Best scare you senseless Halloween attractions

What would Halloween be without the terrifying frights of haunted houses, hay rides, corn mazes and other attractions? I’ve put together a list of the Best “Scare You Senseless” Halloween Attractions for 2008. The videos included are intense so make sure you read the warning below before watching them. If you’ve visited one of these attractions let’s here your take on it! Did it scare you senseless?

WARNING: The videos included in this article are not suited for children. If you’re going to play them, make sure that there aren’t any little kids around. The music is intense, the voices scary, images are frightening, gory and not something that a child, or anyone who is easily frightened, should see. Thanks.

Best “Scare You Senseless” Halloween Attractions for 2008


 10. Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream  Three Locations: Williamsburg, VA, Tampa Bay and San AntonioDates and Times Vary by location. Check each website for details.

Williamsburg: Visitors to Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream will experience a night filled with Halloween terror. There are five shows, five mazes and four different scare zones.


Mazes: Masquerage, Curse of Pompeii, Wicked Woods, Grimm Hollows Deadtime Stories, and Tormented Tales.


Scarezones: Werewolf Reserve, Piratical Purgatory, Never After and The Beaten Path.


Shows: Jack in Black, Starfright Orchestra, Festhaus Fright Night, Monstor Stomp and Rockin Eves Wrath.

Buy Tickets Online

Admission: $69.95 Various Passes Available

Dates & Times:

October 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Friday & Sundays – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Saturdays – 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM


Tampa Bay:  This year’s event comes with a warning of violence, gore and blood. Not for the kiddies. The event is called The Raven Twins, “two twins you’ll die to meet. The devious creatures lurking in all-new haunted houses scare zones and trhilling live shows will get your pulse pounding. Bone chiling roller coasters to keep the screams coming all night long”. Buy Tickets Online

San Antonio: Hosted at SeaWorld, Jack’s back!

SeaWorld’s resident party pumpkin returns for four straight weekends plus Halloween night! Join in the frightful family fun with games and entertainment featuring Jack’s Frightmare Forest, the new Creepy Creatures: The 4D experience,  Jack is Back: The stage show turned dance party, Shamu’s Rockin’ Creep Show: Hosted by Jack, Fun For Kids at Shamu’s Happy Harbor

Ticket info: Call 1-800-700-7786

 9. Bennett’s Curse – Hanover, MDWhat would Halloween be without Vampires? Bennet’s Curse brings you a can’t miss Vampire Halloween attraction and other specialized events including Castle Bennett, House of the Vampyres and Sanctuary of Insanity featuring the Dominon of Darkness. This event hasincredible animatronics, live actors, unique themes and will scare you senseless.

Dates & Times
October 9 – 12, 16 – 19, 23- 26, 29 – Nov 1.

Phone: 410-538-6461

Address: 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Maryland 21076


Admission: $20.00 General, $30.00 Speed Pass.

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 8 . Realm of Darkness – An Interactive Haunted House – Pontiac, MIThe Realm of Darkness has had an amazing come back from a devasting flood, which ruined 27 of the 57 room attraction, to bring you one of the best haunted attractions in Michigan.”For the 2008 Halloween Season The Realm of Darkness is challenging you to defeat the Wizard and win DOUBLE your money back! That’s double your admission price if you can find all the clues and choose the right paths throughout the haunt you will face the Wizard and claim your prize! Can you solve the mystery? Do you hear them? The voices are calling; join us, and The Realm of Darkness will let you answer. Are you ready? Are you brave enough for the wizards challenge? Your quest beckons, come, step across the creaking drawbridge and immerse yourself into the crumbling castles eerie darkness. Be warned! Only the bravest souls will find their way to the wizard; those who do will receive double their money back, I repeat, DOUBLE your money back. The Realm of Darkness is an interactive haunted house. Come, journey back to medieval times, travel through Deadwood Forest and defeat the wizard. The challenge summons you, ignore that little voice of reason screaming for mercy inside your head. Let the shadows swallow you, and remember…all hope of sanity is left behind at, The Realm of Darkness.”

Dates & Times:

October 11 to 14, 18 to 20, 22 to 31

Fri-Sat: Ticket Sales Begin at 7:30 PM

Thu & Sun: Ticket Sales Begin at 7:30 PM


Admission: Varies by date Buy Tickets Online

Address: 79 S. Glenwood, Pontiac, MI

Realm Hotline: (248) 338 0029


 7. Headless Horseman – Ulster Park, New York“Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses is located in Ulster Park, NY, part of the Historic Haunted Hudson Valley. The property incorporates over forty-five acres of naturally landscaped property that includes foreboding woods, surreal ponds, fruit orchards and more. Our “family oriented” attraction includes a one mile hayride, a labyrinth style corn maze, three professionally created haunted houses, four food concessions, as well as Ghoulish Gifts, Magic Moon Gifts, Scarewear, Fear Gear and Witchy Woman gift shops.”

Dates & Times:
October 10, 11, 12,17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31

Call 845-339-2666 for times

Attractions: Once Upon A Terror (Hayride), Nightshade Experiment (haunted house), Evil Reaping (Cornmaze), Flesh They Crave (haunted house) and Phantom Harbor (haunted house). 

Admission: $29.00 per person. Buy Tickets Online


 6. Woods of Terror –  Greensboro, NCIt’s been seventeen years since Woods of Terror started scaring people senseless on twenty acres of rural woodlands in Greensboro, NC. Each year, the acreage is transformed into a truly intense and terrifying haunted trail. Using special effects, stage makeup and movie-like sets with scary lighting effects make this a one of a kind bone chilling attraction. This year you can experience the Tour of Terror where you’ll walk through the “most sinister experience that you’ve ever seen.” Then, take a ride through Hicksville, USA in Terror On The Farm to find out what lurks in the corn. Then enter the world of Carn-Evil – the “freak show of carnies” in full 3D but be careful because the vortex can spin you out of control.Address: 5601 North Church Stree, Greensboro, NC 27455

Buy Discount Tickets Online – Admission Price $30.00 at the door.

Dates & Times:
September 26,27

October 3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25,26,29,30,31

November 1

Thursday – Sunday: 6:45pm – 10:00pm

Fridays & Saturdays: 6:45pm – 11:00pm

Phone: (336) 286-9396


 5. Scream World – Houston, TXScreamworld is Houston’s longest running “scream park”. It has five haunted attractions located in one location. Now in its eight season,  the 12,000 foot building includes three attractions inside, and two on the grounds. Don’t wear sandals and there is a no touch policy.Featuring the outdoor Maze of Maniacs, The Haunted Hotel, Edge of Darkness, Movie Monsters in 3D and Tobias Strange Family Cemetery, this attraction will make you wish that the lights were on.

Address: 2225 North Sam Houston Parkway West, North Houston, Texas 77381


Admission: $25 General Admission, $35 VIP Fast Pass

All pricing includes all five attractions. Buy Tickets Online  

Coupons available online

Dates & Times

Weekdays: 7:30 to 10:00 PM

Friday’s & Saturday’s: 8:00 to 12:00 AM

Sunday’s: 7:30 to 10:00 PM

Halloween: 7:30 to 1:00 AM

 4. Netherworld Haunted House – Atlanta, GA“Netherworld Haunted House, Atlanta’s Ultimate Haunted House, is not only one of the scariest haunted houses in Georgia and the Southeast, but one of the Top Haunted Houses in the Nation. For 12 years this intense, cutting edge, multi story, multi attraction haunted event has thrilled and terrified visitors…regularly garnering national attention from the likes of CNN, AOL, the Wall Street Journal, and Hauntworld Magazine. Created by film and television professionals, NETHERWORLD is also notable for its custom movie quality special effects, amazing actors, unique themes, and extremely detailed sets.Don’t miss one of America’s best haunted houses…visit Netherworld this Halloween season!

Carnivore: A pack of Savage Werewolves face Inhuman Creatures in a battle to the Death! Shocking special effects and adrenaline pumping monster action will leave you breathless!

New for 2008! – The Bottomless Pit, The Vicious Wolf Pack, The Time/Space Ripper, The Slime Pits of the NETHERWORLD, The 17 Foot Tall Pumpkin King and countless other horrors that man was not meant to know! 


Mangler: Search the dark sewers and forgotten tunnels beneath the city in search of the Mangler, a horribly disfigured serial killer! Can you discover the mutilated remains of his latest victim before you become his next?

New for 2008! The Skull Crusher, Massive Gore, Live Roaches, Snakes, Rats, HOGZILLA, The Twisted Dentist and The Heart Stopping PILE DRIVER are just a few of the dark nightmares you must escape! This attraction may be too intense for some people.”

Address: 6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA

Phone: (404) 608-2484

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Dates: Nightly October 3rd through November 2nd. 7-11 weekdays, 7-12 weekends.

$18 per person for CARNIVORE only

$25 per person for CARNIVORE plus MANGLER

 3. The 13th Gate – Louisiana’s Ultimate Haunted House The 13th Gate is the ultimate haunted house! Journey through 13 very frightening themed indoor and (weather-permitting) outdoor areas where your worst nightmares come true and anything can happen.From crawling thought a Crematory oven and an old hearse to being lost in dark underground tunnels or even finding yourself standing on a rickety bridge overlooking hundreds of live snakes, this haunted house is definitely not recommended for the faint of heart. (nor is it recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has a preexisting heart condition, is very young, or has a weak bladder!).Dates:

September 25th – October 18th – Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7pm-11pm

October 23rd-November 1st, 7th & 8th – Open Every night 7pm until the last victim gets in!

November 7th & 8th Flashlight Fright Nights! 7pm-until

(travel through a completely dark 13th Gate armed only with a couple small fingerlights per group!)


832 St Phillip Street

Downtown Baton Rouge, LA

Under the I-10 River Bridge, Next to Belle Casino and Pastime Restaurant

Hotline 225-389-1313

Admission $20.00

 2. The Darkness – St. Louis, Missouri“Someone will be waiting in The Darkness. Someone will be watching in The Darkness. Someone will be running in The Darkness. Someone will be screaming…someone like YOU! “ The Darkness will take you beyond your imagination into a world of deadly voodoo in the swamp where the ground moves and swamp monsters infest the waters. The set was featured on Modern Marvels – you don’t want to miss it! Then you’ll travel through graveyards whose residents rise out of their tombs as werewolves attack. The Darkness is “a 2 MILLION dollar attraction with over 100 sophisticated animated monsters, computer effects, special effects, 50 live actors, and the most amazing realistic sets in the Halloween industry”.Can’t make it to the live show? Then visit the Fear Cam online.Admission: $17 Adult, $13 (Child Speed Pass extra)

All ticket pricing hereBuy Tickets Online

Dates & Times:

Weekdays: 7:30 to 10:30 PM

Friday’s & Saturday’s:

Oct 10 & 11:7:00 to 1:00 AM

Oct 17,18,24,25,31: 6:00 to 1:00 AM

Nov 1 & 2: 7:30 to 12:30 AM

Mailing address: Halloween Productions, Inc., 1525 South 8th Street, Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 

Phone Numbers:

Haunted Hotline 314 631-8000

Office Line 314.241.3456

Fax Line – 314.621.3728


Larry Kirchner:

Jim Kelly:

Office Manager

MEDIA REQUESTS Contact: Mary @ 314-962-6400 or e-mail at



 1. Universal Studios “Halloween Horror Nights” Hollywood & OrlandoWebsite:, FL: Halloween Horror Nights Reflections of Fear

Hollywood, CA: Live Your Worst Nightmare

Orlando: Come face to face with your deepest fears as Bloody Mary brings history’s most terrifying urban legends to life at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Trapped inside or on the streets, there’s nowhere you’re safe. It’s the most immersive horror experience ever, with more Scare Zones than ever before, more Scareactors, and the most Haunted Houses ever.

On select nights in September, October, and November, Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, outrageous live shows, and electrifying scare zones while an army of mutants, monsters and maniacs roam the darkened studio streets.

September 26-27

October 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-26, 29-31

November 1, 2008

Admission: varies by date  – buy tickets here. Florida residents buy discounted tickets here.

Hollywood: For 13 nights in October and early November, Universal Studios Hollywood is transformed into L.A.’s most terrifying Halloween experience, filled with haunted walk-through attractions, intense scare zones, roaming scare-actors, and nightmare-inducing rides, shows and attractions.

At Halloween Horror Nights 2008, enter the terrifying worlds of Jason, Freddy and Leatherface as you try to survive new horrific mazes. Then, witness the horror as each one comes to life when you step off the all-new Terror Tram and onto Universal’s Backlot.

Day, Date, Hours:     

Friday Oct. 10:       7pm – 12am

Saturday Oct. 11:  7pm – 2am

Friday Oct. 17:       7pm – 2am

Saturday Oct. 18:  7pm – 2am

Sunday Oct. 19:    7pm – 12am

Friday Oct. 24:       7pm – 2am

Saturday Oct. 25:  7pm – 2am

Sunday Oct. 26:    7pm – 1am

Thursday Oct. 30: 7pm – 12am

Friday Oct. 31:       7pm – 2am

Saturday Nov. 1:   7pm – 2am

Hours are subject to change.

Admission: varies by date  – buy tickets here

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