Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for August 30th.
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U.S. Haunts & Events
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Los Angeles, CA) will return to Griffith Park on select nights from September 23rd – October 31st. Guests can expect a return to Midnight Falls – a strange town that’s Halloween year round, featuring fan-favorite mazes including the Hayride, Trick or Treat, Midnight Mortuary, and (S)Laughterhouse – a newly revamped maze for 2022. Monte Revolta – the self-appointed Mayor of Midnight Falls – will be also making a triumphant return with his highly anticipated nightly Town Square performances. “Haunted Hayride is a Halloween staple in Los Angeles and one of the nation’s most recognized Halloween attractions; we’re thrilled to be bringing it back to Griffith Park,” stated Christopher Stafford, CEO and Founding Partner of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group. “We’re excited to bring fans back into Midnight Falls with an experience that keeps improving yearly!”. Presale tickets for the LAHH mailing list went on sale this past Thursday. General ticket sales begin on September 1st, with prices starting at $39.99.
Into The Dark—the Bay Area production company spawned from the creative, twisted minds of Peaches Christ, David Flower Productions, and Non Plus Ultra—returns to The San Francisco Mint October 9th – November 5th with their latest Terror Vault show – The Summoning, a brand-new, fully immersive haunted experience. Guests will participate in a real live séance that rips a hole into the supernatural world and takes them on a terrifying adventure! Prepare to come face-to-face with demonic spirits while you attempt to retrieve the severed head of an unethical vampire queen. Into the Dark also announced the return of the fan-favorite Fang Bang Vampire Bar experience for 2022 – which will be re-vamped with some fresh blood, including new music, characters, and gags. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $55 – $75 for general admission.
Want to delve even deeper into the Terror Vault? HorrorBuzz and Haunted Attraction Network will present an exclusive Passport to Fear event Friday, October 7th. The evening will begin at the hallowed entrance of the historic building. After check-in, your Passport to Fear will give you access to the Fang Bang bar and a private Terror Vault for our VIP group. At 8:45, the group will enjoy a special, private Q&A session with the creators of the Terror Vault, including the queen herself, Peaches Christ! Then you will be escorted to the attraction’s entrance to experience THE SUMMONING. That’s not all! Following THE SUMMONING, the group will enjoy a post-show, lights-on tour with Peaches Christ to go behind the scenes and see how the horror is made. Tickets are available now, starting at $50. The event is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out.
The Cemetery Lane trick-r-treat experience returns to Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, CA for select dates between October 19th – 30th. Costumed visitors of all ages will make their way from home to home in the safely gated ‘neighborhood’ of Heritage Square Museum’s Victorian manors, which have been reimagined into a Halloween night from an era when the Addams Family, the Munsters, and residents of the Twilight Zone joined millions of the 1950s and 1960s American families in their homes each week. After a completely sold-out event for its first year in 2021, Cemetery Lane has expanded to two weekends, with hourly timed ticketing, including daylight hours on Saturdays and Sundays, so the younger ghouls and boils will have plenty of time to fill their candy buckets before darkness falls and the eeriness intensifies in the neighborhood of Cemetery Lane. Guests should expect a 45-60 minute immersive experience, including 13 trick-r-treat stops, character interactions, photo-ops, a selection of spooky vendors to shop from, and a curated selection of food trucks, along with other surprises. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $27 for daytime and $32 for nighttime admission. Premium Trick R Treat Bags designed by Lance Inkwell (“Cuphead”) are also available for pre-order ($15.00 ea.).
The Haunted Road (Orlando, FL) returns from September 21st – November 6th with new terrifying experiences. Venture down a never-before-driven part of The Haunted Road for the event’s flagship 25-minute drive-through haunt. At the end of the road (if you make it that far), guests can leave the safety of their vehicle to walk through the horrific Human Slaughterhouse. Then join the Afterlife Party with live pop-up performances, a haunted DJ, a Haunt Market full of Halloween and creepy souvenirs, food, and themed cocktails available for purchase. Pre-sale tickets are now available to the event’s newsletter subscribers, and general ticket sales start on September 1st. Can’t wait to experience this year’s event? Revisit The Haunted Road 2021 with our Haunted Attraction Network ride-through from last year’s Hauntathon.
A Change.org petition has been started to save Dead City Haunted House (Murray, UT) after unforeseen local regulations have caused the haunt to close. Dead City Haunted House representatives wrote in a statement on the petition page: “While preparing for our milestone fifth season, we received some unexpected news regarding updated regulations to operate under the newly appointed fire chief. Dead City Haunted House has always been committed to providing the safest experience for all our customers and employees, so we gladly cooperated as quickly as possible… Though our haunt layout and building materials were previously approved… we feel the present city officials are interpreting codes indifferently. We have attempted to address each item of their concern and feel that we have presented a clear solution within the code, allowing for us to operate with additional fire safety methods at our own expense. Every submission has been denied with only minimal clarification provided as to why. While we take great pride in our neighborhood, we have regrettably been forced to recognize that we may not be welcome in the Murray community.” The group is hoping to receive 1,000 signatures to present to the city officials to get them to reconsider their decision to deny permitting approval to the haunt. As of August 29th, over 900 signatures have been reached. Sign the petition here.
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group continues its 30th Anniversary celebration with the Halloween must-see: Urban Death Tour of Terror (North Hollywood, CA). Created by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer and winner of the Silver Bolo Award for “Excellence in Horror Media” by The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, Urban Death Tour of Terror reveals one’s deepest fears in a dark and twisting haunted maze and theatre attraction. After facing the “fun-n-freaky maze” upon entrance, guests are treated to a captivating live show consisting of shocking and bloody wordless vignettes and mind-blowing physical performances. Guests then face terrifying new creatures hiding within a reversed version of the scream-inducing Tour of Terror maze on their way back into the real world. Performances run on select nights from September 30th – October 31st. Tickets are on sale now for $20 (tickets will be $25 at the door). Learn more about Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre from the group’s creators with their 30-Year Retrospective panel from this year’s Midsummer Scream event.
Descanso Gardens announced their popular Halloween-season display, Carved, will return October 7th – 31st. In this family-friendly event, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest. This year’s event will be bigger and better, with new activities. The ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return along with the pumpkins. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater. Member tickets go on sale on September 1st at 10:00 a.m. Non-members can purchase tickets starting on September 15th at 10:00 a.m. Tickets range from $20 – $26 for members and $32 – $38 for non-members.
International Haunts & Events
M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park (Motherwell, Scotland) will once again host their popular Pumpkin Outdoor Festival on select dates, October 8th – 30th. The Fall-themed celebration will feature a pumpkin trail, Pumpkin Patch, Bash a Pumpkin Game, and new ghostly storytelling about Witch Wizbottom’s Magical Book by Folksy Theatre. Children can also enjoy a trip on the Pumpkin Express Train and new Halloween-themed arts and crafts. Online ticket prices start at £8.50 per person, which includes a hot drink voucher, and £10.95, which includes a pumpkin. When night falls, M&D’s Scotland’s Theme Park offers more chills and thrills with Darktober. Guests can ride some of their favorite attractions in the dark – including The Twister, Dancing Galleons, Run Away Mine Train, and more. Select dates October 1st -31st brave guests can enter The Well – an abandoned farm with a bloody history filled with tales of gore and disappearances all surrounding ‘The Well’; there’s something in the water. Tickets are on sale starting at £14.00 per person or £23.45 for The Well & Darktober Dual Ticket.
Theme Park Announcements
Two Halloween season celebrations are coming to King’s Dominion (Doswell, VA) this fall on select dates September 24th – October 30th. On Saturdays & Sundays, guests of all ages can join the Peanuts gang for amazing fall fun at The Great Pumpkin Fest. From pumpkin painting, hay mazes, ghostly games, not-so-scary live entertainment, and more, this scare-free festival makes for the perfect fall and Halloween activity for kids and everyone in the family. Try your luck with a variety of Ghostly Games, keep an eye out for magician Jonathan Austin as he strolls through Planet Snoopy performing a few sweet tricks, and look out for your favorite members of the Peanuts gang for a photo op in their Halloween costumes. The Great Pumpkin Fest is included in park admission. For those looking for more chills and thrills, Halloween Haunt takes place on select nights. The event features 6 mazes, 5 scare zones, live performances, and more. Tickets are on sale now starting at $45 for general admission and $70 for Fright & Fast Lane access.
Phantom Fall Fest is coming to Lake Compounce (Bristol, CT) from September 30th – October 30th. The event features family-friendly daytime fun – including themed fall foods, entertainment, and trick-or-treating throughout the park. The nights are for frights with four haunted houses (Spirits of the Swamp, MasqueRage, The Rood of All Evil, and one more yet-to-be-announced maze) and three scare zones. The event recently held two rounds of scare actor auditions to find nearly 150 monsters and ghouls for this year’s haunts. In the coming weeks, tickets will be available on Lake Compounce’s official website.
Encore Resort at Reunion, Central Florida’s premier vacation home resort, is debuting “Stay A Spell: Broom & Breakfast” a Halloween vacation experience, in partnership with Oriental Trading Company. Three of the resort’s homes are festively decorated for the spooky season and are available for bookings from September 1st – November 1st. Each home is decorated with a hauntingly fun theme: “Monster Party,” a friendly-monster themed hideaway filled with monster-sized fun; “Pumpkin Palooza,” filled with party-loving pumpkins; and “Willow’s Harvest Hollow,” curated by Encore Resort at Reunion’s original character “Willow the Welcoming Witch.” Stay a Spell: Broom and Breakfast” does not just include festively decorated vacation homes and a variety of experiences for the whole family. When visiting The Encore Club, guests can participate in a variety of eerily-fun activities, including movie nights showcasing family-friendly Halloween films, spooky story times with a grinning ghost host, frightfully fun scavenger hunts, creepy creations with take-home crafts, an exciting escape room filled with family-friendly riddles, wicked splash bashes, and more. See here for the full schedule of activities. The resort will also feature seasonal and Halloween-themed food and cocktails.
Auditions / Casting Calls
Creatures of the Night (Canby, OR) – Various Dates
Oaks Park Scare Grounds (Portland, OR) – Various Dates
Cutting Edge Haunted House (Fort Worth, TX) – Various Dates
The Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati, OH) – Various Dates
Fear Factory SLC (Salt Lake City, UT) – September 3, 24
The Haunted Forests (Newfane, NY) – Various Dates
Lake Hickory Haunts (Hickory, NC) – Ongoing
Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Los Angeles, CA) – Various Dates
Netherworld (Stone Mountain, GA) – Various Dates
Reign of Terror (Thousand Oaks, CA) – Various Dates
SHAQTOBERFEST (Long Beach, CA) – Various Dates
Thrillvania Haunted House Park (Terrell, TX) – Various Dates
Upcoming Events: August - October 2022
September 10 – 11: Creep It Real OC Expo (Santa Ana, California)
September 17: 9th Annual Spook Show (La Mirada, California)
October 14 – 16: Son of Monsterpalooza (Burbank, California)
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