With Halloween upon us, haunted houses across the country are opening their doors to families -- specifically those with teens -- looking for truly frightening fun. Here's our round-up of the best and spookiest haunted houses for teens to explore in 2017, all offering lots of shock, gore and special effects to scare and entertain.

Written by Mary Welch

Scream World - Houston

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638 Family Reviews
Screamworld in Houston tells parents it is too intense and not recommended for children under age 12 without a parent. It also says that young children may not be admitted. For those who can and are daring enough to enter, however, it is a total scream fest!

There are five exhibits: Clown Asylum Maze, Edge of Darkness, The Swamp, Jake's Slaughterhouse and the Zombie Graveyard.

Recommended Hotel: The Woodlands Resort

Netherworld - Atlanta

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396 Family Reviews
Netherworld in Norcross, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, includes two self-guided haunts -- Mr. Grendel's Fun House of Horror, which is a 3D experience, and Primal Scream, with a series of scary features that include characters jumping out at unsuspecting visitors.

Netherworld has an age 6 and older policy and features live performers, great special effects and incredible robotics.

Recommended Hotel: Loews Atlanta Hotel

Blood Manor - New York City

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1279 Family Reviews
Blood Manor brings a reign of terror to Lower Manhattan in New York City. This haunted house for teens -- which sprawls 5,000 square feet -- has narrow corridors, winding pathways and labyrinths; watch where you step... The attraction doesn't recommend children under age 14 visit.

Recommended Hotel: Casablanca Hotel

ScareHouse - Pittsburgh

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222 Family Reviews
ScareHouse is the ultimate haunted house in Pittsburgh, and is not recommended for children under age 13. Scare House's attractions include Infernal, Nocturnia 3D and new for 2017, The Sunset Lodge, a haunted hotel experience.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn Pittsburgh North Shore

Erebus Haunted House - Pontiac, Mich.

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28 Family Reviews
Erebus Haunted House is one of the world's largest walk-through haunted houses. The four-story fright fest takes one through Erebus, which is known as the path to Hell in Greek mythology. The special effects and characters aren't for the faint of heart.

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Pontiac/Bloomfield

Terror Behind the Walls - Philadelphia

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696 Family Reviews
This haunted house is located in Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, an abandoned prison claimed to be one of the most haunted places in the country. The attraction walks visitors through the eerie grounds, cell blocks and common areas of the prison, which resembles a castle. There are six attractions: Machine Shop, Infirmary, Lock Down, Break Out!, Quarantine 4D and new for 2017, Blood Yard. Actors will jump out at practically every turn!

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Monaco Philadelphia - A Kimpton Hotel

13th Floor Haunted House - Denver

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739 Family Reviews
The 13th Floor Haunted House for teens in Denver convinces visitors that even though many buildings don't have a 13th floor, there actually is one! Unlike many of the other haunted houses for teens, the 13th floor also features live animals and reptiles. The attraction suggests that if you wouldn't bring your child to a PG-13 rated movie, you shouldn't bring them to the 13th Floor.

There are also 13th Floor locations in Phoenix and San Antonio.

Recommended Hotel: Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center

Pirates of Emerson - Pleasanton, Calif.

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81 Family Reviews
Pirates of Emerson features six haunted attractions: Beneath the Darkness, Trick or Treat, Farmageddon, Dark Gauntlet, Terror-Tories and of course, Pirates of Emerson itself.

Children of all ages are welcome, but the attraction, located on the Alameda County Fairgrounds, warns about bringing "impressionable children."

Recommended Hotel: Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel

The Dent Schoolhouse - Cincinnati

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421 Family Reviews
The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati is as creepy as it gets. It was actually a school that opened in 1894 and had a murderous janitor, Charlie, who was never caught and brought to justice. Is it he who haunts the halls of the school to this day?

Among the rooms are Charlie's workshop, bedroom, boiler room and even the janitor's student holding cell. In addition, there is Detention Hall, which is an intense clown-themed maze. There is no age limit, though parents are encouraged to bring younger children for the Lights On Tours.

Recommended Hotel: Hilton Cincinnati Nethlerland Plaza

Spooky World - Litchfield, N.H.

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116 Family Reviews
New Englanders looking for a scare can turn to Spooky World in Litchfield, New Hampshire, which features five haunted attractions, plus live entertainment and a Monster Midway.

Attractions at this haunted house for teens include Brigham Manor, Festival of Fear 3D, Carnage, The Colony and a Haunted Hayride. The attraction reminds parents to bring children at their discretion, but know there's blood, gore, scares and scary characters, as well as an attraction that shocks guests with electricity.

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Nashua

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