This week's "DQYD Top 5" is inspired by our guest Lee Garnet. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Lee is a a haunted house organizer/charity worker, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based spoOoOoky haunting themes.
Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!
Nathan's Top 5 Simple Things Haunted Houses Do to Get Frights
Pick 5: Fog Machines
It's almost silly how much just adding a layer of fog can "spook" up the place. Perhaps one of the most reoccurring Halloween troupes but a lack of visibility will always be effective
Pick 4: Fake Guts
You can find almost as many fake organ recipes online as you can for burger recipes. The scare level goes way up when it looks like a murder occurred.
Pick 3: Fake Filled Bodybags
Is someone in there? Is that adult or child sized? Either way, I'm not going near it even if its is just made of milk jugs.
Pick 2: Room of Mirrors
Not being able to see the clear exit can be anxiety ridden when you have people dressed up and yelling in the same room. Just don't walk through the room too fast.
Pick 1: Spinning Strobe Light Room
Okay, so maybe not technically scary, but this simple trick always made you feel like something cool and twisted was going on. Today however, it would probably make me barf.
Farrin's Top 5 Haunted Houses in the US
Aside from our own jewel of haunted houses, check out these across the country for some frightful nights!
Pick 5: Netherworld
Netherworld, not to be confused with MJ's Neverland, is the biggest Haunt in state of Georgia. The name alone should strike fear in to visitors, just think about Mortal Kombat and the Nether Realm.
Pick 4: Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Waverly Hills Sanatorium will seriously creep you out! A two-store tuberculosis hospital that was abandoned and left decrepit...You go ahead and try a complete overnight stay...not I says me.
Pick 3: Nashville Nightmare Haunted House
Nashville is not only known for country music, but also the Nashville Nightmare Haunted House! You get not one, not two, not three, but FOUR different houses to choose from!
Pick 2: Asylum 49
Nursing homes can give you the heebie jeebies, so why not visit Asylum 49 in Tooele, UT to really scare you socks off. And get this, there's actual active residents still in the other side of the haunted house.
Pick 1: Terror Behind the Walls
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary is hands down one of the scariest places in the US. Not only are you taken through an abandoned jail but the creepies are allowed to touch you. Not to mention there are many secret pathways to get you lost from the rest of the group.
Drew's Top 5 Haunted Places in the U.S.
I don't make it a secret that I don't really buy into the idea of ghosts. However, if I come across a paranormal investigation show on TV, I will be glued to it to the end. I don't know if it's the cynic in me looking to catch them up on something questionable, or if I secretly want to believe. Either way, I love watching/reading about haunted locations.
Pick 5: Hannah House, Indianapolis IN
The Hannah House was part of the underground railroad, a place of solace for runaway slaves seeking their freedom.
One night, an oil lantern fell, and set the house on fire, killing several people.
The owner of the estate, not wanting to be caught, buried the bodies in the basement, which bound their souls to the house.
People have reported: disembodied footsteps, shadowy shapes, and strange smells.
Pick 4: Lizzie Borden B&B, Fall River MA
On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home. While nobody was ever charged with the murders due to lack of evidence, the prime suspect was their oldest daughter, Lizzie.
People have reported: apparitions the family, cold spots, lights turning on and off, doors opening and closing.
Pick 3: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston WV
Look... asylums are creepy. There's no denying it. Especially when you look into their past and learn about the amount of patients that died, and all of the horrific things (electroshock therapy, lobotomies, etc...) that they had to endure back in the day.
People have reported: hearing cries of anguish, and seeing apparitions of nurses, doctors, and patients.
Pick 2: Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia PA
The mix of Gothic architecture, and tales of the horrible living conditions really add to the creepiness of this place.
After it was shut down in 1971, it's said that the anguished spirits of former inmates took over the prison.
People have reported: footsteps, wailing, mad laughter, shadowy figures, and figures of ghostly faces.
Pick 1: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO
Have you ever wondered where Stephen King got the idea for The Shining? Look no more!
Though the Stanley Hotel isn't a site of great tragedy like most haunted places, the hotel is a hotbed of supernatural activity, especially room 217.
The story says that in 1911, a thunderstorm knocked out the hotel's power, and the chambermaid, Elizabeth Wilson, entered the room to relight the gas lamps. However, the room was full of leaked gas, and when she entered, the gas ignited, causing an explosion. While she sustained injuries, there were no fatalities. However, that's when many of the supernatural events reportedly started.
People have reported: apparitions of previous owners, piano music, bags being unpacked, lights turning on and off, and children's laughter (easily the creepiest, if you ask me)