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For the past 20 years, Theme Park Adventure has been an industry standard for fans and professionals alike. Predating the internet, TPA began as a printed newsletter that reached enthusiasts around the globe as we covered such stories as Luxor Las Vegas’ First Anniversary, the construction and opening of The Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Resort, the creation of Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World, and the Farewell Season of the Main Street Electrical Parade in Anaheim. At the same time, Theme Park Adventure was also unintentionally becoming the pioneer of covering Halloween events, such as Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California. Over the past two decades, TPA has indulged in the haunted attraction industry, from small home displays to professional stand-alone Halloween events and major theme park productions such as Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights! Our fan base consists of many haunt enthusiasts and producers – an unintentional portion of the themed entertainment industry that we are thrilled to be a part of on an on-going basis! TPA owners Rick West and Johanna Atilano are both professionals within the themed entertainment industry, making this site not only an incredibly fun hobby, but a valued and important part of their lives; a creative and informative extension of who they are and what they do professionally. Each month, Theme Park Adventure hosts large mixers, which fans and themed entertainment professionals attend in a virtual who’s who that is absolutely open to everyone! Theme Park Adventure has become more than just a magazine or fan site; we are a community of creative individuals who share a love of entertainment, theme parks and the spookiest season of them all – Halloween! We invite you to sit back and enjoy all that we have to offer here, from stories and reviews to videos and image galleries; partake, discuss, and become part of the TPA community we we take you on a ride through the past, present, and the future!
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Boo at the Oakland Zoo 2014

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Oakland ZooOn October 25 & 26, Oakland Zoo and Bay Area Science Festival team up for Boo at the Zoo. The Halloween and science themed weekend features a spooky scavenger hunt for kids, costume parade, up-close animal encounters, freaky interactive stations, face painting, and a Wildlife Theater presentation focused on creepy crawly animals. Family friendly activities will take place throughout the Zoo, including a treat table where families can create Halloween goodies for the Zoo’s animals. “Oakland Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo is a great way for families to celebrate Halloween in a safe, fun enriching environment,” said Erin Harrison, Senior Manager of Marketing & Events. “From candy consumption to watching animals enjoy pumpkin treats to learning about science in a whole new way, this event has it all – there’s something for everyone to enjoy”

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REVIEW: Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2014

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Queen Mary's Dark HarborThe fog has rolled in to Long Beach, and once again, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor has opened its sinister gates to the public for a season of thrills, chills, and haunting experiences!

Last year, we fell in love with Dark Harbor’s offerings; if you haven’t read our 2013 review, definitely check it out, because much of it still rings true and applies to this year’s event!

Dark Harbor is a unique, large-scale haunt event in that it is set in and around the Queen Mary, which is a top tourist destination here in Southern California, less than an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, and minutes away from Orange County. Half of the event’s mazes take place on the famous ship, which give them an already-spooky and authentic environment that set them apart from any other attraction in the world, let alone here in the Southland.

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Hakkasan Las Vegas Heats up Halloween 2014

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Hakkasan Nightclub Las VegasHakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will welcome guests for an unrivaled month filled with non-stop entertainment leading up to the awaited Halloween Weekend celebration Thursday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 2. The renowned nightspot will transform as the Forbidden City returns honoring the Return of the Empress. With four days of entertainment, patrons will be encouraged to show off their tantalizing attire when the hot spot gives away $60,000 in total cash prizes over three days as the sultry Empress searches for Vegas’ sexiest costumes.

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Jabbawockeez Halloween Show Special Offers at Luxor

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Jabbawockeez at LuxorThe world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez is celebrating Halloween with a special 4 p.m. matinee performance and treating locals to a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer to its Friday, Oct. 31 show “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino.  Complimentary candy will be provided to guests who attend the show in costume as well as Jabbawockeez t-shirts awarded to the best costumes.

Locals may purchase tickets online or in person at any MGM Resorts box office with a valid Nevada ID using the promo code “BOGO.”  The special offer applies to select tickets and guests should contact the box office for seating restrictions. Prices do not include tax or service fees.   Please note, masks or facial coverings may only be worn only once guests have entered the showroom and may not be worn inside the casino.

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Universal Orlando 3rd Day Free Offer Returns

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Universal Orlando Resort Diagon AlleyUniversal Orlando Resort has announced the return of the resort’s popular 3rd Day Free Offer for U.S. and Canada residents – giving them a third day FREE with the purchase of a 2-day park ticket. This offer gives visitors even more time to enjoy the trip of a lifetime to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and enjoy all-new experiences, including the awe-inspiring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the incredible journey between London and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express, the blockbuster attraction TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Springfield, home of America’s favorite animated family “The Simpsons.”

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House of Restless Spirits Quelled by Neighbors

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House of Restless SpiritsIt’s the worst fear of any dedicated home haunter; especially a long-established one: nasty neighbors that do not appreciate your show and want nothing more than for it to disappear. That is the fate of Southern California’s beloved House of Restless Spirits in Santa Monica, which made the announcement within the past 24 hours. The news has spread like wildfire through the haunt and themed entertainment communities via social media, sparking outrage and widespread disappointment among fans.

“It is with deep regret that we announce that House of Restless Spirits will be closed to the public indefinitely,” states the haunt’s website. “We’d also like to acknowledge the legions of fans we developed during our 17-year history. The creative process can be its own reward, but the immensely appreciative responses from our visitors made it especially gratifying, and inspired us to continue and improve.”

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Halloween 2014 at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

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MGM Resorts International Halloween in VegasMGM Resorts International is offering up a treat bag of sweet Halloween fun this season in fabulous Las Vegas! Amid the glitz and glamour of the finest resorts in the world, ghouls will lurk in the shadows of many Sin City resorts, and cool chills will swirl around casino floors as the spookiest time of the year rolls down The Strip!

Treats For Creatures Big and Small

The world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ will celebrate Halloween with a special 4 p.m. matinee performance of “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Friday, Oct. 31. Locals are invited to take advantage of a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer. Complimentary candy will be provided to guests who arrive in costume as well as JABBAWOCKEEZ T-shirts awarded to the best costumes. And this year, Nevada Day falls on Halloween, so the kids are out of school!

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TPA Announces Don the Beachcomber for November Mixer!

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Don the BeachcomberAs the Halloween season hits full stride and the 2014 season of screams is in high gear, we can all see the faint glow of the “finish line” beginning to appear through the fog, promising rest, relaxation, and recuperation once November arrives! With November comes Theme Park Adventure’s most-anticipated and best-attended mixer of the year, our Post-Halloween Bash, where haunters and fans alike come together for a night of sharing war stories, amazing memories, and a celebration of Southern California’s amazing haunted attraction community!

With November also comes great change for TPA, which we are extremely excited to share! We’ve been teasing it via social media over the past 24 hours, and now it’s time to shed light on what’s going on. Theme Park Adventure and Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach have formed a new partnership, and are thrilled to announce that TPA’s Post-Halloween Bash 2014 will be held at the iconic restaurant in an incredibly immersive space straight out of the richest pages of tiki culture lore!

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The Light Group Nightclub Events Halloween 2014 in Vegas

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The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Las VegasThe Light Group’s premier nightlife venues, HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino, The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Resort & Casino and 1 OAK Nightclub and The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, have announced a killer lineup of Halloween parties beginning October 28 and continuing through November 1. Events include costume contests with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and unforgettable live performances.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Headlines Fright Dome 2014

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Fright Dome at Circus Circus Las VegasFright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time. Beginning Friday, Oct. 3 Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house will immerse guests in scenes from the iconic film, leaving them to fend off the attacks of one of the most notorious chainsaw-wielding killers ever created, Leatherface. No corner is safe as guests fight their way through in hopes of escaping the cannibals in pursuit. Will they survive… or become the next sliced and diced item on the dinner menu?

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