Washington D.C. is known for fiery politicians and grand museums, yet as Halloween draws near it is the city's dark side that is grabbing national attention. So if you are in the nation's capital this October and are feeling brave, check out one of these 5 best haunted houses in the Washington D.C. area.
Bennett's Curse is rated the best haunted house in Maryland and D.C. and is also known as one of the top haunts in the nation. Located in Jessup, this haunted attraction is most known for their "House of Vampires" which is the only medieval themed haunted house in the world. Based on the evolving story of the demise of Bennett's Castle, the "House of Vampires" revolutionizes fright entertainment with state of the art special effects to give you a horrifyingly unforgettable experience. In addition to "House of Vampires," Bennett's Curse also terrifies you with the "Sanctuary of Insanity" and the brand new "Zombie Kingdom 3D."
The same demented minds that created Bennett's Curse bring you another horrific Halloween scare at the Creepywoods Haunted Forest in Kingsville, Md. This walk through haunted trail leads you into the bleak and unknown darkness of a blackened forest filled with live actors, amazing special effects and terrifying monsters. While on your journey you will come face to face with horrifying creatures and tormented souls, stuck between life and death, and in search for their next victims. This year's attraction is longer and better than ever so only enter if you dare.
This Halloween haunt is more than a haunted house and was featured on the Travel Channel as one of the top ten Halloween Scares in the country. Bates Motel is located in Gradyville, PA, takes you on something far more than a usual kiddy hayride. Their 25 minutes hayride of terror leads you into the dark forests of the Arasapha Farm, loaded with innovative animatronics, 26 massive Hollywood quality sets, 50 actors and an arsenal of pyrotechnics. There is also the Cornfield Haunted Trail which walks you through tall rows of corn and back in time to ghost towns, graveyards, haunted gold mines as well as other realistic bone-chilling scenes. Finally, the basis of this frightening theme park is the chilling Victorian mansion known as the Bates Motel. Feel the chills run down your spine as you become subject to the realistic horrors of computer controlled animatronics, digital sound and lighting, and gruesome attention to detail.
Since 1998, Wicked Woods has haunting its visitors with frightening trails through the darkened woods of Glen Burnie, MD. There is something inherently eerie about the woods at night and Wicked Woods offers two haunted trails full of noises and images that will leave your mind reeling and heart pounding. For the little monsters in your party, Wicked Woods also offers a third, more festive trail. The Wee Kids Maze is full of Halloween themes and lets your kids explore without all the scares.
This Halloween event located in Dickerson, MD is scary enough for the adventure seekers yet festive enough for the faint of heart. They offer two bone-chilling trails, spooky ghosts hunts, daring zip-lines, an interactive enchanted forest and so much more. Prepare yourself for a day of frightening excitement and activity with the family that has been terrifying patrons for 19 years.