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Haunted houses are stepping up their game

Haunted houses are stepping up their game

(Cleveland) - Do your kids love haunted houses? If so, they are not alone. Operators and owners say these frightening attractions are packing people in.

Today, Tuesday, and Wednesday on Newsradio WTAM 1100’s morning news Ken Robinson explores this phenomenon in a series called “Scary Business: The Haunted House Boom.”

It's one of the biggest haunted attractions in the area....The Fear Experience is a giant complex on Brookpark Road in Parma.

Actually it's three haunted houses in one, and operator Nick Francis says it takes about 60 actors to keep the chills and thrills coming.

Nick Francis

Francis promises that The Fear Experience lives up to its name...immersing visitors into a realm of over-the-top intensity.

Art director Richard Thomas says haunted houses are no longer staffed by amateurs wearing hokey costumes. He hires a professional crew and makes sure the sets are as realistic as they can be.

Richard Thomas

Thomas believes that's one reason why the haunted house industry is booming.

Cedar Point's HalloWeekends is a very popular fall destination. Spokesman Bryan Edwards credits increased interest in haunted houses, and the fact that aside from high school football, there isn't a lot for families to do this time of year.

Edwards says it's a convenient time to strengthen family ties between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, with an affordable getaway to Sandusky.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point combines roller coast excitement with six terrifying scare zones

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