October ushers in the start of the spooky Halloween season, and there's no better way to send a shiver up your spine than going to one of the haunted houses around Red Lion, Pennsylvania. We think these four creepy spots are worth a visit.

Kim's Krypt Haunted Mill

Creey looking haunted house

Just 20 miles away in Spring Grove, Kim's Krypt Haunted Mill is located on a 64.5-acre farm and offers indoor and outdoor fright experiences. The haunted barn is home to two stories of caged ghouls, a trapped ax murderer, and spooky creatures that jump out around every corner. Take a walk on the Terror Trail through acres of unlit woods, where something scary lurks in every shadow. Or try the Dark Despair attraction, where you'll be alone in total darkness — good luck getting out alive.

Tickets are available for single attractions or as packages, including add-ons, such as the zombie escape room or a hearse ride inside a coffin. Bags and backpacks are not allowed, nor are guests permitted to wear any kind of costume or mask. Closed-toe shoes are also required. There is no minimum age for entry, but the attractions are designed to give you a big scare. The actors may get close, but they never touch or grab the participants.

After the Halloween festivities, the venue hosts some holiday events in December. There's a creepy Christmas hearse sleigh ride for those wanting to keep the Halloween spirit going, along with a magical holiday wonderland that isn't scary. The trail is filled with festive Christmas decorations, lights, and animated displays. Hot chocolate and Christmas treats will be available. A special visit from Santa Claus rounds out the event. Check the website for exact dates and ticket purchase options.

Location: 5932 Colonial Valley Road, Spring Grove.

Hours: Open in September and October on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 6 to 10 p.m., no matter the weather. Other special event dates and information are available on the website.

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Field of Screams

Located in nearby Mountville, Field of Screams has been delivering frights for 30 years. With four terrifying attractions, Field of Screams has captured the attention of national media, including USA Today, Newsweek, and Oprah Magazine. The consensus is that visiting Field of Screams will get you into the Halloween spirit.

On the Haunted Hayride, a tractor pulls a wagon into a dark and sinister cornfield. The Den of Darkness is set in three stories of a 200-year-old barn, where you wander through dimly lit passageways to meet high-impact scares. Frightmare Asylum is an elaborately designed asylum where everything has gone wrong. You'll walk through its four floors of twisted scenes, impressive digital effects, and unexpected scares. The Nocturnal Wasteland sends you down an overgrown path deep into a dark marsh, where you come face to face with mutant creatures.

Indoor events are open regardless of the weather, though outdoor events may be closed during severe, inclement weather. Field of Screams is not recommended for children under age 10, and no backpacks or bags are allowed in the attractions. Purchase advance tickets online to guarantee your slot, as walk-ins are only admitted if tickets are still available.

Location: 191 College Ave., Mountville.

Hours: Open certain days in September, October, and November, though exact dates and hours vary, so check their calendar for more information.

Jason's Woods

For 37 years, Jason's Woods in nearby Lancaster has provided all the frights and scares you could want. Now featuring five terrifying attractions, guests can usher in the Halloween season starting on Friday, Sept. 16. The Horrifying Hayride boasts new thrills and improvements as you're tossed around by a menacing creature, and the Carnival of Fear is a terrifying entry into a labyrinth of crazed, evil clowns lurking at every turn. The Midway features scary mini attractions, such as The Black Hole and Escape from Oz, along with food vendors for when you need a break from the haunts.

Jason's Woods only accepts cash at the venue, but tickets can be purchased in advance on the website. There is no minimum age for attendance, but the venue discourages adults from bringing young children. Generally, attractions are rarely closed for weather, except in extreme conditions.

Location: 179 Stehman Road, Lancaster.

Hours: Open from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sundays starting Sept. 16 through Nov. 5. Patrons in line by closing time can still participate in any of the attractions.

Terror Farm

About an hour north of Red Lion, the haunts and scares of Terror Farm await you in Newport, Pennsylvania. Terror Farm is set on the Kleinbauer family farm, where tragedy struck in the 19th century. Four of the family's five children drowned within a month of each other, followed by their parents' gruesome murder-suicide. Is the property haunted? You be the judge as you experience the maze of sinister characters and monsters. Take a walk through the plague-infested fields and slaughterhouse where dark things await. The barn is full of scary figures and miscreants waiting for your arrival.

Free parking is available at a lot three blocks from the venue. There's a complimentary hayride and a shuttle bus service, though you can walk if you prefer. Tickets are available online with a credit card, or you can purchase them with cash or by check at the door. Children under 16 are not allowed in without a parent or guardian, though the venue does not recommend children attend at all. The actors are permitted to touch the guests in some circumstances, and there are strobe lights and scenes of intense violence.

Location: 236 Spott St., Newport (parking at 352 Fickes Lane).

Hours: Open every Friday and Saturday in October. The ticket booth opens at 6 p.m., and guests must be in line no later than 10 p.m.

We hope you have a chance to try one of the four creepiest haunted houses around Red Lion, Pennsylvania. Are there any we missed? Feel free to contact us so we can add your favorite to our list.

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