Here’s a frightening notion: Remember the haunted houses and ghost manors you gingerly navigated around as a kid? Those campy romps that were located beneath church undercrofts, behind the doors of junior high gyms and deep inside darkened YMCA basements — scare fairs that were often dominated by cheesy special effects, mushy eyeballs and good-humored funeral kitsch?
Today, many of those old-fashioned haunted houses have gone the way of the graveyard, tombstone relics that have been replaced by global corporate titans and theme park chains. Good-bye, “Cool Ghoul,” hello William Randolph Hearse.
Yep, cotton spider webs, corn mazes and horror hayrides just don’t seem to cut it anymore.

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