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Hellsgate Haunted House Review and Rating - Chicago Illinois  Hauntworld goes to Hell to review one of the scariest haunted houses in America.  Prepare to burn inside Hellsgate! 

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Haunted House Review for 13th Hour haunted house in Wharton New Jersey close to New York City.  Rated and reviewed by Hauntworld.com 

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Hauntworld rates the top 13 best and scariest haunted houses in America.  Hauntworld rates and reviews the scariest, best, longest, haunted houses and Halloween Attractions in America 2018.

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Lake Hickory Haunted House is the biggest, scariest haunted house in the Charlotte North Carolina area.  Hauntworld reviews one of the scariest haunted houses in North Carolina.  Lake Hickory is a massive Screampark with multiple haunted attractions in one location learn all about it click here. 

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Hauntworld Magazine 48 is one of the biggest magaiznes we've ever produced.  Several haunt features, learn all about flying rigs, how to open your haunt year around and starting a Christmas attraction.
Issue 47 features four different haunted houses, and how to articles about digital marketing, creating radio commercials and how to create signs for your attraction.  Get this full color 48 page issue today! 
The latest issue of Hauntworld Magazine will feature all the haunted happenings for the Transworld Show along with multiple featured articles.  This issue we cover the famous Queen Mary and their haunted events along with Woods of Terror from North Carolina. 

Hauntworld Magazine will also features several articles to help haunt owners expand, and increase profits.  One article presented behind the team from Queen Mary will talk about how they offer beer sales to other upsales to generate hundreds of thousands of additional revenue.  The staff of Hauntworld will also write an article that deals with coorporate haunts and amusement parks hurting the small haunt owners.  How can you deal with corporate invaders?  How can you compete with major amusement parks?
Hauntworld Magazine features three haunts including Trail of Terror, Statesville Haunted Prison and Brighton Asylum.  Hauntworld Magazine issue 45 is jam packed with information to help you create a digital marketing plan to increase attendance.  Get your issue now! 
Hauntworld Magazine Issue 44 features Rise Haunted House, Rise Escape Room and a review of DC Escape Live.  Additionally learn how to build a 3 minute escape room, top 10 tips for operating a successful escape room plus much more.  Other articles feature security information for your haunted house and learn secrets to sell more online tickets.  Jam packed issue. 

Hauntworld Magazine is now the industry magazine for haunted attractions, hayrides, escape rooms, corn mazes, and anything related to Halloween. 

Issue 43 gives the inside secrets to the success of one of the most successful haunted houses in America Netheworld located in Atlanta

 Hauntworld Issue 42 offers feature articles of Factory of Terror and Nightmare Nashville plus how to articles from Haunted Overload and much more.  

 Hauntworld Magazine Issue 41 is finally HERE!  Issue 41 is our best issue EVER because we focus on teaching you HOW to operate your haunted attraction in a year around setting.  Learn how to utilize your attraction year around to generate income from Escape Games, Zombie Laser Tag to Christmas Shows.  Learn everything inside issue 41. 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 40 might be the single best most educational magazine we've produced as this issue helps you start your own escape game, high tech lighting for outdoor haunts, and an article from Larry Kirchner on how to get the edge on your competition this Halloween season.  The issue also includes new products from vendors, a featured haunted house article and much more! 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 39 features several how to articles to help your haunted house business including how to set up retail, how to do make up quickly, haunted hayride safety, and social media marketing.  Issue 39 also features Legends of the Fog, and extreme haunts feature.

Hauntworld Magazine issue 38 features five different haunted house, articles on how to build your own 3D haunted house, state of the industry and much more.  Each magazine helps you learn how to own and operate a successful haunted house.

Hauntworld Magazine issue 37 features four haunted attractions plus learn marketing tips for your haunt, plus the main focus is about EXTREME haunted houses the do and the dont.  Get this issue now.  Released July 20, 2014. 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 36 features 64 full color pages of content to help haunt owners grow and develope their business.  Featured articles from Larry Kirchner, Ben Armstrong, and Dwayne Sandbugh including how to renovate your haunt article plus five featured haunt profiles.

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 35 is jam packed with 5 haunted house features, how to create your own corn maze, secrets to create online web traffic and all the details about the haunt shows and tours. 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 34 is a special edition with focus on how to be succesful owning and operating SCREAMPARKS!  Learn what types of attractions, what to charge, when to open and how to operate a haunted Screampark.  Featured haunts including Verdun Manor, Dead End Hayride, Darkwood Manor and 100 Acres Manor plus much more.

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 33 features two major haunted houses including Bennetts Curse and Pure Terror Haunted House and several how to articles from Netherworld's Ben Armstrong, Allen Hopps, and much more.  Learn how to make your haunted house more successful with Hauntworld Magazine.

HauntWorld Magazine Issue 32 features articles on how to build the ultimate crypts, how to use facebook to promote your haunted house and much more!  Learn how to promote, operate and create the best haunted houses with Hauntworld Magazine

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 31 features Screampark Haunted House and a review of Cutting Edge Haunted House in Dallas.  Additionally a review of all the latest on Zombie Mania, the future of haunted house industry plus the top 10 most unique locations for a haunted house and much more. 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 30 is the largest all color magazine we've ever produced.  Issue 30 includes 76 full color pages featuring four haunted house attractions, top 20 haunts all time, how to create a giant outdoor monsters 'clownzilla' and much more. 

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 29 is the largest all color magazine we've ever printed with over 80 pages of content.  Learn how to make a giant clownzilla, or how to entertain your customers in line at your haunted house.  Learn more about the 13th Floor Haunted Houses and much more.  Subscribe today and save or buy this single issue.

Hauntworld Magazine features three amazing haunted houses including USS Nightmare, Realm of Darkness and the massive Terror Behind the Walls.

• Headless Horseman, New York
• Nightmare On 13th, Utah
• 12 Things That Changed The Industry
• Being Monsters
• Gift Store Observations
• QR Codes and more!

Hauntworld Magazine issue 26 is jam packed with three featured haunted houses, and in addition learn how to improve air throughout your haunt, haunt show information and much more.

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 25 is the biggest issue to date with feature articles on FOUR major haunted houses.  Additionally learn how to expand your attraction with several how to articles.

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #24, Featuring:

  • The Dent Schoolhouse
  • The Edge of Hell
  • The Beast
  • Macabre Cinema
  • The Chambers Of Edgar Allan Poe
  • To Buy or Not to Buy
  • Negotiating a Commercial Lease
  • Creating a Room to Fit a Theme



HauntWorld Magazine issue #23, Featuring:

  • Haunted Overload
  • Fright Kingdom
  • Tips to Produce Professional Photos
  • Creating a Haunt Video
  • Creating An Undead Horse From Scratch
  • Northern Fears: Scary Synergy


HauntWorld Magazine Issue #22, Featuring:

  • Atrox Factory
  • Graystone Manor
  • Learn scare tactics from the Alabama haunt owners
  • Social Media Marketing 
  • Animals in Haunted Attractions
  • Secrets to Efficient Lines & Smoother Ticket Sales

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #21, Featuring:

  • House of Torment
  • A central control room can create more efficient haunt operations
  • Building The Ultimate Facade
  • A review of Universal Studios House of Horrors CA
  • Haunt Quality / Film Quality

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #20, Featuring:

  • Netherworld Haunted House
  • Que Line Entertainment
  • Parking Lot Actors
  • Make-up & Costuming 
  • Big Monsters, Small Price Tag 
  • and more!

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #19, Featuring:

  • Bates Motel in Pennsylvania
  • Haunted Schoolhouse and Laboratory in Ohio
  • Explore the history of the modern day haunted house industry
  • Post-show reports: Transworld, Eastern Haunt Convention
  • and more!

HauntWorld Magazine Double Issue #17-18, Featuring:

  • The 13th Gate
  • 7 Floor of Hell
  • Building The Ultimate Trailer Haunt 
  • Eight to Eighty: Growing Attendance Numbers
  • Keep Actors Coming Back Year After Year
  • Marketing Tips 2008
  • Making Timed Ticketing Work For You

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #16, Featuring:

  • Kersey Valley Spookywoods Haunted Attraction
  • Learn all the ins and outs of outdoor haunts
  • Make money at your haunt through daytime events
  • Creating a Corn Maze
  • Plus articles from Ben Armstrong, Eric Lowther and Tony Wohlgemuth


HauntWorld Magazine Issue #15, Featuring:

  • Rocky Point Haunted House
  • How to make money selling pumpkins & more
  • Tampa Busch Gardens
  • Universal Horror Nights
  •  Disney

HauntWorld Magazine Issue #14, Featuring:

  • Paintball Monster Safari
  • Top Haunts of 2006
  • Make Money with Gift Shop
  • Do It Yourself Masks
  • Social Networking Sites
  • Advance Tickets Stimulate Sale


HauntWorld Magazine Issue #13, Featuring:

  • FrightWorld
  • The Future of the Net
  • Successfully Create & Promote the ULTIMATE Website
  • Internet Marketing
  • Cost-effective Scenic Designs
  • The Value of Education

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  • Universal's Revenge Of The Mummy
  • Top 13 Revealed 
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  • The BOCA article
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  • Haunted Pre-Shows
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  • Amusement Park Haunts
  • Harkleroad Haunting 101
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Fri, July 26, 2019
Once again the very dumb people over at the Halloween and Costume Association think they own Halloween.  They need a reality check because not only do they not own Halloween, their failing association/tradeshow has made one bad decision after another.  This associations tradeshow is a disaster, as their industry has been taken over by Walmart, Target and Amazon.  When will these people ever get a clue?  They supposedly pushed to have the haunt industry removed from their show over a decade ago, then as their show fails each January they realize we need those guys back.    Now all these dumb people want to change Halloween to the last Saturday of October?  Seriously?  

The Halloween retail show is a dying show, with virtually no one attending, compared to the hey day when Transworld operated it.  This dying show/association is clinging to anything to bring attention back to the same group who lost the industry to massive retail giants.  Guys, this isn't the way to do it!   Transworld which use to operate the Halloween show back when over 10,000 people use to pack the show spending millions upon millions.  Now this Halloween retail show is sadly a GHOST TOWN!  But hey they want to shake it up I guess and change Halloween.  The very successful Transworld Halloween and Haunt Show which has over 10,000 attendees, totally disagrees with the position of moving Halloween for multiple reasons. 

Let me shed some light on why this might be the dumbest idea I've heard all year! 

1)  Tradition:  Halloween is a tradition and every October you wait 31 days, this is part of the magic.  There are books, movies, and memories soaked into the fabric of this country that Halloween is the last day of October.  Changing that will ruin the holiday. 

2)  Trick R Treating:  Only once every seven years does Halloween fall on a Saturday.  This is a good thing for trick r treaters because the main reason why the industry blew us is Adults took it over.  The last Saturday in October has been staked out by bars, parties, and adults to dress up and party without their young children.  Moving Halloween to the last Saturday of the October will KILL Halloween for adults.  The last Saturday of October is reserved for Adults.  So take some notes Halloween Association ... trick r treaters own the last day of October and Adults own the last Saturday of October.  Hello is ANYONE HOME?  If you're part of a retail industry then you would appreciate having two different Halloween celebrations not ONE!  DUH!  

3)  Retail:  Celebrating Halloween on the last Saturday will destroy the economics of Halloween in years when the last Saturday is several days prior to the 31st.  The busiest days are the last seven days of October and with this really silly change you might decrease Halloween spending by 25%.  How is this a smart idea?

4)  Safety:  So someone please explain WHY moving Halloween to the last Saturday is going to make Halloween safer?  Parents are more likely to walk with their kids and monitor them if they're not out doing the adult Halloween parties.  

5)  Fun:  Adults created the Halloween explosion by attending haunted houses, creating adult parties, decorating their homes and much more.  Give the Adults their day the last Saturday which they're already owning 110%, and by leaving things as is the Adults can also spend Halloween at home handing out candy or walking with their kids.  Did anyone even consider how many fewer homes would hand out candy on Halloween if it was on Saturday?  They wouldn't be home they'd be out at a party!  HELLO IS ANYONE HOME?

I'm sorry but the people who run this Halloween association they're either really really DUMB, or they're just trying to get PR for their failing association.  It has to be one or the other.  Haunted Houses, Amusement Parks, Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, Farmers, Corn Mazes to yes even the Halloween costume retailers would all lose with this proposal every single one!  This has to be simply put the dumbest idea we've ever heard EVER! 

Someone needs to call, email, write, and protest this association!  If you own an attraction STOP attending their tradeshow, if you're a retailer stop supporting this group.  We suggest every operator of an attraction contact this group today! 


Here is a link to the change petition:  https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-join-the-saturday-halloween-movement
  Posted by Larry 6.24 AM Read Comments ()
Mon, June 10, 2019

The Darkness haunted house located in downtown St Louis, opened its doors to the entire haunted house industry March of 2019.  Each year the entire haunted house industry hold their annual tradeshow in St Louis, and each year The Darkness opens its doors to the industry.  The single most successful tour The Darkness has ever produced was in 2019, after a complete renovation from November to March.  Watch this video to learn more about The Darkness 2019, and hear what the entire haunted house industry had to say about the all-new Darkness, regarded as one of the best haunts in the entire world.  

Currently The Darkness is not scheduled to open again in 2020 for the industry tradeshow, however owner Larry Kirchner recently said if they finalize their biggest renovation yet they will open again.  Plans for the Darkness 2020, include creating an entire entertainment facility next door with horror arcade, zombie axe throwing, expanded gift shop and more.  Stay tuned!  To learn more about the Darkness visit www.TheDarkness.com 

To experience the all-new Darkness come on September 13th, 2019! 

  Posted by Larry 6.32 PM Read Comments ()
Sat, May 18, 2019
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Haunted House Review Hellsgate Haunted House – Lockport, Illinois

By Kris Zahrobsky, Haunted House Chicago | Photos By: Tiela Halpin, Zombie Army Productions

When you're trying to find the biggest, scariest, haunted houses you find them at Hauntworld.com  Hellsgate located in Chicago Illinois -  Read our rating and review of HellsGate 

I recently had a chance to sit down with the director & founder of Zombie Army Productions and co-owner of HellsGate Haunted House, John LaFlamboy. Zombie Army Productions is the creative and operational force between a variety of films, music videos, zombie proms, parties, an epic roaming party army bus, tradeshow events, educational sessions, and a plethora of haunted attractions including: Statesville Haunted Prison, Haunted Spaceship at World Golf Dome, City of the Dead, Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier, Dragons Dome Haunted House, Zombie Containment, and of course HellsGate Haunted House located in Lockport, IL. Chatting in John’s office on the grounds of HellsGate, we were surrounded by images of inspiration including artwork from the Tales from the Crypt series, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Sam Rami’s Evil Dead, and John’s all-time favorite movie The Goonies.  Before we dive into HellsGate, we spent a little time talking about his inspirations and the path that led here.


As a youth growing up in the south side of Chicago, John became a storyteller to entertain his 6 brothers & sisters. In high school, his bedtime stories evolved to ghost stories as local kids liked to meet up at a seemingly haunted mansion in the woods with a terrifying urban legend. At age 15, John was running his own ghost tour with up to 60 people each tour! It grew so large he needed additional people to help make sure everyone could hear the stories.
Outside of childhood, John’s first significant haunted opportunity was in 1996 at Southern Illinois University with the suggestion of a haunted house as a fundraiser for the student theatre guild. Because there was no budget for this, the dean of the theater dept, Dr. Sarah Blackstone, wrote a personal check for $900. With that, they built a 4-room interactive attraction in an abandoned shoe store at a nearby mall…John’s first haunted house! Included was the original rendition of the red-and-white checkered clown room that eventually evolved to the famous closing feature at Statesville Haunted Prison.


Two years later. John’s first venture into the haunted attraction industry was in 1998 at Statesville Haunted Prison located in Crest Hill, Illinois. Owner Paul Siegel hired John to create a new style of haunted experience, a theatrical interactive experience leaving no safe spaces for patrons. With a $7100 budget and a deluge of Mountain Dew, John and company had to get creative with their resources to create creepy places, inspired by MC Escher, out of whatever supplies they could scrounge from the farm’s junk heap. Most importantly, he focused on creating an actor based haunted house that would be rooted in storytelling & character creation. Together with several members of his college theatre guild, a dozen Lockport High School theatre interns, and as many family & friends he could round up, Statesville would entertain over 10,000 people in the first year at Statesville.
Over the years, John and the Zombie Army found much success in haunted house productions.  John’s unique interactive theatrical style, mixed with an incredibly strong acting department proved to be a giant success as a Chicagoland fan favorite with tens of thousands of loyal fans. They continually won “Best Haunted House in Chicagoland” “Scariest Haunted House in Illinois,” and even featured on Travel Channel’s “Craziest Haunted Houses”. After years of producing multiple haunted houses, making films and throwing large themed events, it was time to put all Zombie Army had learned and all dreams and desires into one project…a haunted house built by haunters for haunters, a home for the misfit crew that had grown over the years, and a haunted house that was designed for the audience. It was time for HellsGate Haunted House. HellsGate would not just be any haunted attraction; this would be the culmination of all his life’s work and the urban legends John grew up knowing. A place in the middle of the woods at the end of a dark endless drive, filled with secret passages, slides, demonic possession and even a way to get your money back if you make it out alive. More than a haunted house, it would be an adventure. John recalls, “I wanted to give the entire family [Zombie Army] a place to go and something to be proud of, not just a haunted house, but a place to create, collaborate, and call your clubhouse.”

After securing the approval from the City of Lockport, the Parks District, and the mayor, Steve Streit, John & his partner, Rick Rudie, turned that spark into a fire. They found their future home & broke ground in April 2015. They cleared forest, dug trenches, erected a 21,000 sq ft. building & poured concrete. By July 2015 with the expert help of his father, John LaFlamboy Sr., they completed all the work needed for an amazing foundation including running the power, installation of a septic system, building a road, a parking lot, and the brand-new main facility with temperature controlled indoor flushing bathrooms. As the roof was finishing, his brother, Kyle LaFlamboy, had the build crew working tirelessly building all interior walls.

With 30 artists & crew members working 7-days a week, nothing was going to stop the Zombie Army from their dream. While fortune seemed to be on their side, all work came to a grinding halt in Sept 2015. While digging, the crew found something they wish they hadn’t. The Army was now not allowed to return to the property until the situation could be rectified by the authorities, and all hopes of opening for the 2015 season were crushed. Determined, Zombie Army members invested more and pushed forward. They enabled new marketing efforts which circled back to John’s core talent of being a storyteller. With no money for special effects, the Zombie Army created a simple video that showed John doing what he does best: telling a story about what HellsGate had in-store. Rewarding them for their efforts, the video received over 1 million views in the first month and set the table for their October 2016 premiere.


With the physical elements in place and marketing primed, it was time to develop the story. John asserts, “I can’t tell you how important our storytelling is to our show. We are servants to story. Our show has history with detailed character biographies. We continue to add depth and richness to that story. Each year, we discuss new characters and how to add to the story. Sometimes, I create the new characters, sometimes we workshop them in meetings, and sometimes a 15-year-old intern creates a whole new side storyline. This is the big difference between us and most other attractions, and our audience loves learning those little details. They feel more involved and emotionally connected. It’s essential our audience feels like they’ve left their lives behind for a short time while they visit our world and share in a life experience.”

After years of planning and an unfathomable amount of labor hours, opening day had come. The Zombie Army was excited to showcase the product of a lifetime of work & conceptualization. The first year proved to be an adventure in learning.  Zombie Army’s brand had taken root in Chicagoland and an unprecedented amount of people arrived in the first season, over 27,000 people in 20 days, three times the expected audience! With late October nights & long lines, they learned more in a season about their show & themselves than ever expected.

A hugely successful opening season wasn’t enough.  Ever improving, John reached out to his audience. He read reviews, listened to what they loved and paid detailed attention to any complaints.  From that feedback, John decided to increase the size of the forest & graveyard and add a whole bag of hell in the basement of HellsGate. Most of John’s design work was inspired by following the audience through the show on a nightly basis. He studied their reactions, their pace, their screams and their laughs. Wholeheartedly, John believes in giving back to his audience who gave them their time & hard-earned money. The least he can do is return that respect by continually working towards an even better audience experience. “We must do better today than yesterday,” John explains, and repeatedly his audience rewards him with ticket sales & fan reviews!


In only their 3rd season with their identity solidified and word spreading rapidly, HellsGate Haunted House entertained over 31,000 patrons in a 17-day season with 130 actors in 2018, and critics took notice. They received top attraction honors by both local & national reviewers. “#1 Haunted House in Chicagoland”, Haunted House Chicago. “Best Haunted House in Illinois”, Halloween Blast. “Scariest Haunted House in Illinois and #11 in the Nation” HauntWorld. “#1 Haunted House in Illinois and #8 in the Nation” ScareFactor.

I had a chance to review HellsGate in 2018; here is part of that review: This is not your typical haunted house, but a haunted adventure! Steeped in a history of unfortunate circumstances, HellsGate is one of those rare legendary haunted attractions. For those who have yet to experience, you are in for a treat. Embarking on a journey to HellsGate is much different than other attractions. Buses shuttle you to and from the grounds, as if something out of Disney. It keeps you off your guard, submerses you in the unknown, and sets the tone for your experience. Once arrived, you’re greeted by creatures taken over by the darkness lurking about. The creatures cleverly attack from all angles, even before entering. Throughout the trail, the monsters of the forest takeover. Using the moon’s lighting to their advantage, they strike with perfect timing and attack at multiple points until you enter Lost Souls Cemetery. Even more relentless are these attacks. Crawling through the dirt and trail, you’re never left alone. An eerie sense of evil descends as you near the mysterious mansion until you find yourself face-to-face with the gates of Hells Gate themselves. Wrapped in layers of fog & flickering torches, the mansion rises out of nowhere. A plethora of actors run amuck out front, toying with patrons but also wrapped in their own self-contained routines. Standing at front of the house, you first enter the breathtaking great room, detailed from floor to ceiling. The sound of a thunderstorm booms & lightning strikes just outside the stained-glass windows. Immersed in evil, you’re forced to escape through a secret passage within the walls. This trek leads to the study whereby you’re given additional information before continuing through a secret bookshelf. The kitchen, library, hallways and trophy room, all continue to illustrate the unearthed chaos with plenty of eye candy throughout. The woods, the detailed mansion, 17 secret passages, down slides, 100 live animals (snakes, spiders, eels, rats, cockroaches, scorpions), and dealing with dragons, this is one of the most detailed, fully-immersive haunted attractions anywhere. However, the true heart of the haunt lies in each cast member. Throwing caution to the wind, actors push their voices & bodies to extremes to produce the show of a lifetime every night, offering a unique and interactive exchange with each passing patron. Not the usual grunts or shouts, these actors engage in creepy conversations, planting seeds of nightmares that’ll make your skin crawl. Many believe the greatest fears are the ones that reside within your mind, and the crew here is certainly to blame!

What’s next for HellsGate? The Zombie Army is already hard at work on their annual build in preparation to be Featured Attraction during the 2019 Midwest Haunters Convention in Chicago in June. “The house is tightening up and more aggressive than ever. Characters are changing & evolving. The house has been exposed to this darkness for 3 years now. What’s the effect of that? The story is always advancing, and our guests are an important part of the ever-changing story,” says John. “The only limit we have is the length of our imaginations. We plan to expand, expand, expand, and eventually have a full night Halloween festival!”

Everything the Zombie Army does is a sum of their parts, and John recognizes all who have been instrumental. “Tresa Walker has been with me since our fundraiser in college. While she claims she did it for the peanut butter sandwiches, she’s the first to make sure our crew is fed and taken care of.” Tresa is head of stage management for HellsGate and a Zombie Army producer. John praises Kyle LaFlamboy, his brother and assistant designer and a Zombie Army producer, and Bobby Schmitt, his brother who’s head of the build department. And John always says building this dream would’ve been impossible without the support of business partner Rick Rudie who looked John in the eyes after his HellsGate pitch and said, “That sounds crazy; I’m in.” Above all, John gives credit for HellsGate’s meteoric success to those behind the walls. “To the kids who bring their energy & love to the show, to the adults that put their lives on hold while they dedicate their minds & bodies to the machine, and every actor & technician whose ever worked a Zombie Army show, for it was their efforts, blood, sweat, tears and dreams that fueled us to get this far. Without them, I’m just a weirdo talking crazy in the dark.” At the end of the day, John is simply an amazing storyteller, leading the Zombie Army while impacting & changing the lives of kids of all ages, all while continuing to innovate & create an incredible audience experience.  In John’s words, “You cannot scare everybody, but you can entertain everyone!”


HellsGate Fun Facts:
*The gates are real wrought-iron graveyard gates from the entrance of Burr Oak Cemetery, a location at the center of a major controversy in Chicago.
*The mansion floors are real hardwood for a true authentic feel & the antique furniture is real from estate sales collected 10+ years.
*All rooms are decorated 360-degrees of coverage.
*John purchased the domain HellsGate.com 10+ years ago.
*Like Disneys Haunted Mansion, the attic has special pieces from throughout the timeline of the company.
*Nickelback and Breaking Benjamin shot music videos there.
*An Addams Family-style wedding was held there.
*There are documented murders and paranormal experiences on the property.
*A documentary on the history of haunted houses was partially shot there.
*Upcoming Haunted House the Movie featuring Robert Englund will be shot there.
*Find the key & your ticket is free!



For more information, visit www.hellsgate.com

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  Posted by Larry 12.36 AM Read Comments ()
Wed, May 08, 2019

Transworld 2019 was the biggest tradeshow the haunt industry has ever seen.  Christmas attractions, Escape Rooms and more where all added to the mix creating a tradeshow floor that spanned nearly 300,000 square feet.  With tradition many incredible events took place outside the tradeshow itself including the Lemp Brewery Haunted House Tour 2019.  This was only the 3rd time the Lemp has opened during the Transworld tradeshow. 

The entire haunted house industry visited St Louis in March 2019 and the Lemp haunted house opened after a total overhaul to the attraction.  The team behind the Lemp attraction totally renovated to make the haunt darker, scarier than ever before.  We have the exclusive video showcasing everything you missed, or what you can look forward to if you visit the Lemp Haunted House this coming September 27, 2019.  To learn more about Lemp visit www.lemphauntedhouse.com   Watch the video below to see all the SCREAMS!  


  Posted by Larry 1.28 AM Read Comments ()
Wed, April 10, 2019

Chicago Illinois June 6-9, 2019 visit the 2nd biggest haunted hosue gathering in America.  Prepare for haunted house tours, costume parties, and haunted house seminars.  This year you'll find Midwest Haunters Convention has moved to Chicago from Columbus, Ohio.  The Midwest Haunters Convention is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US, dedicated to ALL Haunters; actors, enthusiasts, home/pro haunters and Halloween enthusiasts. Open to the public the MHC features a haunted house, horror and Halloween trade showeducational seminars & workshops, chartered bus tours, a massive Masquerade ball, multiple contestsfamily-friendly activities and much more!

See the video below or visit their website now at www.MidWestHauntersConvention.com 

Hauntworld will be on site to with our newest haunt magazine and Fear Ticket.  

  Posted by Larry 4.37 PM Read Comments ()
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