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Factory of Terror in Fall River, Massachusetts, Massachusetts - 13628 Views
Factory of Terror Fall River, Ma & Factory of Terror Worcester, Ma: The Largest Haunted Attraction in all New England. 8 Haunts Combined. Scary & Entertaining. Both locations conveniently located off interstate exit ramps. Plenty of free street parking & parking garages within city block. Open rain or shine. 62,000 Facebook friends for a reason!!

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Scare Factor: 9.5 Skulls
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Sets, Detail, Theming: 9.9 Skulls
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48.89 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Dark Manor Haunted House in Norwich, CT, Massachusetts - 6712 Views
MA Haunted House: Located in Norwich Connectucut Dark Manor Haunted House is, a Great Mix of Animated Props & Actors - Not For The Faint of Heart. Click this profile for information, directions, videos, photos and more.

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45.92 out of 50 Skull Rating
 
 
Nightmare New England in Litchfield, NH, Massachusetts - 6612 Views
MA Haunted Houses: The legendary SpookyWorld & Nightmare New England return to deliver one of the largest, most terrifying Halloween Scream Parks in the country! Over 100,000 Sq. ft of terror awaits you at New England's number one destination for Halloween thrills this October.

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Haunted Overload in Lee NH, Massachusetts - 6379 Views
Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire is where your WORST nightmares will come true. You have not experience FEAR until you experience Haunted Overload. Click this profile for directions, information, photos, videos and more.

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Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, Massachusetts - 2986 Views
Barrett's Haunted Mansion on Bedford Street in Abington, Massachusetts is a haunting experience you must see! ALL NEW SECOND ATTRACTION FOR 2013 - THE CELL. Click here for this MA haunt details...

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Hysteria at Connors Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts - 2684 Views
Located in the Halloween capital of the world, Hysteria is the newest rising star among America’s haunted attractions. In 1692, Danvers was known as Salem Village, the center of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Although the town fathers changed the name to escape controversy, the events that transpired on these grounds are forever etched into the historical records. Many believe that to this day, a curse still hovers over a remote area of Danvers known as Connors Farm. This is Hysteria.

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13 Nights at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Massachusetts - 2318 Views
This Fall as the moon rises above the Berkshires, the mountain will descend into the depths of its past as a haunted holdout, where Villagers from the Plantation of Jericho lived in dread of disfiguring diseases, deranged creatures, and impending doom. It's a haunt that ranges all over the mountain, and it promises to reach new heights of terror and fall fun.

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The Haunting of Barrett Park in Leominster, Massachusetts - 602 Views
Set in the dark woods of Barrett Park, The Haunting of Barrett Park is one of the scariest and most authentic haunted attractions you will ever dare enter! Featuring "Terror in the Woods", our terrifying haunted trail, now in it's 13th year, and the "Psycho Circus, featuring the Klownz of Terror". Dare to enter the haunted woods of Barrett Park where ghosts, ghouls, and creatures of every kind wait for you on the scariest nights of the year. Think you're brave enough to face the terror that awaits you in our haunted woods? Come on down and see for yourself, we guarantee you'll have a terrifying time! The Haunting of Barrett Park...We're Waiting in the Dark for You!

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Fright Kingdomdom 50 ft. off the highway open rain or shine in Nashua, New Hampshire - 22679 Views
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The Ghoullog in North Conway, New Hampshire - 5254 Views
New England Haunted House: The Ghoullog Haunted House, located at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH near Rochester, New Hampshire. The HEIGHT of terror, where Death Becomes You!!! The Ghoullog's Mercer Home and the Haunted Playground.

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Massachusetts Haunted Houses have grown over the years to feature some really amazing haunted houses some of which have been featured on Travel Channel. Several years ago when we visited haunted houses in the Boston, Massachusetts  the haunted houses in Massachusetts seemed to be around every corner especially in the Boston, Massachusetts area haunted houses are very popular form of entertainment and more haunted houses in Massachusetts can be found at Hauntworld.com. On Hauntworld.com you will find every type of haunted houses in Massachusetts from a haunted hayride, haunted house, Halloween Attractions, ghost tours, to paranormal ghost hunting. Read all about the best and scariest haunted houses in the state of Massachusetts here at Hauntworld.com.  Massachusetts has some of the biggest haunted houses in cities like Boston, Worchester, Springfield, Lowell, New Bedford, Pittsfield and Taunton Massachusetts.

 When looking for a scary or the best haunted house in Massachusetts look no further than the area of Worchester, Springfield, Lowell, New Bedford Pittsfield and Taunton, Massachusetts because this is an absolute hotbed for haunted houses which would also include the Boston area. Massachusetts has more haunted houses than almost any other state in America, and not only do they have several haunts but they have some of the best found anywhere. Massachusetts has many cities with great haunted houses especially Massachusetts area which has more of the top rated haunts than any other city in America.

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The New England area of America was one of the biggest area's in America to find haunted houses oddly most of the haunted houses are not located within the city of Boston but rather outside the city area in towns like Springfield, Massachusetts where you can find dozens of haunted houses that open every October.  Halloween is a natural in Massachusetts because of its rich history with Witches, and fall seasons which attact people from all over the country just to look at the changing colors of leaves. Find the best and scariest haunted houses in Salem Mass here at Hauntworld.com

Massachusetts haunted houses are all over the state but mostly not located within the city of Boston itself, in fact most of the best haunted houses in this area are ones you can travel to nearby like haunts in New York, or more specifically New Hampshire.  The entire area known as New England has more haunts per square inch than anywhere in the country.  So when trying to find the best and scariest haunted house in Massachusetts do not simply look on these pages but search the entire New England area and you will discover some of the most unique haunted houses anywhere.

Haunted Houses in Salem Massachusetts is also know as the "Witch City".  In Salem you will find many different haunted attrations, learn about haunted legends, ghost tours and so much more in this historically spooky city.  The Salem Witch Trials were several hearings before the court to prosecute the people who were accused of using witchcraft between the years of 1692 and 1693.  You yourself can learn more about the witches of Slaem and the Salem Witch Trials by visiting the Salem Witch Museum.  All those who were found guilty were hung to death on Gallow Hill with the exeption of Giles Cory who refused to stand trial.  He was pressed to death in a Salem field.  By the summer of 1692, 180 people had been accused and imprisoned.  By then the world that surreounded them was so superstitious and full of fear that they were defensless and simply had to wait for their day in court.  Bridget Bishop was tried on June 2 and was hung on June 10th. 

Every Halloween you will want to join the spooky and thrilling fun of the Official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball - Lord of the Underworld.  Be frightfully entertained for America's top Halloween party!  Join all the others as they go back in time and feel the hot fires buring on the hilltop just as the Witches of Salem did.  Gather to feast, rejoice and cast your own spell for the new year!  Come join the rest of the Witches as they celebrate the one holiday to honor the dead, divine hidden secrets and celebrate the magic. 

The New England area of America was one of the biggest area's in America to find haunted houses oddly most of the haunted houses are not located within the city of Boston but rather outside the city area in towns like Springfield, Massachusetts where you can find dozens of haunted houses that open every October.  Halloween is a natural in Massachusetts because of its rich history with Witches, and fall seasons which attact people from all over the country just to look at the changing colors of leaves. Find the best and scariest haunted houses in Springfield Mass here at Hauntworld.com

Find the best and scariest haunted houses, real haunts, Halloween attractions, Hayrides and more near or in the Springfield Massachusetts area.  The Ashley House in West Springfield has been transformed and renovated several times since it was originally built in 1829.  This old, historic home has been know as a home to a family, a spaghetti Factory, a tavern and now today it is a high class restaurant.  Come enjoy a wonderful dinner and a few drinks at this building filled with histoirc charm and many years of spooky history.  There have been several reports of ghosts who are known to be found in this old and what many residents call haunted building.  Many employees and customers have reports strange noises and sounds, mostly coming from the basement.  Today, many people believe these ghost still exist.  They feel these ghost are harmless and are there to watch over what was once there home.   

Fright Fest at Six Flags New England is a Halloween Celebration for the entrie Famiy.  Just minutes from Springfield you and you family does not want to miss this ghouligh celebration happening every October.  Get you thrills and chills on as you endour hours of rides, entertainment, haunted attractions and more!  

Thedores' and Smith Billard is a small well known business in in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Their small little communty was proven right when Paranormal Investigators came from the popular show "Ghost Hunters" and shared with the world that they do infact have some paranormal activity.  The experts heard voices whispering to a waitress and no one would be in sight.  Another reported footstep in the bar after closing time and again no one was there.  Yet another reported a chill in part of the basement that was down right firghtening.  They have determined that this building and location has some paranormal activity and that Theodores' and Smith Billards is in fact haunted. 

The Hoosac Tunnel is said to be one of the most poplular and well known for being filled with ghostly spirts and paranormal activity.  The history behind these haunted tunnels begins back in 1819 when several individuals decided it would be a good idea to built tunnels.  These tunnels qould provide a way to transport different items from point a to point b.  During the 40 to 50 years the project would have many problems being completed.  First it was the money and the nit was simply completed it.  The types of method that were used caused many deaths and sever injuries of many, many men.  These men died from explosions, fires, and even some were sccidents caused by other men.  The Hoosac Tunnel was soon being known as the "Bloody Pit" wit hall the horrific deaths that were being caused.  Finally in 1865 three men went into the tunel.  Two of the men were killed on accident by an explosive and the third, Ringo Kelly was not heard from.  It was rummored that the two men that died, their spirits came after Kelly and killed him.  Later, the body of Kelly was found, strangled.  Today the Hoosac Tunnel is still rumored to carry several spirits.  It is considered to be on of the most scariest and haunted places in Massachusetts. 

Boston, Massachusetts is the home of the historic Omni Parker House.  Here on the third floor is where actress Charlotte Cushman dies in 1876 in her room.  It is now claimed that the third floor paranormal activity is due to her death.  Many have reported the elevator will take off to the third floor and stop and no one will be in it and none of the buttons will be pressed.  Charlotte is not the only ghost to be seen at the Omni Parker House.  There have been many guest report seeing the ghost of the businessman who died in room 303.  Guest and staff have reported the smell of whiskey and heard laughter.  The room has now been coverted into a closet.

The Boston Stranger was a horrible serial killer that terrorized the women of Boston for two years.  He claimed as many as 13 womens lives and scared thousands others.  The man who was considered resposible for all the brutal murders was Albert DeSalvo.  Although he was never charged fo the murders, Albert was sentenced to life for the sexual assault on separate accounts. 

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 In additional there are many ghost tours, and other real haunted house places throughout Massachusetts.  Find the best haunted houses and more here at www.Hauntworld.com

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The Hauntings of the Salem Witch Trials

The state of Massachusetts is widely regarded as a place of supernatural and haunted phenomenon perhaps for no other reason than the infamous Salem Witch Trials that took place there more than 300 years ago. 

The legendary Salem Witch Trials began when a group of young girls in the town of Salem began to exhibit unusual behavior – contorting into grotesque positions, complaining about pinching and biting sensations, and falling down into frozen positions.  At a time when everyone believed the devil was real and close at hand, the belief that witchcraft was the source of the girls’ affliction spread like wildfire through the town. 

From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women convicted of witchcraft were carted to Gallows Hill and hung.  Another man, Giles Corey, who refused to submit to a trial based on witchcraft charges was pressed to death under heavy stones while one to two hundred others faced accusations of witchcraft and dozens suffered in jail for months without trials (four of the accused died while in prison). 

The sheriff of Salem at the time, Sheriff George Corwin was the son of the Witch Trials magistrate Jonathan Corwin, was said to profit greatly from the trials; Sheriff Corwin was in charge of confiscating the property of those charged and dividing it among the town leaders.  

Today, Olde Burial Hill located in Marblehead is said to be haunted by Wilmott Redd, one of the convicted who has hung during the trials.  According to Salem tradition, right before she died Redd put a curse on the town and some residents claim to have heard a woman saying “this town shall burn!” at Olde Burial Hill when it’s dark.

The Joshua Ward House is also said to be a Massachusetts haunted house with strange occurrences happening frequently.  Located across from a cemetery said to be the site of the first hanging, the house is also built over the burial site of Sheriff Corwin.  Visitors have reported hearing faint cries from a child and erratic singing coming from the attic.  There are also several “hot spots” in the house where the temperature is unexplainably several degrees higher than normal and candles have mysteriously been taken out of their holders and melted.

Saint Mary’s Cemetery is another supposedly haunted site in Salem.  Visitors report hearing strange, unexplainable noises, a faint white light moving in the distance, and the enigmatic but genuine feeling of evil – a feeling of being watched, rushed out, and an almost tangible negative energy that seems to dissipate as soon as you leave the cemetery.  Looking for a truly scary, haunted place?  Salem, Massachusetts is sure to not disappoint!

 



Salem, Massachusetts - Hysteria Screampark At Connors farm

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Massachusets 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!  Hysteria at Connors Farm is located in Salem, Massachusets just minutes from Boston and is one of the scariest haunted houses in America!  Prepare to scream!  Sit back and prepare to scream through our review of Hysteria at Connors Farm. This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Massachusets, Hysteria at Connors Farm. Their attraction features some of the scariest actors, crazies scenes, and amazing set design. Now sit back and read all about the best haunted house in Massachusets, Hysteria at Connors Farm If you are looking for one of the best haunted houses in Boston Mass or Salem Mass look no further as Hysteria is located right between he two area's.  Massachusets features the town of Salem which is an entire Halloween themed tourist town with Witch Musuems, Halloween themed events and much more.  Each October visit the Salem area and make sure to tour Hysteria Screampark with five different haunted attractions.  Now read our entire review.

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It’s a crisp October night. The moonlight pierces the low hanging fog that clings to the cornstalks at Connors Farm in Salem, Mass.  Cold October nights have created this same eerie feeling every year since settlers first planted the fields on this farm in the mid 1600s.

Located in the Halloween capital of the world, Hysteria is the newest rising star among America’s haunted attractions. In 1692, Danvers was known as Salem Village, the center of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Although the town fathers changed the name to escape controversy, the events that transpired on these grounds are forever etched into the historical records. Many believe that to this day, a curse still hovers over a remote area of Danvers known as Connors Farm. This sets the stage for Hysteria.

Hysteria’s mission is to help their guests create positive memories that impact them long after they leave the attraction.  This mission shapes the overall haunt philosophy and culture at Team Hysteria.  There are many moving parts within the haunt and every facet must come together in order to deliver a first-rate performance each and every night. A focus on high caliber acting, quality costumes, strong themes and detailed sets create a realistic, haunted experience for guests that is sure to keep them coming back year after year.

With over 50 acres of entertainment, Hysteria has something for everyone. The venue consists of 5 main haunted attractions with varying levels of intensity.  Guests can enjoy the family friendly Maze of Darkness, a walking tour through Hysteria’s historic “Burial Grounds” or immerse themselves in the extreme terror and over the top gore in The Fields attraction. Visitors can shoot zombies at Hysteria’s signature Zombie Hunt at Connors Compound or squeal and squirm at the sights and sounds of Madame Abattage’s Cirque du Dement travelling circus and sideshow.  
 
Hysteria’s management team is responsible for making sure every component of the haunt operates smoothly.  Brothers Bob and Pat Connors are co-owners of Connors Farm and together, they ensure each haunted house has a high overall production quality.  As heads of the leadership team, the Connors know it’s important to surround themselves with loyal, dedicated, enthusiastic people. The core management team is comprised of JC Fox, Operations Manager, as well as Creative Managers, Benjamin Selecky and Alexis Abare.  From brainstorming to problem solving, the haunt team works together to make sure all decisions are well thought out and continue to move the haunt towards the common goal: to help their guests form lasting memories by providing them with a first-rate haunted experience.
 

A frantic 911 call from a lost family at Connors Farm created a media frenzy.  It catapulted the popularity of their haunted attraction and jump started the evolution of Hysteria into THE premiere Halloween destination in Massachusetts.

Each fall, the Connors Family Farm turns part of their property into a themed maze where visitors come to “get lost.”  Connors Farm has been involved in the Agritainment industry for several years.  They expanded their daytime operations to include numerous family activities as well as pick your own apples and pumpkins.  Their fully stocked farmstand and country kitchen, with famous hot apple cider & donuts, compliment the overall business and draw numerous crowds each season.

In 2011, inside the Salem Village themed maze, a family had to be rescued by local authorities after literally getting lost in the field as darkness fell. The story received international attention from media in Ireland, England and Australia and domestic news outlets such as The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Associated Press. Television hosts Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler also joined in the fun and Saturday Night Live writers included the incident as part of their Weekend Update segment.

This incident was explosive for business.  Many guests flocked to the farm to see the newly termed “911 Maze” and haunted cornfield.  Everyone wanted to visit the Massachusetts farm and haunted event that was generating all the media buzz on radio, newspaper and television.  The incident was plastered on the front page of countless local and Boston area newspapers.  Was the cornfield really haunted that night?  Did the darkness swallow the family whole?
 

Bob was bombarded by phone calls from news organizations coast to coast.  The day following the incident, he was interviewed by 12 different radio shows.  Good Morning America even wanted to fly him to New York City to talk about what happened LIVE.  This incident created a buzz in the Halloween maze industry that has not been duplicated to this day.

Connors Farm is a proud member of The Maize Company, founded in 1996 by Brett and Nicole Herbst.  The Utah based organization is the world’s largest corn maze company.  Since its inception, membership has grown to include over 260 mazes throughout the United States, Canada, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

EVOLUTION
After the explosion in attendance stemming from the 911 incident, Bob had the financial ability to dedicate more resources to improving the haunted house.  The acreage used for the haunt was expanded.  The staff added sets and upgraded props to improve the overall horror experience.  

A local company was brought in to handle lighting and sound.  New England Event Producers, based in South Hamilton, is owned and operated by 2 young entrepreneurs.  Each year, their crew handles the power distribution needs for the haunt.  Since Bob brought them on board, the quality of lighting, sound and fog has steadily improved.  Being able to control these special effects in an outdoor environment is challenging due to the unpredictability of New England’s weather. The crew does a great job of managing these elements and maintaining a quality product each night throughout the Halloween haunted house season.  

A strong emphasis was put on building a team of quality actors. The leadership team pays particular attention to the interests and talents of the actors and takes every opportunity to foster creativity.  All of the people currently involved in makeup, props, costuming and sets have developed from within. Cultivating these functions in-house has created a sense of pride and ownership within the staff and has allowed team members’ talents to flourish.  This approach has taken the overall production quality of the haunted house to a new level.

Hysteria’s core team has attended the annual Transworld Halloween & Attractions Show for the past 2 years.  The industry tradeshow has been instrumental in driving the constant improvement of the haunt and has been a great learning experience. Sharing the industry’s best practices as well as staying updated on new developments and keeping up with the latest trends has kept their attractions fresh for their customers each year.  While at the show, Hysteria’s team also networked with key players in the industry and took every opportunity to learn from their success. The team at Hysteria firmly believes they can learn something from every player in the industry.  “If you stop learning, you stop evolving,” says Connors.
 

ZOMBIE PAINTBALL
In 2013, Bob took a risk on a new attraction with Zombie Paintball.  He purchased trailers anticipating that it would create excitement and a buzz on the street that would take the haunt to a new level. The risk paid off. The addition of Zombie Paintball proved to be a great asset to the venue.  The attraction has substantially increased attendance to the farm and has strengthened the overall experience for their guests. A marketing blitz of billboard and radio combined with online advertising and word of mouth, created an overwhelming demand for this new zombie attraction.  This year’s Zombie Hunt takes the guests beyond the safety of the Compound’s gates and will be a whole new thrilling experience. The attraction is shaping up to be bigger and better than any of its kind in New England.  They continue to add more trailers, more zombies and increase the number of shots for their guests.  This year, they also have some great surprises in store for their zombie hunters. “It’s sure to be something that our hunters will not forget,” says Connors. “All of these changes planned for 2014 will undoubtedly culminate in a Halloween production that will exceed all expectations and drive the business for years to come.”

2014: HYSTERIA
“Hysteria is not just a haunted venue; it’s a state of mind,” says Connor. The entire philosophy of the haunt is being reinvented for the 2014 season.  Having a great experience starts from the moment guests enter their property. Every aspect of the haunt must work together to contribute to an overall positive trip to this Scream Park, and it starts from their very first encounter in the parking lot.  Unlike many other haunts in the area, Hysteria does not charge their customers for parking.  When guests arrive at Hysteria, they are welcomed by the host: Cerberus, The Soul Keeper. The Keeper is the watcher over the farm, and absorbs the souls of the people that are sacrificed in the fields. He is Hysteria’s version of the Grim Reaper. Cerberus is outfitted with a handcrafted burlap mask and tophat from the Grim Stitch Factory.  The quality construction, stitching and painting of the mask sets The Keeper apart from scarecrows seen at other haunts.  

Once at the main entrance of Hysteria, guests have several choices for which attraction to visit first. They can have their photos taken with their choice of several queue line actors. Icon characters entertaining the crowd are wearing full body costume suits made by Global Fear Enterprises. Each of the costumes are highly stylized suits with extraordinary detail from head to toe. All of these characters will no doubt be posted all over social media as guests snap photos. Under the umbrella of Hysteria, there are presently 5 main attractions: Zombie Paintball at Connors Compound, The Fields, Cirque du Dement, The Burial Grounds and the Maze of Darkness. In addition to these main attractions, there is plenty of queue line entertainment, concessions and other activities for guests to enjoy. Free mechanical bull rides keep people wildly entertained while they wait in line enjoying barbeque concessions fresh from the grill. They also serve popcorn, kettle corn, cotton candy, hand dipped caramel apples, homemade fudge, and hot apple cider with fresh donuts.

Inside the safety of The Compound, a stage overlooks the eerie pond and glowing bonfires. Local bands and other live entertainment keep guests engaged while they wait to hunt the undead. Visitors are encountered by several zombies on the loose as well as the farmer’s daughter, who lives inside The Compound despite her infection. When guests return from the hunt, they have an opportunity to get their photo taken with a zombie. Once they leave The Compound, guests head across the street to see the 3 remaining attractions.

The Maze of Darkness is a 7-acre corn maze with a different theme each year and is fun for all ages. Visitors can access clues to help them find their way. Some guests choose to navigate the field only with the aid of the moonlight, while others flock to the safety flashlights. Although there are no actors inside this maze, the haunted field alone is enough to scare most. Each time the wind blows, the sound of the corn stalks rustling keeps guests looking over their shoulders. Guests can complete the corn maze at their own pace, and the complexity changes every year.
 
After the Maze of Darkness, the first haunted attraction to encounter is The Fields. The Holt Brothers and their extended, inbred, twisted family live there on the farm. Each October, the family performs an annual “Ritual of the Fields” where visitors become victims and are sacrificed to their god. Visitors follow a path cut through the cornfield and get a glimpse of the Holt Brothers’ childhood. Next, they trek through a wooded area bordered by an ominous swamp where members of the Holt family live and hunt for their next victims. The real smells and sounds of this natural setting are unmatched by any indoor attraction. Guests also get a glimpse inside a few of the shacks and cabins where twisted members of the family live. The next stop is the Holt family home. Soon to be victims get a full tour through the filth and horrific sights inside the dilapidated cabin. The trip through the cabin would not be complete without descending into Stanley’s basement workshop. Here, guests encounter a frightening man wearing a mask made of skin. Stanley is an imposing, ominous figure that enjoys skinning his victims and using their skin, hair and teeth to construct gruesome clothes and masks.


If guests are lucky enough to escape Stanley’s dungeon, they find themselves in the middle of the annual Ritual of the Fields, where guests become the ultimate sacrifice. The creative team does a great job of using all the senses to completely engross guests in the haunting experience. Every element of the haunt supports the storyline and creates a believable environment for guests. They also do a fantastic job of using main and supporting characters to develop the theme and achieve a realistic experience.

The same level of realism they accomplish in The Fields carries over into the final haunted attraction, the Cirque du Dement. The costumes, sets and characters create an immersive experience that places patrons inside a vintage traveling circus and sideshow. The host of the show is Madame Abattage. Madame is a bombshell exprostitute that inherited the business when one of her “Johns” died under mysterious circumstances. She is now the woman on top and she rules with an iron fist. Her right-hand hound, Star (a squirly carnie), does her bidding for her with the point of a finger and swiftly administers punishment to underperformers. Guests enter the attraction through a Vortex tunnel and once on the other side, it is like a whole new world. The props and sets create a genuine vintage feel, and it’s almost as if traveling back in time. Once inside the big top, the Ringmaster sets the tone for what the guests are about to experience. Each set has a demented twist that is sure to turn stomachs and make people squirm. Smells and sounds help create the scenes throughout this haunted attraction. A mix of backstage and under-the-tent sets help to create the feeling of a full tour through this Cirque. In addition, the Cirque also uses specialty acts to entertain and dazzle. A skinned woman works a lira which is a hooped trapeze act that can’t help but draw attention, and a rotating mix of other acts include tumblers, contortionists and fire breathers. The team at Hysteria always done a great job creating an atmosphere that is consistent throughout. Every element comes together nicely in order to put the customer into the scene, resulting in an overall convincing experience. After exiting the Cirque, visitors travel through a Midway with photo opportunities, food and various concessions.

Hysteria at Connors Farm is also the site of a unique historic attraction: 17th Century Burial Grounds. Located deep in the haunted woods and surrounded by rundown fencing, “The Burial Grounds” offers a ghostly experience that no other haunted venue has been able to duplicate. The guide leads an exclusive group of guests through low lying fog, down lantern lit paths to the site of these timeworn tombs. This historic site is authentic. Guests won’t find any foam tombstones at this graveyard. Hysteria’s use of real settings offer guests an experience that is unparalleled by other attractions. Overall, the team at Hysteria does an outstanding job of staying consistent with the theme. Every element reinforces the storyline of the individual attractions. The main characters sell the story and the supporting cast reinforces the feeling that the guest is part of the action. The realism created by the mix of historic, natural and man-made sets is unmatched by indoor attractions. Team Hysteria realizes the importance of always staying fresh. Each offseason, the crew improves upon the existing infrastructure and works hard to bring some of their new ideas and concepts to life. The team always strives to achieve realism. Every aspect of the haunt must be believable in order for the customer to experience true fear. People visit Hysteria to get scared and have an overall great experience. Team Hysteria works hard to make sure that they exceed all expectations.

The next time you are in Salem for Halloween, don’t forget to take a drive to Salem Village (Danvers, MA). This IS where it all happened.

Visit our haunted website, www.hysteriasalem.com, and check out our daytime attractions, www.connorsfarm.com

Photo credits: (characters) Gary Young Photography
 



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