13 REASONS TO VISIT YOUR LOCAL HAUNTED HOUSE THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON

The Haunted House Association (hauntedhouseassociation.org), a collective of the most successful and renowned haunted houses and attractions in the country, has announced 13 reasons that haunted houses will scare even the bravest of family members this Halloween season.

  1. Screaming is good for you! — The surge of adrenaline in the terrifying but safe environment of a haunted house peps you up and really makes you feel alive.
  2. Horror movie madness — Modern haunted houses have special effects rivaling top Hollywood horror movies, only in this case, YOU are the star!
  3. Get transported into another world — Haunted houses are completely immersive worlds that let you journey through using all of your senses with each room hiding a new horror in the darkness just like your favorite survival horror video game.
  4. Create lasting memories — Visiting a haunted house with friends and family creates memories you will never forget. For years you will laugh at how loud Uncle Pete screamed when the chainsaw started!
  5. It’s affordable — Haunted houses are extremely cost effective entertainment choices compared to expensive theme parks and they are easily located all over the country.
  6. Help out the economy — Haunted houses contribute vastly to the economy, employing approximately 100,000 seasonal workers every October while pumping tons of money into the production of the event and boosting local businesses.
  7. Not just your neighborhood decorations — The level of detail and artistic skill in modern haunted houses is insane, with many serving as museums of horror.
  8. It’s safe — Haunted houses are very safe, requiring rigorous inspection by local authorities before they open and often staffed by off-duty policemen and firefighters to ensure that extra level of security.
  9. It’s fun for the whole family — Haunted houses are great places for kids and young adults alike. They are controlled, drug and alcohol free events that still have a massive cool factor.
  10. It’s philanthropic — Haunted houses help charities by collectively raising huge amounts of money and contributing free tickets to scores of worthy causes across the nation.
  11. Haunted houses help local businesses — Through sponsorships and local deals, haunted houses stimulate the economy for everyone and give a push to start off holiday shopping season.
  12. It sure beats costume parties — The details, costumes, music, actors and overall experience of haunted houses SCREAMS Halloween.
  13. Haunted houses just plain rock — Today’s modern haunted houses are technological marvels, featuring skilled actors in great costumes and intense makeup.

(Side Note from Justin: The HI-4H Haunted House behind J.S.West Lumber is AWESOME!)

HALLOWEEN TREAT-GIVING TO BE DOWN

Bad news for any kids expecting a big haul this Halloween. The National Retail Federation is out with its spending projections for the holiday, and they’re grim. Total spending for Halloween is expected to drop from $66.54 per family last year to $56.31 this year. The numbers include candy, costumes and decorations. The biggest drop in spending is expected to come at the candy counter, with 46.5% of consumers telling the NRF they’ll be buying fewer sweets. About 35% are going to use last year’s decorations. (At least they’re not using last year’s candy.) One bright spot: Despite the number of consumers buying less candy, only about 5% said they won’t be giving out any treats. So, kids, get out early this year.

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