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  • n. A house that is believed to be a center for supernatural occurrences or paranormal phenomena.
  • n. A Halloween amusement attraction in which a building or series of rooms is decorated to frighten the people who pass through the attraction.


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  • A haunted house could be any house that is inhabited by ghosts or disembodied spectres or other supernatural beings or energies.

    A haunted house is also a type of funhouse seen around Halloween in the United States. Usually for profit and often for charitable causes, scary, spooky and/or grisly decorations are used in a mazelike series of rooms or settings in a large building such as a warehouse or old school or some similar empty building to create an interactive fun environment for people to pretend and have some chills and thrills and laughs. Live actors dressed as skeletons, monsters, ghosts, murderers and other ghouls animate dioramas. Spooky props such as smoke machines, fake blood and make-up are also used to create the atmosphere.

    February 3, 2008