Halloween is the one day each year during which people love being scared half to death. It's become such a tradition that an entire haunted house industry has sprung up across the country to capitalize on that fear.
But not all haunted houses are created equal. Some are scarier than others. Which one should you choose this year? Well, allow us to help.
1. 13th Floor Haunted House -- Phoenix, Arizona
If you haven't guessed by the name, this haunted house is based off the legend of normally non-existent 13th floors. What would it be like if your elevator opened on the 13th floor? You can find out.
2. McKamey Manor -- San Diego, California
Sure, it's a haunted house, but it's no ordinary haunted house. According to the McKamey Manor website, it's "an audience participation event in which you live your own horror movie." The site goes on to warn visitors against wearing anything that they're afraid might get wet.
3. Netherworld Haunted House -- Norcross, Georgia
Visitors to this center of terror have the choice of two haunted houses to explore. If you're looking for the less scary option, I have bad news for you: there isn't one. Better suck it up and be prepared to scream like a little girl.
4. Woods of Terror -- Greensboro, North Carolina
The woods of Greensboro are haunted...at least that's the narrative you can expect to encounter at this scary attraction.
5. Frightworld Scream Park -- Buffalo, New York
Are you someone who likes their terror to come with a side of variety? Then Frightworld is the haunted house for you. Visitors can choose from five different terrifying experiences, including a rustic serial killer cabin, and an abandoned asylum.
6. Haunted Plantation -- Oahu, Hawaii
Simply calling this one a haunted house is doing it a disservice. The haunted plantation is more like a haunted village. It's even been featured on the Travel Channel as a perfectly terrifying destination.
7. Pennhurst Asylum -- Spring City, Pennsylvania
This haunted house is actually constructed inside a real-life abandoned asylum. Adding to the freakiness is that most of the props and furniture date back to when the facility was still in operation.
8. Nightmare On 13th Haunted House -- Salt Lake City, Utah
If there's one thing you need to know about the Nightmare on 13th Haunted House it's this: it's consistently voted as one of the scariest attractions in America by the Travel Channel every year. Yeah, let that sink in.
9. 17th Door Haunted House -- Tustin, California
Visitors to this haunted house are actually given a safe word for when things get too terrifying inside. You're even required to sign waiver before you're allowed to enter. The website also warns that you may get wet.
10. Haunted Hoochie -- Columbus, Ohio
No place in America is creepier than Ohio, and no place in Ohio is more terrifying than the Haunted Hoochie. Only adults are allowed in this attraction. Their website also warns that some of the featured gore is real.
11. The Gates Of Hell -- Las Vegas, Nevada
Those who have survived the Gates of Hell have described the experience as "a claustrophobic sensory overload." The haunted house itself is actually rated R.
12. Georgetown Morgue -- Seattle, Washington
If the costumes look a little tacky, the story behind the location of this haunted house makes up for it. According to local historians, the haunted house takes place on the grounds of an old crematorium.
13. City of the Dead -- Henderson, Colorado
For those of you out there with a love of zombies and post-apocalyptic scenarios, this haunted house is right up your alley. The setting is a world where zombies have taken over and humans are nearly extinct. Visitors have to dodge zombies and navigate around crashed cars to survive.
14. The Dent School House -- Cincinnati, Ohio
This haunted house takes place in an old school building that dates back to the 1800s. The school was shut down around the turn of the century due to a series of murders. It was reopened a few years ago.
15. Hotel of Horror -- Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Each year, this haunted house switches up its theme, but that doesn't mean it gets any less scary. Previous years' themes have included Puppet Pandemonium and Spirit Sacrifice. I don't like the sound of that first one.
I'm not sure I could survive even a single trip to one of these haunted houses. For someone who writes about creepy stuff for a living, I'm kind of a wuss.