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13th Floor Haunted House Reaches New Levels Of Fear!

by on Jul.14, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear of the number 13, a superstition related to paraskevidekatriaphobia, a specific fear of Friday the 13th. Its origins are unclear, tracing back as far as ancient Persia, the Last Supper, and Viking mythology. Wherever it actually began, the fear of the number 13 has far-reaching tentacles, causing architects to eliminate the thirteenth floor in buildings, people to avoid scheduling special events on the thirteenth day of the month, and a particular horse stall in Santa Anita Park to be renumbered 12A, in an effort to avoid the number 13… sequentially, they read as 11, 12, 12A, 14. In fact, the Otis Elevators company estimates that 85% of the buildings which utilize their elevators do not have a named 13th floor!

In an effort to defuse this superstition, an influential group of New Yorkers established the Thirteen Club in 1881. The first meeting took place on Friday, January13, 1881 at 8:13 p.m. Thirteen people sat down to dine in room 13 of the venue, entered the room by walking under a ladder, and were seated among piles of spilled salt. Reportedly, all of the guests survived. For the next forty years they met in Thirteen Clubs all across North America, with members that included future United States Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Theodore Roosevelt. Eventually the clubs died out, but the fear surrounding the number 13 is just as strong in some today as it was in Babylonian times…

At Phoenix, Arizona’s 13th Floor Haunted House, brave souls may stare superstition in the face and gaze into the abyss of mystery surrounding this fear. Here you can discover just what it is that makes people so uncomfortable about the number 13, as they immerse themselves in the legendary 13th floor and all of its dark denizens. Within this 60,000 square foot haunted attraction visitors will experience cinematic-quality special effects and set designs as horror after horror awaits. Whatever your superstition or dread, 13th Floor is certain to rattle your nerves while introducing you to what lies in wait behind the doors of the 13th floor. Post-apocalyptic zombies, undead clowns, disembodies spirits and vermin of every type are just a few of the menacing threats hidden within. Witness the oddities and strange occurrences that have created the legend of the 13th floor, and discover why it continues to be one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

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7 Floors of Hell unleashes one hell of a fear-filled fright!

by on Jul.06, 2011, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

7 Floors of Hell unleashes one hell of a fear-filled fright!

Hadephobia is the fear of Hell.

The hadephobic individual has likely experienced some real trauma in their life that develops into an irrational fear of hell, or the denizens associated with hell, be it iconic creatures, eternal torment, or Satan himself. It is believed that most individuals coping with this particular phobia were raised in a strictly religious home, and exposure to fearful reactions of others or even media portrayal of the underworld and its inhabitants led to Hadephobia’s development (also often referred to as Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia).

This particular phobia can be extremely overpowering, leading to such emotional turmoil as to prove paralyzing to the ability to function in day-to-day life. It can push a person to become so distraught as to avoid any situation that might lead them astray. A phobia so deeply rooted in the human soul must be overwhelming, to say the least…

7 Floors of Hell, located in Cleveland, is Ohio’s largest haunted event hands down! Seven unique haunted houses, all at one location for ONE price. Each house is designed to terrify and entertain, so the human creature suffering from Hadephobia would certainly find a visit to 7 Floors of Hell a daunting undertaking! The very name would have one cowering in some corner, quaking and unable to breathe.

Established in Akron, Ohio, owner Rodney Geffert named the event 7 Floors of Hell after a legendary – albeit non-existent – haunted house that dared visitors to make it through all seven floors. Voted the #1 haunted attraction in Ohio, and among the top 13 haunted attractions in the country, 7 Floors of Hell is guaranteed to stir a few new phobias in every visitor.

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