The most haunted places in America

Halloween is on the way, and that means it’s time to flock to your favorite local haunt. In Pennsylvania, not only do we have plenty of awesome haunted houses and attractions, but did you know we also have some places that are considered actually haunted?

The crew at has put together a list of the most haunted places in America. Believe it or not, two Pennsylvania areas made the cut. “We know the United States as the land of spacious skies and amber waves of grain, but it also happens to be the land of a million ghost stories,” they state in the article. “Take a coast-to-coast tour of the most haunted places in the U.S., where lingering spirits roam through the halls of hotels, abandoned insane asylums, Broadway theaters, and even a city zoo. And if ghosts aren’t your go-to travel companions, fear not—these sites offer enough culture, history, and beautiful scenery and architecture to keep you firmly planted in this realm.”

So, which Pennsylvania spots made the cut? The first is The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, which was built in 1829. notes that, “Prisoners lived alone, exercised alone, and ate alone; when an inmate left his cell, a guard would cover his head with a hood so he couldn’t see or be seen.” They also state that the site “welcomes thousands of visitors every year, both for its museum and annual ‘Terror Behind the Walls’ celebration, which features 15 haunted attractions within the prison walls for Halloween. Reported paranormal happenings have included disembodied laughter, shadowy figures, and pacing footsteps.”

The other Pennsylvania location to make the cut is the Gettysburg Battlefield. “The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest in American history, with somewhere around 50,000 young men dying in the three-day conflict,” says. “Many of the soldiers never received a proper burial after their untimely deaths, and many believe the souls of these men now wander the field to look for their weapons and comrades.” Find the full list of the most haunted places in America here.

Pennsylvania Has 4 of the Top Haunted Houses in the U.S.

  • 25. Shocktober, Leesburg, Virginia

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  • 24. Frightland, Middletown, Delaware

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    Experience the 8 most terrifying haunted attractions in the Delaware Valley at Frightland. Includes multiple haunted houses, hayride, amusement park & more

  • 23. Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse, Bellport, New York

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    Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, Long Island's number one rated haunted house, returns for an all-new season of Halloween scares! As a division of The Gateway, Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County, Gateway's Haunted Playhouse utilizes the numerous theatrical designers and staff at the Gateway - Long Island's oldest professional theatre.

  • 22. Paranoia Horror Maze, Miami, Florida

  • 21. The Dead End Hayride, Wyoming, Minnesota

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    Visit Minnesota's scariest haunted hayride, the Dead End Hayride located my Wyoming Minnesota at Pinehaven Farm. Face your fears!

  • 20. Hundred Acres Manor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Pittsburgh's Top Halloween Tradition , Hundred Acres Manor, brings you a whole new vision of horror and fun all within one haunted house in Pittsburgh, PA. Featuring five haunted house sections and add-on attractions like the burial simulator voiced by horror icon Tom Savini, Hundred Acres Manor offers more than just a walk-through attraction: it's an immersive experience that includes beer gardens and other entertainment options throughout.

  • 19. Erebus Haunted House, Pontiac, Michigan

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  • 18. Basement of the Dead, Aurora, Illinois - 2020 Basement Of The Dead Review - Aurora, Illinois

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  • 17. Dungeon of Doom, Zion, Illinois

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  • 16. Field of Screams, Mountville, Pennsylvania

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    You do not have javascript enabled. Many features on the Field of Screams website will not work correctly. Please enable javascript to continue. When it comes to terrifying thrills and spine-tingling chills, Field of Screams in Lancaster, PA, will give you more than you can handle!

  • 15. Scream-A-Geddon, Dade City, Florida

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  • 14. Dark Hour Haunted House, Plano, Texas

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  • 13. Haunted Plantation, Waipahu, Hawaii

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    Haunted Plantation is Voted Hawaiis Best and Scariest Haunted House

  • 12. Laurels House of Horror, Laurel, Maryland

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  • 11. The Bates Motel, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

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  • 10. The Haunted Hotel, San Diego, California

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  • 9. Cutting Edge Haunted House, Fort Worth, Texas

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  • 8. House of Torment, Morton Grove, Illinois

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  • 7. Brighton Asylum, Passaic, New Jersey

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  • 6. Savage House, San Diego, California

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    Savage House is San Diego's only themed haunted attraction. Immerse yourself in a terrifying narrative fit for a horror film.

  • 5. Bane Haunted House, Livingstone, New Jersey

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  • 4. Statesville Haunted Prison, Lockwood, Illinois

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  • 3. Netherworld Haunted House, Stone Mountain, Georgia

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  • 2. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • 1. 13th Floor Haunted House, Denver, Colorado

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