• TOP 13 HAUNTED HOUSES IN AMERICA
    The Country's Best, Scariest, Most Fun, Most Radical and Most Unique Haunts... Just Waiting For You!

    If you are a haunted house aficionado (or just love haunted houses), this feature is for you.
    Here is the comprehensive list of America's Top 13 Haunted Houses. As a bonus we are featuring the Top 25 Haunted Houses in the country! Enjoy.


    13 of the Haunted House Industry's most notable experts come together from around the country to find the Best, Scariest and Most Unique Haunted Houses in America!


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  • #1 13TH GATE
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana - www.13thgate.com

    The 13th Gate once again was the favorite of the judges (for the second consecutive time) and for years it happens to be a personal favorite of the ZZZippy.com staff. We visited 13th Gate a few years back and it made a lasting impression on our folks and continues to impress us year after year.

    13th Gate is made up of several areas if you will, which carefully and intentionally transition from one scene to the next. There is nothing accidental as guests journey through 13 distinctive areas of the attraction and once you're in, the heat is up.

    Dwayne Sanburn (owner/operator) has carefully orchestrated this exceptional haunted house so that there is never a dull second. Sanburn is one of the bright stars in the industry, setting standards that many others attempt to emulate but most never seem to quite get there. He's also one of the nicest guys you'd ever care to meet in this scary haunt industry, offering his time, opinion and ideas to newcomers and old haunters alike. One thing that our judges admire most about Sanburn is the way he brings his scenes to life, not only with ultra-realistic sets but with actors that deliver credible, convincing parts. These two elements are undoubtedly what makes 13th Gate one one of the best haunts in the world.

    Detailed sets and attention to details are not just a catch phrase at 13th Gate... it's a way of life. Add to that credible, high-energy actors and exceptional management and it comes together to make 13th Gate one of the top haunted attraction anywhere. If you want to have an amazing Halloween Haunted House Experience you need to visit ZZZippy's #1 Haunted House in America this season, 13th Gate!

    9 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN LOUISIANA- 1st Place
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN AMERICA- 1st Place
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE SET DESIGN- 1st Place

  • #2 NETHERWORLD
    Stone Mountain, Georgia - www.fearworld.com

    Netherworld Haunted House is another haunt that has been named one of ZZZippy's Best Haunted Houses in America more than once. This is certainly one of the country's best haunts and one of the scariest if that's what your little heart (attack) is looking for. Ben Armstrong, a focused and well-respected leader in the dark attraction industry has been running his attraction since 1997. Ben ensures that guests receive an intense, extreme and cutting edge Halloween Show that thrills and terrifies visitors every single year. Ben also makes certain that his haunt enthusiastic crowds get to see the latest and greatest animatronics and special effects and he pulls out all of the stops when it comes to loading his haunted house with plenty of Halloween Eye Candy. Armstrong conceives, creates, designs and builds great haunt attractions every single year and every single year he happens to be on our list of favorite haunted houses and haunt owners. Ben truly has had a major influence on the industry.
    So Ben Armstrong has the vision and is able to do what many others cannot... he executes! With great ideas, great scenes, unique startles and some top-notch actors Netherworld makes a convincing argument to be one of ZZZippy's Top 5 Haunted Houses in America this year!

    9 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN GEORGIA- 1st Place

  • #3 HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAYRIDES & HAUNTED HOUSES
    Ulster, New York- www.headlesshorseman.com

    Always one of our favorite Halloween Events is the Headless Horseman Show put on by founders, Michael and Nancy Jubie. When it comes to scary and entertaining haunted houses and hayrides these guys get it. It doesn't hurt that the setting is a 250 year-old farm which incorporates over sixty -five acres of naturally landscaped property including foreboding woods, surreal ponds and fruit orchards.

    Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses deliver visitors a unique, immersive experience that startles and entertains. This is one of the few attractions of this size that offers as many changes as they do each Halloween season. With 7 outstanding haunted attractions and a very "theatrical" one-mile hayride (and there's more), Headless Horseman delivers an exciting and memorable experience every year... and this year that experience landed them the #3 spot on ZZZippy's list of the Best Haunted Houses in America!

    8 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN NEW YORK- 1st Place

  • #4 HELLSGATE HAUNTED HOUSE
    Lockport, Illinois- www.hellsgate.com

    When it comes to HellsGate, we have 2 words for you... John LaFlamboy. LaFlamboy, who founded HellsGate, has been in the theatrical business for many years. His education in theater and acting certainly assisted him in branching into the haunted house industry. In fact, John has an interest or ownership in not only Hellsgate but also other great haunts including: Statesville Haunted Prison, Fear at Navy Pier and City of the Dead.

    One of John's hot buttons for years was to bring life the rumored haunted house where you could get your money back by making your way through it. LaFlamboy and his Zombie Army put a little twist to the idea and has built a haunt where, if you find the key, you get your visit for free. Add a giant slide and an exciting trip through the Cemetery of Lost Souls, a haunted woods and what do you get... HellsGate!

    John and his Zombie Army created, designed and built this cool attraction and they went, let's just say a little crazy (for Zombie Army that translates to crazy as hell). The adventure begins with your outside journey but quickly builds as you enter the 1920's style Victorian mansion (Moorstone Manor) and you cautiously enter the front door. And you thought that just because you made your way through darkness and zombies you were home free. Guess again! We won't give away all of the amazing surprises that await you - but we do say watch for the Dragon Room, one of our favorite haunted house rooms in America this year!

    To John and the Zombie Army... we really dig you guys (up).

    6 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN ILLINOIS- 1st Place

  • #5 FEAR ITSELF AT LEGEND PARK
    HALLOWEEN & HAUNTED SCREAM PARK
    Mishawaka, Indiana www.legendpark.com

    One of the largest shows in the haunted house and Halloween industry is certainly the Fear Itself Show at Legend Park. This show features over 100 actors plus another 25 support staff. It showcases 5 major (and we do mean major) attractions. Any one of the Fear Itself attractions could be successful stand alone haunts. The creative team at Legend Park has a reputation industry-wide for extremely themed attractions. One of the more popular Fear Itself attractions, the Cuckoo’s Nest was at one time named by Haunted Attraction Magazine “the best haunted house of all time”. It is as convincing as it is unnerving. Another of the haunts at Fear Itself is the Sinister Circus, the largest Dark Circus on the planet. This is no ordinary haunted circus. It’s filled with both fun, scary things including the longest spinning tunnel and the longest claustrophobia in the industry.

    This season Fear Itself added the all new Father Timeless Diaries with 13 Volumes (a new design and story every year). Father Timeless features a Hellevator ride that is in excess of 2 minutes. They also added their new outdoor haunted maze, Rat Trap, an exciting interactive adventure where people search for keys that could result in prizes. Fear Itself is known for detail and realism of sets, some of the best actors in the industry… and for delivering entertainment that is unsurpassed. This combination is what has convinced judges to name Fear Itself at Legend Park one of the year’s Top 5 Haunted Houses in America.

    7 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN INDIANA- 1st Place

  • #6 STATESVILLE HAUNTED PRISON

    Statesville Haunted Prison has been known as one of the country’s absolute scariest haunts for years! Don’t even consider bringing a child under the age of 11 through, it’s just too much for the young and pure-hearted! Statesville is also one of the largest haunted houses in the country when it comes to acting staff (150 plus). There is a certain reality at Statesville that is absolutely unsettling to visitors of the haunted prison. Maybe it’s the abundance of actors, maybe it’s the reality of the scenes or possibly it’s the appropriately-interactive cast and their belittling comments made to guests. Regardless, when you visit Statesville you will feel as if you are a prisoner to the haunt instead of a guest! This is an in-your-face experience that leaves guests with an image burnt into their tiny little brains, the kind of image that returns again and again like a reoccurring nightmare.

    Statesville Haunted Prison is one of the scariest and most entertaining dark shows in the world and absolutely the best haunted prison in the country. Congratulations to this amazing haunted house for making it to #6 on our list of the Top 13 Haunted Houses in America.

    5 JUDGES VOTES

  • #7 EREBUS HAUNTED HOUSE
    Pontiac, Michigan www.hauntedpontiac.com

    Brothers Ed and Jim Terebus don’t like to do things small; in fact, they don’t know what small is. That’s probably why their Halloween spectacular creation, Erebus Haunted House in Pontiac, is not only the largest haunted house in Michigan; it’s also one of the largest haunted houses in the world.

    Erebus was actually the longest walk through haunted house in the world at one time and made its way into the Guinness World Records book. Today the 4 story haunt still stands high above most other haunted houses. It is no doubt a journey as visitors hike through the inside attraction that just happens to be over ½ mile long. Combine that trek with scares (pretty much at every corner) and what do you get? A hell of a lot of scares and startles, that’s exactly what you get.

    Big isn’t the only reason that Erebus is high on our list this season, our judges also agree that Ed and Jim, unlike many haunt owners, like to take a dissimilar approach to their Halloween Attraction. Known as a very unique haunted house, Erebus is filled with very distinctive scares. We won’t ruin the adventure by sharing the scaring but you can be sure that in this gigantic haunted house you will stumble on some of the most teeth-clenching, jaw-dropping, hair-raising scenes and surprises that you will see in the haunted house industry. That might explain why once again Erebus has a high ranking in ZZZippy’s Best Haunted Houses in America.

    5 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    TOP SUPER HAUNT IN AMERICA- 1st Place
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN MICHIGAN- 1st Place

  • #8 BATES MOTEL & HAUNTED HAYRIDE
    Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania www.batesmotel.com

    All the way to #8 on ZZZippy’s Best Haunted Houses in America is the Bates Hotel & Haunted Hayride. Randy Bates in simply a master in the haunted house industry, especially when it comes to Haunted Hayrides! If you visit the Randy’s popular (nearly famous) Halloween venue you will quickly see how he delivers the scare in his attractions. Bates combines exceptional props, digital effects and superior actors to deliver guests one frantic scare after another. However, this season it was bates’ infamous Haunted Hayride that had judges throwing points at him and his venue. This haunted hayride is as good as it gets and Bates has the actors, the property, the sets, the effects and the timing that come together like a well oiled monster to blow away visitors night after night after night. Once again Randy Bates and his Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride made the cut for our Top 13 Haunted Houses in America.

    6 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HAYRIDE IN AMERICA- 1st Place

  • #9 DEAD ACRES HAUNTED HOOCHIE
    Pataskala, Ohio http://www.deadacres.com/

    Dead Acres Haunted Hoochie also moved this year in ZZZippy’s Top 25 Haunted Houses in America. Last time around Dead Acres made its way clear up to number 11 but this year they squeaked up into the top 10. If you don’t mind controversy and gore because at this haunted attraction you are going to get your fill of both. If you ask Tim May who owns the haunt he will quickly tell you that Dead Acres is the most radical haunted house in the world. We think May might very well be right, especially since his radical rival in New Orleans, House of Shock, closed last season. From the moment you pull up the drive to visit this haunted house you realize this place is totally screwed up. It’s far-reaching, gut-spilling and distinctively outrageous. The wait is long but once you’re in so is the show. The Haunted Hoochie extremism is undoubtedly what swayed our judges to name this attraction in the Top 10 Best Haunted Houses in America this year!

    6 JUDGES VOTES

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    MOST RADICAL HAUNTED HOUSE IN AMERICA- 1st Place
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN OHIO- 1st Place

  • #10 HOUSE OF HORRORS & HAUNTED CATACOMBS
    Cheektowaga, New York http://www.houseofhorrorsbuffalo.com/

    The last time House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs made ZZZippy’s list of the best, scariest and most radical haunts in the country they were voted a very respectable #17. However, Tim Bunch, owner/operator and creative behind this great attraction, has made substantial headway as this over-the-top haunt has earned a spot in the Top 10 Best Haunts in America. Just outside of Buffalo, New York, Bunch and his respected Halloween venue have continued to build one of the scariest haunted houses in New York. Hell, let’s face it, according to our judges, the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs is actually one of the scariest haunted houses in America.

    If you visit the House of Horrors expect to be frightened, startled and freaked out by not only some really excellent actors but you will also be startled and shaken by a slew of animatronics and mechanical scare devices. Tim prides himself on keeping up with the latest technology and investing back into his haunt to make it better every year. We feel there’s another reason for Tim’s success; his passion for the industry and mixed with his personal charisma and his dedication to giving his guests the very best show possible. This all adds up to making an amazing Halloween attraction.

    Nearly 20 years later Bunch continues to improve what is already one of America’s best haunts… the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs.

    5 JUDGES VOTES

  • #11 DENT SCHOOL HOUSE
    Cincinnati, Ohio www.dentschoolhouse.com

    Josh Wells, Chuck Stross and Bud Stross took a unique approach when they adapted an unusual theme with a twist which made for an extremely disturbing haunted house that is known as the Dent School House. The three acquired the actual schoolhouse from a local charity but they soon discovered it had a very dark and disturbing history. So they did what any good haunt owner would do, they exploited the hell out of it. When you mix dark, Halloween, haunted houses and school children, what do you get? The Dent School House, an haunted attraction that was good enough to rate in America’s Top 25 Best Haunted Houses this year.

    We could unfold the entire Dent Schoolhouse story, show you where the scare will come from and share with you all of the little surprises but instead we will just highly recommend it as one of the scariest haunted houses in the country this Halloween season!

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN OHIO- 1st Place

  • #12 TERROR BEHIND THE WALLS
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania https://www.easternstate.org/halloween/

    Terror Behind the Walls! Even the name makes you pause in anticipation prior to you entering this mammoth haunted attraction. This haunted House (prison) is consistently ranked as one of the best haunted house attractions in the country. Located in Philadelphia, Terror Behind the Walls takes guests to a whole new dimension when it comes to Halloween activities. This year is no exception as they continue their legacy of building and designing within the walls of what was once a real prison. This season Terror was unleashed as their Infirmary was revamped and now visitors are taken on a dark, dreary and bloody tour where they encounter crazy doctors, disorderly orderlies, nightmarish nurses and medical practices that will turn a real-life doctors guts inside out. Though the Infirmary is new it’s only one of the 6 haunted attractions that visitors will experience during their visit (or their stay) at this crazy, realistic haunted place.

    The setting for Terror Behind the Walls has always been exceptional but this season it stands out to the point where our judges named it in the Top 25 Haunted Houses in America!

    ALSO WINNER OF ZZZIPPY'S
    BEST HAUNTED PRISON IN AMERICA- 1st Place

  • EVIL INTENTIONS
    Elgin, llinois https://eihaunt.com/

    Elgin, Illinois just happens to be home to one of the craziest and most radical haunts you will ever participate in. Yes, we said participate in. The haunt, Evil Intentions, like many of our other haunted house winners this season is, let's just say extremely unique. One of the things that make this dark attraction so unusual is the fact that many of its guests claim to have recorded actual encounters with the dead. Hey, that’s what they say and who are we to argue? According to Evil Intentions and many of their guests… this is a real haunt!

    Well if you consider the fact that it is housed in what was once casket company in Illinois, you could only imagine the amount of death and decay within the walls of this evil place. Only the willing will visit and only the bravest will make it all the way through. I know we’ve all heard that before but a haunt in a casket company, c’mon, that makes brings a little more credibility to this common phrase. Trust us, a few of our judges have walked the halls of this haunt and some of them claimed to have barely made it through.

    As the sets aren’t so much sets because it was originally built pretty creepy in the first place, it’s difficult to determine what is real and what isn’t. Is that really an actor creeping through that tiny hole near me… or is it another one of the fallen from a creaking, old casket from years before? At Evil Intentions, maybe it’s not a show at all - maybe this really is the real thing.

    This all adds to the mystic that has earned Evil Intentions our final spot in ZZZippy’s Top 13 Haunted Houses in America!

  • Judges for America's Best Haunted Houses
    The judges for ZZZippy's Top 13 Haunted Houses in America were made up of 13 judges from across the country. All of our judges are industry experts (either haunt owners, vendors or consultants in the industry). Each of their votes carried the same weight and all of them had to submit 10 - 13 haunted attractions, haunted houses, haunted hayrides or scream parks from within the United States. To qualify as a judge each industry expert had to have in-depth knowledge and a minimum of 10 years experience related to haunt industry as well as knowledge related to the haunted houses they nominated and ranked. Combined this makes for several professional opinions instead of one or two individuals, making this one of the best Haunted House Contests in America.

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    JOHN LAFLAMBOY

    John LaFlamboy, founder of Zombie Army Productions, has been producing award-winning haunted houses, events, films, and theatre for the past 20 years in Chicagoland. His theater and film background give him the foundation to create massive interactive haunted attractions that leave the audience feeling like they had just walked through a live horror film. His production of Statesville Haunted Prison has been a nationally ranked attraction and holds the distinction of being the most critically acclaimed haunted house in Chicago history. His latest project, HellsGate Haunted House, is already garnering national attention and is being ranked among the best, top, scariest and most unique haunted houses in the world... and HellsGate is in just it’s 3rd year. When John is not creating haunted houses, he is a stage and film actor in Chicago. He is also a huge supporter of other haunted houses and is one of the most charismatic individuals in the industry.

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    Elgin, Illinois https://eihaunt.com/

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