Best haunted houses in the country

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Looking for a scare this October? Don’t miss these haunted houses and attractions across the country.

Halloween is big business. The commerce of Halloween in the U.S. should exceed $10 billion during the 2017 season, according to, the industry’s leading website. That’s a lot of candy, costumes, decorations and tickets to haunted attractions.

One of the largest growth areas in the Halloween trade is the explosion in number and quality of commercial haunted house attractions, haunted farms, corn mazes, hayrides and other spooky venues. More than $1 billion of the $10 billion spending on Halloween is attributed to ticket purchases at themed haunted sites.

“Visiting a haunted attraction is now the single most popular way to celebrate the holiday,” says Larry Kirchner, founder of, which directs consumers to find and review Halloween attractions around the globe. The site provides locations and information about all major haunts, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides.

Haunted attractions strive to make guests feel like they’re experiencing a real-life horror movie, some going so far as to use computer animation, giant monsters and even virtual reality to provide scares guests enjoy. Many haunts now feature new attractions, such as zombie paintball, zombie laser tag, corn mazes, haunted hayrides and escape rooms.

This season, families have many options. Haunted houses have become more realistic, but at the same time, more family-friendly to appeal to larger crowds. So, what is the best way for your family to experience the Halloween haunt craze? Those with teenagers should seek out the scariest haunted house near them. Families with younger children should head to local farms.

Professional Halloween attractions are now often based at family farms, which typically offer traditional pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides to appeal to younger guests. However, many of these farms transform into spooky attractions by night, featuring actors portraying frightening characters, creepy lighting and elaborate décor to provide fear-based fun. You can find the best haunted attraction for your family by visiting

According to, these attractions are rated as 2017’s scariest in the U.S.

Netherworld – Atlanta


Haunted Overload – Lee, N.H.


Nashville Nightmare – Nashville, Tenn.


Bennett’s Curse – Baltimore

The Darkness – St. Louis


Field of Screams – Mountville, Pa.


Factory of Terror – Canton, Ohio


Nightmare on 13th – Salt Lake City


USS Nightmare – Newport, Ky.


The complete list of the “Best of” scary to not-so-scary attractions is available at:

There are many ways to give your family an age-appropriate scare this season, no matter where you live.


My wit is my power. Writing is my life. I'm from this often stereotyped place called Mississippi. I like green eggs with my ham and pancakes without bacon. I enjoy cups of green tea and James Patterson books. I'm ultimately here to share my gift. The rest is still unwritten.

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