Best Haunted Houses In America

As reported on the Reader’s Digest Steve Kopelman, a 27-year haunted house veteran and owner of, shared his top list of spooky residences across the USA.

Haunted Penitentiary

Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Built as a haunted house inside a state prison, this lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers stands behind the Eastern State Penitentiary’s massive 30-foot high walls. This is home to Terror Behind the Walls, ranked the “Number 1 Haunted House in the U.S.” by AOL City Guide, and labelled “perfect for Halloween” by the New York Times.

Haunted Attraction

Haunting On the Hill (Patterson, New York)

A local favourite, this emotional rollercoaster takes you through a hayride and haunted village of unique and never-seen-before scares. In its seventh year, the Haunting on the Hill offers a hayride, a general store, a schoolhouse and even a creepy hotel. Well known for its Bones of Jones attraction, actors strive to terrorize every visitor.

Scary Attraction

Thrillvania (Terrell, Texas)

Located 20 miles east of Dallas, Thrillvania is one of the most decorated haunted attractions in the world. Spread out over 50 acres featuring eight attractions, Thrillvania frightens more than 20,000 visitors a year. The cornerstone of this fear farm is Verdun Manor, a two-story haunted house originally designed by Disney Imagineers and said to boast more props per square foot than any other haunted house in the country.

Terror House

Woods of Terror (Greensboro, North Carolina)

What began as a mere haunted trail 19 years ago is now one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the country. Some 20,000 visitors a year pay to roam 20 acres of pure terror while seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush: fear.

Haunted House Attraction

The Terrorfest (Columbus, Ohio)

Formerly the critically-acclaimed “House of Nightmares” haunted house, the Terrorfest has undergone a fear facelift. With a new terror-filled theme, diabolically-detailed sets, state of the art effects and a core of more than 60 dedicated actors, this attraction brings haunting to a new level.


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