Delaware

"I love this place! What a great, but scary time. My fave is the barn. The hayride is great, too. It is just long enough and very high energy from all the monsters and things in the entire place." — Tom Z. , Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 

21. Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse

Gateway's Haunted Playhouse

Location: Bellport, New York

"Peek-a-boo!!! I promise you won't hear that unless it's coming from the undead and followed by a scream." — Jude J. , Nassau County, New York 

20. Paranoia Horror Maze

Paranoia Horror Maze

Location: Several locations

"This was really fun and scary! It's completely dark inside, and the only thing you have to go off of is a red light. I almost chickened out, but I survived." — Erica C. , Oakland Park, Florida 

19. The Dead End Hayride

Dead End

Location: Wyoming, Minnesota

"The scale of this huge production is off the charts. There were so many different facets and moving parts, and during our time going through it, everything was flawless as far as I could see. The props went off at the exact times, and actors jumped out and interacted with our group right on cue. The costumed actors were great; they had tons of energy, and it made for a great experience." — Scott S. , Minneapolis, Minnesota

18. Hundred Acres Manor

Hundred Acres Manor

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"You are very immersed in this haunted house for 45 minutes, both physically and mentally... Even the brave will be caught off guard and find themselves jumping in fright." — Jenna W. , Pittsburgh

17. Erebus Haunted House

Erebus Haunted House

Location: Pontiac, Michigan

"This place is legit! The actors were on point from the door. It's a three- or four-story in the dark, jump-scare experience." — Ericka B. , Detroit

16. Basement of the Dead

Basement of the Dead

Location: Aurora, Illinois

"I enjoy a haunted house that preys on all of your senses, and Basement of the Dead is just that. There are smells, there are sights, there are weird sensations under your feet, blasting music or silence, depending on where you are in the house. Thankfully, no taste involved, but I wouldn't be surprised if they find a way to do it, eventually." — Amy R. , Naperville, Ilinois 

15. Dungeon of Doom

Dungeon of Doom

Location: Zion, Illinois

"This is definitely not a haunt for the family! If you are looking to experience fear, look no further. This haunt has a ton of jump scares and is 60 minutes of sheer terror! Great experience for the money! Totally recommend this house!" — Dan D. , Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 

14. Field of Screams

Field of Screams

Location: Mountville, Pennsylvania

"Wow, this made me sweat. I'm a huge horror fan, haunted house season is my fave time of year. I went into this not knowing what to expect (due to mixed reviews), and this blew my mind. If you have a phobia, this place will cover it and make sure they rub it in deep. The full contact made this place so scary, and the haunted hayride... wow just wow." — Kerri B. , West Babylon, New York 

13. Scream-A-Geddon

Scream-A-Geddon

Location: Dade City, Florida

"Great night of fear and fun. The characters/cast are phenomenal. The haunts are very good. Being part of the action by wearing a participation glow necklace makes the experience so much more." — Marlene V. , Bradenton, Florida

12. Dark Hour Haunted House

Dark Hour Haunted House

Location: Plano, Texas

"The best haunted house I've ever been to, and I've been to several. They are professionals at what they do here. You'll get a good scare! Very artistic; they make your environment feel as if you're in another world; great experience!" — S L. , Dallas, Texas

11. Haunted Plantation

Haunted Plantation

Location: Waipahu, Hawaii

"I thought it was scary and fun! My boyfriend definitely had a good laugh (at me screaming). They have a lot of actors and a lot of attendants that lead you through the houses." — Jo C. , Honolulu, Hawaii

10. Laurels House of Horror

Laurels House of Horror

Location: Laurel, Maryland

"We have been to this haunt every year since it opened, and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year! The scare actors really get into their parts and are quite creepy sometimes. The sets are elaborate and very detailed. There are many confusing and disorienting parts in the mazes of rooms. Definitely worth the trip even if you've already been before!" — Jason S. , Glen Burnie, Maryland 

9. The Bates Motel

The Bates Motel

Location: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

"Bates Motel is one of the better haunted attractions in the surrounding Pennsylvania area. The prices are fair, actors stay in character, and many of the props are very cool. During this visit, we did the hayride, maze and motel... The motel was the best attraction here." — Theresa R. , Lansdale, Pennsylvania 

8. The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

"I was so terrified I closed my eyes the majority of the time. I also cried and wanted to throw up. Haha. With that said, they did a great job, but it was too scary for me. 5/5 stars for the actors and each scary room!" — Ashley C. , San Diego

7. Cutting Edge Haunted House

Cutting Edge Haunted House

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

"Very spooky haunted house. Pleasantly surprised with how long it was. Highly recommend going here if you're looking for a solid fright." — Garrett A. , College Station, Texas 

6. House of Torment

House of Torment

Location: Austin, Texas

"Other than being scared out of my guts and being told I collectively screamed more than the three kids combined, I was beyond amazed by the creativity put in this place — a moving subway train compartment splattered in blood and radioactive props, a whole clown room with trippy lights, to name a few." — Chanpreet K. , Chicago, Illinois

5. Brighton Asylum

Brighton Asylum

Location: Passaic, New Jersey

"I, a haunted house fanatic, have experienced my fair share of doomed dwellings. This asylum experience ranks among the best." — Grant E. , New York

4. Savage House

Savage House

"Best haunted house I've been to. Ever. You guys [outdid] yourselves this year! I was thrilled last year when I gave this place a chance — never thought a Target parking lot could make me almost p**s my pants. But man, y'all nailed it this year." —  Sarah C. , San Diego

3. Netherworld Haunted House

NETHERWORLD Haunted House

Location: Stone Mountain, Georgia

"So scary! Screamed the whole time I was in there. So much so that some of the characters felt bad for me and gave me a fist bump at the end of the haunted house." — Ameila B. , Smoke Rise, Georgia 

2. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"The mazes or rooms (whatever you want to call them) were terrifying! The props are top-notch, and everyone is really into character. I had so much fun, will definitely do this again!" — Rare R. , Linden, New Jersey 

1. 13th Floor Haunted House

13th Floor Haunted House

"I love how the scarers come from anywhere here. Beside you, above you, below you, you just don't know. They also don't send too many people in one group, so you can really enjoy personalized scares for your group." — Laila R. , Burbank, California

29 of the Freakiest, Real-Life Haunted House Stories Ever

Stranger than fiction.

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Home is where the heart is . There's no place like home . Home is a shelter from storms ... But sometimes, homes are haunted. And as much as we love to devour the haunted house trope in thrillers, horror movies, and spooky books , there’s nothing quite as fascinating (and unsettling) as real haunted house ghost stories. As it turns out, there’s no shortage of allegedly haunted houses across the country. Every community seems to have a house at the edge of town with a mystifying history and haunting past, whether it was the location of a grisly crime, or simply because it's fallen into disrepair and looks like it's getting swallowed by time. Though varied, there’s one thing these real-life haunted houses have in common: Each one has a bring-you-to-the-edge-of-your-seat story to tell.

From unsuspecting farmhouses in the midwest to sprawling Gilded Age East Coast mansions , classic storybook cottages in Hollywood, and even a bungalow in tropical Honolulu, we scoured the country for the most compelling, creepiest tales of real-life haunted houses . Now, without further ado, read through our collection of true stories about homes hiding scary (and oftentimes sad) pasts, but take heed: Learning about these freaky places in the dark or by yourself will likely keep you up all night (as was the case for us), but the fascinating backstories are well worth the thrill.

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Victoria's Black Swan Inn in San Antonio, Texas

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Victoria's Black Swan Inn is a lush, 35-acre home and wedding venue cloaked by 100-year-old oak trees in San Antonio, Texas. While it's a romantic scene ideal for nuptials, it's also allegedly infested by the spirits of those who've lived and died on the property. Built in the mid to late 1800s on a plot of land where, 50 years earlier, 60 Mexican soldiers were killed in the Battle of Salado, the Greek Revival manor has had a plethora of owners, many of whom were prominent San Antonio socialites and are also said to still be lingering there in the afterlife.

Once operated as a dairy farm, the barn behind the primary residence is the most haunted building on the property. Many of the earlier occupants, including members of the Rippstein and Mahler families, spent their lives there. Later occupants included sisters Katherine Holbrook and Blanche Woods, Katherine's husband (who died at the home), and Blanche's children and grandchildren. Almost all of them are said to haunt the estate.

The current owner, Jo Ann Rivera, lives in the stunning home with her family, and while it isn't actually a functional inn, she does partner with local ghost tour companies and has invited paranormal investigators in over the years. Some theorize that perhaps the paranormal activity is being caused by a particularly menacing anchor item: a porcelain doll (Rivera is an avid collector). Tune into Dark House to hear the full details and countless tales of unsettling specters.

Sowden House in Los Angeles, California

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This Mayan Revival home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Jr., the son of the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright towers over Franklin Avenue at the bottom of the Los Feliz foothills. While its unique architectural character is certainly noteworthy, arguably the most interesting thing about the home isn't necessarily the block-style facade, which was inspired by the menacing yet beguiling opening of a cave or an ancient tomb.

After it was built in 1926 for photographer John Sowden and his young family, the house enjoyed years of hosting bohemian parties for Hollywood's in-crowd. But when Dr. George Hodel moved into the house in 1945, its fate as the potential crime scene of America's most notorious cold case, The Black Dahlia, was sealed. Though the murder of Elizabeth Short remains unsolved to this day, by 1950, Dr. George Hodel became one of the prime suspects in her tragic case, and many true crime buffs are convinced that he carried out the crime right inside this iconic Los Feliz mansion.

The home also went through a few stages of abandonment in the late 20th century, making it even more mysterious and spooky to passersby. According to Steve Hodel, former occupant, retired LAPD investigator, and son of Dr. Hodel, several onlookers have noted its haunting trappings. According to Steve, "in the 1970s, [the Hodel housekeeper] returned to the [Sowden] House and informed the then current owner 'this is a house of evil,’” and on another occasion, Edmund Teske pointed to the house saying, "It's an evil place. Artists, philosophers, accountants, and politicians all played and paid there. Murders happened there. It's an evil place." During the same era, Dr. Hodel's daughter Tamar went inside the home and claimed to see the spirit of a young woman in the basement. Years later, in 2016, Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans investigated the Sowden house with Tamar's daughter Fauna, who claimed to see the exact same spirit her mother did.

The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa

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On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were horrifyingly killed inside their home in Villisca, Iowa. Their four children—and two friends who were spending the night—were also murdered, and to this day, the crime remains unsolved. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests have been drawn to visit it for years. (People pay $400+ to stay for one night).

"Tours have been cut short by children's voices, falling lamps, moving ladders, and flying objects," says the Villisca Axe Murder House website . And, in 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night . "Skeptics have left believers," adds the website. As of October 2023, US Ghost Adventures —known for its entertaining and historic overnight stays in allegedly haunted locations across the country—is under contract to buy the infamous Historic Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa.

Ammons House in Gary, Indiana

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In 2011, Latoya Ammons moved into a small single-story home in Gary, Indiana, with her mother and her three young children. Only a few short months later, after reportedly experiencing the worst residential "demon infestation" since The Amityville Horror, Ammons brought her family to the emergency room in an attempt to help free them of demonic possession. After extensive evaluations by police, members of the local church, hospital staff, and the Department of Child Protective Services, the witnesses were torn: half of them believed the house was infested by spirits and demons, and that the family was genuinely possessed by something paranormal, while the other half blamed psychological issues.

Just like the best-selling book about the Amityville house turned into a national sensation, this modern instance of demonic possession went viral. The good news is that the Ammons family was able to find peace when they moved to Indianapolis, but the story, and the house itself, were still getting tons of attention.

Ghost Adventure host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans bought the property from Ammons's landlord in 2014 to shoot pseudo-documentary footage inside. Even though Bagans proceeded to tear it down, the Ammons House is about to get even more press. Oscar-nominee Lee Daniels is directing a film based on the story, The Deliverance . It's set to stream on Netflix in 2024 and will feature Stranger Things star, Caleb McLaughlin.

Chop-Chop House in Boise, Idaho

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The house at 805 W Linden Street in Boise, Idaho, is hard to miss. Covered in a layer of soot, with windows broken and boarded up and trash strewn about the yard, the 2-story, 2,728 square-foot Craftsman-style home looks like an abandoned horror movie set. The true story, however, is much scarier. Locals refer to it as the Boise Murder House, or even more eyebrow-raising, the Chop-Chop House, which is a glib reference to the gruesome homicide that took place there more than three decades ago.

According to many who've lived in the neighborhood or even rented out a room in the house itself, the basement, in particular, exudes some haunted energy. There have been reports of shadowy figures appearing and disappearing out of nowhere, strange liquid oozing down the walls, and more.

The full story of the Boise Murder House is featured, along with a guest interview with Justin Long, in an episode of House Beautiful’s haunted house podcast, Dark House . Subscribe here .

Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California

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In 1886 an eccentric widow left her home in Connecticut for California's rural Santa Clara Valley to start a new life after the tragic loss of several family members. She wasn't the average widow; she was Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress whose fortune was derived from "The Gun That Won the West," an increasingly controversial truth. Once in the Bay Area—during the height of Spiritualism and well before the 19th amendment— Winchester managed her own finances and acted on a passion for architecture and design by overseeing the never-ending construction project of a rambling mansion in San Jose. She named the rambling property Llanada Villa (which she interpreted as "House on Flat Land") but today, it's better known as The Winchester Mystery House.

Her reclusive lifestyle along with the restrictive gender norms of the era and the blood money she was associated with, caused neighbors and the local press to speculate, and legends quickly began to swirl about the mysterious woman and her bewildering house. Though it was a modern marvel at the time—with indoor plumbing, multiple elevators, a hot shower, and central heating—the mansion was appraised as having no value due to doors that opened to nothing but thin air, staircases that lead straight into the ceiling, and its maze of labyrinthine hallways.

Legends began swirling speculating that Winchester’s bizarre architectural choices were an attempt to rid the home of unwelcome spirits of the dead killed by the Winchester Rifle, but defenders swear she didn't have a superstitious bone in her body. Regardless, it's possible that Winchester herself still haunts the halls of the house-turned-museum today.

Amityville Horror House in Amityville, New York

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This Dutch colonial sitting pretty on Ocean Avenue in Long Island, New York is perhaps the country's (and world's) most famous real haunted house, though whether or not it was all a hoax is up for debate. But haunted or not, the Amityville home has certainly witnessed plenty of horrors. On November 13, 1974, Louise and Ronald DeFeo Senior and four of their children were killed inside the home. Their eldest son, Ronald DeFeo Junior, went unharmed and he was ultimately charged with the murders.

A year after the brutal murders, the Lutz family moved into the house, which still housed much of the original furniture and decor from its previous tenants. Then, just 28 days after moving in with their three young children, the Lutzes fled the house in a panic. Not long after, they worked with author Jay Anson on the best-selling book-turned-hit movie, The Amityville Horror , which tells the dramatic (and controversial) tale of the demonic and "unseen forces" that drove them out. The Lutz's story is widely regarded as fabrication, but plenty of people still vehemently believe it's haunted, and that it was haunted even before the DeFeo family lived and died in it.

The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri

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Starting strong with a very scary house: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, which is known to be one of the most haunted places in America due to its tragic history and links to a wealthy beer baron. Adam Johann Lemp, a German immigrant, was the first person to produce and sell lager-style beer in the U.S. He stored the barrels in an underground cave system beneath the city to keep them cool pre-modern refrigeration. It was successful, but his son, William Lemp, is the one who really brought it to the next level.

In the 1860s, William Lemp wanted to live closer to the industrial plant and start a family with his wife Julia, so they built the foreboding home in the historic Benton Park neighborhood right over the cave system (we smell a haunting!). Everything seemed to take a turn for the worse in the new millennium, and William Lemp died by suicide in 1904 after his favorite of five sons, Frederick, died tragically due to complications of tuberculosis.

A few years later, his wife also died of cancer in the house. In 1920, the youngest daughter, Elsa Lemp, mysteriously died in her home (not the Lemp Mansion) Then, in 1922, after running the company for years and seeing it flounder during the Prohibition era, William Lemp Jr., shot himself in the same room William Sr. died in.

One of William Jr.'s brothers, Charles Lemp, lived in the home from the 1930s until 1949 when he shot his own dog in the basement of the home before dying by suicide in his room. That same year, the youngest surviving Lemp child, Edwin, sold the house and transformed it into a boarding house, where reports of hauntings began. According to Destination America , witnesses have experienced burning sensations, slamming doors, disembodied moaning and crying, amongst other things.

Today, the Lemp Mansion is a restaurant and inn that also holds events, including weddings, Murder Mystery Dinners, and even ghost-hunting experiences.

Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii

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The Kasha House of Kaimuki in Honolulu, Hawaii has been shrouded in mystery for decades: its first bad press mention hit the Honolulu Star just months after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. According to the article, police responded to a call from a woman shouting "she's trying to kill my children! She's trying to kill my children!" When they arrived, they found a young Hawaiian boy, his three sisters, and his mother all shrieking and being tossed around by... nothing. About thirty years later, other occupants (of the same home, or one a block away from the original spooky house) reported similar attacks by an “unseen” force, which the responding officers corroborated.

The two most common theories surrounding the source of these reported attacks are a demonic shape-shifting creature of Japanese folkloric origins known as the Kasha, and the angry spirit of a corpse buried in the backyard. Though it has since been torn down and replaced by condos, the dark energy still lingers, according to locals and residents.

1000 Lombard Street in San Francisco, California

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Socialite, journalist, and famed party host Patricia Montandon moved into an apartment on San Francisco’s famous "crooked block," Lombard Street, in 1960. She lived happily in her Russian Hill abode for eight years, until things began to go awry following an astrology-themed party she hosted in the apartment. In her memoir The Intruders , Montandon attributes a series of hauntings that culminated in a corporal tragedy to the bizarre behavior of a disgruntled tarot card reader who may have cursed the apartment the night of that fateful party.

From eerier laughter and faint music seemingly coming from within the apartment on repeat, to constant rushes of cold winds despite locked doors and windows, and strange disembodied footsteps, the paranormal events were stacking up quickly. But Montandon was also the victim of physical crimes following the party, including a robbery, harassment, possibly arson, and more. After a tragic fire at the apartment and the premature passing of three of her close friends (all of whom had separately lived in the apartment between 1968 and 1969), Montandon set off on her own investigation to uncover the root of the apparent curse on 1000 Lombard Street.

Ackley House in Nyack, New York

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Nicknamed “ Ackley House ” after its one-time occupants, the Ackley Family, this classic Queen Anne sits on the Hudson River across from Sleepy Hollow, New York. The many ghosts who roamed the halls of 1 La Veta Place were nothing but friendly, though they were active enough to inspire the matriarch, Helen Ackley, to write a national article about them in Reader's Digest . The article gained enough momentum that the house became a stop on local ghost tours, which ended up having some not-so-great ramifications when it came time to sell the home in the late 1980s.

The Ackleys found themselves entangled in a legal battle over whether or not they should have disclosed the haunted "nature" of the house to the Stambosvky family. In a landmark legal decision now referred to as “The Ghostbusters Ruling,” Ackley House was deemed haunted by the New York Supreme Court, and the buyers were able to pull out of the sale while also getting half of their down payment back. 1 La Veta Place has since been home to several celebrities, including musician Ingrid Michaelson.

Grey Gardens in East Hampton, New York

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The grand East Hampton estate known as Grey Gardens has a fascinating history with many ups and downs. The four acres of land the home now sits on is in the Georgica Beach section of East Hampton, one of the most expensive regions in the world, and it was purchased by a wealthy couple in 1895 before the home was built in the early 1900s.

By 1913, it was sold to the president of a coal company whose wife, Anna Gilman Hill, imported ornate concrete walls from Spain to enclose the garden. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist. Later, in 1923, the home was sold to Edith Bouvier Beale—the parental aunt of Jackie Onasis Kennedy and Lee Radziwill—and her family.

After a series of misfortunes and financial losses, the home fell into disrepair and was overrun by cats and raccoons (and perhaps something else not of this realm?), partially because Big Edie Beale and her daughter, Little Edie Beale couldn't afford to maintain the mansion on their own. The women's story (and star power!) was made famous in a 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles.

Big Edie held onto the property until her death in 1977, and her spirit is said to remain at Grey Gardens, watching over the house. Among the believers is author and journalist Sally Quinn, best known for her column in the Washington Post, who purchased the home from Little Edie in 1979 and she swears that it’s haunted.

Mercer-Williams House in Savannah, Georgia

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Located across from one of Savannah, Georgia's, most famous and pristine squares (Monterey Square in the city's historic district), the Mercer-Williams house dates back to 1860. In the 1970s, famed preservationist and antiques dealer Jim Williams restored the home to its former glory after years of neglect.

This Italianate revival played host to three untimely deaths, including that of 11-year-old Tommy Downs when he fell off the roof in 1969, the 1981 fatal shooting of Danny Hansford by Williams, and Williams himself, when he died in the same room as Hansford less than a year after being acquitted of Hansford's death in a fourth trial. If the story sounds familiar, it's probably because you recognize it from the bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil .

Much like the rest of the city, the home was supposedly built right on top of unmarked graves. Rumors about the crime and ensuing ghost stories continue to swirl to this day.

Jean Harlow House in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles is one of the best destinations for haunted-house hunting, and this Bavarian-style home in Beverly Hills has a particularly gruesome history. In 1932, it was home to the iconic actress Jean Harlow and her abusive husband, Paul Bern, who shot himself in the head while standing in front of the mirror. Their butler discovered him and called MGM instead of the police, so there were tons of rumors that it wasn't actually suicide. Many suspected Bern's ex-girlfriend, a suspicion exacerbated by her jumping off a boat to her death a couple of days later. Jean moved out after his death but died only a few years later at the age of 26.

But wait—it gets creepier. In 1963, celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring bought the home and lived there with his girlfriend, Sharon Tate, until she left him for Roman Polanski. They were still friends and remained so until both of them were murdered by the Charles Manson cult. Tate was the same age as Harlow when she passed.

But back to when the couple lived in the Harlow House. Tate told several friends of creepy occurrences in the home and even mentioned it in interviews . For example, once, when she was sleeping in the master bedroom alone, she saw a "creepy little man." Her friends say she believed it to be Paul Bern's ghost. She was so freaked out when she saw the alleged ghost that she ran out of the room and then saw a hanging shadowy corpse with its throat slit in the hallway. There are also stories about two other people dying in the swimming pool over the years.

SK Pierce Mansion in Gardner, Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has no shortage of haunted mansions, it seems, and the SK Pierce Victorian is one of the state's eeriest. The original occupant, Sylvestor Pierce, had just started making his fortune in the furniture business when he built this home for himself, his son, and his wife, Susan. As a man about town, he hosted many notable people in his 7,000-square-foot home throughout the years, including President Calvin Coolidge, Bette Davis, and Norman Rockwell.

Only a week after moving into the home, Susan fell ill and passed away from a mysterious bacterial disease. A year later, he remarried Ellen, a woman thirty years his junior, and had two more children. Years later, when both Sylvester and Ellen had passed away, his sons embarked on a fiery feud about the property as well as the furniture company, but the Great Depression swept in and made their choice easier since the company basically went bankrupt.

The youngest son, Edward, was given control of the home when he turned it into a boarding house. It became a hotspot for illicit activities (including the murders and sudden, tragic deaths of several occupants) according to local lore. As a result of these violent ends, guests have reported every kind of haunting imaginable, from visions of apparitions to flying objects, disembodied sounds, pressure, temperature drops, and more.

Mudhouse Mansion in Fairfield, Ohio

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Located in Fairfield County, Ohio (until recently), the Mudhouse Mansion has a bad reputation. Nobody can seem to agree on when it was built, but it dates back sometime between the 1840s and 1900. Unlike the other abandoned mansions on this list, you sadly can no longer visit it, as the home was demolished in 2015 after not being occupied since the 1930s. The last resident (at least legally speaking) was Lulu Hartman-Mast, and the current owner of the property is her relative Jeanne Mast.

Because there's so little information about who lived here and when, and because abandoned places tend to ignite the dark side of the imagination, there are tons of legends around alleged atrocities occurring (and consequent hauntings). The sources don't seem to be very credible, though.

455A Sackett Street in Brooklyn, New York

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You never hear as much about haunted apartments as haunted houses, which is strange— considering that apartments have much more turnover, and therefore a higher likelihood of something (or someone) evil having lived there before you move in.

That was definitely the case with 455A Sacket Street in Brooklyn. One woman who grew up there writes about her firsthand experiences, including unexplained fires, seriously bad energy, family tragedies, personal suffering, and, here's the kicker: the body of a child discovered in the wall after several suspicious sightings of a similar-looking shadow child in the mirror.

You can read her full account here , as well as commenters who also lived there and corroborate these claims. I'll definitely not be requesting an in-person viewing for this place—private balcony or not—if this address ever pops back up in my StreetEasy feed.

Hotel Monte Vista in Flagstaff, Arizona

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The Hotel Monte Vista has numerous paranormal guests they can’t get rid of. The hotel, which opened as the Community Hotel in 1927—named after the townspeople who helped raised the funds for its construction—has a history of underground opium dens, speakeasies, and gambling. Today, the hotel is known for the paranormal activity that haunts some of the rooms and halls.

Guests who’ve stayed in room 220 have experienced the TV changing channels on its own accord, and some have said they felt cold hands touching them in their sleep. There’s also reportedly a phantom bellboy who knocks on doors and announces “room service,” but when guests get to the door, no one's there. One of the more popular—and possibly most disturbing encounters—is the sound of an infant crying in the basement. The hotel website reads, “Staff have found themselves running upstairs to escape the sound of the cries. Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained the phenomenon.”

Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana

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Rumored to be on top of a burial ground is the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, which is the home to at least 12 different ghosts. Built in 1796, ghost stories center around the tale of an enslaved woman named Chloe, who had her ear chopped off after she was reportedly caught eavesdropping. Seeking revenge, Chloe killed two of the master’s daughters by poisoning a birthday cake. She was then hanged by her fellow enslaved people, and today is reportedly seen wandering the plantation with a turban on to conceal her ear.

If you want to investigate things for yourself, you can stay at the plantation for $175/night.

Hotel Cecil in Los Angeles, California

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More cursed than haunted, downtown L.A.'s Hotel Cecil got such a bad rap that it actually changed its name to Stay on Main. If you're a true crime and paranormal super fan, you've likely already heard of it. Where to begin? So many bad things have happened here—there's literally an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to its violent history. The first recorded death by suicide is in 1931, followed by a long string of similar deaths in 1932, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940.

At some point in the '30s, one man was pinned to the exterior wall by a truck. A woman murdered her newborn in the building in 1944, and the pattern of suicides continued into the '60s. In 1962, a woman jumped from the ninth floor window and landed on a pedestrian, killing them both. It's worth noting that two of the women who died by suicide apparently jumped while their husbands were asleep in the room.

In 1964, tenant Goldie Osgood was brutally murdered, a crime which has remained unsolved. Next, in the '80s, the infamous serial kill Richard Ramirez (the "Night Stalker") stayed at the hotel and in the 1990s, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterwege lived there. Other weird things kept happening but the weirdest is definitely the disappearance and death of 21-year-old traveler Elisa Lam.

A few weeks after Lam went missing, her body was discovered in the rooftop water tank after visitors and tenants complained about a funky taste. They later found odd footage of her in the elevator from the night of her disappearance. It's difficult to make out what she's doing; it looks like she's either playing hide-and-seek with someone outside the elevator, or she's frightened and attempting to hide from someone but the doors won't seem to shut. Authorities ruled the death accidental drowning—but because you need a key to access the roof, many suspect foul play.

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Hadley Mendelsohn is the co-host and executive producer of the podcast Dark House . When she's not busy writing about interiors, you can find her scouring vintage stores, reading, researching ghost stories, or stumbling about because she probably lost her glasses again. Along with interior design, she writes about everything from travel to entertainment, beauty, social issues, relationships, fashion, food, and on very special occasions, witches, ghosts, and other Halloween haunts. Her work has also been published in MyDomaine, Who What Wear, Man Repeller, Matches Fashion, Byrdie, and more.  

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20 Horrifying Real-Life Haunted Houses

There's no place like home.

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We write about plenty of creepy destinations at The Lineup , but the chilling tales behind these old homes take the cake. Here are 20 real-life haunted houses and the ghost stories they contain. From unexplained knocking, howling and screaming, to ghost-sightings, murders and more, these eerie spots will make your residence look like a paradise. Unless, of course, it belongs on this list…

1. The Whaley House: The Most Haunted Home in America

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Twice called the most haunted house in America, the Whaley House sits quietly on a small street in San Diego. Its placid exterior masks a terrifying history that affects its present state. READ MORE .

2. The Blood-Soaked Legend of the Gardette-LePrete Mansion

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In 1836 New Orleans, a passerby entered the Gardette-LePrete mansion and discovered a scene of unimaginable horror. Peer into the gory legend of this eerie French Quarter estate. READ MORE .

3. Borley Rectory: The Most Haunted House in England

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They called it “the most haunted house in England.” In the sleepy Essex parish of Borley stood the Borley Rectory, a dark Victorian manse plagued by reports of the paranormal. READ MORE .

4. The Eerie Mystery of the Phelps Mansion Knockings

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Soon after moving into their stately Stratford mansion in 1848, the Phelps family realized they were not alone. Unearth the eerie mystery of the Phelps Mansion knockings. READ MORE .

5. The Mudhouse Mansion Murder Mystery

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In the farm fields of Ohio stood a stately brick mansion with a sinister reputation. Discover the enduring mystery of the Mudhouse Mansion, an abandoned estate in the American heartland that inspired numerous ghastly tales. READ MORE .

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6. Ghost Light in the Window: The Drish House Haunting

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They say the widow’s ghost lingers in the tower and sets the house ablaze with phantom fire. Step inside the Drish House, Tuscaloosa’s stately haunted mansion. READ MORE .

7. Franklin Castle: The Most Haunted House in Ohio

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Haunting this Cleveland mansion are tales of secret passages, brutal murder, and restless spirits lingering in its halls. Could Franklin Castle be the most haunted house in Ohio? READ MORE .

8. Baleroy Mansion: The Most Haunted House in Philadelphia

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Pennsylvania’s Baleroy Mansion is known as “The Most Haunted Home in Philadelphia.” The reason? In addition to multiple reports of paranormal activity, this stately abode is home to a cursed chair rumored to bring death upon anyone who sits in it. READ MORE .

9. The Haunted Grounds of New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House

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The beautiful Beauregard-Keyes House, in New Orleans, boasts cheerful rooms and a lush garden. Just don’t be disturbed if the ghost of a Confederate soldier glides by while you admire the home’s creepy collection of Dixie dolls. READ MORE .

10. Blood in Brazil’s Little Castle of Apa Street

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This ruined castle in Sao Paulo was once a luxurious mansion … until it became the site of a grisly murder mystery. READ MORE .

11. Monte Christo Homestead: Australia’s Most Haunted House

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Australia’s Monte Cristo Homestead, located in Junee, New South Wales, has been called “Australia’s Most Haunted House.” Visitors today report glowing lights, strange animal mutilations, and the disembodied cries of a weeping woman. READ MORE .

12. Manhattan’s Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Angry Ghost of Eliza Jumel

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Though she died in 1865, many say that Eliza Jumel still haunts the halls of her stately Manhattan home, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. And according to those who crossed her path, Eliza’s ghost is far from friendly. READ MORE .

13. House of Darkness: The Bloody History of Staten Island’s Kreischer Mansion

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In 1885, construction was completed on Staten Island’s Kreischer Mansion. In 1894, its owner committed suicide. A series of bloody deaths followed, including a gruesome mob hit in 2005. Today, the home is said to be filled with the ghosts of those who died throughout the decades. READ MORE .

14. A Ghost in the Room: The Haunted History of Rocky Hill Castle

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Multiple spirits were said to have lingered in the halls of this eerie estate in Alabama, including one spectral figure who may have been caught on camera. READ MORE .

15. The House That Never Dies: Inside Beijing’s Creepy Chaonei No. 81

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Today, Chanoei No. 81 in Beijing lies in ruin. Locals, however, can attest to terrifying noises emanating from within. The activity is so extreme, in fact, that many know of the creepy structure as “Beijing’s Most Haunted House.” READ MORE .

16. Freaky Florida: The Riddle House Hauntings

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The Sunshine State has a dark side. Step inside the Riddle House, a former funeral parlor from 1905 where the ghosts of the past still linger in the halls. READ MORE .

17. The Winchester Mystery House

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Nearly 100 years after the séances ceased and the hammers fell silent in Sarah Winchester’s sprawling Winchester Mystery House, the question remains: Was it a labor of love or madness? Step inside the haunted halls of the Winchester Mystery House, where stairs lead to nowhere and doors open onto dangerous three-story drops. READ MORE .

18. The Myrtles Plantation: Who’s That Girl in the Window?

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It all started with a picture. A little girl dressed in her Antebellum best lurked in the background of a tourist’s snapshot. The photo took place on the Myrtles Plantation, an 18th century estate in rural Louisiana haunted by the ghosts of the past. READ MORE .

19. The Ghosts of The Grove

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Don’t be fooled by its inviting name. On a quiet street in Texas sits The Grove, a stately dwelling from 1861 known the most haunted home in the Lone Star State. READ MORE .

20. The Sinister Spirits of Manhattan’s House of Death

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It’s known as Manhattan’s House of Death, and for good reason: tragic demises and encounters with an evil presence have haunted this home for decades. READ MORE .

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The 20 best haunted house films of all time, ranked

From The Innocents to Paranormal Activity, most of these haunted house movies will have viewers leaving all their lights on at bedtime.

Georges Méliès' Le Manoir du diable (1896) deserves much reverence for its impact on scary movies over the years, and even though the silent film is only a few minutes long, The House of the Devil marks the beginning of the horror genre. Released as The Haunted Castle in the United States, Méliès' motion picture is the precursor to all haunted house movies.

Films in the following century like The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Old Dark House (1932), and Rebecca (1940) certainly presented creepy, decrepit manors, but their walls were haunted by earthly threats. However, The Uninvited (1944) creates the supernatural template by which horror films like The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Crimson Peak (2015), and Hereditary (2018) still follow today.

Now, enjoy EW's ranking of the 20 best haunted house movies of all time.

20. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Not even Fixer Upper 's Chip and Joanna Gaines can salvage your house when its walls start bleeding. George Lutz ( James Brolin ) and his wife, Kathy ( Margot Kidder ), get the deal of a lifetime when they buy a home in the quaint, seaside town of Amityville, N.Y. — but their new digs come with a sordid history and house full of haunting horrors.

The Amityville Horror , a somewhat underrated flick, is based on the real-life Lutz's unsubstantiated claim that the house was actually haunted. The Dutch Colonial-style home still stands in Amityville, but its address has been changed from 112 Ocean Ave. to 108 Ocean in order to throw off curious tourists.

Where to watch The Amityville Horror : Max

19. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Irena isn't Casper, but she certainly is a friendly ghost, and she still haunts her husband Oliver Reed (Kent Smith) and his new wife, Alice (Jane Randolph). However, Irena only allows Oliver and Alice's daughter, Amy (Ann Carter), to see her when the Reeds' lonely child wishes for a friend.

The film marks the first directing credit for Robert Wise (later of 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still and 1965's The Sound of Music glory), since he was uncredited for directing additional sequences in The Magnificent Ambersons two years prior. While virtually every character — and performer — from 1942's Cat People returns, The Curse of the Cat People is, to this day, argued by most film historians as being a sequel in name only.

Where to watch The Curse of the Cat People : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

18. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Do not wait around for the entity haunting your house to fully possess you or your partner. Don't do it! Filmmaker Oren Peli 's supernatural take finds a young couple ( Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) haunted by an unseen force, as the audience watches the couple chronicle the ghost's movements via their home security cameras.

The movie cashed in on the found-footage phenomenon that 1999's The Blair Witch Project proved to be a potential gold mine. Paranormal Activity grossed more than $193 million worldwide, and it only cost $15,000 to produce. Steven Spielberg saw the original cut of the film prior to its release in which Katie dies, and convinced Peli to reshoot the more ominous ending where Featherston simply goes missing.

Where to watch Paranormal Activity : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

17. Beetlejuice (1988)

Barbara ( Geena Davis ) and Adam ( Alec Baldwin ) Maitland might be dead, but they don't have any intention of sharing their home with its new residents, the Deetz family — parents Delia ( Catherine O'Hara ) and Charles (Jeffrey Jones) and their goth icon daughter, Lydia ( Winona Ryder ). When the Maitlands' attempts to frighten the Deetzes away fail miserably, Barbara and Adam turn to the mysterious and mischievous Beetlejuice ( Michael Keaton ) to rid them of the living.

Keaton's portrayal as the unscrupulous "ghost with the most" garnered him a Saturn Award nomination, even though he appears on screen for less than 15 minutes, and the actor acknowledges Beetlejuice as his favorite film from his own library of work.

Where to watch Beetlejuice : Max

16. The Others (2001)

While the living and dead coexist in Beetlejuice , The Others teaches horror fans a different life lesson: Sharing isn't always the answer. Grace ( Nicole Kidman ) and her two children, Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), live together in a Gothic country house in the aftermath of World War II, but it seems increasingly likely their Bailiwick of Jersey home is haunted.

The Others offers scary movie enthusiasts one of the genre's most memorable twists, and it's unlikely the filmmakers really wanted audiences to laugh at the very last shot of the film. It's hard not to chuckle, though, and the comedic moment certainly lends itself to the storytelling. The Others also marked the final time Kidman worked with her then-husband, Tom Cruise (executive producer), prior to their divorce.

15. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren (Vincent Price) is throwing a party, and he promises each of his guests $10,000. The catch: They have to spend the night in a haunted house and survive until morning. Filmmaker William Castle couldn't afford to pay Price the salary the actor had become accustomed to, so he offered him a percentage of the profits to land the horror movie maestro as a cast member.

House on Haunted Hill also features one of Castle's vaunted gimmicks: Emergo . When the skeleton terrorizes Mrs. Loren (Carol Ohmart) on screen, a plastic skeleton would swoop over the heads of audiences all across the country. Ever the showman, Castle wanted to give moviegoers something even better and more exciting than 3-D could ever deliver decades later.

Where to watch House on Haunted Hill: Amazon Prime Video

14. Scrooge (1951)

While there have been many fine adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol , Alastair Sim's performance as the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge elevates this version to must-see status. With Christmas soon approaching, Ebenezer's old friend, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), returns from the grave to offer Scrooge a chance at redemption through the haunting of three spirits.

Invariably and inexplicably, A Christmas Carol is absent from many best-of haunted house lists, but Dickens' tale is the preeminent example of this type of supernatural story. Now, despite the positive critical and fan response to this 1951 version, there is a famous bit of dialogue omitted from this particular film: "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

Where to watch Scrooge : Plex

13. Poltergeist (1982)

The real estate market is always a monster, but the Freeling family lucks out and gets a good deal on a nice house. There's just one little catch: The home was built on a Native American burial ground. And those spirits are not happy about the new tenants. Poltergeist pairs two Hollywood heavyweights, with Steven Spielberg behind the story and Tobe Hooper in the director's chair — and the result is pure movie magic.

The infamous TV scene , with Carol Anne (Heather O'Rourke), is well-known, but it's nothing compared to what happens to the television in the last shot of the movie. No spoilers here, but viewers are bound to roll with laughter. Drew Barrymore auditioned for Spielberg for the role of Carol Anne, but, despite not landing the part, it was her Poltergeist tryout that led to her being cast in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

Where to watch Poltergeist : Max

12. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Filmmaker Kim Jee-woon 's heartbreaking horror film gives audiences valid reasons to avoid adultery. Su-mi (Im Soo-jung) returns home from a mental facility after her mother dies, but there's a strange family dynamic between her father and stepmother, Eun-joo (Yum Jung-ah). Su-mi is also very protective of her younger sister, Su-yeon (Moon Geun-young).

The film's twist is one of those watercooler moments that rivals any horror movie ending. Without spoiling the climax, A Tale of Two Sisters uses the haunted house motif almost as a window dressing to obscure the psychological aspects at play in this immensely enthralling, supernatural flick.

Where to watch A Tale of Two Sisters : Kanopy

11. The Conjuring (2013)

Lorraine Warren ( Vera Farmiga ) and her husband, Ed ( Patrick Wilson ), are paranormal investigators hellbent on helping the Perron family as they're haunted in their own farmhouse. The Warrens were real people who dedicated their lives to exploring the paranormal (or as some see it, duping the vulnerable), and they also investigated the real-life mystery of the Amityville house purchased by George and Kathy Lutz.

The Perrons, too, were not just characters, and The Conjuring is based on what happened to them in their Rhode Island home. The Perrons often visited the set while the film was being shot, and Farmiga and Wilson met with the Warrens to further their understanding of the characters they were portraying.

Where to watch The Conjuring: Max

10. The Orphanage (2007)

Thomas Wolfe wrote You Can't Go Home Again , but Laura (Belén Rueda) doesn't heed the novelist's advice. Rather, Laura takes her family back to the closed orphanage she was adopted from with the hopes of reopening it to help children with disabilities. But things take a bizarre turn when her son, Simón (Roger Príncep), goes missing.

The Orphanage , which also features a cameo from producer Guillermo del Toro as the doctor attending to Laura in the emergency room, received a standing ovation when it premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival . Filmmaker J. A. Bayona found inspiration for The Orphanage from watching 1961's The Innocents and 1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind .

Where to watch The Oprhanage : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

9. We Are Still Here (2015)

One hundred and twenty years of haunting and horror isn't going to stop Anne Sacchetti ( Barbara Crampton ) and her husband, Paul (Andrew Sensenig), from buying a rural home, but perhaps they're blinded by the death of their son, Bobby. It isn't long before the couple realizes the house is alive — and it is hungry for a blood sacrifice.

We Are Still Here is loaded with homages to other horror films, and one of the most obvious is the appearance of the home's original residents, the Dagmars. They look like the vengeful ghosts in John Carpenter 's The Fog (1980), and the stair scene is a clear nod to Nancy ( Heather Langenkamp ) trudging up the staircase in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Where to watch We Are Still Here : Amazon Prime Video

8. The Haunting (1963)

Very few horror films evoke a creepier vibe than 1963's The Haunting , even with its black-and-white cinematography. Dr. John Markway (Richard Johnson) assembles a team to investigate the paranormal activity of the Hill House in Massachusetts — but escaping the haunt unscathed may prove futile.

The film is based on the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by author Shirley Jackson. Director Robert Wise was coming off his immense success with West Side Story (1961), which he codirected with Jerome Robbins , while another west-sider joined him for the Hill House horror: Actor Russ Tamblyn , who portrayed Riff in West Side Story , tackles the role of Luke Sanderson.

Where to watch The Haunting : Max

7. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney) starts her life anew when she buys a cottage in a quaint, seaside village, but her house is purported to be haunted by a seaman, Capt. Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is by far the most romantic of the haunted house films, and its storytelling — rather than fright and fear — makes it one of the top supernatural tales of all time.

Natalie Wood portrays Lucy's daughter, Anna, when she's a child, and the actress shot to stardom later that same year by appearing in Miracle on 34th Street . The screenplay for The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was also adapted by Amanda Duff, and she claimed Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn were originally courted to play the lead roles.

Where to watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

6. Lake Mungo (2008)

Alice Palmer's (Talia Zucker) drowning isn't the end of her tragedy when it comes to her family trying to cope with their loss and move on. Instead of closure, the Palmers are plagued by unexplained sightings of Alice, and, later, an even more mysterious, bloated-faced doppelgänger emerges.

Lake Mungo is chilling from start to finish, employing a mockumentary and found-footage style of filmmaking to exude an atmosphere of realism and tension that is supremely frightening to the senses. The fun of Lake Mungo , without spoiling the film's well-executed jump scare, is its use of modern technology to frighten audiences when they least expect it.

Where to watch Lake Mungo : AMC+

5. Hausu (1977)

Gorgeous (Kimiko Ikegami) and her friends find themselves facing off against a haunted house that murders its victims like a serial killer straight out of a slasher film. The same studio that produced the Godzilla franchise, Toho, masterminds one of the most horrifying and disturbingly humorous psychedelic films to date.

Hausu's over-the-top subject matter isn't for everyone, but horror fans — particularly of Evil Dead II (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992) — will find the movie resonating with them. The success of Jaws (1975) inspired Toho to make Hausu , and none of the lead actresses were trained thespians. Rather, the seven women were all models.

Where to watch Hausu : Max

4. The Evil Dead (1981)

Before becoming the "this is my boomstick" housewares expert of S-Mart, Ash Williams ( Bruce Campbell ) makes the unfortunate mistake of spending his vacation in a haunted house with some friends. There, they find the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis in the cabin, also known as the Book of the Dead, and all hell breaks loose into two sequels (1987, 1992), two remakes (2013, 2023), and a TV series Ash vs Evil Dead .

If you don't know what the "tree scene" is, you'll never get that imagery out of your head after watching The Evil Dead for the first time. It's one of the most appalling and unforgettable scenes to appear in any horror film, ever. The Evil Dead was the feature film debut for both Campbell and his best friend since high school, director Sam Raimi .

Where to watch The Evil Dead : Amazon Prime Video (to rent)

3. The Uninvited (1944)

Rick (Ray Milland) and his sister Pamela (Ruth Hussey) make the spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a lovely seaside home, and, as a result, Rick meets and becomes quite taken with young Stella (Gail Russell). The Uninvited is one of the first full-length haunted house movies, making it a cornerstone model moving forward for all other films to follow.

While Martin Scorsese called it one of the scariest movies of all time , The Uninvited kindles a wonderful romance between Rick and Stella. In fact, the serenade Rick writes and plays for his love, "Stella by Starlight," was composed specifically for the movie. However, it became a sensation when lyrics were later added, and it was even performed by Frank Sinatra .

2. The Innocents (1961)

Miss Giddens ( Deborah Kerr ) is hired to be a governess for Flora (Pamela Franklin) and her older brother, Miles (Martin Stephens), once he returns from boarding school. While Giddens takes an almost instant liking to Flora, she soon fears the children's secretive bond when Miles returns. And things grow even more disconcerting when Giddens begins seeing things and hearing voices.

The film is based on Henry James' 1898 horror novella, The Turn of the Screw , and both Truman Capote and William Archibald won the Edgar Allan Poe award for their screenplay. Jack Clayton directed and produced The Innocents , and he later went on to direct Hollywood icon Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby in 1974.

1. The Changeling (1980)

It's hard to have your car break down on the side of the road and not think about The Changeling . John Russell ( George C. Scott ) watches helplessly as his wife and daughter are cut down by a tow truck in the snow. Russell moves on and buys a house once owned by the family of Senator Carmichael (Melvyn Douglas), but he soon realizes he's not as alone there as he previously felt.

The character of John Russell is a music composer, but Scott wasn't musically inclined. Even so, the actor practiced the piano pieces Russell plays so that he could actually tickle the ivories on screen. Also, the actress who portrays historical society agent Claire (Trish Van Devere) was Scott's wife in real life, and they made five feature films while they were married, as well as a made-for-TV movie and a play.

Where to watch The Changeling : Peacock

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Top 50 films about Haunted houses

Movies with a haunted house in them, plus a few extra.

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1. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr , Peter Wyngarde , Megs Jenkins , Michael Redgrave

Votes: 32,682 | Gross: $2.62M

2. Poltergeist (1982)

PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller

A family's home is haunted by a host of demonic ghosts.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: JoBeth Williams , Heather O'Rourke , Craig T. Nelson , Beatrice Straight

Votes: 177,446 | Gross: $76.61M

3. Stir of Echoes (1999)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon , Zachary David Cope , Kathryn Erbe , Illeana Douglas

Votes: 86,367 | Gross: $21.13M

4. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush , Famke Janssen , Taye Diggs , Peter Gallagher

Votes: 59,679 | Gross: $40.85M

5. Rose Red (2002)

PG-13 | 254 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A college professor and a team of psychics investigate an old abandoned house. Hoping to explain some of the mysterious deaths on the property, the psychics stay in the mansion, but unleash a terrifying force that threatens to destroy all.

Stars: Nancy Travis , Matt Keeslar , Kimberly J. Brown , David Dukes

Votes: 26,713

6. The Enfield Haunting (2015)

Not Rated | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

In August 1977, a series of bizarre and terrifying events begin to take place in a seemingly ordinary house in Enfield, North London.

Stars: Timothy Spall , Eleanor Worthington-Cox , Juliet Stevenson , Fern Deacon

Votes: 5,509

7. Haunter (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth, but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Abigail Breslin , Peter Outerbridge , Michelle Nolden , Stephen McHattie

Votes: 18,525

8. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.

Director: Troy Nixey | Stars: Katie Holmes , Guy Pearce , Bailee Madison , Bruce Gleeson

Votes: 50,379 | Gross: $24.04M

9. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In 1945, immediately following the end of Second World War, a woman who lives with her two photosensitive children on her darkened old family estate in the Channel Islands becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman , Christopher Eccleston , Fionnula Flanagan , Alakina Mann

Votes: 388,388 | Gross: $96.52M

10. Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror

A teenage girl moves into a remote country house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.

Director: Jaume Balagueró | Stars: Anna Paquin , Lena Olin , Iain Glen , Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 20,249 | Gross: $22.16M

11. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Virginia Madsen , Martin Donovan , Elias Koteas , Kyle Gallner

Votes: 64,697 | Gross: $55.39M

12. Grave Encounters (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan , Stuart Ortiz , The Vicious Brothers | Stars: Benjamin Wilkinson , Sean Rogerson , Ashleigh Gryzko , Merwin Mondesir

Votes: 62,999

13. The Skeleton Key (2005)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kate Hudson , Peter Sarsgaard , Joy Bryant , Gena Rowlands

Votes: 121,683 | Gross: $47.81M

14. The Entity (1982)

R | 125 min | Drama, Horror

A woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Barbara Hershey , Ron Silver , David Labiosa , George Coe

Votes: 18,005 | Gross: $13.28M

15. The Innkeepers (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Sara Paxton , Pat Healy , Kelly McGillis , Alison Bartlett

Votes: 36,970 | Gross: $0.08M

16. Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror

When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things, dies, he leaves his house, fortune, and his prized collection of ghosts.

Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Tony Shalhoub , Shannon Elizabeth , Embeth Davidtz , Matthew Lillard

Votes: 92,773 | Gross: $41.87M

17. The X-Files (1993–2018) Episode: How the Ghosts Stole Christmas (1998)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

On Christmas Eve, Mulder and Scully find themselves trapped in a haunted house with two ghosts who are determined to prove just how lonely the holiday can be.

Director: Chris Carter | Stars: David Duchovny , Gillian Anderson , Lily Tomlin , Edward Asner

Votes: 4,352

18. Vienna Waits for You (2012)

27 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Anna should have had a closer look at the fine-print of her rental contract. The old Viennese apartment is a creature with never-ending appetite, living off the youth of its residents.

Director: Dominik Hartl | Stars: Petra Staduan , Alexander E. Fennon , Traute Furthner , Adele Neuhauser

19. The Woman in Black (2012)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers that the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe , Janet McTeer , Ciarán Hinds , Emma Shorey

Votes: 191,281 | Gross: $54.33M

20. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces don't seem to be over.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: JoBeth Williams , Craig T. Nelson , Heather O'Rourke , Oliver Robins

Votes: 29,487 | Gross: $41.00M

21. The Haunting (1999)

PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A study in fear escalates into a heart-stopping nightmare for a professor and three subjects trapped in a mysterious mansion.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Liam Neeson , Catherine Zeta-Jones , Owen Wilson , Lili Taylor

Votes: 79,935 | Gross: $91.41M

22. Knife Edge (2009)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A successful Wall Street trader returns to England with her new husband and five-year-old son, but their new start together turns into a nightmare when they move into a country house which contains a terrible secret.

Director: Anthony Hickox | Stars: Hugh Bonneville , Natalie Press , Matthieu Boujenah , Miles Ronayne

Votes: 1,144

23. The Changeling (1980)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery

After the death of his wife and daughter in a car crash, a music professor staying at a long-vacant Seattle mansion is dragged into a decades-old mystery by an inexplicable presence in the mansion's attic.

Director: Peter Medak | Stars: George C. Scott , Trish Van Devere , Melvyn Douglas , Jean Marsh

Votes: 39,249

24. Haunt (2013)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

An introvert teen befriends his new neighbor, and together the couple begin to explore the haunted house that his family has just purchased.

Director: Mac Carter | Stars: Jacki Weaver , Liana Liberato , Harrison Gilbertson , Ione Skye

Votes: 8,642

25. American Horror Story (2011– ) Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Therapist Ben Harmon, his wife, Vivien, and their daughter, Violet, move across the country to Los Angeles to escape their troubled past.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Connie Britton , Dylan McDermott , Evan Peters , Taissa Farmiga

Votes: 8,672

26. The Abandoned (2006)

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director: Nacho Cerdá | Stars: Anastasia Hille , Karel Roden , Valentin Goshev , Valentin Ganev

Votes: 13,235 | Gross: $1.26M

27. Haunted (1995)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror

A skeptical professor visits a remote British estate to debunk allegations of psychic phenomena, but soon finds himself haunted by a ghost from his own past.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Aidan Quinn , Kate Beckinsale , Anthony Andrews , John Gielgud

Votes: 7,250

28. The Messengers (2007)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An ominous darkness invades a seemingly serene sunflower farm in North Dakota, and the Solomon family is torn apart by suspicion, mayhem and murder.

Directors: Danny Pang , Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Dylan McDermott , Penelope Ann Miller , Kristen Stewart , John Corbett

Votes: 40,989 | Gross: $35.37M

29. The Awakening (I) (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the 'missing' begin to show themselves.

Director: Nick Murphy | Stars: Rebecca Hall , Dominic West , Imelda Staunton , Lucy Cohu

Votes: 68,522

30. Tales from the Crypt (1989–1996) Episode: Television Terror (1990)

Not Rated | 21 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A TV shock journalist gives an on-air tour of an eerie haunted house.

Director: Charlie Picerni | Stars: Morton Downey Jr. , Dorothy Parke , Peter Van Norden , John Kassir

Votes: 1,260

31. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young man returns to his recently deceased mother's charming gothic revival home, only to discover a sinister presence lying within that may be linked to a peculiar cult run by two strange brothers.

Director: Rodrigo Gudiño | Stars: Aaron Poole , Vanessa Redgrave , Julian Richings , Stephen Eric McIntyre

Votes: 4,615

32. Dark Circles (2013)

R | 87 min | Horror

Alex and Penny are sick of the hectic city life and decide a move out to the country to raise their newborn child. But they don't expect the horrors threatening their relationship and family.

Director: Paul Soter | Stars: Brett Beoubay , Jamie Bernstein , Ashley Braud , Philippe Brenninkmeyer

Votes: 4,351

33. The Skeptic (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A lawyer who doesn't believe in ghosts is haunted after moving into a family mansion.

Director: Tennyson Bardwell | Stars: Tim Daly , Tom Arnold , Zoe Saldana , Edward Herrmann

Votes: 4,382 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Dream House (2011)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig , Rachel Weisz , Naomi Watts , Elias Koteas

Votes: 68,778 | Gross: $21.28M

35. Fertile Ground (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror

Emily and Nate Weaver leave the city for the rural comfort of Nate's ancestral home in the country. Once there, Emily is plagued by horrifying visions and haunted by the ghosts inhabiting their isolated new home.

Director: Adam Gierasch | Stars: Leisha Hailey , Gale Harold , Chelcie Ross , JoNell Kennedy

Votes: 3,177

36. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Vera Farmiga , Ron Livingston , Lili Taylor

Votes: 546,493 | Gross: $137.40M

37. Apartment 143 (2011)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.

Director: Carles Torrens | Stars: Kai Lennox , Gia Mantegna , Michael O'Keefe , Fiona Glascott

Votes: 11,711 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Housebound (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.

Director: Gerard Johnstone | Stars: Morgana O'Reilly , Rima Te Wiata , Glen-Paul Waru , Ross Harper

Votes: 37,238

39. 100 Feet (2008)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After Marnie Watson kills her abusive husband in self-defense, she is condemned to house arrest... only to discover that the house is possessed by the enraged and violent spirit of her dead husband.

Director: Eric Red | Stars: Famke Janssen , Bobby Cannavale , Ed Westwick , Michael Paré

Votes: 13,084

40. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

Hill House has stood for about 90 years and appears haunted: its inhabitants have always met strange, tragic ends. Now Dr. John Markway has assembled a team of people who he thinks will prove whether or not the house is haunted.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris , Claire Bloom , Richard Johnson , Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 42,031 | Gross: $2.62M

41. Crimson Peak (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mia Wasikowska , Jessica Chastain , Tom Hiddleston , Charlie Hunnam

Votes: 156,704 | Gross: $31.09M

42. High Spirits (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Fantasy

When a hotelier attempts to fill the chronic vacancies at his castle by launching an advertising campaign that falsely portrays the property as haunted, two actual ghosts show up and end up falling for two guests.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Peter O'Toole , Daryl Hannah , Steve Guttenberg , Donal McCann

Votes: 10,495 | Gross: $8.58M

43. The Dead Room (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There they encounter ... See full summary  »

Director: Jason Stutter | Stars: Jed Brophy , Jeffrey Thomas , Laura Petersen , Carolyn McLaughlin

Votes: 4,555

44. The Orphanage (2007)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Belén Rueda , Fernando Cayo , Roger Príncep , Mabel Rivera

Votes: 162,185 | Gross: $7.16M

45. House IV (1992 Video)

R | 94 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Roger Cobb (William Katt) is killed in a car accident. His family must move into the house that has haunted him for several years. Soon the family begins to experience scary and unexplained phenomena.

Director: Lewis Abernathy | Stars: Terri Treas , William Katt , Scott Burkholder , Denny Dillon

Votes: 3,017

46. Dark House (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.

Director: Darin Scott | Stars: Jeffrey Combs , Meghan Ory , Diane Salinger , Matt Cohen

Votes: 2,290

47. The Legend of Hell House (1973)

PG | 95 min | Horror

A physicist, his wife and two mediums are hired to investigate the Belasco House, where 27 guests had inexplicably died in 1927, along with most of a team of paranormal investigators that was sent in the early 1950s.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Roddy McDowall , Gayle Hunnicutt , Pamela Franklin , Clive Revill

Votes: 13,889

48. The Disappointments Room (2016)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A mother and her young son release unimaginable horrors from the attic of their rural dream home.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Kate Beckinsale , Mel Raido , Duncan Joiner , Lucas Till

Votes: 10,364 | Gross: $2.41M

49. Spirit Trap (2005)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Five students unwittingly set off a spirit clock in a rundown London mansion. As the boundaries between fantasy and reality become blurred, the friends reveal their darkest secrets and begin to lapse into a haze of paranoia and violence.

Director: David Smith | Stars: Billie Piper , Luke Mably , Emma Catherwood , Sam Troughton

Votes: 1,530

50. The House That Would Not Die (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror

A woman and her niece move into an ancestral house in the Amish countryside haunted by two ghosts from the Revolutionary War.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck , Richard Egan , Michael Anderson Jr. , Kitty Winn

51. The Hexecutioners (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror

Two disparate young women working for a company that conducts euthanasia are dispatched to a remote estate to perform a custom assisted-suicide ritual, but unwittingly summon the wraiths of a Death Cult that once inhabited the property.

Director: Jesse Thomas Cook | Stars: Liv Collins , Sarah Power , Timothy Burd , Tony Burgess

52. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison Ford , Michelle Pfeiffer , Katharine Towne , Miranda Otto

Votes: 134,237 | Gross: $155.46M

53. Jessabelle (2014)

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Director: Kevin Greutert | Stars: Sarah Snook , Mark Webber , Joelle Carter , David Andrews

Votes: 25,592

54. The Houses October Built (2014)

Not Rated | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Five friends are stalked by a group of mysterious and disturbed individuals while on a road trip looking for the ultimate haunted house attraction.

Director: Bobby Roe | Stars: Brandy Schaefer , Zack Andrews , Bobby Roe , Mikey Roe

Votes: 10,445

55. This House Possessed (1981 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

After having a nervous breakdown, a rock singer has to spend some time in hospital. A private nurse is hired, and with her he buys a new house, a fantastic house in the country. The nurse, ... See full summary  »

Director: William Wiard | Stars: Parker Stevenson , Shelley Smith , Slim Pickens , Joan Bennett

56. The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Passed | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Laura La Plante , Creighton Hale , Forrest Stanley , Tully Marshall

Votes: 3,265 | Gross: $0.33M

57. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

GP | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Zohra Lampert , Barton Heyman , Kevin O'Connor , Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 9,211

58. The Darkness (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

A family unknowingly awakens an ancient supernatural entity on a Grand Canyon vacation, and must fight for survival when it follows them home.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Kevin Bacon , Radha Mitchell , David Mazouz , Lucy Fry

Votes: 16,990 | Gross: $10.73M

59. House (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami , Miki Jinbo , Kumiko Ôba , Ai Matsubara

Votes: 32,848

60. Deadly Manor (1990)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror

A group of teenagers take refuge in an old, deserted mansion. Soon the members of the group start turning up dead, and the teenagers realize that they're not alone in the mansion.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Clark Tufts , Greg Rhodes , Claudia Franjul , Mark Irish

Votes: 1,173

61. Laddaland (2011)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

When a family moves to Laddaland, an upscale housing development with large, beautiful homes, they discover life in their new neighborhood isn't so perfect when they encounter a series of ... See full summary  »

Director: Sophon Sakdaphisit | Stars: Saharat Sangkapreecha , Piyathida Woramusik , Sutatta Udomsilp , Athipich Chutiwatkajornchai

Votes: 2,533

62. AfterDeath (2015)

88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realising that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of ... See full summary  »

Directors: Gez Medinger , Robin Schmidt | Stars: Miranda Raison , Sam Keeley , Elarica Johnson , Lorna Nickson Brown

Votes: 2,080

63. Castle of Blood (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in love with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Antonio Margheriti , Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Barbara Steele , Georges Rivière , Margrete Robsahm , Arturo Dominici

Votes: 2,671

64. Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive (1992 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Said to be based on fact, the residents of new houses experience disturbing supernatural phenomena. They find out that their houses are built on land formerly used as a cemetery.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: Patty Duke , David Selby , Kiersten Warren , Blake Clark

65. From Time to Time (2009)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, more than a century apart. When 13-year-old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Director: Julian Fellowes | Stars: Alex Etel , Timothy Spall , Maggie Smith , Christopher Villiers

Votes: 5,464

66. The Uninvited (1944)

Passed | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen | Stars: Ray Milland , Ruth Hussey , Donald Crisp , Cornelia Otis Skinner

Votes: 12,306

67. Gothic (1986)

R | 87 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Gabriel Byrne , Julian Sands , Natasha Richardson , Myriam Cyr

Votes: 8,679 | Gross: $0.92M

68. 7 Nights of Darkness (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

On April 30, 2010, six reality television show contestants spent seven nights in an abandoned and haunted asylum.

Director: Allen Kellogg | Stars: Jennifer Hoffman , Allen Kellogg , Meredith Kochan , Larry Nehring

Votes: 1,196

69. The Haunted (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Horror

When the Smurl family moves into a duplex, they find out its haunted.

Director: Robert Mandel | Stars: Sally Kirkland , Jeffrey DeMunn , Louise Latham , George D. Wallace

Votes: 2,175

70. Children of the Mist (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A bereaved man finds solace in a blind woman who has the ability to see the souls of departed children, including his own daughter who recently died. With the woman's help, he is able to work through his grief.

Director: John Korty | Stars: Patrick Bergin , Vanessa Redgrave , Valerie Mahaffey , Nancy Moore Atchison

71. Something Evil (1972 TV Movie)

Unrated | 73 min | Horror

A young couple moves into a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. What they don't know is that there is an unseen presence in the house, and that it wants to take possession of the wife.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Darren McGavin , Sandy Dennis , Ralph Bellamy , Jeff Corey

Votes: 2,022

72. Demonic (2015)

R | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.

Director: Will Canon | Stars: Dustin Milligan , Scott Mechlowicz , Cody Horn , Maria Bello

Votes: 16,040

73. Silent House (2011)

R | 86 min | Horror, Thriller

A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Directors: Chris Kentis , Laura Lau | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen , Adam Trese , Eric Sheffer Stevens , Julia Chan

Votes: 24,255 | Gross: $12.56M

74. The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)

When David comes to their Victorian apartment in search of help, Alex and Kate welcome in their old friend. However they soon learn that David is convinced demonic monsters are trying to break in.

Directors: Andrew Cull , Steve Isles | Stars: Giles Alderson , Francesca Fowler , Paul McGuinness , Zoe Richards

Votes: 1,421

75. The Suffering (2016)

105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A man fights for his sanity when he finds himself trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker.

Director: Robert Hamilton | Stars: Phil Amico , Nick Apostolides , Liz Christmas Taylor , Elizabeth Deo

76. Haunted House (2004 Video)

R | 80 min | Horror

Two filmmakers enlist four college students to partcipate in exploring a haunted house, while being filmed. The Filmmaker's plan goes awry when a malevolent ghost is awakend from an ancient slumber.

Director: Conrad John | Stars: Carl Williams , Ryan Rampulla , Leah Paige , Sydney Kelner

77. Ghosthunters (2016)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When one of their own loses his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer, a team of ghost hunters is determined to capture the spirits of the loved ones so their spirits can ... See full summary  »

Director: Pearry Reginald Teo | Stars: Francesca Santoro , Stephen Manley , David O'Donnell , Phyllis Spielman

78. The Evil (1978)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion, and hires a few friends to fix it up, but the mansion hides a deadly secret.

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Richard Crenna , Joanna Pettet , Andrew Prine , Cassie Yates

Votes: 3,059

79. An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An invisible entity haunts a 19th century family, and family secrets soon begin to surface.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Donald Sutherland , Sissy Spacek , Rachel Hurd-Wood , James D'Arcy

Votes: 26,700 | Gross: $16.30M

80. House (1985)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: William Katt , Kay Lenz , George Wendt , Richard Moll

Votes: 29,543 | Gross: $19.44M

81. The Unnamable (1988)

College students check out a haunted house where in the 1800's an ugly monster called "the Unnamable" was trapped in a vault.

Director: Jean-Paul Ouellette | Stars: Charles Klausmeyer , Mark Kinsey Stephenson , Alexandra Durrell , Laura Albert

Votes: 3,125

82. Fatal Exam (1990)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A group of university students are invited by their parapsychology professor to investigate a haunted house for the weekend.

Director: Jack Snyder | Stars: Mike Coleman , Terry Comer , Carol Carlberg-Snyder , Paul Steger

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The Most Haunted Places Near Phoenix

Posted: October 24, 2023 | Last updated: October 24, 2023

Some places are creepier than others, and that’s just a given. When traveling to new locations, it’s best to be aware of what you’re getting yourself into. Oftentimes, places with reputations for being haunted aren’t actually all that scary in real life. It’s easy for rumors to run rampant based on one or two weird anecdotes or messed-up stories. Phoenix, Arizona isn’t typically known for being a creepy city with haunted areas to avoid.

Interestingly enough, there are still a few places scattered around Phoenix that are way more hunting then you might guess you don’t have to wait around for a holiday like Halloween to explore some of the most hunting parts of Phoenix, either. if you aren’t interested in exploring all of the shopping centers, resorts, and cultural experience, Phoenix has to offer, it might be the perfect time to discover the most haunted destinations in the city. These are a few that will lead you shaking in your boots.

The Hermosa Inn is a Haunted Place in Phoenix

The Hermosa Inn should be on your radar if you’re looking for creepy places to explore in Phoenix. The boutique hotel was founded back in the 1930s. Although it’s super luxurious, it also has a reputation for being haunted. The dark history of the Hermosa Inn revolves around an artist and cowboy named Lon Megargee. He loved riding horses and he loved making art, which are two interests you wouldn’t think of as creepy right off the bat. Still, the reason this hotel has such a haunting reputation is that people have noticed doors opening and closing by themselves without anyone around. On top of that, ghost sightings have been reported more than once! Is it the ghost of Lon Megargee himself? This is the burning question guests are always asking.

The Gadsden Hotel is a Haunted Place Near Phoenix

The Gadsen Hotel is a place you’ll want to avoid during your time in Arizona if scary places aren’t your vibe. Of course, you’ll definitely want to stop there if you are hoping for a haunting experience. An Arizona road trip that takes you from Phoenix to Douglas will possibly lead you to this very destination. Back in 1907, the Gadsen Hotel was first built from the ground up. At the time, it was considered one of the most impressive structures in the area.

Now, it’s still thought of as one of the most historic hotels of the downtown area. In the 1920s, a woman in Julia Lowell passed away in the hotel. Rumor has it, she was in love with another guest who was also staying there at the time. The legend states that she died of a broken heart because the man she loved simply didn’t feel the same way about her. The stories of her death vary, but some believe she leaped out of one of the windows from an upper floor. Sounds of a mysterious woman crying have been reported at the Gadsen Hotel since then.

The Phoenix Indian School is a Haunted Place in Phoenix

Young students should never be forced to attend a school where they’re being mistreated. All kids deserve gentle education from authoritative figures who respect them! Unfortunately, that’s not what happened at the Phoenix Indian School. The boarding school was built specifically for Native American students and functioned between 1891 and 1990. The whole purpose of the school was to help Native American students learn more about American culture through their academic educations. Instead, they were treated terribly by the instructors. Now, people say that spirits of the children still roam around the hallways of the school. Just knowing about how the level of sadness that took place within the walls of the Phoenix Indian School is enough to break anyone’s heart.

The Rosson House

There’s a Victorian-style mansion you’ll easily be able to spot next time you visit Phoenix. Although this mansion once existed as a home to a very wealthy family, it now stands as a museum for guests to analyze and walk through. Dr. and Mrs. Rosson lived in this mansion with the rest of their family starting back in 1895. When the house was first built, the family likely didn’t believe it would eventually become a museum for others to analyze and ogle. After Dr. Rosson passed away, rumors about his ghost floating through the walls of the mansion started circulating. Smells of cigar smoke and the creepy sound of a woman laughing have also been reported as well. AZ Central says this place is sure to give you goosebumps.

The Orpheum Theatre

Is it possible that an entire theater that still exist today could still be haunted after so many years? Some believe that the Orpheum Theatre carries the spirit of a ghost who has some unfinished business to attend to. The Orpheum Theatre has been around since 1929 in Phoenix. A female ghost named the “Lady in red” has been reported by visitors over the years. Some believe she was a guest in the audience at the theater simply trying to enjoy the show when she died. Others believe she was one of the actresses who was supposed to perform on stage before her untimely passing occurred. Plenty of people still book tickets to watch shows at the Orpheum Theatre today, regardless of these creepy stories.

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

Unless a relative of yours was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona after they passed away, this probably isn’t one of the places you’ll want to hang out for fun. Phoenix is known for being a gorgeous destination for hiking trails, spa days, resort retreats, and picnic set ups at parks. This cemetery serves an important purpose in Phoenix, but that doesn’t take away from the darkly haunting vibe it gives off. Generally speaking, the spirits of those who have passed away tend to linger in places where their bodies have been buried. That same energy comes into play when thinking about the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Hotel San Carlos

Hotel San Carlos is located in downtown Phoenix. This is a hotel that’s temporarily sheltered plenty of celebrities over the years. Even Marilyn Monroe spent a night or two there while she was still alive at the height of her career. At this point, this overnight hot spot is no longer thought of as some amazing place where celebrities used to spend their time. It’s considered a ghostly destination with spirits that are keen on playing games with any visitors who reserve a room for the night. As the scary story goes, a woman named Leone Jensen jumped from the hotel roof sometime in the 1920s. Another version of the story says she was pushed from the roof against her will! Either way, people say that the ghost of Leone still lingers there.

Pioneer Living History Museum

If you’ve never been to the Pioneer Living History Museum, there’s a chance you’ve been shielding yourself from some super creepy stuff! Museums are fabulous places to go if you’re looking to learn more about the history of any given place, person, or subject. This museum will provide you with loads of history while totally creeping you out at the same time. There are 26 different buildings to explore, and they were all constructed back in the 1800s. People claim to hear children singing in the old school house, even though children haven’t been taught in that school house in more than 200 years. The sound of children singing is usually supposed to be soothing and beautiful. Hearing children singing in this particular schoolhouse would be absolutely terrifying!

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Washington is one of the most beautiful states in North America thanks to an abundance of natural lakes, lush forests, and historical landmarks. However, lurking behind that beauty is a much darker side involving some particularly creepy paranormal hotspots!

Let’s look a little bit closer at these 11 most haunted places in Washington State…

1. Campbell House, Spokane

Campbell House, Spokane

Campbell House is one of Washington’s most well-known historical landmarks. It was designed and built by Kirtland K Cutter in 1898 and was first owned by Amasa Basaliel Campbell.

There is a very sad history attached to the house. In the early 1900s, 3 of the Campbell children were murdered by a burglar who also kidnapped the fourth child.

The child was never returned. With such a tragic past it is hardly surprising that the Campbell House is one of the most haunted houses in the state of Washington.

Visitors describe feeling a very unsettling feeling on entering the house and are often overcome with dread.

There is a portrait of Amasa Basaliel Campbell in the house that is said to follow visitors with its eyes as they wander the house – perhaps looking to see if the kidnapper ever returns?

2. Black Diamond Cemetery Top Haunted Cemeteries in America

Black Diamond Cemetery, Black Diamond

The very fact that Black Diamond Cemetery is a burial ground makes it a little creepy, but when you add the fact that this is actually one of the most haunted locations in Washington it really kicks the spook factor up a few notches!

It has been said that visitors have heard whistling and voices when nobody else is around. There have also been reports of the swinging lanterns of dead coal miners seen on foggy nights.

3. University Heights, Seattle

University Heights, Seattle

University Heights in  Seattle was at one time a school, but it has since been converted into a community center. It is also considered to be one of the most haunted buildings in Washington thanks to the spirit of a little boy who is haunting the building.

The youngster is believed to have been a student at University Heights when it was still operating as a school and it seems like she has never left.

He is often seen and heard playing in the halls. However, he certainly does not seem to be alone in the building since many visitors, staff, and paranormal investigators have all said that they have heard what sounds like a small group of children laughing and playing in the building.

At least the little boy doesn’t seem to be lonely!

4. Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma

Tacoma Old City Hall, Tacoma

Tacoma Old City Hall has been at the center of various reports of hauntings since the mid-seventies.

According to local town records, the police were called to the old building on a number of occasions starting in 1974 to investigate a variety of different disturbances including lights going on and off, noises coming from inside, fire alarms sounding, and even the intruder alarms being triggered.

Those reporting the disturbances believed that someone was breaking in, but on each occasion, the police could find no evidence that anyone had even been inside.

There were no signs of forced entry, nothing had been disturbed and there was no logical explanation for the disturbances!

5. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver

Fort Vancouver dates back to the 19 th century, but before that, it served as a fur-trading outpost. It stands on the Columbia River and is located partly in Washington and partly in Oregon.

Like so many other old and ruined buildings, Fort Vancouver has its fair share of secrets hidden within its wall.

One of the most active buildings is said to be the Grant House Art Center which sits among the houses in Officers’ Row.

Some of the strange phenomena that has been reported there include phones ringing when they are completely unplugged and doors opening or closing by themselves.

There is one particular ghost who members of staff have nicknamed ‘Sully’ that likes to sit in the cafe drinking coffee!

6. Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

Mount Baker Theatre opened in Bellingham in 1927 and ever since it first opened its doors the building seems to have been plagued by ghosts!

Just some of the reports that have been recorded here include unexplained noises, cold spots, strange disembodied voices, balls of light, and even the odd apparition.

There is a resident ghost of a young woman named Judy, and for years the theatre has had reports of her “developing crushes” on male projectionists and ushers at the theatre–when she picks a crush, they’ll hear their names called across the stage or they’ll feel ghostly touches on their backs and shoulders.

And she’s just one of 4 ghosts that paranormal investigators have discovered there!

With all of this strange paranormal activity going on, it is not difficult to see why Mount Baker Theatre is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Washington state!

7. Oxford Saloon, Snohomish

Oxford Saloon, Snohomish

The Oxford Saloon in Snohomish is considered to be one of the top haunted places in Washington state.

It has been investigated by a number of different paranormal investigators and many of them have picked up some very clear examples of electronic voice phenomena.

The saloon was built in 1900 but has been modified considerably over the years. It has seen more than its fair share of violence over the years – especially down in the basement and in the men’s card room.

One of the most documented murders here is the death of a Policeman named Henry who was a regular at the saloon and who may even have worked as a bouncer on his days off.

He is believed to be one of the many spirits haunting the Oxford Saloon today. He most often appears on the basement stairs, but is also known to pinch women in the ladies’ restroom!

On the upper floors, there are said to be three more ghosts – a man in a bowler hat and two female spirits.

One of these ladies is a madam known as Kathleen and she is described as an older woman dressed in purple with matching purple bows.

The other lady is a girl named Amelia who was forced into prostitution by Kathleen and who was found dead in a closet in the property.

8. Kells Irish Pub, Seattle

Kells Irish Pub, Seattle

Once known as the Butterworth Building, this former mortuary is now a very popular bar called Kell’s Irish Pub.

It is not only one of the most haunted locations in Washington state, but is considered to be the most haunted pub in North America and has even been the focus of a couple of different paranormal television shows.

A large number of bodies have passed through the mortuary thanks to disease epidemics, mining accidents, and violent crime and that has certainly left its mark on the property.

Just some of the unexplained activity that has been documented here includes mirrors spontaneously shattering for no apparent reason, plaster falling from the walls, glasses being swiped off of surfaces by unseen hands, and disembodied voices.

The owner also claims to have seen an apparition sitting at the end of the bar which he described as a mixed-race man with very thin hands and wearing a suit jacket.

Interestingly, some of the bodies that passed through the mortuary here would have been the victims of our next haunted location – Starvation Heights Sanatarium.

9. Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla

Starvation Heights Sanitarium, Olalla

Starvation Heights Sanitarium was operated by Dr. Linda Hazzard and her husband Sam, but the doctor was using a very strange treatment method to treat her patients – starvation!

Needless to say, this was not an effective treatment and a large number of her patients died.

These bodies were incinerated within the sanitarium to cover up the mistreatment while Dr. Hazzard maintained her public image as a strong female leader.

However, behind the scenes, she was evil and greedy.  Today, the foundation of the building and the incinerator are all that really remains.

Well, apart from the spirits of former patients that are said to be roaming the ruins that is!

10. Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley

Northern State Mental Hospital, Sedro-Woolley

At one time, as many as 2000 patients lived in the Northern State Mental Hospital. A large percentage of those patients would also have died in the building due to a variety of different causes.

Some would have passed from natural causes, but far more died as a direct result of strenuous physical labor, electroshock therapy treatments gone too far, botched lobotomies, complications during forced sterilization, and some were just straight out murdered.

It is no great surprise that with so much death and despair linked to the property, it has become one of the most haunted places in the state.

There have been various reports of paranormal activity including one of the most common sightings – an apparition of a nurse pushing a male patient in a wheelchair.

Other common reports include shadow figures, disembodied screams, and cold spots.

11. Historic Everett Theatre, Everett

Exerior of Historic Everett Theatre in Washington

Located in the historic mill town of Everett, just 25 miles north of Seattle, lies the Historic Everett Theatre. Opening in 1901 then known as the Everett Opera House, it played host to many of the biggest names in early 20th-century entertainment, such as the Marx Brothers, Fatty Arbuckle, and George Cohan.

With over 120 years of history, it wasn’t until 1993 during renovations that supernatural reports started to really ramp up.

Whilst the work was going on people would often experience the feeling of being watched, and doors would mysteriously not shut.

In one instance a member of staff was on his way out of the projection room when the door just wouldn’t close. The more force he used the more resistance there was, then suddenly the door burst open hitting him in the chest and knocking him to the floor.

Whoever haunts here certainly seems to like the projection room as on another occasion an employee witnessed a sweater lift off the floor and float before being thrown back down. In another instance, an employee was working on the film projector when he suddenly felt like he was being watched. Looking up he saw what he described as a man from his waist up looking at him through the projection window, disappearing moments later.

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It’s that time of year again. The month of screams and scares is upon us, and we’re all looking to get our fix of horror. Now, you might be getting your dose from movies and TV shows. That’s understandable. Who doesn’t love a good slasher , or a suspenseful tale of the supernatural ? However, fictional horror can only get you so far. After a while, it starts to lose its edge; there’s no serial killer in a hockey mask coming for you , there aren’t ghosts hiding in the corners of your house, there isn't a boogeyman under your bed . Once you turn the TV off, those movie monsters go away. But what about the real monsters?

After all, nothing is scarier than things that happen in real life . Plenty of beloved horror media is even based on real events or people. So, this year, add a few of these documentaries to your watch list and remember that real life will always be scarier than the movies.

1 Cropsey (2009)

Directed by barbara brancaccio and joshua zeman.

Joshua Zeman returns to this list as the writer and director of Cropsey , a documentary focusing on a New York City legend of the same name. Along with Barbara Brancaccio , Zeman sets out to discover the roots of the legend and make a point about oral traditions that keep these legends alive, while also tying the legend into the story of Andre Rand , a convicted kidnapper. The film makes a lot of interesting connections between legend and reality and the way we create and use legends as tools, and the cinematography and narration keep the tone of the documentary perfectly creepy throughout. This is another great choice for a viewer that might want a bit of fiction mixed in with their facts.

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2 The Act of Killing (2012)

Directed by joshua oppenheimer, christine cynn, and others.

The Act of Killing provides a look into the minds of the perpetrators of the Indonesian Communist Purge of 1965 and 1966, particularly Anwar Congo , a death squad leader. Director Joshua Oppenheimer asks Anwar to tell him of his experiences during the time, and Anwar and his friends recreate their memories through film scenes. As the film progresses, Anwar must eventually play a victim in a recreation and can no longer stomach his actions, and Oppenheimer takes the opportunity to remind him that this is how his victims felt; the only difference is that Anwar could stop the production, and his victims could not. The documentary is incredible in every sense of the word and provides insight into the motives of mass murderers. It will leave you not only in horror of the past but also in the present and future as you consider the repercussions of the massacre and all the others that have happened and continue to happen.

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3 Blackfish (2013)

Directed by gabriela cowperthwaite.

Admittedly, Blackfish is a bit of a controversial documentary. It centers around Tilikum, an orca at SeaWorld San Diego that has been involved in numerous injuries and deaths and takes a very firm stance against the captivity of orcas. The film discusses the mistreatment of marine mammals , particularly orcas at SeaWorld parks, and how it contributes to aggressive behavior toward humans and other animals. Relying on comparisons of wild and captive orcas, testimonials from former trainers (including John Hargrove , author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish ), and interviews from professionals such as Nonhuman Rights Project Director of Science Lori Marino , Blackfish tells a story of abuse towards animals that are socially and emotionally intelligent. Of course, SeaWorld has refuted many of the claims in the film and insisted that their practices have since changed, but it’s worth checking the documentary out and judging for yourself.

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

4 Killer Legends (2014)

Directed by joshua zeman.

We’ll start it off with a documentary that tries to find fact out of fiction. Killer Legends is a documentary written and directed by Joshua Zeman ( Cropsey , The Killing Season ). He and researcher Rachel Mills investigate a series of urban legends, including killer clowns and Candyman. Their research takes them all over the United States to find the origin of the legends and the historical basis for them. Zeman and Mills do an excellent job of connecting true crime and myth in a way that is fascinating and more than a little spine-chilling. This is a great documentary for anyone who enjoys urban legends, or anyone who is maybe looking to learn something without straying too far from the fiction of a good horror movie.

5 The Nightmare (2015)

Directed by rodney ascher.

A documentary with all of the feelings of a horror movie, The Nightmare takes a look at the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. It interviews people who suffer with sleep paralysis and re-creates their experiences with actors, particularly focusing on visions of shadow men and other hallucinations that are common in sleep paralysis. While the documentary can get a bit repetitive at times, it doesn’t take away from the unease it leaves you with as you imagine what it would feel like to be unable to move or speak as you see a shadowy figure over you.

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A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

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6 mommy dead and dearest (2017), directed by erin lee carr.

A case that captivated the nation when it broke in 2015, Gypsy Rose Blanchard 's story has been the subject of several documentaries and a Hulu series , The Act . However, most find that HBO's 2017 film Mommy Dead and Dearest is the documentary that best tells the story and shows the most empathy for Gypsy Rose, who was just recently released from prison on December 28, 2023 , on parole after pleading guilty to the murder of her mother, Clauddine "Dee Dee" Blanchard , in 2016. The documentary features interviews with Gypsy Rose and Nick Godejohn and provides details on the events leading up to the murder, specifically focusing on how Clauddine fabricated Gypsy Rose's illnesses and the effect this had on Gypsy, which ultimately led to her killing her mother. It's a documentary that just makes you feel sick as it unfolds, making you ask what kind of world we live in where a parent who's supposed to fiercely protect their child can hurt them so badly.

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7 Method of a Serial Killer (2018)

Directed by matthew watts.

True-crime fans will find Method of a Serial Killer particularly compelling. The documentary outlines the life and crimes of Israel Keyes , a serial kille r known for at least three murders throughout 2011 and 2012, as well as numerous other crimes from 1996 onward. Through a number of interviews with police and professionals and recreations of interrogations and other scenes, the film explains how Keyes went so long without being caught and how he was eventually arrested. Full of facts and details about grisly murders and the awful man that commited them, Method of a Serial Killer will make you think about the danger that is often right in front of us that we’re blind to.

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8 Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story (2021)

Directed by sara mast.

Going under the knife for a surgery is always a little scary, but Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story shows you just how scary it can be when a surgeon isn’t bound to the Hippocratic Oath. The four episode series outlines the horrific malpractice of Christopher Duntsch , a former neurosurgeon that killed two patients and maimed many more. The series uses interviews from staff, patients, and family to walk through Duntsch’s time as a surgeon and the negative impact he had on the lives of the people around him. If the documentary isn’t enough for you, there’s also a miniseries simply titled Dr. Death that tells the story (albeit in a less informational, more dramatic way.) Plus, it has moved to a new dastardly doctor - Paolo Macchiarini - for its recently released second season.

9 Meltdown: Three Mile Island (2022)

Directed by kief davidson.

Meltdown: Three Miles Island is a four part miniseries that recounts the partial meltdown of Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear reactor on March 28, 1979. Nuclear power professionals, plant employees, and locals recount and explain the event and the impact it had - and continues to have - on the region, from environmental to epidemiological. The Three Miles Island incident is the worst nuclear incident in United States history, and this documentary does a pretty good job at explaining the devastation the event caused. It aims to make you think about the price of progress and the way corners can be cut to save time and money, even at the cost of lives.

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10 Monster Inside: America's Most Extreme Haunted House (2023)

Directed by andrew renzi.

Some horror fans may remember the name Russ McKamey from 2017's Haunters: The Art of the Scare or 2018's Dark Tourist , where he was introduced as a man who loves extreme scares and is pretty cozy with the local authorities. However, Monster Inside: America's Most Extreme Haunted House sheds new light on him and his extreme haunt, McKamey Manor. This isn't your typical haunt; it's a torture chamber preceded by a 40-page waiver saying participants might have their fingernails or teeth removed , heads shaved, and be given drugs or unidentified foods and drinks. The documentary follows people who have attempted to complete the 10-hour experience and what they went through and attempts to expose McKamey Manor for what it is: a sham and an excuse to hurt and humiliate people looking for a thrill. Beware, though, because it will send you down a rabbit hole to find out more about the extensive controversies the haunt has been tangled in.

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  1. The 26 Best Haunted Houses That Are Seriously Scary

    1. Knott's Scary Farm When: September 16 to October 31, 2021 Where: Buena, CA What to expect: Southern California's biggest Halloween event is full of scares, including numerous haunted mazes and attractions. There are also more than 1,000 terrifying creatures wandering the amusement park, so watch where you walk.

  2. Top 20 Famous Real Life Haunted Houses

    3.7K 295K views 1 year ago #Amityville #Paranormal #Haunted These haunted houses will freak you out! For this list, we'll be looking at the scariest houses that allegedly suffer from...

  3. Inside McKamey Manor, The Most Extreme Haunted House In The World

    Published March 3, 2023 Updated August 7, 2023 Visitors at Tennessee's McKamey Manor pay to be bound and tortured for up to eight hours in what is the most extreme haunted house experience in America. McKamey Manor A terrified guest at McKamey Manor, one of the scariest haunted houses in America.

  4. 21 Best Haunted Houses in the US That Will Give You the Creeps

    Tuesday September 12 2023 Lights flickering, floorboards creaking, doors slamming shut, shadowy figures passing by—are all eerie and inexplicable occurrences people have claimed to witness within...

  5. 15 Haunted Houses That Are Actually Real

    Haunted houses have been a staple of the horror genre since fiction began. From the campfire stories of old to the creepypastas of the internetera, many ghost stories will feature a home of...

  6. Top 10 Scariest Haunted Houses in the U.S. to Visit in 2021

    Lifestyle Halloween 2022 10 of the Scariest Haunted Houses in America Even the YouTube clips are terrifying. By Samantha Vincenty Updated: Jul 8, 2021 Save Article For those who look forward to October 31st all year long, Halloween is no one-day affair.

  7. Yelp's 20 Scariest Haunted Houses

    1. Reign of Terror Haunted House, Thousand Oaks, California Walk from room to room, each one scarier than the next, at this huge LA-area fright-fest. Step into your worst nightmares at the largest professional indoor walk-through haunted house in Southern California.

  8. 96 Best Haunted Houses in the U.S., Ranked

    Top Haunted Houses in the U.S., Ranked by Yelp Reviews. "Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood. To terrorize y'all's neighborhood." If you are into "Thrillers," you have been counting down the days until haunted houses, mazes and attractions reopen in time for the Halloween season ...

  9. 29 Real-Life Haunted House Stories That Keep Us Up at Night

    Starting strong with a very scary house: The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, which is known to be one of the most haunted places in America due to its tragic history and links to a wealthy beer baron.

  10. 20 Horrifying Real-Life Haunted Houses

    6. Ghost Light in the Window: The Drish House Haunting. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. They say the widow's ghost lingers in the tower and sets the house ablaze with phantom fire. Step inside the Drish House, Tuscaloosa's stately haunted mansion. READ MORE. 7. Franklin Castle: The Most Haunted House in Ohio.

  11. Ultimate Haunted House Movie List

    49 Metascore. An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim. Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother.

  12. The 20 best haunted house films of all time, ranked

    The Amityville Horror, a somewhat underrated flick, is based on the real-life Lutz's unsubstantiated claim that the house was actually haunted. The Dutch Colonial-style home still stands in...

  13. Top 10 Scariest Haunted House Movies

    3.8K 177K views 3 years ago #HauntedHouse #Movies Do not go trick-or-treating at these homes. For this list, we'll be looking at the scariest haunted house movies ever. Our countdown includes...

  14. 101+ Ideas to Create a Scary Haunted House

    Party Planning. Holidays. Gift Ideas. Costumes. Greeting Card Messages. Quotations. Haunted houses can be elaborate commercial ones, homemade basement events, or even campground setups. Big or small, all haunted houses need fresh ideas to scare the guests. Here, you'll find many ideas!

  15. OVERNIGHT IN USA'S MOST HAUNTED HOUSE!!

    0:00 / 14:34 OVERNIGHT IN USA'S MOST HAUNTED HOUSE!! Alexa Rivera 14.9M subscribers Subscribe Subscribed 82K Share 5.7M views 5 months ago I have never been so nervous to make a video.. Thank...

  16. Top 50 films about Haunted houses

    1. The Innocents (1961) Not Rated | 100 min | Horror 7.8 Rate 88 Metascore A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted. Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave Votes: 32,671 | Gross: $2.62M 2. Poltergeist (1982) PG | 114 min | Horror, Thriller 7.3

  17. Top 5 SCARIEST HAUNTED Houses! (Scariest Halloween Attractions)

    Top 5 SCARIEST HAUNTED Houses! (Scariest Halloween Attractions)Subscribe to never miss a video:https://goo.gl/bWZ49nFollow us on Twitter to be informed when ...

  18. The Most Haunted Places Near Phoenix

    Oftentimes, places with reputations for being haunted aren't actually all that scary in real life. It's easy for rumors to run rampant based on one or two weird anecdotes or messed-up stories.

  19. The 11 Most Haunted Places in Washington State

    Let's look a little bit closer at these 11 most haunted places in Washington State…. 1. Campbell House, Spokane. Campbell House is one of Washington's most well-known historical landmarks. It was designed and built by Kirtland K Cutter in 1898 and was first owned by Amasa Basaliel Campbell. There is a very sad history attached to the house.

  20. List of reportedly haunted locations

    Argentina. Cinco Saltos in Río Negro has been reported to have a number of ghosts, most of them reportedly the result of witchcraft.In 2009, an intact corpse of an 8- to 12-year-old girl who had died in the 1930s was found in a cemetery ossuary.; Australia. Ararat Lunatic Asylum, or Aradale, is the largest abandoned lunatic asylum in Ararat.Opened in 1867, Aradale was reserved for many of the ...

  21. 129 World's Insanest Scary Halloween Haunted House Ideas

    World's Insanest Scary Halloween Haunted House Ideas 1. The Cobwebbed Entryway 2. Designing Spell-Books 3. Bleeding Halloween Candles 4. Standing coffin 5. The spooky window 6. Zombie apocalypse 7. The Cobwebbed Entrance 8. The Spooky Gravestone 9. Hallway filled with hanging balloons 10. The Frightening Head

  22. Extremely Scary Haunted House

    Facebook this: http://on.fb.me/s9hKFD Tweet this: http://bit.ly/tZPI9MIn October of 2010, five friends went missing while walking home after filming a video...

  23. 2023 Must-See Halloween Haunted Houses

    Scary Halloween haunted houses, hayrides, haunted trails, mazes, cornfields and more that you don't want to miss out on for the spooky season. Skip to content. Home; ... 2023 Must-See Halloween Haunted Houses. Don't miss out on these spooky Halloween haunted house attractions by state: ALABAMA. ARKANSAS. CALIFORNIA. COLORADO. FLORIDA. GEORGIA ...

  24. Indiana Haunted Houses

    Be Very Afraid - Serving the Indianapolis, Indiana Metro - Indy Scream Park is Indianapolis, Indiana's SCARIEST haunted house! Located just minutes northeast of Indianapolis, Indiana - Indy Scream Park is 6 terrifying haunted attractions in one location, plus a monster midway complete with food, drinks, games, beer and more! Located at 5211 So...

  25. 10 Terrifying Documentaries That Prove Real Life Is Scarier ...

    Killer Legends is a documentary written and directed by Joshua Zeman ( Cropsey, The Killing Season ). He and researcher Rachel Mills investigate a series of urban legends, including killer clowns ...