Are you ready for the Halloween season? If not, you’d better prepare yourself, because it’s here! It’s time to pick out your costume, eat lots of candy, and, most importantly, go out with friends to get scared out of your mind. There is no better place to do this than in one of America’s scariest haunted houses. Below is a list of the most haunted places in the United States. We’ve picked out frightening locations from all over the country, so even if one of these haunts isn’t in your home state, maybe one is close enough for a weekend road trip.

Erebus – Pontiac, MI

Pontiac, Michigan is one of the most haunted places in the United States, period, so Erebus has a lot of competition. The creators of this haunted attraction work all year long creating props, 95 percent of which are made in-house. Have you ever been in one of those haunted houses where the scare actors aren’t allowed to touch you? Erebus isn’t one of those houses. Props and/or scare actors can bite, grab and even bury you alive! Erebus is named after the Greek god of primordial darkness, but beware, since the house’s grand opening, over 7,000 visitors have had to leave the attraction before they reached the end making our top choice on our list of the scariest haunted houses.

The Bates Motel – Philadelphia, PA

Many recognize the Bates Motel name, which is why it easily makes our list of the scariest haunted houses. Located in Philadelphia, this haunted attraction has been around for over 25 years. Besides the motel itself, they are best known for their haunted trail ride, which consists of animatronics and 75 live scare actors. You won’t want to miss the Bates Motel itself, though, which is inside of a Victorian mansion filled with more animatronics and scare actors decked out in accurate costumes and terrifying makeup.

The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA

The 13th Gate’s use of extreme ultra-realism is what makes it one of the most haunted places in the country. What this means is that once you enter this haunted house, you won’t be sure whether what you’re seeing is real or not. This feeling is accomplished by the talented scare actors, set design, and special effects. It also doesn’t hurt that the house is located in a real Louisiana swamp inhabited by snakes. You’ll have to travel through the close-quarters of a cellar, hidden underground passages, and an ice cave to get out alive.

Hex House – Tulsa, OK

It doesn’t get any scarier than when a haunted house is based on a real-life person. The Hex House is based on a story about Carol Ann Smith, a Tulsa resident. Smith’s story included mystery, murder, and the occult, and so does this house. Not only does the subject matter of this house make it one of the most haunted places in the country; the type of scares you’ll experience help, too. In-house made sets provide the backdrop for scares that can take all different forms and come from every angle imaginable.


Would you visit any of these most haunted places this Halloween season?




Kirstin Wright
Kirstin Wright
Kirstin is an IT worker by day and a freelance writer by night. When not behind a computer screen, she can be found exploring one of central Florida's famous theme parks or embarking on a new adventure. You can read about her adventures at Fun Orlando Ideas!