Are you planning on skipping this year’s party? Perhaps you’ve finally realized you’re too old for trick-or-treating that you think it’s time to dive into something that’s more ideal for grownups? Well, the US is rich with the best Halloween attractions, and I’ve got 10 of the best of them just for you. So, pack up, gear up, and get driving to these awesome Halloween haunts!
Head over to Baltimore if you’re prepared for a night of medieval fun and horror. Bennett’s Curse is unique in its own way because it’s a family-owned business. The family that scare together, stay together, am I right? Rave reviews can be read all over the internet for one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions. Resting on 40,000 square feet of land, Bennett’s Curse leaves nothing to be desired. It has everything you could possibly think of – from jesters, orcs, vampires, and even a giant animatronic dragon.
You can choose to visit one of the smaller attractions inside or go wild and visit them all. I guarantee you’ll have sleepless nights either from the horror you’ve just experienced or the desire to go back for more. This place is a great haunt for folks who are looking for something more modern and over-the-top. They’ve got an attraction that features a trip to an insane asylum, another one for scary clowns, and the list goes on. Their Scream Team works all year-round to make sure your appetite for the truly terrifying is satisfied. Every year, they keep coming up with newer and more innovative ways to show people that horror will never go out of style.
Sitting on land that used to be called ‘Hell’s Half Acre’, who would’ve known that the former site for a meat packing plant will turn out to be one of the most popular Halloween attractions in the US? Well, now that I think about it, it’s actually quite plausible. After all, Halloween attractions have banked on the history of old, abandoned places. Cutting Edge is no different, and it has used its location to its advantage, designing an entire park around its size. Filled with mazes, animatronics, special effects, and different kinds of attractions, you’ll be sure to find something that will tickle your fancy.
The only down side to this attraction is that it has no definitive theme. It can get overwhelming at times, given that you’re not really sure if you’re dealing with vampires, evil clowns, or the undead. Because of this, it’s gotten mixed reviews. It is understandable, though, given the fact that it’s a huge attraction. Needless to say, it will still be quite an experience for those of you who love to have a little bit of everything, as the park does offer exactly just that. Careful of the long queues, though.
In Pontiac, there’s a four-story building that might look like any other four-story building. It sure blends right in, but be wary of what’s behind closed doors. This walk-through haunted attraction is one of the biggest of its kind. Fans of escape rooms and other Halloween attractions will surely find the challenges behind doors of Erebus will surely learn for themselves how truly magnificent Erebus is. You will spiral back in time and would have to use your quick reflexes to try to overcome this maze.
You might think you’re a pro at these things, but it could still prove to be a challenging feat to conquer. It’s filled with traps, twists, turns, and creatures that’ll keep you up at night. This Halloween attraction offers an experience that is close to being eerily realistic. Beware of things that grab you in the dark, be careful of creatures that bite, and if you’re unlucky, you might just be one of the unlucky ones to get buried alive. This well-thought out structure deserves the hype it gets. So, be sure to check out one of the best haunted Halloween attractions when you’re in town.
Hawaii is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, with its friendly folks, rich flora, and divine beaches. Don’t be fooled by this exterior, though, because the island’s hiding something sinister underneath. The Haunted Plantation, one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions is located on this beautiful island, so you better believe that summer isn’t the only season to visit Hawaii. In fact, they even have a warning that says they don’t allow children under the age of 13, pregnant women, and people with heart or breathing problems.
The experience is so intense that the folks at Haunted Plantation reserves the right to deny entrance to anyone they deem will not be able to handle the attraction’s features. The inspiration of the attraction came from Hawaii’s Plantation Village, which is where the park is located. There are hundreds of ghost stories surrounding this village, with people reporting apparitions and other strange events. This is why the park is so popular among tourists. Due to the fact that it gets too crowded at times, the plantation thought it was more manageable to open up shop for 10 nights a year only. That means you have to make sure to check it out when it does open its doors in October. Plan your trip now before they run out of tickets!
For 22 years, Middletown has been the home to one of the best Halloween attractions in the US. It’s a huge park that features several different mini attractions such as Idalia Manor, where the park’s lead ghost character, Dr. Thaddeus Idalia, lived the rest of his days after seeing his daughter Isabella’s lifeless body. Dr. Idalia was said to have conducted. It also features The Attic, Isabella’s personal playground, where victims of torture and failed experiments lurk in the shadows. There’s also a fan favorite, the Horror Hayride, where customers can tour the mile-long ride through fields, the haunt for Dr. Idalia’s escaped experiments.
Or, you could check out Fear. The name itself should be self-explanatory. This is where you’ll find things that will make your hair stand on end. If you have arachnophobia, coulrophobia, and all the other phobias you could think of. There are other attractions for you to choose from, or you could always visit them all for the complete experience. The whole park was made so that each attraction is tied to each other and creates a total package for all horror enthusiasts to enjoy.
In Philadelphia lies the Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison that has now become a haunted attraction. You know me, when I hear the word ‘abandoned’, you better sign me up. This 11-acre prison is open daily to tourists who would like a day tour of the area. However, on Halloween, it transforms into Terror Behind the Walls, a place with several attractions inside, guaranteed to provide you with your dose of fright! Lock Down makes you fight your way through the inmates who have become zombies. Machine Shop features a tour of a cell block wherein the inmates were subjected to torture using various devices.
There are other attractions that you can try out, but the thing that makes it all much scarier is that it’s not some artificial venue. It is an actual place tied to history. The story of the Eastern State Penitentiary is that while being used as a prison, several inmates were abused and treated harshly, subjecting them to all manners of torture. Fast forward more than a century later, and people have reported seeing shadows running through the hallways, hearing screams and whimpers, and many other scary occurrences. The prison’s colorful – well, the color’s mostly red – past makes it even more appealing to fans of the supernatural.
Legend has it that there was a janitor named Charlie who worked at Dent Schoolhouse a few years near the end of the 19th century. During that time, several students have been disappearing annually, and when people started asking questions, it turned out that the kids corpses were dumped in the schoolhouse’s basement, to the horror of the townspeople. At least, that was the story that owner Bud Stross was going for when he acquired the building with his pal and turned it into one of the best haunted Halloween attractions in the country.
One of Dent Schoolhouse’s charms lies in its consistency. The theme remains the same, but the experience is different for each guest. People in queue always wonder where Charlie would be hiding this year. Whether the legend holds any truth to it is now irrelevant because it is true enough for the patrons of the Dent Schoolhouse. Additionally, they’ve added a few other attractions, such as The Queen City Slaughter Yard. Yep, prepare to be someone’s barbecue when you pay it a visit. You better check it out and see what Charlie’s been cooking up this year!
I’ve got something uniquely refreshing for you. While most attractions offer an experience for you and your friends or family, Blackout lets you go through all of the horrors on your own. You’ll be a changed man coming out of this place than who you were when you entered their facility. First off, you need to sign a WAIVER. Yes. Nothing about Blackout is for the faint of hearts. The crew behind this Halloween attraction was created to destroy their guest’s spirits, to test just how long it would take before they snap and call it quits. This is not your typical haunted house. There are no ghosts, severed limbs, or otherworldly creatures. Think of ‘Saw’, minus the power tools and a pool of syringes. It’s a challenge on your mental state.
Using military torture tactics and other mind-twisting methods, you will experience crawling in the dark, getting tied up and blindfolded, thrown down a flight of stairs, and many other terrifying feats – I’d rather not spoil it for you. It’s no wonder why people would question others who wish to pay for these experiences. If you are not comfortable with any of that, of course there are other options for you to work with. There are no latex rubber masks in Blackout. There are no animatronics or any of the other fancy Halloween displays we often see at the most popular Halloween attractions. To better illustrate, there’s a safe word for you if you can’t handle it anymore and wish to get out. You don’t get to revisit the site of a horror story, you are the main star in one. It’s what makes it the scariest attraction not just in the US, but in the entire world.
Okay, after that, I think we need to tone it down a notch…or twelve. Down in the Midwest is its largest haunted attraction, Burial Chambers. Just like many of the Halloween attractions close to its size, it offers several different attractions, namely two haunted houses, an outdoor trail, and a few burial simulators. It’s got something that will fit your horror needs, that’s for sure. The Adrenaline House is the more traditional approach to the classic haunted houses we’ve all grown up to love. You have your mazes, eerie noises, monsters chasing you, and various other features that will surely get your adrenaline pumping.
If you want to kick it up a notch, go for their Insanity Haunted House, where you will encounter the more sinister characters and props that will surely bring out the fears you’ve hidden for so long, this will surely be a hit for those who are not afraid of some interactive horror fun. My personal favorite, Phobia Haunted Woods, will make you feel like you’re on set of a horror movie. The ghosts lurk in all the nooks and crannies, so you better watch your step. I gotta say, the actors are really working hard to please their customers, and they seldom fail at it.
Tucked away in Louisiana is 13th Gate – an escape room like no other. Equipped with a highly professional crew that have experience working in the movie industry, 13th Gate promises to make your stay there worthwhile with everything, down to the very last detail, there to make you wonder which part is real and which part is just part of the act. One of its features include a sneak peek at a snake-infested swamp, which features live snakes, by the way. Voodoo displays, tight cellars, and many more await you at 13th Gate. You’ll be immersed in the story and the actors stay in character.
They also use high quality costumes that you can’t help but admire. You’ll love how well put-together everything is, not a single hair out of place. Make sure to keep your wits about you, though, because the puzzle has a 60-minute time limit. You’ll be facing challenging puzzles and riddles that you and your pals will have a grand time solving. If you’re wondering why it was named the way it is, it’s because the guests of 13th Gate have to go through 13 stages of an overall nightmarish experience. This is why I highly recommend giving this Halloween attraction a chance if ever you’re in town.