Scariest haunted house in America features psychotic clowns and murderous scarecrow

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A haunted house in North Carolina that has been terrifying thrill seekers for 30 years has been named the scariest attraction in the US, as the countdown to Halloween begins.

In their list of Top 13 Haunted Houses in America, HauntedHouses.com named Kersey Valley Spookywoods in Archdale, North Carolina, the best place to get your scare on.

It’s the stomping grounds of circus sideshow freaks like a psycho clown who dismembers his victims and splices their bodies to dolls and toys.

It’s where visitors in a corn maze must try and dodge a murderous scarecrow who “stalks” the countryside hunting for new victims.

Likewise, it’s where a psychologist driven to madness at the on-site asylum performs grotesque physical and psychological experiments on her patients.

Rounding out the top three spots are The Haunted Hotel in San Diego and Spookyworld Nightmare New England in New Hampshire.

What started out as a dare in 1985, in which a group of teenage boys challenged each other to enter an abandoned farmhouse only to find it inhabited by a family of screeching, diabolical bats, has turned into a major business.

Spookywoods is staffed by 300 people and has hosted more than 500,000 visitors across its 60 acres over the years.

The concept changes every year.

Here are the top 13 haunted houses in America:

1. Kersey Valley Spookywoods, Archdale, NC
2. The Haunted Hotel, San Diego, CA
3. Spookyworld – Nightmare New England, Litchfield, NH
4. The Dent Schoolhouse, Cincinnati, OH
5 Cutting Edge Haunted House, Fort Worth, TX
6. Bennett's Curse, Baltimore, MD
7. The Beast, Kansas City, MO
8. The House of Torment, Austin, TX
9. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, Ulster Park, NY
10. 13th Floor Haunted House, Chicago, IL
11. The Asylum, Denver, CO
12. Nightmare On The Bayou, Houston, TX
13. Erebus, Pontiac, MI