It's spooky season in the city once again, and nothing screams Halloween quite like haunted houses! Whether you're looking for a thrilling date night with your significant other, or simply want a fun night out with the crew, we've got you covered! Below are our picks for the top 10 haunted houses in the Metro Atlanta area. Readers beware, you're in for a scare!
The nightmarish 13 Stories is completely indoors, so rain is never a problem here! With 54,000 square feet of recently renovated attractions designed to scare even the most seasoned haunted house veteran, this is a must visit during the Halloween season! Have someone in your group who wants to go, but can't handle intense scares? 13 Stories offers a "Chicken Ticket", which is a flashing pacifier patrons can put in their mouth to let the monsters and haunter know to "take it easy". This pacifier, however, does not protect against teasing from friends or relatives.
Lithia Springs, GA.
Built from 26 different shipping containers, Containment offers one of the most uniquely frightening experiences of this list. It was redesigned in 2018 with an emphasis on classic scares, and plans to bring even more to the table this year. Well-trained actors, articulately-detailed scenes, and in-your-face intensity combine to offer roughly 25 minutes of quality haunts!
Pumpkin patch by day, nightmare trio by night; Fear the Woods has it all. Located at Yule Forest off Hwy 155, Fear the Woods offers three separate attractions that can be purchased separately or as a bundle. The Haunted House follows the twisted nightmares of what lies in a little girl's closet; the Terror Transport haunted trail features a thrill ride through the dark woods, and the Pandemic Frontline Haunted Combat is an apocalyptic, outdoor, first person shooter video game that you MUST try for yourself. No matter what you're into, Fear the Woods has what you're looking for.
Folklore is the first haunted house I ever experienced, and it set the bar extremely high for what a quality haunted house should consist of. Like Fear the Woods above, it also offers three separate attractions: The Manor, Asylum '67, and Chromophobia. For first time scare seekers, Folklore is an excellent choice. Asylum '67 has also been renovated for 2019, which gives haunted house vets who have been to this popular site before another reason to come back.
While not technically a haunted house in of itself, Fright Fest seemed too iconic and massive not to include on this list. With multiple scare zones, haunted mazes, spooky shows, and decorated rides all throughout the park, Six Flags definitely takes the cake on this list for offering the most thrills in one place. Plus, all of the roller coasters stay open until midnight, which creates a much different, much darker type of ride. If you purchase a Season's Pass to Six Flags for 2020, you attend fright fest as many times as you'd like until November 2 for FREE!
Located in a 100-year-old building near the Rome Braves stadium, Gates of Misery has an authentic haunted house feel that can't be missed! Although operating with a lower budget than most others on this list, Gates of Misery continues to deliver scary sights and ferocious frights year after year. If torture, torment, and terrifying screams are your cup of blood, then we recommend making the trip to North Georgia and checking out what Gates of misery has to offer!
Stone Mountain, GA.
Most people who think of haunted houses in Atlanta immediately think of Netherworld. Highly rated and awarded, Netherworld is the gold standard of what a haunted house should be. It's popularity is in conjunction with its quality, and, unlike most other haunted houses on this list, is open for business every night during the Halloween season. Trust us, if you've never been there, you NEED to go to Netherworld this year and experience it for yourself.
Dark magic and radioactive quarantine facilities are the name of the game for Paranoia this year. There is so much attention to detail in the sets, the special effects, the costume design, and the atmosphere, it will make your jaw drop (in terror). With it's constant commitment to improvement, Paranoia is a must-see this Halloween season.
You know it's good when even its website is scary. If clowns and psychotic evils scare you, Sinister Suites might be your next haunted house visit. You won't see many animatronics, but instead, live actors who are ready and wanting to scare the daylights out of you at every twist and turn in this convoluted hotel of horrors.
Rounding out our list is a demented carnival that might not be the type of fair to bring your kids to. Trail of Terror: CarnEvil is located in the Friendship Forest and tells the tale of the deceased carnival workers who now haunt the place, seeking their undead revenge. Be advised: you will be walking long distances here (unless you're enjoying the hayride) so bring your walking shoes and get ready to brave decapitated corpses and deranged clowns.
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