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Decoding Design Tricks of Truly Terrifying Haunted Houses

As it turns out, a truly frightening haunted house will take much more than an old spooky building and chainsaw-wielding zombies. According to the designers behind Philadelphia's Terror Behind the Walls, deemed one of the best and scariest haunted houses in the country, emphasizing the space's creepiest features is critical. Since Terror Behind the Walls is set in a decrepit 19th-century prison, the technical director of the show had to visit and photograph the prison's original hospital and psych ward (now closed-off to visitors) in order recreate its beds, color themes, fonts, and peeling walls for the haunted house. Co.Design has the full story.

· The Architecture Of Fear: How To Design A Truly Terrifying Haunted House [Co.Design]
· All Halloween 2014 posts [Curbed National]
· All haunted houses coverage [Curbed National]