Conventions & Mixers
Celebrate the holidays with chills and thrillls as Season’s Screamings, the holiday event from the team at Midsummer Scream, returns to the Pasadena Convention Center this weekend (December 2nd – 4th). The event features over 200 spooky exhibitors, Hall of Yuletide Spirits mini haunts, and three days of panels, programming, and celebrity guests. Programming highlights include: “How the Grinch Stole Our Hearts (Saturday at 1:30 p.m.) – a discussion of how the Grinch became a holiday tradition featuring Sara Karloff, animator Phil Roman, Linda Jones Clough, and Craig Kausen; “The History of Haunt Sliders” (Saturday at 4:15 p.m.); and “Halloween 2022 Roundtable” (Sunday at 2:30 p.m.) – a spirited panel discussion that reviews the major theme park events, stand-alone attractions, home haunts, and yard displays across Southern California. The Hall of Yuletide Spirits features ho-ho-horrific mazes, swirling fog, evil elves, and thrills for all. Beginning with an elaborate display created by Fear Farm Haunt (Phelan, CA), once inside the Hall of Yuletide Spirits, guests will have their pick of haunts and displays to explore created by: The Dreich Society (Ontario, CA), The Haunt With No Name… Yet (Tarzana, CA), Casa Calaveras (Orange County, CA), Santa Ana Haunt (Santa Ana, CA), Ghostwood Manor (Pasadena, CA) Art’s Sideshow (Montclair, CA); Prism Haunted House (Westminster, CA), and Valley Fright Nights (Woodland Hills,CA). Those who want to socialize with friends while visiting the Hall are welcome to hang out at Barlow’s Tavern, where they can interact with Mr. Floats, enjoy signature cocktails and mocktails from the bar, and even take their picture with Santa Barlow, fresh from his coffin in ‘Salem’s Lot. Tickets are still available online starting at $30 – $37.50 for One-Day General Admission, $60 for Weekend General Admission, and $95 for Weekend Naughty List VIP Tickets. Learn more by listening to our recent interview with Co-Founder/Executive Director David Markland.
Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show has announced their lineup of events for the 2023 trade show. Daily event highlights include: TransWorld’s Networking Night Out! (Wednesday, February 1st at 7:30 p.m.)($60 Pre-show, $80 Onsite), City Museum Party (Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00 p.m.)($50 Pre-Show, $65 Onsite), The Haunted Attraction Association State of the Industry Seminar (Friday, February 3rd at 9:00 a.m.)(Free), Haunted Attraction Association OSCARES Awards Banquet (Saturday, February 4th at 5:00 p.m.)(Free), and TransWorld Presents DEAD MAN’S PARTY – A Zombified Costume Ball (Saturday, February 4th at 8:00 p.m.)($40 Pre-show, $55 Onsite). Tickets are available now on the event’s official website. For more Transworld’s Halloween & Attractions Show news, listen to this week’s HAN podcast covering the event’s addition of a new Interactive Entertainment section.
The 2023 Ultimate Haunt Spring Tour from Fear Expo will take place on Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 and visit six haunted attractions in Kentucky. The six featured haunts are Black Orchard Haunted House, Malice Manor, The Haunted Hotel, Waverly Hills Sanatorium, The American Horrorplex, and The Devil’s Attic. Tickets are on sale now for $199 and include transportation, lunch, dinner, and one snack.
The Scare Factor announced their 2022 Haunt Awards. This year’s awards were granted to states with at least ten reviews from the 2022 season. Congratulations to all the award-winning haunts: Nightmare on Edgewood (Indianapolis, IN)(Highest Rated Haunt in Indiana & Scariest Haunt in Indiana), Haunted Hills Hospital (Crown Point, IN)(Highest Rated Haunt in Indiana), The Scream Chamber (Athens, TN)(Highest Rated Haunt in Tennessee, Scariest Haunt in Tennessee, & Overall Scariest Haunt), Face Your Fears Hotel of Terror (Springfield, OH)(Highest Rated Haunt in Ohio & Scariest Haunt in Ohio), Hellsgate Haunted House (Lockport, IL) (Highest Rated Haunt in Illinois), Evil Intentions Haunted House (Elgin, IL)(Scariest Haunt in Illinois), The Devil’s Attic (Louisville, KY)(Highest Rated Haunt in Kentucky), The Haunted Hotel (Louisville, KY)(Scariest Haunt in Kentucky), and Creepy Hollow Haunted House (Rosharon, TX)(Overall Highest Rated Haunt).
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 Home Haunter Awards Show. Video submissions via cloud server or YouTube link will be accepted through January 21st, 2023. New Awards Categories for 2022 are Best Modified Store Bought Prop and Best Use of Digital Display. These join the returning Awards Categories of: Best Motorized Prop, Best Pneumatic Prop, Best Static Prop, Best Walk Through, Best Display, Best Overall, Best Costume, and Best Hauntercycled. The entries are judged by admins of the Halloween Yard Haunts and Props Facebook group based on decor, props, setup, music, and anything else your creative mind can come up with. Any not-for-profit home haunter may enter. Home haunters cannot win in the same category in consecutive years. However, they can enter different categories. The awards’ official website shows a full list of rules and judging criteria.
U.S. Haunts & Events
Area15 (Las Vegas, Nevada) is celebrating the holiday season with enhanced screenings of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The screenings will take place inside the 360-degree Portal attraction and include floor-to-ceiling projection mapping with an immersive light and sound experience, complete with a curated cocktail menu. Screenings take place on select dates throughout December, with Thursday and Saturday screenings for adults 21+ only. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for children. The adult ticket includes a complimentary beverage.
The Newburgh Civitan Zombie Farm (Newburgh, IN) will present its 3rd Annual A Creepy Little Christmas haunt on December 9th – 10th. This holiday overlay features zombie elves, chainsaw-wielding snowmen, and Krampus himself. For the little ones and more timid guests, the haunt will host a no-scare tour each night from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets to either event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Warrick Humane Society, a no-kill shelter. Attendees can also receive a $5 discount on tickets if they donate an item from the Warrick Human Society’s wish list (laundry detergent, reams of paper, peanut butter, dog toys, and more).
December 9th & 10th The Dent Schoolhouse will transform into “A Christmas Nightmare”. Experience what it is like to celebrate Halloween & Christmas on the same day! The schoolhouse is decked out for this ghoulish holiday, and a new batch of X-mas-themed characters have taken over this Christmas Nightmare. Charlie the Janitor will become Santa Charlie and will welcome in a slew of ghouls, including Krampus, Mrs. Claws, and evil elves – all ready to spread some holiday fear. Tickets are on sale now starting at $30 for General Admission, $50 for Fast-Pass, and $60 for Front-of-The-Line. For a more family-friendly experience, the Dent Schoolhouse also offers a Lights On tour on December 10th, complete with The Dent Grinch Meet & Greet at the end of the attraction. Tickets for the lights on tour are $15 per adult and $10 per child. Adult tickets include 1 digital photo download with Krampus.
In its 4th season, The House of Four Scythes Haunted Attraction (Cumming, GA) raised over $60,000 for more than 20 area charities, organizations, and civic groups. Proceeds benefitted local groups such as the American Cancer Society, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, SAFFT, Family Promise, Bald Ridge Lodge, Jesse’s House, Family Haven, CASA, Meals by Grace, The Place, Three Basketeers, Bearfoot Ranch, Mentor Me, Fur Kids, Age Well Forsyth, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, Creative Enterprises, Angels over Forsyth, Full Circle Recovery, and Rise Up Recovery. Since 2020, the Four Scythes Haunted Attraction has donated over $130,000 back to the community.
Twisted Haunts LA (Los Angeles, CA) returns this year with the Gremlins: Fan Tribute Haunt. Based on Steven Spielberg’s 1984 classic Christmas horror film, attendees will enter the town of Kingston Falls, New York, and help Billy save his town from a gang of mischievous Gremlins. The haunt will run December 15th – 17th and 22nd – 24th. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
The Frida Cinema (Santa Ana, CA) is about to get twisted! Twisted Christmas, the highly immersive Christmas Horror Movie Marathon event, returns to The First Cinema on Saturday, December 17th. Experience a night of Christmas Frights starting at the Dark Marketplace, where you can get some last-minute gruesome gifts, and continuing to the theatre with a double-feature of two blood-curdling holiday movies. But beware, Santa’s minions will be lurking around every corner. General Admission Pre-Sale tickets are available now starting at $25 (onsite tickets will be $30).
Tokyo Disney Resort (Tokyo, Japan) has announced “Disney Story Beyond”, a special event that invites park guests to discover new stories from classic attractions through augmented reality and detailed storytelling. The first installment of Disney Story Beyond will focus on The Haunted Mansion. From January 26th – March 31st, 2023, guests can delve into the mysteries of the Haunted Mansion and take photos with the characters – revamped in anime-style – as they appear on their smartphone cameras. Featured characters include Constance (The Murderous Bride); Phineas, Ezra, and Gus (The Hitchhiking Ghosts); Sally Slater (The Tightrope Walker); The “Whithering Gentleman”; Marilyn O’Hara and Harland (Ballroom Dancers); and Xavier and ZJ (Mansion Staff). More information on their backstories will be posted to the event’s official website in the lead up to the event. Special Haunted Mansion merchandise will also be released in the park.
Boys, ghouls, and creatures of all shapes and sizes, Spirit Halloween‘s new animatronic, Toothy the Clown is here to eat… or rather, greet you with his world-renowned smile. Swinging carefree from town to town with any circus that will take him, Toothy feeds his hunger for laughter and much more by disarming onlookers with his happy-go-lucky smile. However, we recommend keeping your distance and your guard up, or this cannibal clown will be using your bones for a toothpick before you know it. The 4.3 foot animatronic rocks back and forth on a swing while reciting three creepy recorded voice lines. Toothy is on sale now for $249.99.
Those 12′ tall Home Depot Skeletons are proving to be more than just Halloween décor for many home haunters across the country. Last week, Good Morning America highlighted creative Thanksgiving displays incorporating the festive giant skeletons.
13th Floor Haunted House Chicago (Chicago, IL) – December 9 – 10
13th Floor Haunted House Denver (Denver, CO) – December 16 – 17
13th Floor Haunted House Houston (Houston, TX) – December 16 – 17
13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) – December 9 – 10
13th Hour Haunted House (Wharton, NJ) – December 17
7 Gates Screampark (Niagara Falls, NY) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
All Saints Lunatic Asylum Haunted Attraction (Apple Valley, CA) – December 9 – 11
AMS Haunted Attractions (Maryville, TN) – December 16 – 17
Asylum 49 (Tooele, UT) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
The Asylum OK (Nowata, OK) – December 10, 17
Asylum X (Fort Smith, AR) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Atrox Factory (Leeds, AL) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10
Awaken Haunted Attraction (Leslie, MI) – December 9 – 10
Bayville Scream Park (Bayville, NY) – December 9 – 11, 16 – 18
Bello Haunts (Rialto, CA) – December 9 – 11
Bennetts Curse Haunted House (Baltimore, MD) – December 2 – 3
Blood Prison (Mansfield, OH) – December 9 – 10
Brighton Asylum (Passaic, NJ) – December 17
Brimstone Haunt (Wilmington, OH) – December 3, 10
Carnage Haunted House (Monessen, PA) – December 9 – 10 + Christmas Horror Village on December 23
Castle Blood (Monessen, PA) – December 9 – 10
Chambers of Hell (Hauppauge, NY) – December 9 – 10
Cinema of Horrors Haunted House (Kelso, WA) – December 16 – 17
Containment Haunted House (Lithia Springs, GA) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10
Crooked Descent Haunted Attraction (Herkimer, NY) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Dark Hour (Plano, TX) – December 2 – 3, 16 – 17
The Darkness (St. Louis, MO) – December 17
Demon House (Monongahela, PA) – December 2 – 3
The Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati, OH) – December 9 – 10
Desoto Asylum (Needles, CA) – December 10
Doomsday Haunt (Athens, AL) – December 10
Dread Hollow (Chattanooga, TN) – December 31, January 7
Dungeon of Doom Haunted House (Zion, IL) – December 16 – 17
Edge of Darkness Haunted House (Berea, KY) – December 10, 17
Factory of Fear (Moline, IL) – December 9 – 10
Factory of Terror (Canton, OH) – December 9 – 10
Factory of the Dead (Saginaw,MI) – December 17
Fear Columbus (Columbus, OH) – December 9 – 11, 16 – 18
Fear On The Farm WV (Winfield, WV) – December 9 – 10
The Fear PDX Haunted House (Portland, OR) – December 16 – 17
Field of Screams PA (Mountville, PA) – December 10
Folklore Haunted House (Acworth, GA) – December 9 – 10
Foukelore Slaughterhouse (Gravesville, AR) – December 16 – 17
The Funhouse Haunt (Bluff City, TN) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17, 30 – 31
Fright Factory (Philadelphia, PA) – December 2 – 3, 9 -11
Fright Haven (Stratford, CT) – December 10, 17
Fright Kingdom (Nashua, NH) – December 2 – 4
Fright Nights at The Resort at Glade Springs (Daniels, WV) – December 10, 17
Frightmare (Chesapeake, VA) – December 3 – 10
FrightWorks (Powell, TN) – December 3, 19
Hacker House (Pilot Mountain, NC) – December 2 – 3
Hackney Haunts (Westminster, MD) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
The Haunted Forest at Panic Point (Youngsville, NC) – December 10
The Haunted Hotel KY (Louisville, KY) – December 3, 10, 17
The Hauntings of Boogeyman Haunted House (Mathis, TX) – December 16 – 17
Hell’s Dungeon (Dayton, OH) – December 9 – 10
High Desert Haunted House (Apple Valley, CA) – December 16 – 17
Hillside Horror (Roaring River, SC) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10
Hinterland Haunted Attraction (Ashley, MI) – December 3 – 4, 10 – 11, 17 – 18
House of Torment (Austin, TX) – December 9 – 10
Infernum in Terra (Wheeling, WV) – December 2 – 3
Insanity Haunted House (Peru, IL) – December 9 – 10
Jail of Terror (Newark, OH) – December 9 – 10
Kims Krypt Haunted Mill Scream Park (Spring Grove, PA) – December 16 – 18
Laurels House of Horror (Laurel, MD) – December 9 – 10
Maineiac Manor (Mangor, ME) – December 3 – 4, 9 – 11
Malice Haunted Attraction (Belfast, TN) – December 2 – 3
Malice Manor (Clarksville, IN) – December 9 – 10
Maniac Mountain Haunted House (Buckhannon, WV) – December 2 – 3
Massacre Haunted House (Montgomery, IL) – December 16 -17
Midnight Terror (Oak Lawn, IL) – December 16 – 18
Moxley Manor (Bedford, TX) – December 10
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, TN) – December 16 – 17
NecroManor Haunted House (Bossier City, LA) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Necropolis Underground Haunted Attractions (Indianapolis, IN) – December 10, 17
New Orleans Nightmare (New Orleans, LA) – December 9 – 10
Newburgh Civitan Zombie Farm (Newburgh, IN) – December 9 – 10
Nightmare Acres (South Windsor, CT) – December 17
Nightmare at 3008 (Fultondale, AL) – December 2 – 3
The Nightmare Chamber (Medford, OR) December 16 – 18, 22 – 23
Nightmare Harvest Haunted Trail (Ripley, MS) – December 3, 10, 17
Nightmare on Edgewood (Indianapolis, IN) – December 10, 17
Nowhere Haunted House (Inver Grove Heights, MN) December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Paranoia Haunted House (Canton, GA) – December 10
Perdition Pines (Antigo, WI) – December 3 – 4
Pinhead’s Graveyard (Canton, NC) – December 9 – 10
Plantation Blood (Augusta, GA) – December 16 – 17
RED VEIN Haunted House (Ashland, VA) – December 9 – 10
Reign of Terror (Thousand Oaks, CA) – December 9 – 10
Rotten Manor (Holly, MI) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Scare USA (Two Rivers, WI) – December 2 – 3
ScareHouse (Tarentum, PA) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park (Smithville, TX) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail (Plant City, FL) December 9 – 11, 16 – 18
The Slaughterhouse Haunted Attraction (Des Moines, IA) – December 17
Spook Haven (Mill Hall, PA) – December 2 – 3
Spooky Bottom Haunted Trail (Seagrove, NC) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Tales of Terror (Orlando, FL) – December 9 – 11
Terror Manor (Roanoke, VA) – December 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Terror on the Coast (Gulfport, MS) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Trail of Fear (Lawton ,OK) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 15 – 18
Twelvepole Manor (Wayne, WV) – December 2 – 3, 9 – 10
Twisted Haunts LA (Los Angeles, CA) – December 15 – 17, 22 – 24
Upcoming Events: November 2022 - January 2023
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Haunted Attraction Industry News for Nov 22nd
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