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Many US haunted attractions starting Halloween early this year

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, USA, Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — To let thrill seekers get a jump start on the horror that is their favorite holiday, the fear-inducing, bone-chilling haunted houses and attractions that comprise America Haunts ( are creaking open their doors for the Halloween season beginning as early as September. A howling good time, the venues annually welcome more than one million fear seekers.

America Haunts members are “dedicated to providing the safest, scariest and most fun haunted entertainment in the country.” The organization is home to the nation’s most elite tier of haunted houses and fear-inducing attractions, each representing “the highest echelon of Halloween entertainment.” 

Haunts that have been invited to be part of America Haunts feature gruesome, creative and innovative displays to horrify visitors. Each has a commitment to technical excellence with stunning set designs and Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Several of the haunts have been in operation for more than 30 years.

Opening dates for 2011 “America Haunts” haunts:

  • The Beast / The Edge of Hell – Kansas City, MO – September 9
  • Cutting Edge – Fort Worth, TX – September 10
  • Dent Schoolhouse – Cincinnati, OH – September 16
  • Nightmare on 13th – Salt Lake City, UT – September 16
  • Headless Horseman – Ulster Park, NY – September 17
  • The 13th Gate – Baton Rouge, LA – September 22 
  • Erebus Haunted Attraction – Pontiac, MI – September 23
  • House of Torment – Austin, TX – September 23
  • Netherworld – Atlanta, GA – September 23
  • The 13th Floor – Denver, CO – September 23 
  • The 13th Floor – Phoenix – September 23
  • The 13th Floor – San Antonio, CA – September 23
  • The Haunted Hotel – San Diego, CA – September 23
  • The ScareHouse – Pittsburgh, PA – September 23
  • 7 Floors of Hell – Cleveland, OH – September 24
  • Nightmare on the Bayou – Houston, TX – September 29
  • Bates Motel – Philadelphia, PA – September 30
  • Dream Reapers – Chicago, IL – September 30
  • Spookywoods – Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC – September 30
  • The Asylum – Denver, CO – September 30
  • The Darkness – St. Louis, MO – October 1

With more than 20 hayrides, and attractions in 20 markets 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 Travel Channel and recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The high-tech attractions within this association are committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, and Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and creatures.

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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