Simple corn mazes and scarecrows on a stick have nothing on these top-rated haunts from across the US. These creepy haunted houses feature the latest in cutting-edge, high-tech tricks and treats guaranteed to keep you on your toes and screaming in fright.
The Darkness Haunted House (St. Louis)
With $1 million in renovations, the Darkness guarantees a scare. Be sure to check out the new TerrorVisions in 3D, featuring manic circus clowns, as it is lauded as the best 3D haunt ever (Tickets start at $15, ).
Bates Motel (Philadelphia)
The Bates Motel grabs patrons' attention during the haunted hayride with huge pyrotechnics then confuses them with 12 fog machines and animatronics run by computerized controls (Tickets start at $12, ).
13th Gate Haunted House (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
While plummeting 13 stories in the old services elevators, be sure to notice the elaborate Hollywood-quality special effects at this top-rated venue (Tickets start at $20, ).
House of Shock (New Orleans)
Before you set foot into the 20,000 square foot House of Shock, take in the stage show, which shoots flames 75 feet into the air. Inside, the newest addition is a wall of metal barrels that fall inches from your head (Tickets start at $20, ).
House of Torment (Austin)
Can't make it all the way through House of Torment's new Rise of the Abominations with thrilling animatronic monsters? Scared guests will be ushered out to have their picture taken and posted on the "Wall of Shame" (Tickets start at $15, ).
Netherworld Haunted House (Atlanta)
Netherworld's multi-level haunted house features a spinning tunnel that turns your stomach and keeps you guessing. And beware of the animatronic Lava Monster (Tickets start at $20, ).
Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati)
Patrons set off moving props when triggering infrared sensors then walk through the Claustrophobia Room where air bags push in from the walls. On the way out, don't touch the walls—packed with low-voltage electricity, they will shock hands (Tickets start at $13, ).