Top Ten Haunted Houses in the USA

Here are the top ten haunted houses in the United States. These are haunted houses where you pay to be scared. They are famous houses, mansion, and motels where Halloween Haunted Houses have been held for many years. The effects and the experiences of these places have improved every year so they are very popular - plan ahead to attend.

If you like being scared then these attractions are for you. From the famous Bates Motel in Philly to the Headless Horseman in New York and of course The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge which is the most haunted house in the USA. Visit their websites to learn more. We can say from experience that it is worth the drive to visit a professionally designed haunted house of this caliber. It's an experience you'll never forget.

1. The 13th Gate -  Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The 13th Gate is the ultimate haunted house! Journey through 13 very frightening themed indoor and  outdoor areas where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen.  From crawling thought a Crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark underground tunnels or even finding yourself standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes, this 40,000 square foot haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart.

During the off-season, the haunt employs a year-round movie industry construction crew, which includes award-winning Scenic Artists, Set Carpenters, Lighting and Sound Technicians, and Special Effects Artists. Many of these crewmembers have an extensive portfolio of Hollywood movies that they have been involved in and it is their artistic talents that have set The 13th Gate apart from most Haunted Attractions.

During the Halloween season, over 100 professional actors, 12 special effects makeup and airbrush artists and several costume specialist work together to bring the terrifying show to life each night. Whether you are a fan of horror movies or Halloween, love to be terrified out of your wits, or just enjoy the detail of a highly interactive one-of-a-kind haunted house, the 13th Gate has something for everyone.
Netherworld - Atlanta, Georgia
NETHERWORLD Haunted House, Atlanta's Ultimate Haunted House, is not only one of the scariest haunted houses in Georgia and the Southeast, but one of the Top Haunted Houses in the Nation. For 12 years this intense, cutting edge, multi story, multi attraction haunted event has thrilled and terrified visitors…regularly garnering national attention from the likes of CNN, AOL, the Wall Street Journal, and Hauntworld Magazine. Created by film and television professionals, NETHERWORLD is also notable for its custom movie quality special effects, amazing actors, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets.
The Darkness -  St. Louis, Missouri 
The Darkness goes beyond your imagination…An attraction so unbelievable it has won awards and accolades WORLDWIDE. Now in its 15th YEAR OF FEAR, we've gone over the edge with the biggest and scariest renovation we've ever undertaken. The new Darkness will feature scenes where the floor moves under your feet, screams come from above you, below you, and all around you. Fear surrounds The Darkness!
4. Haunted Overload, New Hampshire 
Haunted Overload is simply one of the most creative and unique haunted attractions in New England.  Now located on the 78 acre Coppal House Farm on Route 155 in Lee NH. The show was voted one of the top 13 haunted attractions in the country when it  was still a charity home haunt in Exeter NH.
Focusing on quality, we are committed to giving the customer the ultimate Halloween experience at an affordable price.  Nowhere else can you see huge monsters looming over the crowd, some as tall as 34 feet.  The authentic farm location provides the perfect backdrop for the hundreds of lighted pumpkins and movie quality sets.  Most of the one of a kind props are designed and created by founder Eric Lowther.

Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, New York  
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is located in Ulster Park, NY, part of the Historic Haunted Hudson Valley. The property incorporates over forty-five acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. It has been Named #1 Hayride in America by American Airlines Magazine, as well as #1 Haunted Attraction in the country by Haunt World Magazine, also receiving top ten national rankings from CNBC and AOL. Headless Horseman is a theatrical experience like no other!
House of Torment, Austin, Texas 
Even though I told myself I was going take more time to appreciate the great (though gruesome) scenery, I found myself caught up in the moment and rushing to get away from the house inhabitants. The House of Torment continues to excite, thrill, gross out, creep out, and scare the britches off visitors again this year with its gruesome sets and threatening monsters. 
Bates Motel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Don't forget to check in to the Bates Motel for the most incredible display of terror and mayhem this side of Hollywood. Filled with high-tech special effects, digital sound track, and computerized lighting. The Bates Motel takes Halloween to the next level of horror… up close and personal! The Bates Motel is a no holds barred, high action, haunted house not intended for children under 8 or people with heart conditions. With incredible detail, and stellar acting, the Bates Motel is one of the best haunted houses in America.
Spookywoods - Kersey Valley, North Carolina
Come see why Spookywoods is NC's Ultimate Haunted attraction since 1985.  Incredible costumes and detailed facades are throughout the attraction created by Mark Goodson, the amazingly talented former artist from Universal Studios FL.  The Last Ride Simulator, Ghost Town Shops, huge movie screen and concessions in the all new Midway Boardwalk. New for 2008 our DJ above the crowd in the Crows Nest and the Chilling Magic of Jonathan Frost.  This is no boring walk through the same old sets you have seen for years like at other horror shows.
Dead Acres - Columbus, Ohio 
Dead Acres makes no claims to be your parents haunted house. They are a complete Gen X experience with the fear level ramping up on a yearly basis. They quite explicitly ask on their home page to leave the children behind as the experience is much to intense for young minds. They have opened a completely new Hospital wing with some of the most cruel doctors to ever curse the medical field. Malpractice is their mantra, pain is their payment. The sound of bones breaking echo through the halls. Fall ill here and all is lost. This, and so many more new sinister sights to be seen have been crammed into our haunted halls. Things you must see to believe.

Cutting Edge - Dallas, Texas 
Come out to Cutting Edge Haunted House, the world's largest haunted house and be scared out of your mind and walk away with some great haunted house ideas of your own! Cutting Edge is located in a 235,000 square foot warehouse built in the late 1920's. This isn't a virtual haunted house with silly haunted house games or the house on haunted hill! This is a real halloween haunted house . . . you'll be scared out of your mind. You'll see scary haunted house props, spooky ghosts, frightening haunted decorations, strobe lights, fog and monsters that will leave real haunted pictures in your mind that will haunt your dreams.