HauntWorld, a premier Halloween event directory website, announced its Top 13 list of haunted attractions in the U.S. According to a press release from HauntWorld, these top attractions are "among the top entertainment attractions in the country, cost over $1 million to construct and are expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue."
So how will they spend that money in creating better scares for attendees? To visitors, the listed haunts are utilizing "advanced pyrotechnics, explosions and animatronics." Also, the old is new again, said HauntWorld owner Larry Kirchner.
"We’re seeing an interesting theme this year with haunted houses as they look to bring in these visitors – a lot of old-fashioned creepy themes are making a comeback, with a resurgence in scary clowns, old schoolhouses and haunted motels."
So where are the best haunted houses? The 13th Floor in Denver, Colo., supposedly gets top honors, but big states Pennsylvania and Texas both appear twice on the list, so maybe those are the scariest places to visit. Check out the list after the jump, and visit HauntWorld to also see Halloween lists dedicated to the country’s best haunted theme parks, Best Haunted Hayrides, Haunted House Industry Top 10, Best Actors, Best Year Round Haunted Attractions, Most Unique Haunted Attractions and Best Non-Profit Haunted Houses.
Which of the following have you been to, and what do you think is missing from the list?
1) 13th Floor, Denver, CO
2) Bates Motel, Philadelphia, PA
3) Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, NY
4) Cutting Edge, Dallas, TX
5) Netherworld, Atlanta, GA
6) 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, LA
7) Field of Screams PA, Lancaster, PA
8) The Darkness, St. Louis, MO
9) House of Torment, Austin, TX
10) Erebus, Pontiac, MI
11) Dent Schoolhouse, Cincinnati, OH
12) Spookywoods, High Point, NC
13) Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston, TX