Study ranks Georgia as fifth scariest state to visit this Halloween

The history of Halloween. The origins of Halloween are believed to date back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain. . Samhain marked the transition from the growing season into winter and was widely celebrated with animal costumes, bonfires and superstitious tales. . After the Romans conquered the Celts in 43 AD, Samhain evolved into the Nov. 1 religious holiday of All Hallows. Because of this, Oct. 31 was marked as All Hallow’s Eve, which is also known as Halloween. From there, Puritan immigrants arrived in America and brought the various traditions of the holiday with them. . All Hallow’s Eve became a time to host “play parties” in celebration of the harvest, many of which included costumes and scary stories. In the 1800s, Irish immigrants arrived in America and introduced the tradition of tricking people on the holiday. . The concept of treats was reinforced later on in the 1930s, in order to control the “tricks” and create a more family-oriented form of celebration. . Candy companies began to fully capitalize on Halloween in the 1950s, inventing the candy we know and love even to this day.

If you’re a fan of Halloween and love to seek out all things spooky, then it may come as a bragging right to know you live in one of the scariest states in the country.

Georgia comes in as the fifth scariest state according to, which conducted the study into the most terrifying haunted houses across the U.S. Only Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky ranked higher.

ExploreNetherworld announces dates, hours for 25th anniversary season

Georgia’s high score statewide was anchored by the acclaimed Stone Mountain haunt Netherworld, which also ranked fifth on the list of top haunted houses nationwide.

ExploreA visit to Netherworld's spooky Stone Mountain location

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Netherworld is a multi-story, multi-attraction haunted house, notorious for its realistic special effects and terrifying live actors. This year’s featured haunts are Rise of the Netherspawn and Return To Planet X in 3D. Also worth checking out are the escape rooms, the House of Creeps Monster Museum, laser tag and food trucks.

Bonus: There are plenty of photo opportunities with characters along the way. Ticket prices vary depending on the experience you choose, and all are timed and dated. Parking is free. Reserve your timeslot here.

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