Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Haunted World Rises from Dead to Pick Top 13 Scary Sites

Hauntworld, the leading trade publication for Halloween and the haunted house industry, has released its list of the top 13 scariest cities in the U.S. If you, like others, have had fun playing at Family Travel Forum's photo contest on facebook, you may enjoy getting deeper into the spirit(s) of this annual holiday.

Here are Hauntworld's 13 picks, as if stopping at 10 would not be good enough?

1. Philadelphia – The City of Brotherly Love is also the City of Fear. The Bates Motel with Haunted Hayride ( and new Pennhurst Asylum (

2. Detroit – The once-roaring Motor City is now a ghost city. It includes the four-floor Erbus (

3. New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. – The historic hotbed for voodoo is home to The 13th Gate (

4. St. Louis, Missouri. – With its foreboding Lemp Mansion, St. Louis is known for its leading haunted house attraction, The Darkness (

5. Kansas City, Missouri. – The onetime “haunted house capital of the world” claims two of the best: The Beast ( and Edge of Hell (

6. Poughkeepsie, New York. – The Headless Horseman ( is considered the biggest haunted hayride in America by Hauntworld.

7. Atlanta – The biggest haunted house and monster fest in the Peach State is without a doubt Netherworld (

8. Dallas/Ft. Worth – Check out Cutting Edge Haunted House ( the Guinness Word Record-holder as the longest running haunted house in the world.

9. Greensboro/Raleigh, N.C. – Kersey Valley Spookywoods ( is family fun by day, full-on horror-themed amusement park by night.

10. Denver – The Mile High City can boast three of the best in The Asylum Haunted House, 13th Floor Haunted House and Blood Shed. Visit

11. Cincinnati – The Dent Schoolhouse ( is a bona fide haunted site with its own grisly back-story about a janitor who was a homicidal lunatic.

12. Austin, Texas – House of Torment ( is a three-course horror fest.

13. Houston, Texas – Built next to a graveyard, Nightmare on the Bayou ( can claim a REAL ghost haunting.

Our thanks to Hauntworld for sharing their picks for places to avoid with our toddlers during the month of October. For more information, visit to learn about the top haunts around the country and internationally, Halloween vendors, manufacturers, events, tips and forums.

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