House of Torment http://kut.org en Austin's House of Torment Named One of Country's Best Haunts http://kut.org/post/austins-house-torment-named-one-countrys-best-haunts <p>Looking for a good scare before Halloween? Heading to a local haunted house is always a good idea. And if you live in Texas, you're lucky enough to be near three of the country's best haunts.</p><p>According to a new ranking by <a href="http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_houses">Hauntworld.com,</a> the self described "World's #1 Haunted House Website, Texas has four of the top 13 haunted house in the country.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 20:31:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9042 at http://kut.org Austin's House of Torment Named One of Country's Best Haunts Photos: House of Torment’s Last Halloween at Highland Mall http://kut.org/post/photos-house-torment-s-last-halloween-highland-mall <p><strong>Update</strong>: The House of Torment has reached an agreement to stay at its Highland Mall location for a ninth year.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We couldn't be more excited to share what we've created this year with Austin fear fans," says&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House of Torment&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">president and founder&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Daniel McCullough in a press release. "We really went above and beyond in terms of both production and design, and we hope you'll come scream with us."</span></p><div><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Original story</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (Oct. 24, 2012): To encourage trick-or-treating in his neighborhood, every year Halloween-lover Dan McCullough would build a haunted house in his backyard in South Austin.</span></div><p>His plan worked – and soon the house’s popularity grew until one year it got out of hand. Over a hundred people showed up to the house and police were called to direct traffic. McCullough’s operation had to end&nbsp;–&nbsp;in that form at least.</p><p>McCullough decided to turn professional. The haunted house that originated in McCullough’s backyard is now the <a href="http://thehouseoftorment.com/">House of Torment</a>.</p><p>Jon Love visited the House of Torment in its inaugural space 10 years ago. Now he’s the vice president of Harbinger Events, the organization that puts on the haunted house.</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:05:01 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Filipa Rodrigues 5431 at http://kut.org Photos: House of Torment’s Last Halloween at Highland Mall