10 Best Haunted Houses Near Tampa that Will Leave You Terrified!

Aug 10, 2023

10 Best Haunted Houses Near Tampa that Will Leave You Terrified!
By Westgate Resorts

10 Best Haunted Houses Near Tampa that Will Leave You Terrified!

Even with more than a month of summer left to go, it’s never too early to start thinking about Halloween. After all, what could be better than carving pumpkins, hayrides, and of course, haunted houses in Orlando? Hmm, we don’t think there’s anything better unless you think about all of the haunted places in Florida you get to spend the upcoming spooky season!

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Haunted Houses Near Tampa

Whether you run on adrenaline or are always on the hunt for spooks and specters, there are plenty of haunted attractions to be had in the Sunshine State. Indeed, only the bravest of souls dare to enter the haunted mazes in Florida or visit the horror parks that will surely make you scream.

So, if you’re wondering where to find a night of fright, here are 10 of the scariest haunted houses near Tampa that will leave you terrified!

1 | The Haunting of River Ranch | Get ready for a witching good time at The Haunting of River Ranch! Guests can expect to have shivers sent down their spine as they are told the legend of what makes River Ranch so terrifying. Think you have what it takes to face these horrors? Then, bring a friend and make your way through the twists and turns at the haunted house!

After braving such danger, unwind by eating your fill at the participating vendors and earn various prizes by participating in games! Food, drinks, scares; The Haunting of River Ranch is filled with tons of spooktacular activities for all ages to enjoy!

WHERE: 3200 River Ranch Boulevard, FL 33867 | WHO: 863-692-1321



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2 | Busch-Gardens Howl-O-Scream | From September 8th through October 31st, families can experience bone-chilling thrills at Busch-Gardens Howl-O-Scream! Everything Halloween can be found here; haunted houses, horror shows and the recently added D.H. Baggum’s Circus of Fear, Howl-O-Scream is the perfect event for horror enthusiasts.

For those looking for a more kid-friendly experience, make sure to attend the silly event of The Count’s Spooktacular, so children can join in on the fun! Got a horde of 15 or more? Then, you won’t want to miss the thrilling deal of a single-night ticket for only $27.99 each.

WHERE: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33162 | WHO: 813-884-4386


3 | Scream ‘N Stream | Too tired to walk around a haunted house? No problem, Screen N Stream has seven frightful zones along this journey of doom. Just be sure to keep your doors locked, so the ghouls can’t get in. If you have young children, you might want to take this ride into terror alone.

You can always take the little ones to the hidden Mickey Haunted Mansion at Disney’s Magic Kingdom after you recover.

WHERE: The Florida Mall, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 | WHO: 407-552-4129


4 | Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail | Every trail leads to somewhere, but as far as Sir Henry is concerned, his trail leads to endless fun and scares! Get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping as you solve your way through not one, but two thrilling escape rooms.

Bring along a friend and brave the three haunted trails, then get a glimpse of what lurks within the fields by going on a haunted hayride. Feeling a little competitive? Defeat all who stand in your and come out on top in a game of laser tag.

WHERE: 2837 S Frontage Rd, Plant City, FL 33566 | WHO: 844-754-7900


5 | A Petrified Forest | Nothing can give you a night of fright more than a visit to A Petrified Forest. Monsters lurk around every corner of this forest, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled. If you’re feeling brave enough, wait until your color is called and see how long you can outrun the monsters from three different haunted trails.

After escaping the belly of the beast, prepare to dine like never before at a series of food trucks. Then, grab a partner and dance under the full moon to the local DJ. Get your game on and entertain the monsters by battling for dominion in an intense game of laser tag!

WHERE: 1360 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 | WHO: 407-468-6600


6 | Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights | Universal Orlando Resort is one of the most coveted vacation spots, but when the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, you’ll be surrounded by unfathomable horrors and bone-chilling activities. Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights is a place where families and friends can experience the thrills of a lifetime!

With 10 themed haunted houses, like Naughty Dog’s award-winning series The Last of Us and the iconic TV show Stranger Things, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. When you’ve had your fill of ghouls, goblins, and Clickers, be sure to catch a breathtaking live performance and get the blood pumping through one of many exciting rides!

WHERE: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819 | WHO: 407-363-8000


7 | Mortem Manor | Legend has it that the Mortem Manor was once home to the legendary Mortison family. Apparently, they were collectors of priceless relics from those who “hunted evil.” For just $18, you can enter this mystical manor and unlock the secrets within.

As you tour through the manor, you may find yourself face-to-face with those who once dwelled within the corridors. After a grueling adventure, commemorate your time with the dead by purchasing a few souvenirs from the gift shop!

WHERE: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746 | WHO: 407-507-0051


8 | UNdead in the Water | Who says haunted houses have to be on dry land? UNdead in the Water is Tampa’s one and only nautical haunted house where you will do your best to escape the evil that lies within this historic WWII warship, the American Victory. It’s here where you will do your best not to become part of the undead in the water.

WHERE: 705 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602 | WHO: 813-228-8766


9 | Creatures of the Night | Who knew a zoo could be so spooky? At Zoo Tampa, people of all ages are in for a ghoul time! Step into the Eerie Realms and have your children meet their favorite storybook villains. Stock up on some wicked treats and drinks as you stroll around the zoo. Uncover what truly lurks in the murky waters of Zoo Tampa.

WHERE: 1101 W. Sleigh Avenue Tampa, FL 33604 | WHO: 813-935-8552


10 | Tunnel of Terror | Wash away the fear as you take your automobile for the spookiest scrubbing known to man! For $20, immerse yourself in the haunted atmosphere as you go through 15 minutes of pure, unadulterated terror.

From unexpected jump scares to creepie crawlies that make you want to run; you’ll never look at car washes the same. Note, the Tunnel of Terror is not your average car wash, you be sure to leave your children at home.

WHERE: 1240 Missouri AV N. Largo, FL 33770 | WHO: 727-748-4477


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Just because you're in Florida doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some good ol’ Halloween fun. From ghastly ghouls to spirits from the other side, finding somewhere to celebrate the Night of the Dead won’t be difficult.

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* Westgate Resorts is in no way affiliated with the attractions featured in this article. Items or places listed are current as of the publishing date of this article. Please call or visit the respective website for the most up-to-date offerings and details.

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