The Beast (1401 West 13th Street) claims to be America's largest haunted house, boasting a huge cast, a quarter-acre, fog-shrouded werewolf forest, a recreation of the Victorian London streets where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims, a huge maze and an alligator-choked swamp. Open seasonally, this frankly Disney-grade attraction is enhanced and improved year-round to provide new thrills for returning visitors. Such is the quality of these professionally crafted frights that Full Moon Productions requires children under 12 to be accompanied by an adult, advising parents that The Beast is probably unsuitable for kids under ten. The Beast's open format design eschews preset paths and lines of visitors for a free-roaming excursion of terror. For ticket information, see kcbeast.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Nov. 1, 2009