WELCOME TO HAUNTED HOUSE ASSOCIATION 2019

Welcome to the Haunted House Association website which is dedicated to helping advance, promote and educate the World about the Haunted House and the Halloween industry.  Haunted Houses and the Halloween industry are now almost as big in revenue wise in 45 days what Hollywood grosses on North American ticket sales over an entire year.  Here at Haunted House Association dot org we will help you find the information and attractions that represent our exciting and very scary industry.  Find haunted houses, information about our industry and links to other industry websites like www.HauntWorld.com.  Our website is dedicated to help the media and the public find information about haunted attractions and to find haunted houses near YOU!  All listings on our site are FREE to all haunted and Halloween attractions, including hayrides, corn mazes, escape rooms, haunted attractions, amusement parks and haunted events.  
 
       
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Escape From Blood Prison - Mansfield Ohio Scariest Haunted House
Escape From Blood Prison in Mansfield Ohio site of one of the single most famous Prisons in Hollywood History ( Ohio State Reformatory) famous of the film "The Shawshank Redemption".  Now its one of the biggest scariest haunted houses in America.  Read about Escape from Blood Prison! 
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The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor California Best Scariest Haunted House
Haunted House Review The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is Los Angles California's biggest, scariest and most haunted real haunted house.  Read the full review of this haunted attraction click here. 
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Best Scariest Top Rated Haunted Houses 2017 - Haunted House Review
Hauntworld rates the best Horror Attractions in 2017 from the best movies, haunted houses, Halloween, to even Escape Rooms. Which attractions should you be visiting Halloween 2017?  We have the list right here from Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House Review of Trail Of Fear Haunted House Screampark - Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Scariest haunted house in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma near Lawton is Trail of Fear Haunted Screampark with multiple haunted house. Read review at www.Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House Review Scariest Haunted House in Passaic New Jersey Brighton Asylum
The scariest haunted house in the New Jersey New York City area is Brighton Asylum a very scary horror filled experience Read review at Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House Review Chicago Illinois Haunted House Statesville Haunted Prison
Chicago Illinois Haunted House Statesville Haunted Prison is Chicago's #1 Scariest and top rated haunted house.  Read the review by hauntworld.com
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Escape Room Live
Escape Room Live
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Rise Haunted House - New Orleans Louisiana Haunted House
Rise Haunted House - New Orleans/Hammond Louisiana Haunted House one of the best and scariest haunted attractions in the nation. Read full review and Learn more at www.hauntworld.com 
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Haunted House Review Fear Factory - Salt Lake City, Utah Scariest and Best
Read about Fear Factory Salt Lake City's scariest haunted house. Hauntworld takes an indepth look at this Factory of Fear! 
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Best of Everything Halloween Horror and Haunted Houses 2016
Hauntworld rates the best Horror Attractions in 2016 from the best movies, haunted houses, Halloween, to even Escape Rooms. Which attractions should you be visiting Halloween 2016?  We have the list right here from Hauntworld.com
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Top 10 Best and Scariest Haunted Houses Actors
Which haunted attractions have the best, scariest and over the top staff, actors, monsters and demons?  Check out our list for the best in 2016
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2016 Best Haunted Hayrides and Haunted Trails
2016 Best Haunted Hayrides/Trails  Who has the best and scariest haunted hayrides and trails for Halloween 2016?
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2016 Best Escape Room Games in America Top 10
Who has the best top 10 escape rooms in America 2016.  Read our list!
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America's Top 13 Scariest biggest and best Haunted Houses 2016
Hauntworld rates the top 13 best and scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld rates and reviews the scariest, best, longest, haunted houses and Halloween Attractions in America 2016.
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Haunted House in Tulsa Oklahoma - Scareist Rated Best by Hauntworld.com
One of the fastest growing HORROR HOUSES in America is Hex House out of Tulsa Oklahoma.  The Hex House will put a hex on anyone who enters so beware!  Are you prepared to learn more details about one of the scariest haunted houses in America?  Read more!
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Haunted House Review Weird Tales – The Many Themes of NETHERWORLD Atlanta
Learn the many weird tales behind one of the Nations Biggest and Scariest haunted houses Netherworld located in Atlanta Georgia.  We explore 20 years of Netherworld haunted house, the themes, legends, screams and icon monsters who haunt Atlanta.  This article will showcase 20 years of America's biggest, scariest, and crazies haunted houses - Netherworld in Atlanta GA. 
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Scariest Haunted Houses in Ohio - Factory of Terror Canton Ohio
The World Record longest haunted house in the World and scariest haunted house in Ohio Factory of Terror in Canton Ohio.  Factory of Terror in Ohio features escape rooms, haunted houses, and many other screaming features.  Learn more and read our full review of Factory of Terror. 
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Haunted House in Nashville Tennessee Scariest Haunted House Nashville Nightmare
Nashville Nightmare is one of America's Scariest Haunted Houses and features year around events including a haunted Christmas Show and Valentines Day Horror Show.  Nashville Nightmare is a cutting edge haunted house located in Tennessee.  Read all about the scariest haunted house in Nashville.  
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Top 10 Best Haunted Houses of All Time 2015
Hauntworld ranks the top 10 best haunted houses in the history of the Haunt industry no matter if they are still open or not.  These are the best haunts that ever existed and why ranked by www.HauntWorld.com
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Most Extreme Shocking Haunted Houses in America 2015 Scariest and Best
Hauntworld rates and reviews the most extreme and shocking haunted houses in America 2013.  What are the haunts that will make you puke, scream, run and cry in 2015?  Find the list here!
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Best Haunted House Actors 2015
Hauntworld.com releases its top 10 best Actors of 2015.  Find the best, biggest, scariest and even the longest haunted houses in America on the annual Hauntworld Top 31 Haunts for 31 Nights of Halloween list.  Who has the scariest haunted houses actors in America find there here on this page.
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Scariest and Best Year Around Haunted Houses 2015 top 13 Rated
Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the top 13 best and scariest year around haunted houses.  These are attractions that are open year around or nearly year around.  Who is the best haunted attractions open most of the year rated by www.HauntWorld.com
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Find Best and Scariest Haunted Hayrides 2015 Rated Top 11
Hauntworld reviews and rates the top 10 best haunted hayrides in America 2015.  See who has the scariest and longest haunted hayrides in America.
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Scariest and Biggest Haunted Screamparks Haunted Houses Ranked Top 10 2015
Top Rated Biggest and Scariest Haunted Screamparks 2015.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the best haunted screamparks which feature haunted hayrides, haunted houses, corn mazes, haunted forests, haunted trails and more. 
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Top Ranked Rated Best and Scariest Haunted Houses Hayrides and Halloween Screams 2015
Hauntworld rates the best and scariest haunted houses, Halloween attractions, hayrides, screamparks in 2015.  Learn who has the most extreme haunted houses, or the scariest real haunts, to even the biggest baddest screamparks and hayrides.  Hauntworld releases its annual best of list 2015.  Read all the details then find the best attraction near you and visit a haunt tonight.
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America's Top 15 Scariest biggest and best Haunted Houses 2015
Hauntworld rates the top 15 best and scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld rates and reviews the scariest, best, longest, haunted houses and Halloween Attractions in America 2015.
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Find the Scariest best haunted house in beaumont texas _ Haunted Hotel
Find the biggest, best and scariest Haunted Hotel Haunted House Attraction in Beaumont, Texas near Houston Texas, The Haunted Hotel.  Hauntworld gives you all the details about one of the best haunted houses in the state of Texas near Houston Texas. If you are looking for the best haunted house in the Houston market you need to check into the Haunted Hotel.  Hauntworld rates and reviews The Haunted Hotel.  Learn more at www.hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Austin Texas Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Scream Park
Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park is located in Austin, Texas and is one of the biggest Halloween Haunted Screamparks in America.  Learn all the details about this massive haunted house attraction.  Go behind the scenes and learn what makes this one of Texas best and scariest haunted houses.
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Scariest Haunted House in Baltimore Maryland Legends of the Fog
Find one of the scariest haunted houses in Baltimore, Maryland also near Washington DC, Legends of the Fog.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Maryland.   Legends of the Fog is more than just a haunted house click here and read more.
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Florida Haunted House in Winter Haven near Orlando Tampa The Shallow Grave
The Shallow Grave is located in Winter Haven, Florida near Orlando and Tampa Bay.  The Shallow Grave is one of the scariest haunted houses in Florida attracting thousands of scream fans ready to experience sheer terror.  Read all the details about The Shallow Grave here.
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Cleveland Ohio Haunted House Spooky Ranch - Biggest and Scariest Haunted Attraction
Cleveland Ohio Haunted House Spooky Ranch is the biggest overal haunted attraction in Ohio with multiple haunted houses and hayride.  Spooky Ranch features haunted houses, hayrides, and Halloween Haunted Attractions all in one location.  Hauntworld Magaizne rates and reviews this legendary Cleveland haunted house.
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Haunted House Review Dallas Texas Dark Hour Attraction Scariest Best
Dallas Texas Haunted House Dark Hour is open year around making scream fans around Plano, Fort Worth and Dallas Texas SCREAM!  The most detailed and scariest haunted house in Dallas reviewed by Hauntworld.com  Learn all the details and go behind the scenes of one of the newest and most exciting haunted houses in America.  The Hour has come to Scream at Dark Hour Haunted House.
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Denver Colorado Haunted House - The Scariest Haunted House in Denver Co Field of Sceams
Denver Colorado features one of the scariest and best haunted houses called Field of Screams.  Once you enter the Field of Screams in Denver Colorado you enter the scariest corn field in America!  What lies inside hte corn, what nightmare will become your reality?  Field of Screams located in Denver Colorado is an experience you may never survive!  Read the details here at Hauntworld.com
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America's Top 13 Scariest Haunted Houses
Hauntworld rates the top 13 best and scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld rates and reviews the scariest, best, longest, haunted houses and Halloween Attractions in America 2014.
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Top 13 Haunted Houses Best and Scariest Halloween Haunted Attractions 2014 Rated top 10
Hauntworld rates the best and scariest haunted houses, Halloween attractions, hayrides, screamparks, and even the scariest movies to watch in 2014.  Learn who has the most extreme haunted houses, or the scariest real haunts, to even the biggest baddest screamparks and hayrides.  Hauntworld releases its annual best of list 2014.  Read all the details then find the best attraction near you and visit a haunt tonight.
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Top 10 Best Scariest Horror Movies of All Time Top 13
Hauntworld ranks the top 10 and top 13 best and scariest horror movies of all time.  Hauntworld tells readers why these are the best horror movies of all time.  Read our top 10 list and then share yours!
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Create Your Own Haunted House Tips to Build a Home haunted house
Learn five tips to create and build your own haunted house for your home haunt this Halloween.  Hauntworld teachs you the ins and outs to create your own scary haunted house.
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Haunted House in Salem Massachusetts - Hysteria at Connors Farm
The biggest and best haunted house in Salem Massachusetts just outside of Boston Mass is Hysteria Haunted Screampark.  The scareist haunted house features five different attractions including a very unique zombie hunt where guest get to hunt down and kill zombies.  The screampark also features several other haunted houses all located just minutes from Boston and just outside Salem Mass.  Learn more about this incredible attraction by clicking this article.
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Scariest Haunted House in Cleveland Ohio - The Fear Experience
The Scariest Haunted House in Cleveland Ohio is The Fear Experience which features amazing set design, special fx, animations and features five different haunted attractions in one location.  This is a massive indoor haunted house with five different themes from a mental asylum to a haunted mansion.  Hautnworld.com rates and reviews Cleveland Ohio's best haunted house the Fear Experience.
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Haunted House in Milwaukee Wisconsin - The DarkSide Haunted Adventure
The biggest and scariest haunted screampark in Wisconsin located just outside of Milwaukee and Madison is The DarkSide Haunted Adventure.  Read the review of this massive five haunt Screampark at www.Hauntworld.com  There are five haunted attractions located on this historic farm outside the two biggest cities in Wisconsin!  Prepare to Scream!
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Scariest and Best Haunted House in Portland Oregon Fright Town Haunted Attraction
Fright Town is the biggest, the scariest, and the best haunted house in Portland Oregon and Hauntworld reviews and gets you all the details about this scary haunted attraction. Hauntworld helps you learn all the details behind one of the best haunts in the entire state of Oregon if not the entire country.  Click here to read all the details about Frighttown in Portland Oregon. 
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Haunted House in Chicago Illinois - Basement of the Dead in Aurora- Scariest and Best
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Chicago, Illinois, Basement of the Dead.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Illinois. Basement of the Dead is the complete attraction!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Chicago, Illinois area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Haunted House in Dallas Texas - Reindeer Manor - Texas Scariest and Best Haunt
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Dallas, Texas, Reindeer Manor.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Texas. Reindeer Manor is the complete attraction!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Dallas, Texas area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Haunted House in Seattle, Washington - The Georgetown Morgue - Scariest and Best
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Seattle, Washington, The Georgetown Morgue.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Washington. The Georgetown Morgue is the complete attraction!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Seattle, Washington area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Scariest and Biggest Haunted House in Virginia Beach VA Haunted Hunt Club Farm
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Haunted Hunt Club Farm.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Virginia. Haunted Hunt Club Farm is the complete attraction!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Virginia Beach, Virginia area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Haunted House in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex - Scariest and Best
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Neenah, Wisconsin just outside Milwaukee, Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Wisconsin. Burial Chamber Haunted House Complex is the complete attraction with multiple haunted attractions all in one location!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Haunted House in Ann Arbor Michigan - Wiard’s Orchards’ Night Terrors - Scariest and Best
Find the best and scariest haunted house in Ann Arbor Michigan just outside Detroit Michigan, Wiard's Orchards Night Terrors.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews one of the best haunted houses in Michigan.Night Terrors is the complete attraction with multiple haunted attractions all in one location!  Click here and read all the details about one of the Detroit Michigan area's biggest and scariest haunted attractions.
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Haunted House in St Louis Missouri - Americas Best Scariest Haunted Attraction The Darkness
The Darkness is one of America's Best Haunted Houses learn the history of this legendary haunt, and what makes this haunt scream!  The Darkness is filled with breathtaking special effects, live actors, animation, and set design that rivals any Hollywood movie!  Click here and read all abot the Darkness located in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Haunted House in Orlando Florida - Legends of Old Town Kissimmee - Scariest and Best
Legend's A Haunting At Old Town is the best and scariest haunted house in Florida.  Hauntworld.com takes an inside look at what makes Legend's one of America's scariest haunted houses, go behind the screams to learn all the details about Legend's A Haunting At Old Town!
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Biggest and Best Amusement Park Halloween Haunted House Attractions Rated top 10
Find the ranking for the biggest, best, and scariest amusement park screampark Halloween attractions ranked and reviewed by Hauntworld.com  Find the scariest haunted houses inside your favorite amusement park.
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Most Extreme Shocking Haunted Houses in America 2013 Scariest and Best
Hauntworld rates and reviews the most extreme and shocking haunted houses in America 2013.  What are the haunts that will make you puke, scream, run and cry in 2013?  Find the list here!  
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Scariest and Best Year Around Haunted Houses 2013 top Ten Rated
Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the top 10 best and scariest year around haunted houses.  These are attractions that are open year around or nearly year around.  Who is the best haunted attractions open most of the year rated by www.HauntWorld.com
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Scariest Haunted Houses in America 2013 Top Rated Haunted Attraction Actors
Scariest Haunted Houses in America 2013. Hauntworld.com ranks and rates the haunted houses with the scariest actors, monsters and zombies these are the ultimate haunted scream houses.  Learn more at wwww.HauntWorld.com
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Top 13 Best Haunted Houses All Time
Hauntworld ranks the top 13 best haunted houses in the history of the Haunt industry no matter if they are still open or not.  These are the best haunts that ever existed and why ranked by www.HauntWorld.com
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Scariest and Biggest Haunted Screamparks Haunted Houses Ranked Top 10 2013
Top Rated Biggest and Scariest Haunted Screamparks 2013.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the best haunted screamparks which feature haunted hayrides, haunted houses, corn mazes, haunted forests, haunted trails and more. 
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Best and Scariest Haunted Houses Top Rated Halloween in America 2013
Hauntworld.com releases its top 13 best haunted houses in America 2013.  Find the best, biggest, scariest and even the longest haunted houses in Americaon the annual Hauntworld Top 31 Haunts for 31 Nights of Halloween list.  Who are the scariest haunted houses in America find there here on this page.
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Americas Best Haunted Houses Scariest Haunted Houses 2013
Find the Best Haunted Houses in America 2013 ranked by the biggest Haunted House website in the World.  Are you looking for 2013 Scariest, Biggest, and Best Haunted houses across America?  We rank the top 10 and top 13 best and scariest haunted houses in America at www.Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Tulsa Oklahoma Best and Scariest Haunted Attraction Hex House
Hex House is the best and scariest haunted house in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Hauntworld.com takes an inside look at what makes Hex House one of America's scariest haunted houses, go behind the screams to learn all the details about The Hex House in Tulsa!
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Haunted House in Salt Lake City Utah Nightmare on 13th
Haunted House in Salt Lake, Utah Nightmare on 13th is Utah's biggest indoor haunted house with one of the most amazing pre-shows.  Learn all the details reviewed by Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in San Diego California - Best and Scariest Haunted Hotel
Find the best and scariest haunted house in San Diego California the Haunted Hotel a real haunted attraction rated one of the best in America.  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews this legendary CA haunted House.
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Haunted House in Pittsburgh PENNSYLVANIA PA Hundred Acres Manor
The biggest, best and scariest haunted house in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania PA is Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction.  Hauntworld.com reviews one of the best haunted houses in America and by far the best in Pittsburgh.  Read all the details at hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Minneapolis Minnesota - Best and Scariest Haunted Houses Dead End Hayride
Minneapolis Haunted House Dead End Haunted Hayride is the biggest and scariest haunted house in Minnesota and Hauntworld will take you on a journey to learn all the details about the biggest haunted hayride in the area.  Click here and read all the details.
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North Carolina Haunted House Kersey Valley Spookywoods Greensboro NC
North Carolina Haunted Houses there is one haunt in Greensboro, near Charlotte NC that is the best and scariest haunted house Kersey Valley Spookywoods.  Hauntworld.com has a full review of Kersey Valley Spookywoods including their haunted house, zip lines, corn maze, laser tag, pumpkin patch, hayride and much more.
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Thrillvania Verdun Manor Haunted House Scream Park - Best Haunted House in Dallas Texas
Haunted House in Dallas Texas Verdun Manor Thrillvania Haunted Screampark is the best and scariest haunted attractions in Texas.  Learn all the details rated and reviewed by www.Hauntworld.com  Verdun Manor is one of the original and oldest major haunted attractions in America.  Learn the history and all the scary details.
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Virgina Haunted House DarkWood Manor Haunted House - Luray Virginia
Virginia biggest and best haunted house is Darkwood Manor located in Luray Virgina not far from Washington DC area is the scariest haunted house attraction in Virginia read the full review at www.HauntWorld.com
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New York Best Haunted House Pure Terror Orange County NY
 New York Haunted House Pure Terror is New York's best haunted house located in Orange County New York.  Read a complete review of the best New York haunted attraction at www.HauntWorld.com
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Haunted House in Baltimore Maryland Best and Scariest Haunted Attraction
Haunted Houses in Baltimore, Maryland the best and scariest of them all is Bennett's Curse!  Find all the details about the scariest haunted attraction in the Baltimore Washington DC area rated and reviewed by Hauntworld.com  
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Haunted House in Long Island New York Gateway's Haunted Playhouse
Haunted House in Long Island New York in a small town called Bellport, Gateway's Haunted Playhouse is one of the best and scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld rates and reviews this haunted attraction located in Long Island in New York. Learn more at www.hauntworld.com  
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Haunted House in Knoxville Tennessee Scariest and Best Frightmare Manor
Read about one of the best haunted houses in Tennessee Frightmare Manor.  Hauntworld rates and reviews one of the scariest haunted houses in Tennessee click here.
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Haunted House in East Windsor New Jersey Corner of Chaos - Scariest Haunted House in New Jersey
The best and scariest haunted house in New Jersey located in East Windsor not far from New York City is Corner of Chaos Scream Acres.  Read the details of the biggest and scariest haunted house in New Jersey at www.HauntWorld.com  
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Worlds Best and Scariest 3D Haunted House - Terror Visions St Louis Missouri
The World's Best and Scariest 3D Blacklight Haunted House Terror Visions 3D located in St. Louis Missouri is rated and reviewed by Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Dallas, Texas, Fort Worth The Haunt House Feature Story by Hauntworld.com
Dallas, Texas Haunted House 'The Haunted House' is one of the best haunted attractions in the Dallas Fort Worth area read a full review about the scariest haunted house in Dallas Texas reviewed by Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Buffalo, New York House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs
The Scariest haunted house and simply the best haunted house in the Buffalo area is the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs.  Prepare to go deep inside on of America's scariest haunted houses. Click here and read all the details.
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Haunted House in Las Vegas, Nevada Asylum and Hotel Fear
The scariest haunted house in Las Vegas, NV is Asylum and Hotel Fear, and Hauntworld.com brings you a full review of this ultimate Halloween Haunted Attraction.  Learn all the secrets of how this attraction became one of the most successful haunted houses in America.
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Haunted House in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - The Trail Of Fear Scariest and Best
The biggest and scariest haunted house in Oklahoma is Trail of Fear which is a haunted house near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and near Lawton.  Discover the secrets of this attraction and what fears lurk in the shadows inside one of the scariest haunts in Oklahoma Trailf of Fear in Lawton, Oklahoma.
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Haunted House in Uniontown, PA Pennsylvania - Haunted Hills Estate
The scariest haunted house in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, PA is Haunted Hills Estates, and Hauntworld.com brings you a full review of this ultimate Halloween Haunted Attraction.  Learn all the secrets of how this attraction became one of the most successful haunted houses in America.
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Kentucky Haunted House - USS Nightmare
Kentucky Haunted House, USS Nightmare is one of the scariest haunted houses in Kentucky and some say a real haunted house in Kentucky read the review at Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Pontiac, Michigan - The Realm Of Darkness
Michigan Haunted Houses rated and reviewed by Hauntworld.  Find the best and scariest haunted houses in Michigan especially the Detroit, Pontiac Michigan area including Realm of Darkness one of the scariest and most unique haunts in Michigan.  Read all about Realm of Darkness at www.Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Philadelphia Pennsylvania - Eastern State Penitentiary Terror Behind The Walls
Haunted House in Philadelphia Pennsylvania - Eastern State Penitentiary Terror Behind The Walls is one of the biggest, scariest REAL haunted houses in the country.  Eastern State is open year around for tours of the prison, ghost tours, paranormal investigations and in October it becomes one of the biggest haunted houses in America. Read all about this attraction click here.
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History of the Haunted House Industry
Learn the history of the haunted house industry.  Find out everything you ever wanted to know about how haunted house industry become a 1 billion dollar industry only at www.HauntWorld.com
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Haunted House in Salt Lake City Utah Nightmare on 13th
Haunted House in Salt Lake, Utah Nightmare on 13th is Utah's biggest indoor haunted house with one of the most amazing pre-shows.  Learn all the details reviewed by Hauntworld.com
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Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, New York
Haunted House in New York Headless Horseman is located in Ulster Park, NY which features multiple haunted houses in one location including a haunted hayride, haunted houses and much more.  Learn all the secrets in this new 2011 Review.
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Haunted House in Kentucky - Talon Falls Screampark Haunted House, Paducah, Kentucky
Haunted Houses In Kentucky, Talon Falls Screampark, Paducah, Kentucky is a haunted attraction during Halloween which features multiple haunted houses, hayrides, and more.  Learn all the secrets and go behind the scenes of one of America's scariest haunted houses reviewed by www.Hauntworld.com
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Field Of Screams Haunted House in Lancaster Pennsylvania PA
Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania, PA Field Of Screams is a haunted attraction in Lancaster PA which features multiple haunted houses in one location including a haunted hayride, haunted houses and much more.  Learn all the secrets, go behind the scenes and discover one of America's best haunted houses.  Learn all the scary details in this new 2011 review.
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The Mortuary Haunted House, New Orleans, Louisiana
Haunted Houses in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Mortuary Haunted House.  Learn all about one of America's ONLY REAL haunted houses inside a REAL turn of the centrury funeral home that sits right next to one of the oldest and creepiest REAL graveyards.  If this haunted house doesn't scare you NOTHING will... read all about this REAL haunted attraction based in New Orleans.  Learn all the REAL details reviewed by Hauntworld.com.
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Lemp Brewery Haunted House in St. Louis, Missouri
One of America's only real haunted houses the Lemp Brewery Haunted House is reviewed by Hauntworld Magazine.  Lemp Brewery Haunted House is deep underground located in real caves and caverns under the streets of St. Louis. Learn all the scary truths of this forgotten underground in Hauntworld.com newest review. Now called The Haunting of Lemp Brewery
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Haunted House in Philadelphia Pennsylvania Pennhurst Asylum
Pennhurst Asylum is the ONLY real haunted house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.  Explore the history of the real asylum and learn about the new haunted attraction located inside.  Learn all the scary details reviewed by Hauntworld.com.
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Haunted House in Dallas, Texas, Fort Worth The Haunt House Feature Story by Hauntworld.com
Dallas, Texas Haunted House 'The Haunted House' is one of the best haunted attractions in the Dallas Fort Worth area read a full review about the scariest haunted house in Dallas Texas reviewed by Hauntworld.com
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Haunted House in Kansas City, Missouri The Beast and Edge of Hell
Kansas City Missouri haunted houses are some of the scariest in America, Hauntworld.com reviews the best haunts in Kansas City area including The Beast and Edge of Hell.  This Halloween stop by and visit some of the best haunted attractions in Missouri.
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Haunted House in Cincinnati Ohio The Dent Schoolhouse
Cincinnati Ohio haunted house The Dent Schoolhouse is one of the scariest haunted attractions in the state of Ohio.  HauntWorld Magazine reviews the best haunted houses in Ohio.  Read about what makes Dent Haunted Schoolhouse the best haunt in Cincinnati Ohio.  Learn all the details reviewed by Hauntworld.com.
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Haunted House in Lee, New Hampshire - New England Haunted Overload
Haunted House in New England New Hampshire area, Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire has consistently been rated as a top haunted attraction in New Hampshire as well as the nation by HauntWorld magazine, CNN, USA Today and many others. Come find out what makes Haunted Overload unique and one of America's Best Haunts.
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Haunted House in Nashua, New Hampshire Fright Kingdom - New England
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Flying Rigs for Haunted Houses - The how to fly or not to fly
Wed, May 27, 2020
To Fly or Not to Fly - That Is the Question!

by Ben Armstrong

Flying rigs in Haunted Attractions can be very impressive and something to consider adding to your event. However, there are large risks when adding aerial stunts (or any time you have an employee raised above the ground).  Let’s discuss the various ways you accomplish such an effect.
  • Air Powered Lifters and Droppers - In most cases, these are considered the safest as they usually start on the ground and lift an actor into the air. This is good because the actor doesn’t need to strap into the device up high on a platform somewhere in the dark. Also, these usually move somewhat slowly which is also a bonus. There are a few companies that make these, but generally they are not cheap, as they require massive cylinders to safely lift a person’s weight and a large amount of steel to support the rig and the actor. The downside is that the faster they get the more dangerous they become, and the amount of energy required to lift a person can be problematic if an employee gets a costume or hand caught in the works. As always, the method used to safely secure the actor to the rig is critical. These rigs are prone to the same sort of wear and tear as normal animations, so it’s very important to have an inspection system in place when using these devices.
 
  • Bungees – These can be very effective ways to get fast scares. With this sort of stunt, it is essential to have professional equipment meant to take the weight of a person for both the bungee system and the harness. Also critical is the method of attaching the bungee to the overhead structure and the overhead structure itself. This is not recommended unless the equipment & rigging are supplied and installed by a professional. There are bungee systems that can be purchased as stand-alone units. These are very good. The downside is the potential for coming into contact with a patron is high. Careful positioning and training on this stunt are required to make it safe enough to use. Another issue is the athletic ability needed to perform this on a continuous basis. Bungees can be used all night by actors trained to use the bungee as the propulsion for the stunt, but even then, a high level of athleticism is required. Another factor is how the harness fits and the potential for rubbing or bruising.  This is a factor in any stunt when the weight of the actor is held by a harness.
 
  • Tracks – Tracks are stunts whereby an actor wearing a harness is secured to a trolley on a track and flies out over the patrons. This can be quite effective but has its own unique set of problems. As always, the appropriate rigging of the equipment and track installation is essential. A new factor to consider is how difficult it is for the actor to get into position to attach to the track. The factors of darkness, height and attaching the back of the harness to the rig are all very serious. A mistake along the way could lead to an accident. Another issue is the possibility of kicking a guest as you pass overhead or being grabbed or punched while being held in the harness. If the track is set at the appropriate height and the actor is carefully secured in place this can be a very safe & effective stunt, but an extraordinary amount of planning and safety considerations must always be in place. Downsides are the hazards in attaching to the effect, the proper wearing of the harness to prevent rubbing, and the potential for the guests grabbing at the actor.

 
  • Zip Lines – Most of the factors involved in a track stunt come into play with zip lines but in an even more expanded way. Zip lines are more for show than for a scare, as the actor is often seen during most of the flight. All of the same issues of harness safety, professional installation and successfully getting onto the platform exist as before, but with this stunt the platform is usually higher, and therefore the actor will have even greater inability to stop once they commit to the zip.  No chance of impact with guests or other objects should exist, but even more care should be taken when mounting this stunt. To purchase & install the correct cables and trolleys for this sort of flight is quite expensive, and this should be considered one of the most advanced stunts you might undertake despite its seeming simplicity.
 
As you can see flying stunts are not easy or cheap to do safely. Here is a checklist for what you should look at for every stunt you install in your attraction:
  • Anchor Points: The structure must be strongly secured, so I always recommend hiring a professional rigger.
  • Mounting: Ladders and platforms need good traction and handrails.  Rails and safety clip on cables to protect the actor before they are clipped in are also required.
  • Harnesses: Get professional harnesses recommended by the rigger you hire. Make sure they are correctly adjusted to prevent chaffing or bruising. In stunts like air powered lifters where only a belt is needed, make sure it is a belt designed to do what it is doing and one that is properly attached. Harnesses must be periodically replaced. They may only be usable on certain sizes of actors.
  • Bungees & Cables: They need to be rated for the use desired and properly installed. They must be replaced, sometimes every season or sooner if they get damaged.
  • Casting & Training: Your flying actors needs to be athletic, safety-conscious and smart. They must make sure everything is correct with the stunt to always take safety seriously. They must be very aware of their surroundings and what the guests are doing, especially if any possible contact could occur while performing the stunt. They need to be tough, but not oblivious to pain. If they pull a muscle or are dehydrating or are being hurt by the harness, they need to know when to stop.
  • Carabiners, Trolleys & Other Rigging Gear: Professionally recommended and installed gear that is often inspected and used for what it was designed for is the only way to go.
  • Cover the Mechanisms: Especially with air powered lifts, tracks and zip lines, make sure to design things in such a way as to keep your actors’ and guests’ hands off of the tracks and out of the linkages. A finger caught in a trolley will not make for a happy radio call.
  • General Safety & Care: Your stunt actors may need extra breaks, and they need to checked on by staff frequently. It is very easy to dehydrate on stunts and often hard to access water while attached. They need to be able to release themselves in the event of an emergency, for example if the haunt needs to be evacuated.
 

So, there you have it…Stunts can be amazing, extremely effective at scaring your guests, and have a huge WOW factor, but they require an unending dedication to safety, doing things the correct way, training, and a serious dollar investment. If you are mindful, willing & committed to these issues then flying rig stunts might be for you. Good luck!
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How to Carve and Create a Pumpkin Creature - Home Haunting 101
Tue, May 26, 2020
                                   Keepers of the Crop
                    Oversized Pumpkin Creatures, step by step.
 
At Haunted Overload we strive to give the patron a unique and original Halloween experience. To do so, we must constantly build new set pieces that surround the crowd with exciting and visually pleasing images of Halloween. In this article I will focus on how to construct oversized static pumpkin headed creatures. These figures are meant to be set up outdoors. They could be used at an outdoor event or even outside an indoor haunt to attract attention.  Last season we made 4 figures at once to be used throughout our expanded queue line section. People enjoy looking at them as they wait in line for the show. They also set the tone and provide the atmosphere that people have come to expect at our attraction.


 
When designing and constructing creatures like these, cost is always of the utmost concern. Strength is also a very important consideration because they will be battered by wind, rain and possibly snow. One of the figures was built on a hill and loomed over the crowd. We could not afford to have the thing toppling over on people so the design needed to bullet proof, using braces that blended into the scene and looked like small trees.
 
The heads and hands of the figures needed to have the most detail and look real. The goal was to make the heads and hands blend in with the organic material we covered the bodies with at the end. I was excited to try an all new technique for making the pumpkin heads last year. We secured the sponsorship of a spray foam insulation company. That was a huge help for the project because it kept costs to a minimum. The owner educated me about the two different kinds of foam that he used. I knew I would be able to use both in the production of the new heads.
The first step was to have the foam contractor spray 4 large piles of open cell urethane foam. This kind of foam is extremely soft, like a sponge and very easy to carve. You can almost carve it with your bare hands. I used a wood rasp to quickly round the shapes into spheres. Then I asked the contractor to coat the balls with closed cell urethane foam about 1.5 inches thick. This is a much harder foam with more strength. Once again I used a wood rasp and electric sander to shape the foam to appear like a pumpkin with ridges. Then the face could be carved just like a real jack o lantern. The soft foam was then pulled out by hand leaving a hollow shell. A hole was cut in the bottom to make a neck out of chicken wire and Great Stuff spray foam. The neck was used to mount the pumpkin to the body. At this point the shell could be hard coated. I prefer to run to the hardware store and get a bucket of Liquid Nails or any other brand of construction adhesive. Smearing it on with rubber gloves strengthens the pumpkin just fine and makes for a realistic looking skin by filling in some of the gaps and holes that may be left in the foam.


 
The stems were cut from pink foam, ridges made with a Dremel and hit with a heat gun. The heat gun made the ridges stand out more and hardened the foam nicely. We dunked the stems in black latex paint and let dry. Highlighting them with lighter colored paint brought out the details. I like to paint the entire pumpkin with thick black latex paint before a finish coat of pumpkin orange spray paint. The inside got a lighter yellow / orange color to make them look real. The nice thing about this technique is that all the imperfections in the pumpkin add to the detail and make it look more realistic than a perfectly shaped pumpkin made out of plastic.
 
The construction of the hands came next. The size of the pumpkin heads determined how big the hands would be. The hands were made to be roughly the same size as the heads. Once the proportions were determined, strips of plywood were cut for each bone of the fingers. They were then sandwiched between 2 strips of Romex electrical wire and screwed together. The wire held everything in place and allowed the fingers to bend at the knuckles. Two sections of electrical conduit were flattened with a hammer.  Holes were drilled to make way for screws into each side of the plywood palm. A section of 2x4 was then bolted between the conduit for an extremely strong connection at the wrist. These hands are rather heavy when finished so this joint needed to be very strong to last in the elements. I wanted to make sharp fingernails for the hands. These were made by sculpting the nail shape over small sections of the Romex wire. Magic Sculpt 2 part epoxy clay was used. The nails could then be screwed to the ends of the plywood fingers.


 
The hands at this point looked pretty boring. They needed a good amount of detail to look real and organic. For this we used Monster Mud and strips of cheese cloth. Directions for Monster Mud can be found all over the internet. The cheese cloth is light enough to sculpt veins and crazy looking texture over the plywood hands. The hands can be positioned before the mud is applied. If the joints are covered with it they will harden in that position. Once dry, Liquid Nails was smeared over the hands for more protection and detail. Finally black spray paint was applied. I intended to highlight the hands with lighter colored paint but totally ran out of time. The hands were black for this year but will get more detail using a dry brush technique for the upcoming season.
 
With the heads and hands done, it was time to build the bodies. Great care and planning took place to position each of the 4 figures for the best effect before actual construction. I had a local saw mill cut me four beams 4x4x14 feet long. These would be the backbone and main support for each monster. Post holes were excavated deep enough for the beams to stand solid and strong when tamped down. Each one leaned slightly forward for a more natural stance. The proportions were calculated by laying sections of 2x4’s on the ground in the shape of a large body. Using high quality outdoor decking screws, the bodies were screwed together to look like stick figures. Various positions helped make each one look unique and as dynamic as possible. Once the positions were decided upon, smaller sections of wood were added to brace every single joint and possible weak area. The legs were staked into the ground providing three points of contact with the ground. The figures with outstretched arms needed to have saplings staked in the ground and attached high on the arms for additional support. The hands were screwed into position on each of the figures. The heads were attached by sliding them down over stakes secured to the top of the main 4x4. Once the desired position was achieved, Great Stuff foam sprayed into the neck hole held the pumpkin heads in place.


 
Chicken wire was stapled to the wood to form the rib cage and flesh out each statue. Black construction fabric was used to cover the entire body of each one. Finally, burlap, erosion cloth, pumpkin vines, and hay were used to detail the bodies. Lighting of the finished figures was also important to their overall effectiveness.  By up lighting them, details of the burlap and pumpkin vines were accentuated for a more dramatic look. Battery operated flickering tea lights were used to illuminate the heads before each show. Lights that plug in are planned next year for convenience. The heads can be switched around from figure to figure for different looks as well. The Statues really gave our new queue line the eye candy it needed. Patrons were very enthusiastic about the oversized creatures and made many positive comments when viewing them.

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How a Haunted House Owner Survives the Next 10 Years
Tue, May 19, 2020
How a Haunted House Owner Survives the Next 10 Years
By Larry Kirchner

The haunted house industry is moving into an entire new decade, the ROARing twenties.  Who will scream the loudest in 2020?  What haunted attraction or vendor will make all the right moves to survive into the next decade.  If you haven't noticed things are drastically changing.  Can I make a prediction?  After seeing several haunts and suppliers call it quits in 2019, I'm predicting the industry as we know it is going to change once again.  My prediction is several more suppliers are going out of business or downsizing.  I believe we're going to see several middle to small haunts close their attractions, and haunt  vendors can't survive on the Netherworld's of the industry alone. 
Just as our country must have a middle class (otherwise we'll turn into the next Venezuela), so we must have small and medium sized haunts.  They make up 90% of every attraction that will open in 2020.  Most of these attractions do not make enough money to earn a living, yet they survive.  Why?  This is very much a passion-based business, and these people will borrow every cent they can find to re-open, because they love haunted houses.   Many small haunts run their attractions with volunteers and in many cases operate for the sole benefit of a charity.  I believe most of these haunts will survive on passion alone.  But what about the haunted houses that strive for the next level, every year spending more and more, hoping to break thru? 

These haunted house owners are quickly learning… there are other options to make more money with less hassle.  To operate a professional haunted house in 2020 you must understand digital marketing, social media, and be able to evolve to meet a new level of competition.  Haunted Houses are no longer just in competition with other haunts.  No, no, no.  Now you have all sorts of competitive social activities such as axe throwing, escape rooms, vintage arcade bars, botchy ball bars, Top Golf, plus wacky mini golf is about to invade the scene.   Many haunt owners have already taken their operation skills and their ability to build themed attractions and have opened escape rooms and axe throwing.  Some haunters opened escape rooms that are now grossing more revenue in 4 months than their haunted house.  Some axe throwing facilities are grossing more money than the highest gross haunted house in our industry.  You operate these attractions with a handful of employees, offering full time jobs, and gone are the hassles of dealing with 150 employees to operate one single haunted house.  Many haunt owners are getting older and wiser.  Let's think about this for a moment: less stress, easier to manage, and three times the money of a haunted house. 
The other problem haunted houses face is competition from amusement parks who've totally embraced Halloween.  Many theme parks advertise their events as FREE to season pass holders, while our haunted houses range from $20-$35 dollars.  Sure, when those customers get to their local amusement park, only then they realize their “free entry” doesn’t include the haunts which cost an additional $30+, but that is a minor detail.  Haunted House owners can't offer the type of concessions, rides, and infrastructure of an amusement park.

I believe this industry is headed for the cream of the crop mega haunts and the charity haunts with little to no middle-class haunts.   Many haunters have sold or closed their haunts and joined other companies/haunts.  The ranks are thinning and will most likely continue to thin big league. 



We use to own Halloween, but now the competition is fierce and coming from more than just other haunted houses.  One of the biggest killers of our industry stems from those who didn't further educate themselves to learn digital marketing or evolve their haunts into massive entertainment, rather than continue to only focus on the scares. 
Let's look at The Darkness for example .  My first mistake was building a side haunted house called The Hive behind my escape rooms.  I quickly realized this mistake after I built a very successful escape room business.  Now I want to sell that haunted house to free up space to build out my escape room facility to add more attractions that can be open year-round.  I want to offer axe throwing, a bar, vintage arcades, pinball, board games, and maybe bowling.  My up-charged haunted house makes about $65,000 a year, whereas my new bar might gross $500,000+ a year. 

In the last 5 years, we've added tons of photo ops, to the point no one can even go into the haunted house without getting their picture taken.  We want every customer to have a keepsake.  We never opened for special events, but now we open for both Krampus Christmas and Bloody Valentines giving out free candy & photos.  Never before did we focus on icon monsters not to scare anymore, but rather take pictures with guests so they can share on social media.  Now we actively recruit our customers via Fear Ticket to leave us a review.  Fear Ticket has a feature that allows me to send every single customer an automatic email 2-hours after their visit asking for a review.  This year we had the best reviews ever!  For 20 years, we told people no video, no photography.  Now we encourage it, hoping they live stream their screams!   For two decades once the customers left the last scary scene the haunted house was over. Now after the last SCREAM we have a massive entertainment room that features horror video games, horror pinball games, an electric chair ride, a 5-minute escape, gift store, snacks and tons of photo ops. 

At Creepyworld, we built a really fun outdoor que line with photo ops, and a midway at the exit with zombie paintball, free horror movies, game booths, an escape room, a free pumpkin display and (again) tons of photo ops.  Now, the most important actors are the ones in the midway who don't scare anymore but just take photos with guests.  Imagine that!  My focus isn't how many guests but the average amount each guest spends between the ticket, additional activities, food, drink, and gift shopping.  Customers don't want to be scared as much as they want to have fun. They want an experience with friends that they can document on social media.  With our marketing, we use lines like 'GRAB YOUR FRIENDS AND SCREAM TOGETHER'.  Today everyone does things as a group and if one person in that group doesn't like to get scared the entire sale could be nixed, so you must learn to ENTERTAIN your guests.  You need to make sure your guests are sharing their experience and showing their friends who didn't attend just how much fun they missed! 



Here is the bottom line: The small charity haunts with volunteer staff will survive, but professional haunts will not survive on that passion alone; you must adapt to 2020 customer demands or you will not make it.  As for vendors, we don’t need more dead bodies.  We need innovation that meets these new 2020 demands like innovative photo ops, things that promote our business, maybe an arcade machine that triggers animations inside the haunt, something a person pays to play. Or wouldn't it be cool if a vendor came up with a system that videotaped a guest’s experience thru the haunted house?  Now that is something we could up sell!  As for VR (virtual reality), we don't need 30-minute games; we need 5-minute intense experiences to increase revenue, small short experiences that can readily be up sold.  How about cool photo booths, apps for our website that involve turning guests into zombies then wrapping the photo with our logos?  It really is time for all vendors to start thinking about the future. Are you a vendor?  Can you create a product to help us either sell a ticket, entertain guests, dominate social media, or make us more money?  If so that is what we want and need to buy! 
 
How does one know what haunts want to buy?  How do you figure what is working or isn't working?  How do you honestly get the help you need?  We had that in the Hauntworld Fright Forum where people learned more than they ever did thru any other medium, but then we fell into the Facebook trap.   Now our industry has hundreds of useless Facebook groups where the conversations are dominated by enthusiasts or seasonal haunt actors referring to themselves as haunters.  Even if someone asked a legit question or post a great tip, most of us never see it, because other useless posts are made, washing it away the useful posts 10 miles deep.   Most big industries have private message boards, where people go for information.  The Hauntworld Fright Forum does still exist for your use if/when needed, but I'm not saying the Hauntworld Fright Forum is your answer.  I’m simply saying haunted house owners need a forum for professional discussion.  It’s really that simple because we're all scattered in our own worlds across the social media universe.  Time is money, yet people can spend hours looking around social media and still learn nothing and share nothing. 

In closing, Hauntworld Magazine under my direction has always focused on articles to help your business first.  The seminar topics I choose to speak on at Transworld are always about business first.  I am well known for having one of the most detailed haunted houses in the World. If I were to do a design & detail seminar, I’m sure it would sell out quickly.  Yet, I choose to focus on helping haunt owners with the information that I know will help their business the most. I’ve learned the hard way that buying the best new walls or 3 more animations or 10 more masks, don't buy you another customer.  Yes, as haunters, this is what we enjoy, but your haunt needs information and most importantly it needs to adapt for this current generation of customers.  With everything being said as haunt owners we still want cool masks, costumes, animations and gadgets to make people scream, but at what point do you already have enough?  Your new first focus should be on growing entertainment options for your guests, start with a zombie paintball side attraction.  Big money maker and guests find it fun!  Secondly stop stressing about how many guests, but rather entertain the ones who come, and give them options to spend more money with you! 
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Building a 5 Minute Escape Room
Tue, May 19, 2020
THE MANGLER’S FEAR MACHINE!
Building an Automated 3 Minute Escape Game
Ben Armstrong - NETHERWORLD Haunted House - www.Fearworld.com
 
  Escape games!  A year ago everyone was talking about them, and if they weren’t opening them they were thinking about it.  Not us. Long, long ago we tried all sorts of wacky haunt related activities until we made a simple decision – focus on the core!  We did and it worked out for us very well and allowed the haunt to become successful. But EVERYONE was just diving into these escape games and it seemed to be the main thing haunters wanted to talk about. Did we want a new full time job? No thanks… the haunt kept us busy enough. Did we have room for it? Nope, we were using every inch and didn’t want to pull back on show space. But then I heard Kelly Collins speak about 3 minute escape games and it got me thinking…Only open when the haunt is… Only takes up a tiny footprint… Something new and fun to try…. So we figured why not and jumped in!
Right out of the gate Max (my son) and I were most concerned with throughput, and we wanted to build a game that was completely automated with zero reset time.  The space would be small - 8x8 feet with a small tech room on the side, just big enough to squeeze into a corner of the gift shop. Since we had a bunch of steel grating and were cranking out FR tech panels with our new vacuform machine, we wrote up an industrial concept and called it THE MANGLER’S FEAR MACHINE after one of our more well-known icon characters.  A five step clue stream was decided upon, with each discovery revealing the next.



The room is run by a cascading series of Fright Ideas Flexs controlling multiple videos shown on two different monitors using Bright Signs for playback. When the guests first enter the room, a video of the Mangler explains the game, and the countdown begins on a second monitor. There are several “scare” effects that players can trigger including a saw blade that drops into the set, strobes and crackers, etc. but they do not affect the actual clue stream. If the players do not trigger the first sequence effect soon, the Mangler appears every 30 seconds or so with an increasingly clear set of clues. When they move to the second puzzle he resets and moves to the first clue for the second puzzle, etc.  so clues are automatically given throughout the game. Since it is only 3 minutes long the operator watching the guests from a monitor will also give audio prompts if they get too far behind.

The game is basically “stick your hand in a disgusting place” to find the hidden button, and needless to say they really appreciate the hand sanitizer we supply as they leave the machine!  We beta tested the game at a summer event we did at the haunt and after a few tweaks to make the game easier including adding subtitles for the Mangler, and a few lighting changes to make the clues more obvious we were ready for the season.
The game would have run about $5000 with parts and labor to make from scratch, but we had a lot of the materials available so it didn’t really cost that much out of pocket.  A day for the walls, a few days for vacuform production and finishing, a few days for steel and wood fabrication for the puzzles and scares, a day or so for paint and set dressing and props went pretty fast. The most time was spent on tech, audio/video and also in wiring up all of the effects, pneumatics and controllers in a way to make it very resettable and still very safe – it was a big concern to us that boxes would not shut on people’s hands for example, if there was a power drop.

Ultimately it was a success. Around 5000 people paid an extra 5 bucks to play with about 3000 winning the game. With only one staff person to run it and very happy customers we were glad we did it. Not exactly haunt numbers but still lots of fun and not a bad profit center as well. Now full sized escape games… THAT will be a story for another day!

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How to Save Haunted House Vendors and The Haunt Industry?
Fri, May 15, 2020

How to Save Vendors and What Should Haunt Owners Do? 

Even before this pandemic, several vendors had already gone out of business.  Now with the virus situation, Transworld cancellation, and haunt owners not placing orders out of fear of not opening, will more ill fate plunder our vendor community? What options do vendors have?  (The majority of this article was written prior to the cancellation of Transworld show and mostly applies to how vendors should price their products in the future.) Even before all this, vendors were struggling. Some had already cancelled their booths and filed bankruptcy.  I can't speak for these companies, but I can tell you this…Overall, haunted house vendors do not charge enough.  I’ve talked to someone who builds escape room attractions charging only $50,000.  I’ve talked to someone else who builds haunted houses who jumped at the chance to build one for an amusement park for only $75,000.  I'm like WHAT?  You can't make any money, especially after you build, ship, and install. Anytime I get a call, my first question is budget.  If it’s $100,000 or less, my answer is SORRY.  Why?  On every project, the buyer expects you to ship and install.  Some companies don't have  the kind of experience of installing attractions like our company, but let me forewarn.  You can get tied up on site for a couple weeks on an install, paying people every day, hotels, food, travel costs, and more.  Simply put, you can't do it for $50,000.  Just because someone offers you a job, doesn't mean you should take it.  Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing something that will tie up your company’s time and prevent you from doing something else that actually makes money.
 
Same thing goes to vendors who sell animations, costumes, masks, and more.  The industry started almost like a hobby, and some never left that mentality.  Haunted house owners charge $25-$35 to enter their attractions not $8-$10 like in 1999.  Vendors:  Success is about how much you make, not how many you sell.  As a haunt owner, I learned long ago that customers don't choose which haunted house to visit based on price; it’s about the quality of the haunt.  If your a vendor with the best product, then trust your price with a built-in margin, so you can take care of your employees and your family.


 
Too many new vendors come into the game thinking they must keep the price as low as possible.  When Transworld started this show in St Louis,  the site was chosen in part because it was the cheapest convention center. Why?  The idea was if you make the booth prices super low more vendors would buy booths and the show could launch more successfully.  I encouraged Transworld to charge admission fee to maintain those lower booth costs  Initially Jen thought NO WAY, but if people can't pay $100+ to support the show and the vendors, then they don't need to walk in the door.  The cost of the show needs to be shared by vendors and buyers alike.  I recently talked to a big retailer, and still he thinks of the Transworld show as a convention not a tradeshow.  Why did he say that?  Clearly too many actors and enthusiasts show up, plus some haunt owners bring up to 30 of their staff.  Some people run around in costume.  Some people are there just to have fun.  I can understand his perception, but I argued back that Transworld is a tradeshow, because it’s a show for a billion dollar industry.  (You could argue that Escape Rooms worldwide might be a billion dollar industry now too.)  Transworld could charge $200 for entry to weed out the non-buyers and not worry about losing a single valid buyer.   Vendors: you would spend more time on the show floor talking to qualified buyers, not people who roam the floor without any ability to buy a $5000 prop.  Haunt owners: you should NOT bring 20-30 of your staff to waste vendors time.  This must be a tradeshow not a convention.  Midwest Haunters Convention is a convention, so take them there.  Transworld should be a place to do business. 
 
Vendors shouldn't be worried about losing one sale due to raised prices.  You're entitled to make a profit.  If a haunt owner cries about the price, ask them if they're lowering their admission price?  You'll hear crickets!  If we're going to maintain a strong & healthy vendor community, companies might need to raise prices and not be afraid to make a profit.  For an escape room attraction, I charge minimum $100,000 while so many others sell them for $50,000, but many companies are going out of business, and I'm still standing.  Ghost Ride is still standing , now in it's 21st year.  Creative Visions is still humming along after 27 years.  If I make more money from 1 sale than you make from selling 3, well that is a problem for YOU, not me I want to focus on doing a GREAT JOB offering the BEST product and service.  It’s not about how many I can sell.  You learn from experience and experience teaches you quantity doesn't equal profit.  Learn the motto: Work smarter not harder and deliver a better product both on-time & ahead of schedule.   That is how you do it!

But how do vendors survive an entire year of virtually no orders?  Vendors: It won't be easy, but you can survive.  For starters I hope you got approved for a PPP loan from the government and are using it to hire your staff to build inventory.  Yes, build up inventory, because you need to bet on yourself.  Ten years ago haunts typically bought products in late July and early August, using credit cards to finance upgrades.  This could be the case again. Haunts want to know what conditions will be in 6 to 8 weeks from today.  The economy is going to re-open; it has to re-open, because having a depression, poverty, and high crime would destroy more lives than this virus ever could.  Right now states can't pay their bills. Cities and townships are laying people off and cutting budgets, because they have no revenue.  Cities and States have no other option but to open and once they do there won't be any turning back.  This will become very clear by July, and once that happens haunts might start calling asking 'WHAT DO YOU HAVE'.  Use government PPP loans to build inventory, because there will be haunts calling in late July, and when they do you'll have product.  Re-read what was written above, stop the discounts and make a profit!  If a haunt owner wants to wait until July or August...FINE, but charge appropriately because you have a business to save. No matter what happens, Transworld should strongly consider moving the Tradeshow to January or February to help vendors, at least for 2021, if the convention has open dates.  Either way the show is currently booked for March 4th 2021, the earliest ever, so that helps!  

What should haunt owners do this 2020 season?  I've heard a lot of really wacky concepts like hayrides and haunts doing drive thru... dumbest idea I've ever heard.  I'm not risking any of my actors getting hit by cars.  Overall, haunt owners have different ideas on what they should do, but honestly why consider doing anything outside the realm of what you normally do?  Yes..."buyer confidence" is low right now, and haunt owners are fearful of lower attendance, so skim costs to offset that possibility.  For example, you can switch ticketing to Fearticket.com, offering the lowest fees with the best system and fastest scanning PLUS remarketing! Fearticket offers regular tickets, timed ticketing, dynamic pricing, group scanning, and everything in between. And, FearTicket doesn't keep your online convenience fees, so technically many of you could actually MAKE MONEY by switching. (Shameless plug, I know...Sorry.  Still, you should switch. )  

Speaking of timed ticketing...Is that the saving grace we all should incorporate for 2020?  Good question but NOPE!  Is timed ticketing going to prevent actors from being within 6 feet of customers or customers stopping in the haunt and backing up the groups? Is that going to prevent a screaming, fleeing customer from running into other people? No. So how would timed ticketing solve that problem?  

Thinking positively, haunts might actually thrive in this environment.  After all, we tend to all do well when people opt for "stay-cations" rather than "vacations".  What you should do right now is PLAN TO OPEN!  Get your websites updated, get your social media content created, repair your haunt, interview possible staff members, plan your marketing. What else would you do...wait around until the last minute?  Yes you're going to spend some money, but this is your only option.  Just make sure if you sign marketing deals, add a clause you can cancel with 24 hour notice.  If for some reason you can't open, well you can still cancel all the marketing, you don't hire the staff, and you simply cancel everything. (I believe you will open though.)  

Things you could consider to give the public trust in your attraction: (1) Post Warning Signs everywhere including your website.  Visit www.Hauntworld.com Fright Forum where you can get FREE warning signs to use.  Your warning signs should warn people against entering if they're sick, suggesting everyone wear masks, wash their hands, etc. (2)Put washing stations at the entrance. (3)Take touchless temperature of every staff member and maybe every guest too. (4)Spray-sanitize everyone's hands as they enter. (5)Purchase affordable masks for every possible customer and require them to wear them while in the attraction

Other thing to do:

(1) Reduce spending overall. 

(2) You could remove sections of your haunt to reduce staffing, while adding midway attractions which make money.  Haunts need to add more scareboxes / scarezones so actors can stay busy hitting multiple sides of the attraction from one area.  REDUCE STAFF!  

3)  Marketing:  Don't throw a wide net, focus on marketing to the CORE audience.  Cut out all TV and almost all radio and focus on Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, mass email and maybe Youtube with a few billboards. Oh and Hauntworld.com!  All haunts should seek better deals from marketing companies or skip them. I also would not launch early marketing programs; I would start marketing no more than 10 days before opening date to save money.

4)  Public Relations:  This is the year to SKIP ALL PR efforts.  Why?  The media could be your worst enemy this year, asking specific questions about safety.  I would avoid the media in 2020 and keep a very low profile. Open your haunt, do your best, and make it thru. 

5)  Reduce operating Days:  This is not the year to open in early September or stay open deep into November.  This October has 5 weekends so maybe you skip September all together. Maybe instead of opening every night in October just open weekends.  Do what you need to do to cut costs, and focus on the meat and potatoes. If you open later, you'll save labor costs and marketing costs. We've already decided one of our haunts (LEMP) will only open TEN DAYS just Friday and Saturdays in October.  We have cut some days from Darkness and Creepyworld too. 

6)  Add Revenue Generating Upgrades:  Instead of building new scenes, create new revenue generating attractions like a small zombie paintball arena, a 5-minute escape room, gift stores, photo ops, horror arcade, pumpkin smashing, anything that is FUN that generates additional revenue.  You can do this simply by removing the last 2000 square feet of your haunt.  This is a smart move!

7)   Buy the new How to Get Rich DVD on hauntedhousesupplies.com:  (I know... another shameless plug.  Sorry.)  I might have titled the DVD wrong, because some mistakenly think this is about how to start a successful haunt, but it's more for haunted house owners who currently own a haunt. The DVD shows you how to reduce staff, how to open a gift store, how to build scareboxes to maximize actors, how to market your haunt more effectively, how to create 5 minute escape rooms, and so much more.  You can get this DVD at www.HauntedHouseSupplies.com with that being said, this DVD will help you RIGHT NOW!  It is by far the best DVD I've ever made; sadly we didn't get to promote the DVD at Trasnworld.  All the same, snag this DVD, because it will help your business. 

And FINALLY, become a member of the Hauntworld Fright Forum. You can't learn anything on Facebook.  Come to the Fright Forum, where we can talk, share, learn, exchange, trade, etc.  I'm posting important information every week on the forums and the blog, and tune into Hauntworld.com to listen to our new podcast which will start soon!

Happy Haunting,
Larry Kirchner

PS:  I never thought in a million years we'd get to issue 50 but it was a goal and we made it!  Always set goals and achieve them.  It makes everything between worthwhile.  Congrats to Hauntworld Magazine!  Get your subscription now at www.HauntedhouseMagazine.com 

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