Would you crawl through a crematorium oven?

Chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, creaking  boards and rats scuttling through pools of blood – these are America’s scariest  houses.

Each crumbling old home will strike terror  into the heart in its own spine-tingling way, whether it is haunted by a creepy  clown, a headless horseman or a 25ft python.

Fear fans have become addicted to seeking out  the biggest screams, spookiest special effects, eeriest history and most  chilling attention to detail across the U.S.

Fear-factor: Wary visitors are ordered to 'face their fears' in the dungeons of The 13th Gate, in Baton Rouge, LA

Fear-factor: Wary visitors are ordered to ‘face their  fears’ in the dungeons of The 13th Gate, in Baton Rouge, LA

Monsters from the deep: The 40,000 square-foot house features a dragon's lair, bottomless pits, traps, a Swamp and a giant beehive

Monsters from the deep: The 40,000 square-foot house  features a dragon’s lair, bottomless pits, traps, a Swamp and a giant beehive

Now a definitive list of the 13 most  skin-crawling haunted houses lays out the most horrifying spots to visit if you  want to experience true terror.

Topping the list by website hauntworld.com is the 13th Gate in LA, where visitors must crawl through a burning  crematory  oven and feel their way through a dim, snake-infested cave.

At Netherworld in Atlanta, defenceless  tourists will encounter a wailing  banshee, a crawling eye and a sunken city  that rises towards the skies.

The brilliantly named Cutting Edge in Texas  is built on the gruesome  location of a meat-packing plant while Ohio invites  foolhardy  holidaymakers to The Dent Schoolhouse, which was shut down in the  1950s  after a homicidal janitor who lived in the basement was  caught.

In Houston, you can check out Texas’s oldest  graveyard at Nightmare on the Bayou,where  crazed actors, Hollywood quality props and lifelike animatronics  combine to  create one of weirdest and most frightening spots in the  States.

So take a trip on a mind-bending hayride,  dodge repulsive monsters and fend off vicious  beasts as you tiptoe your way  through this jitter-inducing maze.

Tread carefully.

Spine-tingling sightings: Nightmare on the Bayou, which stands beside a Texan graveyard, claims to be 'the only haunted house in Houston with REAL ghosts'

Spine-tingling sightings: Nightmare on the Bayou, which  stands beside a Texan graveyard, claims to be ‘the only haunted house in Houston  with REAL ghosts’

Freaky kid: A possessed child bares its teeth at the nastiest nursery in town

Freaky kid: A possessed child bares its teeth at the  nastiest nursery in town

Hell boy: Eerie sights abound at Nightmare on the Bayou - and visitors and employees will testify to its sickeningly real selections of horrors

Hell boy: Eerie sights abound at Nightmare on the Bayou  – and visitors and employees will testify to its sickeningly real selections of  horrors

Cutting Edge Haunted House
Erebus Haunted Attraction
Not for the chop: The unpleasantly named Cutting Edge,  left, lies in a former meat-packing plant while at Michigan’s interactive  Erebus, right, things grab you, bite you and land on top of you
Welcome, humans: At the Beast & Edge of Hell in Kansas City, guests are greeted by some genuine slippery customers including a 25ft python

Welcome, humans: At the Beast & Edge of Hell in  Kansas City, guests are greeted by some genuine slippery customers including a  25ft python

Things that go bump in the night: At the end of the tour, visitors come back down to earth with a crash as they slide down from the fifth floor

Things that go bump in the night: At the end of the  tour, visitors come back down to earth with a crash as they slide down from the  fifth floor

The Darkness
The Darkness man 2
No one can hear you scream: The Darkness in St Louis has  been rated one of the best haunted houses in the world and features a morgue,  zombies, killer clowns and 3D ‘terror visions’
It's a scream: The popular Bates Motel Haunted Hayride in Philadelphia boasts a corn maze, an infamous hayride and a horrific haunted house

It’s a scream: The popular Bates Motel Haunted Hayride  in Philadelphia boasts a corn maze, an infamous hayride and a horrific haunted  house

Hell boy: The motel at Arasapha Farm disturbs tourists using pyrotechnics, talented actors and horrible special effects

Hell boy: The motel at Arasapha Farm disturbs tourists  using pyrotechnics, talented actors and horrible special effects

The Darkness zombies
13th Floor Haunted House
Heart-stopping adventure: The zombies of the Darkness,  left, face stiff competition from the mysterious inhabitants of the 13th Floor  at Denver’s Asylum Haunted House

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