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6. Haunted Plantation

Location: Waipahu, Hawaii

Among the many spirits that roam here are Mujina (faceless lady), the Aswang (demon vampire), Kiku (a geisha who filled her kimono with stones and drowned herself in a nearby stream), and the doctors who experimented on women and children for fun.

This video is beyond spooky. It’s horrific and slightly traumatizing:

Tickets: General admission $10 / Fast pass $15

7. Erebus

Location: Pontiac, Michigan

Er·e·bus (noun \ˈer-ə-bəs\) – a place of darkness in the underworld on the way to Hades [Merriam-Webster].

This 4-story haunted house held the Guinness World Record for largest haunted walk-through attraction from 2005 – 2009. “Erebus is an unequaled, masterpiece of horror,” said Gunnar Hansen. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s ‘Leatherface’ it’s good enough for you.

Tickets: $23. Save $3 if you hand over your email address on the website to get a coupon.

8. Kube 93 Haunted House

Location: Seattle, Washington

They were kind enough to build this sucker right in the former Georgetown Morgue. The building has a very bizarre history:

  • 1947 – the body of jazz trumpeter John “Figgy” Dorsey was stolen off the embalming procedure table. His body was discovered by his wife on the front lawn the next morning, dismembered.
  • 1965 – a relatively small earthquake (5.7) struck and, although all other businesses suffered minor damage, one of the towers collapsed, killing Charles Broughton, one of the brothers who owned the building then known as Broughton Brothers Funeral Services.
  • 1968 – “Seattle Crematorium Massacre.” Two or three suspects bound nine employees and forced them into the crematorium chamber. There were no surviving witnesses and the murders remain unsolved.

Tickets: $15

9. House of Shock

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

More a theme park than a haunted house, you can watch a multimedia stage show, performed 2-3 times per night. If you feel peckish, knock back a Devil’s Dog or a handful of Possessed Popcorn. There’s even a full service bar if you need some liquid courage. This is their 17th year and they promise 2010 will be the best ever.

Below is a feature from the Travel Channel, who proclaim the House of Shock the most extreme haunt attraction in the world. “We are the black sheep in the haunted community, and we take pride in that.” Ohhh…kayyy…

Tickets: $25

10. Scream at the Beach

Location: Portland, Oregon

To celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, they’ve put together a twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. As if it wasn’t creepy enough. With attraction names like “Down The Rabbit Hole,” “Wonderland Asylum,” and “Alice’s Revenge,” you can be sure of a good fright.

Special events include:

  • Outrageously Funny Wig/Hat Night (October 21)
  • The Great Pumpkin Carving Contest (October 22)
  • Vampire Wedding Ceremony (October 23)
  • Pirate’s Night Out (October 24)
  • Halloween Spooktacular (October 31)

Tickets: Haunt Admission $20 / VIP Admission $30

[Source: HauntWorld. To find a haunted house nearest you, visit their site.]


Have you been to any haunted houses yet this year? Or planning on going? We’d love to hear about your experience below!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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  • Christine Garvin

    I might hit the one in High Point. Zip line, sweet!

  • Kristin Conard

    Buried alive simulator?! Who wants that! I don’t do scary stuff well – but great list!

  • Alex Ritter

    All of the haunted houses I have ever been to have consisted of little more than a handful of masked men jumping out of the darkness and yelling. The attractions on your list seem genuinely frightening. Thanks for the list.

  • http://facebookq Isaiah

    I love the way Haunted Plantation plays the haunted house ! Its Really scary , and i know b’cause i live in Waipahu .

  • Tristan

    Bennett’s Curse is truly horrible (in a bad way). This should NOT be on the list. Two attractions that are better than it: Markhoff’s Haunted Forest in Dickerson, MD and Rich Farms’ Fright Farm in Smithfield, PA. These don’t get the publicity as some of the others on this list because they are both in the middle of nowhere.

    • Abbie

      Sometimes the middle of nowhere is way scarier than the more popular attractions!

    • Alice

      Markhoff’s is amazingly terrifying! I would suggest it to anyone who wanted a good thrill. 

  • Kate Sedgwick

    Great roundup, but this place is really fucking scary. We sneaked in there when I was younger, but now you’re allowed to go. It made my body hairs stand up. Something is definitely going on there.

  • Jim

    Well you can bowl along for a freak show for sheer scary entertainment,or you may be able to open your senses up to really experiencing spirits, and they’re all not out to frighten you. They may just want to communicate.
    There’s been one incident I wrote about here-

    And a sensing of spirits perhaps in Red Terror Martyrs Museum in Addis Ababa recently.

  • Pankaj Sahu

    Best Haunted House in usa.
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