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…

Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare Home Haunt 2013

Each Halloween season, Theme Park Adventure has its finger firmly on the pulse of Southern California regarding what happening. We visit all types of haunts during the season, from theme parks and stand alone attractions to yard displays. In 2013, TPA visited 30 different haunts between the end of September and the beginning of November. While we definitely get around, there are inevitably, some haunts we simply miss due to scheduling and time – or the lack thereof. We were aware of Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare home haunt/maze, but simply couldn’t fit it in to our initial Halloween schedule of events. However, once the second half of October rolled around, it was clear by the personal text messages and fan comments on Twitter that Sherwood Scare was not to be missed. Because of the amount of messages we received, we monkeyed with our schedule and fit Sherwood Scare in to the mix. Needless to say, we had high expectations…

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REVIEW: Forevermore 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

One of the most highly anticipated new mazes of the 2013 season at Knott’s Scary Farm was Forevermore. In this maze, guests entered the twisted world of the “Forevermore Killer”, an individual who has used the writings of Edgar Allan Poe as thematic templates to his brutal and shocking murders, creating hellish crime scenes for all to see, thanks to the interest of the media, who reports on his every move…

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Manormortis is U.K.’s Newest Scare Attraction

Gourmand in The Wine Cellar at Manormortis EDITEDIn 1913, the old Haxenghast Mansion was burned to the ground amidst mysterious circumstances; now, 100 years later, the house has appeared once again, its parapets and turrets twisting up through the autumn mists in a defiant statement against science, nature and time itself.  Known locally as ‘the dead manor’, Manormortis has awoken from its slumber, and it is hungry…

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REVIEW: Sinister Pointe 2013

One of the greatest haunted attractions in Southern California is Sinister Pointe, located in Brea, just minutes away from Orange County attractions such as Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium, and the Honda Center. Unlike most SoCal haunted attractions, Sinister Pointe is unique in that it is open periodically throughout the year, giving haunt enthusiasts their much-needed scare fixes every few months. However, each October, power tools, rock music and ghoulish laughter can be heard coming from the industrial warehouse that contains this incredible maze, as the crew preps the haunt for Halloween, reveling with delight at the horrors they’re creating for guests to experience throughout October…

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REVIEW: Delirium 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

One of the most popular mazes at Knott’s Scary Farm is Delirium, which made its debut in 2011. The twisted maze, which is the dreamchild of veteran Halloween Haunt designer Daniel Miller, returned once again this past season to terrify and freak out guests visiting the 41st annual event in Buena Park, California. Absolutely one of the strongest additions to Haunt in recent memory, the big question was, would it remain shocking and elaborate enough to contend with the likes of this year’s new Scary Farm offerings, including Forevermore and Miller’s new maze for 2013, Black Magic?

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REVIEW: Dominion of the Damned 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

Vampires have long been a standing theme at Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt. From the “vintage days” of the vampire mazes in the early 1990s to 2013′s Dominion of the Damned offering, the creatures of the night have continued to play a vital role in the overall production of what’s revered as the granddaddy of all Halloween theme park events. Some years have been greater than others, for sure. One thing is undeniable however: guests and fans love the subject and vampires have become a Gothic, hissing cornerstone of the Scary Farm.

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REVIEW: LA Haunted Hayride 2013

Theme Park Adventure has had the privilege of watching the LA Haunted Hayride grow over the past five years from a startup haunt way out in the boonies of the Santa Monica Mountains at the King Gillette Ranch, to one of Los Angeles’ top haunted attractions that is on our Must-See list each Halloween. The LA Haunted Hayride has evolved into a unique night out – not merely a hayride, but an entire event complete with carnival, multiple attractions, entertainment and hordes of monsters roaming and interacting with guests at every turn!

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REVIEW: Great American Nightmare 2013

ROB_ZOMBIE_3313EDITOR’S NOTE: As would be expected with anything having to do with Rob Zombie or his film IPs, Great American Nightmare was a haunt loaded with X-rated imagery and at the very least, content that is definitely not appropriate for everyone. Theme Park Adventure attended the opening night of this attraction in Southern California, and while we attempted to shoot video, it became apparent very quickly that none of it could be used due to extreme language and overt adult content. The following review is not suitable for the workplace or anywhere children may have access to the screen. We have edited out many images that we took during the event. That said, it would be impossible to review the Great American Nightmare without a fair visual documentation to go along with our thoughts. Read/view at your own discretion…

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Knott’s Scary Farm Street Monsters 2013

In 1973 at Knott’s Scary Farm, a new breed of talent was born – street monsters. Not confined to the rooms and corridors of mazes, or waiting in the peek-ins that line Ghost Town, this new type of scare tactic was unleashed on unsuspecting guests in the 1970s, and became a cornerstone of not just Knott’s Scary Farm, but haunted attractions and events everywhere.

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REVIEW: Endgames 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

It’s loud! It’s bloody! It’s in-your-face action! Endgames: Warriors of the Apocalypse at Knott’s Scary Farm is definitely one of the most gritty, strange mazes that has been part of the Halloween Haunt lineup over the years. 2013 saw the return of the Brooke Walters/Gus Krueger spectacle that can only be described as the love child of Max Max Beyond Thunderdome and The Book of Eli. Fans love Endgames for its brash style and frenzied theme; the real question is, after this past season, is the fight-till-the-death maze down for the count, or can it last another round?

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