While some people revel in the candy and the cute costumes, others just can’t celebrate Halloween without being scared out of their skin. For those who need a bit of adrenaline in their Halloween experience, these haunted houses are for you! They’ve been rated some of the best, most terrifying attractions in the United States, and will prey on every little fear you’ve ever had. Most are only open to adults, and some even insist on participants going in alone. Many of them even require a safe word.
If you thrive on fear and live to be freaked out, check these haunted house attractions out!
Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres – Pataskala, Ohio
This haunted house, which can be found in Pataskala, Ohio, is known for freaking out audiences with its on-point soundtrack, stellar actors, and envelope-pushing content. Audience members can expect to be manhandled by actors, which makes it a truly immersive experience. Expect long lines (up to two hours at peak times), but you won’t be disappointed!
Erebus – Pontiac, Michigan
Apparently, Michigan is known world-wide as the Haunted House Capitol of the world — who knew! This makes competition within the state fierce, but Erebus lives up to these expectations and more.
Erebus is a half-mile of terrifying, soul-disturbing haunted house that plays on various fears with areas like the Dungeon of Dread and the Undead Dolls Quarter. So far, over 7,000 people have chickened out halfway through the attraction.
Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshire
Haunted Overload is set in a forest deep in New Hampshire, and is known far and wide for its innovative design. Patrons walk through the forest path and along the way, their senses are assaulted by the handmade terrors that populate the forest.
In 2014, Haunted Overload won ABC’s Great Annual Fright Fest, which came with a prize of $50,000.