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America Haunts Donates $1 Million Worth of Tickets to Benefit Veterans During Halloween Season!

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America Haunts Teams up with Vet Tix to Donate $1 Million Worth of Tickets to Benefit Veterans During Halloween Season!

DETROIT — September 18, 2015 — Now through Nov. 1, 2015, America Haunts attractions will provide $1 million in free tickets for admission to active duty service men and women in all five branches of the military, honorably discharged veterans and the families of those killed in action. The tickets are available through Vet Tix, a national nonprofit organization.

America Haunts, an association of more than 30 elite haunted attractions throughout the United States. Individual America Haunts members have participated with Vet Tix in previous years, but this is the first year the entire association is participating.

“Our servicemen and women sign on to serve their country, often sacrificing the opportunity to take part in beloved holiday traditions like celebrating Halloween with their families. We are honored to have the opportunity to thank them in some small way,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, vice president of America Haunts.

CEO Mike Focareto, a Navy veteran, launched Vet Tix in 2008. The idea for Vet Tix was born when Focareto was at the Super Bowl XLII game in Glendale, Arizona.

“He learned that the members of the Honor Guard were not actually invited to the game,” said Vet Tix Chief Community Officer Brandi Shannon. “At the same time, he sat next to an empty seat. He thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if one of our veterans could be sitting here enjoying the game?’”

In the past 12 months, Vet Tix has given away approximately 500,000 tickets to events around the country. The organization works with venues to distribute unused tickets to over 275,000 military members and veterans who would like to use them. Events include those at very small venues all the way up to professional sporting events and top-selling concerts. They also help veterans and their families attend events they otherwise could not with the “Hero’s Wish” program, where veterans and active duty personnel and their families can post requests for events and donors can provide tickets or money toward the purchase of tickets to events.

To receive the tickets, veterans and members of the military and their families can visit www.vettix.org to create a free account and request tickets.

With more than 30 haunted houses and attractions across the country, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering, a good old-fashioned scare. Visit AmericaHaunts.com.

ABOUT VET TIX
Veteran Tickets Foundation is a national 501(c)3 non-profit foundation supporting our military community. Vet Tix provides free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of KIA to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Our military and veterans experience many difficult transitions as they reintegrate back into their families, their communities and eventually civilian life. Attending these events improves morale, strengthens family bonds through shared interests and encourages service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. In gratitude for their service and to support their reintegration processes, Vet Tix is dedicated to giving back to those who gave us so much. Please visit our website www.VetTix.org.
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Open for ‘Booo-siness’: America Haunts’ Scariest Attractions Announce 2015 Opening Dates Nationwide!

Open for ‘Booo-siness’: America Haunts’ Scariest Attractions Announce 2015 Opening Dates Nationwide!

DETROIT — September 1, 2015 — America’s most spine-chilling haunted attractions are getting ready to open for the 2015 Halloween season. Blood-curdling screams will be heard for miles at nearly 30 America Haunts fear factories beginning Friday, Sept. 5, when the Cutting Edge in Fort Worth cracks open its doors, followed by Nightmare on 13th in Salt Lake City and The Beast and Edge of Hell Haunted House in Kansas City unlocking their doors on Sept. 11.

By Oct. 1 all attractions, from San Diego to Baltimore, will be operational and frightening Halloween aficionados out of their bones.

America Haunts attractions annually lure more than a million of the bravest souls while providing the most safe, fun and horrifying haunted entertainment. To maintain the standard of excellence in the haunted attraction industry, each venue works year-round to present guests with an even more spine-chilling experience than their last visit through the use of enhanced technology, Hollywood-quality effects and talented makeup artists and actors. From one year to the next, guests are constantly on the lookout to see what is new at each venue.

“Many of our attractions have been getting calls, emails and questions posted on their social media pages for months asking when they’d be open for the season,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith of America Haunts. “Usually by the beginning of August, people begin to get their Halloween itch and by Labor Day they are ‘dying’ to enjoy the season with their family and friends.”
America Haunts Opening Dates 2015

Saturday, Sept. 5
Cutting Edge Fort Worth, TX

Friday, Sept. 11
Nightmare on 13th Salt Lake City
The Beast Kansas City, MO
Edge of Hell Haunted House Kansas City, MO

Saturday, Sept. 12
Spookywoods Greensboro Winston-Salem, NC

Friday, Sept. 18
13th Floor Denver
13th Floor Phoenix
Erebus Haunted House Pontiac, MI
Fear Farm Phoenix
House of Torment Austin, TX
Pennhurst Asylum Philadelphia
7 Floors of Hell Cleveland

Saturday, Sept. 19
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted House Ulster Park, NY

Friday, Sept. 25
13th Floor Chicago
13th Floor San Antonio
The 13th Gate Baton Route, LA
The Asylum Denver
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park San Diego
Bates Motel Philadelphia
House of Torment Chicago
Macabre Cinema Haunted House Kansas City, MO
Necropolis 13 Baton Rouge, LA
The Haunted Hotel San Diego
Netherworld Atlanta
Scream Zone San Diego
Bennett’s Curse Baltimore
Nightmare on the Bayou Houston
Spooky World Litchfield, NH

Saturday, Sept. 26

Thrillvania Terrell, TX

For information on hours and ticket prices, go to http://www.americahaunts.com/ah/attractions/.

With nearly 30 haunted houses and attractions across the country, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering, a good old-fashioned scare. Visit AmericaHaunts.com.
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America Haunts Seeing More Families, Adults Heading to Haunted Attractions

America Haunts Seeing More Families, Adults
Heading to Haunted Attractions

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Oct. 2, 2014 — Apple orchards and pumpkin patches are nice places to visit each Halloween season, but where do you go if you really want to get your scare on? It’s a haunted house.

Of the 33 million* estimated people who get into the holiday spirit by visiting a haunted house this year, many are coming as part of family outings or even date nights, according to America Haunts (www.americahaunts.com), the association of over 30 elite haunted attractions throughout the United States.

“Going to your local haunted house has always been a family tradition,” said America Haunts President Ben Armstrong. “They’re places where you can let loose and share the screams and laughter with those closest to you.”

When bringing your family to a haunted house, Armstrong recommends the following:

Attending With Younger Children
Choose age-appropriate options. Younger and highly sensitive kids might prefer the less realistic neighborhood haunted houses, such as those organized by churches, non-profits and schools.

“Don’t force your children to go to a haunted house if they don’t want to,” said Armstrong. “Halloween is supposed to be fun. Taking them before they are ready could become traumatic.”

Taking Your Teen
Going to a “real” haunted house is a rite of passage for many teens, who want to get as close as they can to realistic, state-of-the-art effects.

“America Haunts attractions allow teenagers the opportunity to become the stars of their favorite scary movies and video games,” Armstrong said.

When it comes to adults, America Haunts continues to welcome visitors for events ranging from nights to girls’/guys’ night out.

Date Night
Armstrong warns that taking your date to a haunted house can go one of two ways.

“You can play the role of protector while your date is clinging to your bicep and burying her head in your chest in fear, or you can use her as a human shield to protect yourself against a chainsaw wielding, blood thirsty zombie,” America Haunts Vice President Amber Arnett-Bequeaith explains. “Guess which relationship lasts longer?”

Girls’/Guys’ Night Out
Screaming and freaking out with friends makes for a memorable evening. Armstrong said the enjoyment comes from watching one another’s reactions.
“Each America Haunts attraction has the ability to either scare you a little or a lot,” said Arnett-Bequeaith. “It’s fun to then see them become so terrified they don’t even think twice about leaving behind friends and family to save themselves.”

For information on locations, hours and ticket prices for these nationwide attractions, visit http://www.americahaunts.com/ah/attractions/

*–National Retail Federation

With over 30 haunted attractions nationwide, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members repeatedly recognized by Guinness World Records. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering, a good old-fashioned scare. Visit www.AmericaHaunts.com.

America Haunts Reveals the Scariest Trends of 2014

America Haunts Reveals the Scariest Trends of 2014
Apocalyptic Landscapes, Demons, Witches and Zombies Are What’s Hot

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Sept. 25, 2014 — Americans love to be scared. But for some, what scared them last year may not be what scares them this year.

America Haunts, an association of more than 30 elite haunted attractions throughout the United States, sees eerie apocalyptic landscapes, terrifyingly realistic demons, the most frighteningly wicked witches and convincingly undead zombies as the newest haunted attraction trends in 2014.

“We have a responsibility to our visitors to make sure we keep our attractions fresh and keep on the cutting edge of what’s scaring people today,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith of America Haunts. “While horror, end of the world and supernatural themes remain hot, we have to be cognizant when the trends that scared people yesterday are no longer as effective. To combat this, our members annually change 50-75 percent of their properties so our visitors never quite know what to expect.”

Some of the other 2014 trends in horror and haunted attractions America Haunts foresees include:
• Interactive and high-tech features such as 3D video, animatronics and holograms
• More sophisticated themes and stories woven into the haunted attractions
• Waning interest in movie icons
• Vampires are trending down a bit, but are still part of the mix
• Witches
• Zombies
• Post-apocalyptic themes
• Time-travel themes
• Vikings
• Medieval characters

“People have become accustomed to highly realistic special effects in their entertainment media, such as movies and television programs and video games,” said Arnett-Bequeaith. “Particularly hot are young adult fiction and movies like ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘The Maze Runner’ and Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ series. Our haunts aim to make visitors believe they have been transformed onto those sets.”

For information on locations, hours and ticket prices for these nationwide attractions, visit http://www.americahaunts.com/ah/attractions/

With more than 30 haunted attractions nationwide, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members repeatedly recognized by Guinness World Records. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering, a good old-fashioned scare. Visit www.AmericaHaunts.com.

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America Haunts Announces Opening Dates for Haunted Houses and Attractions

America Haunts Announces Opening Dates
for Haunted Houses and Attractions

DETROIT — Sept. 9, 2014 — Those screams you are hearing are not from children going back to school. They are coming from the legions of monsters, zombies and ghosts from America Haunts attractions preparing to make the 2014 Halloween season the scariest ever.

The home to nearly 30 of the most terrifying, bloodcurdling scream-inducing haunted houses and attractions in the United States, announced its 2014 season opening schedule.

While haunted house fans in Fort Worth were able to get an early jump on Halloween with the opening of Cutting Edge on Aug. 30, the rest of the America Haunts faithful will get their opportunity in the weeks ahead.

America Haunts attractions annually lure the bravest souls while providing the most safe, fun and horrifying haunted entertainment. To maintain the standard of excellence in the haunted attraction industry, each venue works year-round to present guests with an even more spine chilling experience than their last visit. Staffs featuring high quality technical crews and talented makeup artists and actors combine to provide thrill-seekers the Hollywood-quality scare they seek.

“What makes coming to a haunted attraction so fun is that you can visit with just about anyone from your friends to your family to your significant other,” said America Haunts President Ben Armstrong. “People love to be scared. Even more so, they enjoy watching how people they know react to being scared. The Halloween season is definitely a favorite past time for lots and lots of people.”

America Haunts Opening Dates

Already Open
Cutting Edge Fort Worth, TX

Friday, Sept. 12
Nightmare on 13th Salt Lake City

Saturday, Sept. 13
Spookywoods Greensboro Winston-Salem, NC

Friday, Sept. 19
13th Floor Denver
13th Floor Phoenix
13th Floor San Antonio
Erebus Haunted House Pontiac, MI
Fear Farm Phoenix
House of Torment Austin, TX
Pennhurst Asylum Philadelphia

Saturday Sept. 20
Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted House Ulster Park, NY

Thursday, Sept. 25
Edge of Hell Haunted House Kansas City, MO
The Beast Kansas City, MO

Friday, Sept. 26
The 13th Gate Baton Route, LA
The Asylum Denver
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park San Diego
Bates Motel Philadelphia
Bennett’s Curse Baltimore
Necropolis 13 Baton Rouge, LA
The Haunted Hotel San Diego
Netherworld Atlanta
Nightmare on the Bayou Houston
Scream Zone San Diego
Spooky World Litchfield, NH

Saturday, Sept. 27
Thrillvania Dallas

For information on hours and ticket prices, go to http://www.americahaunts.com/ah/attractions/

With nearly 30 haunted houses and attractions across the country, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering, a good old-fashioned scare. Visit AmericaHaunts.com.

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America Haunts Members Expand Services to Host Fear-Inducing and Spooky Events for All Occasions

 

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Many believe that they have been to the “Wedding From Hell.” But only those who have been to ceremonies like this at America Haunts attractions can say that the fear they experienced is exactly what they wanted.

Members of America Haunts, an association of elite haunted house attractions that delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill-seekers each Halloween season, do more than simply scare the pants off their customers on a nightly basis. Many host annual special events ranging from weddings to themed conventions to team building exercises for businesses.

“Scaring people nightly is a lot of fun, but to keep things interesting America Haunts members are always coming up with ways to provide our visitors with new experiences,” said America Haunts Board member, which hosts weddings year round at the Edge of Hell Haunted House in Kansas City, Mo.

In addition to weddings, which also are hosted annually at the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, Mich., and Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted Attraction in Ulster Park, NY, other events seen at America Haunts attractions include annual themed conventions. Netherworld in Atlanta recently sponsored Dragon Con, a massive sci-fi convention held over Labor Day Weekend, while 13th Floor in Denver continued its annual tradition of scaring up the group from HearseCon, a national gathering of hearse owners featuring the largest hearse car show earlier this summer.

America Haunts attractions also have become hot tickets for businesses to entertain employees and promote team building. Spookywoods in High Point, NC, takes visitors on its Off Road Segway PT X2 and Zip Line courses. In Philadelphia, The Bates Motel offers corporate picnics and bonfires to such companies as U.S. Airways and Smith Kline. The ScareHouse in Pittsburgh provides an exclusive suite and “Behind the Screams” tours for groups and businesses.

For more information and a directory of individual haunt and attraction websites, including opening dates, hours and ticket prices, go to www.AmericaHaunts.com.

With more than 30 hayrides, and attractions in 20 markets across the country, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill seekers each Halloween season. The attractions within this organization have been featured on Travel Channel and recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The high-tech attractions within this association are committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, and Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and creatures. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering a good old-fashioned scare to fright fans of all ages. For more information, visit www.AmericaHaunts.com.

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