Salem’s 13 Ghosts, like haunted attractions around the country, has tapped into technology — 3-D, video effects, animatronics, visitor-tracking sensors — to provide ever-improving scares for customers. But that view is a departure from some Haunted House traditionalists, who put more premium on experienced actors doing their damnedest to terrify. Even in America’s oldest witching neighborhood, the question remains: When it comes to scaring the bejeezus out of Halloween haunted house visitors, is the job better left to man or machine?
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