Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Haunt Fans Sell Out 13th Hour Summer Scare

Haunt Fans Sell Out 13th Hour
Wharton, NJ —By Chuck Mound- The license plates in the parking lot of 13th Hour Haunted House in Wharton, NJ read New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, and Ohio to name a few.  Haunt Fans traveled from all over the northeast to attend the 13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Rooms Summer Scare held on August 1st, 2020 in Wharton, New Jersey.


The event was very well organized by 13th Hour Haunted House Owner Steve Bailey and his Staff. The event was well attended by Haunted House Fans as every time slot was Sold Out.  With the Halloween Season quickly approaching, many are wondering how and if Haunted Houses would be able to open. “This was a great success all around” says Bailey “We had nothing but great feedback from all of the customers and it gives us hope that we can provide a good Haunt Season during these times”


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Guests were asked to pre purchase tickets online at 13thhour.com and select a time slot, which were offered every half hour. Time Slots sold out fast as they were operating at only 25 percent capacity based on NJ State Regulations for Indoor Entertainment Venues. Upon Arrival, guests would proceed to the Ticket Booth, which were protected by a thick plexy glass, and scan their tickets for entry. The outdoor Cue lines were all Social Distanced with 6 feet between each group while masks were worn. Hand Sanitizer was readily available as well as gloves for those guests who requested them. 


Haunter Riley Gates of Maryland, who was a guest actor was at 13th Hour playing the Fearleader, greeted the guests as they approached the ticket booth. “With the masks and social distancing rules, you have to really challenge yourself as an actor because you have to try to scare using different techniques” says Gates “It is also hard to get a read on the guests because of the masks, so you cannot see their facial expressions and you have to rely only on their body language” added Gates. Gates got your attention immediately as she would sprint towards you and at the last second would slide across the pavement using her knee pads and hand pads that would provide sparks.



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You would typically start your 13th Hour Adventure at the highly popular time machine, that is a crowd favorite during the Halloween season, but was not in use for Sumer Scream 20 to avoid any clusters and to keep the groups moving through the Haunted House. The time machine provides that whole back story of the Haunted House based on the Hayden Family that is presented by award winning Haunt actor Matt Byrd, who plays Louey Lazarus. One of the big aspects that Haunts pride themselves on during the season is the amount of Actors that work inside the House, but with Covid, this game plan needed to be modified. “We cut our acting staff in half” says Bailey, “this limited the number of people inside the house at one time”.


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You would think that this would play a major role in the quality of the Haunted House, but this was not the case. All of the actors at 13th Hour are multi year veterans who have hundreds of hours of Haunt Acting Experience and it showed. Led by acting director Christopher DeTroy the scares were around every corner while all actors in the Haunted House wore masks and practiced social distancing. Perfect placement of Animatronics with the constant audio soundtrack that seemed to pace your every step with anticipation of what was around the next corner. Each Set design was better than the next. So many new set designs for the 2020 season includes the Exorcist set, Church scene and the Swamp that uses an amazing laser effect.


Jeff Gabriele, a Halloween Enthusiast, drove from West Deptford in South Jersey to experience Summer Scare at 13th Hour. “They totally redid scenes and props” said Gabriele “they had a whole ritual scene that was great and an exorcism scene and not to mention Clowns, wasteland, creepy dolls, hillbilly butchers, monsters, marionettes and more” says Gabriele “One of the better indoor Haunts out there and defiantly worth the trip”


Just when you finish the first floor of fears, you go through 2 more Haunted Attractions called the Attic, followed by Darkness where you navigate through the Haunted maze with the lights out. Screams and Scares that provided 45 minutes of constant Halloween entertainment.


Scott Lucas Jr was on the scene as Co owner of Stay Safe Sanitizing out of Hackettstown, NJ to keep the Haunted House highly sanitized. “We have been spraying down the Haunted House every 30 minutes with Hospital grade sanitizer” says Lucas “ We use the best machines in the business that provides a misting spray that covers a larger area upon application”


The Haunt Fans that were in attendance were very respectful of the rules and regulations and went above and beyond.


13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Rooms will be entering its 9th Season in Business.  “We had a great night” says 13th Hour Haunted House owner Steve Baily, “This was an important night for the Haunt Industry to show that we can all be open while practicing the safe guidelines that have been presented”. 


For those who Fear that Halloween will be cancelled this season, you have some hope as the team at 13th Hour Haunted House proved that Haunted Houses can be open during a pandemic by following all of the safe and effective guidelines presented. 


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mid Summer Scare at 13th Hour

Wharton, NJ —You can say that 2020 has served up more scares than any other year in modern history. But if you are in need of some scares that are more on the traditional sense, with the feel of the Halloween season, then look no further than the13th Hour Haunted House located on West Dewy Ave in Wharton, NJ. For one night only on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 a special event called the Mid Summer Scare will provide a taste of Haunt season 2020 as they will be the First Haunted Attraction in New Jersey that will open its doors since the Covid 19 Pandemic has reared its Ugly Face.

This is a good way to see where we are at” says 13th Hour Haunted House Owner Steve Bailey, “ After being shut down for almost 4 months, we want to make sure we have everything in place for the upcoming Halloween Season” says Bailey

Haunted Attractions Fall under the category of Indoor Entertainment in the State of New Jersey. “We can operate within 25 Percent Capacity and must follow all CDC guidelines” says Bailey. 13th Hour Haunted House has taken many precautions to make the Haunted Attraction as safe as possible for both the guests and actors.

We will be cutting our staff of actors in half to limit the number of people inside the Haunted House” says Bailey. For most Haunted Attractions this might be a big issue, but over the many years in business, 13th Hour has managed to build a Haunted House with 2 floors that is packed with state of the art animatronics, props and set designs that leave customers wanting more. In fact, in 2019 Bailey added a third Haunted Attraction at 13th Hour with a Dark Maze.“This is such a good Haunted Attraction and is always one of the best in New Jersey” says Pat Regan, President of the National Haunters Association, “ The House itself is such a great attraction as it has Hollywood type sets within each room and around every corner”.

Even actors at other Haunted Attractions praise the work that has been done by Bailey. “I enjoyed the sets at 13th Hour Haunted House” says Valerie Wierzbicki, who has been a Haunt Actor for over 7 Years and currently works at the Hotel of Horror in Saylorsburg, PA. “the one room with all of the Mirrors and the floor spinning is always my favorite” added Wierzbicki.

13th Hour has re opened their Escape Rooms this past week and they have been impressed with the customers.

People get it and are defiantly doing their part” says Bailey “ We have had a lot of small groups participate in our escape rooms this past week and they all have been great in following all of the guidelines”.

Some of the other guidelines that are in place include Masks must be worn at all times. If you need a mask, one will be provided by 13th Hour. All of the Actors will be wearing masks and will be practicing 6 feet social distancing. Gloves will be available for any customer as well. Just like amusement parks and theme parks who sanitize rides each hour, 13th Hour will follow the same practices as they will be sanitizing the props and sets every hour.

Social Distancing will be practiced by the actors and is expected by the guests. Timed Ticketing for the event will help limited the number of people that are on lines to enter the Haunted House.

You can buy your ticket on line that will be Timed Ticketing with 30 minute intervals between each of the time slots. 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00. Totaling 6 Time Slots that will be available. For more information go to 13th Hour

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Arx Mortis Presents My Bloody Valentine

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Killen, Alabama - Arx Mortis presented my Bloody Valentine 2020 presented by Dead Dave Designs broadcasting with Speed by Chuck Mound on your smartphone on the Haunt Hunters App. Arx Mortis Haunted Attraction will open its doors on February, 8, 14 and 15th, 2020 for a Valentines Haunt Special. Tickets are $15 and $25 for VIP. Call 256-349-9385 for more information, Tapp the HauntHuntersApp to bring the Best Haunted Attractions to your Smartphone.

Monday, November 18, 2019

IAAPA 2019 Haunts

IAAPA 2019
Orlando, Florida - IAAPA 2019 Haunts, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions will be held at the Orlando Conventions Center from November 18- 23. The Latest and greatest rides and attractions will be on display for all to see for the 2020 season. Every aspect of the Amusement Park business will be at your disposal. Park Admission, Clothing, Coin Operated Machine, Computer Systems, Construction and Consultants are all part of this massive convention. The Haunt Industry will account for 15 to 20 percent of the massive trade show floor. This includes some of the following businesses in the Haunt Industry.

Transworld Trade show produces three Haunt, Halloween, Christmas and Escape Room related events. The Legendary Haunt Tour and the Midwest Haunters Convention from March 19-22, 2020.

Froggys Fog is a premier fog fluid, haze juice, artificial snow and bubble fluids based in the United States. One of the most popular Haunt Vendors that accounts for a large part of the Haunt Industry,

Friday, November 15, 2019

Do you Want a Balloon Frankie?


Clifton, NJ - Do you want a Balloon Frankie? Brighton Asylum Haunted Attraction located in Clifton, NJ features some of the Best Haunt Actors in the Industry. Meet the Real Frankie, one of the patients at Brighton Asylum who is one of the Best Haunt Actors in the Haunt Industry. Featured on the Haunt Hunters App on Clown Night.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Haunts Region 1

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New York, New York - The Haunt Hunters App has announced the official States that will be part of the Best Haunted Attractions for the Northeast Region. The Best Haunted Attractions will be listed on the Haunt Hunters App. This includes the Following States. Tapp the App on your smartphone broadcasting live with Speed by Chuck Mound.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Bates Motel Haunted Hayride Preview 2018

Bates Motel Preview 2018
Glen Mills, PA-- The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride has been the standard in the Haunt Industry for 28 years. The Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm has been scaring its visitors with amazing props, digital FX, great actors and extraordinary professional makeup. The Haunted Hayride is a 25 minute, action packed, heart pounding ride through the dark forest of Arasapha Farm, located just outside of Philadelphia PA. It is filled with huge, detailed sets, giant monsters and more pyrotechnics than a Kiss concert. With scenes like a 100’ foot long, 40 foot tall drive thru insane asylum, a full scale mockup of a New England church and a 200 foot long cave, the Haunted Hayride is an amazing example of Hollywood style sets and props. “We have added several new, huge scenes for the 2018 season” Says Haunt owner Randy Bates, “these will blow away the competition and this year we will present the return of the Headless Horseman”. The Bates Motel provides an incredible display of terror and mayhem this side of Hollywood. Filled with high tech special effects, digital soundtrack and lighting, the Bates Motel takes Halloween to a new level of horror. The realism in this attraction is astonishing, and is guaranteed to wow the experienced haunted house enthusiast. From the moment you enter you will feel that you have been transported to another time and world. As you creep through this show, you see levitating spirits, floor boards that come alive, pictures that follow you, and incredible, custom animatronic props that you will not see anywhere else. The third show is the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Corn Trail. It is a terrifying walk through a tall corn field and filled with walk thru buildings and sets, tons of animatronic monsters and over 30 actors in full makeup and custom costumes.Haunt Dates :Sept 21,22, 28,29,30 October5,6,7,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20 ,21, 22,23,24,25, 26,27.28, 29, 20, 31
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