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Haunted houses had humble beginnings

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Haunted attractions today are well-oiled machines, staffed with professional actors, makeup artists and run by fast-thinking marketers. But they started out a lot simpler. In the late 1960s, seasonal haunted houses began popping up across the country and were run as nonprofit fundraisers by local organizations, said Leonard Pickel, founder of Hauntrepreneurs. But in the early 1980s,...

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