Halloween Horror Nights Announces First Maze for 2023

Halloween Horror Nights
Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for November 7th.
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Theme Parks

It has only been one week since the end of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, but the Halloween Horror Nights team already has its sights on 2023. In a video posted to the Halloween Horror Nights Youtube Channel on Halloween, Universal announced their first haunt of the 2023 lineup – “Chucky”. The all-new haunted house will be inspired by the USA and SYFY series, “Chucky”. It will unleash the iconic killer doll at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood next Halloween season.

International News

At least 151 people have been killed and 82 others injured in a deadly stampede in Seoul, South Korea’s Itaewon District, as huge crowds of partygoers converged in the entertainment district for late-night Halloween celebrations on October 29th. It was the first Halloween event in Seoul in three years after the country lifted many COVID-19 restrictions. Witnesses and survivors say a massive group of people surged into the downhill alley with a width of about 4 meters and were instantly pushed down by others. “People kept pushing down into a downhill club alley, resulting in other people screaming and falling down like dominos,” an unidentified witness wrote on Twitter. “I thought I would be crushed to death too as people kept pushing without realizing there were people falling down at the start of the stampede.” President Yoon Suk-yeol addressed the nation live from the presidential office, saying Saturday’s “tragedy and disaster should never have happened.” The president also announced a period of national mourning over the stampede. Parties and events scheduled for the remainder of the Halloween season have been cancelled, including Everland’s Halloween Festival (slated to continue through November 20th), Lotte World’s Halloween-themed events, “Halloween in Hongdae” market, SMTOWN WONDERLAND Halloween Party, and more. 

Conventions & Mixers

On November 25th & 26th from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Creep It Real Festive makes its debut at the Heritage Museum of Orange County (Santa Ana, CA). Come out of your crypt on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for some jolly, creepy, festive fun at The CryptsMas Marketplace where you are sure to find the perfect Holiday/Halloween crossover item from the over 70 vendors showing off their most creative spooky-influenced seasonal artwork, crafts, treats, and licensed merchandise. Live entertainment includes Kitty Antix, Spooky-music DJ The Vinyl Ghoul, and A Cappela group, The SCAREolers, who have risen from the grave to share their special mix of haunting melodies. The Queen Mary Sliders will also demonstrate their skills in a special dark slider show. Keep an eye out for ghoulish creeps throughout the event, including: Trix the Trixster, Santa Myers, Belfy the Elf, Mr. Floats, and of course, the man who knows you’ve been naughty all year, Creep Cringle. Come dressed in your creepy holiday best for pictures with characters and locations from the wildly popular FEAR FARM haunt, Art’s Sideshow, OC local Stanley Haus (recently featured on Good Morning America), and more. Tickets are on sale now starting at $13 for a one-day General Admission Pass and $22 for the “Creepin’ Weekend Pass”. Admission is free for children 10 and under.

The Legendary Haunt Tour takes place this weekend, November 11th – 12th. Each year the Legendary Haunt Tour visits a different city in the USA and tours various haunted attractions that have achieved “legendary” status with the haunted attraction industry, the media, and the public. More than just a haunted house tour, the LHT has evolved into a destination social event for haunters and haunt enthusiasts worldwide, providing a unique vacation & networking opportunity just after the Halloween season. This year’s event takes place in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring: Millers ThrillersDevil’s DungeonSlaughter House, and Nashville Nightmare. Tickets are still available online for $400 per person. 

The Hall of Yuletide Spirits returns to Season’s Screamings on December 2nd – 4th, 2022. Midsummer Scream’s spooky holiday convention haunts the Halls of the Pasadena Convention Center (Pasadena, CA) with Ho-Ho-Horrific mazes, swirling fog, evil elves, and thrills for all. Guests will enter the completely darkened Hall of Yuletide Spirits through an elaborate display created by Fear Farm Haunt (Phelan, CA) called “The North-ish Pole”, where it’s always Christmas Eve-il as sinister elves hide behind smashed presents, candy rots and drips off sickly-sweet buildings, and twisted toys wait to be delivered to unsuspecting boys and girls around the world where they will spread holiday fear! 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 on sale now starting at $30 – $37.50 for One-Day General Admission, $60 for Weekend General Admission, and $95 for Weekend Naughty List VIP Tickets. 

The Idaho Halloween & Horror Con has officially changed its name to Horrorween Con Idaho. This announcement came after also changing the event’s dates to July 21st – 23rd, 2023. 2023 will mark Horrorween Con Idaho’s 3rd year. In over 25,000 square feet of event space, the event will feature over 75 exhibitors, 100+ hours of programming, the Idaho Horror Vixens, Hideous Monster concert, an all-new Stage 80’s Blacklight Party, and more. Further information about next year’s event will be posted to their official website in the coming months. Tickets are available now starting at $25 for a Standard Pass, $100 for an All Access Pass, and $250 for a VIP Access Pass. 

U.S. Haunts & Events

Bennett’s Curse (Dundalk, MD) has announced their Krampus Haunted Christmas event, taking place December 2nd – 3rd, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Attendees can wear their Ugly Sweater either day and save $5 off their merchandise purchase of $35 or more – and they will be eligible to receive randomly awarded gifts. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 for General Admission, $35 for Speed Pass, and $45 for VIP Immediate Access. Save 20% on Speed Pass and VIP tickets for a limited time with the discount code: KRAMPUS20

Castle Dark (Riverside, CA) returns to Castle Park for the holiday season with “Krampus”. Saturdays & Sundays November 19th – January 8th, brave the interactive Krampus maze by purchasing a separate ticket in addition to park admission. After these holiday chills, enjoy thrills on the park’s rides & attractions and experience family-friendly holiday fun with Duke’s Very Merry Village. Additional information and tickets will be available in the coming days on Castle Park’s official website

Repurposing Your Halloween Leftovers

Ready to toss out your Halloween pumpkins & Jack-o-Lanterns? Of the more than 2 billion pumpkins produced in the U.S. each year, only about 20% of them go towards food – the rest are tossed in the trash after Halloween ends. NPR shared a list of creative ways to keep those leftovers out of the landfill:
  1. Compost Them: recycle your pumpkins back into soil, which can be used to grow new plants. 
  2. Cook with Them: A cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, 20% of the recommended vitamin C and is a great source of potassium
  3. Put Them Out for Wildlife: Remove any wax, paint, or marker from the pumpkin, and leave it outside for squirrels and birds. Cutting the pumpkin into quarters makes it easier to eat for deer and other bigger mammals. 
  4. Donate Them: Some farms, zoos and animal shelters will accept pumpkins for animal feed.


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Upcoming Haunt Events

October - December 2022

November 11 – 12The Legendary Haunt Tour (Nashville, Tennessee)
November 14 – 18IAAPA (Orlando, Florida)
November 19The Scare Factor’s Monster Bash (Indianapolis, Indiana)
November 25 – 26Creep It Real Festive (Santa Ana, California)
December 2 – 4Season’s Screamings (Pasadena, California)

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