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I love scary movies and make it a point to check out a haunted attraction each fall. Haunted houses have come a long way from people in sheets and canned soundtracks. These are now major theatrical productions with makeup and prosthetic teams, scripted skits, elaborate sets, and theater-quality lighting and sound. America Haunts, the association of haunt industry powerhouses, has announced its picks for the best haunted attractions this year.
Erebus Haunted Attraction (Pontiac, MI)
Erebus is one of the longest and most intense haunted houses. The four-story haunt is located in downtown Pontiac, MI. There is a mad scientist theme here and visitors walk through his scary experiments while hoping not to become part of them.
The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride (Philadelphia, PA)
Not everyone who checks into The Bates Motel checks out. This attraction is filled with high tech special effects and a digital soundtrack and lighting. As you venture through this show, you’ll see levitating spirits, pictures that follow you, and incredible, custom animatronic props.
Nightmare on 13th (Salt Lake City, UT)
This imposing castle has three formidable turrets filled with immersive, intense scares. Nightmare on 13th offers thirteen themed nightmares on a single ticket.
Cutting Edge Haunted House (Fort Worth, TX)
Cutting Edge draws in fans from around the globe with its unique approach to terror. It provides an immersive haunt experience infused with musicians and a haunting drumline.
NETHERWORLD Haunted House (Atlanta, GA)
Thrill seekers taking in this supernatural journey will be wowed by what has been created by some folks with a background in film and television. Visitors to NETHERWORLD see movie special effects, scare-acting techniques, and elaborate set constructions in this haunted attraction.
Anthony’s Take: This all looks like they’re creepy and a lot of fun. We’ll be at Bran Castle this year for Halloween and looking for some old world scares in Transylvania.
(Image Credits: Erebus, The Bates Motel, Nightmare on 13th, Cutting Edge, and NETHERWORLD.)
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