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Halloween Announced for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween at HHN 24Everyone is entitled to one good scare… and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween.

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, IL. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

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HEX Halloween Expo Cluster Event in July

On Thursday 10th July 2014, representatives from Europe’s ‘scare entertainment’ industry will convene at Hunton Park, Watford, England for the first of several events hosted by ‘HEX’ – Halloween Expo Europe.

HEX is Europe’s only scare entertainment and Halloween attraction industry collective. It was founded in 2014 by Sally Duguid of the former ‘Halloween & Scare Attractions Show’, Richard Cottier of ‘Farmaggedon’ and Jason Karl of ‘AtmosFEAR! Scare Entertainment’ to steer the growth of the scare entertainment industry and present the sector as a united voice

This ‘cluster’ event is the first of many, aimed at professional scare attraction operators and Halloween entertainment industry specialists, with a varied line-up of speakers and the opportunity to network with potential new business colleagues. The daytime event will be hosted at Hunton Park in Watford http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/hunton-park/ and continue later in the day Warner Brothers Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Sally Duguid, of HEX, said “this will be the first time in Europe that an event of this type has been made available to the market, and we have been working ‘behind the screams’ for some time to ensure we can offer a unique event that will inspire and educate those already operating in this burgeoning sector, and those who are thinking of starting up in ‘scare’.”

The event includes a line-up of professional speakers from a variety of amusement industry sectors and includes:

DR TONY JOHNSON – ‘The Fascination with Fear’

Dr Tony Johnson is a lecturer in Ecotourism at the Buxton Campus of The University of Derby. He is also the Programme Leader for the BSc (hons) Ecotourism and Joint Honours Ecotourism courses, and teaches on a number of programme modules. A key area of interest in ‘dark tourism’, also known as ‘Thanatourism’.

MADELON HOEDT – ‘Creating the Fear’

Madelon Hoedt is a part-time lecturer for the Faculty of Creative Industries of the University of South Wales. She has been researching horror in performance for a number of years, and has published and presented on numerous topics, from scare attractions and zombies to sound and stage design.

JACKIE MULLIGAN & MICHELLE LANHAM – ‘It’s Not Quidditch; Creating New Rules for Your Social Media Engagement’

A focused and interactive one hour session designed to explore the future of social networks and the magic power they hold for organisations. Using examples of innovative practices on social media as well as the latest research insights into why and how we will share, the session will leave attendees with some fresh ideas, tips, rules, strategies and insights into how to engage audiences in the now and in the future.
Tickets for the event are now available and priced at £125.00 per delegate including all seminars, buffet lunch and soft drinks, coach transfer and the VIP Tour of the Warner Brothers Studios. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hex-halloween-expo-europe-conference-and-harry-potter-tour-tickets-11654935225

Discounts for delegates wishing to stay on site at Hunton Park are available at £95.00 per room by calling 0871 222 4808using the code HEXEVENT01.

For all the latest developments you can visit our website at www.hexeurope.com, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @HALLOWEEN_EXPO

TPAers, will any of you in the U.K. be attending this special event? If so, what are you most looking forward to about it, and what do you hope to take away from this HEX Halloween Expo event? Share your thoughts below with other fans!

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ScareLA Returns Bigger and Better Summer 2014 – Tickets NOW on Sale!

SLA_Ticket_transp_GATicket Presale Now Live for Southern California’s Hit Halloween Convention; After a Smashing First-year Success, Returns Bigger and Even More Interactive With New Haunted Attraction Reveals, Panels, Classes, Vendors and Immersive Experiences; Promises Tricks and Treats for All Ages

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — May 2, 2014 ScareLA, the first-ever Southern California Halloween convention, announced today it will return to downtown Los Angeles on August 9 and 10, 2014 at The Reef (formerly known as LA Mart). The event celebrates the West Coast’s Halloween, haunt, and horror community and fans with exclusive presentations, industry panels, hands-on workshops, onsite attractions and an exhibitor show floor designed to inspire and promote play. Limited-time presale tickets are now available for purchase on the convention’s website, offering a 30% savings for early birds with code PRESCARE.

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Winter Nights at Sam’s 3 Announced!

Winter13TPALogosmallThat’s right, party peeps! We have just announced this month’s gathering – TPA’s Winter Nights at Sam’s 3! This month’s mixer will be held on Sunday February 16th at 7:00 p.m. on the patio outside of Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel.

As is the case with each of our Sam’s mixers, guests of all ages are more than welcome to attend. We just remind you that this is a bar environment, and adult conversation and drinkage does occur. Please use your best judgment when considering who comes for the night and who gets a babysitter for the evening!

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Haunted Diary 2013 Home Haunt

One of my favorite aspects of Halloween and the way that Theme Park Adventure covers it each year are the home haunts in Southern California that we have the opportunity to visit and see first-hand. One home haunt that we first visited in 2012 is The Haunted Diary, located in Hollywood, just minutes away from Universal Studios. Each season, The Haunted Diary takes on a new theme; in 2013, it became Dark Carnival.

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Haunter Sound FX Collection from Stage 13 FX

Stage-13-FX-LogoIt’s finally here; the wait is over! The Haunter Sound FX – Haunted House Collection is available from Stage 13 FX!

This all-new sound effects collection from Stage 13 FX offers the haunted attraction industry over 450 high-quality sound effects and loops for only $34.95! Stage 13 FX owner Josh Quillin said, “When we started working on the Haunter Sound FX – Haunted House Collection, we wanted to create a sound effects pack that was filled with high-quality, well recorded assets that can be easily integrated into and modified to fit any haunted attraction. We also wanted the assets to be affordable. So often we see great collections and items that would be wonderful to add to our tool kits, but the prices are extreme. With that in mind, we priced the Haunted House Collection at only $34.95.”

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REVIEW: Haunt S.B. 2013

Last Halloween season, rather than travel out of state to experience non-local Halloween events, Theme Park Adventure drove up the California coast to beautiful Santa Barbara to check out Haunt S.B., that city’s only haunted house attraction for the second year running. Haunter Matt Dorado and his creative team of talented spooksters took it upon themselves to blaze the trail and give the seaside community something to scream about during October. The Haunt S.B. team went to work on a theatrical concept that didn’t pull any punches; in fact, guests had to sign waivers stating that they understood it would be an interactive experience, and that there’d be physical contact involved along the way by the haunt’s actors!

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REVIEW: Mirror, Mirror 2013 Knott’s Scary Farm

MIRROR_MIRROR_2013_29632013 was a banner year for Knott’s Scary Farm. Between the return of Elvira to some of the most high quality mazes the event has ever seen added to the mix, our hats are off to the team behind Halloween Haunt for really pushing forward and expanding the horizon in Buena Park, California. As is the nature of the beast, some designs that look great on paper are ultimately a challenge to pull off in reality. Such was the case with Mirror, Mirror…

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REVIEW: Alone: An Existential Haunting 2013

ALONE_2013_6541Located in a nondescript building at the Odd Fellows Temple in Downtown Los Angeles, Alone: An Existential Haunting was described as “one part interactive theater, one part psychological haunting”, where guests had to be over the age of 18, sign a waiver, and experience it completely by themselves. I was immediately intrigued at this new haunted attraction, and hoped it would be similar to Blackout Haunted House, but something more supernatural in nature, without “torture” elements.

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The Backwoods Maze Home Haunt 2013

I’ve said this over and over lately – the line between home haunt and pro haunt has become increasingly blurred over the past several years, as folks become more savvy and technology becomes more easily accessible to the general public when it comes to Halloween. Such is the case with The Backwoods Maze, a home haunt of epic proportions in a quiet neighborhood in Burbank, California.

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