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The 7 Most Extreme Haunted Houses in America (Updated 2015)

UPDATED 2015: 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 7 haunts below shatter the traditional rules and limitations of haunted attractions to provide the scariest, most intense experience the haunt industry has to offer. 

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7. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres

Pataskala, Ohio  |  Official Website   |  $25 – $45  |  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.”

 

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6. D E A D  OF  N I G H T

Long Island, New York  |  Official Website   |   ?   |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Submersion in Water, Humiliation, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

In 2013, DEAD OF NIGHT on Long Island had one of the most brilliant haunt openings I’ve ever seen. Everyone waited in lines listening to a calming “we are here for your protection” recording, which was interrupted at intervals by an air raid siren and men in gas masks and suits, who each grabbed an unsuspecting patron and dragged them into the haunt.  Some people were dragged in, one girl was zipped into a body bag, and I was thrown over someone’s shoulder and carried inside. The haunt opened with this very strong abduction scenario, then the focus shifted to humiliation, the smearing of strange substances, and hitting people in the face with laughably large and painfully heavy fake penises. The experience has evolved quite a bit since 2013 and the theme changes every year.

 

 

ScareHouse, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is an elaborate haunted house attraction inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. ScareHouse offers 3 differently themed haunts for just one price this Halloween season: The Forsaken, Creepo's Christmas in 3-D, and Pittsburgh Zombies.   New for 2013! Limited tickets available for "The Basement" – an intense, immersive, and interactive experience underneath ScareHouse.  No one under 18 will be admitted due to subject matter.   Tickets and more information about Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House is available at www.scarehouse.com

5. ScareHouse: The Basement

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  |  Official Website   |  $35 – $50  |  Adults 18+ Only 

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Electric Shock, Religious Themes, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

The Basement at ScareHouse is an intense, immersive, and interactive experience inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. You may enter in pairs or alone. I chose to enter alone. It was a spectacular experience. There is a great deal of improvisation and dialogue with the actors as you make your way through each scene of your own personal horror movie. The actors were incredibly creative and fun to talk to as they doled out electric shocks and extreme physical contact. The Basement is a collaborative immersive theatre experience peppered with elements of extreme horror.

 

 

4. The Cult

North Conway, New Hampshire  |  Official Website   |  N/A  |  Adults Only  | No Longer Exists

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. 

**UPDATE: Cranmore Mountain Resort chose not to bring back The Cult for the 2013+2014+2015 season. Ask The Ghoullog Creators to bring back The Cult in 2016! Contact them now on Facebook or Twitter!** 

 

3. Blackout Haunted House

New York/California  |  Official Website   |  $45 – $150  |  Adults 18+ 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 earns the #3 spot for their extreme OFF-SEASON EVENTS which combine their unique brand of immersive horror theater with elements that due to a gag order I am not permitted to disclose.  Their 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-boardedrolled 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.

INFERNO is currently running in San Francisco Armory.

Blackout Reviews & Walk-Throughs

Blackout Off-Season Event Reviews & Walk-Throughs

 

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2. Freakling Bros: Victim Experience III

Las Vegas, Nevada  |  Official Website   |  $100 – $150  |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Deeply Personal Experience, Sexual Undertones, Partial Nudity, Submersion in Water, Electric Shock, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.

The Victim Experience III is an uncensored, more extreme way to experience their 18+ Gates of Hell attraction. The Victim Experience is incredibly intense and you must go through alone. Participants will experience extreme physical contact, light torture, simulated drowning, and more. A member of our team made it all the way through and described the Victim Experience as, “intensely personal …more intense, scary and painful than the most intense Off-Season Blackout experience I have ever had.” 

Boy, do we believe him! We attended just the regular 18+ Gates of Hell attraction back in 2012 (before they started the Victim Experience) and that was deliciously intense! 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. Coming Soon: a no-spoilers account of what it’s like to survive the Victim Experience. 

 

and the Most Extreme (Possibly Unsafe) Haunted House in America is…

1. McKamey Manor

San Diego, California  |  Official Website   |  Dog Food Donation  |  Adults 21+ Only

Features: 21+, Extreme Violence, Small Enclosed Spaces, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Haircut, Covered in Blood, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, 4-7 Hour Experience.

McKamey Manor is the only attraction on the list that we have not personally experienced. This insanely extreme home haunt tops our list because it can use scare tactics that are off limits to professional attractions. We’re also not sure that what they’re doing is 100% safe. Participants are covered in blood, forced to eat disgusting things, threatened with power tools, stuffed into a clothes dryer, submerged in water, physically assaulted, and given a haircut. Don’t believe us? Just watch their 2013 promotional video below. Did we mention the experience lasts for 4-7 hours?! This one is too insane for even us!

Did we miss one? Let us know if there is a haunt that we should consider adding to the list!


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If you love macabre Victorian horror then there are only two ways to spend the evening of Saturday, October 26th in New York City.

 

1) PHANTASMAGOREY 2013:

Edward Gorey Grand Halloween Ball 

October 26, 2013 – Halloween Saturday, 9PM

TICKETS: $30 General Admission / $40 at the Door / $25 Group Tickets of 6

LOCATION: One Hanover Square, New York, NY

Full Cash Bar, Must be 21+ ID to consume alcoholic beverages. 

DRESS CODE: Neglected Murderesses, Doubtful Guests, Gashly Crumb Tinies, Hapless Children, Gilded Bats. Anguishing Artists, Restless Widows, Lonesome Mourners, ect.

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2) Gemini & Scorpio’s Masquerade Macabre

October 26, 2013 – Halloween Saturday, 9PM

TICKETS: $20 General Admission / $30 VIP (includes Absinthe Den) 

LOCATION: Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott Street, New York, NY

Full Cash Bar, Must be 21+, Costumes Required. 

DRESS CODE: Macabre Carnival, Aberrations of Nature, Cabinet of Curiosities, Dark Victoriana, Evil Funhouse, Steampunk, Jan Svankmaier & Brothers Quay Films, Freaks, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Think Dark & Creepy. Or Dark & Funny, Or wharever your Halloween costume happens to be. But if we have to ask, it’s not a costume.

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 October 17 -19, we will be visiting Sleepy Hollow, New York to see how they celebrate the Halloween Season. We’ve scouted out the creepiest events, tours and attractions that the Headless Horseman’s hometown has to offer. We’ll be sharing our experience when we return, but here’s our guide to all things Sleepy Hollow.  

Celebrating Halloween In Sleepy Hollow

(and the surrounding areas.)

The Creepiest Halloween Events in Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, and Croton-on-Hudson. 

HORSEMAN’S HOLLOW
Sleepy Hollow, New York
(Haunted House)

After the sun sets,the Historic Philipsburg Manor becomes Horseman’s Hollow. The historically accurate 18th century Haunted House, inspired by Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow, spans both indoors and outdoors as guests follow a half-mile long candlelit path.


SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY LANTERN TOUR
Sleepy Hollow, New York
(Guided Tour)

A 2-hour walking tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in the dark.


OLD DUTCH CHURCH OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Sleepy Hollow, New York
(Self-guided Tour)

The church and churchyard mentioned in Washington Irving’s short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”


JAY GHOUL’S HOUSE OF CURIOSITIES
Tarrytown, New York
(Haunted House)

Historic Lyndhurst Manor was used in the “Dark Shadows” films from the 1970s, and now hosts a seasonal haunted house at night. The architecture alone is terrifying. I can only imagine what waits inside.


LYNDHURST DAYTIME HALLOWEEN TOUR
Tarrytown, New York
(Guided Tour)

During the day, Historic Lyndhurst Manor offers guided tours to see the special autumnal decor and learn about the history of Halloween and how the Victorian times influenced many of the customs that we associate with Halloween.


GREAT JACK O’LANTERN BLAZE
Croton-on-Hudson, New York
(Walking Tour)

4,000 hand-carved illuminated Jack O’Lanterns create large scale art set to seasonal music.


More Sleepy Hollow

Can’t make a trip to Sleepy Hollow, NY? No worries. You can get your headless horseman fix from home or here in NYC.

 


SLEEPY HOLLOW
Mondays at 9PM/8PM Central on Fox
(Television Show)

The new television series premieres September 16 on FOX.


HOLLOW: A New Musical Inspired by The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
New York, New York
(Off-Broadway)

Saturdays at 5:00PM at The Players Theatre. Innovative Theatre Award Nominee.


SLEEPY HOLLOW
Amazon Instant Video
(Motion Picture)

The 1999 Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.


DISNEY’S THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Youtube
(Animated Film)

Disney’s 1949 animated classic has a legend of its own. Many people mistakenly believe that the film was banned.

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Haunted Houses

Dr. Havock’s Sideshow of Curiosities
The Stratosphere Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st  | 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Tickets: $12.50

This spooky interactive sideshow is a delicious morsel of Halloween entertainment.


Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror
2321 N. Rainbow Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $12.00 – $35.00

Don’t miss this brilliantly theatrical terror fest. Three attractions ranging from clown-themed startle scares to an intense R-Rated Haunt that will scare even the bravest horror fans. 


Fright Dome
Circus Circus
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $37.95 – $52.95

Fright Dome is the ultimate Halloween Party! 5 Haunted Houses, Live Shows, Premium Rides and Attractions, Scare Zones, and one of the best Zombie-themed Haunted Houses we’ve ever seen.


Goretorium
Harmon & Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV

Open Year-Round | 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Tickets: $25.00 – $60.00

Eli Roth’s Goretorium will not “F*ck you” as their tag line suggests, but this year-round attraction delivers on their promise of gore and a good time. 


Las Vegas Haunts
Two Locations
Las Vegas, NV

Hotel Fear is located at Craig Road and Revere. Asylum is located at The Fremont Street Experience.

October 31st | 6:30 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $12.00 – $15.00

Two traditional walk-through style haunted houses with a haunted hotel and insane asylum theme. Fun haunted houses for all ages.


The Screamont Experiment
Vegas Club Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 7:00 PM to Midnight

Tickets: $20.00 – $30.00

The Screamont Experiment has taken over part of the Vegas Club & Casino on Fremont Street. This clever maze of mayhem and deception is a fun Halloween adventure.


EVENTS

Evil Dead The Musical
Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

October 31st | 8:30 PM & 11:30PM

Tickets: $49.99 – $69.99

The only Halloween Event in Las Vegas that will send you home literally dripping with blood. 



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Haunted Houses

Manhattan

Blackout Haunted House
115 West 27th Street
New York, NY

September 27  –  November  4  

Tickets: $50.00

All advance tickets are SOLD OUT. A limited number of walk up tickets are available and a wait list program is in place.

Official Website  –  2012 Review

This infamous adults-only haunted house draws from the horrors of real life. You must sign a waiver. You must go through alone. There is a safe word and they will touch you. You won’t find more extreme Halloween entertainment. 


Blood Manor
163 Varick Street
New York, NY

October 5  –  November 3

Tickets: $30.00 – $45.00

Official Website  – Discount Tickets  –  Review

A blood-drenched traditional walk-through style haunted house. Blood Manor is like the haunted houses of your childhood — on steroids. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent.


Crypt Crawl: A Halloween Tour
1047 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012   | 1:30PM, 3,PM 4PM, 5PM
Wed.,Oct. 31, 2012  |   5:00 PM

Tickets: $15.00 – $20.00

Official Website  –  Buy Tickets

 The Cathedral of St. John the Divine allows visitors to creep into the Cathedral’s crypt to learn the origins of Halloween on this spooky guided tour.  


Merchant’s House Museum
29 West Fourth Street
New York, NY

  • Candlelight Ghost Tours  |  Oct. 25 – 30
  • 1865 Funeral Reenactment  |  Oct. 28
  • Ghost Stories of the MHM  |  Oct 31

Tickets: $10.00 – $40.00

Official Website   –   Buy Tickets  –  Review

This Halloween visit a real haunted location for an authentic ghost experience or an 1865 Funeral Reenactment. The New York Times calls it, ‘Manhattan’s Most Haunted House.’  


Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

September 28 – November 3

Tickets: $20.00 – $60.00

Official Website  –  Discount Tickets  –  Review

A terrifyingly theatrical haunt inspired by the monsters that walk among us:  serial killers. Having them touch you is optional. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.


A theater and two themed bars keep Manhattan’s only year-round haunted house company at Times Scare. Stop by for a creepy cocktail and a scare and stay for Silence! The Musical and Dan Sperry’s Magic Show.

Times Scare
669 8th Avenue
New York, NY

Open Year-Round

Tickets: $22.00 – $27.00

Official Website  – Buy Tickets


 Bronx 

The Bronx Haunted Warehouse stores the most terrifying monsters from Nightmare’s past and a gaggle of grotesque zombies. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.

Bronx Haunted Warehouse
1157 Commerce Avenue
Bronx, NY

October 5 – 31

Tickets: $13.00 – $30.00

Official Website  –  Discount Tickets


Brooklyn

Dirty Work At The Wax Works is a demented story told by the 1970’s Night
Watchman of Coney Island’s infamous Presidential Wax Works. This after hours tour though the Hall of Presidents is peppered with excessive swearing and encounters with  excessive graphic violence. A perfect mash-up of Halloween Horror & Horrifying Presidents!

Creep Show at the Freak Show
1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

October 24 – 31 | 6:00 PM – Midnight

Tickets: $10.00

Official Website – Buy Tickets


Then She Fell
2 Kingsland Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

October 3 – November 18

Tickets: $65.00 – $250.00

Official Website  –  Buy Tickets  –  Review

This trip to Wonderland explores the dark psychological elements of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale in an immersive non-linear multi-sensory theatrical adventure. Sheer perfection for those looking for an elegant blood-free way to celebrate Halloween.


Long Island

Chamber of Horrors
5750 Sunrise Highway
Sayville, NY

October 5 – November 3

Tickets: $15.00 – $25.00

Official Website  – Buy Tickets

Slim Chance’s Chamber of Horrors has turned a simple strip mall into a full out horror carnival complete with rides, food, and games!


Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse
215 South Country Road
Bellport, NY

September 28  –  November 3

Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00

Official Website  –  Buy Tickets

 Try to escape a 1940s era Gateway Playhouse without  contracting a deadly virus that is driving everyone insane. This year’s offering is very theatrical and very scary. Visit their festive outdoor bar for some liquid courage.


HV Asylum
426 Mill Road
Coram, NY

October 5  –  28

Official Website  – Tickets $25.00

Mayhem takes over this 13-Acre paintball field to create a creepy entirely outdoor experience that is fun for  the whole family.


Victorian Inspired Halloween Events


Phantasma Gorey 2012: The Grand Victorian Halloween Ball
91 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012  |  8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Tickets: $25.00 – $30.00

Official WebsiteBuy Tickets

“Dance the night away beneath the majestic Neo-Gothic arches of Riverside Church in an elegantly deranged celebration of all things whimsical, dark, and Edward Gorey. This legendary Halloween stomp features the hot jazz syncopations of Brian Carpenter’s GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA, digital art by VJ HOLLY DAGGERS, and an ominous all-star cast.”


Gemini & Scorpio Present: Masquerade Macabre
227 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012  |   9:30 PM – 5:00 AM

Tickets: $20.00 – $50.00

Official Website  –  Buy Ticket

“A marvellous and mysterious event…a Halloween celebration of the extravagant and the grotesque…an all-night spectacle of atmosphere, costumery and diverse entertainments…an explosion of live music, dancing, circus arts, fire and late-night revelry, snake-charmed into an absinthe-fueled early-morning speakeasy.”


Nosferatu: Live Music + Silent Film
136 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

“This is a LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA event!
MORRICONE YOUTH play live music & soundscape for NOSFERATU: A Symphony of Horror. Pre-show by Morricone Youth includes classic horror movie scores set to a horror montage, costume contest, prizes, and candy!”

Sun., Oct. 28, 2012  |  12:10 AM

Wed., Oct. 31, 2012  |  10:00 PM

Tickets: $16.00

Official Website  –  Buy Tickets



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HAUNTED HOUSES

After Dark: The Haunting at Madame Tussauds 
October 27-30, 2011, 9pm-12am 
Tickets $26.84-$38.11, New York, NY 

Buy Discount TicketsOfficial Website – 2011 Review   

Blood Manor 
October 27 – November 5, 2011 
Tickets $25-$50, New York, NY 

Buy Discount Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

 

 

 

 

Merchant’s House Museum Candlelight Ghost Tour 
October 27-29, 2011, 6pm-9:30pm 
Tickets $13-$40, New York, NY 

Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

 

 

Nightmare: Fairy Tales 
October 27 – November 5, 2011  
Tickets $15-$100, New York, NY 

Buy Discount Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review  

 

Nightmare: Z-Day 
October 27-31, 2011, 7pm-10pm/12am 
Tickets $10-$40, Bronx, NY 

Buy Discount Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

Steampunk Haunted House 
October 27-31, 2011, 6pm-9:30pm/8pm-11:30pm 
Tickets $10-$25, New York, NY

Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

 

 

Times Scare Haunted Hous
Every Day, Year-Round, 5pm-12am/2am 
Tickets $24.95-$59.95, New York, NY 

Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review 

Trapped in Purgatory 
October 27-31, 2011, 7pm-11pm 
Tickets $18-$30, Staten Island, NY 

Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review  

 

 

Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse of Horrors 
October 27-31, 2011, 7pm-12am 
Tickets $20-25, Bellport, NY

Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

Nyctophobia Haunted House 
October 28-29, 2011, 7pm-11:30pm 
Tickets $25, Jamesport, NY 

 Buy Tickets – Official Website – 2011 Review

 

VICTORIAN INSPIRED HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Beyond the Veil: A Victorian Murder Mystery Ball 
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8pm-12am 
Tickets $50, Riverside Church – New York, NY 

Buy Tickets – Official Website 

 

 

 

 

POE: An Imaginary Waltz 
October 27 -31, 2011, 8pm 
Tickets $18 – Long Island City, NY 

Buy Tickets – Official Website 

 

 

 

 

Gemini & Scorpio presents Masquerade Macabre
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8pm-5am
Tickets $10-$50 – Brooklyn, NY 

Buy TicketsOfficial Website

1865 Funeral Reenactment at the Merchant’s House Museum 
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 3pm-5pm 
Tickets $10-$50, New York, NY 

Buy TicketsOfficial Website

PhantasmaGorey 2011: An Edward Gorey Halloween Brunch Spectacular
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 1pm-4pm 
Tickets $20-$30, Highline Ballroom – New York, NY 

Buy Discount Tickets – Official Website 

The 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade 
Monday, October 31, 2011, 7pm-11pm 
Starts 6th Ave & Spring Street – New York, NY 

Victorian Art Inspired Parade ThemeOfficial Website


For extensive lists of all NYC Halloween Weekend Events Check out:

Time Out New York

Halloween Guide NYC

Halloween NYC