When it comes to a good scare, Haunted Attraction Magazine publisher John Kennedy looks for good theatrics, good special effects — and of course, blood and gore. He shares his personal favorites from the magazine’s 25 must-see picks (check out the full list at www.haunted
attraction.com), but make plans soon. Kennedy says the “haunt season” only lasts until early November.
1 House of Shock
“This is produced by some incredible guys who do the largest and most expensive pyrotechnics show of any haunted house in world,” says Kennedy of this spot in Louisiana.
319 Butterworth St.
2 Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion
“I went through it and really felt like I was seeing a theatrical performance,” says Kennedy. “Some haunted houses will just try to shock you, but Kevin’s had a very strong storyline and very strong actors.”
Bowdoin Park, 38 Sheafe Rd. Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
3 The ScareHouse
“It’s in an old Legion hall that’s actually haunted. They had ghost-hunters come out and sure enough, they found ‘stuff,’” Kennedy says of this spot. The ScareHouse is currently featuring a 13-foot robot, a giant pig, a terrifying bunny and a 3-D feature to help with the fear factor.
118 Locust St.
4 Dead Acres/Haunted Hoochie
“Of all of the haunted houses on this list, this one is the bloodiest. They do simulated suicide, torment and mutilation. It’s pretty gory and pretty intense,” says Kennedy about this attraction, which bills itself as “the darkest show on earth.”
13861 East Broad St.
5 Headless Horseman
“It’s a fantastic night out for the family. Not as gory or intense as the [other haunts], but it has beautiful scenery,” says Kennedy about this Hudson Valley attraction. “You get to go on a great hay wagon, and then [there are] five individual haunted houses as well, so you can make a full night of it.”
Ulster Park, N.Y.
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