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…

Making Monsters: The Art of Terror Coming to ScareLA 2015

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Following last year’s very successful Making Monsters panel presentation, ScareLA is excited to announce this summer’s second iteration – Making Monsters: The Art of Terror. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, Making Monsters 2015 will bring together art directors from Southern California’s largest Halloween attractions to discuss the creative process that goes into designing each haunt and the roles they play individually within their teams.

Art directors help create and approve the overall look of a haunted attraction – from facades to individual scenes, monsters, and scare zones. Through concept sketches and highly-detailed renderings, art directors guide teams through production, construction, and installation to ensure the final product turns out just as the team originally envisioned.

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Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost ScareLA Panel Announced

Hatbox Ghost Panel LogoDisney fans, get ready for an incredible hour of thrills and chills as ScareLA 2015 presents Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost!

Join Disney Legend Tony Baxter and renowned artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily as they take to ScareLA’s Main Stage on Saturday, August 8th at 12 PM to discuss the lore and legend of the Haunted Mansion’s most infamous resident, the Hatbox Ghost.

Legend of Disneyland’s Hatbox Ghost will be moderated by the owner, producer and host of the Season Pass Podcast, Doug Barnes.

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TPA’s Summer Nights at Don The Beachcomber Begin!

Summer Nights 1 2015_3484Summer got off to a great start on Sunday, June 14 as Theme Park Adventure fans gathered at Don the Beachcomber for our first Summer Nights mixer of 2015!

Tiki drinks and lots of laughs were in abundance as fans of all ages, haunters, and industry professionals mingled, talking shop while getting to know each other better. All the while, shenanigans were on tap, as music played and guests enjoyed the grab-n-go food station set up by the staff at Don the Beachcomber for us.

This month, we unveiled a brand-new TPA tiki logo by our good friend, Tom “Thor” Thordarson – which he drew in the likeness of Don the Beach himself, straw hat and all! It is a very cool design, and our TPAers love it! We gave 30 Summer Nights buttons away to the first TPAers to show up at 7pm, and will continue to give another 30 away at the beginning of our next mixer in July!

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HorrorBuzz.com Debuts Featuring All Things Horror

HorrorBuzz LogoWith Halloween and horror reaching critical mass, it is time to share the scares throughout the year.  HorrorBuzz.com will bring the latest scary news to a blood-thirsty audience craving more.

HorrorBuzz knows what scares you. They also know scares aren’t just for the sick and twisted.  Spooky isn’t just for kids. HorrorBuzz.com is a website that delivers all flavors of horror to everyone. From extreme haunts to vintage fun, from blood and guts to family friendly, this exciting new outlet will prove that everyone loves Halloween and Horror.

Centered in Los Angeles California, HorrorBuzz.com is the one stop shop for movies, theme park haunts, independent haunts, books, television, games, and the paranormal. Our team of professional and passionate writers, videographers, photographers, online news media reporters, and freelancers are committed to delivering the best and most reliable repository of horror for everyone.

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ALONE: Unweave the Rainbow Debuts June 25th in Los Angeles

Alone 2015ALONE (an existential haunting), the infamous Los Angeles October haunt, has expanded its showings to include 3 additional separate, but inclusive, experiences in 2015: Diffusion (in June), Refraction (in August), Reflection (in September) and their grand finale Absorption (in October).   ALONE was named “Scariest Haunt” – 2013 Golden State Haunts and Events, called “a stroke of genius” – L.A. Weekly, “truly a personal experience … a winner” – Fangoria and “beautifully constructed” – LAist.

This year’s theme for ALONE is Unweave the Rainbow which is four experiments in human emotion that explore interaction. When light encounters an object, one of four actions occur; diffusion, refraction, reflection and absorption. The experiences will proceed through the Index of Diffusion in June, to the Index of Refraction in August, then to the Index of Reflection in September. After the three Indices constitutive of a rainbow occur, light is finally consumed within the Index of Absorption in October.

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Tickets on Sale for Busch Gardens Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream 2015

Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-ScreamThis fall, for 19 select nights, Howl-O-Scream 2015 returns to Busch Gardens Tampa with sinister surprises and unexpected terrors around every corner. Howl-O-Scream 2015 has Unearthed a new evil and Busch Gardens’ 300 acres will be overgrown with new dark and sinister fun.

Hundreds of roaming creatures will swarm in the streets, making escape nearly impossible. A chilling live show will get your pulse pounding, and Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark, including North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower Falcon’s Fury, will keep the screams coming all night long.

Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26.  The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights, Oct. 18 and 25. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Announces Lullaby Maze for 2015

Queen Mary Dark Harbor 2015 teaseThe Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor rises once again from the deep history of the infamously haunted ship October 1 – November 1, 2015. Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil the horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary. The chilling new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities, new attractions and new monsters will be orchestrated by The Ringmaster and all of the ghoulish spirits of the Queen for its most frightful season of thrills yet.

Lullaby will take fear-seekers on a terrifying voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Mary was a bad seed from birth. Before her death, mysterious tragedies and unexplained occurrences seemed to follow in Mary’s wake.  She isn’t looking for just one playmate; she wants a whole playground of souls to play with in the afterlife.  She can be spotted through out Dark Harbor, but the poolroom of the ship is her playroom. One must proceed through Lullaby with caution, as it may be the last journey through Dark Harbor as a mortal soul.

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Great Horror Campout Presents The Strangers on June 26

The StrangersCoined “The Scariest Movie Ever Made,” The Strangers will be the featured horror film for the June 26th, Great Horror Movie Night.

Under the glow of the moon and stars, perched high above the LA skyline, horror fans will bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs and prepare to scream their heads off as producing company Ten Thirty One Productions adds their own brand of horror by supplementing the on screen terror with some interactive real life scares taking place off the screen.

The night will start with pre-show games and festivities and will be hosted by the Great Horror Campout Headmaster, the overly confident and comedically condescending demeanored mascot of the summer event.

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Great Horror Campout 2015 Delivers Dark Humor and Filthy Fun

Great_Horror_Campout_2015_3061“Only the dawning sun… will save you.” Those are the final words campers heard this past weekend in Los Angeles as the third annual Great Horror Campout got underway in the old zoo section of Griffith Park.

About one thousand guests – campers – gathered around a stage to hear their instructions for the night, as dictated by the sharp-tongued master of ceremonies, known as the Headmaster. Once camp orientation was complete, the excited campers made their way into the chilled night to participate in various challenges, and the signature attraction of the event – the Hell Hunt, a several-hour period that combines odd and sometimes gross group participation events with a physical scavenger hunt of sorts. The prizes are S.C.A.G. (Shit Campers All Get), and in the morning, when the event comes to a close, folks with the most S.C.A.G. points (items vary in point value) win the title of Hellmaster, which carries perks down the line with other events held by Ten Thirty One Productions.

2015 marked the third time Theme Park Adventure has witnessed the Great Horror Campout, and its evolution here in Los Angeles. Ten Thirty One Productions is also the group that owns/develops the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, which we have covered for years now here in Southern California. They are a tremendously fun, creative team that always strives to come up with something spooky, crazy, and fun for its guests. While they sometimes fall a bit short in execution, most of the time, they deliver and guests flock to their events by the thousands.

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Ghostbusters Attraction Coming to Six Flags Mexico This Summer

Ghostbusters Six Flags Mexico LogoLynton V Harris & The Sudden Impact! Entertainment Company have created the world’s first live interactive GHOSTBUSTERS attraction, under License from Sony Pictures Consumer Products, and launched into previews this past weekend ahead of an expected blockbuster Summer season starting mid-July.

The company has inked a three year deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products in Los Angeles, and continues its relationship with Six Flags Mexico following the success of the Company’s previous attractions there, The Van Helsing Experience Live! and Terminator X: A Laser Battle for Salvation.

Harris commented…“We probably could have eeked out another year with Terminator X given that the fifth movie comes out this Summer, but I have been pestering Greg [Economos] at Sony for the past couple of years to get a Ghostbusters attraction happening”.

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