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 Haunts on Halloween at Chambers of the Mausoleum

chambers_halloweenHalloween is the busiest time of year for Theme Park Adventure, hands-down. In 2014, we have clocked 39 haunt stops into our schedule, from the end of September to November 2nd. Usually, we spend a quiet Halloween night having dinner out and enjoying “the finish line” aspect of our exhausting terror trek. However, once in a blue moon, Johanna and I slip out into the darkness somewhere to do some spooking of our own on Halloween night! Such is the case this season. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be joining our dear friends for a night of thrills and chills at Chambers of the Mausoleum in Corona, California!

Chambers of the Mausoleum is a unique, wildly-creative haunted attraction that is outstanding in the way of creativity, makeup and character design, and immersive environment fabrication. Operated by the amazing folks from Figment Foundry and Garner Holt Productions, Chambers of the Mausoleum is our haunt of choice to call “home” for Halloween night 2014!

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Sees Record-Breaking Growth

Dark_Harbor_2014_0740On Thursday, October 2, The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor unleashed a spectacle of new haunted spirits, mazes and attractions that landed the annual festival on the Travel Channel’s list of the top ten haunts in the world. Nightly Dark Harbor attracts thousands of brave thrill seekers and continues to experience record-breaking attendance growth annually making it the fastest growing haunt in Southern California.

This year the annual haunt unveiled three new terrifying mazes. B340 and Soulmate depict the true torrid tales of two unfortunate Queen Mary passengers of the past. Samuel the Savage and Graceful Gale both haunt the cruise liner and take Dark Harbor guests on a horrific journey through their insanity and demise.  The new Voodoo Village maze summons the Voodoo Priestess to arise from the swamps with her band of gypsies and witch doctors to taunt guests and control all mortal and spirit souls.

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FAN MAIL: Trapped at Knott’s and Thrilled to Death in Pasadena

Raymond_Hill_7188Did you do Pasadena Raymond Hill Mortuary. Even better than last year! More interactive and super fun!

Christine B.

Editor’s Reply:

Hi Christine!

It sounds like you’re having a great Halloween season, just like we are! Yes, we visited our friends at Raymond Hill Mortuary in South Pasadena. Evil Twin Studios knocked it out of the park this season, and we can’t wait to share our review, images, and video clips with you in the weeks to come! 

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REVIEW: Wicked Lit 2014 Halloween Production

John-T.-Cogan-and-Angie-Hobin.-Wicked-Lit-2014.-Photo-by-Daniel-Kitayama.Wicked Lit’s 2014 Halloween show which takes place at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, California, is just about as creative and unusual as any Halloween event or attraction we’ve ever visited. By no means a “traditional” Halloween show, Wicked Lit offers a highly-immersive theatrical experience that is both beautiful and haunting.

Formed in 2009 as an off-shoot of Unbound Productions, Wicked Lit is a theatrical group that adapts classic horror literature into dynamic, highly-engaging productions. Usually, these performances are held in and around cemeteries. In 2013, Wicked Lit appeared at ScareLA, where they performed their version of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic, The Tell-Tale Heart, which was a major hit with our convention guests. After seeing the group at ScareLA, we knew that sooner than later, we’d be seeing one of their full-length productions. That moment came this Halloween season, and wow – what an amazing experience we had!

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Haunted Hollywood Sports Media Preview 2014

Haunted Hollywood SportsAt the beginning of the Halloween season here in Southern California, the folks at Haunted Hollywood Sports were kind enough to invite Theme Park Adventure to their special media preview night, which consisted of a party, live entertainment, and a preview of one of their mazes, as well as one of the park’s signature Killhouses. It should be noted that this isn’t a “review” in the same style as other haunts that we visit and shoot during Halloween, as none of the event’s other attractions were open, so we only have images and video from what was made available to us for the event.

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Just 5 Nights Left to Experience Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights OrlandoFlesh-eating Walkers, deranged killer Michael Myers, and the universe’s most deadly creatures in the midst of a raging battle are just a few of the horrors that await at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 24. Guests have just five more nights to experience the top-rated terror for themselves from now until Nov. 1. Halloween Horror Nights has been rated the Best Halloween Event six years in a row by Amusement Today and was recently named one of Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions by Travel Channel.

With terrifying experiences based on the biggest names in horror and pop culture, this year’s event features some of the highest-rated guest experiences in Halloween Horror Nights history including eight all-new haunted houses, horrifying street experiences and two live shows.

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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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