Friday, March 31, 2023

Haunted house experiences Friday the 13th courtesy of America Haunts

KANSAS CITY, Missouri, USA /PRNewswire/ — Halloween may be more than five months away, but America Haunts (, the authority on fear-based entertainment, puts its own brand of scare into Friday the 13th.

Several members from the macabre collection of 20 of the scariest and most elaborate haunted houses and attractions in the United States either hosted or participated in events on what is considered the unluckiest day of the year, including:

Cutting Edge (Fort Worth, TX,

For one day only, visitors could see the Guinness World Record Holder for the “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House.” Located in a 100-year-old abandoned meat packing plant in a section of Fort Worth historically dubbed as “Hell’s Half Acre,” the Cutting Edge Haunted House is built upon a foundation of fear. Visitors also had the option to watch, and possibly become a victim during, the filming of a feature horror film with Oscar-winning special effects expert Robert Short.

Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters Tour (Kansas City, MO,

Full Moon Productions, the mastermind behind such attractions as the Edge of Hell, The Beast, Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe and Macabre Cinema, presented Kansas City’s Ghost and Gangsters Tour. The “Ghoul Bus” took visitors past historic Kansas City landmarks with legendary paranormal activity and infamous mafia mayhem.

Horror Holiday Convention (Amelia, OH,

Huff, the punk rock clown from The Dent Schoolhouse ( was emcee at Big Ed’s House of Rock’s Horror Holiday Convention. Additionally, the event featured Ari Lehman, the original Jason Voorhees from the first “Friday the 13th Film.”

“With America Haunts members, there is no such thing as Triskadekaphobia (fear of the number 13),” said America Haunts Board Member Scott Simmons. “For us, Friday the 13th is a day that is embraced. With Halloween only coming once a year, we are thrilled for this chance to help our fans get their fear on during the off season.”

With 20 haunted houses, hayrides, and attractions 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 the Travel Channel and recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions.

The high-tech attractions in 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.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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