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 Announces Sinister Pointe Visit for October Mixer

Sinister Pointe: Beyond The MirrorThis month’s TPA Halloween Mixer will be held Sunday, October 12th, on the patio between Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel beginning at 7 P.M. As usual, we will have free buttons to give the first 30 TPAers on hand, and we’ll hold our monthly raffle at approximately 9 P.M. It will be a fun-filled evening of networking, great food, tantalizing tiki drinks, and yes… candy! It is Halloween, after all!

Once we’ve raffled off some ghoulish gifts, the tiki torches will dim, and a dark force will flow over the gathering. For those interested, we have a special trick-or-treat in store! At approximately 9:30 P.M., we will depart Trader Sam’s and regroup in Fullerton (just a short drive from The Disneyland Resort) at Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction. At a discounted rate of $15 per person, TPAers will not only get to experience Sinister Pointe’s terrifying 2014 experience, Beyond The Mirror, but once everyone has made it through, our group will get an exclusive lights-on tour of the attraction, followed by a Q&A with Jeff Schiefelbein and the rest of the crew!

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Boo at the L.A. Zoo Weekends 2014

GL-BooTrick-or-Treating, Jack O’ Lantern carving demonstrations, strolling characters and magicians, crafts, interactive musical entertainment and up-close encounters with “crawly” insects and reptiles will be among the Halloween Adventures at two Boo at the L.A. Zoo weekends this year!

Sponsored by 99 Cents Only Stores, weekend events also include feedings for zoo residents served in pumpkins filled with treats, and special Touch-If-You-Dare “Creepy Cauldrons” filled with “worms”, “maggots”, the Frankenstein Monster’s “brain”, and “zombie eyeballs”!

The dates for these special Boo at the L.A. Zoo events and happenings are Saturday, October 18; Sunday, October 19; Saturday, October 25; and Sunday, October 26 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Sponsored proudly by 99 Cents Only Stores, the two “spooky and safe” weekends also include the opportunity to see special feedings for gorillas, elephants, orangutans, giant otters and other Zoo residents as they enjoy pumpkins filled with treats to eat and play with; spider-themed crafts such as make-your-own paper headbands and pipe-cleaner rings; strolling magicians and jugglers; and a live karaoke band that invites Zoo youngsters to perform favorite songs.

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Midnight Syndicate Thrilling Guests at Cedar Point

Midnight Syndicate at Cedar PointGuests visiting Cedar Point for HalloWeekends already know about the park’s scream-inducing haunted houses and outdoor fright zones. But this year, guests are screaming just a little louder thanks to the new “Midnight Syndicate LIVE! Legacy of Shadows” show in the Ghoul Time Theatre.

Ohio’s own Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, of Midnight Syndicate, have been delighting fans worldwide with their Halloween music albums for almost two decades. Performing in front of a live audience for the first time ever, they have created a whole new legion of fans thanks to their multimedia horror concert at HalloWeekends. Known for producing “gothic horror fantasy soundtracks for the imagination,” these Halloween music maestros blend instrumental music,sound effects, eerie videos and on-stage adventures, taking audiences on a spell-binding journey that mesmerizes and features an ending that is both unexpected and terrifying.

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Camp Spooky 2014 at Knott’s Berry Farm

Camp Spooky at Knott's Berry FarmWeekends in October and on Halloween Day, Knott’s Berry Farm invites you and your family to join in on the Halloween fun in Camp Spooky. This daytime, non-scare celebration, of cheer rather than fear, is the social event of the season with shows, activities, costume contest all geared for kids ages 3-11.

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REVIEW: Reign of Terror Haunted House 2013

IMG_3699Reign of Terror Haunted House is one of Southern California’s gems each Halloween season. ROT features mind-bending immersive environments that are worthy of any Travel Channel-style program, and has consistently improved each year, delivering movie-level scenes and top-notch scares at every turn.

What started out years ago as a home haunt endeavor has grown into one of the Southland’s must-see haunted attractions. The immediate and biggest challenge that Reign of Terror has, is that their location is in Thousand Oaks, which is a long drive for most folks unless you happen to live in that immediate part of the Valley. It’s a really long trek for fans living in the Inland Empire or Orange County. That said, if you’re planning a haunt bucket list, Reign of Terror needs to be on it, and you should plan on making a night of it. Our suggestion is to leave early, and check out some home haunts in the Valley nearby and then head over to the Janss Marketplace, where Reign of Terror is located, and hit that toward the end of the night. It takes some coordinated planning, but we assure you – it is worth the effort in every way, and must be part of your Halloween whistle stops!

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The Purge: Breakout Returns to Los Angeles for Halloween 2014

IMG_7878Following its sold-out nationwide tour, THE PURGE: BREAKOUT is returning to L.A. this Halloween season. The Purge: Breakout is an immersive escape-game experience based on the world of the hit film franchise The Purge. It’s Purge Night, and your group is being held captive by a demented torturer…with only 30 minutes before the start of The Purge. Trapped in his house, groups must work together—solving a series of increasingly complicated mind-bending puzzles and clues—to escape captivity and survive The Purge.  Based on popular escape room adventures taking the U.S. and Asia by storm, the experience is like a real life video game. Visitors will be completely immersed into a horror experience like no other. The immersive experience sold-out its nationwide tour this summer including its time in L.A.

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Blackout: House in New York and Los Angeles 2014

houseDeemed the ‘the most terrifying of the United State’s 3,000 haunted houses’ (The Guardian), BLACKOUT celebrates its 5th anniversary this year opening this month in NYC (Oct 9) and LA (Oct 16) — with a new show, BLACKOUT: house and a new set of rules.

Infamous for its strict solo-entry policy, forcing participants to face their darkest fears alone, BLACKOUT: house will be a group experience this year. And if you think that means the experience will be any easier — think again. This year’s iteration takes the creators’ special brand of immersive horror to the next level by breaking even more conventions than previous years and incorporating group dynamics into the experience.

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REVIEW: Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Horror_Nights_2014_2269Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2014 opened to the masses on Friday, September 19th this year, making it the first large-scale Halloween event of the season here in Southern California. With temperatures all week above 90 degrees, it was hard to believe that Halloween had arrived; clearly, Mother Nature hadn’t received the memo. Strangely enough, opening day of Halloween Horror Nights was overcast and much cooler than the rest of the week; it appears that the event’s Creative Director/Executive Producer, John Murdy, called in a favor with the powers that be! Or perhaps he made an even more sinister offering of sorts – come to think of it, we haven’t seen his design counterpart, Chris Williams, for weeks

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Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party at Roaring Camp Railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads' Thomas and Percy's Halloween PartyAmerica’s favorite No. 1 engine is chugging into Roaring Camp alongside his pal Percy for a special event: Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party. Junior engineers  are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and bring the entire family for a fun-filled day at Thomas and Percy-themed activities.

Entertainment includes Thomas & Friends storytelling, magician, juggler, bounce houses, an Imagination Station with face painting, temporary tattoos, and more!

The roundtrip Thomas The Tank Engine and Percy train excursion travels along the scenic San Lorenzo Valley River Gorge and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Trains depart from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Tickets: $24 for guests ages 2 and up.

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Safe and Super Halloween 2014 at Fairytale Town

Safe & Super Halloween at Fairytale Town 6The mythological world of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” will come to life at Fairytale Town’s annual Safe and Super Halloween event. Families can enjoy three nights of fun and trick-or-treating at the storybook park on October 24, 25 and 26 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Young heroes can go on a quest to Mount Olympus to meet the infamous Olympian Zeus. Families will enjoy exploring the lair of Polyphemus the cyclops, the replica Parthenon, the Oracle of Delphi and Medusa’s garden. Seventeen candy stations will be scattered throughout the park for trick-or-treaters to visit. The evening also features a nightly costume parade at 8:30 p.m. and hands-on activities inspired by the books and Greek mythology.

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