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…

Great American Nightmare Returns for 2014

logoAfter closing out its 2013 run in Southern California with a record-breaking night for a stand-alone haunted house event in the United States, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween horror event–returns for its second year and will make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in the Phoenix, Arizona metro region for select nights from September 19-November 1.

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Walking Dead Returns to HHN in 2014

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are bringing back AMC?s ?The Walking Dead? to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying maze inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series. This year?s bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.After rave reviews from fans on both coasts, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience all-new terrifying mazes inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning television series.

This year’s bone-chilling mazes will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

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ScareCON Coming to U.K. June 19th

scareconlogoScareCON is Europe’s ONLY trade show for the scare attractions industry and returns in 2014 for its seventh fear-filled year. The event will be held inside one of the UK’s most popular Halloween Scream Park – Tulleys Shocktoberfest on Thursday June 19th.

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Shedding Light on “Caine. Who am I?”

sheffield scare mazeHaunted attractions are not just a hot ticket in the United States; we are seeing them pop up around the world, from Asia to the U.K. As Theme Park Adventure’s fan base continues to grow globally, more and more TPAers are letting us know about projects and local haunts they are involved in, whether at Halloween or any other time during the year; it’s exciting to share these haunted attractions with our readers, bringing the community closer together regardless of physical distance between our countries. One such attraction was recently hosted in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. It was called Caine. Who am I? and brought a strong backstory as well as a thrilling immersive environment, gripping all that dared to venture in!

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HEX Halloween Expo Cluster Event in July

On Thursday 10th July 2014, representatives from Europe’s ‘scare entertainment’ industry will convene at Hunton Park, Watford, England for the first of several events hosted by ‘HEX’ – Halloween Expo Europe.

HEX is Europe’s only scare entertainment and Halloween attraction industry collective. It was founded in 2014 by Sally Duguid of the former ‘Halloween & Scare Attractions Show’, Richard Cottier of ‘Farmaggedon’ and Jason Karl of ‘AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment’ to steer the growth of the scare entertainment industry and present the sector as a united voice

This ‘cluster’ event is the first of many, aimed at professional scare attraction operators and Halloween entertainment industry specialists, with a varied line-up of speakers and the opportunity to network with potential new business colleagues. The daytime event will be hosted at Hunton Park in Watford http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/hunton-park/ and continue later in the day Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Sally Duguid, of HEX, said “this will be the first time in Europe that an event of this type has been made available to the market, and we have been working ‘behind the screams’ for some time to ensure we can offer a unique event that will inspire and educate those already operating in this burgeoning sector, and those who are thinking of starting up in ‘scare’.”

The event includes a line-up of professional speakers from a variety of amusement industry sectors and includes:

DR TONY JOHNSON – ‘The Fascination with Fear’

Dr Tony Johnson is a lecturer in Ecotourism at the Buxton Campus of The University of Derby. He is also the Programme Leader for the BSc (hons) Ecotourism and Joint Honours Ecotourism courses, and teaches on a number of programme modules. A key area of interest in ‘dark tourism’, also known as ‘Thanatourism’.

MADELON HOEDT – ‘Creating the Fear’

Madelon Hoedt is a part-time lecturer for the Faculty of Creative Industries of the University of South Wales. She has been researching horror in performance for a number of years, and has published and presented on numerous topics, from scare attractions and zombies to sound and stage design.

JACKIE MULLIGAN & MICHELLE LANHAM – ‘It’s Not Quidditch; Creating New Rules for Your Social Media Engagement’

A focused and interactive one hour session designed to explore the future of social networks and the magic power they hold for organisations. Using examples of innovative practices on social media as well as the latest research insights into why and how we will share, the session will leave attendees with some fresh ideas, tips, rules, strategies and insights into how to engage audiences in the now and in the future.
Tickets for the event are now available and priced at £125.00 per delegate including all seminars, buffet lunch and soft drinks, coach transfer and the VIP Tour of the Warner Brothers Studios. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hex-halloween-expo-europe-conference-and-harry-potter-tour-tickets-11654935225

Discounts for delegates wishing to stay on site at Hunton Park are available at £95.00 per room by calling 0871 222 4808using the code HEXEVENT01.

For all the latest developments you can visit our website at www.hexeurope.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @HALLOWEEN_EXPO

TPAers, will any of you in the U.K. be attending this special event? If so, what are you most looking forward to about it, and what do you hope to take away from this HEX Halloween Expo event? Share your thoughts below with other fans!

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Great Horror Campout 2014 Tour Dates

Returning to Los Angeles on June 6th, 2014, for a second kicking and screaming year, the Great Horror Campout is expanding its uniquely entertaining and immersive horror camp to cities across the nation.

LogoFrom Ten Thirty One Productions, the creators of the incredibly popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, the Great Horror Campout is a “choose your own adventure” overnight experience unlike any other in the horror themed events genre. With Mark Cuban recently investing $2 million in the company, the biggest deal in Shark Tank history, this year’s Great Horror Campout will be even more frightening with live scareactors, fog and scent effects, water spray and splash, narrow tunnels, crouch spaces which require you to bend down while walking, sudden loud noises, and much more.

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Descent Into The London Dungeon

Mary Jane Kelly at the London DungeonOne of the must-dos of London tourism is visiting the London Dungeon, a ninety-minute attraction, which opened in 1974 as a horror museum. Now, it is a much more interactive experience, complete with actors, rides, mazes, lighting effects, a beautiful soundscape, scents, and incredibly detailed sets, costumes and props. It is still an educational experience, but with added scares, humor, and theatrics.

There are equivalent Dungeons elsewhere in Europe, each focusing on the history of its own city, albeit not necessarily in chronological order nor completely accurately. A Dungeon will open later this year in San Francisco.

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ScareLA Returns Bigger and Better Summer 2014 – Tickets NOW on Sale!

SLA_Ticket_transp_GATicket Presale Now Live for Southern California’s Hit Halloween Convention; After a Smashing First-year Success, Returns Bigger and Even More Interactive With New Haunted Attraction Reveals, Panels, Classes, Vendors and Immersive Experiences; Promises Tricks and Treats for All Ages

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — May 2, 2014 ScareLA, the first-ever Southern California Halloween convention, announced today it will return to downtown Los Angeles on August 9 and 10, 2014 at The Reef (formerly known as LA Mart). The event celebrates the West Coast’s Halloween, haunt, and horror community and fans with exclusive presentations, industry panels, hands-on workshops, onsite attractions and an exhibitor show floor designed to inspire and promote play. Limited-time presale tickets are now available for purchase on the convention’s website, offering a 30% savings for early birds with code PRESCARE.

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Universal Orlando Resort Announces Dates For Halloween Horror Nights 24

HHN_2014Mark your calendars… Halloween Horror Nights will return to Universal Orlando Resort for its twenty-fourth year on September 19, with more nights than ever before and terrifying experiences based on some of the biggest names in horror and pop culture.

On 28 select nights from September 19 through November 1, guests will explore eight blood curdling haunted houses, navigate multiple spine-chilling street experiences with terrifying “scareactors,” enjoy two outrageous live shows and experience many of Universal Studios Florida’s most exciting rides and attractions.

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Winter Nights at Sam’s 3 Brings Another Season of TPA Gatherings to an End

Winter_Nights_3_2014 256On Sunday, March 16th, Theme Park Adventure held its final Winter Nights gathering at Trader Sam’s in Anaheim. Approximately 80 TPAers showed up for the final mixer of the season – a respectable-sized crowd that mingled under the tiki torches for several hours at the popular Disneyland Resort bar/restaurant!

In attendance were theme park fans, themed entertainment industry professionals, and of course – oodles of haunters and haunt fans representing some of the best haunted attractions in the world! It was also fantastic to see many new faces – first-timers that came alone or with friends to join the TPA family; we love that, and always encourage it – it’s naturally a bit awkward at first to jump into a large group that seems to know each other well. However, as we say time and again, newcomers instantly are made to feel welcome, and find themselves conversing with like-minded individuals over delicious tiki drinks until late in the evening!

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