The “Kick the Bucket” List: The 13 Scariest Attractions in America

Do you fancy the demonic? Seeking a terrifying travel destination? Not afraid of the scariest attractions? Well, consider this your “kick the bucket” list.

Do you enjoy thrills and chills?

Are horror films your thing?

Will you pay good money to be terrified?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will be delighted by this list. From ghosts and ghouls to the mentally deranged, America has a horrific past that will be sure to frightfully delight you.

If you dare to enter, this “kick the bucket” list will serve as a guide to 13 of the scariest attractions in America.

  1. St. Louis Cemetary No. 1

No thrills and frills list is complete without New Orleans, Louisiana, infamously known for its voodoo practices. This cemetery features a special guest, the voodoo priestess herself, Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

In the span of just one block, this burial ground holds over 700 tombs and over 100,000 of the dead–and counting, as it is still an active gravesite.

Many visitors have claimed to see manifestations of ghosts walking through the rows of tombs among other paranormal activities.

You must book a tour with a company registered with the Archdiocese of New Orlean to visit this site.

  1. Sorrel Weed House 

Named one of “America’s Most Haunted Cities” by USA Today and the Travel Channel, Savannah, GA is another must-visit on the “kick the bucket” list.

At this Savannah plantation home, two mysterious suicides occurred. One being the plantation owner’s wife after her discovery of her husband’s love affair with one of their slaves. The next being the slave, Molly, who was said to be led to commit suicide by the ghost of her lover’s wife.

The Sorrel Weed House has been featured on various paranormal activity television shows and is considered to be one of the most haunted homes in the U.S. and even the world. It’s quite possible to spot a spirit at this site.

  1. Breakout Games

Try escaping your death in an old abandoned mansion or a shady motel on the outskirts of town at the Breakout Games in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This spine-chilling and heart-pumping adventure takes the escape room to the next level. You and your friends or family will enjoy a thrilling hour of puzzle-solving and clue hunting in the scenarios like you’ve never seen before.

Will you break out in time?

  1. Salem Witch House

Interested in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692?

The Witch House, or Corwin House, is the only structure in Salem still standing that has direct ties to the witch trials.

As a local judge, John Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of evil activity and witchcraft accusations. Because Corwin was responsible for the executions of many accused witches, it’s no surprise that spirits roam this home seeking vengeance.

There have been numerous claims of paranormal activity including people hearing the disembodied voice of a child, people being touched by an unseen entity, and feeling cold spots throughout the house.

Take a short drive from Boston to visit this home.

  1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Built in 1858, West Virginia’s Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was originally founded with the intent to provide a “moral” and “humane” safe space for mental patients.

That sounds nice but during that time “moral treatment” for the mentally ill that involved barbaric tortures and icepick lobotomies.

By 1938, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was six times overcapacity. The patients inside were running wild, unable to be controlled by the orderlies inside and many starved to death.

After 100 years of torture, rape, suicide, and death, the asylum closed, but many spirits of the patients and nurses remain.

  1. Sloss Furnaces

From 1882 to 1971, Birmingham Alabama’s Sloss Furnaces produced hard steel that would pave the way for the industrial revolution.

James “Slag” Wormwood, the foreman of the graveyard Shift, became obsessed with production and in turn treated his workers poorly, forcing them to work with no breaks and in dangerous conditions.

Legend has it that in October of 1906, Slag lost his footing at the top of the highest blast furnace (known as Big Alice) and plummeted into a pool of melted iron ore. His body was said to have melted instantly.

The restless souls are known to roam this site, which is an event venue, in the city.

Catch the Fright Furnace during Halloween for a chilling good time.

  1. Blackout, New York

An interactive “theater” where your psychological limits are tested?

If you fancy being thrust into a jarring realm of strobe lights, psychosexual torment, and faceless people shouting orders at you, sign a waiver and let the terror begin.

This is no ordinary haunted house, as you can experience military coercion tactics and simulated sexual assault. Your deepest darkest fears will be explored.

Basically, you’re in an episode of Black Mirror.

  1. Gettysburg Battlefield 

The spirit of the Civil War lives on at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

In July 1863, more than 50,000 Americans were killed at Gettysburg. The lifeless bodies of thousands were later dumped into mass graves, and many soldiers are said to still haunt the grounds.

Walk the haunting 10,000-acre battlefield, and you just may encounter some strange activity — cameras malfunctioning, the sounds of weeping nurses and ghostly apparitions.

  1. Dent School House

This primary schoolhouse in Cincinnati began to see it students mysteriously vanish in 1942, but they deemed them runaways.

It wasn’t until 1955 that students began to complain about a smell coming from the basement that the truth was uncovered.

The basement was covered with the decaying remains of the missing students.  Bodies had been sealed in barrels, wedged behind the brick walls of the basement, and left in sanitary tubs to decay forever.  A search for the school’s janitor went over two weeks, but he was never found.

Janitor Charlie’s spirit is said to still reside in the basement while the spirits of the children roam about the schoolhouse.

  1. The Haunted Hotel

Consistently voted one of the country’s best by Haunt World Magazine, take a visit to the Haunted Hotel in San Diego, California.

Take a ride down the Hellevator and through zombie-infested alleys, and into the creepy Clown Subway. Consistently voted one of the country’s best by Haunt World Magazine.

  1. Fright Factory

Do you hate a visit to the dentist? Try being trapped to a dentist chair by psycho clowns.

At the Fright Factory in Philadelphia, you can tour the Silent Scream Asylum, where you’ll be locked in with clowns and dentists, among other inmates, or taken to butcher’s room and an unholy chapel.

  1. Cutting Edge

Want to take the longest walk through a haunted house in the world? Enjoy an hour-long walk through an old meat-packing plant in Dallas, TX.

The area known as Hell’s Half Acre had one recorded death. Sally, a woman who frequented the area was found dead early one morning, nailed to an outhouse door near the gaming houses where she spent a lot of time. Some believe that her spirit still roams the area where she was brutally murdered and left on display.

Pay Sally a visit at the World’s Largest Haunted House, as recorded by the Guinness World Book of Records in 2009.

  1. Villisca Ax Murder House

Are you brave enough to lay your head where 8 people were ax-murdered?

For a truly one-of-a-kind night away, book a room at the Villisca Ax Murder House, the aptly named home where eight people were ax-murdered in their sleep, back in 1912.

While the case is still unsolved, the main suspect was a traveling minister who had taught at a nearby church that night and left town early next morning.

Tours and overnight stays are offered in the very rooms that were the scene of a bloody massacre.

Do You Dare Visit the 13 Scariest Attractions in America? 

Now that we’ve shared some of the scariest attractions America has to offer, will you dare to pay them a visit?

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Proceed with caution!