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Shocktober in Leesburg, VA is one of our favorites (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

The best haunted houses in Virginia and Maryland, ranked

It's the one month of the year where we all seem to be unnaturally obsessed with things that go bump in the night, and actively seek ways to scare the bejezus out of ourselves! FrightFind researched and compiled guides to the top haunted houses in every state (D.C. was not included) that will chill you to your bones.

We checked out the local VA and MD contenders to see just how far we'd have to travel to find these spooktacular spots. The Red Vein Haunted House topped the list in Virginia, and it is approximately a two-hour drive from the city.

While the majority of the haunted horror attractions base themselves in special effects and horror film reproductions, the Red Vein Haunted House in Ashland, Virginia refuses to take such a path. Steeped darkly in myth and twisted legends, the Red Vein brings visitors the darker side of witchcraft gone astray. The land on which the park sits is said to be haunted by a demon named Redvyn who prowls on the cursed land looking for children as well as escaped asylum patients. With two indoor haunted attractions and the infamous Rabbits Cry Field corn maze, the Red Vein offers visitors a highly unsettling experience.

Bennett’s Curse in Baltimore came out on top for Maryland, which is a little over an hour outside the city.

Featured on Travel Channel and in Haunted Attraction Magazine, this locally owned and family operated businesses is a must this Halloween season. Bennett’s Curse Haunted Attraction is located in Baltimore and has provided the local area with a bone-chilling experience for the past 18 years. Sure to make you scream in fear, people come from all around to visit this haunted attraction. See for yourself what some call, the most original haunted house they’ve ever been to. It will leave even the toughest of people scared and screaming.

Check out the rest of Virginia and Maryland's hallowed haunts BOOlow:

Virginia's Top Haunted Houses

  1. Red Vein Haunted House: Ashland, VA
  2. Madhaunter’s Madhouse: Lorton, VA
  3. 43 Nightmares: Keeling, VA
  4. Darkwood Manor: Luray, VA
  5. Gallows Dead Oak Hollow: Elliston, VA
  6. Haunted Nightmares Haunted House: Winchester, VA
  7. Shocktober: Leesburg, VA
  8. Haunted Hunt Club Farm: Virginia Beach, VA

Maryland's Top Haunted Houses

  1. Bennett’s Curse: Baltimore, MD
  2. Laurel’s House of Horror: Laurel, MD
  3. 301 Devil’s Playground: Galena, MD
  4. Field of Screams: Olney, MD
  5. Ocean City Screams: Ocean City, MD