Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for August 23rd.
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Theme Park Announcements
Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights released more gruesome details about this year’s event, featuring 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, and 2 shows based on everything from horror legends and pop culture heavy hitters to ghastly original stories that offer a terrifying twist on traditional Halloween haunts. Guests will brave six horrifying original NEW concepts featuring Spirits of the Coven – enter an unsettling 1920s speakeasy only to discover that they are the main ingredient of witch’s brew; Bugs: Eaten Alive – face a putrid, skin-crawling infestation of spiders, roaches, flies, bees and more; Fiesta de Chupacabras – escape or become prey to a no-longer mythical, fanged creature; Hellblock Horror – attempt to survive visiting hours for horrifying monsters serving time; Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake – endure a petrifying winter thunderstorm in a seaside village ruled by an undead fisherman; and Descendants of Destruction – encounter bloodthirsty mutants living in a post-apocalyptic subway system. Returning for its 31st year and running for a record-breaking 43 select nights September 2nd through October 31st, event planners are anticipating tickets will sell out quickly due to popular demand. You can purchase them now on their official website.
Jordan Peel’s blockbuster films Us and Nope join the expanded Terror Tram at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. This year, the villainous Hollywood Harry unravels “Hollywood Harry’s Halloween,” a nightmarish spectacle with a demented cast of characters that winds past the iconic Psycho House and then through Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” set. As guests make their way through a choreographed massacre at the Jupiter’s Claim set from “Nope,” they will encounter The Tethered from “Us” in a frightening finale of epic proportions. This experience will feature all-new choreography by conceptual artist and choreographer Madeline Hollander. HHN Hollywood takes place select nights September 8th – October 31st. Tickets are on sale now.
Halloween Horror Nights Singapore will return to Universal Studios after a 2-year hiatus with more spine-chilling thrills from September 30th through November 5th. Attendees will enter the twisted world of “Killustrator: The Final Chapter” and come face to face with the evil entities he has conjured; go deep into the jungle as you join the hunt for the insatiable “Pontianak“; and fight to escape the demented villains of Heinous Harbour as they try keep you there permanently in the laser-tag experience “Escape the Breakout“. All these terrors and more await! Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia, CA) announced Fright Fest’s bone-chilling lineup of attractions featuring a daunting new haunted house, 5 fan-favorite returning houses include “Willoughby’s Resurrected“, “Condemned – Forever Damned“, “Vault 666 Unlocked“, “Sewer of Souls“, and “Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising“. Fans can enjoy two NEW spine-tingling scare zones: “Devil’s Triangle” – step into the deepest, darkest caves of the ocean where the souls of many have been lost; “CarnivHELL” – experience a carnivorous band of carnies who show no mercy to wandering patrons. The debut of an ominous new show “Unleashed” where the monsters of Fright Fest break free, a new haunted happy hour, and a BooFest that offers frightfully fun family activities during the day with a Trick-or-Treat Trail in Bugs Bunny World. In a press release Park President Don McCoy commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to bring this legacy Halloween event back to the park…Spooky season is back in Los Angeles, and Fright Fest is the scariest event in town!” added McCoy.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Orlando, FL) opened last week, and many dates are sold out. If you were hoping to get your spook on this month at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, you may have to wait until September, as the final date in August has sold out to guests. Naturally, Halloween was the first night to sell out to the popular family-friendly event, along with the day before Halloween. Fortunately, if you haven’t had the chance to pick up your tickets to this year’s party, plenty of nights in September and October are still available for purchase on the event’s official website.
A second new maze is coming to Knott’s Scary Farm (Buena Park, CA) for 2022: The Grimoire. Turn the page and enter the world of an ancient relic whose dark stories exist purely to turn your greatest nightmares into a reality. Try to escape the horror of the evil creatures released by the mysterious book, or have your soul eternally trapped within the pages of the next chapter! Knott’s Scary Farm takes place select nights September 22nd – October 31st. Tickets are on sale now on their official website starting at $59 for GA and $135 for Fright & Fast Lane admission.
U.S. Haunts & Events
The Haunted Tavern, an immersive cocktail experience set inside some of the most haunted places in the world, will be appearing in select cities August 26th – October 30th. The tavern keeper – a descendant of Ichabod Crane – will guide guests through a 4-part interactive cocktail journey, featuring “Doctor’s Orders“, “Final Encore“, “Crimson Gemini“, and “Tavern Martini“, while sharing chilling and dark tales of his ancestor’s past and the ghost of the City. But beware, the ghost tends to sit in on the experience and scare those brave enough (or filled with enough liquid courage) to enter! Purchase tickets and find more details about locations and dates on the event’s website.
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
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA) – Various Dates – August 25
Magic Mountain Fright Fest (Los Angeles) – August 25
Fear Factory SLC (Salt Lake City, UT) – August 27, 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
Red Vein (Ashland, VA) – August 26
Reign of Terror (Thousand Oaks, CA) – Various Dates
SHAQTOBERFEST (Long Beach, CA) – Various Dates
Thrillvania Haunted House Park (Terrell, TX) – Various Dates
Upcoming Haunt Events
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