Best Haunted Houses For Adults In The DC Area

October 25, 2012 6:00 AM

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Attention grown-ups: There’s more to do on Halloween than go to an overly crowded bar, order overly expensive drinks and dress up in barely there costumes. Add a little fright to your night with a visit to one of these area adults-only haunted houses. Not for the faint at heart, these venues dare you to come see what really goes bump in the night. 

Fright at the Museum
575 7th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-1099

Date: Oct. 25 to 27 and 31 – 7 p.m.
Price: $28 per person

During the day, the Crime Museum is the place to explore the history of crime and punishment and experience hundreds of interactive exhibits including a simulated FBI shooting range, a high-speed police chase and an electric chair used in Tennessee to execute 125 criminals. At night, the halls of the museum come alive with the ghosts of these criminals. The 30-minute tour features “ghosts” who will legitimately scare the snot out of you with their kooky expressions, surprise appearances and other scare tactics. In fact, you’ll be lucky to make it out of the museum without actually being touched by the spirits. Tickets are available until one hour prior to closing.

Washington Walks
819 G St. Southwest
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 484-1565

Date: Oct. 26
Price: $15 per person

With its unique construction and design, the Octagon House may be known as the most interesting-looking building in the city. What many may not know is that it is also the most haunted home in D.C. Visitors and staff have proclaimed to see spirits and strange lights roam both inside and outside on the property. Others report seeing the spirit of Dolley Madison in the main ballroom, the sounds of a girl screaming down the stairwell as well as other strange noises and experiences. Washington Walks takes you on a tour around this mysterious property. A tour guide will detail all of these stories and experiences as well as detail the history of other haunted locations nearby. Be prepared for the weather as the walks occur rain or shine.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
71 Asylum Drive
Weston, WV 26452
(304) 269-5070

Date: Oct. 26 and 27
Price: $10 and $150, depending on the chosen tour

Featured on the hit Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures,” the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum may be a bit of a drive away, but it’s definitely worth the trip. From daytime paranormal and flashlight tours to overnight ghost hunts, there is no shortage of things to do. Each tour takes you around the 242,000-square-foot facility to the most noted spots for paranormal activity. Guests and staff have said they experiencee unexplainable voices and sounds, ghosts sightings and other creepy incidents at these locations. Halloween is by far the most popular time of year to visit the venue, therefore tickets sell very quickly. Guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of their selected tour.

Field of Scream’s Scream City
4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832
(240) 366-7273

Date: Oct. 25 to 28 and 31 – 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Price: $15 to $20, depending on the chosen event/$45 Thrill Pack and receive admission to all four events

Recognized as Maryland’s most popular multi-haunt event, Scream City features four petrifying haunted attractions, including a haunted hayride, a 35-minute walk through a terrifying forest, a tour of the eerie Lusion Manor and a paintball apocalypse where you and your friends save the world from an invasion of crazy zombies. Replenish your terrified soul (and belly) with tasty treats including deep-fried Twinkies, pizza, hot cider or chocolate, s’mores and funnel cake. Due to the huge popularity of the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid long lines. Comfortable clothes and shoes are highly recommended.

Haunted Hollow
8275 Maple Tree Lane
Warrenton, VA 20188
(540) 522-9183

Date: Oct. 25 to 28
Price: $15 per person at door

Come see what the fuss is all about regarding an abandoned farm on Maple Tree Lane. According to local legend, and old letters found tucked away, the house was once used as a makeshift hospital during the Civil War. One letter described the gruesome details of amputee soldiers who were buried alive throughout the property to prevent the spread of disease. Since then, apparitions, bizarre farming accidents and other mysterious events have occurred. The tour will take you through the scariest parts of the property, including an old barn and a hidden trail. Light snacks, drinks and entertainment are also be provided.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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