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~The Haunted Attraction Association Reports That Haunted Houses Around the Country Are Hosting Special Events This Weekend to Encourage Their Guests to Return for One Last Scare Before the End of the 2013 Season ~


            WINNETKA, Ill., Nov. 7, 2013 – Although Halloween has come and gone and Christmas decorations are starting to crowd the aisles, select haunted attractions around the country are keeping their doors open this weekend. This weekend only, they’re offering special events, new experiences and upping the intensity to encourage their guests to return for a second visit before the end of the 2013 season. Patrick Konopelski, President of The Haunted Attraction Association (HAA), the only official association of the haunted attraction industry, notes that the haunt season doesn’t have to end after October 31st. “Our season is expanding and haunts are always reinventing themselves by providing unique and more intense experiences. Customers are looking for the next level in haunted entertainment – and we’re delivering,” said Konopelski.

            The featured haunts below are baiting patrons with exclusive post-Halloween events, because who wants wait until next year when the next best thing in haunts is here now?

Lights Out

            A few haunts have tapped into a common fear amongst patrons: darkness. We’re not talking about that feeling of getting goose bumps when alone in a barely lit room, though. These attractions are shrouding their guests in total darkness, the can’t-see-your-hand-in-front-of-your-face type of black.

                                                                                                Terror Behind the Walls, a massive haunted house featuring six attractions inside the real-life abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, is among those participating this weekend with a special event called “REMIX: Lights Out.”  For one night only on Saturday, November 9, all six attractions will be open and fully staffed, but guests will experience them in utter darkness. With light from just a single glow stick, you will be left to find your own way out of the pitch- black, narrow hallways of the 11-acre penitentiary.

            Across the state, Pittsburgh’s The ScareHouse is also hosting a lights out event called “Turn Out the Lights.”  Only after signing a waiver will each group will receive a single glow stick that they must use to navigate their way through all three of The ScareHouse’s attractions in total darkness.  

            Out West, Phoenix’s 13th Floor Haunted House also only permits one glow stick per group upon entering this weekend, and claims that some navigate their way through the dark in 15 minutes, but, for many, the mayhem can last for hours. Beware: if any monster, ghoul or zombie steals your glow stick…you’re on your own.


This Easter-bunny-gone-wrong is only one

of the vicious creatures lurking inside The ScareHouse.



Legends Live On

            Two Texas haunts, 13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio and House of Tourment in Austin are playing host to The Legendary Haunt Tour.  The Tour takes place in a different part of the U.S. each November and features at least two of the country's top haunted attractions. It’s safe to say that these haunts have indeed saved their best (or most cringe-worthy) attractions for last, with exclusive new events and package deals including exclusive behind the scenes access.





Visit House of Tourment and get to know Scarecrow, Dr. Ectobius

and The Hellion…if you dare.



Camping Remix

            Most people have fond memories of their childhood camp days. Hiking with friends, making arts and crafts for your parents and playing games are just a few that come to mind.  But what about the ghost stories told around the camp fire – those are usually a not-so-fond thought. Those creepy stories come to life through Camp Blood in Georgia. Camp Blood is a half mile of sheer terror (to put it lightly). Visitors walk through an eerie forest to reach Crimson Lake, though few make it: the screaming, chainsaw wilding psychos scare most off, while some simply get lost along  the way…


            To find out what haunts are open near you, visit HAA’s official Haunt Finder at www.hauntedattractionfinder.com


The Haunted Attraction Association, the only official association in the haunt industry, serves as the voice of the haunted attraction industry.  Our mission is to promote our worldwide network of haunted attractions including Haunted Houses, Haunted Hayrides, Scream Parks, Mega-Haunts, Halloween Festivals, Haunted Outdoor Trails, Corn Mazes, and Amusement Park Halloween Events. In addition our goal is to protect our customers through education and networking of our members.  Visit www.hauntedattractionassociation.com or call 888-320-8494.  Like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hauntedattractionassociation and follow HAA on Twitter to see the Official Halloween Countdown at https://twitter.com/HAAHaunts.

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