The fastest growing industry in America is the Halloween industry. We’ve seen it grow over the last ten years from a 1-billion dollar industry to a nearly 15-billion dollar industry. Halloween has grown to levels no one has ever expected.
However, while it may seem seasonal, for many it is a year round project. These haunted houses across the nation spend top dollars to scare hundreds-of-thousands of patrons every year with their extreme attractions. So we are breaking down the nation’s top 13 haunted houses. Haunted House owners and operators have created attractions that are so detailed they remove you from the realm of reality and plunge you into a haunted world you never knew you could experience. So finally, we present you some of the best traditional haunted houses, real haunted houses, haunted hayrides, corn mazes and more. So sit back, relax and enjoy a bit on the BEST 10 Haunted Attractions in America for 2016.
10. Hells Gate – Lockport, Illinois
Hidden deep in the woods, HellsGate is a multi-level mansion filled with secret passages, giant slides, ghastly secrets, undead abominations, really nervous groundskeepers and a darkness that the gate can no longer contain! This is not just a haunted house, it’s an adventure!Since you were a kid, you’ve heard about the haunted house with the giant slide, the one hidden out in the woods, the one where you can win your money back, but you were never able to find it… until now!
Find out more at: http://www.hellsgate.com
9. Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshire
Haunted Overload is a haunt like no other. Described as The Ultimate Halloween Experience, it blends spectacular handmade sets and oversize creatures with lush sound, lighting and award-winning costumes for a terrifying experience that is utterly unique. Haunted Overload can be found every year on various best haunts lists both nationally and internationally, and in 2014 won the grand prize on America’s Great Halloween Fright Fight on ABC. Set in an eerie forest in New England, it brings to life the true feel of vintage Halloween terror.
Find out more at: http://www.hauntedoverload.com
8. Erebus – Pontiac, Michigan
The theme is time travel Erebus is the result of Dr. Colber who worked for the government to build a time machine. After leaving the government, he worked on the time machine on his own. Successful at sending people back into time, with the only one glitch the time period looked at the people like a virus and wiped them out. Determined to over come this glitch he sent in group after group of his own personnel. Unsuccessful, he ended up broke and lacking the proper personnel to run his machine. Dr. Colber came up with a brilliant idea to disguise his time machine as a haunted house and have the general public help fund his project and use the people going through as human guinea pigs. Michigan is the haunted attraction capital of the world with more then 70 haunts in a 50 mile radius yet Erebus prides itself as one of the most unique haunts in the country by designing and building almost all of our own props in house. You will see things here that were born from the imaginations of a couple guys that have been thinking about scaring people for over 37 years!
Find out more at: http://www.hauntedpontiac.com
7. Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, New York
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, named #1 in America, gallops into its 24th season. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a unique, immersive experience with a theatrical theme that changes each Halloween season. This year featuring: The Horseman’s Spawn, a theatrical one-mile hayride, Dark Harvest corn maze, in addition to 7 haunted attractions which include: The Lunar Motel, Glutton’s Diner & Slaughterhouse, The Horseman’s Tomb, Night Shade Nursery & Greenhouse, Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Circus Sideshow, The Feeding presents “The Pain Killer”, Two Raven’s Manor, and illusionist Ryan Dutcher Stage Show.
Find out more at: http://www.headlesshorseman.com
6. Basement of the Dead – Aurora, Illinois
Basement of the Dead Haunted House proves why everyone has a FEAR of going down into old basements! A top attraction in both Illinois and America, this haunted house is located deep in the Basement of a hundred year old building in downtown Aurora, Illinois – just thirty short miles outside Chicago. Fire dancers, stilt walkers, and grotesque characters roam outside the Basement while a live DJ creates a sinister Halloween atmosphere. But immediately upon entering and walking down the steps of the building, it is clear this place would be frightening even if there was not a haunted attraction inside. The decrepit brick walls, old pipes, eerie creaks, along with its cinematic makeup, costumes, and sets make Basement of the Dead a truly terrifying experience.
Find out more at: http://www.basementofthedead.com
5. 13th Floor Haunted House – Denver, Colorado
13th Floor Haunted Houses are rapidly becoming a fan favorite across the nation, with locations in Denver, San Antonio, Phoenix, and Chicago. The attention to details of production, makeup, and costumes are really what sets this amazing haunted house apart. It’s an incredibly immersive experience that is continuously improving and keeps fear seekers coming back year after year!
Find out more at: http://www.getscared.com
4. Mortem Manor – Kissimmee, FL
Brand new to the Old Town, Kissimmee Florida area, Mortem Manor is making the list as one of the nations top haunted houses with a 2 story haunted house featuring state-of-the-art props, actors and special effects. Mortem Manor features a lights on family friendly show during select days but come night fall the monsters are released and they roam the halls of the manor just waiting for their next victim.
Find out more at: http://www.MortemManor.com
3. The Darkness – St. Louis, Missouri
The Darkness is one of the biggest haunted houses in America spanning nearly 60,000 SCREAM FEET! The Darkness in 2016 has doubled its size by adding a zombie themed haunted house called Silo-X and 3 High Tech Escape Rooms. The Darkness also features Zombie Laser Tag where guests hunt, shoot and kill REAL zombies! The Darkness also features an outdoor scare zone, monster museum, and Terror Visions 3D where crazed clowns are looking for blood.
Find out more at: http://www.scarefest.com
2. Netherworld – Atlanta, Georgia
NETHERWORLD Haunted House is a self-guided, dark attraction known for its over-the-top special effects, intense make-up, elaborate costuming, skilled stunt actors, unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail! To put it simply NETHERWORLD is the total package – an extremely high quality immersive event that merges SCARY, FUN and COOL into a safe environment. More importantly after 20 years in the business NETHERWORLD is still ever changing – coming up with new effects, scares, characters and story lines every season, while still retaining the Halloween feel that brings back guests year after year. World famous, massively attended, and highly respected NETHERWORLD is without a doubt one of the most successful haunted attractions of all time!
Find out more at: http://www.fearworld.com
1. Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction – Pittsburgh, PA
Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction in Pittsburgh, PA has been featured on the Travel Channel, LA Times, forbes.com, USA Today, Good Morning America and dozens of other national and local news outlets for over 13 years! Hundred Acres Manor features 6 attractions spanning almost 1 mile long leaving patrons begging for a way out for over 45 minutes. Hundred Acres Manor features state-of-the-art technology and special effects throughout all 6 attractions including a dropping elevator simulator and rooms that rock, as if you are in a bayou in Louisiana. Hundred Acres Manor is a 501c3 non-profit that has donated over $1.5 million to two Pittsburgh charities, The Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends. Hundred Acres Manor also features two multi-room horror escape rooms, The Meltdown and Alchemy.
Find out more at: http://www.HundredAcresManor.com