What’s scarier than watching a haunted house themed horror movie? Actually getting into one, that’s what. The world is full of haunted houses that hold dark and macabre secrets. Some of them you may have already heard about from movies, like the DeFoe House in New York that was actually the inspiration for the cult horror classic The Amityville Horror.
And just in case you’re not aware that you’re stepping into a real-life haunted house when you happen to visit a neighborhood you’ve never been before, here’s a list of 31 of the most frightening real-life haunted houses with a bit of their back stories.