Although I love a good zombie flick as much as the next girl, the mere mention of a haunted house causes me to run. I get terrifying flashbacks of Freddy Kruger stealing my Limited Too jacket on a hayride when I was ten, while all my friends laughed at the serial killers and mad scientists. It was not funny. I know some people love the adrenaline rush, so while you're busy planning trips to these nine best haunted houses in the country, I'll be in the corner with a cup of cider and a caramel apple. You go have fun.
--LYZ MANCINIThe Asylum, Las Vegas, NV Why you should go:
Hold onto your kidneys as you walk through the dilapidated Meadview Health Sanctuary, where you'll witness Dr. Vander conducting "unusual treatments" on his patients. So if you wake up in a bathtub full of ice with a strange scar, don't say we didn't warn you. http://www.lasvegashaunts.com/ Nightmare: Bad Dreams Come True, Manhattan, NY Why you should go:
Ever wondered what your nightmares would look like if you weren't sleeping? After conducting a poll about the most twisted nightmares in the country, the Psycho Clan (Tony nominated Chip Meyrelles and Timothy Haskell of ABC World Tonight News
) created this monstrosity of an attraction. Your worst fears will come to life. http://hauntedhousenyc.com/newyork/ Spooky House 19, Chatsworth, CA Why you should go:
Take a ride on the Hellevator, witness a taxidermy trophy room, and torture chambers every few feet. To prep your vocal cords for this screamfest, watch their attractions video here.The Spooky HouseUSS Nightmare, Newport, KY Why you should go:
Dozens of unexplained deaths have occurred on this real steamboat, earning it the nickname "The Death Dredge" among its past sailors who survived. The discovery of an Indian burial ground underneath its dock and one massacre later, the USS Nightmare is now available for your curiosity and your own risk. http://www.ussnightmare.com/index.html Seven Floors of Hell, Cleveland, OH Why you should go:
These seven layers of hell differ a bit from what Dante had in mind. You'll travel through The Butcher Shop, The Crypt, Camp Nightmare, and more until you're begging to leave this excruciating two hour ride. http://www.7floorsofhell.com/about.htm Freak Way, Ulster Park, NY
Why you should go: Basically a bloodthirsty carnival in a corn maze, you can expect deformed clowns, mangled barkers and maniac midgets around every corner! There's also mention of flying knives (!) so hold onto any limbs you wish to keep.
The Headless Horseman
Caso Do Diabo, New Orleans, LA Why you should go:
If you've been harboring vampire fantasies recently, this blood-chilling experience will convince you to not make out with the next undead man you meet. The Caso Do Diabo tells the tale of the infamous "Devil's House" where the oldest Louisiana vampire lived. http://www.hauntedneworleanstours.com/vampire/ The Bates Motel, Philadelphia, PA
Why you should go: If you ever wished you were Janet Leigh in Psycho
, here's your chance. Add a few zombies and a meticulously placed chainsaw to the mix, and you have a creepy updated version of the Hitchcock classic. You may want to replace your shower with a bath tonight... http://www.Thebatesmotel.com/attractions.html Joshua Ward House, Salem, MA Why you should go:
If smoke machines and strobe lights aren't your thing, walk through the house of Joshua Ward, where the ghost of Sheriff George Corwin lurks. Corwin died mysteriously after hanging the infamous Salem witches and haunts his old home's foundation. Visitors have reported seeing him sitting near the fireplace, so keep one eye open. http://www.realhaunts.com/united-states/joshua-ward-house/