Happy Halloween from the Haunted Attraction Network!

Happy Halloween
Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for October, 31st.
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Happy Halloween! We have made it to the end of this year’s 61-day Hauntathon! Thank you for joining us as we covered haunts worldwide via podcasts, videos, and live events. 

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Thank You to our 2023 Hauntathon partners: Attractions Magazine, Creepy Kingdom, Freaks of HHN, Kevin Heimbach, OMNI Adventures, Scare Track, Sharp Productions, That Halloween Podcast, The Horror of Being Emily, and The Scare Factor.

Gantom Lighting and Controls sponsored our 2023 Hauntathon.

Additional Sponsors include:
Hauntpay and Froggy’s Fog

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What haunts the haunted house industry? This week’s “Marketplace” radio program from American Public Media / NPR focused on the haunt industry and the challenges it faces. The Haunted Attraction Network‘s own Philip Hernandez contributed to the piece, sharing his observations on how scarce labor and supply chain issues affect this subset of the themed entertainment industry. Also featured are Frightmare Farms’ staff including co-owner Nicole Ginsburg, and assistant manager Sam Herwood. 

U.S. Haunts & Events

Celebrate a decade of Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail (Plant City, FL) with the ultimate VIP Experience – “Sir Henry’s Legacy: A 10-Year Retrospective”. The November 4th event offers a limited number of fans early, front-of-the-line entry to each attraction, refreshments, a behind-the-scenes panel, a silent auction, a rare collectible souvenir, and a unique photo opportunity with Sir Henry himself. Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person.

Universal Destinations & Experiences announced the name for its new year-long horror destination in Las Vegas, Nevada: Universal Horror Unleashed. The brand-new experiential attraction will be located in the “AREA15” immersive entertainment district. The 20-acre area will feature a “variety of unique, immersive, and horror-centric experiences that will surround eerie eateries and bone-chilling bar areas.” Universal Horror Unleashed will be a continuously updated experience with must-see seasonal events and one-of-a-kind merchandise. “Universal Horror Unleashed is another way we are using our unique style of horror storytelling to engage fans of this genre,” said Page Thompson, President, New Ventures, Universal Destinations & Experiences in a statement. “We look forward to bringing frightful fun to Las Vegas year-round.” 

Cruise Lines

Just in time for Halloween the Disney Blog announced that the first-ever Haunted Mansion Bar will be coming to the Disney Treasure cruise ship in 2024. From inspired craft cocktails and an exclusive onboard merchandise collection to nostalgic décor and beloved characters, the Haunted Mansion Parlor will immerse guests in the next chapter of the Haunted Mansion saga, bringing this fan-favorite lore to life in a whole new way. The one-of-a-kind experience will be a swinging wake unlike any other, that of a jovial captain who entered the ghostly realm after a disastrous dinner with his beloved fiancé. The Haunted Mansion Parlor is one of several Disney Parks-inspired venues that will debut onboard the Disney Treasure. The exciting lineup will also include Skipper Society, a lounge inspired by the Jungle Cruise parks attraction, and Periscope Pub, which is inspired by the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea legacy parks attraction.


In a recent NY Times article, professional pumpkin carver, Adam Bierton discussed his path to this unusual job and shared some tips of the trade to carve the perfect pumpkin this season. “I bathe all my pumpkins and store them with a fan blowing on them so bugs don’t get in there. Then the first step is to to peel the pumpkin. You remove the hard orange skin, which allows access to that beautiful flesh that’s underneath, which is great for sculpting. Next I’ll block in the face with a ribbon tool. I’m kind of playing with perspective and drawing with shadow: the deeper the cut, the darker the shadow. Gradually, I start to work with smaller tools, and I finish with knife work.” What is the biggest mistake the average person makes when carving their own jack-o-lanterns? According to Bierton, it is cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin. Instead he suggests, “Go in through the back, by cutting a big square or an octagon. Cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin takes away from the character of a long, ornate stem. People cut the bottom too. That’s no good, because the juice ends up everywhere.”

Jack-o-lanterns do not have to end up in the local landfill after Halloween. Once they have adorned your porch for the festive evening, pumpkins can be composted, left as a snack for backyard wildlife, or donated to a community garden, farm, or zoo. Need ideas of where to donate? Pumpkins for Pigs has a map of animal farms, sanctuaries, and rescues across the U.S. that accept pumpkin donations. Donated pumpkins are excellent feed and a wonderful treat to the animals.


Upcoming Events: October - December 2023

November 13 – 17IAAPA Expo (Orlando, Florida)
November 17 – 18Creep It Real OC Festive (Santa Ana, California)

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