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Phobias: The Haunts of Kansas City!

by on Aug.30, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

The Beast unleashes fear in all its forms!

Kansas City, Missouri has become a breeding ground for fear, thanks to the phobia-inducing masters or terror at The Beast – America’s largest haunted house. Offering several themed houses, these artisans of the unsettling have perfected the technique of tapping into your deepest, darkest fears.

If you suffer from athazagoraphobia – the fear of being lost or forgotten – you may find yourself at your wits’ end while touring The Beast. The Werewolf Forest, a 1/4 acre in size, requires you to find an exit in complete darkness, driving up every abandonment issue you could possibly have. You may find yourself wandering about the swamp, trying desperately to avoid the blood thirsty alligators that lie in wait, giving way to Herpetophobia, an irrational fear of reptiles.

At The Edge of Hell, a converted warehouse, you will come face-to-face with a live twenty foot anaconda – and an unhealthy dose of Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) – as you work your way through uncounted horrors, culminating in a five story slide drop straight into the open arms of the Devil himself!

The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe invites you to confront your fear of being buried alive – known as taphephobia – as the writings of the undisputed Master of the Macabre spring to life. The Raven, The House of Usher, The Black Cat and Rue Morgue are among the tales that put you through the horrifying experiences of suffocation, claustrophobia, and, yes – being buried alive.

For those who suffer from unnatural fear of living in a horror movie or nightmare, there’s Macabre Cinema. A terrifying adventure through a haunted 1930’s movie theater, you will find yourself front and center in more than thirty classic and contemporary horror scenes housed throughout the four story haunt. Don’t fear it – live it!

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Get bogged down in your fear of ghosts at Nightmare on the Bayou!

by on Aug.24, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

An unnatural fear of ghosts and apparitions would actually seem to be, well, very natural. Stumbling across the disembodied spirit of a deceased individual would be rather unnervering to even the most practical minded, and would likely create unshakable dread. Phasmophobia, as this particular fear is known in scientific circles, is fairly widespread in modern society. While many scholars consider the belief in ghosts to be purely superstitious, there is no denying that countless people report spectral sightings and experiences every year. From harmless visions of loved ones trapped between realms to vengeful wraiths seeking balance for some injustice inflicted upon them in the living world, ghostly encounters have become quite commonplace, prompting numerous ghost hunting shows and films. The popularity of ectoplasmic entertainment may have legitimized reports of seeing spooks for some, simultaneously desensitizing others to the existence of afterlife activity. And while most of us would be disturbed by any such occurrence, the phasmophobiac is overwhelmed by this fear to the point that their very life functions can become limited. They may avoid anyplace that could suggest the possibility of ghostly roamings, such as funerals, old hotels, hospitals or historic sites. The mere mention of an apparition could unhinge them.

Located next to Houston, Texas’ historic Olivewood Cemetery, Nightmare on the Bayou could drive a phasmobiac to an early grave. Continued real hauntings abound, with customers and employees alike reporting supernatural activity, making Nightmare one TRULY haunted attraction. Equipped with Hollywood-quality props and effects, state-of-the-art animatronics, and a well-trained cast of actors, this is one Halloween experience guaranteed to “get your ghost”! Believer or not, one must admit that the presence of late souls seeking their final rest most certainly lends an air of eerie authenticity to what is already a frightening venue…

Featured on Travel Channel’s “America’s Scariest Haunted Houses”, Nightmare on the Bayou offers over 15,000 square feet of thrilling haunted fun through several different attractions. Visitors may find themselves hard pressed to determine whether they are seeing an actor or an actual ghost when exploring this event. Those seeking genuine Halloween chills will find the lure of a potential otherworldly encounter too good to pass up. Those suffering from phasmophobia…not so much!

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The Asylum and 13th Floor Provide No Safe Haven for Those Who Suffer an Elevated Fear of Insanity!

by on Aug.17, 2011, under America Haunts

Dementophobia is the name associated with a fear of insanity. Finding oneself frightened by the crazed or insane may be one of the easier phobias to maintain, as it can be relatively simple to avoid the usual haunts of such people. But when the haunt in question is The Asylum – Denver, Colorado’s #1 rated haunted attraction – it may become rather difficult to avoid. Guaranteed to attract even the most hardcore dementophobiac, The Asylum has been featured on The Travel Channel’s “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” and has been included in Hauntworld Magazine’s “Top 25 Haunted Houses in America”.

Descending two levels into Gordon Cottingham’s Hospital for the Mentally Insane, visitors find themselves in the darkest, dampest recesses of The Asylum, surrounded by spiders, snakes, rats, and the screams of the tortured souls of those left behind. The building crawls with insanity, as crazed lunatics lurk around every corner. Indeed, the lunatics have taken over The Asylum…

Speaking of lower levels, 13th Floor Haunted House will elevate your fears to new heights, as they attempt to shed some light on why numerous buildings omit the number thirteen from their floor sequences. Even the most logical, non-superstitious architects often remove the thirteenth floor from building plans, and whether you suffer from a fear of elevators or not, it would seem somewhat foreboding to see that number on the keypad when the elevator doors draw closed. Long considered an unlucky number, thirteen elicits a great deal of dread among the superstitious and has long been avoided.

A surprising number of Americans experience some form of fear when riding an elevator, and although there is no clinical name for this particular phobia, it is safe to assume that a combined fear of heights, enclosed spaces, and aspects of the unknown make for a very intimidating experience. So what exactly would happen if the thirteenth floor were included in this ride? Perhaps the answers lie within the walls of Denver’s 13th Floor – hailed by Hauntworld Magazine as “one of America’s best haunted houses”. The Travel Channel says “when you climb the mountains of Denver, Colorado, you’ve got to check out the 13th Floor Haunted House”. Superstition? Conspiracy? Something far more sinister? Decide for yourself…

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With Halloween Lurking Around the Corner, America Haunts Unleashes a Bloodcurdling Scream…and Its Haunt Opening Dates for 2011 Season

by on Aug.16, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., 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. With daunting criteria for acceptance, America Haunts membership is exclusive and considered one of the greatest recognitions a haunted venue can receive.

Haunts that have been invited to be part of America Haunts feature some of most 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.

The opening dates for 2011 haunts are as follows:

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

Atlanta, GA
September 23

The 13th Floor
Denver, CO
September 23

The 13th Floor
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

Greensboro-Winston-Salem, NC
September 30

The Asylum
Denver, CO
September 30

The Darkness
St. Louis, MO
October 1

For more information and a directory of individual haunt and attraction websites, including hours and ticket prices, go to

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. Members’ enjoy nothing more than delivering a good old-fashioned scare to fright fans of all ages. For more information, visit

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Phobias: NETHERWORLD Haunted House!

by on Aug.10, 2011, under America Haunts, NETHERWORLD Haunted House

NETHERWORLD Haunted House – where monsters (and fear) dwell!

Teratophobia is the name attributed to the irrational fear of monsters. Malformed, hideous creatures can elicit unbearable dread in those afflicted with this particular phobia, finding themselves terribly affected by the unusual and unique. At NETHERWORLD Haunted House in Atlanta, Georgia, the typical teratophobiac may find themselves horrifically outnumbered. This is, after all, where monsters dwell…

Featuring one of the most extensive arrays of film studio-quality creatures in the industry, highly-rated NETHERWORLD delivers a monster-sized dose of teratophobia to any and all who dare enter either of its two critically-acclaimed haunts. Ghoulish Netherspawn, such as the Collector, the Mangler, and the sexy-yet-deadly Brides, swarm the property of this converted bottling plant, leaping out from each and every darkened corner from the moment you enter the parking lot. Known as much for its original story content as it is for its top-notch makeup and costumes, NETHERWORLD is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the country – leading The Travel Channel to proclaim it “The most elaborate haunted house in America”. They are the experts on monsters and the denizens of the dark, and continue to push the limits of terror.

2011 will see the arrival of even more nightmare-inspired monstrosities as NETHERWORLD presents The Nightmares, a brand-new show that tells the tale of the final battle between the forces of the NETHERWORLD and the opposition they face from the Illuminati. A literal “who’s who” of the monster realm, The Nightmares should prove the undoing of any poor teratophobiac entering the darkened chambers of Atlanta’s premier haunted attraction. Vampires, goblins, zombies, mutated plants, gargoyles, and krampus all converge for a battle royale that is sure to unsettle even the most unaffected among us…

Perhaps there’s a bit of teratophobia in each of us. It simply took the masterminds behind NETHERWORLD to unleash it.

Those who fear filth are referred to as Rupophobiacs. Ropophobia can also lend itself to Entomophobia, the fear of insects, which seem to thrive in grime. Whether you suffer from either – or both – of these phobias, you will find your grip on sanity tested when you enter Raw Meat, the second of NETHERWORLD’s new shows this season. You’ll enter a sewer system rife with toxic waste and rotting organic matter, overrun with mole people, mutant alligators, cannibals and more. Forget the sanitary hand lotion – there is no escaping the bug-infested nastiness which awaits you within.

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Cutting Edge leaves Nyctophobiacs in the dark!

by on Aug.02, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Nyctophobia is the irrational fear of the dark, most common among children and young people. It is one of the most common phobias, and can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms, resulting in everything from shortness of breath to excessive sweating to dry mouth to a complete loss of reason. The unseen can provide a fantastic canvas for the imagination, as the threat of unknown dangers weighs heavy on the mind. It is said by many professionals that the first step in overcoming one’s fears is to confront them, face to face. To that end, Fort Worth’s Cutting Edge Haunted House may provide the most extensive therapy available…

Cutting Edge, located in a 100-year-old abandoned 235,000 square foot meat packing plant, received the Guinness World Record for “World’s Largest Walk Through Haunted House” in 2009. At a total length of 2,261.08 feet from entrance to exit, the average walk through the house takes approximately 55 minutes – a virtual eternity for the hapless visitor suffering from nyctophobia. Surrounded by actual meat packing equipment delivering bodies to their demise, Cutting Edge plunges brave souls into the longest journey through the dark they’re likely to find. A daunting task for anyone, let alone those with an overpowering fear of the terror the blackness brings.

Voted among the “Top 20 Haunts” by Fangoria Magazine, Cutting Edge has been called “The longest adrenaline rush money can buy!” by the Denton Record Chronicle for good reason.

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House of Torment unleashes an undead phobia frenzy!

by on Jul.26, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Kinemortophobia is the immobilizing fear of the undead.


One would have to be out of their mind NOT to fear these brain-craving monstrosities, but for the average person that fear translates into a quick run for their life to stay a few steps ahead of the pack. Yet for the casual kinemortophobiac, the fight could be over before it begins – paralyzed by fear, the chances of escaping even the slowest, lumbering slack-jawed zombie are slim to none…

The zombies at the House of Torment are savage and fierce eternal undead slaves with an unquenchable thirst for blood, flesh, and fear. Terrorizing all who cross their path before relentlessly devouring them, they were the first stage in a series of genetic mutations that turned the world on its head.

House of Torment, regularly recognized by both local and national media outlets as one of the best haunted houses in the country, could freeze a kinemortophobiac dead in their tracks. It has been referred to as “20,000 square feet of terror” by the Wall Street Journal, and prompted MSN to say “for the scariest, baddest, most haunted house in Austin [Texas], try the famed House of Torment”. Featuring three separate events, it is certain to elicit enough screams to wake the (un)dead!

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Erebus sinks its teeth into your phobias!

by on Jul.20, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Erebus sinks its teeth into your phobias!

Odontophobia is the abnormal fear of teeth, and being bitten. It is estimated that about 75% of US adults experience some form of dental fear, be it a trip to the dentist, the local neighborhood canine, or the supernatural creatures of fantasy. While most of these fears are easily overcome for the average person, the odontophobiac lives in a panic state, unable to find ease in the presence of any potential toothsome threat. This particular phobia can be loosely related to odynophobia, an overwhelming fear of pain. We’ve never known any bite that didn’t bring about a bit of discomfort…

Ready to sink its teeth into the psyche of fearful fans everywhere is Erebus, a four story haunted house located in Pontiac, Michigan. Erebus was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted Attraction, from August 2005 to September 2009. Erebus, by Webster’s definition, is the darkness beneath the Earth that the dead must pass to reach Hades. In Greek mythology, Erebus is the son of Chaos and the brother of Nye (Night). For odontophobiacs, it is a living nightmare, as the prospect of unseen creatures with gnashing fangs lurking within sends torment through their very being. Unsuspecting visitors may very well find themselves trapped in the deadly grip of one of the largest, most horrific set of teeth you’re like to stumble upon. Or into.

Scared Stiff Magazine calls it “one of the top haunted houses in the country”, and Gunnar Hansen, legendary star of Texas Chainsaw Massacre says “Erebus is an unequaled, masterpiece of horror”. And who knows more about terror and human fears than Leatherface himself?

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The Dent Schoolhouse dishes out some good OLD phobias!

by on Jul.19, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Gerontophobia is the irrational fear of elderly people.

Admit it. They can be a little freaky, when you get right down to it. Possibly because we’re all headed in that direction, eventually…

And at The Dent Schoolhouse, in Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s a valid fear. For this is where Charlie, the old janitor, has performed horrific, inhuman acts, never to be captured and still on the prowl. Many students disappeared over the course of a short period of time, only to be discovered years later in a grisly scene in the school’s basement. For decades, the spirit of Charlie has allegedly roamed the haunted building, cleaning and dispatching trespassers.

Understandably, this information could easily lend itself to developing a case of Didaskaleinophobia – the fear of school – as well.

The Dent Schoolhouse is one of the scariest haunted attractions in the nation! Known to be haunted, the attraction is known for its movie-like quality and detail. It has been called “One of the 10 Most Wicked Haunted Houses In America” by Forbes, and has been ranked as one of the “Top 13 America’s Best Haunted Houses” by The Dent Public School dates back to 1894, and to this day attracts visitors feeling brave enough to take on the spirits of unrest that linger in its darkened halls. No hall pass can protect you from the evil within, and if you don’t currently suffer from either of the two phobias mentioned above, you may very well find yourself afflicted when you leave…

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Afraid of the forest? Spookywoods summons your fears…

by on Jul.16, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Nyctohylophobia is the fear of dark wooded areas, or forests at nighttime. An understandable fear, as we all know that there are unseen terrors lurking about the woods, waiting to snatch us up and whisk us away for who-knows-what purpose. A particularly nasty phobia, seeing as how its ability to immobilize a person would prevent them from escaping the threatening woodlands until the warm safety of daylight. A forest can be disorienting enough, without suffering from anxiety, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat and trembling…scary stuff, indeed.

High Point, North Carolina-based Spookywoods knows all about this particular phobia. Enticing visitors to embark on a flashlight tour of the woods at night, Spookywoods could prove to be the very undoing of an individual suffering from Nyctohylophobia. Located on the family farm among the pines, owners Donna and Tony Wohlgemuth offer a number of attractions to visitor, including a haunted house, a dark ride through the woods on a tram, and a corn maze, all leading up to a walkthrough haunt maze within a 90,000 square foot pine forest. Pretty menacing stuff for the average Nyctohylophobic!

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