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The Cauldron Casts a Spell on Buena Park

Southern California is dense with bars, gastropubs, speakeasies, lounges and taverns. However, no one has quite seen anything like The Cauldron Spirits & Brews, which has officially opened in Buena Park, directly across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm.

A long-time dream of owner Lara Hanneman, The Cauldron is unique in that it’s an upscale bar setting wrapped up in an environment one would expect to find in a haunted house maze at Knott’s Scary Farm. That’s no surprise, as Lara worked at Knott’s for over two decades, ultimately becoming the park’s Creative Director, overseeing all aspects of Halloween Haunt and the property in general throughout the years. For Haunt fans, it is a familiar environment – like stepping inside the event’s now-famous Trick or Treat maze for the evening to enjoy cocktails and food. For guests not familiar with Lara’s past or Knott’s Scary Farm, it’s a walk on the slightly spooky side – without any gore or anyone jumping out of the shadows; it’s a moody, dimly-lit immersive experience that speaks to all ages.

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Sinister Pointe 2016: Fear the Mark Serves up Terror in Multiple Ways

Sinister Pointe 2016 - Fear the MarkSinister Pointe, a company that is renowned throughout Southern California and beyond for its highly-detailed, interactive haunt attractions. This past summer, Sinister Pointe thrilled fans at Midsummer Scream by announcing that they would be unleashing a new kind of terror for the 2016 Halloween season: a walk-through experience called Fear the Mark.

In 2015, Sinister Pointe produced an escape room type of attraction, rather than the traditional walk-through experience they’re most known and loved for; it was fun and well-executed, but definitely was a big departure from the type of haunt the company had produced for years. The announcement that the group was returning to its walk-through roots was very well-received by everyone in the haunt community. Knowing what Sinister Pointe is capable of, and understanding the creative need to move forward and try new things, we were very curious and excited as well to see what Jeff Schiefelbein and his team were going to bring to the table for 2016.

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Sinister Pointe’s: Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary Tale

Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary TaleFor years, Sinister Pointe Productions has been a major force in the Southern California haunted attraction industry. Owner Jeff Schiefelbein and his team of incredibly talented creatives have taken the art of haunting to new levels, featuring bold and innovative past experiences based on popular franchises such as Saw and Silent Hill. Sinister Pointe is also known for unique, highly-interactive ventures such as Fear, and its extremely over-the-top seasonal adult-themed Not So Very Merry Holiday Haunt. For the 2014 Halloween season, Sinister Pointe presents an all-new exercise in terror: Beyond the Mirror! A Bloody Mary Tale.

Theme Park Adventure discussed this new venture with Sinister Pointe’s Jeff Schiefelbein, as we wanted to learn more details and share some exclusive information with our readers, who are eagerly awaiting their chance to experience Beyond the Mirror! Jeff acknowledges that the theme of Bloody Mary is nothing new to the haunt industry; it has manifested in many attractions around the united states for years, from Trapped at Knott’s Scary Farm, to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, and at smaller haunts everywhere in between. The more Jeff pondered the lore and idea of Bloody Mary, he realized that while most haunted attractions focused on the actual character itself, none of them had really explored the world beyond the mirror – the ghostly, terrifying realm that the vengeful spirit dwells in; that is what he focused on, and that is what Sinister Pointe’s experience will explore in nerve-shattering detail. It’s an exciting revelation, and we agree that it’s a fantastic way to take an existing character and the mythology surrounding it, and making a unique experience faithful to the Sinister Pointe brand.

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REVIEW: Sinister Pointe Not So Merry Holiday Haunt 2013

[WARNING – ADULT CONTENT – NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN]

SINISTER_HOLIDAY_2013_7599As songs of good will and tidings of peace fill the air, the smell of warm cookies wafts from kitchen windows, and children dream of red-nosed reindeer and Santa Claus bearing gifts, Sinister Pointe in Brea, California, offers up something a little different than that with its annual Not So Merry Holiday Haunt. Geared for adults – and only adults – this event is a shockingly naughty Christmas romp with a strange and spooky assortment of evil elves, backwoods decorating, and a really jolly man in a red suit! It’s completely over the top, not for the prude or easily offended, and definitely something that no other haunt in California delivers during the holiday season!

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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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