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5 Must-Visit Attractions for National Haunted House Day

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | October 12, 2016

5 Must-Visit Attractions for National Haunted House Day

 PHOTO: Philadelphia's Terror Behind the Walls should absolutely be atop horror fans' list this fall. (Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary) 

Halloween is fast-approaching and no attraction is better suited to get travelers in the spirit than a haunted house. 

"This is the best time of year in my opinion," said Haunted Attraction Association president John Eslich in a statement. "Our members have worked hard to elevate the guest experience and with the introduction of new elements like virtual reality and blackout experiences at a number of attractions, I think people will feel emotions they’ve never felt before."

With countless haunted attractions already open across the U.S. and Friday marking National Haunted House Day, now is the time to scare and be scared.

Wondering where to go for the most terrifying experiences this fall? 

Here are five must-visit haunted attractions in celebration of National Haunted House Day and the upcoming Halloween holiday.

Fortress of Nightmares

PHOTO: The 'Tunnels of Terror' interactive maze is one of the many highlights of New England's Fortress of Nightmares. (Photo courtesy of Fortress of Nightmares) 

Where: Newport, Rhode Island

Located inside of North America's largest coastal fortification in Fort Adams, Rhode Island's Fortress of Nightmares is open to visitors to New England during the last two weekends of October and boasts four different haunted attractions for 2016, including an interactive maze in the fort's tunnels.

In addition to "Tunnels of Terror," the fortress is home to a 3D haunted maze, zombie themed laser tag where players will have to outlast the undead or risk joining them and a paranormal exhibit for ghost fans.

Hobb's Grove

Where: Sanger, California

Just east of Fresno, California is where travelers will find Hobb's Grove. The popular fall attraction features a trio of haunts, including a forest, house and hayride.

The forest promises to get your heart racing as you make your way down a dark trail, while the the Hobb's Grove Haunted House will test your courage. Here, visitors will be met by the "unruly occupants of The Hobb Family Home."

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If you've missed out so far, don't worry, there are still a dozen more dates to visit Hobb's Grove now through the end of October, including a special Halloween party on Oct. 29.

Wisconsin Fear Grounds

PHOTO: Wisconsin Fear Grounds was ranked the No. 1 haunted house in the country by Haunted Attraction Magazine. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Fear Grounds) 

Where: Waukesha, Wisconsin

The haunted houses at Wisconsin Fear Grounds outside of Milwaukee are a must this time of year for travelers exploring the Midwest. Some of the destination's newest attractions include "Twisted" and "Zaszu." 

The former is a haunted house described as "just wrong and the one place where you will lose all touch with reality," while the latter is an escape room where participants will have five minutes to make their way out before Zaszu consumes their soul.

Meanwhile, Morgan Manor returns for its 13th year along with the surrender rule for guests who get too scared.

The 13th Gate

Where: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge's 13th Gate is easily one of the top haunted houses in America thanks to its tremendous detail, which includes a real snake-infested swamp.

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Comprised of 13 different realms, this attraction boasts something scary to suit every kind of taste. Covering a whopping 40,000 square feet, the 13th Gate experience is enhanced by more than 160 professional actors working with award-winning special effects makeup artists.

Terror Behind the Walls

PHOTO: Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside Philadelphia's historic Eastern State Penitentiary. (Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary) 

Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Few settings are as scary on their own as a prison. And Terror Behind the Walls takes place inside of Eastern State Penitentiary, a former prison in Philadelphia.

Six haunted attractions highlight this creepy destination and in 2016 visitors are invited to complete The Hex Challenge, which will require them to explore half of a dozen secret rooms hidden throughout the attractions.

Not easily scared? Check out "Detritus," which will take guests through a pitch black cellblock dating back to the 19th century.


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