We seek out the craziest most extreme haunted attractions in the country. The haunted houses on our list cater to adult audiences and involve waivers, extreme physical contact, safe words, abduction, violence, nudity and electric shock. The 5 haunts below shatter the traditional rules and limitations of haunted attractions to provide the scariest, most intense experience the haunt industry has to offer. Every attraction on this list is exceptional and a must-see.
5. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres
Pataskala, Ohio | Official Website | $20 – $35 | Parental Advisory Explicit Content
Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact.
When we attended the Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres an actor threw me over his shoulder and carried me off into a different room where he spun me around several times and then pushed me back in with my group. We were also cornered by men with chainsaws and one of us got hit in the head.
A sign at the entrance of the haunt warns, “ATTENTION: Entering Dead Acres entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury. Risks may include among other things, slipping falling, collision with fixed objects or other participants…This may be the best haunted house you’ve ever experienced. Have Fun.”
4. The Cult
North Conway, New Hampshire | Official Website | $30.00 | Adults Only
Features: 18+, Must Enter Alone, Encounter Live Animals, Edibles, Extreme Violence, Sexual Undertones, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.
Our visit to The Cult involved drinking faux urine, being bound and gagged and getting crawled on by cockroaches! Read a complete walk through of our experience here.
3. Freakling Bros: Gates of Hell
Las Vegas, Nevada | Official Website | $15 – $50 | Adults Only
Features: 17+, Extreme Violence, Sexual Undertones, Electric Shock, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.
While walking through the Gates of Hell attraction, I watched a camouflaged attacker appear out of nowhere, grab my colleague by the foot, then knock her down and drag her away down a long hallway. I was left alone in the darkness until the attacker came back for me and threw me over his shoulder. We also faced electric shocks, professional wrestlers, and a firing squad. Read more about our experience here.
New For 2013: Freaklings Bros’ now offers The Victim Experience, an uncensored, more extreme way to experience Gates of Hell. The Victim Experience is only for those over the age of 18 and you must go through alone. Participants will experience extreme physical contact, light torture, simulated drowning, and more.
2. McKamey Manor
San Diego, California | Official Website | $60 + Dog Food Donation or $75 | Adults Only
Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Small Enclosed Spaces, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Covered in Blood, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, 2-3 Hour Experience.
McKamey Manor is the only attraction on the list that we have not yet experienced. This insanely extreme home haunt earns the #2 spot because it can use scare tactics that are off limits to professional attractions. Participants are covered in blood, forced to eat disgusting things, threatened with power tools and stuffed into a clothes dryer. Don’t believe us? Just watch their 2013 promotional video below. Did we mention the experience lasts for 2-3 hours?! So epic.
We are dying to visit San Diego to experience the blood soaked mayhem that is McKamey Manor!
and the Most Extreme Haunted House in America is…
1. Blackout Haunted House
New York, New York | Official Website | $45 – $135 | Adults Only
Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Full Frontal Nudity, Sexual Situations, Must Enter Alone, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, There is a Safe Word.
Blackout Haunted House tops our list for its extreme brand of immersive horror theater. The annual October haunt and exclusive off-season events are infamous. In the 7 events I have attended since 2010, I have been abducted in a van, faux-water-boarded, rolled naked in a sheet of plastic and forced to walk barefoot down a used condom covered hallway. Blackout is never predictable. The experience is always shocking, upsetting, and exhilarating.
New For 2013: BLACKOUT: elements will open in Chicago in December 2013.
Blackout Haunted House Reviews & Walk-Throughs
Blackout Haunted House Exclusive Invite-Only Off-Season Event Reviews & Walk-Throughs
- Blackout: May Off-Season Event Walk-Through & Review (2012)
- Blackout: May Off-Season Event Walk-Through & Review (2011)