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The history of carnival dark rides

Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly says: "I just did a deep dive on dark rides, and I thought you'd get a kick out of it. I go into how the first dark rides -- the 1920s Pretzel -- just relied on manual sound effects and its curvy track to freak people out. Later, they got soundtracks, electric eyes, pneumatics, all that. Most dark rides still don't have animatronics or Pepper's ghosts like Haunted Mansion.

Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us

A visit to the Scarehouse—and its creepy, adults-only basement

Every year, The Scarehouse, 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, puts on what many locals consider the best Halloween haunted house-type show in the region--with USA Today and Yahoo both ranking it among America's best. This year, I headed over to check it out, and received a highly-polished and extremely scary experience--and a backstage tour! Here, a makeup artist turns a performer's face into a gruesome work of art.

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