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Terrified Teens – Halloween Crazier at NETHERWORLD!

by on Oct.10, 2012, under Haunted Houses, Haunting Ideas, NETHERWORLD Haunted House

OK – Check this out!! It’s greatly sped up and edited so you don’t see their entire trek through Netherworld Haunted House…and the fine folks at Travel Channel were nice enough to just focus on these scared teens and not the sets, props,
effects and massive creatures that had them so freaked out. So come out for yourself to see what all the screaming was about! We are OPEN TONIGHT and Every Night thru November 3rd. Check your local listings for HALLOWEEN CRAZIER on Travel Channel to see lots more of Netherworld and other amazing Halloween events on this original one-hour special which, as Travel Channel says, “features the most terrifying and absolute best of what Halloween has to offer”…suffice to say, we are thrilled to be included.

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America Haunts Members Scare Up Support for Nonprofits to the Frightening Tune of Over $500,000

by on Sep.14, 2012, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses, NETHERWORLD Haunted House

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — For all the fear and blood curdling screams induced by America Haunts attractions, the association of elite haunted houses showed that it too has a benevolent side.

The group that delivers fear-based entertainment to more than a million thrill-seekers each Halloween season announced that it donated more than $500,000 in 2011 to nonprofits in the 20 U.S. markets where it operates. It also is already on track to hit the $750,000 mark in 2012.

“Just because our main job is to scare the pants off people doesn’t mean we don’t have a heart,” said America Haunts board member Nancy Jubie. “Creating family-oriented entertainment and giving back to our community just happen to be something we also enjoy doing. Consider us America Haunts with a heart.”

One of the more unique ways in giving back to the community comes from The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, La. The haunt has been collecting blood weekly for The Blood Center of New Orleans for more than 13 years.

Throughout the entire Halloween season, portions of Full Moon Productions in Kansas City, Mo., and The Scarehouse in Pittsburgh function as nonprofits benefitting local charities. Full Moon makes “Halloween dreams come true” through its volunteer-based attractions The Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe and Macabre Cinema. Both attractions tax status is 501 3c and all proceeds benefit The Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, making it a trick and treat for all involved. In addition to the variety of events that it hosts to raise money for local nonprofits, The Scarehouse recently launched the red velvet cake-flavored “Scarehouse Shake” (with gummy eyeball), from which proceeds will benefit Make Room for Kids.

Ticket giveaways are another popular initiative. Netherworld in Atlanta donates 3,500 tickets valued at $98,000 during its annual Charity Opening Weekend. Spookywoods in Kersey Valley, N.C., gives free tickets to blood donors and honor roll students. The Bates Motel in Philadelphia also is generous, providing 500 VIP passes to various charities worth $37,500. It also hosts events for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Cutting Edge in Fort Worth, and Headless Horseman and Haunted Hayrides in Ulster Park, N.Y. are staunch supporters of men and women in uniform. Cutting Edge gives away approximately 700 tickets annually to military, police and fire department personnel. In addition to local fire and police departments, Headless Horseman counts itself among regular supporters of the American Cancer Society Relay “Bark for Life,” among other events.

In Cincinnati, The Dent Schoolhouse hosts several parades in the community throughout the year. It also hosted the first-ever Dent In Diabetes walk to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The organization’s annual Boo Fest, geared toward younger children, also benefits the JDRF.

For more information on upcoming charitable events, and a directory of individual haunt and attraction websites, go to www.AmericaHaunts.com.

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Wanted: Brave Souls Looking For A Scare!

by on Aug.22, 2012, under America Haunts, Haunted Houses

America Haunts Announces Attraction Openings for 2012

DETROIT, Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The 30 most terrifying, bloodcurdling scream-inducing haunted houses and attractions of America Haunts announced the days each attraction will be opening their doors for the Halloween season. The attractions annually allure the bravest souls thanks to their dedication to providing the most safe, fun and horrifying haunted entertainment in the country.

Unbeknownst to many, each haunted house within America Haunts works year-round to continuously present their guests with a more spine chilling than the last visit. Months of preparation and a high-quality technical crew help provide thrill-seekers the Hollywood-quality scare that they are seeking.

“People from around the country wait nearly a year for the sheer terror that is the America Haunts experience,” said Ben Armstrong of America Haunts. “Each year, the America Haunts attractions create a more hair-raising experience with the use of the most talented actors, Hollywood quality makeup and spectacular special effects.”

Opening dates for 2012 are as follows:

13th Floor Denver, CO September 21
13th Floor Phoenix, AZ September 21
13th Floor San Antonio, TX September 21
7 Floors of Hell Cleveland, OH September 21
Bates Motel Philadelphia, PA September 28
Chambers of Edgar Allen Poe Kansas City, MO September 7
Creepyworld St. Louis, MO September 21
Cutting Edge Fort Worth, TX September 8
Dream Reapers Chicago, IL October 5
Edge of Hell Haunted House Kansas City, KS August 31
Erebus Haunted House Pontiac, MI September 21
Headless Horseman Ulster Park, NY September 22
House of Torment Austin, TX September 21
Lemp Brewery St. Louis, MO September 21
Macabre Cinema Haunted House Kansas City, KS September 7
Necropolis 13 Baton Rouge, LA September 21
Netherworld Atlanta, GA September 28
Nightmare on 13th Salt Lake City, UT September 14
Nightmare on the Bayou Houston, TX September 28
Pennhurst Asylum Philadelphia, PA September 21
Scream Zone San Diego, CA September 28
Spookywoods Greensboro Winston-Salem, NC September 28
The 13th Gate Baton Rouge, LA September 21
The Asylum Denver, CO September 28
The Beast Kansas City, KS August 31
The Darkness St. Louis, MO September 14
The Dent Schoolhouse Cincinnati, OH September 14
The Haunted Hotel San Diego, CA September 21
The Haunted Trail San Diego, CA September 28
The Scare House Pittsburgh, PA September 21

For more information, including hours and ticket prices, go to www.AmericaHaunts.com/attractions

With 30 haunted houses and attractions across the country, America Haunts delivers fear-based entertainment to more than 1 million thrill seekers each season. America Haunts has been featured on the Travel Channel and its members recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records on multiple occasions. The organization is committed to providing technical excellence, stunning set design, Hollywood-quality make-up, costumes and actors. Members enjoy nothing more than delivering a good old-fashioned scare. For more information, visit AmericaHaunts.com.

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NETHERWORLD Monster of the Month: August 2012 – Cthulhu!

by on Aug.13, 2012, under Haunted Houses, NETHERWORLD Haunted House

“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History is abundant with tales of ancient gods and spiritual beings who span both centuries and worlds, lying in wait for the day they will resurface and reclaim the planet. Some are forces of good, others agents of pure evil, all striking a necessary balance in the supernatural order of things.

 

Perhaps the most notorious – and feared – is the ancient entity known as Cthulhu. First brought to public awareness in the 1928 H.P. Lovecraft short story “The Call of Cthulhu”, this malevolent creature was said to be trapped in a South Pacific underwater city called R’lyeh. Lovecraft described Cthulhu as “…an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature…. a pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings”. Some said to look upon him could cause insanity and a lack of reason. Legend told that he was an extraterrestrial that ruled the Earth from R’lyeh for eons, creating great cities and temples, introducing man to art and statuary from other worlds, derived from materials unknown to our planet. Shortly after the appearance of mortal man, R’lyeh sank into the ocean, and Cthulhu was trapped beneath the surface. Imprisoned, it was believed that this dark deity was the cause of great subconscious anxiety among mankind. He was worshipped by several religions throughout the earth, who awaited his return, chanting over and over of his unimaginable power as they waited for the stars to align to harken his resurrection from the deep.

 

The Cult of Cthulhu envisioned a day when the great creature would reclaim his ancient dominion over Earth, when chaos would prevail and notions of civilization would no longer be relevant. Man would return to his most primal, base instincts, and inhibition would be lost forever. They believed that the creative mind (the author, the artist – the insane) was most receptive to the power of Cthulhu. He could communicate with them telepathically, and it was this mental connection that kept his presence known to generations to come. Soon, the notion of Cthulhu had permeated the human mind and his existence infiltrated many aspects of our day-to-day life.

 

The mythos of Cthulhu spread its ancient roots, taking hold in film, literature, and practically every medium of popular culture. Artists answered the eerie call of the deep muse, paying tribute through painting and sculpture. Writers picked up where Lovecraft left off, documenting tale after tale of the Elder Thing’s ever-increasing power, and his influence over the legions of worshippers clamoring for his reawakening. The grim visage of otherworldly evil has been portrayed in everything from video games to stuffed toys, and even inspired the naming of Californian spider species ‘Pimoa cthulhu’ by Gustavo Hormiga in 1994. There can be no denying his omnipotence…

 

Certainly Cthulhu’s influence is felt throughout the subterranean chambers of NETHERWORLD Haunted House. No one can deny the constant wave of anxiety and dread that resonates among the human mortals who dare enter. Truly there is no heavier concentration of creative minds than inside America’s leading haunted attraction, possibly receiving subconscious communication from the deep one. His essence can be felt in the air as you wind your way through the stygian darkness – summoning you deeper and farther into the very heart of madness.

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