Category: Haunt Construction

All HHN Hollywood Mazes Revealed!

When you run a website, you really have to be careful not to push that “Publish” button too early. Fortunately (for us), someone running the Halloween Horror Nights website had an itchy trigger finger and accidentally revealed the remaining four mazes in Hollywood, before the information was quickly taken down. But an observant reddit user was able to capture a screenshot, and now the world knows what horrors HHN fans will be experiencing in just a little more than a month!

The leaked web image shows the following as the entire 2018 HHN Hollywood lineup:

  • Stranger Things
  • Trick r Treat
  • The First Purge
  • Poltergeist*
  • Halloween 4*
  • Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two*
  • Universal Monsters*
  • Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreamtime Stories

(*Not officially announced yet.)

As we reported yesterday, Poltergeist and Halloween 4 appear to be slated for the Orlando “1980’s” lineup, and it seems like Hollywood is also getting versions of these mazes. We’re incredibly excited about Poltergeist, as this movie haunted us as kids and made an entire generation terrified of clown dolls. Halloween 4 is a bit more random, but as serious Michael Myers fans, we’re not complaining.

It remains to be seen what will be covered in Horrors of Blumhouse Chapter Two. Last year, this maze covered the movies The Purge, Sinister, and Happy Death Day. We assume all of these will be replaced by new Blumhouse movies. With the Purge getting its own maze this year, Horrors of Blumhouse  might tap into Truth or Dare, Unfriended, The Belko Experiment, or maybe even the very popular Split.

Universal Monsters has been circulating as a rumored maze for some time, especially given recent construction of a facade sporting a replica of the tower from the Bride of Frankenstein:









We expect to hear more about at least one of these mazes at Scare LA later this month, as John Murdy has promised an in-depth look at a new maze. Given the leaks, though, Universal might decide to announce all mazes sooner than later, and more details might be confirmed soon.

What do you think of 2018’s HHN Hollywood lineup? Let us know in he comments or connect with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.


ScareLA Weekend is Here!



This weekend the successful and scaringly popular ScareLA returns to kickoff Haunt Season in L.A. This year’s convention moves from Downtown L.A. out to the even larger Pasadena Convention Center.

ScareLA premiered in 2013 as the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world it combines the city’s top talent and unique cultural setting with a twist! Drawing fans and haunt entertainment professionals, the event features top attraction designers and operators, manufacturers, artists, filmmakers and more. The weekend-long Halloween season teaser celebrates California’s hottest scary faire with attraction unveils, workshops and classes, top industry panels, haunt tours, screenings and activities. Share, inspire, play – ScareLA.

Here’s some of what you can expect to see this weekend:

  • Curated collection of exhibitors showcasing scary goods, services & job opportunities
  • Expert and celebrity panels on the haunt business, horror entertainment and more
  • Presentations of top and upcoming local haunts with sneak peaks and unveils
  • Performances by local horror themed theatre companies and musicians
  • Professional demos of makeup, set building, costume creation, animatronics and more
  • Hands-on workshops taught by top haunt industry professionals for all skill levels and ages
  • Screening room showing premiere attraction walk-throughs and local horror filmmakers
  • Interactive experiences, games, roaming monsters and more!

Of course we’re especially looking forward to the special panels featuring major west coast haunts including: Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Six Flags Fright Fest, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. We expect that there’ll some announcements and reveals about this year’s maze and haunt offerings.

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There’s also special experiences from our fiends at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater and  SoCal Valley Haunters Workshops.


Tickets are still available if you’re lagging behind and haven’t purchased yours yet. Buy them today!

We’ll continue to provide more tips and information through the week as we prepare to stalk ScareLA!

Here’s a look back at ScareLA 2014


Knott’s Scary Farm Hiring Event: April 23, 2013

The start of haunt season is only 5 months away, which means that construction for the theme park haunts is set to begin very soon. For that reason, Knott’s is holding a hiring event to fill construction positions on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Here is your chance to take part in creating one of the best haunts in Southern California!

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Halloween Haunt Build Hiring Event: April 23, 2013 (18+)

HELP US BUILD A BETTER NIGHTMARE! Knott’s Scary Farm has immediate openings for seasonal/temporary skilled workers and artisans. Apply for one of the following: Theatrical Carpenters, Construction Carpenters, Scenic Artists/Painters, Audio and Lighting Technicians, Theatrical Crafts/Prop Masters, and Park Decorating.

We are looking for hard-working, team players to assist us in building our annual Halloween Haunt. Minimum 2 years experience required. You must be 18 years of age, a high school graduate, or equivalent, to apply.

To Apply:
We will be interviewing candidates on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Knott’s Berry Farm Employment Center: 8039 Beach Blvd. Buena Park, CA 90620 Employment Center. Come join the construction team that will transform Knott’s Berry Farm into Knott’s Scary Farm. Save time, print out our Job Application, complete it, and bring it with you when you apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Scare Zone is not affiliated with Knott’s Berry Farm. Please visit Knott’s website for more information about current job openings. Good luck!!

HHN Orlando: Only 6 Houses This Year?

If you’ve been following the construction progress of Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, you already know that permits were issued for the build of only 7 houses so far this year. This is already one less than the 8 houses at the 2011 event. Now comes news that one of the locations of the 7 houses, Building 44 (the Herc&Xena soundstage), is under the wrecking ball right now.

Demolition of Building 44: Image from

MiceChat reports that HHN crews were already in the building and working on the haunted house planned for Building 44 when the order came through for the demolition (most likely to make way for a new attraction). And as ParkRumors points out, no new permits have been filed yet regarding a replacement location for this house. This is concerning because it’s nearly July, and work for these houses should be well under way. If they do find a new location, there will likely be some scrambling to catch up with construction progress. A new location could require a rethinking of the house flow and design. We hope that they can figure out a Plan B quickly, because there will be a lot of grumbling from guests if HHN Orlando has only 6 houses this year.

Building 44 was set to house the attraction with a “creature pit” and “spike room,” according to the original permit.

Be sure to check in with for the latest information on the permits and HHN construction, and go to MiceChat for more images of the demolition.

Screaming Soon: Knott’s Scary Farm Begins September 21st!

Knott’s Scary Farm’s Halloween Haunt is preparing for its 40th anniversary in 2012 and has just officially announced that this year’s scare-tivites will begin on September 21st and run  for 25 horrifying nights through Halloween night.

The typically family friendly theme park transforms itself for its willing victims into 160-acres of sheer terror. The event which started with a few Halloween decorations and costumed employees has grown to be the world’s largest Halloween celebration in the world.  Knott’s Halloween Haunt continues to be the leader in theme park Halloween events offering a whopping 12 mazes, six hair-raising shows, four horrific scare zones and 1,000 monsters roaming throughout the entire park.

We already know that one of the new mazes will be a remake of The Dominion of the Dead and expect that they’ll announce their full maze line-up in the next few weeks. In addition, they have begun their construction hiring and monster auditions. Check their website for more information.

Knott’s Berry Farm held auditions for people who have previously played spooky characters for their annual Halloween Haunt. Those auditioning did group scares, then individual spooky characters. Video by Mark Eades,

Knott’s Halloween Haunt Hiring Event: June 6 (Construction/Artist Jobs)

Attention all carpenters, painters, artists, and prop makers! Knott’s wants to hire YOU!

Knott’s annual haunt build/construction hiring event will take place Wednesday, June 6, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Knott’s Berry Farm Employment Center in Buena Park. You must be 18 years old and a high school graduate to apply. Openings include theatrical carpenters, construction carpenters, scenic artists/painters, audio and lighting technicians, and theatrical crafts/prop masters.

This is your chance to work behind the scenes building the original Halloween Haunt. Note that actor auditions will NOT be part of this event. Actors are usually hired in August. We will post information about actor hiring when it becomes available.

Last year, we received a lot of requests for information about these build jobs–many of the requests after it was much too late. Haunt construction usually begins in July (or earlier), so make sure you apply in time!

For more information, go to Knott’s website. They recommend that you print and fill out the application beforehand and bring it with you to the hiring event.

Friday Fright Links: September 16

Disneyland HalloweenTime starts today! Plus, haunt construction in all So Cal parks – MiceChat

HHN Orlando holds special “Tweet Up” for fans – 13 News

A good breakdown of all the Halloween events/attractions in Southern California – Inland SoCal

The original Ghostbusters movie returns to theaters this Halloween – Rotting Flesh Radio

Howl-O-Scream construction updates from Tampa – Behind the Thrills

New haunt in Los Angeles! These monsters may touch you! – Creepy LA

An interview with HHN Hollywood Creative Director, John Murdy – Fearnet

10 haunts to visit in Ohio this season – PR Web

13th Floor haunted house in Phoenix is hiring – AZ Family

Go deep into the mouth of madness of Delirium with Knott’s Halloween Haunt designer Daniel Miller – Theme Park Adventure

Friday Fright Links: September 9

At least one haunt is opening for the season tonight! The Mortuary in New Orleans – The

But wait–there’s more! Cutting Edge in Fort Worth, Texas, will be open this Saturday – Cutting Edge releases their list of the top 31 haunts in the country – HauntWorld

Behind the scenes at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood – Dread Central

A good collection of construction photos from Knott’s Scary Farm – Designing the Fear

More HHN backstage photos, plus Disneyland HalloweenTime and Fright Fest preparation – MiceChat

Food Network serves up “Halloween Wars” – Monsters and Critics

Stormtroopers to invade Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland – OC Register

Will 2011 be a record year for haunt attendance? – Market Watch

Ghost Hunters Steve and Dave to visit HHN Orlando again –

Preview of the Dent Schoolhouse – Haunters Digest


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