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Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort receives a Diamond Celebration infusion for 2015, making the season shine as never before as Halloween Time sparkles with Diamond Celebration décor and entertainment. The one-of-a-kind celebration of chilling, family-friendly fun will begin Friday, Sept. 11, and continue through Sunday, Nov. 1, with 17 nights dedicated to Mickey’s Halloween Party.
The popular, separate-ticket Mickey’s Halloween Party expands to 17 nights beginning Friday, Sept. 25. The after-hours party treats guests to an array of special entertainment, along with traditional Halloween Time fun. For the first time, the Paint the Night parade, new for the Diamond Celebration, will be presented at Mickey’s Halloween Party, along with a new superhero-themed dance party at Tomorrowland Terrace. These offerings are in addition to the Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular, a guest favorite that is exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Adults and children are encouraged to dress in costume for the party as they trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland park for a scary good time.
Theme Park Adventure’s final Summer Nights mixer of the year was held on Sunday, July 19th at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach. We had a tremendous showing of themed entertainment fans, haunters and industry folks – the vibe was amazing and the party was rockin, despite Florida-like heat and humidity! The weather was crazy, and so, we were thrilled to see so many TPAers brave the freeways in the rain to come join us for the last mixer of the summer.
Last mixer of the summer? Yep. In August, Theme Park Adventure was consumed by ScareLA. If you don’t know, Johanna Atilano and I make up 1/2 of the ScareLA core production team, so our schedules leading up to that convention are pretty wild; the week after ScareLA was D23 Expo in Anaheim, which we attended, and no doubt, many TPAers did, too. So, that pretty much killed August for an official TPA mixer of any kind.
Evil Twin Studios is holding an open casting call on September 12, 2015 for their upcoming haunted attraction, WARD 13. They are looking for volunteer actors and backstage crew who are crazy about scaring people for a good cause!
The casting call will take place at Evil Twin Studios’ new haunt location, 1020 El Centro Street in South Pasadena, CA from 9 AM until 12 PM. Be prepared for a brief interview with one of the haunt producers and have your haunt night availability ready. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Evil Twin Studios WARD 13 haunted attraction will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 to 11:00 PM, October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. Proceeds from WARD 13 benefit the South Pasadena Educational Foundation (SPEF). For more information about the haunt, go to their website at www.eviltwinstudios.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @EvilTwinStudios
Here at Theme Park Adventure, we’re used to announcing new haunts and presenting you with exciting news about attractions as each Halloween season approaches. Once in a blue moon, we have the unfortunate task of reporting a haunt that is closing its doors for whatever reason; and that always sucks, because if you haven’t guessed already – Halloween and all that it brings – is our favorite time of year, and the community that we are part of here in Southern California is like family to us.
The House at Haunted Hill has been a Los Angeles cornerstone of the season for years, delighting thousands of onlookers each season as one of the most elaborate home haunts we’ve ever seen. Personally-speaking, The House at Haunted Hill is something that I look forward to with child-like enthusiasm each Halloween, regardless of how many different haunts and attractions we visit each year; that’s saying a lot, because after the 30th or 40th stop, the entire season tends to blend together in one big orange and yellow blob, like a piece of chewed-up candy corn! The House at Haunted Hill always stands out, and we have great affection for Matt and Lori Merkle Ford, who own the haunt and have been its creators since 2000; in 2007, the show blossomed into what many of us know and love today. If you haven’t seen the show, or are unfamiliar with The House at Haunted Hill, please check out our video that we shot in 2011; the content has changed (and the footage does not do it justice at all in scale, depth or sheer beauty), but it will give you an idea of how utterly badass it is.
Sadly, The House at Haunted Hill will not be operating this year. A huge career step has presented itself that the Fords (they own Magic Lantern Creations, an entertainment lighting company) simply cannot pass up; it conflicts significantly with their Halloween timeline – and so, they had to make an extremely tough decision; something any haunter can totally relate to.
Tickets are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s premier Halloween event unveils a slate of new mazes, an exciting hip-hop dance show, a new cutthroat Terror Tram experience and terrifying Scare Zones, beginning Friday, September 18, 2015.
Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a Killer Deal Nights ticket option with discounts of up to $25 on select dates as well as a Front of Line ticket option which enables guests to enjoy priority access to each Halloween Horror Nights maze, Terror Tram, Jabbawockeez show and theme park attractions. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.
Halloween Horror Nights dates are: September 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, October 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31, and November 1, 2015.
Halloween Horror Nights brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties. This year’s line-up includes:
Knott’s Scary Farm, the largest, most haunted experience in Southern California, has unveiled a new spine-chilling maze and more for its 43rd annual event. The notorious event returns for 24 horrifying nights September 24 – October 31 and features 11 mazes, three Scare Zones, two live action packed shows, five Skeleton Key Rooms, and a thousand monsters lurking in the fog. Whatever you’re imagining, it’s here… at Knott’s Scary Farm.
New for 2015:
- Escape the icy grasp of the chilling Snow Queen in The Dead of Winter. Backed by with a ravenous beastly army of resurrected Viking warriors, she is hellbent on avenging her beloved family’s murder, and preys upon any unsuspecting visitors who foolishly enter the borders of her icy domain.
Beginning Friday, September 18, the annual Purge will commence at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as both parks debut all-new disturbingly-real experiences, inspired by Universal’s popular franchise film series created by writer and director James DeMonaco and produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes.
Guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film’s depraved world, where all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge.
The Terror Tram: Survive the Purge experience at Universal Studios Hollywood will pit guests against morally-compromised citizens, who take to the streets to cleanse the country of those deemed as less desirable, without fear of retribution. Recognizing that not all citizens choose to hunt during The Purge, a newly endorsed Purge Party will welcome guests to honor this proud national tradition by watching the night’s dramatic events unfold on large video screens set up around the famed Universal backlot – until the experience quickly turns into an unforgettable living nightmare.
A bone-chilling, sinister force descends on Busch Gardens Tampa for 19 select nights this fall during Tampa’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream 2015. This year, Busch Gardens joins forces with award-winning horror filmmaker extraordinaire, Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project, to Unearth an unimaginable evil.
In Howl-O-Scream’s newest haunted house, Unearthed: Scarlett’s Revenge, Cowie and his team of storytellers crafted a dark new tale of Scarlett, a village healer who turned to dark magic to avenge her husband’s killers. As her powers grew, she was hunted, trapped and buried alive deep beneath the park… but has now been Unearthed to summon terror on unsuspecting guests.
Guest venture into mysterious centuries-old house filled with secrets, and terror awaits all who dare to enter as Scarlett summons demons and collects body parts to reincarnate her dead husband.
In a bold, new approach to bringing iconic horror films to life during Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Hollywood will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze, This is the End 3D, based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson. Halloween Horror Nights begins on Friday, September 18, 2015.
The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, This is the End 3D will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.
This is a comprehensive listing of haunts throughout Southern California. It features theme park/attractions, stand-alone events, and home haunts. If you own a haunt that should be included on this list, please contact us at TPAComments@gmail.com. To be included in our 2015 SoCal Haunt Directory, a haunt must have a website/fan page and a physical address. We will continue to update this page throughout the Halloween 2015 season, so it is never too late to contact us. If your favorite haunt is not on this list, they either have not updated their information for 2015, or may not be returning this season. When visiting these haunts, be sure to tell them you found them on Theme Park Adventure!
THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS
Boo at the Zoo (Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) – 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles CA 90027
Boo at the Zoo (Santa Ana Zoo) – 1801 Prentice Ave., Santa Ana CA 92701
Brick-Or-Treat (LEGOLAND California) – 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008
Ghost Train (Los Angeles Live Steamers – Griffith Park) – 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld San Diego) – 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego CA 92109
Haunted Trails (Crown Valley Community Park) – 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy., Laguna Niguel CA 92677
Knott’s Spooky Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm) – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620
Mickey’s Halloween Party (Disneyland Resort) – 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim CA 92802
Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (San Diego Zoo Safari Park) – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido CA 92027
Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (Santa Anita Park) – 285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia CA 91007
STAND-ALONE PRO HAUNTS & ATTRACTIONS
Antelope Valley FEARgrounds – 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster CA 93536
Creep Los Angeles – Arts District Downtown Los Angeles
Cross Roads Escape Games – 4245 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim CA 92806
Fear is What we Learned Here – Greater Los Angeles Area (Location revealed to ticket holders)
Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium (The Diamond) – 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore CA 92530
Haunt at Heritage Hill – 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest CA 92630
Huntington Haunt Experience – 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach CA 92648
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Griffith Park Old Zoo) – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles CA 90027
Motel 6 Feet Under (Anaheim Business Expo Center) – 1960 S. Anaheim Way, Anaheim CA 92805
Savage House (Westfield Mission Valley) – 1640 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego CA 92108
Sinister Pointe’s Trust Challenge – FEAR… The Darkness – Orange County area
Reign of Terror (Janss Marketplace) – 197 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks CA 91360
The 17th Door Haunted House (Tustin Marketplace) – 2856 El Camino Real, Tustin CA 92782
The Basement – 12909 Foothill Blvd., San Fernando CA 91342
The Bunker Experience – 20 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena CA 91103
The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market St., San Diego CA 92101
The Haunted Trail (Balboa Park) – 6th Ave., San Diego CA 92101
The Red X – Greater Los Angeles area
The Scream Zone (Del Mar Fairgrounds) – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014
The Sinner’s Soiree (Drunken Devil Productions) – 939 Maple Ave. S., Los Angeles CA 90015
Ward 13 (Evil Twin Studios) – 1020 El Centro St., South Pasadena CA 91030
Beware the Dark Realm – 28621 Sugar Pine Way, Santa Clarita CA 91390
Boot Hill – 16 Goldenrod, Irvine CA 92614
Boney Island – 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks CA 91423
Higgins Manor – 23761 Singapore St., Mission Viejo CA 92691
Mourning Rose Manor – 5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley CA 93063
Mystic Motel – 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch CA 92694
Perdition Home – 5181 Manor View Dr., Yorba Linda CA 92886
Restless Souls Manor – 38143 52nd St. E., Palmdale CA 93552
Rotten Apple 907 – 907 N. California St., Burbank CA 91505
Spooky Hollows – 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys CA 91406
The Backwoods Maze – 1912 N. Pepper St., Burbank CA 91505
The Haunting of Corona – 5415 Brockton Ave., Riverside CA 92506
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