13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants

3. The Darkness - St. Louis, Missouri

Ranked by AOL.com as the #3 scariest place in America, The Darkness pops up on every haunted house list due to its unrivaled scenic design. Every single inch of The Darkness is themed, with 100+ animations, 50 live actors, and over 40 realistic Hollywood quality sets. In order to achieve this high magnitude of reality, they have to spend $150,000 just to renovate from last year. Just be prepared to spend a lot of time screaming in the dark. (Halloween)

2. Netherworld - Atlanta, Georgia

Netherworld is truly an awe-inspiring haunted house. They deserve particular credit because, though they buy standard animatronics and such, they then take them and re-create and re-invent them to make everything truly unique to their haunted house. They also have arguably the best make-up team in the industry. It would be hard to tell one of their fake dead apart from a real dead person. (Halloween)

1. Nightmare: Face Your Fear - New York, New York

Let me just start out by saying that when I first visited the website for this haunted house, I had to click the "skip intro" icon immediately after it started because the intro was so disturbing...no lie. That should tell you something about the haunted house itself. Nightmare is super successful for two main reasons: 1) It is helmed by two off-Broadway producers who know something about effective theatricality and 2) a promo crew went out and polled thousands of locals about the 13 things that scare them the most. What results is 13 rooms in five haunted houses that are designed to play on and intensify emotions, phobias and anxieties. And, considering there is one available in each borough of New York City, they are out to get everyone. (Halloween)

So here they are. The top 13 haunted houses in the nation. If you live near one and love a good scare, you'd be a fool not to check them out. Even if they are a little out of reach, I'd say they are worth the drive. Good gouling everyone!

READ MORE: The Online Haunted House: Hotel 626

Seth Plattner
Inventor Spot.com


Oct 13, 2006
by dave (not verified)

haunted houses

how could you leave off New Orleans' House of Shock?! Easily the most disturbing haunted house in the country!

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

You got to be kidding about

You got to be kidding about the Nightmares website intro (hauntedhousenyc.com). What was so scary about it? You are a complete ween if you found that disturbing. Makes me question the validity of your list since I suspect Barney probably makes you wet your pants...

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I think the house of shock

I think the house of shock in LA should be on this list. Has any one been to it.

I went to the Fright Dome in Vegas and it totally flipped me out.

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I've been to two of these.

I've been to two of these. Shocktoberfest in Reading is fairly decent, but I've been to better.

"Terror Behind the Walls" in Philly is an effing joke. I had to take a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary in broad daylight and it was kind of spooky like that. For their Halloween show, they put all kinds of fake, neon dragons and crap in there and it's more fit for a rave than a haunted house. So dissapointing. Whoever's in charge of it should be fired, because it SHOULD be 100 times better.

Oct 13, 2006
by joe (not verified)

face your fear?

so you "had to click the "skip intro" icon immediately after it started because the intro was so disturbing...no lie"

If that's the case you're a pussy. It was like eight seconds of still images that showed absolutely zero worth being frightened over. Go review knitting groups or something if this is your idea of scary.

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

No house of shock? List

No house of shock? List blows

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

.... Not like Orlando's


Not like Orlando's Universal Sponsored Halloween Horror Nights, which contains more actors (scharacters), Haunted Houses, Midways, Rides, Attractions, Props, Sets, Shows, etc. than ANY of these half-assed productions would possibly make such a list as this.

Stupid list, do more research.

Oct 13, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I liked the list. I agreed

I liked the list. I agreed with the ones I've been to. If you don't agree with the list, why don't you go create your own.

Oct 14, 2006
by Alexis


First off, thanks for visiting our site.

However, if you disagree with the list, why don't you pick your own top 13 (not just the best one but 13) and put it up in the comments. Let's see if everyone agrees with your list. We've had over 50,000 reads on the article and only a few complaints so we're going to assume that this is a great list unless you can prove otherwise.

American Inventor Spot Team

Oct 14, 2006
by Seth Plattner

my list

For those of you that disagree with my list all I can say is that I'm sorry and remember that this is, in fact, opinion. Like Alexis said, if you think you've got a better list by all means try and get it on the website.

And I must say I was amazed at the amount of hostility at what scares me. There are some people out there getting really angry about some trivial stuff. Such is life though, right?


Oct 14, 2006
by Anonymous Casper (not verified)

They are just "tough guys"

or should I say "teeny boppers". Nothing scares them! They can handle it. Those "gay" references are also childish. To respond that YOU weren't scared just shows how immature you are--and suggests that you WOULD be scared IF the houses were a little scarier. That makes you vulnerable, afterall.

I agree that the hostility/aggressiveness over an article offered for their enjoyment is the scariest part.

BOO!!!!! [Who did I scared?]

Oct 14, 2006
by Anonymous Casper (not verified)


Should, of course, be "Who did I scare?" (not "scared")

But now I guess I am scared.

I suppose someone will also call my comments "gay".

Oct 15, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

but what about

no markoffs haunted forest? where would that have placed

Oct 16, 2006
by Chris (not verified)

New Port?

Um... Newport, KY is all one word. I live about 30 minutes north of it.

Oct 16, 2006
by Evil (not verified)

You forgot number 1

House of Shock New Orleans should have been on this list. It's seems quite a few others agree.

Oct 16, 2006
by Alexis

Hey Newport

We knew it was one word. We just wanted to see if anyone from Kentucky was visiting this site. Now we know.

Thanks for the catch. ;)

Oct 17, 2006
by Mike (not verified)

Are you joking?

I am a huge fan of haunted houses so when i saw this list i was really pumped.... but than i saw your number 1 pick. Nightmare haunted house is without a doubt the worst piece of shit i have ever been to!!! Its not even a haunted house, you go from room to room and watch some lame ass skit play out and not only that it costs 20 bucks!. Next time maybe you should actually go to the places you talk about. This countdown is pure garbage

Oct 18, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

that list was looking

that list was looking interesting until I saw face your fear as number 1.... not scary at all..... and extremely short..scariest part was when you have to crawl in the dark, nothing pops out though. it was fun but like I said not scary at all... I wish they would bring back madison scare garden.. now that was great... took about an hour to get throught it all compared to the 20 min at face your fear.. very unimpressive

Oct 22, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Ouch! Matt!

So negative and uncouth! I'm not sure if your "advice" is better than some of the negative comments.

Oct 22, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Technocrati MATTers

I would think that you'd have a better chance at improving your Technocrati rating IF you (i.e., Matt) do not instruct "nonpraising" visitors to LEAVE. Besides, this site would become boring if you only had the "I loved your article" comments. Granted, some of the negative comments could be written in a more suitable/less offensive way, but that would be up to those commenting.

Oct 26, 2006
by Michelle
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Hey Everyone...Let's take a chill pill

Our site welcomes constructive comments although I agree with Matt that some were a bit inappropriate. I am going to leave the ones but will delete future ones with profanities. If you got something to say...great. Just leave the cursing out please.

Thanks everyone for your input.

AmericanInventorSpot.com Team

Oct 28, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Good thing

I was wearing my Depends.

Oct 29, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

wow... its definite that

wow... its definite that alot of work was put into this site. as for the people with the negative comments??? i guess i didnt know that haunted house lists were that serious. or maybe youre just a bunch of losers that dont have much better to do. so my comment for those who are talking sh*t.... go f*ck yourselves and get a life, f*ucking losers.

Oct 30, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)


...unless you'd pay $25 for something dirty stinkin' like doo-doo. I bought tickets for the "timed" 11:00 entrance in Brooklyn, and as it instructs we showed up a little before 10:45. The handling of ticket holders was virtually non-existent, and it seemed as though there was no way to handle the flow of people coming in. We stood around until after 12:00 until we were finally let in.....to wait in another line. Eventually our "group" was let into the maze, and after seeing the first room with the girl alone in her room (oh no, make it stop!!) we were suddenly merged with the group in front of us. No joke. Now, please, imagine trying to go through a dark maze with about 30 people into rooms about 10x10 or so. Needless to say, we saw nothing since we were stuck behind all those people. And on top of that, I'm sure we were somehow steered the wrong way and right out to the exit because we certainly didn't see 13 rooms. Either that or the whole thing sucked a** way more than I thought. Anyway, I digress. The point is that I can't believe how ineptly managed the whole thing was. The whole experience was absolutely pitiful, and they already had our $ so they couldn't have cared less!

Nov 6, 2006
by Mack (not verified)

Great Stuff

There's not much like this in Manchester (UK). We went to something like this in Florida (can't remember the name, I was only a wee lad) and it was a load of fun. I was suprised at how professional it was all put together, having been used to tacky fairground rides etc.

Dec 3, 2006
by PastorZ (not verified)

Hell House

Anyone intrested in haunted houses. If you would like to help put together and run a christian haunted house email me pastorZ at NorthBound@yuber.com
Thanks and God Bless!

Dec 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Hell House

We here at North Bound are seeking sponsors to make the soul saving Hell House this year. If you are intrested in helping with this tax deductible gift or know someone who may be please contact pastorZ at NorthBound@yuber.com

Mar 3, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

USS Nightmare and the Idiots with the neative comments.

I don't agree that the Uss Nightmare should be on this list. I live near it and have been going to it since High School. It is a good one but definately not one that I would think would be on a top 13 list.  However, it is only my opinion and I am  no expert. I did go to one in Phoenix, AZ that you had sign a release form to enter and it was by far the best. My friends mom passed out! People could physically touch you and that I think is what made it great. Cant remember the name and they don't do it anymore. So I would say EREBUS in Michigan sounds like it would be the best. If ppl can come in physical contact with you it should be good. Its rare that they do  that due to all you !@##$^% that sue. Prob. the same ppl making all the derogitory comments who would piss themselves it they did get scared,

Mar 7, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

fright dome

The fright dome is not scary at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 9, 2007
by Anonymous

yeah i've had been n' da

yeah i've had been n' da house ov shock n' LA.  & I got scarE it felt like 2 die & 2 wet my pants till death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  ??????????????<chuky>