These Are Officially the Best Halloween Haunts in America

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If you’re looking to have a spooktacular October, the Haunted Attraction Association is here to help.

As the “only official association in the haunt industry,” the HAA takes its job of promoting safe and ethical haunted places very seriously. With that, it’s now revealing its list of the 31 top haunted attractions across the U.S.

According to the HAA, in order to gain its seal of approval, haunted sites must be a member of HAA and meet a list of 10 criteria relating back to the group's mission, which includes: to protect customers, promote haunted attractions, and educate industry professionals.

“Guest safety is a top priority throughout the industry,” HAA President Brett Hays said in a statement. “The number of certified Top Haunt attractions has more than doubled in the past three years, which shows the commitment to safety across the board from our members.”

Sure, this all sounds kind of tame for someone looking for a frightful Halloween, but trust us, you’ll still be screaming, crying, and calling your mom to tell her you love her at all of these places.

Seriously, you think you’re getting through the Haunted Hotel in Kentucky, where ghosts, goblins, and bad guys lurk around every corner, without screaming? How about the fact that the killers hiding inside are actually allowed to touch guests? Is that horrifying enough?

Oh, you assume you’re making it out of the Fear Farm in Arizona without peeing your pants just a little? I don’t think so, especially after you get a good look at their witches.

And don’t even get us started on Terror in the Corn in Colorado. Corn fields are already scary enough without ax murders hiding among them.

Here are 31 different places around the country you can visit with your family this Halloween season where we’re almost positive you’ll make it out alive.

  1. 13th Floor Haunted House – Denver, Colorado
  2. Creepy Hollow Haunted House– Rosharon, Texas
  3. The Factory of Terror– Canton, Ohio
  4. Fear Fair– Seymour, Indiana
  5. Fear Farm– Phoenix, Arizona
  6. Field of Screams – Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  7. Frightland– Middletown, Delaware
  8. Hauntville Haunted House– Cleveland, Ohio
  9. Haunted Hollow – Rockwood, Pennsylvania
  10. Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory – Akron, Ohio
  11. The Haunted Hotel – Louisville, Kentucky
  12. Hobb’s Grove –Sanger, California
  13. House of Torment Haunted House– Austin, Texas
  14. Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses– Ulster Park, New York
  15. Hysterium– Fort Wayne, Indiana
  16. The Kingwood Asylum– Houston, Texas
  17. Legends of Fear– Shelton, Connecticut
  18. Niles Scream Park– Niles, Michigan
  19. Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern– Chattanooga, Tennessee
  20. Reaper’s Revenge – Scranton, Pennsylvania
  21. ScareHouse–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  22. Scare USA –Two Rivers, Wisconsin
  23. Shocktoberfest– Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
  24. Spooky Ranch at Rockin'-R- Ranch – Columbia, Ohio
  25. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  26. Terror in the Corn – Erie, Colorado
  27. Terror on the Fox– Green Bay, Wisconsin
  28. The Asylum Haunted House– Denver, Colorado
  29. USS Nightmare– Newport, Kentucky
  30. Wiard's Orchards Night Terrors– Township, Michigan
  31. Wisconsin Fear Grounds– Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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