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An actor gets made up Oct. 19 before opening at the “13th Floor” haunted house in Denver. America’s Haunts, a trade association, estimates there are 1,200 large-scale, for-profit haunted attractions in the U.S. plus another 3,000 haunted houses operated by charities that open for only a day or two every year. The commercial attractions collectively bring in from $300 million to $500 million annually. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)

Haunted house business gets boost as techs up thrill ante

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By Daniel Kelley

Reuters

PHILADELPHIA — Ed Terebus was an 18-year-old high school student when he and his big brother Jim, a laid-off auto worker, decided to build their first haunted house 34 years ago.

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