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…

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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Hakkasan Las Vegas Heats up Halloween 2014

Hakkasan Nightclub Las VegasHakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will welcome guests for an unrivaled month filled with non-stop entertainment leading up to the awaited Halloween Weekend celebration Thursday, Oct. 30 through Sunday, Nov. 2. The renowned nightspot will transform as the Forbidden City returns honoring the Return of the Empress. With four days of entertainment, patrons will be encouraged to show off their tantalizing attire when the hot spot gives away $60,000 in total cash prizes over three days as the sultry Empress searches for Vegas’ sexiest costumes.

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House of Restless Spirits Quelled by Neighbors

House of Restless SpiritsIt’s the worst fear of any dedicated home haunter; especially a long-established one: nasty neighbors that do not appreciate your show and want nothing more than for it to disappear. That is the fate of Southern California’s beloved House of Restless Spirits in Santa Monica, which made the announcement within the past 24 hours. The news has spread like wildfire through the haunt and themed entertainment communities via social media, sparking outrage and widespread disappointment among fans.

“It is with deep regret that we announce that House of Restless Spirits will be closed to the public indefinitely,” states the haunt’s website. “We’d also like to acknowledge the legions of fans we developed during our 17-year history. The creative process can be its own reward, but the immensely appreciative responses from our visitors made it especially gratifying, and inspired us to continue and improve.”

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Halloween 2014 at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

MGM Resorts International Halloween in VegasMGM Resorts International is offering up a treat bag of sweet Halloween fun this season in fabulous Las Vegas! Amid the glitz and glamour of the finest resorts in the world, ghouls will lurk in the shadows of many Sin City resorts, and cool chills will swirl around casino floors as the spookiest time of the year rolls down The Strip!

Treats For Creatures Big and Small

The world-famous dance crew JABBAWOCKEEZ will celebrate Halloween with a special 4 p.m. matinee performance of “PRiSM” at Luxor Hotel and Casino on Friday, Oct. 31. Locals are invited to take advantage of a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket offer. Complimentary candy will be provided to guests who arrive in costume as well as JABBAWOCKEEZ T-shirts awarded to the best costumes. And this year, Nevada Day falls on Halloween, so the kids are out of school!

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