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
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.
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.
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…
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.]
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Carlo is a Managing Editor at Matador and co-founder of Confronting Love. He blogs about travel, life, and creativity at Vagabonderz.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter. He lives in Nelson, British Columbia.
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