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10 Haunted Houses in the U.S. Perfect for This Halloween 2021

10 of the best haunted houses in the U.S. that would make for perfect spooky fun this Halloween 2021.

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than to experience a spooky haunted house!  Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of 10 of the best haunted houses in the U.S. that would make for perfect spooky fun this Halloween 2021. That is, if you dare.

What are the best haunted houses to visit in the U.S. this Halloween season?

Do you dare? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves as the clock ticks closer to October 31st. If you’re looking to scare yourself silly in celebration of Halloween, we have an idea for you: how about a Haunted House?

10 of the best haunted houses in the U.S. that would make for perfect spooky fun this Halloween 2021.

10 of the best haunted houses in the U.S. that would make for perfect spooky fun this Halloween 2021.

These experiences range from the fun and peculiar to the downright terrifying, so if you’re in the mood for a frightfully good time, you need to plan a trip to at least one of these this month.

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Here are ten of the best Haunted House experiences in the United States.

10 of the best haunted houses to experience in the United States

1. Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride (Pennsylvania)

We begin our list of the best haunted houses to visit this Halloween season in the U.S. with the O.G.

Voted the best Haunted House in America by CNN Travel, this Hitchcockian experience is going to haunt you for the rest of your life – and we mean that in a great way! You’ll follow along the Psycho Path trail walk, then check in at the infamous Bates Motel – which is filled with killer actors, special effects, and lighting, all designed to shock and scare.

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But the fun doesn’t stop there – before you run for home, summon your courage and find your way through the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail, then stick around for escape rooms, axe throwing, and zombie laser tag.

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2. Bayville Scream Park (New York)

Where can you find a funhouse, an asylum, a haunted mansion, monsters, and more, all in one location? Why, Bayville, New York, of course.

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With seven different attractions, Bayville Scream Park is not for the faint of heart – and in fact, is not recommended for children under 12.

3. Brighton Asylum (New Jersey)

Brighton Asylum becomes a lot scarier when you learn that the so-called “Bleeding Grounds” were… actually called that. 59 years after its initial closure, the Asylum returned as one of the world’s scariest haunted houses.

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As well as ghost tours, escape rooms, and axe throwing, the asylum and its original underground tunnels will offer you plenty to keep you occupied. And don’t forget to head back on the 31st for “Helloween.”

4. Dent Schoolhouse (Ohio)

Cincinnati’s Dent Schoolhouse is consistently chosen as one of the best haunted houses in America… and after you pay it a visit, you’ll see why. Explore the school, and learn the story of the murderous faculty that ran the place (yes, it’s based on a true story).

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And the terror doesn’t have to end on Halloween – Dent is open through the rest of the year, with a “dark” month in November (walk around with only a glow stick to light your way), and a special Christmas Nightmare in December.

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5. Hellsgate Haunted House (Illinois)

Hellsgate is more than a Haunted House – it’s an adventure. After parking at the Metra, one of the house’s shuttles will come to pick you up and drop you… somewhere in the woods. You see, the first part of the experience is finding your way to the mansion, which is buried somewhere in the woods. Scared yet?

If you make it all the way there, then you’ll have a house filled with secret passages to explore, as well as all the horrible monsters your heart desires. You’re not going to find a Haunted House experience that’s more fully immersive than this. And you know, they say it’s really haunted.

6. Nashville Nightmare (Tennessee)

Next up on our list of the perfect U.S. haunted houses to experience this year? You have no idea how many things there are to be afraid of – until you visit Nashville Nightmare. Their horrors span the imagination, including a haunted high school, a nuclear testing facility, and a terrifying take on the golden age of riverboats.

If the Legends of the Deep sound like something you’d enjoy confronting, then this is the Haunted experience for you.

7. Netherworld (Georgia)

Monsters, actors, and special effects help to make Netherworld what it is – which is, one of the scariest self-guided haunts in the US.  This place is a big proponent of classic horror, and so you can expect to find fears such as the “Netherspawn” which are trying to take over the house.

But it’s not all old-fashioned. There’s also a 3D experience, “Return to Planet X,” where your only mission is to escape – alive.

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8. Niles Scream Park (Michigan)

Even among the scariest of scary experiences, Niles Scream Park sets itself apart as one of the best haunted houses in the U.S. For one thing, it’s 44 acres – that’s a lot to be afraid of. For another, they rebuild every single one of their attractions every. single. year. This means that they are always a surprise, and always way more terrifying.

But of course, the House is a constant, and includes a dark and lonely path, a rickety bridge, and more rooms than you could ever explore in one visit. For 2021, they’ve promised clowns (“Big Top Terror”) and decrepit catacombs, as well as many other fresh nightmares – we can’t wait to see what they are!

9. The Sallie House (Kansas)

Do you want a scary experience that is a little more… real? Well, the Sallie House might be the place for you. Psychics have confirmed a spiritual presence in the house – and visitors have seen the unbelievable, including objects that move without being touched, mysterious coldness, and dogs who refuse to enter certain rooms in the house.

If you’d like, you’re welcome to spend a night in the house… but first you have to sign a waiver. But don’t worry, nothing bad has actually happened to anyone – since the last tenants in 1993.

10. Winchester Mystery House (California)

Do your scary interests veer less towards terrifying jump scares, and more towards the strange the unexplained? Do you want a haunted house that’s appropriate for children? Then we have to recommend the Winchester Mystery House, one of the best haunted houses in the U.S. right now.

This San Jose landmark was owned by Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, who bought the house after experiencing a great tragedy. Once eight rooms, the house continued to expand through the rest of Sarah’s life – it’s now 24,000 square feet, with 160 rooms. The reasons for its bizarre growth remain a mystery, but the house remains a wonderful oddity to explore. And yes, of course they make the most of Halloween itself, with a Jack O’Lantern trail and a paranormal performance. Don’t miss out.

10 of the best haunted houses to experience in the United States

That’s our take on 10 of the best haunted houses perfect to experience in the United States this Halloween season 2021. What do you think, dear reader? Are you up for a good Fright Night this year?

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

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