America’s Haunted Attractions

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Halloween, also known as All Hallow’s Eve, is celebrated yearly on October, 31st. As this date approaches, many people decorate their home, attend costume parties, and visit haunted houses. Haunted houses are actually one of the most popular, as well as scariest, festivities that people partake in during Halloween season. Also, haunted houses come in many different forms:

  • Professional haunted houses
  • A neighborhood house that has been turned into a haunted attraction for entertainment purposes
  • Haunted houses that exist at theme parks and county/state fairs
  • Old spooky houses that people believe are genuinely haunted by ghosts or spirits

Some of the best haunted houses exist in the cities featured by our My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion. Don’t get lost around these eerie attractions, let My Explore guide you through the cities of Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Sacramento, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Napa-Sonoma, and Detroit as you figure out which haunted houses peak your interest the most. Learn about some of the best and most frightening haunted houses around America!

Blood Manor

New York City is home to one of the most popular haunted houses. Blood Manor, New York City’s Premier Haunted Attraction, is 5,000 square feet of “themed rooms, corridors, and a labrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one’s fears.” This haunted house is a journey that you take on foot and it is actually designed to be “scream inducing.” Luckily, you can take this scary journey with a group of your peers!

New attractions at Blood Manor include:

  • SHOCKTORIUM – the experiment is beginning… and YOU are the subject!
  • JUNGLE TERROR – Don’t enter the CAVE! You’ll never return!
  • CARNIVAL OF SOULS – This circus stars the JACK O-TERROR!
  • Plus, many recent members of the undead have joined our ranks and eagerly await your return!!

According to an article by Jason Feirman, you’ll most likely lose some sleep after visiting this haunted house, “if nightmares of Freddy Krueger, Chucky, or Dracula have ever kept you up at night.” Feirman describes how the lifelike costumes and makeup provide a sense of reality and that Blood Manor makes you feel like you’re part of the action, instead of just watching a horror show. “From clowns with chainsaws to a butcher who mans a human slaughterhouse, there’s no telling who (or what) might pop out of hidden nooks and crannies.”

For more of Jason Feriman’s Blood Manor Review, read the article, “A Terrifying Night at New York’s Premier Halloween Haunted House.”

Watch the trailer for last year’s attraction to get a feel for what the haunted house is like:

Chambers Mansion

Chambers Mansion was built in 1987 in San Francisco, California. This mansion was named after its first owner, Richard Chambers, who was a “silver mine tycoon and senator.” After his death in 1901, his two nieces inherited the mansion, one of whom moved into the house next door and the other who stayed in the mansion. According to Top 10 Haunted Houses in America, “Niece Claudia stayed in the mansion and met a gruesome end when her body was cut in half in an alleged “farm implementation accident.” Nothing could stop the whispers that Claudia had, in fact, been murdered by her vengeful sister. The mansion has since become a hotel where guests have reported ghostly incidents.”

The Chambers Mansion is supposedly one of the featured locations on the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Tour, where you can “hear thrilling ghost stories based on documented research, touch eerie haunted artifacts, frequently feel a fearful chill, get ghosts caught in photographs, and many other ways experience spirits at enchanting haunted mansions.”

Image provided by: Gordon M. Grant/Alamy from Top 10 Haunted Houses in America

Haunted Alternatives

If you will not be able to visit either of those haunted houses, don’t fret, there are alternative options! As you begin picking the haunted houses and other Halloween activities that you want to visit and take part in, remember that Hertz NeverLost can help you build your trip as well as guide you to your destination! Check out some other haunted attractions in various cities:

For even more information on haunted attractions in the U.S. you can take a look at these stories: Haunted Houses Across America on Pinterest and Haunted Houses on Storify.

My friend Angelica and I rode a train through a haunted house at the State Fair of Texas for our 1st haunted experience of the year. What will your first haunted attraction this Halloween be?

Have fun with whatever you choose!

Melissa Woodring 🙂

4 comments on “America’s Haunted Attractions

  1. Lorri
    March 4, 2014 at 5:39 am #

    Here I am, reading Halloween articles in March !!! I like the site ! It’s my favorite Holiday.

    • Melissa
      March 13, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Thanks for checking out the post! It’s never too early to plan holiday festivities 🙂


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