The southern city of Atlanta ranks high on the fright meter when it comes to Halloween. As posted by Mental Floss, haunted houses are big business. In 2014, horrors go high-tech in spectacularly spooky locations like a meatpacking plant, an abandoned asylum, and an old prison. In Atlanta, Netherworld once again grabs national attention. In fact, the Travel Channel said it has “more scares per square foot than any other haunt in America.” In addition, Roswell Paranormal Investigators declared that the Netherworld building itself is “paranormally active.” Now, that might send a chill down your spine.
As noted by Fox News, dark corners and overworked actors are a thing of the past. Today’s extreme haunted houses “cater to the demand of increasingly desensitized patrons looking to be frightened to their core at Halloween.” Some aim to terrorize and traumatize, while more tame ones provide a scary, but fun, time for families.
Below is a list of Top 10 Haunted Houses in and around Atlanta to celebrate Halloween southern style in 2014. Be sure to visit the individual websites for ticket, hours and pricing information, plus age appropriateness. When in doubt, leave the little ones at home.
1. Netherworld Haunted House
Hauntworld.com, a Halloween authority, ranks Netherworld #2 on its annual list of “Best Haunted Houses” in the country. “Netherworld Haunted House is known for its over-the-top effects, intense make-up, elaborate costuming, skilled stunt actors, unique monsters, unusual themes and chilling detail. To put it simply – Netherworld is the total package,” says Hauntworld. The Travel Channel also lists Netherworld as a top haunted house in America and posted, “Having been featured on TV and in movies, such as ‘Zombieland,’ this spooky attraction has amazingly detailed sets.” Netherworld, located in Norcross, is now open nightly through Nov. 2. Tickets range from $22 for the main haunt during the week to $30 for two haunts on the weekend. To purchase tickets online, head to Netherworld’s website. 6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA 30093. For answers to frequently asked questions about Netherworld, go to fearworld.com.
2. 13 Stories Haunted House
Originally located in Kennesaw, 13 Stories moved Newnan and it’s definitely worth the drive south. The 54,000 sq. ft. indoor attraction utilizes cutting edge technology and features five different haunted houses, including the new extreme “Sacrifice” addition, which has an 18 and over age restriction. Guests must also sign a waiver before entering. Other scary attractions include Ward B, Zombie Alley, Clown Haus and the Apocalypse Zombie Kill Experience. 13 Stories tickets range from $25-$35, depending on the timing of your visit. The Zombie Kill costs an additional $15. To order tickets online, head to ticketleap.com. Save up to $15 per ticket by texting 13Stories to 25827.
3. Six Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest
Every October, Atlanta’s famous theme park comes alive with the thrilling and chilling sights and sounds of Halloween. In 2014, spooky attractions include Dr. Fright’s Frightorium, Monster Graveyard, Hidden Horror, ZX-1, Cemetery of the Undead, Dracula’s Lair, Asylum, Terror Trail: Backwoods Bloodshed, The Last Ride, Terror Train, and Zombie Quarantine. A daytime visit is advised for families with younger children. Evening programs are aimed at teens and adults. Fright Fest is included with regular ticket admission, but there is a nominal charge for the walk-through haunted house and the “buried alive” experience known as The Last Ride. To purchase tickets online (and to save up to $30), go to the Fright Fest website. Open Saturdays and Sundays in October.
4. Gates of Misery
This haunted attraction in Rome features 12,000 sq. ft. of torture, torment, terrifying screams and nightmares in a dark atmosphere. Live actors, special effects, props and more all induce chills and thrills in a 90 year old, 2-story building located in Rome. Now in its 8th year of operation, Gates of Misery is more exciting with bigger scares than ever. Admission is $15 per person. Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 1. For more information, go to the Gates of Misery website.
5. Chambers of Horror
This award-winning horror attraction, located in the Masquerade music venue, is for adults only. No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to enter. Dr. Splatter torments his victims and the bloody massacre is very explicit. Splatter Bar is open every night and shows horror films while you wait. Live music and food concessions are available on Friday and Saturday nights. Chambers of Horror is open 8 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, and 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $17 ($22 on October 24-31). Again, this extreme horror show is NOT for children. 695 North Ave, Atlanta, GA 30308. For more information, head to the Chambers of Horror website.
6. Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse
This attraction in Conley arms guests with paintball guns to fight off an army of angry zombies. You work your way through an abandoned hotel where zombies attack from all sides. In the main attraction, fake blood, zombies, violence, gore, loud noises, gunfire, strobe lights, tight passageways, darkness, smoke and fire are all used to scare guests. This attraction is recommended for children 13 and older. Once inside, it takes about 20 minutes to walk through the Apocalypse. Tickets range from $25-$30. Money-saving combo tickets are also available. Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse is open on Fridays and Saturdays in October from 8 p.m.-midnight. 4215 Thurman Rd, Conley, GA 30288. For more information, go to the official website.
7. Fear the Woods
This popular haunted attraction, located in Stockbridge in Henry County, features a haunted nighttime hayride, a walking tour thought a haunted barn, a reptile exhibit full of exotic creatures and creepy crawlers, a haunted trail, a zombie paintball hayride, and pumpkin cannons. Fear the Woods is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m.-midnight, and Sundays from 7-11 p.m. General admission is $15, $12 for children 10 and under. Click here to order tickets online. Fear the Woods is not recommended for very young children. 3565 N Hwy 155, Stockbridge, GA 30281.
8. Paranoia Haunted House
With names like Paranoia, Toxicity, and The Forgotten, you just know this place will send chills down your spine. Located at 261 Marietta St. in Canton, Paranoia offers two attractions. General admission is $20 for Toxicity (the main attraction) or $25 for both Toxicity and The Forgotten. A $40 Paranoia Pass provides speed access and greatly reduced wait times. Open Thurs.-Sun. in October. Head to Paranoiahaunt.com for all the details.
9. House on Horror Hill
The North Fulton Jaycees are back in 2014. Located on the corner of Hwy. 9 and Wills Rd. in Alpharetta, House on Horror Hill promises thrills and chills at every turn. The Halloween attraction is open Thursday through Sunday in October. Admission is $12. Parking is available in the gravel lot behind the haunted house. Visit gahouseonhorrorhill.com for more information.
10. Camp Blood Haunted House
For 2014, attractions at Camp Blood in Carrollton include the haunted trail, Mentalbrook Estates, a zombie paintball shoot, and the all-new Nightmare Hayride. Admission is $20 for Camp Blood Trail and Mentalbrook Estates. The Zombie Paintball Shoot is $20. Buy a combo ticket for three attractions – $30. Nightmare Hayride tickets are $5. There is a $2 per vehicle parking fee on Friday and Saturday nights. Camp Blood is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9 p.m. 22776 Whooping Creek Rd., Carrollton 30116. For more info, go to campblood.com.