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’s Summer Nights at Don’s June 2015 Mixer Announced

Spring_Nights_3_2072Theme Park Adventure has bid farewell to its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers with the close of the season, and is now looking forward to an exciting summer season for the months of June, July and August!

Our summer kick-off event will be held on Sunday, June 14th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach (on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach) at 7pm!

TPA’s monthly mixer is open to anyone wanting to join our community of themed entertainment fans, haunt enthusiasts, and industry professionals. There is no cover charge, and there is no age limit – although this is a bar environment; parents are encouraged to consider leaving the kids at home and joining us for an adult night out!

Parking at the iconic Don the Beachcomber is free, and parking staff is always on hand to tell arriving guests where open spaces are.

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TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 3 Mixer Bids Aloha to the Season

Spring_Nights_3_2132The sun has set on Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s mixers for 2015, as the season has come to an end, and a new sun is about to dawn on summer! On Sunday, May 17th, TPA fans gathered once again at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach for a fun night of mixing, mingling, tiki cocktails, great food, and good friends during our Spring Nights at Don’s 3 social mixer!

The great thing about TPA mixers, is that you never know who’s going to show up! Theme Park Adventure has a broad fan base of young folks, older folks, theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals – a completely unique mix of characters under one roof for a few hours each month with a level playing field; everyone is open and accessible in the spirit of friendship and community!

Don  the Beachcomber, which is on Pacific Coast Highway between Huntington and Seal Beach (it’s located at Sunset Beach) and is a hot locals spot that rolls out the red carpet for Theme Park Adventure, and turns over its private Hidden Village room, which is a fantastic space very reminiscent of the old Tahitian Terrace at Disneyland back in the day. We love the whole tiki vibe, and it’s always fun to be near the beach here in Southern California, so Don’s is a perfect match for us!

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Evil Twin Studios Announces WARD 13 for Halloween 2015

WARD-13-LOGOEvil Twin Studios, the demented team that brought you Theater of Terror and award-winning Raymond Hill Mortuary, returns this October with an all-new haunted experience and location that you’re sure to go crazy about. WARD 13 is an intense, immersive, interactive, walk-through haunted attraction where sanity comes to die.

There have always been dark rumors about the Raymond Hill Sanitarium, but the most disturbing ones center around an undocumented area for the most violent patients where experimentation took precedence over finding a cure. For the residents of the sanitarium, there was one thing they all feared more than death… WARD 13.

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Iconic Jack Character Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 25 in Orlando

HHN-25-logoUniversal Orlando has released new details regarding its 2015 milestone event, Halloween Horror Nights 25, and horror fans are already buzzing with excitement!

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 25 will be the biggest, longest and most intense in event history.  Here are the top things you need to know:

  • The event will feature NINE haunted houses – more than ever in event history.

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Hatbox Ghost Comes Home to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

Marc-Davis-Hatbox-Ghost“He was a cloaked figure, with an evil, grinning face. A hatbox hung from his hand. With each beat of his bride’s heart, his head disappeared from his body, and appeared in the hatbox.” The Haunted Mansion record, narrated brilliantly by Thurl Ravenscroft, was the first exposure I ever had to the Hatbox Ghost, a sinister character created by the late Disney Legend, Marc Davis.

I was born in 1970, about half a year after The Haunted Mansion opened at Disneyland. My own memories of the attraction wouldn’t begin until later visits in the late ’70s. Those fortunate enough to already be alive for the opening of the attraction may have also been fortunate enough to come face-to-face with the most elusive character in Disney attraction history – the Hatbox Ghost.

Developed by Marc Davis and Yale Gracey at WED in Glendale for the Mansion, the Hatbox Ghost was initially installed in the ride’s attic scene, within close proximity to the Bride, who used to have a loudly-beating heart. As stated in the narration of the record, with each heartbeat of his bride, the male specter’s head would vanish, reappearing below in a large hatbox hanging from his skeletal hand. There are several historical images of Disney’s master illusionist, Yale Gracey, working on the mock-up of the figure at their WED facility (now Walt Disney Imagineering) in Glendale, California.

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New Thrills and Chills Coming Soon to Disneyland

Haunted-Mansion-DisneylandWith Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary right around the corner, the folks that make the magic are in a mad rush to get everything ready for the massive influx of guests that are going to be making their way from all corners of the world as the Diamond Celebration officially kicks off on Friday, May 22nd.

In the past several months, there has been much attention focused on the major aspects of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary, from a new World of Color show next door at Disney California Adventure, to an all-new nighttime parade and fireworks show at Disneyland. For the most part, it appears that the Diamond Celebration is pretty much all entertainment-based. However, there are a few thrills and chills creeping up under the radar that have hard core Disneylanders very excited, and with good reason!

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Opechee Way Haunt 2014 – The Sum of All Scares

Opechee_Way_2014_7834The Opechee Way Haunt is a home haunt located in the hills of Glendale, California. Tucked away in this quiet, cozy neighborhood, Sam Kellman and his spooky cohorts have been creating the home haunt for the past several years. What sets Sam aside from your average haunter is that he’s 12. His team of fellow haunters are also pre-teens that have an incredibly strong sense of staging and production.

2014’s presentation of The Opechee Way Haunt was subtitled The Sum of All Scares, and featured small sets and scenes constructed and arranged around the perimeter of Sam’s home. Small groups are let in at a time; the attraction is pulsed, and those waiting do so in a professional switchback queue that is set up on the home’s driveway, next to a makeshift cemetery filled with leaning tombstones and glowing Jack O’Lanterns.

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TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 2015 Brings Fun and Prizes

Spring_Nights_Dons_2_1770Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 mixer at Don the Beachcomber brought out lots of fans this past weekend, as we all mixed and mingled the night away in Huntington Beach! Celebrating the mid-way point between winter and summer, TPAers gathered in the mystical Hidden Village at Don’s with potent tiki cocktails in hand – including several first-timers to the event, which we are always thrilled to see!

As the Mai Tais flowed like lava from the Coconut Bar, the evening was a buzz of activity – fans, haunters, industry professionals and everyone in between laughed and chatted, as the playing field is always level at our mixers and you never know who you’re going to meet!

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House of Nightmares Opens at Grona Lund

House-of-Nightmares-Grona-LundSally Corporation’s all new haunted attraction, House of Nightmares, opened April 25, 2015 at Grona Lund, Stockholm’s historic seaside amusement park.  Hundreds of visitors lined up outside the evil Dr. Morphio’s house to be the first to step inside and experience the terrifying new attraction. Some were even outfitted with self-facing cameras to capture their reactions…horrified, mortified, completely freaked! One-by-one, they ran out of the house, screaming with delight.

Public interest had been building for months. “Leading up to the opening, Grona Lund did a superb job of teasing the public with posters that came alive, creepy pictures from inside the house, a zombie kiss-cam scare prank inside a movie theater, and even a House of Nightmares commercial so frightening that it was banned from airing before 9pm!” says Lauren Weaver, Marketing Director at Sally Corporation.

As visitors approach the exterior of an old Victorian mansion, they see a large, neon sign drawing them closer.  Special effects, lighting and sound help set the mood for the terrors that await inside.  Scenic elements enhance the back story of Dr. Morphio and his hideous experiments.

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Great Horror Campout Movie Night 3 Tickets Now on Sale

Great-Horror-Campout-Movie-Night (2)The Great Horror Campout which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure will feature the mega-horror classic Nightmare On Elm Street, Dream Warriors at their recently launched outdoor horror movie night hosted by none other than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.

The Great Horror Campout Movie Nights have been a smashing success with the prior two events selling out in a matter of days.  The company has also announced that this third event will change venues to Elysian Park in an effort to keep the environment interesting and repeat movie goers, engaged.

“We want guests who have attended a prior event to be surprised, startled, and scared.  Changing the environment periodically allows us to keep the fun unpredictable.” says Melissa Carbone, Ten Thirty One Productions / CEO.

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