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America Haunts is a group of some of the most the most successful and well known Halloween Haunted Houses in the World! These Halloween attractions have been reviewed extensively and rated as excellent by scores of media sources. They are long standing events famous regionally and nationally for running safe, fun and extremely scary shows sure to terrify the most jaded horror or haunted house fan!

If you want to find a world class haunted house to explore with your friends this Halloween season these events are a must see! You will discover amazing sets, terrifying actors and special effects that will blow your mind! If you have a doubt, do the research and you will discover that this is the REAL deal! You have found the places of legend; you have found the home of MONSTERS!

So sit back, relax and explore the nightmarish world of AMERICA HAUNTS. Then go out into the night to our locations and find some of the best and most terrifying haunted attractions ever created!

About Our Events: This group of Haunted attractions has been extensively honored by their peers and media outlets every where. Most of these events at one time or another have been on Hauntworld's Top 13 Haunted Attractions list (A major haunt industry publication) and have also been featured in AOL's yearly Top Haunts list. They have been covered by many TV shows in both long form documentaries and by national media outlets, including The Travel Channel, CNN, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

If you are looking for scary amazingly detailed cutting edge attractions to visit or a media source about Halloween and Haunted Houses you have come to the right place! Visit the scariest Halloween haunted houses in America.


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THE WIZARD OF THE 13TH FLOOR

THE WIZARD OF THE 13TH FLOOR – Populating the Haunt

By CHRIS ALEXANDER

The art of shocking audiences is a balance of well-timed scares and thick, immersive atmosphere—a magician’s trick designed to fool the conscious mind into believing that what it is experiencing is real. And as in horror filmmaking, the special FX artist is also the haunted house’s ace in the hole. Without their illusions, the terror just doesn’t have the same blood-icing sting.

Prosthetic FX designer Evan Hedges knows this, and pours his energy into making sure The 13th Floor is a nonstop sensory smackdown of bizarre creatures, demons, ghouls and other supernatural entities. We chatted briefly with the makeup wizard and caught a glimpse of the weird world behind the curtain.

FANGORIA: Tell us about your background.

EVAN HEDGES: I attended Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program after high school. My friend was going there already, it seemed like fun and I thought, “What the hell, why not? I’ll try it out.” The rest, as they say, is history!

FANG: When did you first realize that FZ was what you wanted to do?

HEDGES: When I was a kid, I always loved creating things out of clay. I used to make all the characters from Saturday Night Live’s “Mr. Bill Show,” and then, just like on TV, I’d take great pleasure in crushing them [laughs]. And my dad would take me to see R-rated movies like RoboCop and The Terminator. I was fascinated by those illusions and always wanted to know how they did them. It became an obsession.

FANG: So you went to school and learned your trade, but how did you end up in the world of haunted attractions?

HEDGES: Believe it or not, Craigslist [laughs]. There was a posting there for a mask maker. So I replied, they liked my work and I’ve been working for The 13th Floor for the past four years.

FANG: What’s one of your favorite gags?

HEDGES: Oh man, that’s a hard one. Everything! I love them all. Recently, I made this zombie baby in a crib that cries. It’s one of those things that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Very psychological…a deep, primal kind of horror comes from that.

FANG: Are you an ongoing staff member, always tweaking your creations?

HEDGES: I’m always coming up with new ideas. I can’t shut my brain off—always thinking of what I can make better and more terrifying. Right now, I’m working on some top-secret haunt stuff. I’d tell you more…but I’d have to kill you.

Read more in this special Issue of FANGORIA Magazine!

America Haunts member Headless Horseman in TIME Magazine

  • Posted : October 28th, 2013
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  • Posted : October 28th, 2013
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Scarehouse Zombies invade Good Morning America!

  • Posted : October 25th, 2013
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America Haunts Explains the SHOCKING Evolution of Modern Haunted Houses!

  • Posted : October 19th, 2013
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America Haunts Explains the SHOCKING Evolution of Modern Haunted Houses
Big Budget Haunted Attractions Pull Out All the Stops to Terrify Customers

ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — As mainstream America embraces a new generation of horror films they are finding the same thrills with Halloween entertainment at America Haunts attractions throughout the nation.

These haunted house owners have taken the task of inducing blood-curdling screams to a whole new level. The America Haunts Association – with more than 35 major haunts nationwide, featured in high-profile mediums like the Travel Channel and USA Today are pioneering today’s modern haunts with Hollywood-quality creature make-up and costumes along with breath-taking special effects and clever cutting-edge scares.

With the popularity of gory horror movies and TV shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Face Off” combined with the high demand of horror-based video games, the world class owners of America Haunts attractions change up to 60 percent of their properties annually, and consistently implement the newest technology available to keep their guests wondering what is lurking around every corner.

America Haunts is responsible for the terrifying evolution of today’s haunted houses; some of what you will see from its members include:

The Scarehouse (Pittsburgh) – Special 3-D glasses used in conjunction with chroma-altering projections make flat images leap off of the walls at guests!

13th Floor Haunted House (Denver) – Integrated Microsoft Kinect technology with giant animated figures track and interact with individual patrons!

The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe (Kansas City, Mo.) – Dare to take a thrilling zip line ride from the top of this multi-story haunted house and plummet safely to the parking lot below!

Netherworld Haunted House (Atlanta) – See a giant saw blade cut an actor in half then shoot out into the path and make its way toward the crowd!

Erebus Haunted House (Pontiac, Mich.) – Catch the new photo system that captures a scare in a 3D format like the movie “The Matrix” that allows guests to take the experience home with them and view it from all angles!

The 13th Floor (Phoenix) – The scares start at the newly expanded entrance sequence with motion simulator mausoleums, or mauselvators!

“What’s great about visiting an America Haunts attraction is that guests are given the opportunity to be the stars of their favorite scary movies and video games,” said Ben Armstrong of America Haunts. “Halloween might only come once a year, but the memories last forever.”

For information on locations, hours and ticket prices for these nationwide attractions, visit www.AmericaHaunts.com/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

America Haunts Reveals the Secrets of the Haunted House Group Dynamic!

  • Posted : October 4th, 2013
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America Haunts Reveals the Secrets of the Haunted House Group Dynamic!

What Kind of Haunted House Customer are you?

ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — So, what do Haunted House visitors want? America Haunts knows.

Today, the association of elite haunted houses that delivers entertainment to more than a million thrill-seekers every Halloween season, revealed what customers crave most is an unforgettable experience with friends and family when visiting a haunted attraction.

Group bonding is critical for a memorable event as excitement grows on the car ride to the haunt and finishes on the way home with stories about who got scared and the crazy stuff they just shared. Everyone in the group plays a role, from The Thrill Seeker to The Brave One to The Ringleader; most of the group’s attention is focused on reactions of their group members, rather than the event itself.

“When getting a group together to attend a haunt, people go out of their way to bring an easily scared friend or a haunted house expert to come along, and constantly watch how they react to the event,” says Ben Armstrong of America Haunts.

The more common roles in a group attending a haunted attraction include:

The Offering: Usually terrified, they are pushed in front of the group and offered to the monsters. They sometimes relish the role – screaming and smiling all the while. Sometimes, however, they just want to GET OUT!

The Offerer: They are often more interested in The Offering’s reaction than what is going on around them. Sometimes they are scared and use The Offering as a shield.

The Brave One: The person who marches on bravely to attain higher status from the group or to test their own fears.

The Thrill Seeker: The most delightful type of patron who screams and laughs at all the right times and is a joy for the actors. Like The Offering, the group fixates on this person and is delighted with every scream.

The Detail Seeker: More excited by sets and props, The Detail Seeker loves haunted houses, but is less scared of the actors and studies every detail in the room. They want to know, “How did they do that?”

The Ringleader: The guest responsible for the group going to the haunt. Often, Ringleaders have already attended the attraction. They relish watching their friends experience the horrors and go to great lengths to convince “chickens” to come along for everyone else’s entertainment. Sometimes they handpick The Brave One to see if they get them to crack.

So what are the roles of you and your friends?

With 35 haunted attractions nationwide, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million people annually. 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, and Hollywood-quality costumes and actors. For information on hours and ticket prices on these nationwide attractions, visit www.AmericaHaunts.com/attractions.

Zombies, Maniacs and Minions, Oh My!

  • Posted : September 20th, 2013
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America Haunts celebrates Friday the 13th with Top Three hottest trends for 2013 Halloween season!

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 13, 2013  — While sane folks try to stay home on Friday the 13th, horror fans welcome the day to test their fate. Knowing this, several America Haunts attractions open their doors for the Halloween season today, lying in wait for those who dare seek to challenge demonic spirits and all that scares them.

“Some things that terrify us have rarely changed throughout history, while others fade in and out from our fear radar,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith of America Haunts, home to more than 30 of the most terrifying, bloodcurdling scream-inducing haunted houses and attractions in the U.S. “What went bump in the night 50 years ago and horrified our parents may seem like kids’ play now.”

Knowing this, the diabolical creators of these haunted attractions constantly revamp 60-70 percent of their properties to consistently creep visitors out.

“A visit from The Blob may have sent us running when it invaded planet Earth in 1958, but against Freddie Krueger in 1984, you just can’t compare the trouble that’s inflicted inside,” Arnett-Bequeaith continued.

So what scares us today?  According to America Haunts, it is:

  • Zombies. The blood-drooling undead can induce tears in those who don’t get out of sight fast enough. While Zombie presence has soared in American culture the past five years, it has been part of our twisted entertainment since author William Seabrook introduced the topic in 1928.
  • Homicidal Maniacs. Whether it’s Norman Bates, Michael Myers, Zep Hindle or their dangerous copycats. They are everywhere at America Haunts. Just ask mainstay Charlie McFree at The Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati.
  • The Devil and his Minions. Whether Blair Witches, Linda Blair possessed, creepy ghostly children or Satan in any form – from dawn until the end of time, demonic spirits alter our peace of mind.

With those panic-inducing thoughts, Friday the 13th is said to be a 20th Century invention, or perhaps that’s just when we discovered it! Test your luck and courage and see if you can make it through America Haunts attractions this Friday. Before you leave the house, remember that on Friday the 13th:

  • Alfred Hitchcock would have turned 114 this week
  • It is Jason’s day of reckoning
  • Some say to avoid cutting your hair or a family member will die
  • Others say not to pass a funeral or you may die

Winning means you live to see the 14th!

With over 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 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. For information on hours and ticket prices on these haunted attractions, visit www.AmericaHaunts.com/attractions.

 

 

America Haunts Announces Opening Dates for Haunted Houses and Attractions

  • Posted : August 30th, 2013
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America Haunts Announces Opening Dates for Haunted Houses and Attractions

DETROIT, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — America Haunts, home to more than 30 of the most terrifying, bloodcurdling scream-inducing haunted houses and attractions in the United States, announced its 2013 season opening schedule.

Starting Sept. 6 at The Edge of Hell and The Beast in Kansas City, Mo., fans will get their first look at the newest crop of monsters and zombies from beyond. Sixteen more America Haunts attractions will open their doors for the season the following week on Friday the 13th (as if that day was not scary enough already).

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.

“Each America Haunts attraction has the ability to either scare you a little or a lot,” said Ben Armstrong of America Haunts. “We have the most fun with those who think that no haunted house is going to scare them. 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.”

America Haunts Opening Dates

 

Friday, Sept. 6

Edge of Hell Haunted House Kansas City, MO

The Beast Kansas City, MO

 

Friday, Sept. 13

13th Floor Denver

13th Floor Phoenix

13th Floor San Antonio

Bennett’s Curse Baltimore

Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe Kansas City, MO

Cutting Edge Fort Worth, TX

Erebus Haunted House Pontiac, MI

House of Torment Austin, TX

The Haunting of Lemp Brewery St. Louis

Macabre Cinema Haunted House Kansas City, MO

Necropolis 13 Baton Rouge, LA

Nightmare on 13th Salt Lake City

Spookywoods Greensboro Winston-Salem, NC

The 13th Gate Baton Rouge, LA

The Darkness St. Louis

The Dent Schoolhouse Cincinnati

 

Friday, Sept. 20

7 Floors of Hell Cleveland

Pennhurst Asylum Philadelphia

 

Saturday, Sept. 21

Headless Horseman Ulster Park, NY

 

Friday, Sept. 27

Bates Motel Philadelphia

Creepywoods Haunted Forest Baltimore

Georgetown Morgue  Seattle

Netherworld Atlanta

Nightmare New England Boston

Nightmare on the Bayou Houston

Scream Zone San Diego

The Asylum Denver

The Haunted Hotel San Diego

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park San Diego

The Scare House Pittsburgh

 

Saturday, Sept. 28

Thrillvania Dallas TX

 

October 3rd

Statesville Haunted Prison, Chicago  IL

 

For information on hours and ticket prices, go to www.AmericaHaunts.com/attractions

With 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.

America Haunts Featured In FANGORIA

  • Posted : August 30th, 2013
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Inside, you’ll find over 20 haunts profiled, tons of outrageous photos and heartfelt words from horror-film superstars. Plus a giant foldout poster, cinema’s scariest haunted-house movies and the evolution of the haunted house. Get ’em before they’re all gone!

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  • Posted : August 18th, 2013
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