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Ohio Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Factory Of Terror is located in Canton, Ohio. Factory Of Terror is one of the best and scariest haunted houses in Ohio. Read the full review and story of the Factory Of Terror in Canton. Please share this page and leave your reviews of one of Ohio's best and scariest haunted house. When you find yourself in the Canton area go to Factory Of Terror. This attraction is also rated the longest haunted house in the World. Read our full review here.
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The Factory of Terror, located in Canton, Ohio, is the LARGEST INDOOR HAUNTED HOUSE IN THE WORLD. The Factory has been recognized by Guinness World Records three times for this achievement. There are plenty of haunted houses in Ohio, but none MANUFACTURE NIGHTMARES as startling and as intense as the Factory of Terror! Factory of Terror's reputation for industrial thrills and chills draws massive crowds from the tristate area every year.
This enormous haunt is more than a mile long and consists of five unique spine-chilling attractions; The Asylum, Industrial Nightmare, Labyrinth of Darkness, Massacre on Mahoning, and The House of Nightmares. All five attractions (or scare zones) operate linearly and are re-queued along the way to maintain spacing between groups. Every haunt’s queue line is indoors and out of the weather, a big plus when dealing with NE Ohio’s unpredictable weather. To take advantage of every minute, talented actors and performers are scattered throughout the queue lines to entertain patrons as they anxiously await to enter each attraction.
Halfway through the heart-pounding tour, patrons can take a breather and enjoy concessions with their friends at the “Monster Midway”. Here, guests can also have some fun with the plethora of photo ops. Over the years, this once quick pass-through area has emerged into a fun filled gathering place full of activities. It also allows timid patrons time to calm down, regroup, and gather their courage to continue on.
Not only do these five attractions have some of the most HIGHLY DETAILED AND ELABORATE SETS in the haunt industry, they are paired with an incredibly talented team of scare-actors and specialty performers. The Factory of Terror employs over 130 actors and staff, in addition to more than 500 of the industry's scariest monsters and high tech animatronics. The Factory of Terror has committed itself to keeping up with current product developments in the industry as well as the trends of the culture, both of which are reflected in the guests' experience.
Your journey begins in the Asylum, filled with the crazy and the corky. Deep in the heart of the Asylum you will experience the best mirror maze in the country.This perfectly engineered reflective and disorienting mindgame completely absorbs your sense of direction, making you question whether “seeing is really believing”. Many customers revisit this attraction to “figure out the secrets”, only to be victimized again by their own delusions of control.
Industrial Nightmare showcases and brings to life dangerous details from the original factory, while taking you to a time in history that cared very little about safety and security. It is Industrial Nightmare that truly reflects the industrialism and terror that makes this haunt so unique.
LABYRINTH OF DARKNESS
Labyrinth of Darkness is just as it sounds. Full of dark ghouls of horror, you’ll find yourself lost and confused yet again as you’re thrown into these dismal corridors of the dead. Be warned, these blood thirsting creatures aren’t the only things you have to worry about…
MASSACRE ON MAHONING
Why is there a mansion in middle of a factory? As the story goes, the aluminum foundry was unable to turn a profit. Convinced that the workers were to blame for his losses, the owner, Mr. Winters, decided to build a house in the middle of the production line. His constant presence was remarkably effective until his mind became fragile due to the dark, desolate environment. Using the factory’s own tools and equipment, Mr. Winters went on a random killing spree before adding his personal cemetery inside the walls of his factory mansion.
HOUSE OF NIGHTMARES
The House of Nightmares, a literal nightmare, is a highly detailed haunt containing a mixture of animations, blood, guts, and gore…promising to leave you with many disturbing memories. If and when you get out, it won't be with your senses in tact.
The Factory of Terror originated within the walls of the old Hercules Engine Factory on Market Avenue in downtown Canton, Ohio. The factory opened in 2000; however, being located in the middle of the city offered multiple challenges. Therefore, in 2008, after running out of space and facing parking issues, owner John R. Eslich decided to pack up and move the entire attraction.
The current facility, also located in Canton, Ohio was a former aluminum foundry, which once manufactured intake and exhaust manifolds (engine parts) for the automobile industry. Some of the parts produced at this facility are now showcased in various sections within the attractions.
The entire factory is situated on 7.5 acres of land. It consists of 150,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, as well as 10,000 square feet of additional office space. Of that enormous space, the Factory of Terror attractions consume approximately 115,000 square feet. The former factory employee entrance and guardhouse has been converted into the attraction’s ticket booth. The automotive offices and sales showrooms were transformed into makeup and costume studios, corporate offices, actor lounge, VIP greenroom, control center, surveillance rooms, and even escape rooms. (Escape Canton is their newest project which features 6 escape rooms that are open year-round!)
We caught up with John R. Eslich, owner and president of Factory of Terror, to reflect on what it takes to operate the massive production.
"We have poured so much blood, sweat, and tears into what the Factory of Terror has become today. The most gratifying part of owning a Haunted Attraction is seeing customers create unforgettable memories with their friends. I'm very proud of our entire crew, from actors to ticketing staff, to designers…for working together and creating such an amazing production. It truly is a reflection of a strong team of many talented individuals."
How much staff does it take to operate the World’s Longest Haunted House?
"Each night, it takes approximately 130 people to operate the World’s Longest Haunted House. This includes fire and police support as well as supervisors, actors, make-up artists, box office employees, custodial, and support staff. Most of our employees are seasonal but we maintain 6-10 full time staff year-round. Contrary to popular belief, the work never stops."
How do you prepare such a large group of actors each night?
"The key to having all of our actors in full character and ready to scare in a short amount of time is good planning and great execution. Actors start arriving at the factory for makeup and costuming around 4:00pm, roughly three hours before the show starts. By 6:00pm most of the staff is on-site and getting ready for the night. A team member checks them in and distributes their costumes. We do not use masks; therefore, all actors must report to the makeup department. Then, one of 8-10 special FX artists begin applying makeup and prosthetics to transform ordinary people into extraordinary characters. Our team works together to produce the most horrifying and realistic characters in order to give our guests the best possible experience."
How important is branding and marketing to your success?
"Branding is very important to us and a strong marketing campaign is critical in delivering the details of our product to the consumer. Each year we create original videos and promotional photos by using a mix of in-house, local, and well-known photographers and videographers. Months of preparation are necessary before releasing our marketing content.
Alyssa Schipani, owner of DesignByAly.com shot all the photos in this article and recently wrapped up another professional photo shoot for our 2016 season. These images, combined with our original logos, create brand awareness. The pre-season marketing efforts ultimately sets the mood, long before guests ever purchase a ticket. It's critical to us that we stay ahead of the game on marketing in our industry. Not only are we creating our own unique brand, we offer various ways for patrons to connect with us. They can save money on tickets by utilizing social media, mailing lists, text blasts, and radio contests. You can even find us in the local Canton visitor travel guides. Guests can sign up on our website FOTohio.com to receive special offers via text and email."
Since there is so much space, do you offer any other events or off-season events?
"Five years ago, we made a commitment to open on every Friday the 13th –no matter what month it occurred. Some months were very difficult, like winter months with six inches of snow and 10 degree temperatures. We were the first haunted house in Ohio to attempt these “out of season events”. Today, other haunts in Ohio are starting to follow this tradition and open their doors in the off-season. If you are considering it, be advised that it is definitely more difficult than regular season operations, so do your homework."
Interesting Off-Season Facts:
*In 2013 and again in 2015, The Factory of Terror opened and closed the season on a Friday the 13th.
*Our newest tradition is opening for St. Patrick’s Day. Who doesn’t like St. Patrick’s Day? Who doesn’t like haunting? The Factory’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration with be on March 12 of this year which will be our 2nd time hosting the event.
*In September 2015, we established Escape Canton, which features six high tech escape rooms. These rooms are fully interactive and incorporate physical games. Essentially, a group of willing participants are locked in a themed room with the ultimate goal/challenge of escaping and completing the mission. The group must work together and use elements around them to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape the room within a certain time limit. Our escape rooms are tons fun and provide excellent team building activities with riddles and mental challenges along the way! We have had a lot of local corporations and businesses rent out the rooms for meetings, seminars, and team building events.
*Four of our escape rooms are located inside the factory and open year-round. The other two are mobile units than can be transported to any location including local fairs and events. You can find out more about our escape rooms at EscapeCanton.com.
What was one of the best things you have done in the haunt business?
What do you think was your biggest mistake when getting into the haunt business?
I think one of my biggest mistakes when starting out was not networking with other haunters and attending trade shows. After I attended the HAuNTcon show in 2007, I think I have only missed 2 out of next 36 when counting HAuNTcon, MHC, TransWorld, and IAAPA. I have been to every Legendary Haunt Tour and look forward to continuing to attend all these tradeshows. I have found that the networking and friendships acquired at these shows is invaluable.
This year, The Factory of Terror will be the host location for the 1st Annual Haunters Weekend. This is an educational and interactive event developed by Dan Hower, Alyssa Schipani, and myself. I'm really excited about it. Haunters Weekend will be the first educational event to take place inside a PROFESSIONAL HAUNTED ATTRACTION where you will build ACTUAL SETS! –That’s right, everything will take place inside the haunted attraction. The primary focus of Haunters Weekend is hands-on workshops and demonstrations, but it will also offer networking, social activities, and even inspirational tours. Even better, attendees will learn techniques and trade secrets directly from elite vendors and designers in the haunt industry. Haunters Weekend was created to give haunters the opportunity to "learn by doing" and to be able to obtain skills that aren't always possible in a conference room environment.
Haunters are going to have a blast working with power tools, pneumatics, pyrotechnics, paint sprayers, stilts, sound systems, prop controllers and more. For example, when you register for a lighting design class, you will walk in a real set with no lights and by the end of the class, attendees will have learned what lights to use, what controllers to use, and most importantly, how to install all of these things hands-on. When the class is complete, the set will be fully lit. That is how each class is designed. Of course, there will also be a lights-on tour of Factory of Terror exclusively for registered attendees. The three day event will start on Friday, May 13th and continue on May 14, and 15, 2016. There are limited spots available for select classes. For more information or to register, go to HauntersWeekend.com.
The best thing was to join the Haunted Attraction Association (HAA). The Haunted Attraction Association is the only official Association for the haunt industry. HAA represents professional haunted attraction owners, operators, designers, vendors, enthusiasts, and artists. More importantly, it's a portal for exchanging ideas, information, and experiences via conferences, networking events, message boards, newsletters, and more. HAA is a program that I can really give back to and help make the industry better as a whole.
The HAA is operated by a Board of Directors. Every member of the Board has years of experience and is considered an expert in the haunt industry, for one reason or another. HAA members are encouraged to reach out to any Board member for advice or consultation at any time. I was elected to The Board of Directors in 2012 and held the office of Treasurer. For the past two years, I have held the office of President.
HAA’s mission is to promote, protect, and educate. The HAA strives to inform the haunt industry through an amazing education program called C.H.A.O.S. C.H.A.O.S. is offered each year at the TransWorld Halloween and Attractions show. Here, haunt owners and operators learn the necessary steps and procedures of operating a safe attraction. After completing the safety course, they receive a certificate that can be used to show their fire marshal, insurance carrier, and local authority demonstrating their commitment and desire to run a safe haunted attraction.
The best advice I can give is to get involved, ask questions, and share information. Chances are, it will make you smarter, help you operate a safer and more efficient attraction, and establish lifelong friendships.
Ohio Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America! Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America! Spooky Ranch is located in Cleveland, Ohio and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America! Prepare to scream! This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Ohio, Spooky Ranch. Spooky Ranch features multiple haunted Halloween attractions including haunted houses, haunted hayrides, and attractions. Cleveland Ohio has some of the best and biggest haunted attractions in America but Spooky Ranch is one that truely can make you scream! Below you will read our review of Spooky Ranch In Cleveland.
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WOW! Sensational! Over the top! A knock out! A winner! A triumph! Incredible! Amazing! Astonishing! Exceptional! Heart stopping! Bind blowing! Remarkable!
Where do we even begin! This is one of the countrys BEST haunts.
Many years ago Cleveland, Ohio had the unfortunate stereotype given to it by a misguided, uninformed, non-talented comedian as the mistake on the lake. Today, Cleveland is a vibrant entertainment and health-conscious mecca. Inside this wonderful entertainment district are theatres showcasing Broadway productions, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Clinic Hospitals, the beautiful metro-parks, Lake Erie for boating, the Cleveland Cavs, the Cleveland Indians and of course the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is a great place for seasonal entertainment due to the change of seasons each with different weather patterns. People in this neck of the woods think in terms of what they do for fun and enjoyment in relation to what season it is, such as snuggling together in front of the fireplace & drinking hot chocolate in the Winter, dreaming of the winter thaw and fresh flowers at the Home and Garden Show in early Spring, planning a trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park in the Summer to try out the newest roller coaster and checking out the beautiful Fall colors of orange and bronze, pumpkin carving, trick or treating and of course, haunted houses, in Autumn.
Cleveland is quite competitive in the haunted house and haunted attraction industry with several new haunts popping up each year while several other haunts close every other year. Only the good ones last, and one of the best is SPOOKY RANCH also known as the Rockin-R-Ranch.
Derek Vitas and his brothers Jimmy and Damian were mere teenagers back in 1990, twenty-five years ago when the Rockin-R-Ranch, now known as Spooky Ranch began. The Vitas brothers did not sit down one day and start planning a haunted house attraction. The idea evolved when their mother almost lost the farm where they lived. Its uncanny how your survival mode kicks in when necessity of survival becomes a reality, agrees the family. The oldest son, Jimmy recalls how he used to make haunted houses in his basement and had his school friends come over to scare. I remember thinkingIf the farm down the road can do hayrides, why dont we? But to differentiate us, I wanted to make ours a haunted hayride. We didnt have much money, but we had a couple of credit cards, an old tractor, a hay wagon and some hay. We had some talent, drive and a hard work ethic. They started making homemade props, and the rest is haunting history. The saga of Spooky Ranch at the ole RockinR-Ranch began with the introduction of the now famous Haunted Hayride, but originally it was called Spooktacular Nights at RockinR-Ranch. Time progressed, other haunted houses were added to the venue, and eventually the name changed from Spooktacular Nights to Spooky Ranch.
Most every haunt owner will attest that their haunt is the scariest, the best, the most frightening, the biggest, the most well-known, has the best actors, the most monsters, most gruesome zombies, most wicked creatures, most crazed clowns or whatever else they can dream up to say. Through the last 25 years, Spooky Ranch has provided all that and more which is why their customers (victims) keep coming back for more!
What sets Spooky Ranch apart from everyone else to be ranked so high in the haunted house community? To be awarded an 11 out of 10 rating by the Haunted House Enthusiasts is quite an honor. Theyve been rating haunts for over fourteen years. Their average attendance is forty to fifty haunts per season. So why did they rank Spooky Ranch their rare 11 out of 10 rating when only 5 other haunts prior had been bestowed such honor? Obviously, the simple math of that speaks volumes. Where Spooky Ranch goes above and beyond is the quadruple threat of acting, prop use, proper animatronic use and timing. Spooky Ranch hits on all cylinders. Some might say that every haunted house utilizes these 4 facets, but to say that all haunts use them correctly would be false. The Spooky Ranch team is expert! Here is an example: You walk into a room and are greeted by a monstrous actor. He introduces himself as your master of ceremonies for the evening. As he gives his outrageous spiel, you fail to realize he has moved closer to you. Just as you notice the prop in his hand, the floor starts to drop & vibrate and a deep, penetrating laugh that emanates seems to shake the whole room. Without giving away the whole gag, I believe you get the idea. Not realizing that he changes his proximity to you as well as producing a scream rendering prop, gives you an idea of how Spooky Ranch interweaves the ultimate quadruple threat. Now, combine those scare tactics with the great sets and exterior designs, and thats why Spooky Ranch deserves all the accolades.
What makes Spooky Ranch so special?
Our haunt is managed properly, professional and unique, but even more importantly is the family aspect. Ive learned The family that scares together, stays together. Who knew? says Darlene with a smile, mother and CFO of this family operated business.
What could credit the success & longevity of this haunt?
Spooky Ranch has done such a good job at pleasing so many age groups at the same time. Even while being a hard core haunt, Spooky Ranch is also a major draw for families. Its not easy to please so many age groups, but kudos to them for being the rare haunt that truly caters to all generations.
Weighing in on this is son, Derek Vitas, who is perhaps the creative genius behind the success of Spooky Ranch. Spooky Ranch appeals to the masses not just teens, says Derek. We truly are the theme park of haunted houses, and our actors have speaking roles. Instead of giving the typical boos and rahs found at other haunts, we give you a professional, theatrical production. People of all ages attend our incredible haunt. How we do that?...We have different levels of fright and fear. We have kids that will come with their parents to ride our now famous Haunted Hayride. This is a ride of terror and suspense at every turn. We have Hollywood quality sets and scenes in the Forest of Fear including massive thirty-foot-tall, gigantic props, monsters and many surprises. The Haunted Barn is a theatrical production with all the glitz, screams, thrills etc. of a ride at Universal Studios. In fact, when the doors open to exit, our patrons are clapping their approval Thats when you know youre doing something right! Plus, this is the only place in the Cleveland area to ride a haunted hayride. Spooky Ranch has it!
I couldnt agree more with Derek. The ambiance is so electrifying as you drive up and immediately see the gigantic, lighted skull atop the barn. Nothing beats their Haunted Hayride. Its the flagship of the production. After all, whats better than a ride underneath the starry Autumn skies with the Halloween moon shining down as you timidly enter the Forest of Fear with creepy monsters, ghouls, zombies and ghosts lurking behind each tree and prop along the way.
The second level of fear might be the Wicked Clowns in 3D or the new Blood Slingers Saloon with a western theme, says Derek, and the extreme level of fear & fright would be our new Bloody Marys Revenge haunted house.
Spooky Ranch is the only haunt in the U.S. to have the copyright to use the Bloody Mary name. Previously, Universal Studios Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida used it. Children are not permitted in this house, tells Derek, not for vulgarity, but its just THAT frightening. Spooky Ranchs top actor, Gus Maurer, is the lead actor who sets the stage in this house. He is well renowned in the industry, and for GOOD reason, explains Derek. I happen to know Gus, and I certainly agree with Derek.
Other SPOOKY RANCH projects:
Hauntville in Elyria, Ohio is another extreme, rare, totally out of the box, over the top, scary haunted attraction produced and operated by Derek Vitas, the familys guru of haunted attractions. Derek designed and began this amazing haunt in 2010. He and his scare-masters production team managed by Maureen and Krieg Hall is a whole new haunting experience. The five mind-blowing, awesome attractions are Cellblock 13, the Butcher Barn, Psycho Manor, Zombie Hunt in 3D and Wicked Clowns in 4D. Wicked Clowns is the first 4D attraction of its kind utilizing a whole new sensory perception of sight, sound and smell. For years, Hauntworld.com has recognized BOTH Spooky Ranch and Hauntville as two of the best, scariest, most well-done haunts and gives them extremely high ratings.
Also, back in 1995 the family started a daytime festival called The Old West Pumpkin Fest at the Rockin-R-Ranch. This is a real Autumn treat for the whole family. It features hayrides, pumpkin patches, pony rides, animal petting farm and more. They even feature a professional stage show with a live production of the costumed characters called The Country Kids Show.
Past, Present and Future:
Derek Vitas is the creative talent behind both Spooky Ranch and Hauntville, and with the invaluable help of his siblings, Jimmy, Damian, Travis and Allison they have moved way beyond that first haunted hayride experience twenty-five years ago. The original, old tractor used in haunt season one has been laid to rest many years ago. In Columbia Station, (Cleveland) and Elyria, Ohio you will find two haunts unlike any other in the country. These creative giants led by Derek will give you an experience like no other. They will make you scream, laugh and be totally entertained and amazed. Dereks plans are to imitate his success by expanding into other cities across the country as his family migrates elsewhere. Its a natural progression for this well-run family business operating 2 of the countrys best haunts!
Spooky Ranch and Hauntville will be highlighted during the Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC), the largest Halloween convention of its kind in the US serving a primary audience of haunted attraction producers, actors, artists and home haunters, May 29 -May 31, 2015, featuring the pre-bus, spotlight tour of the best haunted houses in Northeast, Ohio.