October 23, 2009 / 3:45 AM / 8 years ago

Top 13 most scary U.S. haunted attractions

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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - If a terrifying rollercoaster or scary movie doesn't get you screaming, try one of the growing numbers of haunted attractions emerging across the United States this Halloween.

Hauntworld Magazine (www.hauntworld.com) has come up with a list of the 13 most scary haunted attractions in the United States, each of which cost up to $1 million to build and use trained actors and the latest technology to terrify people.

Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. 13th Gate Haunted House, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rated as the best haunted house in America two years due to its detail. Journey through 13 indoor and outdoor themes to face your nightmare, be it crawling through a crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark tunnels or standing on a rickety bridge over live snakes. (www.midnightproduction.com)

2. Netherworld Haunted House, Atlanta, Georgia

Netherworld is one of the few haunted houses that dedicate an army of monsters to scare patrons while they wait in line and hundreds more waiting for you to enter the door. In two haunts, Blood Night and Zombie Rampage, you escape tree demons, vampires, and eyeless blood drinking hemophores. (www.fearworld.com)

3. The Beast, Kansas City, Missouri

One of the biggest indoor haunted attractions, The Beast spans five floors. Set up in 1991, Kansas City's most elaborate haunted house has a werewolf forest, streets of Jack the Ripper's London and the swamp. (www.kcbeast.com)

4. The Darkness Haunted House, St. Louis, Missouri

The Darkness, now in its 15th year, features three haunted attractions including Terror Visions in 3D. Enter a forbidden city of the dead to encounter a massive minotaur and T-Rex, then come face-to-face with head hunting savages, massive monsters, and attacking snakes. (www.scarefest.com)

5. House of Torment, Austin, Texas

This Halloween witness the rise of the abomination at the House Of Torment that uses Hollywood quality set design, lighting and sound to get you jumping. (www.houseoftorment.com)

6. Dent Schoolhouse, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Dent Schoolhouse features story telling, horrific set design, and amazing fright inside one of the creepiest buildings for a haunted house. (www.frightsite.com)

7. Bates Motel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bates Motel is quite well known for its haunted hayride featuring the most amazing pyrotechnics ever included in a haunt. (www.thebatesmotel.com)

8. Haunted Schoolhouse, Akron, Ohio

The Haunted Schoolhouse and Lab is the oldest running haunted house in America dating back over 30 years. It features five floors of sheer terror and offers some of the best set design. (www.hshlab.com)

9. Bayville Screampark, Long Island, New York

Bayville Screampark features the best outdoor facade of any haunted house designed and created by major production companies. Bayville Screampark is owned and operated by the same company which owns Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant in New York. Bayville Screampark features 5 haunted houses from a mansion, 3D clown maze to a haunted forest and more. (www.bayvillescreampark.com)

10. House of Shock, New Orleans, Louisiana

House of Shock features the most elaborate pryo stage show before you enter what might be the most intense haunted house you've ever experienced. (www.houseofshock.com)

11. Dead Acres, Columbus, Ohio

The actors are just as intense as the theme, set design and special effects. (www.deadacres.com)

12. Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, New York

One of the best haunted hayrides in America where the Headless Horseman himself chases you over an old rickety bridge. Also included in the old eerie farm are haunted houses, a cornfield maze, gift stores and so much more. (www.headlesshorseman.com)

13. Graystone Manor, Killen, Alabama

When a haunted house is located in a town named Killen, you know you're in for a fright. (www.graystonemanor.net)

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