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The Scariest Locations in America… other than Wall Street

Hauntworld Magazine ranks the scariest places in the country, including lists of the top haunted houses and haunted attractions for each day of October

13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

And you thought the job market was scary? As the nation continues to struggle in one of the worst economies in history, Americans will require a bit more to actually feel fear this Halloween season. In response, Hauntworld Magazine (, the Halloween and haunt industry's leading trade publication, has announced listings of the most terrifying locations in America, including: the Top 31 Haunted Attractions (one for each day in October), the Top 10 Amusement Park Halloween events and more. These attractions are being recognized for their attention to detail, high-quality special effects, and overall "scare factor".

The haunted houses and attractions on these lists aren't your average neighborhood decorations. Each haunted attraction costs up to $1 million to construct, uses professionally trained actors, Hollywood make-up artists and the latest technology in order to transport people into an insane, realistic and horrific environment that rivals any horror movie set. The result is an industry that has grown to generate over $1 BILLION each season, redefining the way people celebrate Halloween.

"Americans have an intrinsic urge to conquer fear and the haunted attractions on these lists are as close as many can get to literally coming face-to-face with true terror," said Larry Kirchner, Editor-in-Chief of Hauntworld Magazine. "Scary movies and roller coasters are great for a cheap thrill but what these attractions provide their visitors is a sense of exhilaration and an adrenaline rush that can only be felt from live action. These locations are examples of those places in the country you'll be telling your friends you survived, not visited."

Top Professional Haunted Attractions: 2009

The Top 13 Haunted Attractions:

  1. 13th Gate Haunted House - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  2. Netherworld Haunted House - Atlanta, Georgia,
  3. The Beast - Kansas City, Missouri,
  4. The Darkness Haunted House - St. Louis, Missouri,
  5. House of Torment - Austin, Texas,
  6. Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati, Ohio,
  7. Bates Motel - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
  8. Haunted Schoolhouse - Akron, Ohio,
  9. Bayville Screampark - Long Island, New York,
  10. House of Shock - New Orleans, Louisiana,
  11. Dead Acres - Columbus, Ohio,
  12. Headless Horseman - Ulster Park, New York,
  13. Graystone Manor - Killen, Alabama,

And to visit a haunted attraction for each day of October, the list continues to include:

  1. Cutting Edge Haunted House, Dallas, Texas
  2. Erebus Haunted House, Pontiac, Michigan
  3. Edge of Hell, Kansas City, Missouri
  4. Scarehouse, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  5. Creepyworld, St. Louis, Missouri
  6. Haunted Overload, Lee, NH
  7. Atrox Factory, Leeds, Alabama
  8. Fright World, Buffalo, New York
  9. Dreamreapers, Melrose Park, Illinois
  10. Haunted Hotel, San Diego, California
  11. Fright Kingdom, Nashua, NH
  12. Asylum Haunted House, Denver, Colorado
  13. Spookywoods, High Point, North Carolina
  14. Pirates of Emerson, Fremont, California
  15. The Asylum, Las Vegas, Nevada
  16. Field of Screams, Mountville, PA
  17. Bennett's Curse, Baltimore, Maryland
  18. Land of Illusion, Middletown, Ohio

Top 10 Amusement Park Halloween Events: 2009

  1. Universal Studios Horror Nights, Orlando, FL
  2. Knott's Scary Farm, Los Angeles, CA
  3. Tampa Busch Gardens, Tampa, FL
  4. Universal Studios Horror Nights, Hollywood, CA
  5. Kennywood Amusement Park, Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, PA
  7. King's Island Haunt, Cincinnati, OH
  8. Cedar Point Haunt, Sandusky, OH
  9. Six Flags Fright Fest, NJ
  10. Old Tucson Studios Nightfall, Tucson, AZ

Best Screamparks/Haunted Hayrides: 2009

  1. Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, New York
  2. Bates Motel, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
  3. Shocktoberfest, Reading, Pennsylvania
  4. Field of Screams, Mountville, PA
  5. Creepyworld, St. Louis, MO
  6. Spookywoods, High Point, North Carolina
  7. Bayville Screampark, Long Island, New York
  8. Jason's Woods, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  9. Halloween Park, Strinestown, Pennsylvania
  10. 17 Floors of Hell, Cleveland, Ohio

Top 5 Places to get Scared in America: 2009

  1. Salem, Massachusetts
  2. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  3. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California
  4. The Mortuary Haunted House, New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky

For more information on this year's Top Haunted Attractions as well as other top industry lists, please visit or see the entire list here:

About Hauntworld Magazine:

Hauntworld Magazine ( is the premier haunted attraction magazine in the industry. Coupled with its online component,, Hauntworld provides insider access into the world of haunted houses and attractions. Readers can find information regarding the top haunts around the country and internationally, Halloween vendors, manufacturers, events, tips and forums. Originally created to serve haunted attraction industry members through its unique editorial content and discussion boards, Hauntworld now helps nearly four million people find the best haunts each Halloween season. The magazine/website and its editors have been featured in publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on the Travel Channel, among other media outlets.

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2 comments to The Scariest Locations in America… other than Wall Street

  • I’m suprised the Allen House in Montecello, Arkansas and the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas didn’t make the list. If you love sto­ries like this, check out the state of Arkansas’s new Web site. This site has a list­ing of haunted events, sites, loca­tions, and leg­ends. Definitely a must see!

  • ron

    I’ve never been to Montecello, but I love Eureka Springs! I’ll def­i­nitely have to check out the Crescent Hotel the next time I’m down there. Thanks for the link to the Haunted Arkansas site, great resource!

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