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…

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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Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost Train 2014

Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost TrainRelive “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” this Halloween at Roaring Camp Railroads Ghost Train as you ride vintage railway cars through a Redwood forest; named one of the top 10 Halloween events by USA Today. Costumed actors re-enact scenes from hillside stages as the story is narrated during the one-hour and fifteen minute ride. Designed for young children and the young-at-heart, the event is a light and lively adaptation of the famous tale.

Ghost Trains depart at 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m. Advance reservations are required. Ticket prices are $28 adults and $20 children (2-12 years). Parking is $8. For tickets and information, call 831-335-4484 or visit www.roaringcamp.com.

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Zombie Joe’s Urban Death Tour of Terror 2014 Announced

URBAN_DEATH2On Friday and Saturday nights, October 10 – November 1, the doors to Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater will creak open once again to bring guests inside to experience URBAN DEATH TOUR OF TERROR.

Now in its second year, TOUR OF TERROR takes ZJU’s signature show, URBAN DEATH, and transforms it into an immersive haunted experience designed to explore the deepest and darkest terrors fathomable.

Last year’s inaugural event was heralded by fans and critics alike for the imaginative quality of the scares and the talent of the performers within the maze.

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Delusion: Lies Within New Tickets Released

delusionDelusion: Lies Within is quickly approaching and most dates have already sold out, so they are offering their devoted fans an additional opportunity to discover what lies within the walls of Elena Fitzgerald’s Manor.

Oct 2nd tickets are now released! Click here to purchase tickets.

The shadows stir as time is running out. Play Your Part on a dark journey like no other as Delusion takes you by the mind and drags you away from your world to theirs. Embark on an epic adventure as you play your part in uncovering the mystery of the great author Elena Fitzgerald.

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Alone Returns to Los Angeles for Halloween 2014

Alone - an existential hauntingOn October 17 through November 1, ALONE [an existential haunting] subverts once more the “haunted house” experience with an even more terrifying, immersive, psychological journey.

ALONE remains a 30-minute individual, tour where participants become a part of their own nightmare. Unlike haunted hayrides and scary houses, ALONE ditches the typical Halloween trappings of fake blood, gore, sexy vampires and screaming psychopaths. It is only you, in the dark, with us. Each guest is left to wander through the darkness, completely ALONE.

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Scare School 2014 at Knott’s Scary Farm

scare_school_2014_monstersEach year, hundreds of ghouls fill the twisted mazes of Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt event in Buena Park, lurking in the darkness, ready to pounce on unsuspecting victims. They leer, they hiss, they scream, and they lunge; however, many of these creatures of the dark are fresh out of Scare School – a night of training outside and inside of their mazes that will prepare them for the season of screams to come. While a large amount of maze talent does return to work Halloween Haunt each season, there’s always plenty… new blood in the mix. That’s where Scare School comes in – to help returning veterans get mentally and physically limbered up for the task at hand, and to prep and pump up new talent for the experience they’re about to embark on.

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