Top 10 Haunted House Vacations

If you love the scary, the spooky, the unworldly and the downright terrifying, here are the top 10 haunted house vacations that could make your next holiday the best one ever. Whether you long for a big city adventure or a down home country escape, there are haunted houses on every corner of the earth and here are 10 of the best.

  1. Philadelphia, PA

    The Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride, Philadelphia
    Scare Factor: 10
    Don't Miss: The 25-minute and truly terrifying hayride through the creepy and overgrown 200-year-old forest.

    The movie Psycho may have been shot on the Universal sound stage; but here in Philadelphia, the Bates Motel is still making people scream with its new drive-through slaughterhouse complete with animated props and terrifying sound. This attraction has been chosen as the best haunted house in America by HauntWorld Magazine. For an extra scare, head to the nearby Pennhurst Asylum Haunted Attraction, set in a century-old abandoned mental institution. You can explore the Dungeon of Lost Souls, which are the dusty old cells where the institute used to perform human experiments.

  2. Austin, TX

    House of Torment Haunted House, Austin
    Scare Factor: 10
    Don't Miss: The DarkStalkers Tour, where your group is given one glow stick and tours 10,000 feet of complete darkness, where monsters roam freely. It’s so scary you have to sign a waiver, and you have to be older than 13.

    This terrifying haunted house is often described as one of the most innovative in the country, with two attractions: The Cursed and The Reckoning. The Cursed takes you to Cursed Island, where savage zombie pirates are consumed by an ancient evil that lurks in the dark caverns and dense jungle. The Reckoning takes you through a post-apocalyptic city, devastated by alien invasion and disease. Book a not-so-scary Austin rental for your visit.

  3. Ulster Park, NY

    Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses, Ulster Park, NY
    Scare Factor: 8
    Don't Miss: The one-mile hayride, consistently voted one of the top 10 scariest hayrides in the country by countless media outlets.

    Who hasn’t been terrified by the tale of the Headless Horseman? Set in the Hudson Valley, where the story of the Headless Horseman is said to have taken place, one of the top 10 haunted house vacations is here at the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses. Imagine how it feels to walk in the footsteps of Ichabod Crane and hear the thundering hooves of the galloping horseman coming to claim your head. Set on 45 acres of land, there are six haunted houses to explore, a terrifying hayride and a massive corn maze.

  4. Atlanta, GA

    Netherworld Haunted House
    Scare Factor: 8
    Don't Miss: There are two exhibits. Don’t skip the second, shorter exhibit; it has different themes every year and it is always terrifying.

    The Netherworld Haunted House was put together by movie and television professions, and it features incredible special effects and terrifying, live actors. Every year, it has a new theme and new exhibits, and is famous for its originality, which makes it perfect for repeat visits to Atlanta.

  5. Near Baton Rouge, LA

    The Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA
    Scare Factor: 7
    Don't Miss: The Friday and Saturday evening Mystery Tours at 6pm, 7pm or 8pm, where you can look for ghosts yourself in the twilight.

    Near Baton Rouge, the Myrtles Plantation is one of the most haunted of American houses. There are stories of ten murders that took place here and twelve ghosts who haunt the 18th century plantation home. The most famous and most frequently spotted ghosts here are Chloe, a poor slave girl, and the ghosts of the two children she is said to have murdered.

  6. Philadelphia, PA

    Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia
    Scare Factor: 7
    Don't Miss: The After Dark VIP Tour, where you tour the cells and Death Row by flashlight. Eastern State was one of the first penitentiaries in the world, and today it has been described as one of the most evil places in America.

    Al Capone was a prisoner here, as was bank robber Slick Willie Sutton. You can explore the abandoned exercise yards, solitary punishment cells, Death Row, and of course, Capone’s cell.

  7. Louisville, KY

    The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville
    Scare Factor: 6
    Don't Miss: Go for the full eight-hour overnight ghost hunt, where you use the latest ghost hunting technology to contact the spirits.

    The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky was once a turn-of-the-century hospital for people with tuberculosis. Today, it is one of the top 10 haunted house vacations and the most haunted hospital in the U.S. Screams can be heard in the halls, cold spots are reported all over the building, and shadow people can be seen wandering the halls. There are stories that 100,000 deaths happened here at the Sanatorium; however, it’s probably closer to 10,000. Make sure to stop by Room 502, which is haunted by the ghost of a nurse.

  8. London, UK

    The Tower of London
    Scare Factor: 6
    Don't Miss: The Escape from the Tower App that lets anyone with an iPhone or iPod Touch meet real life prisoners from the Tower and help them escape. It’s fun for kids as they can play as they tour and even win prizes.

    On the banks of the River Thames, the Tower of London was once one of the most feared and brutal prisons in the world, and home to some of the world’s most famous prisoners. In 1536, Anne Boleyn was ordered executed on the Tower Green by her husband, King Henry VIII. Today, her ghost is sometimes spotted, with her head in hand as she walks through the Tower’s chapel. She is buried underneath the floor there, along with the bones of hundreds of other people.

  9. Long Beach, CA

    The Queen Mary
    Scare Factor: 5
    Don't Miss: The specialized evening guided tours. You can choose a two-hour séance with a psychic paranormal investigator, a two-hour paranormal spirit walk, or a dinner and paranormal tour.

    The RMS Queen Mary was once a ship sailing the North Atlantic for the famous White Star Line. In 1967, the city of Long Beach bought it and transformed it into a hotel. Today, you can take tours of every creepy corner of the ship, and there are specialized paranormal tours offered at night. Visitors to the Queen Mary have reported ghosts of children near the ship’s pool, the sound of knocking, and the famous “Lady in White,” who haunts the front desk.

  10. Edinburgh, UK

    Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh
    Scare Factor: 5
    Don't Miss: The Audio Tour offers a complete guide of the castle’s 5,000 years of history and all its spooky ghost stories.

    The gorgeous castle on the hill in the heart of Scotland’s most beautiful city is also said to be one of the most haunted spots in the U.K. Twenty-one pirates who sailed with Black Bart Roberts were hanged here, and the castle is home to pit prisons, children’s bones discovered in walls and a dog cemetery. Castle visitors have reported sighting the ghosts of a piper, a headless drummer, prisoners and a dog.

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