Here at Dread Central you find a lot of haunted attractions being covered with Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights and Knott’s Scary Farm garnering the lion’s share of the coverage for California and Florida. But there are so many other ridiculously spooky places out there which we love so it’s time to give them some much needed recognition and love. Read on for our Top 13 picks of some of the scariest shows on Earth you should be visiting this Halloween season.
# 1 – Netherworld Haunted House – Atlanta, Georgia
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Our number one pick is an overwhelming thrill-packed, supercharged Halloween horror show that has been winning awards and dominating Atlanta, Georgia, for 19 years. Every October huge crowds come from all over the country to see Netherworld and to soak up the combination of incredible production value and absolute nightmares that it provides. Customers and haunted house industry experts agree that this terrifying attraction is the most elaborate, creative, and influential haunt around. Famous for custom monsters, new themes every year, impressive special effects, and an unrivaled collection of props and artifacts, it is the freaky actors and gut-wrenching makeup that put Netherworld at the head of the class.
#2 – Haunted Overload – Lee, New Hampshire
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When it comes to the essence of Halloween, Haunted Overload, a home haunt turned professional attraction, is second to none. Located on a farm in New Hampshire, this is almost more of a haunted playground of giant wooden structures celebrating the fall season, a love song to Halloween, than it is a traditional haunted house. Multi-story monsters, hundreds of fresh carved pumpkins, and a volunteer staff of ghouls and witches lurk in the forests and in off-kilter buildings that cover the grounds. A clammy mist and creepy lighting make the place into a surreal haunted wonderland permeated by the nostalgic smell of the Halloween bonfire.
#3- Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, New York
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Another fall event based on a farm, Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is a virtual Halloween theme park, containing an astounding hayride, a scary corn maze, and multiple haunted houses on the property. Guests can also shop at themed gift shops, enjoy tasty treats at assorted eateries, and see a ghoulish stageshow before their encounter with the dread Headless Horseman. Well known for changing large parts of the hayride and haunted houses, this attraction keeps ‘em coming back every season to see what new terrors the haunts designers have created.