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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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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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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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Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 Overview

Witch Photo JpegThis year’s Knott’s Scary Farm conjures up unprecedented experiences and show-stopping entertainment, including the debut of Special Ops: Infected, where guests fight zombies in an interactive six acre war, and the return of Elvira – Mistress of the Dark in an all-new stage show.

Hunt Zombies in an All-Out War
This ambitious new attraction is the first of its kind in North America and will challenge guests to exterminate the infestation of zombies who threaten mankind’s existence. Armed with specially designed laser guns, brave groups of Knott’s Scary Farm guests will embark on missions, led by their Squad Leader – a loud-mouthed, take-no-prisoners commander charged with turning guests into soldiers. Groups must work together to fend off zombies and complete various missions before time runs out. If zombies drag their bodies too close, the un-infected’s guns temporarily deactivate, compromising the safety of the entire team. Soldiers with the deadliest aim will be celebrated with a tally of the number of zombies killed on a display board for other survivors to see each night in base camp.

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Knott’s Scary Farm 2014 Fan Preview

Knott's Scary Farm Preview 2014On Wednesday, August 6, Knott’s Berry Farm held its second annual Halloween Haunt preview event for Season Pass holders in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. More than one thousand of the Scary Farm’s most hard core fans made their way in the early hours of the morning to line up outside the park’s Main Entrance for wristband distribution, as the Haunt preview wouldn’t begin until 7 P.M. For die-hard fans, this mass unveiling of what the company has in store for Halloween is serious business.

It’s also very smart business, and Knott’s Berry Farm has seized the opportunity to turn their Haunt preview into an all-day affair. After all, once wristband distribution takes place outside the gates – where do you think most of those Season Pass holders are going to go on a warm, sunny day in the middle of summer? That’s right; into the park, where they spend the day eating, drinking, and hanging out with friends. It’s a smart business move, and very different than Universal’s method of slowly announcing its Halloween Horror Nights attractions one at a time via social media over a period of several weeks.

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