Well, this was an article I’d submitted at Wikinews.org but it didn’t make the cut, so I thought I’d throw it up here (slightly modified, considering the venue-shift) instead:
Haunted attractions all across Texas are opening this month, promising scares and frights for attendees. ”’13th Floor”’ haunted house in San Antonio, Texas opened last week and is the first attraction of its kind to open this season in the city. ”’Zombie Manor”’, a long running attraction near Dallas, also opened last week. Billing itself as a haunted house “park”, ”’Thrillvania”’ features 4 separate haunted houses located near the city of Terrell. With names like ‘Sam Hain’s Trail of Torment’ and the totally dark ‘Thorn Hall’, this park opens on Friday.
”’The House of Torment”’, another multi-haunt attraction opened last week in Austin, offering up 3 separate attractions.
I visited Terror Nights haunt in Tyler recently. About a dozen people were gathered there for new employee orientation. The haunt’s general manager, Ryan Laepple, told new actors to be aware of their surroundings when working the attraction. He also cautioned them, saying, “Don’t get involved with boisterous guests.” He went on to say the haunt usually has 200-300 people who can’t get through the attraction without leaving via one of the “Chicken doors” located throughout the attraction. Offering two haunts, namely ‘The Toy Factory’ and the newly designed ‘Chiseltooth Manor’, Laepple told employees his haunt offers the, “…most intense experience you’ll find this Halloween in East Texas.” He noted that in recent years, the haunt saw as many as 1800 people go through the haunt in one evening. Laepple said he and staff spent five months building Chiseltooth Manor, a set beaming with apparent influence from the film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.