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…

MGM Resorts Restaurants Offer Halloween Treats

MGM Resorts HalloweenMGM Resorts International will welcome Halloween enthusiasts with festive cocktails, spirited decor and sweet treats highlighting the familiar flavors of the season. Accomplished chefs and mixologists from Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York will present a collection of themed specials to celebrate the spooktacular holiday.

With a tempting selection of seasonal flavors, guests can relish every spoonful of ice cream at BLVD Creamery at Monte Carlo. New flavors include Cranberry Sorbet, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Spice. For those who enjoy ice cream with an edge, BLVD Creamery has added new alcohol-infused flavors to align with the autumn theme. Flavors include Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Blue Moon Pumpkin Spice, Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, Warsteiner Oktoberfest and Firestone Oaktoberfest.

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HAUNTERS The Movie Hits Kickstarter

Haunters The MovieHAUNTERS The Movie is a feature documentary by The Brain Factory, about the visionary entertainers who create some of the most popular and notorious haunted houses in the world.

A life-long fan of Halloween and all things horror, Jon Schnitzer (HAUNTERS Director/Producer and co-owner of The Brain Factory) was inspired to document the world of haunting as it becomes increasingly mainstream and spawns a whole new wave of extreme – and sometimes controversial full-contact – entertainment.

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Boo at the Oakland Zoo 2014

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

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

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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House of Restless Spirits Quelled by Neighbors

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

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!

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

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

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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