Where to get haunted and spooked this Hal­loween sea­son

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(StatePoint) Hal­loween is a big busi­ness in­dus­try th­ese days, and the com­merce of the hol­i­day in the U.S. will ex­ceed $10 bil­lion this year. But what drives this grow­ing in­dus­try?

For the av­er­age fam­ily, Hal­loween over the years tra­di­tion­ally in­cluded noth­ing more than buy­ing candy and cos­tumes for lit­tle kids to go trick-or-treat­ing. But, over the last cou­ple of decades, the oc­ca­sion was trans­formed, and now adult cos­tumes, home decor, home haunt­ing and amuse­ment parks have joined the fright in­dus­try, too, with haunted houses spring­ing up on farms, down­town build­ings and even big box store spa­ces. To­day’s haunted houses have evolved into mul­ti­ple themed venues with shows, hayrides, corn mazes, haunts and even es­cape rooms.

When is the last time you vis­ited a haunted house? If it’s been a while, you should know that haunts to­day ap­peal to a wider au­di­ence than the gore heavy at­trac­tions you might re­mem­ber decades ago, with an in­fu­sion of Hol­ly­wood tal­ent at the helm.

So, with thou­sands of at­trac­tions na­tion­wide, and in some cases dozens near you, how do you se­lect the best one for you and your fam­ily?

“It’s al­ways best to go with the more es­tab­lished at­trac­tions, and lo­cal haunts are al­most al­ways go­ing to be more au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ences than vis­it­ing an amuse­ment park,” says Larry Kirch­ner, founder of Haunt­world.com, which of­fers a na­tion­wide direc­tory to find corn mazes, pump­kin patches, hayrides, es­cape rooms and haunted houses.

Kirch­ner adds, “How­ever, the clos­est at­trac­tions aren’t al­ways the best ones. Haunts, pump­kin patches and corn mazes are some­times in ru­ral ar­eas. So, don’t be afraid to jump in your car and travel a bit to find to the best haunt in your area.”

If you are look­ing for some­thing su­per spooky, th­ese at­trac­tions are rated the scari­est haunted houses in the U.S. ac­cord­ing to Haunt­world.com:

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