The week leading up to Halloween (that would be now) is a busy one. After all, you’ve got to get your costume together, buy candy for the neighbors and try to scare the living daylights out of yourself at the haunted house of your choice. There are a lot out there, but here are a few of our favorites.
Dead Men Walking: Fright at the Museum, Washington, D.C.
Housed inside of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment, this isn’t your usual scary ghost and ghoulish goblin scarefest. It’s based on true-life crimes of the people that were killed in an electric chair that is enshrined at the museum. The horror continues every Wednesday through Sunday until the end of October.
Massacre Hotel, Chicago
Located in the heart of Chi-town, this haunted house must have been at least a little inspired by the Bates Motel. It’s thousands of square feet of rickety hotel, dark hallways, bloody sheets and monsters in the wardrobe. You can catch them Thursday through Sunday nights.
Vampyr Inn, West Hollywood, California
Only in Los Angeles does a legendary fantasy ghouls ball inspire a haunted house! Legend says that this group of terrifying undead people only gather every 13 years in order to select who they’ll choose to join their group, but you won’t have to wait that long to experience the terror of the bloody ball. The Inn will be open October 29-November 1.
Netherworld Haunted House, Atlanta
When it comes to haunted spaces, this one has obviously got the chops: it was voted the #1 haunted house by Hauntworld magazine. The premise is pretty simple: a vampire lord comes to the house to wreck terror and havoc on all that enter. It’s open every night until November 1.
There’s more than one way to celebrate, or not celebrate Halloween. If you’re looking for a clean evening for you and the family, a church in your area is the best bet. They’ll likely have food, candy, games and prizes. Your kids can even dress up, but be sure to stay away from dark themes like death, mythical beings and blood.
— Whitney Teal
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