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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America's Scariest Haunted Houses 2020 - Top 13 Rated Haunts
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 2020.
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America's Best Haunted Houses 2018 - Top 13 Scariest Haunts
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 2018.
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Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride New York - Rating and Review
Read Review and Ratings of Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride located in New York.  Headless Horseman features hayrides, haunted houses and much more. 
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Creepyworld Haunted Screampark - St Louis Missouri Haunted House Review Rating
Creepyworld Haunted Screampark is America's biggest haunted attraction with over 13 attractions including a haunted hayride.  Learn more and read the review click here. 
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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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America's Top 13 Scariest biggest and best Haunted Houses 2017
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 2017.
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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
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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
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Clear and Simple Way to Develop Haunt Actor Characters - Haunt Matrix
Fri, August 20, 2021
 The Character Matrix:
A Clear And Simple Way To Help Haunt Actors Develop Characters Fast!

 
Ben Armstrong - NETHERWORLD Haunted House www.Fearworld.com
 
As we know, the most important and difficult thing to develop in a haunted attraction is a well trained staff. The goal of the CHARACTER MATRIX is to give your cast the tools to get up to speed on their characters fast!
The act of building and opening a haunt is an out of control roller coaster ride and for many the last thing we do is hire a staff, get them looking scary and send them into the gloom to await the first customers. Even when you have the time for training there are always mid-season actors that have to be brought on line without delay. So once assigned to a position what are your actors supposed to do? Well certain things are obvious. Any basically designed room has some sort of obvious place for the actor to hide, or a clear place for them to be seen doing whatever that room requires them to do. Almost anyone you hire (Well almost anyone!) will understand that if you dress them like a clown and put them in a clown room they are supposed to “act” like a clown. So say for example we have a drop panel for them to use in the clown room. It is pretty clear they are supposed to slam down the panel shocking the patrons and do something “funny“. But the next step is the tough one: how do they interact AFTER that?
 
So let’s begin with some of the basic haunt acting descriptions from the Ohio/Bloodview/Scab 5 school of thought to set the stage for the discussion.

 
A) PRESENTATION: How the actor looks: the make-up, the costume , the mask, etc.
 
B) APPROACH: How the actor reveals to the patron, i.e. a drop panel, curtain, pops out from around a corner, was in sight the entire time (for atmospheric characters, trapped people, actors working at a task, like a butcher chopping meat, et al)
 
C) INTERACTION: What happens between the actor and the guest - The “act” of delivering lines, startling the guest, etc.


 
The CHARACTER MATRIX is designed primarily to help your actors with the INTERACTION but it can also affect the PRESENTATION and the APPROACH.
 
First comes the obvious: what is the TYPE and OCCUPATION of the character? What I mean is for example the TYPE could be a CLOWN, the occupation could be a DOCTOR. So we have a clown doctor - that alone gives your actor much better guidance than just being a CLOWN.
 
Now we go to the MATRIX. Pick One PRIMARY TRAIT and one or two SECONDARY TRAITS that make sense. That may even be too much, it really depends how elaborate you want to get with the act.


 
CHARACTER MATRIX
 
A) Determine actor TYPE (Vampire, Werewolf, Clown, etc.)
B) Determine actor OCCUPATION (Doctor, Cook, Gravedigger, Butler etc.)
C) Pick one PRIMARY TRAIT and one or two SECONDARY TRAITS that do not conflict with each other.


Find the DESCRIPTORS under the TRAIT and use them to flesh out your act.
 
TRAITS
 
-GOOD
Help
Warn
Plead
Preach
Protect
Self Sacrifice
 
- EVIL
Torture
Kill for Fun
Torment
Bully
Mock
Conspire
 
- ANIMALISTIC
Eat
Stalk
Hide/Pounce
Intimidate/Roar
Cower/Flee
 
-COMICAL
Laugh
Joke
Amuse
Mimic
Prank
 
-INSANE
Talk to themselves
Gibberish Nonsense
Self Mutilation
Nonsensical Motivations
Motivation/Personality Shifts
Be Afraid of Nothing/Everything
 
-YOUNG
Shy
Questioning
Happy
Energetic
Scared Brave
 
-OLD
Slow
Cranky
Deaf
Knowledgeable
Jaded
Nostalgic
 
-SMART
Share Knowledge
Pass Judgments
Order people around
Gather Data
Espouse Science
 
-STUPID
Act Clumsy
Ask Dumb Questions
Talk/Move Simple/Slow
Be Affectionate/Angry
Be Easily Fooled



Now let’s take our CLOWN DOCTOR. Let’s say the PRIMARY TRAIT is he is SMART. The SECONDARY TRAIT is that he is INSANE. Now go to the DESCRIPTORS under the Trait and pick out a few that work for you and go to town! Our Clown Doctor can be very Bossy (Smart characters tend to order others around) but since he is insane his orders are nonsensical. For example when folks enter his scene he might say, “The operation is about to begin! You will be my assistant. Give me the rubber chicken. I wish to make the incision!”
 
The goal is to give FAST direction to your actors, to give them something to work with that can really help flesh out a character in no time at all. So if they are playing a Ghostly Butler, make them OLD and GOOD, so now maybe in a very slow and cranky way they are trying to warn (Help) the patrons about the horrors ahead.
 
Someone playing a WEREWOLF might play it differently if they were told to be a YOUNG werewolf. You could play a GOBLIN as ANIMALISTIC or as COMICAL. Even within a Trait there could be many differences. Our ANIMALISTIC GOBLIN could be cowering, i.e. afraid of the patrons or it could be stalking them or putting on a show of intimidation.



 
Dialogue will naturally come once you merge the TYPE, OCCUPATION and several TRAIT SETS, but in many cases BODY LANGUAGE and or the APPROACH is the thing the actor will understand as many characters won’t even have dialog in their act.
 
So there you have it… a very SIMPLE EASY way to give your actors something more to go on than just the room and costume. Do you have a Zombie horde and you want to make them different from each other? Easy! Make some YOUNG, some OLD, some STUPID and some INSANE. Now you have variety! The CHARACTER MATRIX is by all means not finished. You can add endless TRAITS and DESCRIPTORS to it. It is more of a shorthand way of thinking to get the crew rolling. When your actors come to casting to get assignments you can hand out a few TRAITS along with the costume, and it will help a great deal with the performance.


TYPE TRAIT SETS
There are certain trait sets that lend themselves to certain Haunted House Characters. Here are a few obvious ones to start with but you can make up a million of them… use these as an example and have fun!


 
Nazgul /Wraith Trait Set
Smart/Evil/Old
 
Werewolf Trait Set
Animalistic/Evil
 
Demon Trait Set -
Evil/Smart/Old
 
Goblin Trait Set -
Comical/Evil/Smart/Stupid
 
Clown Trait Set
Insane/Comical/Evil/Smart/Stupid
 
Creeper Trait Set
Good/Evil/Young/Old/Insane
 
Zombie Trait Set
Animalistic/Stupid
 
Monster Trait Set
Evil/Animalistic/Smart/Stupid/Old
 
Vampire Trait Set
Evil/Animalistic/Smart/Old
 
Victim Trait Set
Good/Smart/Stupid/Young/Old/Insane
 
Greeter Trait Set
Good/Evil/Smart/Old/Comical
 
Camo Creatures Trait Set
Animalistic/Stupid/Smart
 
Statues/Golems Trait Set
Stupid/Animalistic
 
Krampus/Ogres
Old/Smart/Stupid/Evil/Comical

 
Hillbillies
Old/Young/Comical/Insane/Stupid

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Tradeshow Forecast For 2022 - The Darkness Haunt Tour Updates
Fri, August 06, 2021

Hauntworld Opinions for TRADESHOWS 2022 / THE DARKNESS HAUNT TOUR Updates  

Let's start with is Transworld a tradeshow or a convention?  Transworld is a hybrid tradeshow/convention.  Most people do not understand the difference between a tradeshow and a convention.  Transworld is NOT a Tradeshow because they do not limit who can attend the show.  A tradeshow is typically produced for an industry, by an association for the benefit of an industry.  For example IAAPA (Amusement Park) association produces the annual TRADESHOW in Orlando every November.  IAAPA is over 700,000 square feet of amusement, rides, games, food, and much more with tours of major theme parks and local attractions.  IAAPA is a TRADESHOW without question.  We strongly advice you to attend IAAPA at least once every other year learn more at www.IAAPA.org 
 



Watch everyone's favorite Carpetbagger give you a tour of IAAPA 2019.  IAAPA was canceled in 2020 but will return on November 16-19, 2021 with rumored tour of Disney's new Star Wars land.  Should haunt vendors exhibit at IAAPA?  Hmmm... maybe!  IAAPA is NOT a buyers show, very few people run around with check books buying things it's more of a get leads show.  IAAPA is hands down the biggest amusement show on planet earth.  If I was going to advice a vendor to attempt ANY show other than Transworld it would be IAAPA hands down.  As someone in the haunt or escape room industry, I would advice you to attend because you'll find many things at IAAPA you will not find at Transworld. 




Getting back to Transworld in my opinion Transworld is NOT a Tradeshow because there are way too many enthusiasts, actors, and fans of Halloween in attendance.  Allowing all these people into the show doesn't help vendors because vendors only have so many hours in a day to talk to REAL BUYERS! Let's face reality there isn't 10,000 haunted house industry buyers not today, not tomorrow not ever.  If we were to combine escape room and haunt buyers together we're talking maybe 1,000 to 2,000  buyers.  Vendors would benefit from Transworld raising the entry price to $200.00 per person to weed out a lot of the non-buyers and get the show back to a strict TRADESHOW!   A case can be made that Transworld is a Tradeshow because it brings real buyers and sellers together, it just needs to nix out all the non-buyers to be considered a real TRUE Tradeshow.  With all that being said Transworld is the ONLY show in my opinion that ANY vendor should attend if they can only afford one show.

Unfortunately most haunt vendors do NOT understand how to make money or run a successful business.  Vendors from the haunt community need to realize there is nothing wrong with making a profit.  Do not price your products based on what someone else is doing and never apologize for your price.  Vendors greatly benefit from having one show because that minimizes expenses and keeps you in the shop filling orders.  Furthermore we hear all this talk about creating multiple shows for vendors who can't afford Transworld.  So let me see if I'm getting this straight... Transworld GETS ALMOST EVERYONE to attend.  Transworld gets all the press all the youtube views, facebook views, its spread across the World via social media but you can't afford it?   What?  If you're trying to create a successful business then you have to jump in with two feet!  When a show as successful as Transworld which is perfect for your product line being a part of that show is vital!  You shouldn't be thinking about building up to Transworld by attending shows almost no one attends because over price.  That is ridiculous.  As I pointed out attending tradeshows cost the SAME no matter how big or small the only difference is the cost of a booth.  So attending Transworld might cost a bit more for a booth, but look at the benefits.  EVERYONE talks about the show all year long, they attend the show in force, both buyers and vendors, and the national press and social media hits are off the chart. Can other shows say the same?  What other show can bring that many buyers in one weekend to see your product? 

 

I would agree many vendors don't have a lot of money, which is why there needs to be ONE SINGLE SHOW, where you can expect to show your product to the entire community all in one shot.  Some delusional people mention how great it would be to have multiple events scattered across the country but those people don't understand the cost a vendor goes thru to do a convention/tradeshow.  It doesn't matter if the show is Transworld, IAAPA or MHC it all costs the same... hotels - food - transportation and your time away from your shop.  Instead of attending some smaller convention you could be in your shop answering emails, taking phone calls, filling orders, and getting work done!  When you break away you lose an entire week if not more not to mention money.  Why don't these people chatting away on Facebook understand or even respect how much money it costs to attend shows?  That same group of people whine about how they didn't get their order on time, how vendors need to buckle up and get things done on time as promised... but at the same time you want vendors to leave their shop to hop around the country to regional shows?  What?   

Vendors and buyers should ONLY SUPPORT ONE SHOW TRANSWORLD because our industry doesn't need MHC or anything else.   Haunt Tours aren't a reason for vendors or buyers to attend a show, its a benefit but not a reason to spend thousands of dollars to travel across the country.  Bringing buyers and sellers together in one place, at one time, putting everyone on the same page this is what this industry wants and demands!  The industry is small and not overly wealthy and many are do it yourselfers who want to get back home and get to work.   Lastly, Transworld is PERFECTLY positioned for both vendors and haunt owners.  There are only THREE buying seasons for haunted house owners, dump cash before December 31st, the Transworld buyers who wants to buy at the mid-year point, and the summer buyers who need to use credit cards.  Haunt shows have been tried outside of March and all have failed including IAAPA.  Vendors need enough time to make new product, and enough time to fill orders (MARCH is the PERFECT month).  A haunted house show in any other month than March doesn't work for the industry as we know it.  



TRANSWORLD IS THE ONLY TRADESHOW YOU SHOULD INVEST YOUR TIME AND YOUR MONEY INTO if you're a vendor expecting to grow your business. Don't get me wrong there are other options to find new eyeballs, as I pointed out the second show you should consider is IAAPA.  If your company wants to branch out into family fun centers, bowling centers there are shows specific to those industries. The question is if you're companies focus is HAUNT PRODUCTS -  then putting most ofo your marbles in the Transworld basket is the smart move.   In 2021 Transworld moves back to March giving both vendors and buyers the right amount of time to conduct business again.  However I have some suggestions for Transworld...  1)  Expand the show into an Amusement Show to find vendors new customers and buyers new amusement options to expand  2)  Ditch the multiple websites and the name HAASHOW and rebrand into the Transworld Attraction Show highlighting Halloween - Christmas - Escapes - Axe Throwing - Amusement.  3)  Re-Draw the floor plan even though some vendors have already purchased booths.  The show started off as a haunt show and morphed into something bigger.  Transworld needs to create sections just like IAAPA so that they can attract more amusement vendors, food vendors, business to business.  What food vendor wants to sell food next to a bloody body?  The show needs a Halloween - Christmas -  Escape -  Amusement sections so during sales meetings with possible new clients they can clearly see the zone for their business.      Learn more about Transworld at www.haashow.com 

Midwest Haunters Convention

MHC is a clear cut CONVENTION.  MHC should be rebranded into the National Halloween Home Haunt and Enthusiasts Show.  Midwest implies its a regional convention, so why not open this baby up to the entire country of home haunts?  I  believe this will help the exhibit floor as well because now vendors can choose to purchase booths and bring products for that market.  If Transworld rebranded MHC into a national home haunt show, they could transform the main attraction show into a full fledged TRADESHOW, raise the price on buyers, and invite all the actors, home haunters and everyone between to THEIR OWN SHOW!  Makes sense right?

To be clear I've ALWAYS advocated for ONE SHOW because this industry can't afford to trot around the country.  We need an attraction show to be clearly different than the home haunt show.  Transworld should make these updates.  Just my opinion.   
 

 

Lastly, we haven't produced a Darkness haunted house tour in TWO years, and in 2022 it would be THREE seasons of renovations no one has seen.  After getting a ton of emails and phone calls expressing how important opening the haunt is to the show we've decided to open The Darkness one last time.  The Darkness will open during Transworld 2022 for ONE LAST SCREAM!   Thursday night will be an escape room behind the scenes tour with seminars.  Friday will feature The Darkness behind the scenes tour with seminars.  Saturday will feature LIVE event with actors.  At some point we might try and open Creepyworld.   

 

The Darkness will showcase THREE SEASONS of NEW SCREAMS in ONE LAST SCREAM TOUR!  New scenes will include a human sized doll house, and an all CNC created Devil's Domain complete with video mapping special fx.  The escape rooms will add their 7th and last escape room Jurassic island. 

 

Tickets will go on sale January 2022.  Tickets will be limited and sell out.  Stay tuned to Hauntworld.com for details. 

Have a great Halloween season 2021 and stay locked into Hauntworld for more how to articles.   Please update your haunt profile on Hauntworld.com 

 

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Could Covid Creep Back into Halloween 2021?
Tue, July 27, 2021


Could COVID put fear into  the 2021 Haunted House Season Again?


In one simple word...YES! Many cities have already started implementing new mask mandates and who knows what’s next.  The CDC has already issued a warning that even vaccinated people should wear masks.  Oh no; here we go again.  What should you do as a haunted house owner to prepare for the 2021 Halloween season?  We list TEN things haunts should or could do for the 2021 season and beyond.


1) OPEN FEWER DAYS: Haunted houses should open fewer days, Covid or no Covid.  In the past, haunted houses tried to open more days, earlier into September, and later into November.  Again Covid or no Covid, haunts should re-train their customers to come when you’re open. Do not give guests so many options to attend your attraction.  For starters, if you’re looking to cut expenses the easiest way to cut labor is simply by not opening as many days.  Is it really worth it to open in early September for 500 people?  You might say yes because you make money, but what if you didn’t lose those 500 people and they came a different day?  Based on that possibility, you'd actually increase your profits. Remember, it's not about how many people come thru the door; it's about how much money you have left at the end of the season. Your biggest expense is labor. You don’t need to cut the number of actors. You simply cut out how many days you’re open. As for Covid, by opening only Friday thru Sunday you give your staff 5 days between opening again to report an illness. Imagine if you’re open on a Wednesday or Thursday and then you find out…It's possible half your staff doesn’t show up on Friday.  I’d rather give myself a full five days between events to find out if anyone got sick.  An added benefit...Your staff is fired up and ready to go every weekend, producing an overall better show. 


2) WARNING SIGNS: Do NOT be caught DEAD without tons of warning signs on your website and everywhere on-site at your attraction. Warn about risks of everything from asthma to Covid.  Furthermore, you should continue to have warning sign check points asking people with recent signs of flu or fever not to attend. It doesn’t hurt you to require masks, or at the very least suggest everyone wear a mask. I hate to say this but you might have to pony up and buy more masks to have available just in case your town requires them once again.  
 
3) REDUCE STAFF: You should absolutely reduce staff inside your haunted house. We reduced staff inside The Darkness 2020 by 40% and heard zero guest complaints. Let's be real for a moment; if you have 100 actors, how many are actually GOOD actors? What would happen if you ran with the very best actors only? Isn’t one of the top complaints about actors not the greatest? A few bad ones can drag down the entire attraction, so why not focus on hiring only the best, and let them make your guests scream? Why did we ever hire 100-150 actors to begin with? Lightbulb: Haunts should have between 30-60 actors tops, depending on the size of the show.  Another great point...size! Why is your haunted house so long?  At The Darkness, we sold our side attraction, an add-on zombie haunt, and we replaced it with escape rooms and mini golf. Both make 100 times more money for 1/10th the operation cost.  At Creepyworld, we eliminated three entire haunted houses, while at the same time improving the overall attraction. We give the customer what I believe is the absolute best product now.  Cut out the dead weight and focus on the meat and potatoes Lastly, if you’re planning on cutting out length to your haunted house consider removing 20% of the ending and revamping into a Midway with games, escape rooms, photo ops, a retail store, concessions, and more.  Our retail stores and midways at both Darkness and Creepyworld are real money makers! Remember this, people don’t come to your haunt to get scared, so much as they come to have FUN! 
 
4) OPERATE AT A FASTER PACE: Haunts need to open earlier and get the party started earlier. On busy nights, we advertise a 6:45pm open time. Even if the first group doesn’t enter until 6:55, it doesn’t matter, we’re getting the ball rolling. Then once you open those doors, your through-put needs to be just as fast as you would if the place was swamped. What is better?...trying in vain to distance people inside the haunt, or having a massive line around the block? Push people through your haunted house. Allow 10-12 people into the haunt every 30 seconds and keep up the pace all night long. Some might suggest doing timed ticketing. However, this might cause fewer people to buy a ticket, and no one wants that. Buying a haunted house ticket is likely a spur of the moment thing for many. Don't discourage them from buying. 
 
5) CLOSE EARLY: Ever heard the song, "Freaks Come Out at Night" by Whodini? No haunted house should stay open past midnight. Right now crime is out of control and some no longer respect authority. Get your guests through your haunt safely and keep the lines short. The main cause of fights is line-cutting. Last season, several haunts saw a drastic uptick it violence at their haunts including shootings. In most cases, it started late at night over line cutting. You put yourself, your customers, and your staff at risk being open late into the night. Follow what I’m suggesting...Open earlier and run them through quicker. You'll be closed before midnight with everyone safe.
 
6) ADD MORE SECURITY:  You must add more security because crime is at an all time high. You can’t take chances.  Do not even second guess hiring local police to work your security detail along with your in-house security staff. Your focus should be on the back of the line where all the cutting takes place.  Another form of security is a healthy amount of line actors to keep people entertained, plus the extra eyes are helpful. Make sure you have a lot of 2-way radios inside the attraction too. We have roaming actors and maintenance crew who circle around sections of the haunt with radios checking for anything out of the ordinary. The more eyes and ears you have, the safer your attraction will be, so buy MORE radios and add more security.  
 
7) ADD AIR CANNONS: So you’re cutting staff, but still want the show to be top notch.  Adding cool animations are great, but they typically don’t scare many people and often break. The best, cheapest form of scare is the good ole fashion AIR CANNON.  They never fail and always get a scream.  Last year in the Darkness we added about 10 more on top of the 10 or so we already had.  Haunt owners should be focused on buying ANYTHING that makes a LOUD NOISE!  (Attention haunt vendors: We need MORE NOISE MAKING animations and props!  As haunts decrease the amount of staff in their attractions, haunts will be focused more on buying noise making devices.)
 
8)  AVOID PUBLIC RELATIONS:  Once again, I call on haunts to AVOID talking to the media this season, because they will pin you down and drill you about Covid.  I don’t care if you have the best plan on planet earth. The media will spin your plan.  I did ZERO MEDIA last year along with ZERO sponsorship and we did better than the year before. If you don’t want a target on your head, keep a low profile. Just put your head down and create the best and safest show you can. Going back to opening fewer days falls into this category too, because you’re out of sight and out of mind. With the advent of digital marketing, we can target our crowds and zero in on those people. We no longer need TV, radio, newspaper,s or free or paid PR. Marketing is now cheap and can direct target your audience. While on this topic I strongly suggest you not throw a wide net this year for customers, focus on the most likely and you’ll be fine.
 
9) DITCH MAKE-UP FOR MASKS:  When you offer makeup & makeup artists, you have people touching other people and people digging into community makeup, touching it with their fingers and transferring to other people. Don’t take the risk. Last year we ditched makeup all together in favor of ALL MASKS. Another option to offer your staff is for them to do their own makeup at home and arrive ready to go. Come up with a plan: Maybe actors can buy their own makeup, or you could supply it for home use, or maybe offer free makeup lessons preseason, or simply require ALL MASKS labeled specific for individual actor use. Mask quality is so good now, we can’t realistically create characters as quickly or as good with makeup. Hire the actors who have no problems wearing masks; it makes life easy and safe.
 
10)  SCARE BOXES: Confine actors to scare boxes All actors roaming creates a less safe Covid environment. Assign actors to the most pivotal spots and you’ll find this works better anyway.  Last year at Darkness, we focused on making these scare boxes better than ever so they touched more area’s of the maze.  Therefore actors could scare one group and then turn around and scare another group on the opposite side of the maze.,  If you take this approach and rely more on the aircannons to fill in the gaps you should be golden!  Scare Zones are the wave of the future for haunts as they pair down staff. You need to offer those actors more access to the maze from the same position. For example, you have a wall right there, but what if you removed it; what’s on the other side?…Oh a different scene!... Then tear it out.  You can do more with less if you focus on it. Sure, adding animations are GREAT, but actors are the life blood of any haunt, so hire the best actors and give them MORE room to scare without leaving the same spot. 
 
Good luck on your haunt season and keep checking back at Hauntworld.com for more how-to haunt articles.
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Transworld 2021 Review and Video Show floor Tour - What's Next
Tue, June 08, 2021
Transworld Haunted House Convention / Tradeshow 2021 Review 

The 2021 Transworld Haunted House Convention/Tradeshow is now complete and behind us.  Now Transworld looks forward to producing the annual Midwest Haunters Convention June 25, 2021 (learn more details click here) 
Watch our Transworld 2021 show floor highlight videos below and subscribe to our youtube page for more updates about the haunted house industry.  

Transworld 2021 was not the same show we've seen in the past due to covid related issues.  Transworld was forced to cancel the 2020 show, then delay the 2021 show until May, causing a lot of headaches.  Despite the event being postponed until May the convention was very successful if for no other reason than it happened.  Tradeshows for nearly every industry have either been canceled all together or pushed back until late summer.  Moving the haunted house show back any later than May, would have been pointless for the haunted house industry.  Haunt owners need months not days to produce their attractions.  Vendors need months not days or weeks to fill orders.  May was never going to work for either side however just having the show was a first step back.  Everything should return to normal in 2022 with Transworld hosting their convention in March 2022. 

Transworld deserves a lot of praise for pulling off the show, despite all the challenges.  As we predicted here at Hauntworld most vendors wouldn't be able to take a lot of orders and this was the case.  Once the show was announced for May opposed to March, buyers took to the phones and placed millions of dollars in orders prior to the show happening.  With that being said vendors who hadn't yet filled all of their production schedule filled those schedules by the end of the first or second day of the show.  Many buyers were very disappointed when they visited a booth and  exhibitors told them they're no longer taking orders for 2021.  Transworld moving the show back to March in 2022 should change the dynamic for most haunted attraction owners buying habits, with more orders being placed at Transworld.  Transworld also did their best to organize events for buyers such as a vampire magic show, trips to the famous City Museum and a haunted house tour of Six Flags which received mixed reviews.  At the end of the day Transworld did their best despite the all the constant road blocks due to covid.  Hopefully now covid is behind us.  

Covid 19 situation has changed many industries including the haunted attraction industry.  So what should you expect from a haunted house convention in 2022?  

First lets start with a reality check, haunted attraction owners have been woke!  Haunted Attraction owners now realize they can cut their marketing budgets in half thanks to digital marketing. Additionally they can cut their labor costs by almost 50% rethinking how they operate.  Haunted attraction owners going forward are cutting their staff by 30 to 40%, and reducing operation days by 15 to 25% thereby cutting down labor overall by a lot!  The haunted attraction industry is no longer about being open every day, or having 125 actors, or having the World record longest haunted attraction but simply giving your guests a great experience.  As haunted attraction owners learned giving guests a great experience doesn't mean just making them scream, but creating photo opportunities, uncharged attractions, and more.  Most haunted attraction owners have branched out to create their own escape rooms, axe throwing and other year around business, leaving their haunts with less attention.  

Owning and operating a haunted attraction isn't a hobby its a JOB, and your JOB is to make money, otherwise what started as your HOBBY is now your NIGHTMARE!  Wake up people, if you're having FUN operating your HAUNTED HOUSE then YOU are doing something WRONG!  Operating haunted houses is hard work, and require a lot of operational skills to keep them safe and fun for your customers.  

Transworld on the other hand now faces new challenges.  The haunted house industry is NOT growing and neither is the escape room industry.  What we've seen from the escape room show is reduction and there is a simple answer... there was too many escape rooms and now many are closed or closing.  Furthermore as I predicted the haunted house industry would dive into this industry and basically take it over.  Haunt owners brought more theming, animations, special fx, and proved a point that escapes aren't about the puzzles they're about the SHOW!  Here is where we're at with conventions/tradeshows... most of the exhibitors know the buyers, and now understand clearly how to sells their goods directly covid forced them to learn direct marketing.  I would predict many vendors will cut down booths going into the future, while turning more attention to direct marketing, a skill they honed during the pandemic.  

Look at Poison Props, Unit 70 and others they sold OUT 110% without a tradeshow, while other vendors sold out 75 to 80% prior to the 2021 show.  These are new realities so I have a few suggestions to keep the show going strong and grow.  Originally the convention benefited the vendors more than the buyers, with Transworld finding buyers and bringing them to the vendors.  Now its flipped the show is more for the entertainment and education of the buyers than the vendors.   All we kept hearing was buyers want the show, buyers want the show to happen they want to get together... while vendors are like wow we're almost sold out.   Tradeshows and conventions are now mostly the benefit of the buyers due to vendors knowing their customer base and access for direct marketing.  

Buyers should be willing to pay up to $250.00 per person for entry to help offset programs to keep vendors buying more booth spaces.  Transworld should raise their prices for entry, thereby creating more revenue to offer venders discounts to keep current booth sizes.  Buyers don't need vendors cutting their booths in half, we need vendors to spend all winter making new products, and bring everything including the kitchen sink.  In order to make this happen buyers will need to spend a lot more to help offset other costs for vendors benefit.  Transworld should also look to add another industry to the mix such as bringing back what's left of Halloween retail or adding a family fun center show (amusement expo).   Transworld should take advantage of bringing so many small amusement business owners to one show, by adding an entire new section with a focus on family entertainment.  Furthermore Transworld could  grow the food/beverage vendors by creating an entire section just for them.  The bottom line Transworld SHOULD NOT put their focus on trying to grow the show with haunt vendors, but vendors who would benefit from all the theme parks to small amusement operators who already attend.  The haunt vendor side might shrink but there is plenty of room to grow the show for the benefit of all the buyers.   We need more insurance companies, digital marketing, business to business services, food and beverage all the way to amusement attractions, games and vending. Look at ticketing, once all the entertainment ticketing companies found out about the industry they flooded the show floor, the same will happen with other digital marketing companies, food service, insurance and everything between.  Most haunts must realize you don't grow revenue by buying another monster, its from finding better business to business services.  Haunters need to be shown the way especially with seminars and education opportunties.  


Can we just be honest for one second, haunt owners are moving away from haunts every day when they venture off opening a bar with axe throwing, escape rooms or even a family entertainment center.  Successful haunted house owners are already TELLING this industry... we're looking to start new business which create revenue every single day!  Transworld should pounce, they have buyers, now find new industries to fill the space from wall to wall!  FOCUS on growing this into a mega amusement show, and please move away from things like Haunters Hangout.  Vendors are at your show to MAKE MONEY, not to talk to enthusiasts about how to paint or mold something.   Let's focus on real buyers, and making this show a tradeshow not a haunt fan convention, time is better spent growing the show and reaching out to all ends of the amusement industry.  This show can make a complete transition from convention to tradeshow if we raise addmission, focus on real buyers needs which is adding more business to business and amusement vendors.  Transworld has an opportunity to create a show to rival IAAPA and I hope to see this happen.    

In closing let me say once again KUDOS to Transworld for pulling off what seemed impossible but now the real work begins as the landscape has changed.  What will happen next no matter what we'll be here to report it! Good luck in 2021. 

PS:  Sorry we didn't open our haunted houses.  We'll reconsider opening in 2021.  

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Midwest Haunters Convention - June 25-27, 2022
Sun, May 23, 2021


The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US, dedicated to ALL Haunters; actors, enthusiasts, home/pro haunters and Halloween enthusiasts. Open to the public the MHC features a haunted house, horror and Halloween trade showeducational seminars & workshops, a chartered haunted house bus tour on Fridaycontestsfamily-friendly activities and much more!   The show happens Wisconsin Center - June 26-27, 2021.  Pre-convention Haunt Tours happen June 25, 2021.  The show includes a smaller tradeshow filled with haunt vendors, seminars and much more.  


 

PRE-CONVENTION HAUNTED HOUSE BUS TOUR

PRE-CONVENTION BUS TOUR

*Please note you need to sign up for the Midwest Haunters Convention before you can purchase tickets for the Pre-Convention Bus Tour:  CLICK HERE to register now!

The Pre-Convention Haunted House Bus Tour can be purchased either WITH or WITHOUT a Bus Ride.

  • With the Bus Ride, it’s $300 per person.
  • Without the Bus Ride, it’s $235 per person.
  • These are Early-Bird Prices good through Friday, June 11th at 11:59pm CDT.
  • From June 12th the prices increase to $320 per person With the Bus Ride, and $255 per person Without the Bus Ride.
  • ONCE YOU HAVE REGISTERED, and only IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE BUS, click HERE to choose the bus you’d like to ride

Here is the itinerary for the Pre -Convention Bus Tour ( please note times could be subject to change due to traffic)

11:30am Load buses  from the Convention Center

12:00pm Depart for Abandoned Haunted Complex ( travel time 1/2 hour)

12:30 Arrive at Abandoned Haunted Complex   (2- 1/2 hours will be spent at this location)

  • Lunch will be served at this location
  • 2 ‘Lights Off’ Haunt Tours With Actors
  • 1 ‘Self-Guided’ Haunt Tour (No Actors, Partially Outdoor)
  • Behind The Scenes Tour
  • Axe Throwing
  • Beer Available for Purchase

3:00pm Depart Abandoned Haunted Complex ( travel time 2 -1/4 hours)

5:15pm Arrive at Green Bay Fear

  • Daylight Tour of Their Outdoor Trail, The Howling Hollow
  • Lights on AND Lights off Tour of Mr. Jingles Funhouse
  • Lights on AND Lights off Tour of Shawano Manor Haunted House
  • Q&A With Staff
  • Tours of Kidnapped: An Extreme Escape Room Experience (Self-Guided)
  • Snacks and Beverages Available (Included with Ticket)

7:00pm Depart Green Bay Fear ( travel time 10 minutes)

7:15pm Arrive at National Train Museum

7:30pm Dinner ( cash bar with beer and wine) & Q&A Featuring Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
Hosted by Ben Armstrong from Netherworld Haunted House

8:30pm Loading and Train Transportation to Terror on the Fox

8:45pm-10:30pm Special MHC Unveiling of Terror on the Fox’s Legendary Sound, Music and Light Pre-Show, Lights off Tour of BOTH Attractions, with actors and after party

10:30pm  Depart Terror on the Fox to return to the Convention Center (  travel time 2 hours)


 
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UPCOMMING EVENT
HauntCon
January 2020
New Orleans
Transworld Haunt Escape Show
March 21-24, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri
Midwest Haunters Convention
June 2019
Chicago, Illinois
International Association Amusement Parks Show
November 2019
Orlando, Flordia
The Darkness Haunt Tour
March 21-23, 2019
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