Utah has some of the scariest haunted houses in all of the United States with both the Castle of Chaos and Nightmare on 13th featured on The Travel Channel’s scariest haunted attractions shows. American Fork’s Haunted Forest is a classic and nothing is scarier than a walk through a real forest where you don’t know which of the ghosts are actors and which are real. If you are really daring, venture out to Tooele for a walk through an old asylum.
If you are looking for more child-friendly Halloween events, visit the Haunted Village at This is the Place Park or the Red Butte Garden in the Dark or the Crazy Corn Maze detailed in our Salt Lake City Halloween Events listings.
The Castle of Chaos
Named as one of the scariest haunted attractions in the US by The Travel Channel, The Castle of Chaos is the most frightening haunted house experience in Utah. Choose between different levels of scariness including the horrifying “Hands-On-Horror” experience. The Castle of Chaos is located at 3300 South and West Temple.
Nightmare on 13th
Rivaling the Castle of Chaos as the scariest of all the Utah haunted houses since it too was featured on The Travel Channel, the Nightmare on 13th serves up sophisticated animatronics and plenty of special effects to create the ultimate haunted house experience. The extreme nightmare experience is located at 300 West 13th (1300) South.
Asylum 49: The Haunted Hospital
Touted as the only haunted house in Utah that is actually haunted, Asylum 49 is the old Tooele Valley hospital. Not recommended for small children, Asylum 49 runs from September 24 to October 30, 2010. The Haunted Hospital is located at 140 East 200 South in Tooele, Utah, about 35 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
The Haunted House in American Fork
The popular Haunted Forest in American Fork is an entirely out of doors haunted experience. Visitors walk through a dense forest with hundreds of trees, real swamps, and actual mine shafts filled with ghosts and ghouls. The fear level is intense since the forest is real and the ghosts might be too.
Haunted Village at This is The Place Park
Throughout October, the historic streets of This is The Place Park become haunted with the ghosts of Utah’s past. Tour the shadowy streets and haunted old homes and buildings, but beware the Headless Horseman.
[Photo courtesy of Steve Snodgrass]