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Georgia is the scariest state in the South (and not just on Halloween)

Georgia is the most haunted state in the South according to Instagram.

Photos: Atlanta's haunted houses

In honor of the approaching Halloween season, Halloween Express set out to find which states are scariest. The authors conducted an analysis of Instagram posts with the hashtag #HauntedHouse and Georgia ranked fourth.

New York came in first place while Georgia managed to out-spook other states in the southern region including Tennessee and Louisiana.

When you exclude the month of October -- Georgia has the fourth highest number of haunted houses -- indicating that residents like to get spooked year round.

Georgia claimed the top spot for the state with the most popular haunted house thanks to Netherworld -- the Atlanta attraction known for live actors and special effects that deliver a super-scary experience.

This year, the Netherworld grand opening night is Sept. 23. You can find more information and get tickets at .

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