Here is the Haunted Attraction Industry News for February 14th.
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U.S. Haunts & Events
Looking for the perfect Valloween gift for that spooky someone? Madd Hatters Haunt (Union Gap, WA) offers Scareytines – Valentine’s Day cards delivered by your favorite horror movie characters. These killer valentines are hand delivered by your choice of Sam (Trick ‘r Treat), Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Ghostface, or The Joker. People can place an order by calling Madd Hatters Haunt at 509-930-0432. They can deliver from the Wapato area over to Naches. Each Scareytine is $35 and a portion of the proceeds will go to assisting a local domestic violence survivor in need of help.
The Immersive Arts Collective will present The Immortal Obscure Art Show with an opening reception on Friday, March 10th, at The Count’s Den (Los Angeles, CA). This immersive and interactive event will celebrate the work of ten local artists whose art reflects the dark, horrific, abstract, surreal, obscure, and macabre. Featured artists include Adam McCarthy, Analy Nakat, Dylan XVX, Falcon Bourne, Jess Sabine, Kria Lindquist, Loneschach, Shane Izykowski, Spinestealer, and Stephanie Inagaki. All of the proceeds from donations, ticket sales, and sale of featured artwork go to the artists and to fund arts workshops for disadvantaged youth at IAC. The one-night-only opening reception includes live painting, immersive theater, a silent auction, and original art for sale, and some artists will be in attendance. Original artwork will be available through the IAC’s online shop until April 10th. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 for General Admission and $55 for VIP Admission. The IAC is a nonprofit organization of local artists dedicated to creating unique and experimental projects across a diverse range of art forms. They create unusual, intimate art that provides learning opportunities and work experience to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Valentine's Day Haunts
13th Floor Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) – February 17 – 18
Arx Mortis (Killen, AL) – February 14
Bayville Haunted House (Bayville, NY) – February 14
Cutting Edge Haunted House (Fort Worth, TX) – February 14
Dark Castle (Elgin, SC) – February 18
Deceased Farm (Lexington, SC) – February 17 – 19
Fear on the Farm (Winfield, WV) – February 25
The Haunt in Atascadero (Atascadero, CA) – February 14, 17 – 19
Hollerin Haunts Hayride (Clinton, NC) – February 18
Hush Haunted Attraction (Westland, MI) – February 14
Murder House Productions (Los Angeles, CA) – February 14
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, TN) – February 17 – 19
Screamz (Hoboken, GA) – February 17 – 18
Terror Manor (Roanoke, VA) – February 17 – 18
Warehouse 31 (Pelham, AL) – February 14
Haunted Attraction Association
On Friday, February 3rd, the Haunted Attraction Association hosted their annual State of the Industry Presentation at TransWorld’s Halloween & Attractions Show. They discussed their progress on the three year plan they enacted in 2021, including increases in member satisfaction and overall value in HAA membership, and new benefits (such as reduced fees for haunt background checks). The board touched on the upcoming online C.H.O.A.S. certifications, Youth Protection Program, and more during their member Q&A.
Listen to the entire event here or watch our video recording.
Conventions & Mixers
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Spooky Swap Meet, taking place April 29th – 30th at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, California. This year’s event will have over 60 vendors, food, fortune-telling, and – new for 2023 – an original walkthrough haunt created by Fear Farm. “We designed Spooky Swap Meet to allow for both guests and vendors to experience some ‘spring screaming,’” said Spooky Swap Meet Co-Creator Claire Dunlap. “As we enter our third year, we’re proud the event has become a tradition for sellers to clear out their storage units and share the spooky wealth with Halloween fans looking for treasures year-round, as well as getting to experience a little spookiness halfway between last October 31 and the next.” Guests of all ages are encouraged to trick-or-treat at the seven stops of Heritage Square’s manors whose exteriors have been decorated by “house hosts” including AdamJessFx, Art’s Sideshow, a Bones’ Gulch and Samhain’s Lot collaboration, A Mr. He Slasher, LA Haunted Hayride, and Vamp & The Fiends. LVCRFT and Skeleton Sam will host a Halloween dance party at the top of each hour. GA tickets start at $18, and Saturday Ghost Getter VIP tickets are $28. A limited number of VIP Parking passes are available for $25.
Creep I.E. Con (Ontario, CA) will return with not one but two events over the next 12 months. First, the new Creep I.E. Con Aftermath at the Ontario Convention Center is on September 23rd – 24th. This event, described as “Where horror and pop culture collide,” – will celebrate the start of the Halloween season and have a pop culture focus. Next, the flagship Creep I.E. Con will return for its third year on February 3rd – 4th.
The Scare Factor is actively adding to and updating its haunt listings for the 2023 season. Whether you’re a home haunter or a full-time professional attraction, it is 100% free to be included in their global haunted attraction directory. No haunt is too big or too small. Complete their online form to add or update your listing.
Last month, we reported on a proposed Utah resolution to move Halloween celebrations to the last Friday of every October. Utah Senate lawmakers have rejected that bill. It failed to pass on a 9 to 16 vote. Opponents of the bill argued that they do not need to be told when to celebrate a holiday. “Halloween, as it currently exists, is an American achievement,” said Sen. Lincoln Fillmore (R-South Jordan). “And we should protect it by keeping our grubby mitts off it.”
Upcoming Events: February 2023 - April 2023
March 23 – 26: Fear Expo (Owensboro, Kentucky)
April 29 – 30: Spooky Swap Meet (Los Angeles, California)
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The 2023 State of the Industry from the Haunted Attraction Association
Today, we’re playing the FULL 2023 State of the Industry Presentation from the HAA. This was recorded live Friday, February 3rd, at 9 AM during Transworld’s Halloween and Attractions Show. The video version is available here.
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Transworld 2023 Recap
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