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Ticket 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.
Mark 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.
One of the most unique and complicated haunted attractions that Theme Park Adventure visited during the 2013 season was a professional haunt by Scareventures, called Evil Willy’s Candy Factory. Based on the classic Roald Dahl tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as all of the adaptations that have come since, it seemed to us that Evil Willy’s would be a really exciting experience and definitely a twist on the traditional haunted attraction themes that we see each year. Creating such an attraction wouldn’t be very sugar-coated, as the Scareventures team would find out…
One of my favorite aspects of Halloween and the way that Theme Park Adventure covers it each year are the home haunts in Southern California that we have the opportunity to visit and see first-hand. One home haunt that we first visited in 2012 is The Haunted Diary, located in Hollywood, just minutes away from Universal Studios. Each season, The Haunted Diary takes on a new theme; in 2013, it became Dark Carnival.
Without fail, I am always asked what some of the best family-friendly haunts are in the Los Angeles area each Halloween season. And without fail, Boney Island is always an instant response to that question. Actually, one of the finest home haunts anywhere, Boney Island should be on everyone’s October list, regardless of age. It’s that good, and absolutely chalked full of incredible heart and soul. Since our first visit to this Sherman Oaks spectral spooktacular in 2011, Boney Island has been a… permanent resident on Theme Park Adventure’s annual Halloween event tour!
This all-new sound effects collection from Stage 13 FX offers the haunted attraction industry over 450 high-quality sound effects and loops for only $34.95! Stage 13 FX owner Josh Quillin said, “When we started working on the Haunter Sound FX – Haunted House Collection, we wanted to create a sound effects pack that was ﬁlled with high-quality, well recorded assets that can be easily integrated into and modiﬁed to ﬁt any haunted attraction. We also wanted the assets to be affordable. So often we see great collections and items that would be wonderful to add to our tool kits, but the prices are extreme. With that in mind, we priced the Haunted House Collection at only $34.95.”
Last Halloween season, rather than travel out of state to experience non-local Halloween events, Theme Park Adventure drove up the California coast to beautiful Santa Barbara to check out Haunt S.B., that city’s only haunted house attraction for the second year running. Haunter Matt Dorado and his creative team of talented spooksters took it upon themselves to blaze the trail and give the seaside community something to scream about during October. The Haunt S.B. team went to work on a theatrical concept that didn’t pull any punches; in fact, guests had to sign waivers stating that they understood it would be an interactive experience, and that there’d be physical contact involved along the way by the haunt’s actors!
Once in a blue moon, Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park, California, sees a Halloween Haunt maze that overcomes the usual two to four year lifespan that most attractions at the annual scare event last for. Such is the case of Slaughterhouse, a gory scream fest that was originally introduced to the Haunt line-up in 2008 by veteran designer Daniel Miller.
Knott’s Scary Farm has seen many wild and unique themes come and go in the past 41 Halloween Haunts. However, never before has the Berry Farm in Buena Park known for its rich western heritage and style featured a ghost town-based maze for its annual scare event! It was something that Knott’s designers really felt should be done before anyone else opted to go for that theme, and so, the task was given to Gus Krueger (Endgames, The Witch’s Keep) to develop and design what would become Gunslinger’s Grave.