Arizona paranormal investigators love to get spooked—even if it’s at one of the local haunted house attractions in the Valley or around the country. HauntWorld has recently announced their “Top 13 Most Haunted Attractions in the United States”
HauntWorld (www.hauntworld.com), the world’s largest Halloween resource and online directory of haunted houses and activities, has released its annual Top 13 list of haunted attractions in the U.S. HauntWorld, which was the industry’s first to produce a Top 10, Top 13 and Top 31 haunted house list, selects the recipients of this prestigious ranking based on the attractions’ innovative themes, quality of professional special effects and actors, level of detail and overall “fear factor”.
HaunteWorld said: “We’re seeing an interesting theme this year with haunted houses as they look to bring in these visitors – a lot of old-fashioned creepy themes are making a comeback, with resurgence in scary clowns, old schoolhouses and haunted motels.”
The Top 13 attractions are among the top entertainment attractions in the country, cost over $1 million to construct and are expected to generate over $1 billion in revenue. To attract new visitors, the haunts on this year’s list are amping up their special effects features and using advanced pyrotechnics, explosions and animatronics, which is the use of machines that appear animated rather than robotic. These attractions are also all at the forefront of another Halloween trend – embracing what is old and making it new again.
“Haunted house owners are going over the top – bigger, better and scarier than ever because they’re no longer competing with only other haunts in their area, but with haunted houses across the country. Visiting and traveling to haunted houses is now an American phenomenon as people are using sites like HauntWorld to find the best haunted attractions,” said Larry Kirchner, owner of www.HauntWorld.com.
One of this year’s Top 13 recipients is adding an entire new circus element with a ringmaster, mirror house and all the flair. Another is adding ancient zombies, while other attractions are building dusty libraries and school classrooms with gory scenes. One of this year’s haunts is also featuring a 1960's themed haunted motel.
Top Professional Haunted Attractions: 2013
1) 13th Floor, Denver, CO http://www.13thfloorhauntedhouse.com/
2) Bates Motel, Philadelphia, PA www.thebatesmotel.com
3) Headless Horseman, Ulster Park, NY www.headlesshorseman.com
4) Cutting Edge, Dallas, TX www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com
5) Netherworld, Atlanta, GA www.fearworld.com
6) 13th Gate, Baton Rouge, LA www.13thgate.com
7) Field of Screams PA, Lancaster, PA https://www.fieldofscreams.com/
8) The Darkness, St. Louis, MO www.scarefest.com
9) House of Torment, Austin, TX www.thehouseoftorment.com
10) Erebus, Pontiac, MI www.hauntedpontiac.com
11) Dent Schoolhouse, Cincinnati, OH www.frightsite.com
12) Spookywoods, High Point, NC www.spookywoods.com
13) Nightmare on the Bayou, Houston, TX www.nightmareonthebayou.com
In addition to ranking the Top 13 haunted attractions, this year HauntWorld is providing a 31 Days of Halloween list with the country’s best haunted theme parks, as well as a number of other rankings: Best Haunted Hayrides, Haunted House Industry Top 10, Best Actors, Best Year Round Haunted Attractions, Most Unique Haunted Attractions and Best Non-Profit Haunted Houses.
So, Arizona haunted attraction lovers, this might be a good reason for a road trip to some of the neighboring states that promise to put the scare into you this Halloween season!
For more information on this year’s Top 13 as well as the other attraction industry lists, see all the lists at:http://www.hauntworld.com/featured_article/best_and_scariest_haunted_hou...
HauntWorld (www.hauntworld.com) is the Halloween industry’s leading resource and connects over 10 million people each year with haunted attractions and Halloween activities in their local areas. The site provides insider access into the world of haunted houses and attractions as well as Halloween news, information and tips. Readers can find information regarding the top haunts around the country and internationally, Halloween vendors, manufacturers, events, tips and forums.
HauntWorld.com was the first website and publication to produce a Top 10, Top 13 or Top 31 haunted house list to help America find the country’s best Halloween attractions. Find more at:http://www.hauntworld.com/featured_article/best_and_scariest_haunted_hou....
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