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The Best Halloween Haunt Experiences

The best of Halloween attractions, scare venues, and haunted attractions, compiled by AEC's The Horror Company.
Most of the top U.S. Halloween attractions will operate in 2020.

The best halloween haunt experiences, we provide with this directory.  More than one hundred of the best scare venues in the U.S. and beyond, with website links, descriptions, and history.  And for 2020, a great many Halloween venue operators have created drive-through and largely contact-less attractions.   For those of us that like to know we will not be touched, there is that achievement for this year.

 

For 2020, AEC’s The Horror Company has surveyed top Halloween attractions in the U.S., and has found that most of those attractions commonly ranked among the top 100 will operate this season.   Our survey of such attractions outside the U.S. is now underway but it may be next season when our international directory is relatively complete.   We compile this listing by looking through online guest reviews and our own visits during the season.

 

It is interesting to watch the evolution (and history) of the Halloween haunt industry from “mom and pop” to the beginnings of a multi-concept operator model.  Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (Denver) is the largest of such MCO’s at this time and we expect others join in this transition.   Major consumer-facing facility operators are also big players in this industry, with theme parks, museums, zoos, and other such venues mounting major scare productions for the Halloween season.  The best halloween haunt experiences are now offered from by numerous experienced operators in most regions of the U.S., and many overseas.

A HORROR FAN’S GUIDE TO HALLOWEEN & HAUNTS
An artist's view of an immersive haunt experience destination, in ideation by AEC's The Horror Company.

AEC’s The Horror Company is continuing to monitor these top Halloween attractions and haunt destinations, so come back for our updates.

The Best Halloween Haunt Experiences – the Latest

AttractionDescriptionEstablishedState
Bodmin Jail Experience
Berrycoombe Road, Bodmin, U.K.
www.bodminjail.org
A major upgrade and investment is now underway.
Historic former prison ruins situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The prison was first established in 1779 and closed in 1927.
2016
Halloween Fright Nights at Walibi Holland
Spijkweg 30, Biddinghuizen
www.walibi.nl
2000
Toverland's Halloween Nights
Sevenum, The Netherlands
The amusement park offers an elaborate Halloween season overlay, with haunted houses and scare zones.
13th Floor Haunted House
2814 W. Bell Road. Phoenix
www.13thflooraz.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2011Arizona
Fear Farm
2209 N. 99th Avenue, Phoenix
www.fearfarm.com
Haunted houses, corn maze, and other attractions on 30 acres. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2000 eArizona
Nightfall at Old Tucson
201 S Kinney Road, Tucson
www.nightfallaz.com
Will not be offered in 2020. Themed production on the set of a former film studio famous for its Western films.
1990Arizona
All Saints Lunatic Asylum
22521 Shawnee Road, Apple Valley
www.allsaintsasylum.com
2011California
Drive-Thru Scream Zone: Road Kill
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
www.thescreamzone.com
At the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The longstanding Halloween event is offered in a drive-thru format for 2020.1998California
Fear Overload Scream Park
15555 E 14th Street, San Leandro
www.fearoverload.com
2009California
Haunt O'Ween
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills
www.hauntoweenla.com
A family-friendly drive-through. Produced by Experiential Supply Co.2020California
Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
Balboa Dr &, Juniper Road, San Diego
www.hauntedtrail.net
Will not operate in 2020. A mile-long trail specially themed for Halloween season.2000California
Hobb’s Grove
14265 E Goodfellow Avenue, Sanger
www.hobbsgrove.com
1999California
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Live Drive Up Experience
Bonelli Regional Park, 120 Via Verde Drive, San Dimas
www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com
Re-purposed as a drive-through experience. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2009California
Ranch of Horror
Turlock Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway, Turlock
www.ranchofhorror.com
2017California
Reign of Terror Haunted House
225 N Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks
www.rothauntedhouse.com
First established in 1999 as a yard haunt.1999California
Stranger Things - The Drive-Into Experience
Los Angeles, downtown
www.strangerthingsdriveinto.com
Designed by Secret Cinema (London). A drive-through attraction themed as 1985 Hawkins, from the "Stranger Things" series. The immersive event takes guests back to 1985 with a drive-in recreation of the show's Starcourt Mall, the Upside Down, and Russian labs.2020California
The Disturbance - The Haunted Hotel
1288 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego
www.hauntedhotel.com
Will not operate in 2020.California
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor
Long Beach
The Halloween overlay at the Queen Mary will not operate during the 2020 Halloween season. Produced by Epic Entertainment,California
Ultimate Terror Scream Park
4909 Auburn Blvd. #3, Sacramento
www.screamparkcalifornia.com
2008California
Unhinged at Winchester Mystery House
525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose
www.winchesterunhinged.com
An hour-long tour designed for the Halloween season.2019California
Urban Legends of Southern California
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
www.urbanlegendshaunt.com
2020California
13th Floor Haunted House
3400 E 52nd Ave, Denver
www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group. Denver was the producer's first unit.2008Colorado
City of the Dead Drive-in Haunted House
3400 E. 52nd Avenue, Denver
www.cityofthedeadhaunt.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2020Colorado
Haunted Field of Screams
10451 McKay Road, Thornton
www.hauntedfieldofscreams.com
Colorado’s largest Halloween “scream park.” The iconic 40-acre corn field scream park offers four contrasting interactive haunt experiences. Within the venue, there are two 5-minute escape rooms, haunted carnival games, photo stops, concessions, and beer sales.
2004Colorado
Terror in the Corn
6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie
www.terrorinthecorn.com
2001Colorado
Legends of Fear
2 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton
www.legendsoffear.com
1976Connecticut
Frightland
309 Port Penn Road, Middletown
www.frightland.com
1996Delaware
13th Floor Haunted House
9230 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville
www.13thfloorjacksonville.com
Situated in a 35,000 SF venue. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2018Florida
Chamber of Terror
SS American Victory, 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa
www.chamberofterrorfl.com
The attraction started in the backyard of a home in Tampa.2005Florida
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Florida
Universal Studios Florida is offering two haunted houses for 2020, an abbreviated version of their usual seasonal offering.

Initially established at Universal Studios Florida as "Fright Nights." Renamed "Universal Studios Florida Halloween Horror Nights," in 1992. The Hollywood version started a bit later and had a several-year hiatus.
1991Florida
Ominous Descent
2837 S. Frontage Road, Plant City
www.ominousdescent.com
2017Florida
The Haunted Road - Drive-Through Halloween Experience
15239 Lake Pickett Road, Orlando
www.thehauntedroad.com
2020Florida
Containment Haunted House
1320 Blairs Bridge Road, Lithia Springs (Atlanta)
www.containmenthauntedhouse.com
2015Georgia
Folklore Haunted House
5389 N. Main Street, Atlanta
www.folklorehauntedhouse.com
2012Georgia
Netherworld Haunted House
1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain
www.fearworld.com
1997Georgia
13th Floor Haunted House
1940 George Street, Melrose Park (Chicago)
www.13thfloorchicago.com
A 30,000 SF attraction. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2014Illinois
Dungeon of Doom
600 29th Street, Zion
www.dungeonofdoom.com
1997Illinois
Evil Intentions Haunted House
900 Grace Street, Elgin
www.eihaunt.com
2007Illinois
Midnight Terror Haunted House
5520 W. 111th Street, Oak Lawn
www.midnightterrorhauntedhouse.com
The attraction was Oak Lawn's first ever commercial haunted attraction.2014Illinois
Old Joliet Haunted Prison
1125 Collins Street, Joliet
www.hauntedprison.com
The Old Joliet Prison was built in 1858 and operated until 2002. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2021Illinois
Statesville Haunted Prison
17250 S. Weber Road, Lockport
Closed for 2020.1996Illinois
Columbia City Haunted Jail
116 E Market Street, Columbia City
www.columbiacityhauntedjail.com
The jail where the haunt is located was built in 1875.1991Indiana
Hanna Haunted Acres
7323 E. Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis
www.hannahauntedacres.com
Indiana
Hysterium Haunted Asylum
4410 Arden Drive, Ste H, Fort Wayne
www.hysterium.com
The attraction began its life as The Haunted Cave in 1998 and, after a change in ownership in 2013, it reemerged as Hysterium Haunted Asylum for the 2014 season.1998Indiana
The Haunted Hotel
3000 S. 4th Street, Louisville
www.hauntedhotelky.com
Kentucky
USS Nightmare
101B Riverboat Row, Newport
www.ussnightmare.com
Will not be open for Halloween 2020. The attraction is built up on an historic 288-foot steamboat, the William S. Mitchell.1993Kentucky
New Orleans Nightmare
319 Butterworth Street, Jefferson (New Orleans)
www.neworleansnightmare.com
A 25,000 SF attraction. Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2019Louisiana
The 13th Gate
832 St Philip Street, Baton Rouge
www.13thgate.com
2001Louisiana
Erebus Haunted Attraction
18 S Perry Street, Pontiac
www.hauntedpontiac.com
Situated within an abandoned four-story parking garage.2000Michigan
Haunted Attraction Association
2885 Sanford Ave SW #28015, Grandville
www.hauntedhouseassociation.org
Michigan
Hush Haunted Attractions
37550 Cherry Hill Road, Westland
www.hushhauntedattractions.com
2013Michigan
Niles Scream Park
855 Mayflower Road, Niles
www.haunted.org
Six major attractions on 44 acres. The attraction got its start as the Greater Niles Jaycees Haunted House.1974Michigan
Wiard's Orchards Night Terrors
5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
www.hauntedhousemichigan.com
Michigan
Creepyworld
1400 S. Old Highway 141, Fenton
www.creepyworld.com
America's biggest and longest haunted "screampark" with 13 different attractions in one location. Creepyworld features a haunted hayride, haunted house, graveyards, haunted hospitals, haunted prisons, haunted cornfields, and more.Missouri
The Darkness Saint Louis
1525 South 8th Street, St Louis
www.thedarkness.com
The Darkness has been rated by Horror industry experts as America's "best haunted house." 1993Missouri
Haunted Overload
20 Orchard Way, Lee
www.hauntedoverload.com
First established in creator Eric Lowther's front yard in 2001, as a charity event.2001New Hampshire
Bayville Scream Park
8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville (Long Island)
www.bayvillescreampark.com
A programming overlay at Bayville Adventure Park. The park is operated by Jekyll and Hyde Entertainment Group.New York
Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
778 Broadway, Route 9W, Ulster Park
www.headlesshorseman.com
The event includes a one-mile long themed hayride, corn maze, and eight haunted attractions, along with gift shops and food offerings.1992New York
Jekyll & Hyde’s Haunted Asylum
91 7th Avenue S., New York
www.jekyllandhydehauntedasylum.com
Operated by Eerie World Entertainment.New York
Pure Terror Scream Park
1010 NY-17M, Monroe
www.pureterror.com
Guinness World Record holder for the longest haunted house scream park in the world.2010New York
The Sagamore Resort
110 Sagamore Road, Bolton Landing
www.thesagamore.com
One of the well-known haunted hotels in the U.S.1883New York
Kersey Valley Spookywoods
1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale
www.spookywoods.com
The origin story for the attraction a dare between teenagers to enter a farmhouse in 1985.1985North Carolina
All Hallows Eve - Terror Town
1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg
www.allhallowsevellc.com
The attraction began as a halloween retail venue, and has grown into a 65 acre haunted theme park.2012Ohio
Factory of Terror
4125 Mahoning Road NE, Canton
www.fotohio.com
Situated in a 160,000 SF abandoned aluminum foundry, the Hercules Engines Plant.2001Ohio
Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory
1300 Triplett Blvd., Akron
www.hauntedschoolhouse.com
A repurposing of the former Thomastown Elementary School.1974Ohio
Hauntville Haunted House
Cleveland
www.elyriahauntedhouse.com
Includes five separate haunted attractions.2011Ohio
Spooky Ranch at Rockin'-R- Ranch
19066 E. River Road, Columbia Station
www.spookyranch.com
1975 eOhio
The Dent Schoolhouse
5963 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati
www.frightsite.com
The schoolhouse was originally constructed in 1894, and shuttered as a school facility in the 1950's.1991Ohio
Bates Motel and Bates Psycho Path
Arasapha Farm, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills
www.thebatesmotel.com
One of the top-rated U.S. Halloween attractions each year.1990 ePennsylvania
Field of Screams
191 College Avenue, Mountville
www.fieldofscreams.com
Offers four themed attractions.1993Pennsylvania
Reapers Revenge
460 Green Grove Road, Blakely
www.reapersrevenge.net
2008Pennsylvania
Terror Behind the Walls
Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
www.easternstate.org/halloween/
Terror Behind the Walls has been suspended for 2020 due to COVID-19. But, the facility is offering night tours at Eastern State Penitentiary through dark, abandoned cellblocks. Eastern State Penitentiary is a ruin which sat abandoned from 1971 until the early 1990's.1990Pennsylvania
Valley Of Fear
301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville-Trevose
www.valleyoffear.com
1989Pennsylvania
Dead Man's Farm Haunted Attraction
13100 W. Lee Highway, Philadelphia
www.deadmansfarm.com
2009Tennessee
Nashville Nightmare
1016 Madison Square, Madison (Nashville)
www.nashvillenightmare.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2011Tennessee
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern
1720 South Scenic Highway, Chattanooga
www.rubyfalls.com
2003Tennessee
13th Floor Haunted House
1203 E. Commerce Street, San Antonio
www.13thfloorsanantonio.com
The attraction is situated in a building built in 1905 which is said to actually be haunted by a spirit dubbed "Trece." Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.Texas
13th Floor Haunted House
7075 FM 1960 Road West, #20, Houston
www.13thfloorhouston.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2019Texas
Cutting Edge Haunted House
1701 E. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth
www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com
Situated in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant.1991Texas
House of Torment Haunted House
2632 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin
www.houseoftorment.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.2002Texas
Nightmare on 13th
320 W. 1300 S., Salt Lake City
www.nightmareon13th.com
Started out in 1990 as The Institute of Terror Haunted House.1990Utah
Terror on the Fox
2285 S Broadway, Green Bay
www.terroronthefox.com
Produced by Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group.1996Wisconsin
The Compound at the Wisconsin Fear Grounds
1000 Northview Road, Waukesha
www.wisconsinfeargrounds.com
First established in 2004, the attraction was formally shuttered in 2019. Now, its back for a new season in 2020, as "The Compound."2004Wisconsin
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