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October 20, 2021 10 min
NETHERWORLD Haunted House is open nightly, and there’s no time like the present to celebrate the acclaimed attraction’s 25 Seasons of Screams! Twenty-five plus years ago, co-creators Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina set out to create a one-of-a-kind and otherworldly haunted house experience the likes of which Atlantans had never seen before. The goal was to develop an attraction that would be immensely horrifying but equally entertaining – something that would become a seasonal tradition Halloween enthusiasts would return to year after year. That extraordinary vision helped attract a team of highly talented actors, makeup artists, costumers, set builders, and animatronics experts, which helped catapult NETHERWORLD to the next level and become known as one of the most influential haunts in the world.

Years later, in 2017, Armstrong and Messina planted their NETHERWORLD roots in Stone Mountain, Ga., when they purchased a 10-acre complex that now houses the massive entertainment destination that the duo has worked to grow over the last quarter-century. Two yearly haunts, a post-apocalyptic-themed laser tag arena, four epic escape room games, a monster museum and a magical Midway (a carnival-like experience with games, a foam field, food trucks offering crave-worthy snacks, roaming monsters, Instagram-worthy photo ops with props and sets, and more) can all now be found at NETHERWORLD Haunted House. Several offerings, including laser, escape and the museum, are open year-round, and the haunted houses pop up throughout the year for special occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. NETHERWORLD is no longer “just a haunt” open during Halloween, but a space where adventure seekers from near and far come to play.

“We knew developing a haunted house would be a colossal task to take on, but we couldn’t have imagined where we’d be today,” said Messina. “We’ve come so far. It’s taken a lot of hard work and dedication over the many years, and of course, we couldn’t do it without the support of our incredible staff and haunt goers. We’ll always remember our 25th season, and over the coming years, we look forward to continuing to build on our dream and welcome even more surprises and offerings for visitors new and old.”

Don’t know the full history of NETHERWORLD? Fans can read about the innovative haunt themes from over the past 25 years, like The Colber Mansion (1997), The Harvest Man (2003), The Mangler (2008), The Gargoyle (2010), Night of the Gorgon (2019) and more, here.

Read more on the 25th Anniversary themes below:

RISE OF THE NETHERSPAWN: Fulfilling the wishes of The Collector, a primordial monster known as The Ganoga will summon the twins, FEAR and TERROR, to lead an invasion of hideous creatures from the NETHERWORLD! Bone-crunching Berserkers and flesh-rending Rabid lead the charge, hidden deep within the swirling mists and flashing lightning of a colossal storm of shadows! Will the maelstrom conceal the crawling horrors from their helpless victims, or will they glimpse the RISE OF THE NETHERSPAWN in time to flee for their lives?

Featuring: The Storm of Shadows, Trapped in the Wreckage, the Fisherman's Nightmare, Eaten by the Old Ones, the Collector's Crypt, the Starving Skull, the Jaws of Fate, the Swamp of the Lost, the Maggots of Madness, the Rage of the Rabid, the Berserkers Revenge, the Goblin Horde, the Court of the Warlord and the Soul Eater Unleashed! Twenty-five years of never-ending nightmares culminate in this apocalyptic festival of destruction as guests witness the RISE OF THE NETHERSPAWN!

RETURN TO PLANET X: In the secret base known as the BOX, an experiment gone wrong has broken down the very fabric of time and space, releasing bizarrely colorful mutagenic energy through dimensional gateways all over the facility! Weird, malevolent life forms stalk victims throughout the complex, and the very fabric of reality is crumbling. Exobiologist Dr. Otto Gloman has gone into the rift equipped with a powered space suit to stop the horror and force it to RETURN TO PLANET X in 3D! Guests will put on special 3D glasses and help him defeat this bizarre invasion before it consumes the entire planet.

Featuring: The Ghastly Gloaming, the Horror of the Hunes, the Malevolent Mutations, the Power of the Pyramid, the Secrets of the Serpent Men, the Paradox of Planet X, the Revenge of the Reptilians, the Primal Polymorphs, the Color Out of Space, the Mega Xeno Arthropod and the Nightmares from Beyond Time! Those brave enough to join the daunting mission will be pressured to retain a fragile grip on reality while viewing this world of horror through 3D glasses as they RETURN TO PLANET X.

All tickets will be timed, dated, and limited. All tickets include access to both haunts, RISE OF THE NETHERSPAWN and RETURN TO PLANET X in 3D. Purchasing tickets online and in advance is highly recommended to guarantee entry as walk-up/box office sales are subject to availability. SpeedPasses available to expedite entry. Masks are strongly encouraged while visiting NETHERWORLD Haunted House. Masks are, however, required to enter the House of Creeps Monster Museum, the NETHERWORLD Gift Shop and the common areas of Escape the NETHERWORLD. For more details on the haunts and to learn more about COVID-19 protocols, visit

About NETHERWORLD: Created in 1997 by Billy Messina and Ben Armstrong, veterans in the film and television industry, NETHERWORLD is Atlanta's most popular self-guided, dark attraction. Recognized as one of the most highly acclaimed haunted houses in the world, NETHERWORLD is known for its over-the-top special effects, unique makeup, elaborate costuming, skilled stunt actors and unusual themes. Since relocating to Stone Mountain in 2017, NETHERWORLD has expanded its offerings to include year-round escape games, known as Escape the NETHERWORLD, and outdoor laser tag, dubbed Laser Adventure Battle Arena. Over the years, NETHERWORLD has garnered local and national attention from media including CNN, “The Today Show,” “The Early Show,” The Travel Channel and Wall Street Journal and has been voted the top haunt in the nation by publications such as Hauntworld Magazine, Dread Central, Fangoria and USA Today.

NETHERWORLD’s innovative horror experience and attractions continue to draw in generations of thrill-seekers eager to see what new nightmares have been unleashed! For more information, visit or call 404-608-2484. Keep up with all things spooky by following NETHERWORLD Haunted House on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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