Halloween is big business; an estimated $10 billion big in 2017


(StatePoint)That estimate of the commercial impact of Halloween in the U.S. comes from Hauntworld.com, the industry’s leading website. That’s a lot of candy, costumes, decorations and tickets to haunted attractions.
One of the largest growth areas in the Halloween trade is the explosion in number and quality of commercial haunted house attractions, haunted farms, corn mazes, hayrides and other spooky venues. More than $1 billion of the $10 billion spending on Halloween is attributed to ticket purchases at themed haunted sites.

“Visiting a haunted attraction is now the single most popular way to celebrate the holiday,” says Larry Kirchner, founder of Hauntworld.com, which directs consumers to find and review Halloween attractions around the globe. The site provides locations and information about all major haunts, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides.

Haunted attractions strive to make guests feel like they’re experiencing a real-life horror movie, some going so far as to use computer animation, giant monsters and even virtual reality to provide scares guests enjoy. Many haunts now feature new attractions, such as zombie paintball, zombie laser tag, corn mazes, haunted hayrides and escape rooms.

This season, families have many options. Haunted houses have become more realistic, but at the same time, more family-friendly to appeal to larger crowds. So, what is the best way for your family to experience the Halloween haunt craze? Those with teenagers should seek out the scariest haunted house near them. Families with younger children should head to local farms.

Professional Halloween attractions are now often based at family farms, which typically offer traditional pumpkin patches, corn mazes and hayrides to appeal to younger guests. However, many of these farms transform into spooky attractions by night, featuring actors portraying frightening characters, creepy lighting and elaborate décor to provide fear-based fun. You can find the best haunted attraction for your family by visiting Hauntworld.com or joining the Hauntworld Facebook page.

The webpage gives you the option to search for haunted houses by entering your current city, state and zipcode. You can expand the radius of your search to anywhere from 25 to 300 miles from home. Results incloude "trending haunts", most-viewed haunted houses and links to You Tube videos. Below that is a boatload of banner ads for the Hounted houses in your search area.

In addition to your basic haunted house, the website boasts that you can find everything from haunted hayrides, corn mazes, haunted prisons, hotels, and mansions to year-round haunts, amd even zombie paintball hayrides.

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