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 Announces Don the Beachcomber for November Mixer!

Don the BeachcomberAs the Halloween season hits full stride and the 2014 season of screams is in high gear, we can all see the faint glow of the “finish line” beginning to appear through the fog, promising rest, relaxation, and recuperation once November arrives! With November comes Theme Park Adventure’s most-anticipated and best-attended mixer of the year, our Post-Halloween Bash, where haunters and fans alike come together for a night of sharing war stories, amazing memories, and a celebration of Southern California’s amazing haunted attraction community!

With November also comes great change for TPA, which we are extremely excited to share! We’ve been teasing it via social media over the past 24 hours, and now it’s time to shed light on what’s going on. Theme Park Adventure and Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach have formed a new partnership, and are thrilled to announce that TPA’s Post-Halloween Bash 2014 will be held at the iconic restaurant in an incredibly immersive space straight out of the richest pages of tiki culture lore!

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The Light Group Nightclub Events Halloween 2014 in Vegas

The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Las VegasThe Light Group’s premier nightlife venues, HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino, The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio Resort & Casino and 1 OAK Nightclub and The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, have announced a killer lineup of Halloween parties beginning October 28 and continuing through November 1. Events include costume contests with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and unforgettable live performances.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre Headlines Fright Dome 2014

Fright Dome at Circus Circus Las VegasFright Dome at Circus Circus, one of the nation’s top-ranked haunted attractions, will team up with legendary horror director Tobe Hooper and writer Kim Henkel to feature one of the most terrifying horror films of all time. Beginning Friday, Oct. 3 Fright Dome takes over The Adventuredome at Circus Circus and will theme one of its six haunted houses around the grisly story of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this Halloween season, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE is a theme that Fright Dome fans have been asking to see come to life for years. The themed haunted house will immerse guests in scenes from the iconic film, leaving them to fend off the attacks of one of the most notorious chainsaw-wielding killers ever created, Leatherface. No corner is safe as guests fight their way through in hopes of escaping the cannibals in pursuit. Will they survive… or become the next sliced and diced item on the dinner menu?

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Great American Nightmare Announces Expanded Hours

Rob Zombie's Great American NightmareAs Halloween approaches, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare has an expanded schedule in both Scottsdale, AZ and Villa Park, IL. The ultimate Halloween horror event will continue to celebrate the season October 16-19, 23-26, 30-31 and November 1.

Great American Nightmare features attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films.

At WestWorld Of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ, patrons take a sensory-deprived journey through The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out before witnessing the debut of Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D and The Devil’s Rejects.

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Boot Hill Home Haunt 2013

Boot Hill 2013Once upon a nightmare, there lived – and died – the town of Bridgewood. And so begins the legend of Boot Hill, as I wrote it more than 10 years ago, when I co-founded the home haunt in Irvine, California, with Shea Foley. For a few years, our yard haunt at 16 Goldenrod grew in leaps and bounds, from a small mismatch of tombstones and props, to a full-blown Old West cemetery, complete with special effects, a custom soundtrack and some really cool visual surprises!

As the years went on, Boot Hill continued to evolve under the direction of Shea as well as another dear friend of mine, Glenn Schmidt and a fine group of other friends as well into what is now one of the most spectacular home haunts in California. Drawing tons of visitors each night they are open, the Old West ghouls of Boot Hill lurk, jump, slide, and chase guests down the sidewalk in the normally idyllic Woodbridge neighborhood just off the 405 Freeway in Irvine! A portion of the haunt’s donation proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), which is also a great touch to this already-outstanding home attraction.

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FAN MAIL: Multiple Experiences in Trapped at Knott’s Scary Farm?

Hey TPA!

Trapped: Lock & KeyI have a question about your experience in Trapped. I went through it this weekend and had a blast. I wanted to see if your experience was a bit different, because my friends and I think there might be multiple routes. We saw people with duct tape on their mouths coming out of the experience, but we never got that.

My guess is that when groups come to the door with the unicorn on it or the bloody door, there is an option between the two. I wanted to know what door you chose. Also, maybe you can refuse to give the keys away to the hick at the top of the well.

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Annabelle Doll to Visit Nightfall October 16, 2014

Annabelle at NightfallThe “star” of the 2014 American supernatural thriller “Annabelle” (in theaters now) will make an appearance at Nightfall on Thursday October 16th.  The film, presented at the event by New Line Cinema and Evergreen Media Group, reunites director John R. Leonetti and producers Peter Safran and James Wan.  “Annabelle” tells the story of a young couple and their encounters with a possessed vintage doll.

Annabelle the doll will make her exclusive Tucson appearance at Nightfall from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. She will be accompanied by her entourage to help guests understand how to protect themselves from the dangers Annabelle may present.  Photo opportunities with Nightfall guests will be available.

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Night of the Living Zoo 2014 in Los Angeles

Night of the Living Zoo Photo Courtesy Jamie PhamFor a howling good time this Halloween season, claw your way to the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, October 24, 7 to 11 pm, for NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOO, a “to die for” costume bash open to ages 18 and up.

The second annual event transforms Zoo grounds with hair-raising special effects, ghouls, ghosts, fortune tellers, dancing with DJ Johnny Hawkes, music by neo-rockabilly band So-Cal Rocket Dynamics, “terrifying” keeper talks, feedings of “fearsome” animals, and some spooky surprises. Mysterious, macabre delights also include moonlit performances of goose-bump-producing Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey stories by Drama After Dark, known for their sold-out work at past Huntington Library Halloween bashes.

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REVIEW: Knott’s Scary Farm New Mazes 2014

Knott's Scary Farm 2014Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt is the granddaddy of all theme park Halloween events. All theme park haunts and many industry firsts – such as the technique of “sliding” – can trace their roots to the age-old streets of Ghost Town in Buena Park, California. It is with great anticipation that fans wait for opening night each year, and as the fog billows and the wind begins to howl in the eaves of the Calico roofs, the excitement is almost palpable!

Due to the size and scope of Knott’s Scary Farm, the matrix of shows and attractions constantly evolves, with many mazes staying put for anywhere from two to five seasons. Each Halloween Haunt brings brand-new experiences as well, which fans get really excited about in the months leading up to the event. In fact, it’s become so popular for Knott’s to announce the new mazes each year, that they host a large-scale fan preview at the park itself to unveil all of the Haunt offerings during summer; it draws hundreds of the Scary Farm’s biggest fans, as well as a ton of media.

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Radley Haunted House Thrills in St. Petersburg

Screams filled the air of St. Petersburg, Florida last night as Radley Haunted House opened its doors for the first time in 2014. Excited guests exited the elaborate experience all smiles after recovering from encountering Dr. Radley’s Nightmare Machine on opening night.

Brought to life by creative director Cody Meacham and producer Ricky Brigante, the Radley Haunted House is an independent haunted attraction, similar to the haunted houses of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights or Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, but set up outside a real house in a residential neighborhood. It’s not a professional attraction, but is just as thrilling, detailed, and entertaining.

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