WSB lists 10 Top Haunts in the USA!

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk
The Travel Channel has released a list of the top 10 Halloween attractions this year. The list includes some of the nation’s scariest and most unique haunted houses, corn mazes and tours.

Travel’s panel of advisers say these are the best Halloween attractions of 2015:

13th Gate – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Hundred Acres Manor – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Netherworld – Atlanta, Georgia
Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Lab – Crestline, Ohio
Lord Chaz Ghost & Vampire Tours – New Orleans, Louisiana
Fear Factory – Salt Lake City, Utah
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park – San Diego, California
Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind The Walls – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Corn Maze at Oakes Farm – Knoxville, Tennessee
The Darkness – St. Louis, Missouri

NETHERWORLD Listed As One Of The Top Halloween Attractions!

Netherworld Haunted House was just rated #5 on the list of The Top 10 Halloween Attactions: Everything You Need to Know About This Year’s Popular Haunts!

Scare Level: 10
Location: Atlanta, GA
Open: September 25th – November 7th
Netherworld Haunted House, a multi-story, multi-attraction event in Atlanta, GA, is annually spotlighted by CNN, AOL, The Wall Street Journal, and Hauntworld Magazine. With movie-quality special effects, unique themes, and intricate sets, Netherworld has definitely earned its place as one of the country’s most visited haunted destinations. This year, their walk-through attraction entitled “Vault 13: Unearthed” is a hidden chamber full of clone creations that seek to take revenge on the human race. Make sure to check out this haunt if you’re anywhere in the Southeast this October!

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on 08 October 2014.
The cast of Netherworld Haunted House visited ninth grade students at Clarkston High School on Tuesday, October 7 to deliver an anti-bullying presentation called “Don’t Be A Monster.”

In partnership with Communities In Schools of Atlanta, the Don’t Be A Monster campaign is a program delivered in the month of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

The cast spoke about the effects of bullying, while encouraging the group of 700 students to take a stand and speak out against bullying.

The star of the presentation was Frank Shelly, a Frankenstein-inspired character, who played the role as a student being bullied in school. Students watched a video about Frank experiencing mental, physical and cyber bullying by various students at the school. Although Frank appeared to be a real monster; on the contrary, the students learned that the real “monsters” were the students bullying Frank in the video.

At the conclusion of the presentation, students, in unison, took a vow to “to stand up against bullying.” Moments later, a surprise guest, Frank, appeared in person to meet and greet the students.

Don’t Be A Monster presentations are energetic and inspiring. Attendees are challenged to evaluate their understanding of the community and how to be more inclusive of those around them. By teaching students concepts like diversity, expanding their social circles, being a leader, and evaluating how they treat themselves and their peers – bullying will start occurring less in schools. Additionally, students leave the presentation equipped with the tools they need to have an educated and empathetic discussion around bullying.





If you love the scary, the spooky, the unworldly and the downright terrifying, here are the top 10 haunted house vacations that could make your next holiday the best one ever. Whether you long for a big city adventure or a down home country escape, there are haunted houses on every corner of the earth and here are 10 of the best.


Netherworld Haunted House
► Scare Factor: 8
► Don’t Miss: There are two exhibits. Don’t skip the second, shorter exhibit; it has different themes every year and it is always terrifying.

The Netherworld Haunted House was put together by movie and television professions, and it features incredible special effects and terrifying, live actors. Every year, it has a new theme and new exhibits, and is famous for its originality, which makes it perfect for repeat visits to Atlanta.


10 Reasons We Love Fall in Georgia!

10 Reasons We Love Fall in Georgia!

Lauren Cleland : Explore Georgia

When you feel that first crisp breeze and watch the colors begin to change, you know that summer is gone and fall is in the air! Although we think every season in Georgia is just peachy, autumn has a particular beauty to it. Here are 10 reasons we love Georgia in the fall:

Fall foliage: Fall in Georgia always provides a kaleidoscope of colors. Whether you’re driving down the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in Northeast Georgia or hiking Cloudland Canyon, you’re sure to be amazed by the stunning display of red, gold and orange leaves. Insider tip: Early to mid-November are the best times to see fall foliage in Georgia.

Apple season: As the temperature cools down, apple season heats up! Fall is the perfect time to head north for a fun-filled day of apple picking. We suggest stopping by Hillcrest Orchards or the Red Apple Barn – both located in beautiful Ellijay.

Pumpkin patches: Why buy a pumpkin at the grocery store when you could enjoy a day of pumpkin pickin’ in Georgia? Pack your family in the car and hunt for the perfect pumpkin at any of these Georgia pumpkin patches.

Haunted houses: Georgia is home to some seriously scary haunted houses, including the No. 1 haunted house in the nation Netherworld. These walk-through attractions are filled with live actors, amazing special effects and incredible monsters that are sure to scare even the toughest of visitors! Check out our Get Spooked in Georgia Pinterest board for haunted attractions in your area.

Fall festivals: We’re a sucker for a festival – especially a fall festival! Where else can you watch the leaves fall, eat candied apples and shop for handmade Halloween decorations? Find a fall festival near you here.

Oktoberfest: Grab your lederhosen and your beer stein because Oktoberfest is coming! One of Georgia’s most popular annual events, Oktoberfest takes place in the recreated alpine village of Helen. Attendees can feast on schnitzel, tour the town and even listen to live yodeling! Click here for more information on Oktoberfest.

Corn mazes: Exercise your brain and your body when you visit one of Georgia’s many corn mazes. Each maze has its own unique design, including a “Duck Dynasty”-themed corn maze at Corn Dawgs in Loganville. Visit our Corn Mazes in Georgia Pinterest board to find a corn maze near you.

Football Season: Football is a big deal in the South. When fall begins, football fans don their jerseys, pack their cars with tailgate supplies and road trip to cheer on their favorite teams. Follow our Fall Means Football Pinterest board for ideas on where to stay on gameday, special events, tailgate recipes and more.

Georgia State Parks: Head to Georgia’s State Parks this fall for outdoor adventure! Whether you’re interested in kayaking, caving, geocaching or camping, Georgia’s State Parks have got you covered.

Cooler temperatures: Fall provides a much-needed respite after Georgia’s sweltering hot summer. It’s not too hot, not too cold and just right for front porch sitting.

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Hauntworlds Best Actors 2013 NETHERWORLD #1!

Best Actors 2013

Which haunted houses in operation today have the best and scariest crew of actors, monsters, zombies and creatures that make you SCREAM? Hauntworld unveils the best places to find the scariest actors in America, so be warned if you dare enter these attractions and prepare to see the most realistic make up, monsters, acting and scream machines on EARTH! What makes a haunted house great is their staff. It’s the actors who make unbelievable believable. The actors are the ones who make their victims’ skin crawl. They can make you run for your life, begging for mercy. They are the ones who make a haunted house the legend they have become! Some actors are so extreme and over-the-top, they have the ability to instill such fear that results are blood curdling screams, panic attacks, and even wetting of the pants! If you are brave enough, we dare you to entertain the idea of attending every haunted house on this list. But if you do, prepare to donate your soul at the door, because these actors will certainly rip it from your body! The scariest haunted houses with the scariest actors in America…here is our list:

1. Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, GA – Netherworld has the wildest actors in the industry with an over-the-top make up department, custom icon characters, sliders, actors running the parking lot, and 100’s more actors inside all to make you scream! Netherworld has the best actors in America.

2. House of Torment Haunted House in Austin, TX – House of Torment takes pride in their actor group with their own band of icon characters, custom costumes and crazy actors making some people so scared they never attend a haunted house again.

3. The 13th Gate/Necropolis in Baton Rouge, LA – 13th Gate features some of the best makeup artists in America, plus icon characters, custom molded masks, and theatrical costumes. What makes them most unique is all the different style actors, because they have to fill 13 different themes within the attraction.

4. Thrillvania Haunted House Park in Dallas, TX – Thrillvania has some of the oldest actor troops in America serving Verdun Manor for over 20 years. The same faithful groups of actors return each year to haunt the fears of Dallas Texas.

5. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, NY – Located outside New York City, Headless Horseman features the best costumes in America with their own year round costume department of make up FX artists who create unique costumes for the attraction year after year. Their best and most notorious haunt actor is of course the headless horseman who rides up and down the hayride haunting the town of Sleepy Hollow.

6. The Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO – The Asylum in Denver also features some of the best custom costumes with horror monsters and icon characters. The Asylum has built its reputation on stopping at nothing towards making their guests have nightmares!

7. Erebus 4 Story Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, MI – Erebus has a limitless haunt where the actors and animations are allowed to touch their customers for the ultimate “hands on” approach to scaring, and this takes unique training on the part of the actor management staff. Their victims LOVE this extreme approach to haunting!

8. The Darkness Haunted House in St Louis, MO – The Darkness is celebrating its 20th Year of Fear and some actors, like Scary Gary, have been there haunting all 20 years long! In order for any haunted house to be successful for 20 years, their actors play a huge role. The haunt now features year around actor training that includes hands on costuming training too. The Darkness staff believes awesome costumes lend great assistance toward achieving the ultimate screams out of its victims.

9. 13th Floor Haunted Houses – These attractions are located in three different cities including Denver Colorado, San Antonio Texas and Phoenix Arizona. The actors are very well trained year round, and in each city, they bring a fear factor unlike anything the cities have seen before. With the best actors and actor trainers in America, these haunt promoters are dead set on making their haunts ROCK!

10. The Haunt House in Dallas, TX – The Haunt House is a haunted house created by a group of extremely excellent actors of another local haunted house. In other words, these owners are living their dream of owning their own haunt and making people scream. Operated by actors…so you KNOW you’ll get a good scare at The Haunt House!

Haunted House Industry’s Historic Top 13 NETHERWORLD #1

Haunted House Industry’s Historic Top 13

This list offers the most influential haunted houses in the history of our industry. These haunts have made an impact for one reason or another and some even make the list despite the fact they are no longer existing businesses. However, their impact is still felt to this day. There are many great haunted attractions in our industry’s history, but none have made a bigger impact than these next 13 haunted attractions. Keep in mind, these may not be the best currently operating haunted houses, but they are the haunted houses that made the biggest all-time impact on the haunted house industry in dated history. Haunt owners have left full time jobs in droves to make owning and operating a haunted house their life! With that being said, many haunt owners like touring haunts in the off season and many haunts open for special events. These haunts have helped inspire, teach and develop the industry and have expanded the limits of what is possible in haunted houses today.

1. Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta, GA – Netherworld has set nearly every record in this industry for attendance and national publicity and is one of the best haunted houses in America. Netherworld has been visited by haunted house owners across the World just to get a glimpse at their unique show which features tons of actors both inside and out and even roaming the parking lot to get those overall scares. Netherworld helped show the haunt industry that haunted house actors can be iconic horror characters, and costuming should go beyond simple face paint & rubber masks. With the most amazing collection of special FX artists, icon characters and more, you simply must get the opportunity to attend Netheworld. It won’t disappoint, but even more importantly, the haunt industry has learned so much from this attraction over the years.

2. The Darkness Haunted House in St Louis, MO – The Darkness is so important to the haunted house industry, because it hosts annual industry tours in March. This amazing haunted house has been featured on national television more than any other haunted house in history. It is also the scene for over 25 how to haunt instructional DVD’s. Additionally, The Darkness was a first in many things: first to use CGI effects, the first to build multi motion sets, the first to use Chromodepth 3D technology, and much more. The technological team behind The Darkness builds the most creative multi motion animations, and their talents are showcased in the incredibly detailed sets. The main reason why this haunt has been so important is because it has the opportunity each year to show the haunt industry how far you can actually take a haunted house. The producers of this haunted house have been great ambassadors for the haunted house industry over the years and always put the industry in a positive light. The Darkness is celebrating its 20th Year of Fear this haunt season!

3. The 13th Gate & 13 Necropolis in Baton Rouge, LA – This is a newer haunted house than some on this list and with perhaps not as large of an impact as say Spookyworld or Rocky Point, but with bonus points for still being open as an active haunt, that reason alone throws them up in order to #3 on the list! This haunt has set the new bar for the new generations of haunters on set design & special FX, and for defining what over-the-top truly means to a haunted attraction. There is no haunt in America as detailed or over the top as 13th Gate.

4. Thrillvania Verdun Manor in Dallas, TX – This attraction was originally created by Lance Pope who unfortunately died several years ago, but his legendary attraction and influence in the haunt industry lives on. Now under the control of another one of America’s greatest haunts, Cutting Edge Haunted House, the attraction continues to terrorize it’s victims! It was one of the first haunted houses to combine incredible sets, amazing make-up artistry, detailed costumes and pyro FX. Haunted House owners knew, loved and visited Lance’s haunted house every year from all across America. Fortunately, the attraction lives on better than ever!

5. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, NY – Is one of the most influential attractions in the haunted house industry, because they were really the first event to build a haunted hayride with spectacular sets, costumes, and special FX within a hayride. Prior to Headless Horseman, most hayrides where nothing more than jaunts through the woods with the occasional actor jumping out, but Headless Horseman changed the way the industry builds and designs hayrides.

6. Rocky Point Haunted House of Utah: Rocky Point HH located in Salt Lake City, UT closed many years ago. However, the impact of this haunt is still being felt today. Owner Cydney Neil was one of the first charity haunts who broke nearly every record for attendance, sponsorship, award winning set design, and national recognition for her haunt. Cydney worked with Hollywood special FX designers to bring guests one of the best haunts that ever haunted!

7. Terror on Church Street of downtown Orlando, FL: This attraction is no longer in operation. However, the impact was profound on the haunt industry due to their incredible detailed costumes, make-up and well-trained actors. This haunt operated year-round, not seasonally, and was actually the first real attempt to operate a major haunted attraction year round, proving it can be done! Today, there are a hundred or more year round haunted attractions. Terror On Church Street had it all… a great location in Orlando, an incredible haunted house, terrifying actors, and a gift store that inspired haunters. Back in the day, nearly every haunted house in America was started ONLY AFTER an educational visit to Terror on Church Street.

8. Spookyworld: The original Spookywood, now closed, was the first MASSIVE screampark ever created with multiple attractions in one location for one price. Spookyworld also was the first to make national news, bring in horror celebs to sign autographs, and view the haunt industry as more than Halloween, more than just making people scream. It was billed as America’s Horror Theme Park. Haunt attraction owners in the New England area purchased the name and have fortunately reinvented it in conjunction with their event Nightmare New England for all to enjoy once again! Spookyworld, previously owned and operated by David Bertolino, was the first true industry wide inspiration for all haunted house owners.

9. Haunted Schoolhouse and Lab in Akron, Ohio – Haunted Schoolhouse started in Ohio in 1974 back when there was nothing but Jaycee haunt attractions, and it was the first to ever attempt a high level of detail for their haunt sets and scenes. The legend of the Haunted Schoolhouse spread across the industry long before there was ever internet. America wide, haunters would visit this attraction, and all were left inspired by the Schoolhouse.

10. Haunted Overload at Demeritt Farm in Lee, NH – This attraction started as a home haunt that outgrew the neighborhood and had no choice but to look for a bigger location. Today Haunted Overload is one of the industry’s most marveled attractions with all custom built props, some of which reach 50 feet or more in height. Haunted Overload might be the most incredible outdoor haunt in America, and it especially lends inspiration to all home haunters with dream.

11. The Edge of Hell and Beast Haunted Attractions in Kansas City, MO – These haunts created urban legends of multi storied haunts with live animals of lions and more, but at this particular haunt, it’s all true! Their haunted houses have been around for over 30 years and feature 5 stories of fear with slides that descend patrons all the way back down to the first floor. The Edge of Hell was the haunt industry’s first true mega haunted house, and it inspired hundreds of haunts today.

12. Haunted Happenings of Hartford, CT: Haunted Happenings, once located in Hartford Connecticut, is now closed. It was owned by millionaire, Arnold Chase, who bought anything and everything a designer could dream up. Haunted Happenings had more animated FX and inspired more haunts to animate their Halloween attractions than any haunted house in history. When the attraction closed, it hosted the biggest haunted auction the industry had ever seen at that time.

13. Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion in Poughkeepsie, NY – Kevin McCurdy’s haunted mansion is very important in the history of the haunt industry, because Kevin was one of the first to make how-to instructional DVD’s for haunt owners. These videos were created while he renovated the Haunted Mansion in action, and they gave many haunters great ideas on detailing a haunt before it was even popular to do so!

Halloween Extreme!

Do you love Halloween?

Well, prepare to be amazed, as TransWorld‘s HALLOWEEN EXTREME hits Orlando, May 24-26, 2013!

A Halloween, horror and haunted house extravaganza like nothing you’ve seen before, HALLOWEEN EXTREME grants unprecedented public access to movie- and theme park-quality props and effects, available for the first time at the consumer level. Home haunters and Halloween enthusiasts will now have the opportunity to obtain the very same items used by professional attractions and events the world over, allowing anyone and everyone to create a truly professional haunt experience. Co-produced by the twisted creative minds behind Netherworld Haunted House, this insanely unique event delivers three full days of EVERYTHING Halloween fanatics, haunters, and horror lovers could desire.

Open to the general public as well as industry professionals, HALLOWEEN EXTREME offers cash-and-carry and wholesale items for purchase, including animatronics, make up, costumes, masks and decor

In addition to exclusive access to high-quality props and effects, HALLOWEEN EXTREME also presents seminars, panel discussions, and demos. Everything is designed to assist haunters and hobbyists in designing and executing top-notch exhibits and events. There will even be a Zombie Prom, produced by the talented folks behind the Chicago Zombie Prom, where attendees can mix, mingle and brainstorm. Never has there been an event like this – pulling back the curtain to reveal and make available the magic behind Halloween- and horror-themed attractions. This is an exciting occasion for any and all who attend, from seasoned attraction designers to aspiring home haunt crafters!

To enhance the experience, HALLOWEEN EXTREME is co-located with Spooky Empire’s MAY-HEM, a mind-blowing mix of celebrity appearances, memorabilia and collectibles vendors, live entertainment, films, autograph signings, artists, Q&A panels and more from the world of horror entertainment. Much more than a simple fan event, MAY-HEM is an incredible mid-season outlet for the eerily-inclined. Simply stated, it is the perfect celebration for fans who can’t wait for October to deliver a healthy dose of fear. Prepare for a Zombie walk down International Drive, or take a seat in a charity poker tournament.

Enjoy all-night pool parties, a tattoo festival, author autographs and a creepy car show. There will even be cash prizes!

With the combined offerings of HALLOWEEN EXTREME and MAY-HEM, there has never been a more concentrated convergence of so many aspects of the Halloween and horror genre, with virtually every facet represented. This is the ultimate opportunity to immerse yourself in an all-encompassing weekend of form AND function, for fans of the frightful and fright-filled.

A fantastic rarity, HALLOWEEN EXTREME delivers a Halloween and haunted house trade show to an audience that has previously been unable to participate – you, the general public. Amateur Halloween aficionados will rub elbows with major haunted attraction owners as both shop for the very same props used in today’s top-rated haunts and events. At long last, EVERYONE has the tools at their fingertips to present the most memorable Halloween ever, and enthusiasts of all ages are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity!!!

11Alive at NETHERWORLD !

NORCROSS, Ga. — Chesley put on a brave face Friday morning to give 11Alive viewers an inside look at Netherworld.

“I don’t do scary well,” he said.

Even with the lights on, the popular haunted house still proved scary. Experts consider it one of the best in the country.

Netherworld is located in the Georgia Antique and Design Center off Jimmy Carter Boulevard, near Interstate 85 in Norcross. It’s open nightly through November 3. Tickets start at $22.