Halloween Horror Nights New Maze for 2022: “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide”

Halloween Horror Nights
Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for May, 26th.
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Theme Parks

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have announced an all-new maze for 2022: “Universal Monsters: Legends Collide”. This original haunted house will feature Universal Pictures’ most notorious horror icons – The Wolf Man, Dracula, and The Mummy – in an epic battle transporting guests to the 19th century with the trio of monsters seeking one thing: The Amulet of Ra. The Wolf Man believes this ancient relic contains the power to finally lift his dreaded curse, while Dracula and The Mummy have nefarious plans to use it to bring humankind to its knees. With the full moon on the rise and a race against time, guests find themselves entangled in a bloodthirsty battle between the terrifying titans – and only one will survive. Elevating the mayhem, GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, returns to collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood with an original composition for their haunted house. Halloween Horror Nights begins on Friday, September 2nd in Orlando with 10 terrifying haunted houses and Thursday, September 8th in Hollywood with eight frightening haunted houses. Both events will run select nights through Monday, October 31st, and additional details will be revealed soon. Tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort, and tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood will be available soon

Tickets are now on sale for Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The special event will take place 37 select nights August 12th – October 31st, 2022. Tickets range from $109 – $199 with discounted rates available for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. The party will feature Trick-Or-Treating at locations throughout the park as well as the “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade”, the Sanderson Sisters in the iconic “Hocus Pocus Villains Spelltacular” stage show, 50th anniversary exclusive photo ops, and event-exclusive entertainment (including the Haunted Mansion Graveyard Gravediggers). Attendees will also receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag featuring a keepsake 50th Anniversary pin. Learn more on the Walt Disney World official website

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Fear Forest Haunted House and Hayride (Lordstown, Ohio) is seeking part-time seasonal workers. Managers are needed for Fridays – Sundays six weekends during their haunt season (end of September – October). Management/supervisory experience is required and haunt experience preferred. The haunt is also seeking part-time summer work for set design & construction. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to Alan or Juliana at [email protected] for consideration. 

U.S. Haunts & Events

Two fires broke out at Wild Woods of Terror (Saginaw, Michigan) on Tuesday, May 17th. The first of which is believed to be arson and the second is still under investigation. Morgan Krotzer, a 27-year-old woman from Clio, MI was arrested on a third-degree arson charge after being found at the scene with a lighter in her pocket. In a May 20th Facebook post Wild Woods of Terror management described the extent of the damage to the property, writing “Our building that housed all of our animatronics, costumes, props, ticket booth, makeup, masks, storage, and maintenance equipment was burned to the ground. The entire building is a total loss. Also the brand new finale scene at the end of the trail that was the location of multiple RV and Campers were also torched and burnt down. We are in total shock of the situation and it’s just a waiting game to see how it all plays out. Our plan is to rebuild! We have been plagued with issues ever since acquiring but we will continue on and hope to open on schedule this Fall.”

Back for its third year at the LA County Fair, the Haunt Supershow will be joining in on the centennial celebrations by offering an all-new “100 Years of Horror” exhibit. The popular social media photo-op attraction, Museum of Monsters, will be returning as well, plus haunt mazes with live actors. The exhibit hall will also feature unique horror and pop culture retail vendors, giant inflatables, and horror-themed games. The LA County Fair takes place now through May 30th. Tickets are on sale now on the LA County Fair’s official website or at the door. The Haunt Supershow is located in Exhibit Hall 9. 

new haunted attraction is coming to the Ontario Mills shopping center in Ontario, California this fallCarnival of Darkness. The event will feature a walkthrough haunt, a pumpkin patch, food trucks, inflatable jumpers, music, petting zoo, rock wall, and more. The haunt will operate select nights October 1st – November 1st. 

haunted attraction inspired by the horror video game “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is coming to Medina, Ohio this October. Five Nights at Freddy’s Haunted House will take place at Jurassic Mountain Family Fun Park for four nights only – Friday, October 28th – Monday, October 31st. Admission is limited to a total of 2,100 tickets (100 for each time slot). Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased at Jurassic Mountain’s website. As of May 21st over 900 tickets had already been sold, so be sure to purchase your ticket in advance to guarantee your spot. The haunt will also feature a reduced price “non scary” day time show on Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For this $30 per person daytime experience, families can play in the themed venue. Birthday party rooms are also available for an additional fee – send a message via the official Facebook page to inquire about rates. 

This past Friday the 13th The Fear PDX (Portland, Oregon) opened for their first ever Halfway to Halloween event

Now through June 19th, SugarMynt Gallery (Pasadena, California) is hosting their Spooky Kids Club exhibition. The exhibition will feature special event days each weekend. This week’s upcoming special events are:
Friday, May 27th: Disney’s “Halloweentown”
Watch the classic Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweentown” under the starlight. Guests who purchase gallery tickets for both the backyard movie screening (Friday) and meet & greet (Saturday) will gain front of line access for the meet & greet. Simply show your movie night ticket stub/receipt upon arrival. 

Saturday, May 28th: “Halloweentown” Actress Kimberly J. Brown Meet & Greet
From 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. meet the star of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweentown” in the perfect Halloween-filled environment at SugarMynt Gallery for a day of autographs, photos and more.

Conventions & Mixers

The Cleveland Haunt Club will present its 2nd Annual Half-way to Halloween Flea Market at the Medina County Fairgrounds (Medina, Ohio) this coming Saturday, May 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for paid members and $1.00 per person for non-members. Mix & mingle with fellow Halloween enthusiasts and pick up some amazing Halloween & horror products.

After two years away, the West Coast Halloween Convention returned May 13th – 15th, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. The Haunted Attraction Network attended and spoke with a member of the staff, one of the teachers, and a vendor to hear about their experiences

Film & TV

Disney+ has finally announced the release date for the highly anticipated Hocus Pocus 2. The film will be available for streaming on the service on Friday, September 30th. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones will reprise their roles from the original film, along with a new cast of characters. 

Are You Afraid of the Dark? series Co-Creator D.J. MacHale spoke about the history of the series and Easter eggs in a Q&A hosted by Sugarmynt Gallery this past weekend as part of their Spooky Kids Club exhibit. Listen to the full presentation here


Upcoming Haunt Events

Summer Haunts

Paranoia Haunted House (Canton, GA) – July 9

Podcast Episodes You Might Be Interested In

Creating the TV series – Are you Afraid of the Dark?
Sugarmynt Gallery hosted a Q&A with series Co-Creator D.J. MacHale on May 21st. Moderated by Jeff DePaoli D.J., explains the history of the series and Easter eggs behind 4 of the episodes. Today, we’re playing the full presentation for you. The event is part of the ‘Spooky Kids Club’ exhibit and there are more events scheduled through June.

How To: Hosting a Media Night at Your Haunt (Replay)
Last week we talked about affordable media outreach for your haunt. Today we’re diving into one specific tactic – hosting a media night. Today’s expert is Tori Elder, owner of Victori Solutions. In the haunted attraction space, Tori is best known for her work with The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Dark Horizon, and Temecula Terror.

Halfway to Halloween at The Fear PDX
Now in its 10th year, The Fear PDX in Portland, Oregon opened for Halfway to Halloween on May 13th. This 1-night event was a first for the haunt, and it coincided with the WCHC bus tour. Today, we’ll go on-location and hear from the team.

The West Coast Halloween Convention Returns
Coming up, we’re on-location at the WCHC. After two years away, the West Coast Halloween Convention returned May 13th – 15th, 2022, in Portland, Oregon. From home haunters to pros, attendees enjoyed the Halloween Marketplace, three days of education, haunt tour at The FearPDX, Halfway to Halloween Costume Ball, charity auction, and the Nightmare After WCHC movie night. But what makes this event unique is that it’s a 501(c)3 organization that gives grants to professionals who work with children with hearing impairments and/or autism. Today, we’ll hear from Roman Marino, Roger Hayes, and Jeremiah from the Calvarium.

Haunted Attraction Industry News for May 17th
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