'America's Best Haunts' Scare Up $1 Million Scream Stimulus Package for the Economically-weary

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10 top U.S. thrill attractions provide free admission for those in need.

In these hard economic times, it is understandable that people are scared

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse. Just when you thought you couldn't be more horrified. Economically-weary Americans have had enough. If nine percent unemployment doesn't make you want to scream, then this will. America's Best Haunts of 2009 have taken a stand to scare up a $1 million "Scream Stimulus" package that is certain to scare the "yell" out of you.

The Halloween haunted house season officially opens across America Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26. During opening weekend, 10 top thrill attractions selected one of America's Best Haunts2009 will provide complimentary tickets to the unemployed and their families, and in certain cities active military families, and those overworked citizens such as firemen and policemen who could use a little stimulus of their own: to scream their heads off!

"In these hard economic times, it is understandable that people are scared," said Steve Kopelman of America's Best Haunts. "But screaming and laughter actually relieves stress, and that is part of the fun of haunted houses. Today's eerie economic challenges provide a similar experience. You go in scared, you courageously face what's put in front of you, and you feel relief when you make it to the other side. If our country's top thrill attractions can help Americans in need to face their fears and scream out their frustrations, we take pride in providing some relief," he said.

America's Best Haunts estimates more than 40,000 citizens across the United States will benefit from the $1 million in complimentary tickets provided for the "Scream Stimulus." Participating attractions include: Woods of Terror (Greensboro, NC), Thrillvania (Terrell, TX), ScreamWorld (Houston, TX), The Nest (Phoenix, AZ), The TerrorFest (Columbus, OH), Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA), House of Horrors (Buffalo, NY), Nightmare New England (Litchfield, NH), Bennett's Curse (Baltimore, MD), and Terror on the Fox (Green Bay, WI).
All locations are providing free admission for the unemployed (must be at least 18 years of age), while The Nest (Phoenix, AZ), Thrillvania (Terrell, TX), ScreamWorld (Houston, TX), The TerrorFest (Columbus, OH) and Woods of Terror (Greensboro, NC) offers will include tickets for firemen, policemen, active military and their families. To qualify, the unemployed must show a current payment stub or other formal state identification that verifies their receipt of unemployment benefits. Firemen, police and military families must present their government issued identification cards.

Complimentary ticket distribution varies by location from one to four admissions per family.

For detailed information concerning America's Best Haunts Scream Stimulus Package including participating attraction proof of status requirements and ticket limitations by attraction, please visit http://www.americansbesthaunts.com.

About America's Best Haunts
Established in 2007, Americas Best Haunts (http://www.americasbesthaunts.com) is the only expert resource of its kind, identifying the most superior haunted attractions in the country for today's discerning fright lovers.

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