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Reign of Terror Open for One Night in February – Benefits to Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties

Reign-of-TerrorHalloween 2015 is well in our rear view mirror now, and some of you are experiencing major haunt withdrawals. Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks is here to help – and in turn, you have an opportunity to make a difference for kids in need through Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties.

Reign of Terror is one of the largest and most visually-stunning haunted attractions on the West Coast, and has long been a charitable contributor to multiple causes here in the Southland, where so many haunters and fans live, work, and play. Having this attraction open during the year on special occasions is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts and fellow haunters that may not have the chance to check it out during the Halloween season to come out and join in the fun for a few ghoulish hours.

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Knott’s Scary Farm Returning Mazes and Attractions 2015 Review

Knott's Scary Farm 2015 ReviewIn October, we brought you a detailed look and review of everything new at Knott’s Scary Farm, including Paranormal, Inc. and Dead of Winter. This past Halloween season was monstrous in scope for us, to say the least; with 46 stops along the way between mid-September and the beginning of November, the amount of images, video and content in general that we collected is completely nuts! Now that we’ve moved out of the Halloween season, we’ve been sorting everything out and presenting it to you bit by bit here on the site; most folks who have been Theme Park Adventure fans for any duration of time will tell you – around here, Halloween is the gift that keeps on giving! That said, it’s finally time to circle back to the granddaddy of them all, and finish our review of Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 with a look at the mazes and attractions that returned this year to Buena Park.

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2015 Review – A Shipload of Terrifying Fun!

Dark Harbor 2015_5262Compared to the other large-scale haunted attraction events in Southern California, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is the new kid on the block. While there have been haunts hosted at the Queen Mary for quite some time, Dark Harbor and its very specific theme and character roster has only been there for 6 seasons. Aging like a fine wine, I’d have to say that 2015 was my favorite so far for Dark Harbor; it is maturing and coming into its own so nicely, that many fans are declaring it to be their favorite “theme park haunt” for numerous reasons.

The Queen Mary is, as I have said in the past, arguably the most unique setting for a large-scale haunt event anywhere in the world. With an established history of paranormal activity and ghoulish happenings, having some of Dark Harbor take place on the actual ship itself is worth the price of admission right off the bat. The more recent “dark carnival” element that has been added to the surrounding area – has been embraced and lauded by fans from far and near for the most part. The combination of haunted passenger ship and twisted carnival is so strange that it works – it works beautifully together, and is pulled off by an unparalleled cast of original characters; home-grown intellectual properties (IP) that have amassed huge popularity in just a few years; more so than any other haunt we’re familiar with here in Southern California.

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Periscope Offers Halloween Fans a Window to Spooks Around the World

periscopeFans of Theme Park Adventure no doubt have noticed that we’ve wholeheartedly embraced the new technology of broadcasting via Periscope. We’ve used it to cover media events, take viewers around the world on virtual strolls around theme parks, have late-night nerdy conversation, and more recently, visited Halloween events and chatted in real-time with designers and haunters all over Southern California.

In the event you aren’t yet aware of what Periscope is, it’s an app for both Android and iPhone that allows people to broadcast – and watch live broadcasts – anywhere in the world, as well as interact with the host via on-screen messages and “hearts” – by tapping on the screen during any stream (live or replay), folks watching can express their approval or enjoyment, unleashing a torrent of colorful hearts that correspond with the background color each viewer is assigned when they “join” the broadcast. It can be viewed on computer screens, but for now, that’s only for viewing – all interactive elements are stripped; it’s best to use your phone for the full Periscope experience.

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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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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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