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…

TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 2015 Brings Fun and Prizes

Spring_Nights_Dons_2_1770Theme Park Adventure’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 mixer at Don the Beachcomber brought out lots of fans this past weekend, as we all mixed and mingled the night away in Huntington Beach! Celebrating the mid-way point between winter and summer, TPAers gathered in the mystical Hidden Village at Don’s with potent tiki cocktails in hand – including several first-timers to the event, which we are always thrilled to see!

As the Mai Tais flowed like lava from the Coconut Bar, the evening was a buzz of activity – fans, haunters, industry professionals and everyone in between laughed and chatted, as the playing field is always level at our mixers and you never know who you’re going to meet!

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House of Nightmares Opens at Grona Lund

House-of-Nightmares-Grona-LundSally Corporation’s all new haunted attraction, House of Nightmares, opened April 25, 2015 at Grona Lund, Stockholm’s historic seaside amusement park.  Hundreds of visitors lined up outside the evil Dr. Morphio’s house to be the first to step inside and experience the terrifying new attraction. Some were even outfitted with self-facing cameras to capture their reactions…horrified, mortified, completely freaked! One-by-one, they ran out of the house, screaming with delight.

Public interest had been building for months. “Leading up to the opening, Grona Lund did a superb job of teasing the public with posters that came alive, creepy pictures from inside the house, a zombie kiss-cam scare prank inside a movie theater, and even a House of Nightmares commercial so frightening that it was banned from airing before 9pm!” says Lauren Weaver, Marketing Director at Sally Corporation.

As visitors approach the exterior of an old Victorian mansion, they see a large, neon sign drawing them closer.  Special effects, lighting and sound help set the mood for the terrors that await inside.  Scenic elements enhance the back story of Dr. Morphio and his hideous experiments.

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Great Horror Campout Movie Night 3 Tickets Now on Sale

Great-Horror-Campout-Movie-Night (2)The Great Horror Campout which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure will feature the mega-horror classic Nightmare On Elm Street, Dream Warriors at their recently launched outdoor horror movie night hosted by none other than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.

The Great Horror Campout Movie Nights have been a smashing success with the prior two events selling out in a matter of days.  The company has also announced that this third event will change venues to Elysian Park in an effort to keep the environment interesting and repeat movie goers, engaged.

“We want guests who have attended a prior event to be surprised, startled, and scared.  Changing the environment periodically allows us to keep the fun unpredictable.” says Melissa Carbone, Ten Thirty One Productions / CEO.

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Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights for UK Travelers

Universal Orlando Resorts UORBy day, guests at Universal Orlando Resort are propelled into some of pop culture’s most iconic and beloved stories – laughing as they experience cutting-edge attractions and screaming as they brave plummeting roller coasters.

But there’s another, darker side to Universal Orlando.

On select nights in September and October, guests sprint away in paralyzing fear. They scream uncontrollably. Their nightmares come to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Now, UK travelers can buy tickets that combine the excitement of Universal Orlando’s two world-class theme parks by day and heart-pumping horror of Halloween Horror Nights by night.

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Delusion Seeking New Location for 2015 Show

Jon Braver, creator of Delusion

Jon Braver, creator of Delusion

To our most illustrious Delusion fans,

The Eternal Struggle. No, that’s not the title for a new show, sorry! Rather, it represents the search for that key character in any Delusion tale: The Venue. We spend many months scouting, negotiating, hoping to lock down a place. We’ve been fortunate in the past. Delusion has existed in some very memorable places. This year… the search goes on.

We’ve put so much trust in our audience during the show, so why not here as well Hopefully, we’ll be closing soon on a place we’re looking at, but I have a feeling someone out there knows about someplace else that is Delusion-worthy? If you’ve been to previous shows then you know our style. Please join in the search. Here’s the short list, and keep in mind we already work with a broker:

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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns Descanso Gardens 2014

Rise_Lanterns_2014_4493Los Angeles is home to some of the most unique haunts and haunted attractions in the world. When it comes to Halloween, no one else touches the level, skill, and artistry found here in Southern California. That said, the region is very heavy on intense horror attractions, and surprisingly, a bit on the light side when it comes to family-friendly events and productions. Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns made its debut during the 2014 Halloween season, and absolutely filled in some of that family niche that October has been missing here in Los Angeles.

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns is originally a New York-based attraction that made its way to the West Coast for the 2014 Halloween season. After a huge success in New York, its creators wanted to showcase their attraction at multiple venues, and their sights were set on Los Angeles. Descanso Gardens is a gorgeous botanical gardens location in the beautiful city of La Canada Flintridge, not too far from Pasadena. The Gardens and the folks from The Rise fell into a great partnership, and the event was a huge success, drawing thousands of Southern California residents to see the 1/4 mile trail filled with pumpkins carved into elaborate works of art, large-scale multi-piece sculptures, and everything in between! One of our favorite sections of the 2014 Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns show was the Dia de los Muertos zone, with illuminated pumpkins carved into intricate sugar skulls!

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TPA Begins Spring Nights Mixers at Don the Beachcomber

Spring_Nights_Dons_1280On Sunday, March 15, Theme Park Adventure launched its 2015 Spring Nights at Don’s mixers in Orange County at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach! Theme park fans, haunters, and industry professionals gathered under the tiki lights of the iconic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway.

With the new season, TPA also unveiled a new holiday overlay for its very popular tiki buttons, created by renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson (Tom also creates the seasonal overlays for each design), giving one to the first 30 TPAers to arrive at this month’s gathering! In case you didn’t receive a Spring Nights at Don’s button yet, don’t worry – you still have April and May to get yours!

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TPA Announces Spring Nights at Don’s 2 for April 2015

TPA Spring Nights webSpring is in the air! Theme Park Adventure is excited to announce that our next mixer – TPA’s Spring Nights at Don’s 2 – will take place Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach!

The event, which is open to anyone and everyone that is a themed entertainment fan, begins at 7pm in the Fugu Bar at Don the Beachcomber, which is just on PCH near Sunset Beach in Orange County. TPA’s mixers are free to attend; food and drinks are available in abundance at the venue for an extra charge. Parking is free, and attendants in the lot will direct you where to go when you arrive, to parking spots next to or behind the restaurant.

Each season of mixers brings a brand new TPA tiki button, designed by world-renowned artist Tom “Thor” Thordarson. If you missed last month’s Spring Nights button, you have another opportunity this April! The first 30 TPAers that still need the spring button can get one free on a first-come/served basis when Rick West begins handing out complimentary raffle tickets for the evening! The raffle will begin at 9pm!

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A Successful Movie Night for the Great Horror Campout

Movie-Night-Under-Stars-GHC (5)Friday the 13th in Los Angeles has never been so much fun, thanks to the team at Ten Thirty One Productions and their subsidiary, the Great Horror Campout. Under a star-filled sky in the Old Zoo section of Griffith Park, the company held its inaugural Movie Night Under the Stars event, bringing hundreds of horror fans together for a screening of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.

This was no ordinary screening however. True to the company’s legacy of live horror events and attractions, Ten Thirty One Productions layered the Movie Night Under the Stars screening with its Great Horror Campout creatures, and unleashed them on the crowd of moviegoers throughout the evening, prompting screams from audience members as monsters lurked and crept up on them in the darkness!

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Toon TERRORtory at Knott’s Scary Farm 1996 – Throwback Thursday

Toon-Terrortory-Knotts-Haunt-1996 (3)This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 1996, to a new maze at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt called Toon TERRORtory!

Toon TERRORtory was a short-lived attraction, lasting only two years at Halloween Haunt – 1996 and 1997. Guests would enter the maze from Ghost Town; the footprint was in the California Marketplace, roughly where the gate/secondary entrance is today near the base of GhostRider’s lift hill.

In a departure from typical Halloween Haunt mazes, Toon TERRORtory was one of very few “humorous” mazes in the history of the event. Maze designer Todd Faux, along with creative direction and input from Chris Williams (yes, kids, that Chris Williams) created an alternate reality cartoon world for the strange attraction, using well-known characters such as Speed Racer, and Beavis and Butthead, along with pre-war era-inspired monsters/characters as well!

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