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haunted house

1. A house that is said to be visited by and/or home to ghosts or spirits. We're going to have a séance at the haunted house down the street, to see if we can talk to the spirits.
2. A house decorated to be spooky that serves as an attraction, usually around Halloween. I think the kids are too young to go to a haunted house, honey—I don't want them to have nightmares. Every year at Halloween, my family turns the garage into a haunted house by playing spooky music and hanging cobwebs everywhere.
See also: haunt, house

come back to haunt (one)

1. To pursue someone or something in a ghostly or otherwise supernatural form. If you don't do exactly what I want at my funeral, I'll come back to haunt you all!
2. For a past situation, decision, etc. to cause problems for one in the present or future. His poor treatment of his employees might come back to haunt him some day. Her remarks during the campaign have come back to haunt her during the debate.
3. To return to one's consciousness, as of a thought or memory. I've barely slept because that nightmare has come back to haunt me every night this week. The fear that I'll get fired comes back to haunt me all the time.
See also: back, come, haunt

come back to haunt one

 and return to haunt one
Fig. [for a bad memory] to recur; for the consequences of a bad decision to affect one negatively later. I never dreamed that a little thing like a traffic ticket could come back to haunt me years later.
See also: back, come, haunt, one

return to haunt

one Go to come back to haunt one.
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The haunt has achieved its purpose of crowding out all other possible imaginings.
Visitors to The Dark Path Haunt can expect to be scared while being safe at the same time, as Baker and his volunteers are using fake candles for the haunted house.
Raul Rehnborg, the park vice-president and general manager, said, 'Each year we strive to improve on this amazing event, and this year is no different with the addition of the new shows and re-theming of the maze and scare zone, Halloween Haunt has become the premier Halloween event in the Bay area, and, no one can hear you screaming, if they are screaming too.
While the Haunt isn't recommended for children under 8, Harlan says that doesn't mean you can't bring the whole family.
The haunts on this year's list are especially impressive and unique.
Americans love the adrenaline rush, and these haunts provide visitors with a sense of exhilaration that can only be experienced at these haunted attractions.
There are between 3,000 to 5,000 seasonal haunts, which are open in October, but only a few year-round," said Leonard Pickel, editor of Haunted Attractions magazine, which hosts its own convention of freak fans.
Their own fears and visions of that unknown will extract a different response from each person giving everyone a totally unique interaction with the haunt.
These haunts are a full-fledged scare fest, with behind the scenes teams comprised of master Hollywood special effects technicians, makeup artists, set designers and very talented actors," said Larry Kirchner, Editor-in-Chief of Hauntworld Magazine.
They started planning their haunt in July and watched horror movies for inspiration.
Fans, Mainstream Media & Industry Experts Deem Atlanta's Netherworld Haunted House #1 Haunt in America
Their "Twice the Terror Haunt Pass" is offering patrons VIP tickets to both of their haunted events for a single purchase price that will save the purchaser $35 per ticket.
We all have different opinions about what we like in a haunt," said Kennedy.