Monthly Archives: October 2015

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood Extended Into November

The Walking Dead Halloween Horror Nights 2015The terror of Halloween Horror Nights seeps into November for the first time ever as Universal Studios Hollywood extends its popular event with the addition of Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, inviting guests to brave Southern California’s most extreme horror event one last time. The cutting-edge Halloween event marks new nights with all-new content, including performances by the versatile dance group, Academy of Villains, and the talented DJ Ricky Rocks.

Hailed as the scariest, most gruesome annual Halloween theme park experience in Southern California, Halloween Horror Nights brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Energetic hip-hop dance performances by the Jabbawockeez headlining this year’s new show have proven so popular that Universal Studios Hollywood has added a special meet and greet opportunity for fans as part of its Halloween Horror Nights experience. These additional nights also provide guests with a last chance to see the award-winning dance crew before they depart Los Angeles for sold-out performances at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

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Rotten Apple 907 Home Haunt 2014 a Fun House of Horrors

Rotten_Apple_2014-103884One of our favorite home haunts to visit each year is Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank, California. This popular attraction isn’t your average yard display with skeletons and strobe lights (not that there’s anything wrong with those – we love all of that); you see, the folks that live at 907 North California Street go all-out and create a stunning walk-through maze in the driveway of their property. What’s more impressive than that, is the fact that each year, the haunt is completely different; a new theme, new props, new layout, new facade – the whole shebang! It’s a massive undertaking that is certainly appreciated by locals and Halloween fans from afar, who travel from Orange County and the Inland Empire to see what Diane and Preston Meyer have dreamed up each season.

In 2014, the theme for Rotten Apple 907 was the Wilsley Bros. House of Fun; a sinister fun house filled with strange and bizarre sights and many lurking horrors! Something that is rarely seen at the home haunt level, the House of Fun featured a spinning vortex tunnel, which is always a great gag; it wasn’t terribly long (remember – this all fits in their driveway), but it was definitely effective! If that wasn’t enough, the haunt also featured a clown driving a bumper car in one of the scenes guests had to make their way through in the darkness! Are you kidding me? Such great gags executed very nicely!

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Creep LA 2015 Brings Eerie Show Moments and Haunting Fun

CreepLA 2015 ExteriorI’m a creep, I’m a weirdo… What the hell am I doing here? I don’t belong here…

One of the new haunts in Southern California this year is Creep LA, which is making a name for itself in downtown Los Angeles. Theme Park Adventure attended the haunt’s premiere recently, and didn’t quite know what to expect – except that it is yet another “extreme” type of experience.

The creative vision for Creep LA comes from Justin Fix, who comes prepared with a theatrical background and intense love of all things Halloween. As a child, he grew up adoring every haunted house he could get to, and spent hours in costume stores looking at masks and spooky props – sound familiar, fellow haunters?

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Haunting of Corona 2014 a Fantastic Home Haunt Scaring for a Cure

Haunting Corona 2014-102071One of the unexpected groovy treats we found during the 2014 Halloween season was The Haunting of Corona, a really big home haunt attraction nestled in the Inland Empire on an unassuming street corner in Corona, California. We honestly had no idea what to expect when we arrived – and ended up incredibly surprised and very impressed by the scale of the haunt, and the enthusiasm as well as size of the team!

Founded in 2006 by Ray Galluccio, The Haunting of Corona has raised more than $10,000 while “Scaring for a Cure” to fight breast cancer – something the entire team should be very proud of; that’s quite an accomplishment for a home haunt, so our hats are off to them! The best part of the deal, is that guests have a fantastic time as well – because this home-made haunted house is completely legit!

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A Detailed Review of New Knott’s Scary Farm Mazes for 2015

Knotts Scary Farm 2015_5895Knott’s Scary Farm has evolved into such a massive Halloween event, that its lineup remains fairly intact from year to year, with the exception of a couple old mazes fading away, and a couple new ones cycled in to replace them and keep the haunt fresh and exciting for returning guests. Many of those returning guests are an army of hard core Knott’s fans, who wait almost year-round to learn what the new attractions at Scary Farm will be. They rush in to the Knott’s presentation at ScareLA to get the first news of what’s to come, and then gather at the park itself shortly thereafter to witness the annual full reveal event that is hosted in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Just the unveiling of things to come at Knott’s Scary Farm has become a thing!

With the event being so multi-faceted these days, it’s impossible to cover Knott’s Scary Farm in one review or story here on the site as we do with most other haunted attractions during October. In order to get the new maze information out to the public and fans as quickly as possible, we’ve agreed with Knott’s to review all new attractions first, and then let the major Scary Farm review follow in the weeks to follow. That said, this year’s event featured two brand-new mazes and one haunted attraction, which we’re excited to discuss and share with you now!

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