Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for December 19th.
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Happy Holidays from the Haunted Attraction Network Team!
We hope that you have a frighteningly fun holiday season! Our ghouls and ghosts will rest in peace next week, but the newsletter will return on Monday, January 2nd.
U.S. Haunts & Events
Unlock an otherworldly wonderland of amusement, art, and entertainment on December 31st with HUSH Haunted Attraction‘s Legendary 2023 NYE Bash (Westland, MI). The party will be set on HUSH Haunted Attraction’s ‘mini’ Bourbon Street featuring soaring 2+ story facades, balconies and realistically-themed architecture and decor. Costumes and Mardi Gras masks are encouraged. Masks and specialty bead necklaces will be available for purchase onsite. Tickets are on sale now starting at $45 for General Admission, $75 for Party Pass Admission (includes drink tickets & Ace throwing), and $150 for VIP Legendary Explorer Admission (includes drink tickets, VIP hors d’oeuvres, and guided bar crawl). All guests must be 21+ to attend.
For a limited time, The Chamber of Haunters is offering 50% off first year memberships with the discount code: HAUNTINGU. The Chamber of Haunters provides specialty support & advice in every aspect of haunted attraction operations; education & training; exclusive member discounts on conventions, marketing, & services; and more. To join, go to their official website, click the “Join Today” button, choose your membership type, and use the code HauntingU to save 50% off.
Trick-or-treating is not just for Halloween – the Norwegian tradition of Julebukking brings the door-to-door custom to the Christmas season. Similar to trick-or-treating, Julebukking involves a group of individuals in costumes arriving at their neighbors’ front doors demanding treats (or alcohol). Julebukkers traditionally arrive in the time between Christmas & New Year’s. In some variations of the celebration the group carries a goat head door to door – sometimes asking for candy, other times sticking around until the neighbor guesses the identity of the individuals in the costumes. In other versions, the person answering the door must quickly don their own goat costume and join the group on their adventures (apparently goat costumes are common household staples in that particular region). The significance of goat imagery in Julebukking stems from the mythical Norwegian Julebukk, or “Yule buck”, a small gift-bearing creature that looks like a goat.
Upcoming Events: December 2022 - February 2023
Dread Hollow (Chattanooga, TN) – December 31, January 7
The Funhouse Haunt (Bluff City, TN) – December 30 – 31
HUSH Haunted Attraction (Westland, MI) – December 31
The Nightmare Chamber (Medford, OR) December 22 – 23
Nightmares on the Rogue (Medford, OR) – December 22 – 23
Strangest Things Haunted Farm (Eugene, OR) – December 123 – 24, 30 – 31
Twisted Haunts LA (Los Angeles, CA) – December 22 – 24
Yuma Nightmares (Yuma, AZ) – December 20 – 24, 27 – 30
Podcast Episodes You Might Be Interested In
The Making of Haunted Mansion Holiday (Replay)
Disney’s Haunted Mansion inspires many haunters, and the Nightmare Before Christmas is an annual watching tradition. So in 2001, when Jack Skellington took over the haunted mansion – it was glorious. Today – we’ll hear the story behind this holiday takeover. Disney tapped Garner Holt to bring Jack Skellington’s Nightmare to life, and although he had a background in haunting, the path was anything but predictable. This episode contains excerpts from a panel recording from the inaugural Season’s Screamings event in Pasadena. In it, you’ll hear garner holt live on stage recounting the process behind the attraction layover).
A Haunted Christmas Carol at Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs, GA
Now in its 8th season, Containment Haunted House in Lithia Springs, Georgia, just celebrated its 4th season of running a holiday haunt. The holiday haunt ran for four nights on Dec 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th. Today, we’ll speak with Joey McCollough about how they craft a new story for this off-season experience.
Netherworld’s Season Recap with Ben Armstrong
Consistently ranked one of the top haunted houses in the world, Netherworld in Stone Mountain, Georgia is a pillar of the haunted house industry. The theme evolves yearly, with each season seeing massive renovations. Today, we’ll speak with co-owner Ben Armstrong about his season, the future, and navigating the upcoming Transworld’s Halloween and Attractions show. This interview was recorded on-location during Netherworld’s Lights On Tour on December 10th.
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