The 6 Best Haunted Attractions in Vermont!

Halloween is the nation’s third most popular holiday. People love the idea that when the veil is lifted once a year, humans can mingle with demons, ghosts, and witches. We celebrate this with various haunted attractions, from trails to fields to houses. Here are the best in Vermont!  

1. Dead North, Danville, VT

Dead North is the Vermont Corn Maze’s alter ego.  As the story goes, Dead North is the remnant of a once thriving town and the home of the “Slaughter Brothers,” who ran a successful slaughterhouse. This year includes a short ride hayride and then a mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield and buildings with animatronics. The residents of Dead North are sure to want a face-to-face.

Survived my first haunted corn maze 👻🎃

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2. Nightmare Vermont, Essex Junction, VT

Nightmare Vermont combines an original storyline, live stage combat, interactive scares, and special effects. The venue is the spookily abandoned grandstand at the Champlain Valley Exposition, and the scare route this year is a “malfunctioning trans-dimensional lab.” Some supernatural characters may help you, there will be monsters trying to kill you, and you must solve puzzles in order to flee before deadly nerve gas floods the building.

3. Pittsford Fire Department Haunted House, Pittsford, VT

Since 1980, the Pittsford Fire Department has been scaring the pants of residents and visitors alike. Featuring a hayride with entertainment, interactive experiences with the actors, and surprises and scares around every corner. Dance with Beetlejuice, get attacked by a werewolf, creep through the clown room, and participate in the “asylum skit.”

4. Emmons Island Haunted Trail, Grand Isle, VT

Since 2000, the 30-by-40-foot full maze with nine-foot walls had been making those who wander in feel like rats in a cage. The light show alone will drive you mad! But the maze is only part of the terror, as you still have to navigate the haunted trail, which is full of ghosts and demons whose only delight is to terrorize the innocent.

5. Vengeance in the Valley, Guilford, VT

Featuring two events in one, you can choose the haunted hayride or the haunted corn maze, or maybe you are feeling brave enough to choose both.  Enjoy cider and fried dough by the fire as you stoke your courage, for, due to the overwhelming fright factor, you will soon be personally escorted away into the Gaines Farm night to face “the Devil’s Torture Chamber.” If you survive the maze, the hayride explores further the horrifying history of the Gaines Farm and those who now seek vengeance.

6. Spookyville Vermont, Essex Junction, VT

So, for those of us who do not necessarily enjoy peeing our pants in horror during the holiday, Spookyville Vermont is a family-friendly Halloween walk through the Champlain Valley Expo. This interactive, supernatural stroll uses storytelling, dance and theater, and special effects to spin the “lighter side” of Halloween. The walking path leads you out into Spookyville Village, where you’ll be greeted by jack-o-lanterns. Sneak through Spookyville Manor, an old house with many creepy secrets. Work together to save Halloween!

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