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…

Zombie Containment Unit 15 at BGT Howl-O-Scream 2014

ZCU15.HowlOScreamBusch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream took interactive experiences to new levels with the introduction of The Experiment in 2013. This year, Howl-O-Scream 2014 puts guests even closer to the action with Zombie Containment Unit 15.

Three years after the undead invasion, there has been a containment failure in Zombie Containment Unit 15. Zombies have escaped in search of flesh, and Howl-O-Scream guests are the next target. Armed with only a Z.E.D. (Zombie Eradication Device), it’s up to them to hold off an undead mob in this interactive zombie laser-hunting experience.

Zombie Containment Unit 15 is included with Howl-O-Scream admission, and no reservations are required. Freaky Preview returns this year with Howl-O-Scream 2014’s opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for all event nights.

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Dead Fall Weapon of Choice Chosen by BGT Howl-O-Scream Fans

DeadFall7Howl-O-Scream 2014 Facebook fans have once again spoken, and the murder weapon of Dead Fall’s Gardener is a pair of gardening shears. Thousands of fans participated in the second round of voting and will be able to see the end result when they visit Dead Fall and witness how the shears bring the groundskeeper to his demise.

The third and final poll, open today through Aug. 26, allows fans to name the resident ghost of Dead Fall. Perched in an overhead branch on estate grounds is a precocious young male ghost who watches, teases and distracts you as you try to make it out of Dead Fall’s Hedge Maze. Visit the Howl-O-Scream Facebook page to vote to name this resident of Dead Fall – the winning name will be prominently displayed on his tree house on estate grounds.

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Tickets Now on Sale for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood

Universal HHN Face Off_LogosTickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each Halloween Horror Nights maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of Halloween Horror Nights and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”

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ScareLA 2014 – From the Inside Out

IMG_0569ScareLA 2014 brought thousands of guests to The Reef in downtown Los Angeles to check out its massive show floor, world-class panels and presentations, unique workshops and classes, and amazing entertainment celebrating everything related to Halloween!

More than 100 members of the media came to ScareLA as well from national to international representatives, shooting scores of photos and hours of video – much of which is available online already with a quick Google search. While this is something that usually would be a must-cover event for Theme Park Adventure, we’re in the rare position of not being able to shoot the event or partake as media. This is because TPA makes up 1/2 of the ScareLA core production team, which consists of David Markland, Lora Ivanova, Johanna Atilano, and myself. As producers of the event, there is no way possible for us to spend the weekend tweeting images, stopping to take many photos, or even pausing to shop at any one of our 125+ vendor booths on the show floor; we’re simply too busy ensuring that the convention is running smoothly to stop and really soak it all in – a really ironic twist for us, since Halloween and haunted attractions are our favorite thing to cover as Theme Park Adventure each year!

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Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 Overview

Witch Photo JpegThis year’s Knott’s Scary Farm conjures up unprecedented experiences and show-stopping entertainment, including the debut of Special Ops: Infected, where guests fight zombies in an interactive six acre war, and the return of Elvira – Mistress of the Dark in an all-new stage show.

Hunt Zombies in an All-Out War
This ambitious new attraction is the first of its kind in North America and will challenge guests to exterminate the infestation of zombies who threaten mankind’s existence. Armed with specially designed laser guns, brave groups of Knott’s Scary Farm guests will embark on missions, led by their Squad Leader – a loud-mouthed, take-no-prisoners commander charged with turning guests into soldiers. Groups must work together to fend off zombies and complete various missions before time runs out. If zombies drag their bodies too close, the un-infected’s guns temporarily deactivate, compromising the safety of the entire team. Soldiers with the deadliest aim will be celebrated with a tally of the number of zombies killed on a display board for other survivors to see each night in base camp.

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Summer Nights at Sam’s 2 Mixer Recap

TPA's Summer Nights at Sam's 2 MixerOn July 13th, Theme Park Adventure hosted its Summer Nights at Sam’s 2 mixer at Trader Sam’s, located at the Disneyland Hotel. TPA’s monthly gatherings are free and open to all themed entertainment fans, haunters and industry professionals – and there is always a fantastic blend of each representing! July’s gathering was no different, as everyone socialized and mingled under the tiki torches on the patio outside of Sam’s and Tangaroa Terrace! Our Summer Nights 2 gathering was the final mixer before ScareLA 2014, so the crowd was extra-excited and pumped by the up-coming Halloween convention, which was held August 9th and 10th in downtown Los Angeles. So, there were lots of really excited Halloween fans in attendance, as Theme Park Adventure makes up 1/2 of ScareLA’s production team.

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Clowns 3D Music by SLASH – HHN Hollywood 2014

HHN 2014 Clowns 3D image with txtCelebrated Grammy Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, Clowns 3D Music by SLASH at Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

While partnering with top recording artists has become a signature of Halloween Horror Nights, this collaboration with prolific guitarist, SLASH, marks the first time a musician has created an original maze score for the popular event. This inspired effort comes at a demanding time for SLASH, whose new album “World on Fire” debuts on September 16, 2014, on the heels of his “Let Rock Rule” World Tour performing with Aerosmith.

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BGT Howl-O-Scream 2014 Event Overview

Blood_Asylum_3_HOSAs the lights dim and the fire dwindles, a sinister song in perfect pitch curses all who hear its tormenting tempo. Survive the curse this fall, for 18 select nights, as Howl-O-Scream 2014 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with unexpected terrors around every corner.
Freaky Preview returns this year with Howl-O-Scream 2014’s opening weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. for all event nights.

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Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando

HHN-500x500-dollhouseUniversal Orlando Resort announced today that three original concept haunted houses and two all-new scare zones will join the killer line up of experiences at Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Studios Florida.

Deviously-inspired original haunted houses will terrify guests as they “die laughing” in Giggles & Gore Inc., experience the terror of a community in cannibalistic turmoil in Roanoke – Cannibal Colony and face the horrors within the decaying walls of the Dollhouse of the Damned. Even more horrors fill the streets of Universal Studios as guests are hypnotized by deceptive patrons of a seemingly glamorous ball in MASKerade: Unstitched and surrounded by voodoo practitioners that fill the snake and spider-infested Bayou of Blood. More details on these experiences, as well as a look into how they were created, are available on the Official Universal Orlando Blog.

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Hemlock Hall Chosen by BGT Howl-O-Screams Fans

DeadFall7Howl-O-Scream 2014 Facebook Fans have spoken, and the estate where the new haunted house, Dead Fall, is located will be named Hemlock Hall. Thousands of fans participated in the first week one of voting, and there’s more to come!

This week’s poll, open today through Aug. 19, let’s fans choose the murder tool that causes The Gardener’s demise.

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