Things That Go Bump In The Night . . .

October offers countless wonderful tourist opportunities all the way to the very end of the month when on October 31st  many celebrate  Halloween; a holiday that conjurs up more than costume and candy sales, it also brings out the creepiest, scariest venues of all: haunted houses, which are also considered tourist attractions.

According to Haunted House Magazine, “The haunted house industry started back in the early 1970’s predominantly as charity attractions” . . . today “many people load up their vehicles, take off work for a week, and travel from city to city finding haunted houses throughout the nation that make their heart pound and the hair on the back of their neck rise.”

It’s seems appropriate then, that a blog on tourism related topics lists the number 1 haunted house as the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride.   It doesn’t hurt to have the  Pennhurst Asylum added to this haunted attraction in Philadlephia, PA.

Pennhurst Asylum, flickr image by john mallon iphoneography4

Along with number 1, our list includes:

  • The Darkness Haunted House the “world’s best 3D haunted house” in St. Louis, MO  
  • Baton Rouge, LA lays claim to the 13th Gate Haunted House where you dare to climb down 13 steps to an “open grave into dark underground catacombs” . . .
  • Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, New York, considered “the ultimate haunting” . . .

Coming in at number 5 is “the legendary Netherworld Haunted House with “terrifying live actors and special effects and monstors” located in Atlanta, GA.  “Netherworld Haunted House offers an over-the-top production” that has been featured on the Travel Channel, Today Show and was even used as a filming location for the movie Zombieland.

Head West for these offerings:

  • Cutting Edge Haunted House in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas is the perfect setting for “a gruesome haunting,” and also holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest haunted house in the world.
  • Phoneix, AZ features the 13th Floor Haunted House a “60,000 square foot onslaught of terror and insanity.”
  • House of Torment Haunted Houses is considered one of the most innovative haunted houses in the country.

For our 9th offering we travel to Pontiac, Michigan where for more than 30 years Erebus 4 Story Haunted Attraction has its own unique scare that will “grab you, bite you, and even land on top of you,” while at number 10, we venture once again into an asylum, originally known as Gordon Cottingham’s Hospital (in Denver, CO) for the criminlly insane.  Do you dare board the haunted elevator of the Asylum Haunted House, 13th Floor

For more information on these and other Haunted attractions, check out

Bloggers note: Not only are there many more haunted houses and venues throughout the country, but what about cities?  In 2003, the American Institute of Paranormal Psychology named Savannah, Georgia America’s most haunted city.    So, it appears one does not need to wait for October 31st to get your scare.

You can even find hotel packages including these creepy attractions,  or at the end of your exhausting fright, if you’re just searching for a good night’s sleep, log onto

In the meanwhile, may we wish you a Happy Halloween!


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