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Nightfall 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!
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!
On 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.
Where 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.
“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.
Mark 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!
Worlds 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).
Universal 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.
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!
THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS
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
Fright Fest (Six Flags Magic Mountain) – 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia CA 91355
Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld San Diego) – 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego CA 92109
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
STAND-ALONE PRO HAUNTS & ATTRACTIONS
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
Fear Station - 10660 Western Ave., Stanton CA 90680
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
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
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 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
Boot Hill – 16 Goldenrod, Irvine CA 92614
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)
Mystic Motel – 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch CA 92694
Spooky Hollows – 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys CA 91406
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 of Restless Spirits – 1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica CA 90403
VanOaks Cemetery – 5822 Norwich Ave., Los Angeles CA 91411
The 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.
Halloween 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!