Midsummer Scream 2023: The Ultimate Halloween Event of the Year

Midsummer Scream 2023
Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for July, 24th.
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Featured Event

Midsummer Scream 2023 is this weekend, July 28th – 30th, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The event features an exhibit floor with over 350+ spooky vendors, The Hall of Shadows mini haunts, The Screaming Room, panels, presentations, performances, Paranormal Pixie’s Pumpkin Patch children’s zone, Black Cat Lounge, Saturday-night party, and more. Programming highlights include Hot Haunts for 2023 (Saturday @ 3:30 p.m.), Knott’s Scary Farm 50th Anniversary Presentation (Saturday @ 5:00 p.m.), “Happy Haunts Materialize! Behind the Scenes of Disney’s Haunted Mansion” (Sunday @ 1:30 p.m.), and Halloween Horror Nights Presentation (Sunday @ 4:30 p.m.). Midsummer Scream 2023 also hosts many classes and make-and-take workshops for hands-on learning. View their full schedule of panels and presentations and plan your show via their app. The Hall of Shadows Mini Haunts area will feature nearly 20 haunts and attractions, a dungeon entryway design by CalHauntS, Decayed Brigade slider performances, and more. Tickets are on sale now, with single-day adult admission passes starting at $35 to $140 for a three-day VIP “Gold Bat” pass.

Theme Parks

Howl-O-Scream at SeaWorld San Diego (San Diego, California) is reemerging for a third year select nights Friday, September 29th – October 31st, offering guests a frightful and spine-tingling Halloween nighttime event with haunts, scare zones, themed bars, music, and more. Plan ahead and prepare for the scares with a Sinister Sale through July 30th. Guests can purchase Howl-O-Scream single-night tickets for up to 60% off.  Single-day tickets start at $33.99; for $104.99, guests can test themselves with unlimited scares and unlimited admission tickets for the event. Drop-dead prices this low won’t last long – the deal expires at 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, July 30.

Tickets are now on sale for Knott’s Scary Farm‘s 50th Anniversary season. Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA) will host the Halloween event for 29 select nights from September 21st to October 31st. The 50th-anniversary lineup will include ten haunts, five scare zones, and four live shows. Knott’s has not yet announced the specific maze, show, and scare zone lineup – stay tuned for announcements in the coming days. Tickets start at $59.99.

Kennywood Park (West Mifflin, PA) is looking to fill over 250 positions for its annual Phantom Fall Fest. Available positions include scare actors, make-up artists, and other service roles. Hiring events will begin in August. Interested individuals can apply via the park’s official jobs website.

Darkness is sweeping over Hersheypark (Hershey, PA) on weekends from September 15th – October 29th as Dark Nights returns for 2023. This year’s event will include 5 haunts, 3 spine-chilling scare zones, rides, special entertainment, and more. New for 2023 is haunt “Auntie Mortem’s Abattoir” and scare zone “Fallout Zone.” Admission to Dark Nights is included with a Hersheypark Halloween Ticket, and those who want to get to the thrills faster can upgrade with Fast Track. Tickets are on sale now starting at $49.99. 

U.S. Haunts & Events

Scream-A-Geddon (Dade City, Florida) is adding a new interactive experience for the 2023 haunt season – Breach. OmniLabs’ reckless experiments unleashed mutant creature-human hybrids, which the few surviving scientists call “weapons-grade organic lifeforms.” Visitors entering Breach will be faced with an important decision – should you explore OmniLabs and watch the action, or should you “mark” yourself to truly interact with the creatures? Those ages 18+ who opt-in for a truly interactive experience may be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden cells, removed from their group or even forced to remain… choose wisely. Breach joins 5 other Scream-A-Geddon attractions for this season – Rage 3D, Bloodwater Bayou, Zombie Paintball Assault, Ravenhill Asylum, and Demon’s Revenge – as well as a Monster Midway and Beer Garden. Tickets are on sale now starting at $31.95 – $52.95.

Step into your wildest nightmares with ScareScape, an all-new haunt experience coming to Murrieta, California, this fall. Happening Nineteen select nights, September 29th – October 29th, ScareScape features three GA mazes, one VIP maze, bars, a VIP lounge, live entertainment, roaming monsters, food trucks, a vendor marketplace, and more. “We’re excited to introduce ScareScape to the SoCal haunt scene and provide a spooky Halloween experience that highlights the talent and creativity of our local community,” shared Lexy Berru, Creative Minds Productions. “We designed each maze to embody some of the most archetypal and primal fears humans experience. From coulrophobia (fear of clowns) to phasmophobia (fear of ghosts and the supernatural), ScareScape will take you on a terrifying exploration of humankind’s deepest fears.” Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 for GA tickets and $45 for VIP tickets. Early Bird buyers can use promo code SPOOKYSUMMER to save $10 on GA tickets through July 31st.

Conventions & Mixers

Ghosts of Summer takes place this weekend – July 29th – 30th – at the Oregon Convention Center (Portland, Oregon).  With over 60,000 square feet of spooky fun, the event features 150+ vendorslive performancesinteractive experiences, home haunts, panels & presentations, and more.  The Traveling Vampire Show will host a Costume Contest on both event days, with first-place prize packages valued at $350. Enter by July 28th to take part. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $24 for single-day adult general admission or $40 for 2-Day passes.


Upcoming Events: July - September 2023

July 28 – 30Midsummer Scream 2023 (Long Beach, California)
July 29 – 30Ghosts of Summer (Portland, Oregon)
September 16 – 17Creep It Real OC Expo (Santa Ana, Californa)
September 23 – 24West Michigan Halloween Expo (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Summer Haunts


Haunted Calgary (Alberta, Canada) – July 28

Auditions / Casting Calls

Arx Mortis (Killen, AL) – Ongoing
Blackcraft Haunt (Salem, MA) – July 28 – 29
Blood Prison (Mansfield, OH) – July 30, August 13
Crawford School of Terror (Connellsville, PA) – July 29
Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa (Tampa, FL) – Ongoing
Crooked Descent (Herkimer, NY) – Ongoing
Dark Nights at Hershey Park (Hershey, PA) – July 26 (Atlanta, GA)
The Darkness (St. Louis, MO) – August 16, 17, 28,29, September 5, 6, 9, 16
Darkside Haunted Estates (Middlesex, NC) – Ongoing
The Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati, OH) – Ongoing
Demon Acres (Hannibal, NY) – August 27
Eloise Asylum (Westland, MI) – August 11, 12
Erebus Haunted Attraction (Pontiac, MI) – August 19, 26, 29, 30, September 1
Extreme Fear ScareGrounds (Kinston, NC) – Ongoing
Field of Screams KY (Brandenburg, KY) – August 19
Fright Nights WV (Daniels, WV) – Ongoing
Haunted Hills Farm Trail & Hayride (Jasper, GA) – Ongoing
Hinterland Haunted Attraction (Ashley, MI) – Ongoing
Nightmare Cleveland (Cleveland, OH) – Ongoing
Phobia Haunted Trail (Caldonia, OH) – August 13
Scream Hollow (Smithville, TX) – Ongoing
Southern Screams (North Charleston, SC) – July 28, 29
Terror Vault (San Francisco, CA) – August 6
UNDead in the Water (Tampa, FL) – July 27, 29
Woods of Terror (Greensboro, NC) – Ongoing

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