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…

Last Chance for Howl-O-Scream Summer Ticket Discount for Busch Gardens Tampa

Howl-O-Scream discount tickets are only available for a short time!Howl-O-Scream 2015 has Unearthed a new evil and Busch Gardens Tampa’s 300 acres will be overgrown with new dark, sinister and adult-targeted fun for 19 select nights this fall. Don’t miss the limited-time summer deal that is sure to get your heart pounding early this year.

For a limited time, get a Freaky Preview single-night admission (Sept. 25 & 26) for only $35, and any single-night admission from October 1 to 31 for only $45. Plus, Busch Gardens Pass Members receive a limited-time exclusive discount on any single-night admission to Howl-O-Scream 2015 for only $35.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights on Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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The Walking Dead Returns to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Los Angeles and Orlando for 2015

The Walking Dead Halloween Horror Nights 2015The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s The Walking Dead will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television series take a bite out of Halloween Horror Nights, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.

Attempts to evade the terror of the undead and the inhumane brutality of mankind will be the underlying theme of these mazes as guests navigate authentic three-dimensional recreations of one of television’s most talked about shows, The Walking Dead.

Following in the footsteps of The Walking Dead cast, guests will begin their journey at the Terminus safe-haven compound, where an unspeakable hunger has consumed the demented souls of those dwelling within. As the chaos ensues, guests will encounter even greater atrocities as they stumble upon dismembered “W” walkers, witness the horror of victims besieged by the living dead, and step onto the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of “W” walkers.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand The Walking Dead universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show,” said Greg Nicotero, executive producer and special effects makeup supervisor for The Walking Dead.  “Halloween Horror Nights is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.”

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Universal Studios Singapore Announces Halloween Horror Nights 5

Universal Studios Singapore Halloween Horror Nights 5Universal Studios Singapore is set to bring your scariest nightmares to life once again, with a unique touch of Singaporean flair this year. Taking center stage at Halloween Horror Nights 5 will be a new chapter of True Singapore Ghost Stories inspired by horror stories on the train, an epidemic-stricken HDB block, a hell house featuring paper effigies, as well as the event’s first ever dark house. Starting from 2 October 2015, Halloween Horror Nights 5 will run for 14 nights across five weekends. Tickets are now on sale.

Ms Andrea Teo, Vice President of Entertainment at Resorts World Sentosa, said: “We are excited to be back with Halloween Horror Nights 5, Singapore’s only fully-immersive Halloween experience. We heard our fans, and this year’s event will take even more of a local twist, bringing fear even closer to heart. Expect to see familiar scenes and folklore in three locally themed haunted houses with the fourth house featuring an intense underground experience. The theme for Southeast Asia’s iconic Halloween event this year surrounds the rise of the blood moon, which will spread destruction to life as we know it.”

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BloodMoon Faire Coming to Los Angeles Halloween 2016 – Materializing First This Summer at ScareLA

BloodMoon FaireHalloween is about to get so much spookier! A mysterious nomadic clan called The Travelers are coming, and they’re bringing their magical BloodMoon Faire to the Los Angeles area in October 2016! First, though, they’re making a stop at next week’s premier Halloween and Haunted Attraction convention to showcase the event to the press and public: ScareLA, August 8th & 9th at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The BloodMoon Faire will be a magical event similar to a Renaissance Faire, but with an immersive Halloween theme. It will feature staged entertainment, nightly parades, ghosts and goblins, and most exciting of all: The Gothic Hills Manor – The World’s First Crowdsourced Haunted Attraction.

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Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare Returns to Illinois for Halloween 2015

Great American Nightmare 1Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare — the ultimate Halloween horror event — returns to Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, IL (just outside Chicago) for its second engagement from September 25-November 1. Tickets go on sale for all Great American Nightmare dates on Friday, July 31.

October 2 & 4 will also feature two special concerts with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie.

“I am thrilled to be bringing The Great American Nightmare back to the Chicago area for its second year,” says Rob Zombie. “After last year’s overwhelming response we’ve decided to return with a completely new Nightmare. It’s more vile and disgusting than ever. Have fun.”

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Boot Hill Home Haunt in Orange County Looking for Faithful Spooks

Boot Hill SpooksThere’s no denying or holding it back; Halloween is in the air, despite 100-degree temperatures and lazy summer days. Haunted attractions are already hosting auditions, and pro/home haunters are in the midst of amassing and building their works of terror.

Boot Hill, one of the most elaborate and popular home haunts in the Southland, is gearing up for yet another materialization in Irvine (Woodbridge, to be exact), and this year promises to be the attraction’s biggest and spookiest year yet! To pull it off, the team behind Boot Hill are looking for some dead-icated volunteers to help this Halloween, from build to scaring the daylights out of guests this October!

2015 will be Boot Hill’s 16th season in operation. The home haunt, themed to the Old West, attracts thousands of visitors each year and has become a whistle stop for Halloween fans of all ages. Boot Hill is a large-scale yard display that features sets, elaborate special effects, and creeping ghouls lurking in the fog.

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Drunken Devil Productions’ The Sinner’s Soiree Coming to Downtown Los Angeles Halloween 2015

Drunken Devil Logo - The Sinner's SoireeDrunken Devil Productions, a new entertainment startup with a focus on live horror attractions and media, is preparing to bring scares to the burgeoning downtown Fashion District for fourteen days during the month of October.

Drunken Devil Productions was conceived by Matt Dorado, an entrepreneur and horror enthusiast who previously worked as a haunt producer in Santa Barbara.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources – New Orleans culture, vintage alcohol artwork and design, mythology, and horror cult classics – he imagined a company that would produce upscale haunted house experiences, designed to engage a modern audience.

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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Coming to San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2015

Rise_Lanterns_2014_4518The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking lot will be glowing orange every weekend during October, when it hosts Rise of the Jack O’lanterns. This is the first year the Safari Park has hosted this experience, which features more than 5,000 intricately hand-carved jack o’lanterns, crafted by artists into striking displays—along a winding trail that spans a third of a mile.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is a family friendly event featuring themed carvings that include enormous dragons, larger-than-life crabs, classic cars, favorite characters and, of course, animals. The event also features music scored exclusively for The Rise, delivering a multi-sensory experience for participants.

In addition to viewing the completed displays, guests can watch as top sculptors for The Rise transform 100-pound pumpkins into artistic creations during a live carve. The surface of the trail where the event takes place is stroller- and wheelchair-friendly.

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First Look: 17th Door Haunted House Coming to Tustin for Halloween 2015

17th Door Haunted House (6)Meet Robbie and Heather Luther. They’re the typical couple from Orange County, California. Well-educated, a beautiful family, financially comfortable, extremely motivated with multiple businesses that they own, and hell-bent on crushing souls this Halloween season and making adults scream for mercy.

The Luthers are the newest members of the Southern California haunt community, and admittedly, are quite the enigma thus far. They don’t fit the typical mold of what a “haunter” is; they didn’t grow up working or building haunted houses with friends, they’re not necessarily huge fans of the horror genre, and while they’ve attended major haunts such as Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood over the years (a few times as casual guests), they’ve never become involved in the haunted attraction community and are, by design, fairly oblivious to how it all works here and elsewhere around the country.

For a few years, Robbie thought it would be fun to create a haunted house, combining his skills and know-how learned from other businesses he has his hands in – including fabrication, sound design, and architecture. Basically, Robbie comes to the table with an incredible knowledge base perfect for designing haunted attractions. The idea of creating a haunt however, has always taken a back seat to “real” projects; it’s always been the “nice to have” thought lurking in the back of his mind. Recently, his wife, Heather, said that she wanted to start up a new project, and when they began brainstorming what their next venture would be – bingo! The 17th Door finally had a green light!

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Savage House Haunted Attraction Returns to San Diego This Halloween

Savage House Haunted Attraction LogoSavage House Haunted Attraction in San Diego is returning for its second year! Unlike most haunted attractions filled with multiple themed rooms, Savage House has put a unique twist on the old recipe by creating San Diego’s ONLY themed haunt.

Savage Productions, the masterminds behind Savage House, immerse you in a storyline complete with a plot that begins from the moment you’re in line until you exit the last room. From the characters to the sets, costumes and makeup, Savage House is a unique and impressive experience. What’s even more impressive is that Savage Productions has found a way to contain this experience in a free standing structure in a public space.

Unlike most other haunted attractions that are in permanent locations year round or a vacant building that’s been temporarily converted, Savage Productions has found a way to create this experience in a temporary structure while still meeting all local building codes including earthquake and wind requirements as well as fire safety requirements, and also meet all ADA (American Disabilities Act) requirements, an impressive task considering they construct the entire haunt in 14 days, operate for the month of October, and then tear down in 14 days leaving the site looking as though they were never there.

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