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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.

Features:
• Headless Horseman, New York
• Nightmare On 13th, Utah
Plus:
• 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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Featuring:

  • Universal's Revenge Of The Mummy
  • Top 13 Revealed 
  • How to create an investor ready business plan
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  • An Investor Ready Business Plan
  • The BOCA article
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  • Headless Horesman Haunted Hayride
  • Haunted Pre-Shows
  • Cave Design & Construction
  • Amusement Park Haunts
  • Harkleroad Haunting 101
  • What's Your Line? Developing Character Actors
  • Inflatables and Halloween
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Sun, September 08, 2019
Rise Haunted House Hammond, Louisiana

Haunted House Rating -  Double M Haunted Hayrides – Albany, 
 New York
By Hauntworld Magazine

When you're trying to find the biggest, scariest, haunted houses you find them at Hauntworld.com  
Double M Haunted Hayrides is located in Ballston, New York  near Albany 


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When it comes to the haunted house & attractions industry, Leo Martin has seen it all. He came onto the scene in 1991 at the early age of 19 when he became a franchisee of The Original Haunted Hayride. He opened what is now one of the oldest longest-running haunted attractions in the country at his parents’ property in Malta, NY known as Double M Farms in Saratoga County.

That’s right; there was once a major franchise in the haunted attraction industry. In the early 90s, approximately 50 franchise locations of The Original Haunted Hayride were in operation. They even had a famous spokesperson, Vincent Price. The franchise would eventually dissolve in 1995, but this was just the beginning for Martin’s operation and his love of haunting.



 

The Original Haunted Hayride at Double M morphed into Double M’s Haunted Hayride, an independent haunted attraction where Martin had more opportunity to get as creative, as horrific, and as sinister as he always wanted. To tie into the western theme of the Double M property, which was established in 1966 by Ron and Kathy Martin and is home to a western store with cowboy boots and a full-fledged rodeo in the summer, Leo Martin developed the iconic dead cowboy character Scary Harry which continues to serve as the main branded icon character today. Every Halloween season, Martin creates a haunted environment that submerges guests in evils of the old west as they return to terrorize the undead.
As the business evolved from a 1-attraction haunted hayride to a full blown haunted screampark, so the operations evolved too.  Fortunately, Leo’s wife Jennifer joined the team along the way and manages much of the logistics of the business. This allows Leo to focus on construction and scare tactics. Plus, the third generation has also entered the family business at Double M, with Leo and Jennifer’s son Max now helping with creative, set building, acting and management.  Fast forward to 2019, and Double M’s Haunted Hayride is preparing for its 29th year of fear!

 






Just how much is there to manage you ask? How about a 40 minute haunted hayride, four haunted houses totaling 30 minutes, nine tractor-drawn wagons that each seat 50 people, 150 employees, and 25,000+ customers per season.

“It’s a massive operation,” said Martin. “We started with maybe 45 employees in year one and have grown bigger and bigger as we continuously strive to deliver a better experience each year for our customers. They expect us to top ourselves every year, and we take that challenge very seriously.”

A key management team of 10 horror junkies meet throughout the year to develop the upcoming season’s attractions. The process starts in November when the team convenes to dissect the season that has just passed: what worked best, what needs to go, what ideas do they have in mind already for next season? A major brainstorming meeting takes place in late Winter to early Spring where new ideas are fleshed out and a rough sketch of the upcoming season starts to take shape. The Martins then take this rough sketch to TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show in late March as a guide for purchasing decisions for new costumes, horrific props, multi-motion animations, extreme CGI FX or anything else that fits their upcoming season’s themes. As soon as they return from the show, it’s build time.


 

 



“Everything we do is very calculated, almost scientific,” said Martin. “We’re not just throwing it together in September - October. The notion of a seasonal business does not exist in our world. We’re in it 365 days a year to provide the best, scariest haunted house events for our customers.”
But it’s not just the haunts that undergo careful planning. Double M’s Haunted Hayride takes the same approach to its marketing strategies. Marketing meetings begin in the Spring where messaging and mediums are analyzed, and out-of-the-box ideas are developed. 

“We’re big on experiential marketing,” said Martin. “Our first big experience-based promotion was our zombie invasion of nearby Saratoga Springs dubbed #ZombieToga which made headlines all over our local news media. We followed that up with a zombie invasion at Clifton Park Center Mall’s Halloween event which was a huge hit. We also ran a competition to spend a night in a hearse on our property where the competitor would walk away with $1,000 if she survived everything we threw at her over the course of the night. She did survive, and we were really happy about that, because she was a single mom who planned on using that money for her kids. It was a great experience, and of course we documented the whole thing in a 30 minute YouTube special called Hell in a Hearse…Go watch it!”

When it comes to safety and security, the Martins take zero shortcuts. There are security and EMS personnel on-site each and every night. At the beginning of the season, employees attend an active shooter training by the local Sheriff’s department and sexual harassment prevention training.
“We’re a family, and as a family we care about the well-being of our employees and our customers,” said Jennifer Martin. “We take every measure we can to provide a safe environment to experience the fun of the Halloween season.”






 

 

Speaking of employees; recruiting, hiring, training and managing 150 employees is no easy feat. The process begins in the summer with a job fair and auditions. Those that make the cut are welcomed to the team and undergo training and rehearsals ahead of opening night. You might be wondering how many makeup artists Double M must employ for all of their actors…and the answer will probably shock you: ONE. Makeup artist PJ Duell works with speed and precision each night as he transforms ordinary (well, maybe not ordinary…we are in the haunt biz) humans into terrifying characters from every corner of the imagination and beyond.

Now that the haunts have been designed and built, the marketing machine is running, the team of employees is in place and trained, and the makeup is applied…it’s scream time!

 

The 2019 season at Double M’s Haunted Hayride will kick off with a fall Harvest Party featuring live music and the entire haunted experience. This year’s attractions include: the tractor-drawn haunted hayride through acres and acres of dark woods that are home to a freakish variety of beings; the tortuous family compound referred to by those who know of its crimes against humanity as Brutality; the place you’ll never sleep and maybe never escape known as The Last Inn; the pitch-black maze of cages Maximum Outage; and the all-new not-so-merry and bright Christmas themed attraction Jingle Hell. This year will also see the debut of Killshot Zombie Laser Tag.  The 2019 haunt season will reach its grand finale on Extreme Night, an 18+ interactive experience where the lines are blurred and things get real.


 

 

Then, just like that, the 2019 haunted house season is over. The woods of Double M grow eerily quiet. The thrill-seeking customers from near and far turn their attention to happy thoughts of roasted turkeys, hot cocoa and Christmas trees. And the Martins begin plotting how to terrify them all over again in 2020.




 



 
 

Double M Haunted Hayrides / 678 NY-67, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 / doublemhauntedhayrides.com


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Tue, September 03, 2019
Rise Haunted House Hammond, Louisiana

Haunted House Review and Rating of Chamber of Horrors NY– Hauppauge, New York

By Nick Georgandis and Frank Ingargiola
 

When you're trying to find the biggest, scariest, haunted houses you find them at Hauntworld.com 
Chamber of Horrors NY is located in Hauppauge, New York - Read our rating and review of Chamber of Horrors NY



When Marty Arominski founded Chamber of Horrors NY in 2012, his first new haunted attraction in nearly a decade, he anticipated plenty of competition for customers in haunt-happy New York. What no one could have possibly expected was Hurricane Sandy. Making landfall the afternoon of October 29, the mega-storm did massive damage. On October 30 and 31, typically two of the biggest nights of the year for professionally-run haunted houses, people were in no mood to go out and pay to be scared. All they had to do was look at the damage and destruction around them for that.  It was the kind of extreme catastrophe that most people might take as a sign that their business venture wasn’t meant to be. However, Arominski had been passionate about haunted events for more than 15 years by then, and he wasn’t about to back down.

 

 

The next year, his never-say-die attitude led him on a journey when one of his staff members introduced him to an ex-professional baseball player named Matt Guiliano.  Guiliano attended Iona College in the 1990s and had been selected in the 20th round of the 1994 amateur baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.  A slick-fielding shortstop, Guiliano toiled in the Phillies’ minor league system, topping out just shy of the majors in Triple A. When Major League Baseball success eluded him, Guiliano transitioned to coaching and then to the private business sector, opening Matt Guilano’s Play Like a Proin 2004. The massive 22,000-square foot facility on Long Island offers private coaching for baseball and softball along with recreational activities.  Guiliano met with Arominski in 2013 and the two talked shop and space. They’ve been partners ever since. Now, every year as the leaves start to fall, Chamber of Horrors NY takes over more than 10,000 square feet of Play Like a Pro and turns it into the premiere haunted attraction in the Empire State.

 

 


Building a Monstrous Masterpiece
 

From humble beginnings, Chamber of Horrors NY has risen to not just be the talk of Long Island, but one of the top haunted tourism destinations in the tri-state area. Gradually, the pieces of the puzzle came together and the current staff took shape.  The process began with the addition of general manager Robert Frankenberg, whose early musical career introduced him to the horror business in 2007, and he has been neck deep in it ever since. Another key addition was Oscar Gonzalez. He was an amateur set designer for Halloween parties at his own house for years, getting more and more intense and elaborate with the props and decor as time went on. His designs got so much buzz that he started getting offers from community events.  After a few very successful solo shows he came on board in 2015 to design the ultimate sets and terrifying scares at Chamber of Horrors NY.

 

In the haunt’s early days, everyone did a little of everything during the prep and preseason. Running a haunt project this vast requires real organizational flow for maximum effect. With each passing year and performance, The Chamber’s staff fine-tuned itself. Adam Capparelli was promoted to head makeup artist and oversees a staff that grows almost annually.  Meanwhile, GM Rob began working on the operation’s overall efficiency, streamlining processes to save everyone time and money while still maximizing the scare factor for guests. He upgraded Chamber’s lighting, sound and video production, introduced new techniques to modernize the haunt’s special effects, authorized an increased use of prosthetics in character design, and focused more attention towards costuming in order to really ramp up the horror and diversify the characters.

 



All of Chamber of Horrors’ rooms are enhanced by special lighting, scene specific sound, and in many cases, animatronics. The latter of which are some of the best and scariest ways to catch attendees off-guard. “The best part of the animatronics is that we can change their costumes easily to reflect the theme of the haunt,” Arominski says. “We can dress them like zombies or clowns, and they drop down for a scare. Nowadays, with motion sensors and state of the art triggers, they always get their timing right.”

 

However, the biggest scares always come from the collection of talented actors who faithfully work night after night to give fans the thrill and screams of a lifetime. This age diverse group ranges from stage actors to horror enthusiasts, and even includes several circus veterans using their talents in ways undreamt of under the Big Top. But it is not for everyone. The ones that don’t last long, according to Arominski, are the ones who don’t see the work as anything more than a paycheck.  “There are some people who love Halloween and have always wanted to do this.” he says. “You get those type of people, and then you get people who are just using it to make money. I tell them, if you’re just into this for the paycheck, you’ll never last. You have to love what you are doing, love Halloween, and love horror."  While the paychecks don’t necessarily motivate the staff, a nightly prize does. Although Marty mostly works the ticket window, he’ll head out into the different haunts once per night, tagging along at the back of a group of customers where his 6-foot, 4-inch frame allows him to see from a distance where the biggest scares are coming from. He makes his notes and compares them to those from his section managers. After factoring in data collected by the haunt’s exit polls, three top actors are selected.

 

“Before the actors head home every night, we give out cash on a sliding scale for the performers that did the best job. It’s a great motivator because it’s not only about the money, it’s about the status of being the best,” Arominski continues. “The cash money as a reward is great, but being recognized in front of your peers just seems to up the game for them.”


 



Costumes and makeup are crucial for the actors to perform their best. While many of the staff at Chamber of Horrors NY have been trained to do a lot of their own basic makeup, the pro artists under Adam’s direction always augment and airbrush the performers’ faces to perfection. Actors playing prominent parts may also use prosthetics to amp up the creepy and allow a more realistic look for up close, intimate encounters. Others use silicone masks to become something decidedly inhuman but still very real. The costume department is headed in-season by build crew members Mandi Kovalevich and Megan Lane.  The costume designs are the living embodiment of their passion for the craft.

 

 

The sets are full of extra dressing as well. Set Design is a hands-on labor of love for team leader Oscar Gonzalez, who begins painting, distressing and detailing each haunt in the oppressive summer heat as soon as the walls go up. As they say...the devil is in the details and there are many devils in The Chamber. State of the art lighting dazzles audience members as they travel through different degrees of light, shadow and total darkness with disorientation being the objective. Sound, which is sometimes neglected in other haunts, is a key component along with the lighting. In earlier days, Arominski’s son ran the soundboard and blasted a mixture of hard rock and metal through the haunts, a pairing that many customers really got into. Now, with every room wired with its own unique soundtrack, the music has been lowered to more of an ambient level so customers can hear all the creeks, moans chains, and those creepy, creepy character voices. All the actors have free rein to improvise within reason but most are fed lines beforehand in order to enhance the theme and further the storyline.

 


 

The Trilogy of Fear
 

With so much room to play and an army of crazies to man it, Marty’s staff offers three different haunts, known as The Trilogy of Fear. Each haunt features its own interactive queue and finale. Each of the haunts could be standalone events. "This concept, unique on Long Island, gives our patrons more bang for their buck," says Arominski.

 

The first haunt has traditionally been a variation of a haunted Victorian mansion, although its actual theme changes each year. The other two attractions evolve dramatically from year to year as the staff experiments with new ways to scare, shock, and of course, entertain the attending audiences. "Having all three in one location is what sets Chamber of Horrors in a category all to itself among New York haunts. We want to be the purple cow that stands out, we want to be different,” Arominksi says. “We want to be different every year, and scare the shit out of people.”

 

 

Because Chamber of Horrors is not limited to a single set like many other haunted houses, it has the distinct advantage of being able to recreate itself each season. Even though they have the same space, the walk through is always different.  “The first haunt is usually the most detailed. We’ll mix up the rooms every year. It is always changing. As for the other two, they are a blank canvas and are limited only by our staff’s imagination. Everyone is encouraged to pitch ideas,” Arominski says.

 



Silent Evil: Serial Killer Monty Arbuckle's Life Size Dollhouse is a home for his twisted family. Victims of Monty's Sadistic Murders are dismembered, taxadermed into life size dolls and brought back to life using dark magic and kept inside his Gothic Dollhouse. Victims must survive the treacherous rooms in his house or forever be kept as permanent additions to his family.

 

Malevolence: The Catacombs beneath the Church of Brimstain are filled with secrets. An ancient evil lurks in the shadows waiting to swallow the souls of the innocent. A Witch once hung in the chapel known as Nora Scarlington. She seeks revenge upon anyone unfortunate enough to enter the cursed building. Demons, Wraiths, Devil and more accompany her in the depths of the underground tunnels.

 

Cold Blood: A Alaskan town sits in the cold of night as the winter snow blows through it's streets. The Moonlight illuminates blood stains among the snow littered abandoned cabins where vicious vampires search for their next meal. A savage species hell bent on carnage and chaos they hunt in the shadows and slaughter anything with a pulse.

 

 


 


The only constant for Arominski’s creation is an Exorcist-styled room, which has been created in some form into every haunt he’s done for over two decades. He was not a huge horror buff growing up but an exception was The Exorcist, and it has remained a favorite of his to this day. “In 20 years we have had 8-9 different actors perform that role, each putting a unique spin on it but it works every time. It never fails to get a reaction. We have had to adapt it a bit because not all of our younger patrons know the movie as well as you’d expect but the visual is very primal, very disturbing in any case. We just let the makeup and fx crew go nuts.” Arominski said with a twinkle in his eye.

     

The scary fun begins as soon as guests arrive.  They are greeted in the lobby by 15 year Chamber veteran Frank Ingargiola, providing the voice for fan favorite animatronic Alphonse Lobbizombi aka the ‘Lobby Zombie’. Always ready with a joke, insult or scare, Alphonse sets the tone for what is to come. Next up is co-owner Guiliano dressed up as the devil himself to escort guests into the haunt. The first stop is The Board Room, an interactive movie experience hosted by one of our ghouls. It provides an introduction to the characters and themes soon to come.

 

Every year, the Chamber seeks to top itself with their newest creations. From the early years that featured a lot of black walls and spider webs, the Chamber has gotten more grisly, ghostly, and intense with the likes of:

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  • Ward 9: An asylum where the patients aren’t just disturbed, they’re zombies!
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  • Carnage: A cult compound headed by Father Payne Ripper. Join or die!
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  • Murders' Row: A collective of serial killers, real and imagined, all waiting for you!
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  • Toxic City: Everytown USA, polluted, corrupted and...infested.

 

The Chamber’s 2019 schedule is more terrifying than ever and is set to blow away anything that has come before. The Trilogy of Fear will scream back to undead life with three spectacular haunts sure to have visitors talking for years to come. “We have done some crazy stuff in the past but this year is our most ambitious undertaking yet. We are pulling out all the stops. Be afraid, be very afraid.” Marty cackled. This years lineup is set to include some edgy, controversial and experimental content.  The first, Silent Evil is a twist on the house theme. When is a house not a house? When it is the shop of a magician who dabbles in both the Dark Arts and murder. The result? Living Dolls! As Stan Lee used to say, “Nuff’ said!”. Then comes Malevolence. In the catacombs beneath a church, a spirit lurks, exposing all who enter to demons, wraiths and the Ultimate Evil. Closing the show is Cold Blood, an Alaskan town, shrouded in darkness. Its inhabitants are being hunted by vampires during a SNOWSTORM. As the GM puts it, “We go to a lot of haunts, all over the country and we had never seen a snow machine in use. So we said, hell, lets get three!  That should give everyone something to talk about on the ride home."


 



 

Themes, Screams, and the Greatest Birthday Ever
 

In addition to The Trilogy, Chamber of Horrors prides itself on offering guests thrills they have never experienced before so there’s never the feeling of “been there, done that.” New shows and events are added whenever inspiration hits. Rumors of a long whispered about sleep over event persist and may soon come to fruition.

 

Chamber pioneered the ‘all dark' or 'blackout night' trend, premiering Kill the Light as a weekly event in early years. Each group was given a single glow stick and then sent through the pitch-dark haunts in reverse order, entering through what was usually the exit and making their way towards the entrance. “Even if they had been through it forwards before, they couldn’t keep track of it going the other way with so little light,” Arominski says with glee. “You were already scared before you even realized you had been in the room before.”

 

The open-screen wall haunt known as “The Maze of Mayhem” was almost too successful when it opened. The Chamber of Horrors team employed a giant strobe light on a long, slow cycle that blinked on and off. When customers entered the area, they saw two creepily-dressed performers behind the screen about 40 feet away. By the fourth blink, the distance was down to six inches, and the performer was on the inside of the screen with the group of attendees.  “This one girl, when our actor appeared six inches in front of her, she was so scared that she turned around and started to run,” Armoniski said. “That’s one of our big rules, no running. The girl went eight feet before crashing face-first into a fence."  Chamber of Horrors NY graciously paid her medical bills from the collision.

 

A different type of scare occurred during, or rather just after, an infamous event called Dead of Night.  Because it’s a full-contact show featuring adult themes, only guests 18 and older could enter and must sign a waiver too. Among the 70 plus items on the very real, very binding waiver was some very tiny print, inserted as a joke, that confirmed said entrant had agreed to “forfeit your soul to our master.” “About a month after the show, a guy called and said he’s been talking to his priest and he wants his soul back,” Armoniski said. ”He had apparently assumed that our lawyer Lou C. Fer was licensed in New York.”

 

The best story of all for Arominski came in the Chamber’s fourth year. Not surprisingly for a guy who runs a haunted house, his birthday falls just a week before Halloween. As mentioned previously, scaring the crap out of people is always an objective, and it literally happened one night. "It was our fourth year and on my birthday.  Two different people from two different groups literally crapped their pants; they were so scared,” he shares with a laugh. “I told the staff afterward, this is the best birthday present I’ve ever had.”


There is No Bad Press
 

When Arominski signed his partnership with Guiliano, it gave him much more capital to pour into advertising, including a number of television commercials. One of those would fatefully play a huge role in the Chamber of Horrors’ increasing popularity. In 2014, the haunt didn’t go away post-Halloween. After that came the big winner, a Very Scary Christmas, Long Island’s first Xmas themed haunt that was advertised on late-night television with a commercial featuring a Serial Santa (Claus). Shown late at night, the commercial had little chance of spooking real-life Santa enthusiasts until the cable provider running it used it to fill some dead air spaces in its programming at 4:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon. “Suddenly one day I start getting death threats because the commercial has been played on a kids channel during the day,” Arominski recalls. “People were telling me I should die and that their children cannot unsee what they’ve seen. We saw this as an opportunity, and we put out a press release saying ‘The owner is getting death threats.’ Pretty soon, NBC News and Fox News were coming out to do stories on the Chamber of Horrors Christmas event." Further stories on the controversial TV commercial appeared on LongIsland.com and in The Huffington Post.  All the buzz paid off with huge crowds to see the show the rest of the season.

 

Twenty plus years down the road, Marty feels the best is yet to come. “The Chamber is organic, it grows and it changes.  It always moves forward.  Every year, you deal with the build, the logistics, the paperwork and you get tired, real tired. It’s a lot of sweat and late nights. Then the doors open and you hear that first scream, and it reminds you why you love doing this. Before you know it, you’re planning for the next year.” Marty said with a satisfied smile. “Bigger, better, faster, more.”


 
 

Chamber of Horrors NY is billed as Long Island’s Most Intense Haunted Attraction. Featuring its famous Trilogy of Fear: 3 Haunts for the price of 1, it combines state of the art lighting and sound with a cast unequaled in imagination and talent. The Chamber is owned, built and staffed by industry veterans. It was ranked the #1 Haunted House in 2018 by a local haunt directory and has been ranked as the Top Overall Attraction on Long Island before that. For details and news, check out www.chamberofhorrorsny.com. In addition, after 10 years of anticipation and planning, in 2019 Marty intends to further his legacy by opening Fear Manor in Queens, NY with First Responder, NYC Fireman, Chris Landano. It will be Queens first and only Haunted Attraction.


 

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Sat, June 15, 2013

Haunted Houses - Hauntworld Magazine Issue 34 is Finally here!  Hauntworld Magazine issue 34 features several haunted houses including Verdun Manor from Dallas Texas, Dead End Haunted Hayride from Minnesota, Darkwood Manor from Virigina and Pittsburgh's biggest and best haunted house 100 Acres Manor.  Additionally the new magazine features several articles on how to own and operate a succesful haunted screampark.  Learn all the secrets from real experts on how to build, what type of attractions you should have to the operation of a major screampark. 

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Thu, June 06, 2013

Hauntworld Magazine Issue 34 is in production and will be released soon!  The new issue will feature featured articles on Verdun Manor, Haunted Hotel, Darkwood Manor and much more.  Additionally the new issue of Hauntworld Magazine will feature several articles about how to build and operate a succesful haunted SCREAMPARK which is a multiple attraction event.  Get your subscription today to Hauntworld Magazine the only magazine in the entire Haunted House that helps you become a more successful owner operator.  

The next issue of Hauntworld magazine will also feature for the first time ever a professional photo shot for the cover... meaning we hired models, photographers and we planned out and created the cover from scratch.  This will be a first of its kind and we can't wait to release it! 

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Mon, May 06, 2013

Find Haunted Houses here on America's Best and Biggest haunted house directory helping people find more than 3000 different types of Halloween and Haunted Attractions in 2013!  Hauntworld.com is updating its massive haunted house directory and we are about to add tons more featured haunted house articles for the 2013 Haunted House season.  It's time for all haunted attractions to log into thier accounts and update their profiles to include new videos, photos, plus updated times, dates, and prices.  Most haunted houses will open on Friday the 13th in September 2013 ... what an awesome day to open.  Many haunted houses are already updating their website check out www.ScareFest.com and look at the unique way they have already begun to promote their opening day.

Everyday between now and opening day is just that a day between now and then so why not do exactly what Scarefest.com is doing by creating headers for their website promoting only the opening day??  Haunted Houses across the country should do more to promote their opening days because from the time you close until the day you open you have nothing but time to promote re-opening your haunt.  This year is more unique than most because you have the opportunity to open on Friday the 13th in September. The date will offer extra punch to your opening day and hopfully get your haunted house going in the right direction early but only if you get the word out sooner than later.

It makes almost no sense to leave your website with the same content from last year, the sooner you can update your website with content for 2013 the better!  With the haunted house tradeshow behind us most haunted house owners are focused on getting their attractions updated and ready to open for the 2013 Halloween season.  However many haunt owners forget that part of getting your season started on the right severed foot means your website in addition to the physical location.  Why?  This year is the year to really get going early and starting the season off with a bang!  Friday the 13th dates don't come around often and when they do you should take advantage so start your promotion early this year. Why stop there change your header on your facebook page as well reflecting your opening night date!  Do EVERYTHING you can to promote the opening date between NOW and THEN!

Update your website, add new content, new headers for your pages and really hammer home the opening day which again this year can start off on an iconic day! 

And while you are at it remember to log into your accounts here and update your profiles which help your customers learn information about your haunted house and what makes your haunt special.

2013 should be the best haunted house season in many years!  There are no elections, we have a good starting date and October offers us 5 good weekends.  Prepare to scream like never before! 

Lastly we want to let you know that the newest edition of Hauntworld Magazine is coming soon packed with information to help your business succeed in 2013! 

 

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