Every year, millions of people look forward to the Halloween season. There are many reasons for this: The weather finally gets cooler, the leaves change colors, and (my personal favorite) haunted houses and other Halloween attractions make their grand entrance for the season.
Most of us are fans of the haunted hayride or occasional theme park that does a fright night. However, there are haunted houses out there that go much farther than the typical jump-out-and-say-boo fright.
5 Most Extreme Haunted Houses in the U.S.
Our list contains some of the most extreme haunted houses in the world. These are places that the average person would never go. From being restrained to physically abused, these aren't typical Halloween haunted houses. They are essentially torture chambers ... and they will certainly have you running for your life.
1. McKamey Manor
Nashville, Tennessee & Huntsville, Alabama
This is not your average haunted house—it's a walkthrough of one of your worst nightmares. Let's put it this way: You cannot participate until you provide proof of a sports physical, doctor's note, and background check stating that you are physically and mentally clear.
You also have to do a FaceTime or phone screening, prove that you have medical insurance (obviously), sign a detailed 40-page waiver, and pass a drug test the day of your entrance. In other words? This is not something you can go and do on a whim. You need to plan and put a lot of effort into this particular experience.
Please be warned that this is a place where you will live your own horror movie. The experience can last from four to eight hours—and very few people actually make it through the entire thing.
Believe it or not, this house is free. All the owner asks is that you consider donating to a greyhound rescue organization. Good luck to anyone who attempts this one. If you want to know more, the manor will be featured on Netflix's show Dark Tourist.
2. Blackout Haunted House
San Francisco, California
Not only disturbing but terrifying. This year, Blackout is teaming up with Hell in the Armory: Escape. The concept is that once you enter a room, you have twenty minutes to get out, but every attempt you make at escaping has some consequence. You also aren't alone.
Unfortunately, for this Halloween season Blackout is sold out. This means you'll have to begin your preparations for next year. You have to be 18 or older to attend, and some of the scenes in this adults-only haunted house are borderline erotic.
This year, Blackout was also available in Los Angeles and New York, but it's invite-only and costs $135 to attend. With a chillingly consistent narrative, this is no cheap trick—and it evokes dread using a genuinely psychological perspective.
3. The ScareHouse
If you go to ScareHouse, you have to choose the basement experience. It's not for the faint of heart. You will be touched, restrained, and hooded.
Of course, you will be signing a waiver before entering that states all of this.
You will also need to leave your cell phone behind, and must not be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. You are required to book in advance, and it costs $31 for a single person and $43 for a two-person experience. You must arrive 15 minutes ahead of your time slot to fill out the paperwork and prove your age.
This is a separate experience from the rest of the haunted house's three attractions. Only a max of two people can enter at a time. Get ready to be tormented, challenged, and scared out of your mind.
4. The 17th Door
While this particular haunted house may be less daunting than its crazy counterparts, it's still terrifying. You will need to sign a waiver to be allowed to participate—but the safe word "mercy" is taken seriously, and any participant who uses it will be allowed to leave.
Unlike the other places on this list, you will not be trapped inside and forced to continue. They respect your limits, which could make the experience more bearable.
Miasma is an interactive and heart-pounding show. It's a physical and psychological terror experience. The show is one night only, and guests are informed of the location just 24 hours before the event.
The exact location is only ever disclosed to guests at the event. This year's event is sold out—but it's never too early to submit a request for next Halloween.
Be aware that you will experience aggressive physical contact, claustrophobic spaces, edible content, and demanding psychological and physical moments.
You know, just the usual haunted house stuff.
We know it may seem hard to believe, but these are just a few of the terrifying houses of torment you can visit each year. Some of these are open year-round, some are not. Some are far more extreme than others, but one thing is for sure you will be begging to get out!
Don't worry for those of you not interested in the extreme horror offered at such establishments above. There are plenty of haunted house and attractions that will not in any way violate you and can be a great place to visit for a night out with friends.