The 13 Most Awesome Haunted Houses In America

October 16, 2011 No Comments

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Every year Hauntworld.com releases the premier list of haunted houses, haunted hayrides, scream parks, Halloween attractions, corn mazes, real haunted houses and even home haunted houses. 

By doing so, Hauntworld.com has helped even the smallest home haunts become nationally recognized, allowing some to even progress into major, professional attractions. 

It has also helped many local haunted houses receive national recognition as one of America’s best haunted houses in the nation.  Many of the best haunted houses in the World were discovered and promoted on this very list, our annual list of the best haunted houses in America.

The haunted house industry started back in the early 1970′s predominantly as charity attractions. Then later into the 1980′s, they transformed into huge local screams!  

With the invention of the internet and more specifically high speed internet access, haunted houses could cost-effectively showcase videos, photos, logos and more towards the worldwide promotion of their events as high end attractions, gaining the kind of national awareness that only places like Disney World or Universal Studios were able to garner prior.

Haunted houses flourished, finding new audiences and creating worldwide identities as tourist hotspots.  Today, there are people from all over the world planning Fall vacations in search of attending the best haunted house attractions in the world. 

Many load up their vehicles, take off work for a week, and travel from city to city finding haunted houses throughout the nation that make their heart pound and the hair on the back of their neck rise.  They’re in search of finding that ultimate high and extreme sensation that ONLY a haunted house can create.  Hollywood can no longer compete with the live experience of fear. 

The debut of horror movies have moved out of October, because haunted houses get all the press and hype. Today, haunted houses are better attracting their attention, and haunted houses are getting millions of people from around the world lined up for miles to enter their favorite haunted houses.

Today’s horror fans flock to haunted houses to experience live, in-your-face thrills, suspense, screams and terror. They seek that fear, real fear, only found in live experiences.  Haunted houses today are sophisticated with high tech special effects. These are the same high end effects you’d find in major motion movies and multimillion dollar theme parks.  

The haunted house industry is much like the movie industry, in that it creates very emotional experiences, but the difference is motion pictures are creating movie experiences; haunted houses are creating unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.

This year we present our 2011 list of the best haunted houses in America, best scream parks, best hayrides and best real haunted houses too.

This post originally appeared on Hauntworld.com.

#13 Nightmare on the Bayou Haunted House in Houston, Texas

Located in the shadow of downtown Houston, TX next to Houston’s oldest graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou is the name people think of when searching “HAUNTED TEXAS”. 

Nightmare on the Bayou is entering its 12th year in operation and has grown bigger and better with every year featuring newly designed scenes, Hollywood quality props, professional animatronics and dozens upon dozens of the most well-trained and highly supervised actors…crazed actors whose sole purpose is to scare you to death. 

Nightmare on the Bayou boasts, “The only haunted house in Houston with real ghosts,” and with being right next to the graveyard…I believe them!  Ghost sightings are frequent from both customers and employees alike. 

Additionally, Nightmare On The Bayou is one of the only haunted house in America with a world class Halloween retail store for your ease and convenience.  Learn more about Nightmare On The Bayou Haunted House in Houston, TX by visiting their website www.nightmareonthebayou.com




#12 The 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, Texas

The 13th Floor Haunted House is the flagship haunted attraction of America’s most haunted city, San Antonio, Texas. 

This is truly a testament to its high action, in-your-face premium production value among Texas haunted houses.  Spanning 40,000 square feet across 3 stories in a 105 year old historic building, the 13th Floor San Antonio takes patrons through several levels of horror from the depths of its decrepit, underground basement. 

Through the wickedness of its massive gothic cemetery and into its horrifically fantastic haunted hotel, 13th Floor San Antonio customers get to experience a barrage of special effects, animatronic monsters and impeccably detailed sets.  Add to that some of the most talented group of performers in the industry, and you’ve got a top notch, first rate haunted house that’s 2nd to none. 

Taking nothing for granted the 13th Floor San Antonio delivers 2 haunted experiences that continually raise the bar and push the limits of what a haunted house is and what a haunted house can become. To read a detailed review of this attraction, click here or visit their website www.13thfloorsanantonio.com.




# 11 The Dent Haunted Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, OH

Evil lurks within the walls of the school, and the basement is truly hell on earth at The Dent Schoolhouse haunted attraction in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

It’s one of the most detailed haunted houses you will find in the nation. The schoolhouse uses Hollywood style animatronics, sets, actors and make-up making it one of America’s best haunted attractions.  Classified as haunted, The Dent Schoolhouse was actually a school that opened in 1894 and has a grizzly past. 

Guests of The Dent Schoolhouse learn the true story of its murderous janitor, Charlie, and why locals have coined the term “hell’s basement” for the school’s basement. 

Charlie was never caught and brought to justice.  Is it he who haunts the halls of the school to this day?  For 2011, haunt seekers get to enter never before seen rooms of the school’s basement.  Among the new rooms are Charlie’s workshop, bedroom, boiler room and even the janitor’s student holding cell. 

Plus, The Dent Haunted Schoolhouse will feature a brand new attraction for 2011, Detention Hall, a militarized zone with a zombie outbreak theme, included with every Dent ticket!  Read a detailed review of Dent Schoolhouse by clicking here or visit their website www.frightsite.com.



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