Anne Erickson

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‘Tis the season for haunted houses in America. I love the spooky season, even though I’m more of a spring girl. I actually wish Halloween fell in the spring. But, fall is a good time for all things haunted. America has some incredible haunted attractions. As it turns out, Michigan has one of the top haunted houses in America.

What’s neat about haunted houses is that they are popular across American, not just in one part of the country. In a sense, a love for Halloween and spooky things brings Americans together. Often, folks overseas haven’t celebrated Halloween much until recently, though. In fact, I was shocked to learn that my friends in Europe have never heard of or tried candy corn. What’s wrong with this world?

Even though Europeans may not be as familiar with Halloween, or at least the Europeans I know, it’s worth noting that Borley Rectory, in England, was widely considered the most haunted house in the world. “This particular rectory was built on the same site as a Cistercian priory perhaps several hundred years older in what is now Borley, Essex, United Kingdom,” according to Is it still haunted today? Who really knows, right?

When it comes to haunted houses in America, different outlets have their favorite picks. I’ve decided to do some research and pick five must-see haunted attractions across the U.S. that I think you should visit this year. I picked a selection of haunted attractions geographically across the country, so hopefully you live near one. I would love to visit all of these at some point, but truth be told, I’m easily scared, so maybe I’m best to try kiddie haunted houses. Reach out to me with your favorite haunted houses and attractions across America here. Have a great haunting season.

Top Haunted Houses in America

  • Pennhurst Asylum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Pennhurst Asylum is a super scary haunted house in America. It an institute for the mentally and physically disabled back to 1908. It closed in 1987, and today, it’s a famed haunted house that draws people from all over the state and beyond.

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  • Netherworld Haunted House - Atlanta, Georgia

    Netherworld is known around the country as being a super popular haunted house in Atlanta. It’s extra scary, offering special effects, live actors, lots of blood and gore and more. Not for the faint!

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  • Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park - Dade City, Florida

    Scream-A-Geddon Horror Park offers six attractions that are perfect for the spooky season. You can even add on Zombie Paintball, in addition to all the typical thrills and chills. This one can be fun for the whole family. Just do your research on the attractions before you go.

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  • Erebus Haunted Attraction - Pontiac, Michigan

    Everyone in Michigan knows about Erebus Haunted Attraction. It’s the biggest haunted attraction in the state and one of the biggest in the country. Detroit folks, especially, flock to this spot, as do people from Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and beyond.

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  • Asylum and Hotel Fear - Las Vegas, Nevada

    The Asylum and Hotel Fear is a very popular and terrifying haunted house duo in Las Vegas. It’s a favorite for Las Vegas tourists and natives, too. Get ready to get your scare on.

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