Every autumn a frightening fever sweeps the nation from its biggest cities to its smallest towns. It's the annual opening of eerie exhibitions: Haunted houses, creepy mazes and frightening fairs. Abandoned prisons and decrepit cruise ships re-create scary scenes and tales of terror for chill seekers to enjoy.
Each year there are new trends in the business of fear, including live performances by actors trained to terrify even the toughest customers. These attractions have morphed beyond the neighborhood haunted house and have become popular tourist destinations across the country. (Source: The Travel Channel)
From San Diego to Baltimore, thousands of haunted houses, dungeons and creepy trails open their gates to crowds of chill-seekers who pay good money to experience crazy characters, realistic animatronics and sheer terror up close and terrifyingly personal. Many of these multimillion-dollar attractions have been in the works since the day after last year's Halloween, and they draw in fright enthusiasts from across the country to experience America's Scariest Halloween Attractions.