The Scariest Locations In America...Other Than Wall Street

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09/22/2009 - San Jose, Ca

HAUNTWORLD MAGAZINE - And you thought the job market was scary? As the nation continues to struggle in one of the worst economies in history, Americans will require a bit more to actually feel fear this Halloween season. In response, Hauntworld Magazine (, the Halloween and haunt industry's leading trade publication, has announced listings of the most terrifying locations in America, including: the Top 31 Haunted Attractions (one for each day in October), the Top 10 Amusement Park Halloween events and more. These attractions are being recognized for their attention to detail, high-quality special effects, and overall "scare factor".

The haunted houses and attractions on these lists aren't your average neighborhood decorations. Each haunted attraction costs up to $1 million to construct, uses professionally trained actors, Hollywood make-up artists and the latest technology in order to transport people into an insane, realistic and horrific environment that rivals any horror movie set. The result is an industry that has grown to generate over $1 BILLION each season, redefining the way people celebrate Halloween.

"Americans have an intrinsic urge to conquer fear and the haunted attractions on these lists are as close as many can get to literally coming face-to-face with true terror," said Larry Kirchner, Editor-in-Chief of Hauntworld Magazine. "Scary movies and roller coasters are great for a cheap thrill but what these attractions provide their visitors is a sense of exhilaration and an adrenaline rush that can only be felt from live action. These locations are examples of those places in the country you'll be telling your friends you survived, not visited."

Top 5 Places to get Scared in America: 2009

Salem, Massachusetts -
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada -
Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California -
The Mortuary Haunted House, New Orleans, Louisiana -
Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky -

For more information on this year's Top Haunted Attractions as well as other top industry lists, please visit

About Hauntworld Magazine:

Hauntworld Magazine ( is the premier haunted attraction magazine in the industry. Coupled with its online component,, Hauntworld provides insider access into the world of haunted houses and attractions. Readers can find information regarding the top haunts around the country and internationally, Halloween vendors, manufacturers, events, tips and forums. Originally created to serve haunted attraction industry members through its unique editorial content and discussion boards, Hauntworld now helps nearly four million people find the best haunts each Halloween season. The magazine/website and its editors have been featured in publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on the Travel Channel, among other media outlets.

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