Haunted Attractions

One area of themed entertainment that is near and dear to our hearts as fans has always been haunted attractions. Since 1994, Theme Park Adventure has devoted much of its time and energy on showcasing haunts, from yard displays to major theme park productions; we love it all, and always tell our readers that Halloween isn’t just a holiday for us – it’s a lifestyle…

Nightfall Returns to Old Tucson

OT_NF_300x250Nightfall is back at Old Tucson!  The zombies and ghouls have been working all summer long to bring Southern Arizona another haunting Nightfall event.  This year’s scarefest features new and improved “frights” for its many fans and newcomers alike.

Nightfall is unlike any other Halloween themed event.  No one else presents live shows that entertain and amaze tens of thousand of visitors.  This year’s offerings range from family-friendly magic to a dramatic other-worldly struggle to raucous comedy.  Nightfall shows include:

Nightfall Opening Ceremony:  A gathering of Nightfall residents hosted by the devilishly funny Gargoyles devolving into mayhem sets the stage for what is to come as the sun fades – NIGHTFALL!

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An American Werewolf in London Maze Preview 2014

Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors… That warning lives on in the hearts of An American Werewolf in London Fans everywhere. And in just a matter of days, fans of the John Landis film will get a chance to live the American Werewolf experience at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights!

An American Werewolf in London at Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights 2014On Friday, September 12th, Theme Park Adventure joined Creative Director/Executive Producer of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, John Murdy, for a special behind-the-scenes look at arguably the most highly-anticipated maze this year at the theme park’s event, An American Werewolf in London. A handful of selected media outlets piled into a waiting van and were driven to the park’s Lower Lot, where the maze has been built in the extended queue of the Jurassic Park attraction.

While Halloween certainly hangs heavy in the air, it was hard to ignore that it was over 90 degrees here in Los Angeles as we stood outside the facade of the maze – a perfect reproduction of the Slaughtered Lamb pub, as featured in the movie. Inside the maze, temperatures rose to probably close to 110 degrees as the finishing touches were being put on the attraction. We have utmost respect for the folks that have put the Halloween Horror Nights mazes together in really nasty heat the past several weeks; there are no fans, no ventilation, or reprieve from the oppressive temperatures within each maze.

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SeaWorld San Diego’s Halloween Spooktacular 2014

seaworldWhere can kids meet some fun and funny Halloween characters, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere?  It’s all happening at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea.  Also, kids can visit the park for free in October with the purchased of a full-priced adult admission.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating and colorful costumed characters from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following weekends:  Sept. 27–28, Oct. 4–5, Oct. 11–12, Oct. 18–19 and Oct. 25–26, 2014.  Youngsters can also take in some Halloween-themed shows, including one starring SeaWorld’s prankster-loving pinnipeds Clyde and Seamore.

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HalloWeekends 2014 at Cedar Point Begins TONIGHT!

HalloWeekends 2014 at Cedar Point“Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and caldron bubble.” If the thought of a group of wicked witches working on a mystical brew sends shivers down your spine, you may want to stop reading now. However, those with no fear of flying broomsticks will delight in the announcement that Cedar Point’s annual festival of fright, HalloWeekends, kicks off its 18th season of thrills and chills this weekend. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with even more family friendly fun during the day and frightfully haunting experiences after the sun goes down.

Highlighting the lineup of scares this year will be Hexed, Cedar Point’s new witch-themed haunted house. Decrepit witches and their gaggle of small minions roam around this sinister new attraction working on spells and potions that have gone horribly wrong. Hexed will be located next to the exit of the GateKeeper roller coaster and will be Cedar Point’sfifth haunted house, joining Zombie High School, G. A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate, Eternity Infirmary and Eden Musee.

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Boo at the Zoo 2014 at Santa Ana Zoo

Boo at the ZooMark your calendars, grab your costumes, and join us for our annual “merry not scary” Boo at the Zoo! The Friends of Santa Ana Zoo and B.P.O. Elks Santa Ana Lodge #794 present the 24th Annual Boo at the Zoo located at the Santa Ana Zoo, “Home of the 50 Monkeys.” The event will take place from 5:30 PM to 8 PM on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; Sunday, October 26; and Thursday, October 30, rain or shine.

Boo at the Zoo is one of Orange County’s longest-running Halloween events, providing a fun, safe, and family-friendly event for trick-or-treaters and children of all ages who love to wear costumes and embrace the Halloween spirit!

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Ed Alonzo Headlines Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt 2014

ed_1_webWorlds of Fun is thrilled to debut a new show for the upcoming Halloween Haunt season, Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem. The comedy and magic show will horrify and make audiences laugh with its staggering stunts and bizarre shock magic that is only offered at Worlds of Fun’s Halloween Haunt.

Alonzo is known for his role on the hit television sitcom Saved by the Bell (1989 to 1990) as Max, the proprietor/magician of the local restaurant hangout ‘The Max.’ Alonzo is currently on the CW’s Masters of Illusion set to premier this fall. The self-proclaimed “Misfit of Magic” is a two-time recipient of the “Stage Magician of the Year” and “Comedy Magician of the Year” awards from the internationally recognized Academy of Magical Arts (AMA).

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Universal Hollywood Eyegore Awards Tickets on Sale

eyegore_headerUniversal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of Halloween Horror Nights on Friday, September 19, with the annual Eyegore Awards, honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries. And, for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 Halloween Horror Nights fans a chance to attend the coveted Eyegore Awards, which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.

The 2014 Eyegore Award recipients include multiple Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Django Unchained), with the award presented by Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of AMC’s Talking Dead and Robert Kirkman, Creator and Executive Producer of The Walking Dead and Outcast.

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SoCal Haunt Directory 2014


Nowhere else in the world is there a greater offering of haunted attractions each Halloween than right here in Southern California. The birthplace of the haunt industry as we know it – from major theme park events to stunning yard displays and stand-alone attractions – Southern California is a hotbed of Halloween activity for fans of all ages. Theme Park Adventure supports each event throughout the Southland, and offers this comprehensive haunt directory for your reference and enjoyment. Should you own a haunt in Southern California and want to be included in this directory, please contact us at tpacomments(at)gmail.com.

Happy Halloween, TPAers!


Boo at the Zoo (Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) – 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles CA 90027

Boo at the Zoo (Santa Ana Zoo) – 1801 Prentice Ave., Santa Ana CA 92701

Brick-Or-Treat (LEGOLAND California) – 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008

Camp Spooky (Knott’s Berry Farm) - 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620

Dark Harbor (Queen Mary) – 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach CA 90802 – 2013 TPA Review

Fright Fest (Six Flags Magic Mountain) – 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia CA 91355

Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollywood) – 100 Universal City Plz., Universal City CA 91608 – 2013 TPA Review

Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld San Diego) – 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego CA 92109

Haunted Hollywood Sports (Hollywood Sports Paintball & Airsoft Park) – 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower CA 90706 – 2013 TPA Review

Knott’s Scary Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm) – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620 – 2013 TPA Review

Mickey’s Halloween Party (Disneyland Resort) – 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim CA 92802

Scandia Ontario Haunt (Scandia Ontario) – 155 S. Wanamaker Ave., Ontario CA 91761

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (Descanso Gardens) – 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge CA 91011

Urban Death Tour of Terror (Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group) – 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 – 2013 TPA Review



Alone: An Existential Haunting – Greater LA area (location revealed only to ticket holders) – 2013 TPA Review

Chambers of the Mausoleum (Crossroads Haunted Village) – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Coffin Creek Manor (Crossroads Haunted Village) – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Delusion: Lies Within – 2525 Arlington Ave., Los Angeles CA 90018 – 2013 TPA Review

Fear Station - 10660 Western Ave., Stanton CA 90680

Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium (The Diamond) – 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore CA 92530 – 2013 TPA Review

Fright Fair ScreamPark (Pierce College) – 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills CA 91367

Labyrinth of Lost Relics (Crossroads Haunted Village) -14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Griffith Park Old Zoo) – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.,  Los Angeles CA 90027 – 2013 TPA Review

Nightmare Harvest Trail (Crossroads Haunted Village) – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Shady Hollow Hay Ride (Crossroads Haunted Village) – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Sinister Pointe – 131 E. Imperial Hwy., Fullerton CA 90631 – 2013 TPA Review

Raymond Hill Mortuary – 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena CA 91030 – 2013 TPA Review

Reign of Terror (Janss Marketplace) – 197 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks CA 91360

The Basement  – 12909 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando CA 91342

The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market St., San Diego CA 92101

The Haunted Trail (Balboa Park) – 6th Ave., San Diego CA 92101

The Empty Grave – 23400 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills CA 92653 – 2013 TPA Review

The Scream Zone (Del Mar Fairgrounds) – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014

Vampire Vail Halloween Festival (Vail Lake Resort) – 38000 Temecula Pkwy., Temecula CA 92592

Wicked Lit (Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery) - 2400 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Altadena CA 91001



Beware the Dark Realm – 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita CA 91390

Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare – 8856 Encino Ave., Northridge CA 91325 – 2013 TPA Review

Boot Hill – 16 Goldenrod, Irvine CA 92614

Boney Island – 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks CA 91423 – 2013 TPA Review

Haunted by Memories Manor - 9914 Alesia St., South El Monte CA 91733

Hollywood Haunter – 1547 Garden St., Glendale CA 91201

Maniac Mansion – 476 S. Rancho Del Sol Dr., Covina CA 91724

McKamey Manor – San Diego County (location revealed only to participants)

Mourning Rose Manor – 5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley CA 93063 – 2013 TPA Review

Mystic Motel – 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch CA 92694

Perdition Home – 5181 Manor View Dr., Yorba Linda CA 92886 – 2013 TPA Review

Rotten Apple 907 – 907 N. California St., Burbank CA 91505 – 2013 TPA Review

Spooky Hollows – 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys CA 91406

The Backwoods Maze – 1912 N. Pepper St., Burbank CA 91505 – 2013 TPA Review

The Curse of Devil Swamp – 775 S. Fircroft Ave., Covina CA 91723

The Haunt at Hellizondo - 2134 Elizondo, Simi Valley CA 93065

The Haunt with No Name – 19351 Hatteras St., Tarzana CA 91356

The House at Haunted Hill – 4400 Saltillo St., Los Angeles CA 91364 – 2013 TPA Review

The House of Restless Spirits – 1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica CA 90403

VanOaks Cemetery – 5822 Norwich Ave., Los Angeles CA 91411

Freaky Fridays Announced for LEGOLAND California

Brick or TreatThe biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego, Brick-or-Treat and Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, is about to get bigger at LEGOLAND California Resort with Freaky Fridays! The family theme park is adding two Friday nights (Oct. 17 & 24) to its Halloween festivities. Now six nights in October, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features a variety of family activities including the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt, Brick-or-Treat Trail including a LEGO Legends of CHIMA toy giveaway, a new bonus treat station and dance party at SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel is joining in the fun with its own Brick-or-Treat entertainment.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 2014

uni43Halloween is in the air, but summer is still making things hot, hot, hot at the top of the hill at Universal Studios Hollywood as tourists visit the park from around the world, and locals take one last family trip before school season has settled back in here in Southern California. It’s a weird transitory month, making it an even more interesting time to bring you our latest Universal Studios Hollywood update! There is a lot going on at Universal Studios; the simultaneous growth and expansion that the park is currently undergoing is the most aggressive and large-scale in its history. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again – it’s an exciting time to be a Universal Studios fan!

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