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…

TPA Announces Spring Nights at Don’s 2 for April 2015

TPA Spring Nights webSpring is in the air! Theme Park Adventure is excited to announce that our next mixer – TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 – will take place Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach!

The event, which is open to anyone and everyone that is a themed entertainment fan, begins at 7pm in the Fugu Bar at Don the Beachcomber, which is just on PCH near Sunset Beach in Orange County. TPA’s mixers are free to attend; food and drinks are available in abundance at the venue for an extra charge. Parking is free, and attendants in the lot will direct you where to go when you arrive, to parking spots next to or behind the restaurant.

Each season of mixers brings a brand new TPA tiki button, designed by world-renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson. If you missed last month’s Spring Nights button, you have another opportunity this April! The first 30 TPAers that still need the spring button can get one free on a first-come/served basis when Rick West begins handing out complimentary raffle tickets for the evening! The raffle will begin at 9pm!

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A Successful Movie Night for the Great Horror Campout

Movie-Night-Under-Stars-GHC (5)Friday the 13th in Los Angeles has never been so much fun, thanks to the team at Ten Thirty One Productions and their subsidiary, the Great Horror Campout. Under a star-filled sky in the Old Zoo section of Griffith Park, the company held its inaugural Movie Night Under the Stars event, bringing hundreds of horror fans together for a screening of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

This was no ordinary screening however. True to the company’s legacy of live horror events and attractions, Ten Thirty One Productions layered the Movie Night Under the Stars screening with its Great Horror Campout creatures, and unleashed them on the crowd of moviegoers throughout the evening, prompting screams from audience members as monsters lurked and crept up on them in the darkness!

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Toon TERRORtory at Knott’s Scary Farm 1996 – Throwback Thursday

Toon-Terrortory-Knotts-Haunt-1996 (3)This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1996, to a new maze at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt called Toon TERRORtory!

Toon TERRORtory was a short-lived attraction, lasting only two years at Halloween Haunt – 1996 and 1997. Guests would enter the maze from Ghost Town; the footprint was in the California Marketplace, roughly where the gate/secondary entrance is today near the base of GhostRider’s lift hill.

In a departure from typical Halloween Haunt mazes, Toon TERRORtory was one of very few “humorous” mazes in the history of the event. Maze designer Todd Faux, along with creative direction and input from Chris Williams (yes, kids, that Chris Williams) created an alternate reality cartoon world for the strange attraction, using well-known characters such as Speed Racer, and Beavis and Butthead, along with pre-war era-inspired monsters/characters as well!

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Halloween Horror Nights 25 Announced for Universal Orlando

Halloween-Horror-Nights-25By day, guests at Universal Orlando Resort are propelled into some of pop culture’s most iconic and beloved stories – laughing as they experience cutting-edge attractions and screaming as they brave plummeting roller coasters.

But there’s another, darker side to Universal Orlando.

On select nights in September and October, guests sprint away in paralyzing fear. They scream uncontrollably. Their nightmares come to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

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Bone Yard Effects Presents Angels & Demons at ScareLA 2015

Angels&Demons - logoScareLA, the Southern California convention dedicated to Halloween, is pleased to announce the premiere of an exclusive interactive exhibit Angels & Demons by renowned makeup artist Larry Bones of Bone Yard Effects, this August 8 and 9 at the Pasadena Convention Center. A fan favorite for the past two years, Bones returns to ScareLA accompanied by over two dozen talented artists to transform select ScareLA attendees into beautiful and terrifying creatures from the supernatural.

“I’m so excited to bring Bone Yard Effects back to ScareLA this year,” says Larry Bones, founder of Bone Yard Effects. “I have loved being part of this awesome event for the past two years, and am amazed by how fast it is growing. As ScareLA gets bigger, we at Bone Yard have the opportunity to grow as well. I’m pleased to announce Bone Yard’s Angels & Demons presentation. A huge team of Bone Yard artists will create either an angel or a demon character from head to toe, each with its own unique attributes. You’ll see over twenty five different characters over the weekend, and will have the opportunity to get a photo with them on our display stage. We look forward to seeing you all at ScareLA 2015!”

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Honey Shack Haunted Attraction Launches Kickstarter Campaign

honey-shack-haunted-houseKen Harris and Jeff Scarborough have launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to launch their new Halloween Haunted Attraction, The Honey Shack Haunted House.  Kickstarter is quickly becoming the standard with crowd funding.  Crowd funding allows creative ventures to raise capital for their projects that their communities are interested in.

The Honey Shack Haunted House is a haunted attraction produced by Ken Harris and Jeff Scarborough.  Collectively, both have worked with the Jaycees, Disney, Six Flags, and Entertainment Design Group.  They have spent 9 years attending many haunted house industry and horror conventions and visiting over 200 haunted attractions across the country from Nevada to Florida.  For the last 5 years, they have invested in a Halloween Haunted Garage Workshop where they have been honing their craft and testing ideas out with great success.

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Cracked – Survival Experience Extreme Haunt in UK

cracked-survival-experience-logoWhat is Cracked – Survival Experience? 10 contestants 1 survivor! Cracked – Survival Experience will pit a group of strangers against each other in the UK’s most extreme six-hour psychological challenge and experiment. Once you reach the top-secret location Cracked – Survival Experience will take you on a multi-sensory journey using live actors and special effects to push you to your limit.

Cracked – Survival Experience is an extreme horror endurance event where participants will be subjected to number of effects including, electrical effects, extreme eating, simulated torture, intense psychological situations, water effects, live insects and disturbing/physically demanding scenarios including the use of physical restraints. In whole, your experience will last 6 hours.

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The Basement – a Dark Escape Room Experience in Los Angeles

the-basement-escape-roomThis past weekend, Theme Park Adventure and members of the ScareLA team, along with some invited guests, converged on Sylmar to experience The Basement – Southern California’s hottest new escape room attraction, brought to you by Dark House Entertainment.

If you’re not familiar with the terminology, an escape room is an attraction where a group (sometimes guests are alone, but that’s not often the case, simply for sake of capacity) of people are “locked” in a space, and are given a defined amount of time to figure out puzzles, locate secret doors, interact with characters, or manipulate props in order to find their way out before the timer reaches zero and the game is over.

While the platform certainly lends itself to horror and the macabre, there are surprisingly very few horror-themed escape room attractions around the world. Themes vary from Egyptian tombs to pirate treasures and whodunit crime scenarios, all with different degrees of interaction, time allotments and difficulty levels.

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Great Horror Campout Launches Movie Night Under the Stars

great-horror-campout-movie-nightThe Great Horror Campout which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure is debuting it’s first outdoor horror movie night hosted by none other than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.  The first event will feature Friday the 13th on Friday, March 13th, for $13 with an additional bonus of $13 OFF your Great Horror Campout ticket when you buy anytime until prior to screening and use PROMO CODE: Friday.  All ticket proceeds will benefit Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

Positioned as “The Headmaster is getting bored waiting until the summer for Campout and wants to have a little fun now,” the tone of the movie night will be on brand with the Headmasters overly confident and comedically condescending demeanor.

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ScareLA Announces 2015 Dates and New Venue

ScareLAlogoScareLA, the Southern California Halloween convention, is excited to announce its expansion to a new venue, the Pasadena Convention Center for the event’s 2015 edition on August 8 and 9, 2015. The move will increase the con’s show floor to over 100,000 sq. ft. to accommodate a growing list of vendors, attractions, and entertainment. Tickets presale is scheduled to launch within the following week with aggressive discounts for fans and e-mail list subscribers.

“ScareLA 2015 is off to a great start with our expansion into the Pasadena Convention Center,” said Lora Ivanova, ScareLA Executive Producer and Co-founder. “What that means for our fans is: more spooky vendors, easier access to classes and stage content, bigger interactive haunt exhibits and hotels within walking distance for anyone coming from out of town or wishing to make this a true mid-summer Halloween staycation. Our team is busy curating our 2015 programming and cannot wait to share our scary passion with Los Angeles this August!”

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