Some people wait all year for the holidays to come around, especially to visit some of the best haunted attractions in the U.S. With Christmas comes twinkly lights, Christmas trees, sugar cookies, Hallmark movies, and Santa; the love language of the season, and we fully support that. However, for some, it’s what comes before the holidays that delights: the haunted, spooky, bewitching season of Halloween.

Ghost stories and ghost towns, frightful festivities, and haunted houses — this is a horse of a different color entirely: the dark horse upon which the headless horseman rides. It’s the season of spooky fun, and whether you’re Team Halloween or Team Christmas, summon your bravery this fall and venture out to the 14 top haunted attractions in the U.S. Just be prepared to be scared!

There’s something wholly delightful about being scared silly — especially when you know it’s all in good fun at one of the best haunted attractions in the U.S. The Halloween season goes by in the blink of an eye, and before you know it, it will be all Santas and reindeer, sugar and spice. So embrace the spirit of frightful fun, and enjoy these epic, best Halloween attractions in the U.S. while you can!

If you need a Halloween costume, check out Etsy’s website. And if you have the nerve, stay the night at a 65-year-old inn, and one of the most haunted places in Connecticut.

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What are some of the best haunted places in the US?

Prefer to be spooked by real-life cemeteries and ghost towns? Then pack up and head out to one of these most notorious ghost towns in the US. Our country is full of ghost towns: In the West, abandoned areas remain from the days of the Gold Rush; in the Pacific Northwest, evidence of old homesteads exists along the Oregon Trail; the Midwest is full of towns that once thrived during the Great Migration; while the South and Mid-Atlantic regions have their own ghost towns which harken back to the very first days of America. Some of our favorite American ghost towns to explore during the spooky season include Shaniko, Oregon; Marfa, Texas; Nevada City, Montana; Bannack State Park, Montana; Bode, California; St. Elmo, Colorado; Old Cahawba, Alabama; Blue Heron, Kentucky; Thurmond, West Virginia; and Centralia, Pennsylvania.

What is one of the best Halloween attractions in the U.S.?

North Dakota's haunted fort is one of the scariest places in America. Who knew the beautiful Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park with a significant historic presence, is also one of North Dakota's most haunted places? If you have the nerve, see Fort Abraham Lincoln in a new way as the horrifying Haunted Fort, offering different themed nights among the famously haunted grounds. You never know what might pop out at you along the way.