There are thousands of haunted attractions operating in the world currently. But, most of the attractions fail to scare the extreme haunted house fans. These 15 haunted house attractions promise to make your worst nightmares come true. These haunt experiences are interactive, over the top, and so not for the faint-hearted.
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Where: Atlanta, GA
This self-guided walk through the haunted house allowing only 6 souls at a time, requires the participants to hold onto a rope for the entire duration of this creepy seasonal journey. The haunting experience starts even before entering, as some of the creatures often escape the building and roam the parking lot in search of their next victims. With a hundred terrifying live actors, amazing special effects, unique themes and extremely detailed sets, Netherland is so not for the weak-hearted.
2. Erebus Haunted Mansion
Where: Pontiac, MI
Inside this bordering-on-extreme, spine-chilling haunt, visitors experience intense audio, lighting, extreme low visibility, strobe lights, fog, damp or wet conditions, moving floors, special effects, sudden actions and an overall physically demanding environment. With state of the art Hollywood special effects, things will bite you, grab you, and even bury you alive!
3. Mckamey Manor
Where: San Diego, CA
In this ultimate nerve-wracking experience, background and health checks are required for all participants, and it is for adults only. A 20-plus page waiver is required to be signed by all participants. The waiver gives staff permission to shave participants bald, subjecting them to potential bruising and broken fingers, exposing them to extreme temperatures, being bound and gagged, possible needle injections and tooth-pulling. Some participants have even had their heads forced into a cage of snakes. Others are dunked into icy water, gagged, bound, have spiders or rats placed on them or even made to eat their own vomit.
4. Bennett’s Curse
Where: Baltimore, MD
Bennett’s Curse is a totally immersive and interactive experience for the guests, with creative theming, painstaking execution, great scares and featuring talented and aggressive actors which will do anything to make you scream.
5. Statesville Haunted Prison
Where: Crest Hill, IL
In this creepy yet terrifying experience, you will be forced to find your way through 23 maximum security cells and come eye to eye with over 100 criminals that were too evil to die. Prisons are naturally daunting places, will you be able to escape this one?
6. 13th Floor
Where: Denver, CO
In most buildings, the 13th floor does not exist. But, this sinister journey to the 13th floor will prove all your nightmares true and plunge you down into the depths of your most dreaded fears and leave you shivering in terror once it’s over.
7. Pennhurst Asylum
Where: Spring City, PA
At this mental asylum turned haunted house, Expect to see live lobotomies and lots of shock therapy and a basement that will have most guests screaming for their lives. The attraction is set up in such a way that guests’ screams get heard by those on the outside, frightening the guests even before they walk through the front door.
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8. Freakling Bros: Gates of Hell
Where: Las Vegas, NV
In this hair-chilling haunt experience, guests aren’t spectators. All participants must be over 18 and may experience simulated criminal sexual behaviour and harassment, verbal abuse, humiliation, and extreme language. This is one of those attractions where guests get touched. At one point, someone in the group gets attacked and dragged down a hallway, while another gets subjected to electrical shocks. There’s a clown who breathes fire and likes to bite guests’ ears.
9. The 13th Gate
Where: Baton Rouge, LA
The 13th Gate makes your worst nightmares come true. Participants undergo a variety of haunting experiences including crawling through a crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark underground tunnels or even finding themselves standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes.
10. The Dent Schoolhouse
Where: Cincinnati, OH
The Dent Schoolhouse happens in an authentic, old school building with quite a horrific past. Rumour has it that, the janitor started kidnapping the students and keeping them in his basement, never to be found again. With a unique schoolhouse theme, movie-quality scenes and a vast supply of high-end props and animatronics, this field trip is sure to make you jump in fright.
11. Lost Souls Alley
An interactive haunted attraction with elements of an escape room game, Lost Souls Alley takes you on a frightening journey through a creepy ramshackle apartment full of blood-spattered beds, hacked-off limbs, moaning invalids and reaching hands, some of which are armed with stun guns. Participants are required to choose a ‘pain level’, determining how much touching they are comfortable with.
12. Labyrinth of Fear
This haunted hospital themed attraction will scare you out of your wits. Visitors find their way through the corridors of an ultra-creepy abandoned hospital while trying to avoid its “patients”. There are numerous dead bodies that shake the viewer, moaning coming from nowhere, and the smell of disinfectant remaining in the hospital which makes the experience seem real.
Where: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles
At Blackout, visitors actually sign a waiver and pay to be abused, physically and mentally tortured, and sexually assaulted. Expect to experience sensory deprivation, complete darkness, full physical contact, simulated rape, nudity, and blood.
14. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres
Where: Pataskala, Ohio
This haunted house boasts a “full-feature sensory assault” and visitors experience their own personal horror show. Expect to be touched, grabbed by the throat, and dragged. Participants are exposed to the risk of physical and emotional injury.
15. Cutting edge
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant, Cutting Edge is a multi-story, multi-themed haunted house with an hour-long walk through; a dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters.