Universal Orlando Resort is now accepting submissions for Scareactors, Stilt Walkers, and Puppeteers for Halloween Horror Nights. All sizes and looks are needed. Scareactor candidates must be comfortable working in dim or theatrical lighting, fog effects, and large crowds. Previous scareacting experience is not required. Stilt Walkers and Puppeteers should have prior experience. All candidates must submit a headshot, resume, current full-length photo, and audition video via the theme park’s official casting website by Midnight EDT on May 31st, 2023.
U.S. Haunts & Events
Fear Factory SLC (Salt Lake City, UT) has paid off outstanding school lunch balances for children at two local elementary schools. “It breaks my heart when I hear my grandchildren talk about kids in their classes that can’t eat school lunch because they have run up outstanding balances,” Fear Factor CEO Bob Dunfield said. “Hearing these stories led us to find ways to help combat this problem and as we looked into ways to help this year, we realized the need is greater than ever and we wanted to do something that would make a bigger impact on the community.”
This Mother’s Day Weekend (May 12th – 14th), Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group (North Hollywood, CA) invites audiences to take a heartfelt and terrifying trip into a crazed mother’s domain, as she tries to make sense of the world and, to the best of her ability, raise her unruly children. Mother is a full-contact, immersive experience for audiences ages 18+ that seeks to understand generational trauma and its effects on family. Featuring Jorge Lozano & Linnea Swanson, Mother explores the many facets of parental grief and trauma, and how our relationships with the one who brought us into this world colors every other relationship we will have. Tickets are on sale now for $25 online, $30 at the door.
On October 19th & 26th, The Abbey (Orlando, FL) will present Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics. Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations. The 65-minute program will feature the Listeso String Quartet playing Halloween favorites including: Thriller, Funeral March of a Marionette, Ghostbusters (Theme), Dance Macabre, and more. Tickets are on sale now for $35 – $55 each.
Busch Gardens Tampa Howl-O-Scream’s Mayhem Flash Sale is happening now through Sunday, May 14th. Get two tickets for just $36.99 each (must purchase 2+ tickets to receive the discount). Howl-O-Scream takes place select nights September 8th – October 31st.
Haunt for Sale
Baldwin Asylum Haunted Attraction (Rantoul, IL) is now publicly listed for sale. The entire business and all contents, including: the 10,000 sq. ft. floor plan, walls, props, animatronics, full building façade, costuming & makeup, silicone masks & foam latex appliances, electrical & wiring, sound systems, lighting, MP3’s with soundtracks, tools, fog machines & juice, website, ticket trailer, merch trailer, Baldwin Asylum 1972 Cadillac hearse, and more, are part of the listing. Contact owner Marcus Dams via text at 217-390-4543 for serious inquiries.
The next episode of TransWorld Live: The Road to Midwest Haunters will stream on Tuesday, May 9th at 5:00 p.m. PDT. This episode will focus on the MHC seminar lineup with guests Ben Armstrong (Netherworld Haunted House), Allen Hopps (Dark Hour Haunted House / Stiltbeast Studios), and Jim Slanket (Chicago Haunt Builders).
Conventions & Mixers
The Texas Haunters Convention (Mesquite, TX) is celebrating its fifth year by announcing that they have sold out all 138 vendor spaces. “It shows the excitement and thirst for Halloween-themed activities here in the Lone Star State,” said Culley Franks, Events Coordinator. “The Texas Haunters Convention is definitely a unique experience for haunt fans.” The Texas Haunters Convention returns to the Mesquite Convention Center on July 15th & 16th. Tickets are on sale now.
Film & TV
The trailer for Haunt Season (directed by Jacob Jarvi) was released this week. The new feature-length horror film was shot at Realm of Terror Haunted House in Round Lake Beach, IL. Here is the sinister synopsis: Recent acting school graduate Matilda is so desperate for any acting job that she takes a position as a scalped woman in a haunted attraction. As she’s introduced to the wide variety of weird and wonderful characters that populate the haunt world, a costumed killer picks off cast members one by one, bringing the injuries they fake for the haunt to gory reality. On Halloween night, the killer unleashes a whirlwind of violence on anyone visiting the haunt, bringing the terrifying sacrificial origins of All Hallows Eve’ into the modern-day. It’s up to Matilda and her new friends to stop the killer.
Upcoming Events: May - July 2023
June 2 – 4, 2023: Monsterpalooza (Pasadena, California)
June 10 – 11, 2023: Midwest Haunters Convention (Rosemont, Illinois)
July 15 – 16, 2023: Texas Haunters Convention (Mesquite, Texas)
July 21 – 23, 2023: HorrorWeen Con Idaho (Boise, Idaho)
July 28 – 30, 2023: Midsummer Scream (Long Beach, California)
July 29 – 30, 2023: Ghosts of Summer (Portland, Oregon
Spring / Summer Haunts
13th Floor Haunted House Denver (Denver, CO) – May 12 – 13
13th Floor Haunted House Houston (Houston, TX) – May 12 – 13
13th Floor Haunted House Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) – May 12 – 13
Akron Haunted Schoolhouse & Laboratory (Akron, OH) – May 12- 13
Deranged Haunted Attraction (Romulus, MI) – May 12 – 13
Factory of Terror (Canton, OH) – May 12 – 13
Fright Haven (Stratford, CT) – May 13
Frightmare (Chesapeake, VA) – May 12 – 13
The Haunted Hydro (Fremont, OH) – May 12 – 13
Hobbs Grove Halloween Haunt (Sanger, CA) – May 12 – 13
House of Torment (Austin, TX) – May 12 – 13
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, TN) – May 12 – 13
Nightmare on 13th (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 13
Nightmares Gate (Douglasville, GA) – May 12 -13
The Old Joliet Haunted Prison (Joliet, IL) – May 12 – 13
Purgatory Scream Park (Kingwood, TX) – May 12 – 13
Terror 29 (Brandon, SD) – May 12 – 13
Wicked Woods of Terror (Caro, MI) – May 13
Bedlam (Scottsboro, AL) – May 18 – 20
Doom Haunted Attraction (Idaho Falls, ID) – May 19 – 20
Factory of Fear (Moline, IL) – May 19- 20
Fear Factory SLC (Salt Lake City, UT) – May 19 – 20
Haunted Hills Farm (Jasper, GA) – May 20
Laurel’s House of Horror (Laurel, MD) – May 19 – 20
Scare USA (Two Rivers, WI) – May 19 – 20
Terrorfied Forest (Pickney, MI) – May 20
Eeriebyss Factory of Terror (Erie, PA) – May 26 -27
The Halls of Madness (Paris, IL) – May 26 – 27
The Haunted Hotel (Louisville, KY) – May 26 – 27
Haunting in the Hills (Onsted, MI) – May 26 – 27
All Hallows Eve Terror Town (Williamsburg, OH) – June 2 – 3
The Dreich Society (Ontario, CA) – June 3
Eloise Asylum (Westland, MI) – June 3
Frightmare (Chesapeake, VA) – June 2 – 3
Hollerin Haunts Hayride (Clinton, NC) – June 2-3
Riverside Entertainment (Siloam Springs, AR) – June 2 – 3
Scream Hollow Wicked Halloween Park (Smithville, TX) – June 2 – 3, 9 – 10, 16 – 17
Castle Blood (Monessen, PA) – June 9 – 10
Dark Castle (Elgin, SC) – June 10
Wicked World Scaregrounds (Nicholasville, KY) – June 17
Necropolis Underground (Indianapolis, IN) – June 23 – 24
SRD’s Haunted Attractions – Pocatello (Pocatello, ID) – June 23 – 24
Podcast Episodes You Might Be Interested In
Composers of the Apocalypse (Replay)
Today we’re exploring the musical challenges behind some of the most iconic horror film soundtracks in “COMPOSERS OF THE APOCALYPSE.” This panel took place on the Main Stage of last year’s Midsummer Scream. Today’s episode is a replay, but it’s the perfect time to reflect since Midsummer Scream returns to Long Beach July 29-30, 2023; Tickets for Midsummer Scream are available here.
Add Killer Food & Beverage to Your Haunt
Adding Killer Food & Beverage to your haunt is a great way to boost revenue, and these Bar & Restaurant Expo trends will get you started.
Weekly News: Southeast Hollows Con & Dark Hour’s Escape Game
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