Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Urban Death: Spring, their fun n’ freaky horror production that dives deep into a snake pit of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us.
Urban Death: Spring will open May 4th and run at 11:00pm Friday and Saturday evenings, May 4th and 5th thru June 8th and 9th.
“2018 will give us Urban Death: Spring, Urban Death: Midsummer Scream, Urban Death: Edinburgh Fringe AND Urban Death: Tour of Terror,” explains Zombie Joe (the man!), wiping sweat off his brow and smiling large at the (demon) baby he and co-director Jana Wimer hath unleashed upon the world. “We’re invigorated and thrilled to bring our signature show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August,” says Zombie Joe, “and first we’re going to kick out the jams with our spring run!.”
Urban Death: Spring will act as a kick off point to bring Urban Death to the 71st Annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest theatre festival in the world. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group has set up a fundraiser at GoFundMe.com/UrbanDeath where fans and supporters can donate to the campaign to get Urban Death to the Edinburgh Fringe, but Zombie Joe emphasizes that coming out and supporting the Spring show is paramount to their success in Edinburgh. “We can’t go to Edinburgh without the love and support of our fans coming out and seeing our shows. Please donate to our campaign, but please support us by seeing what we’re doing. Our audience is the lifeblood of the theatre, and without you there is no Urban Death.”
Urban Death: Spring opens Friday, May 4th at 11:00 pm.
You’ve been warned.
DETAILS: Urban Death: Spring Haunted Theater Attraction, ages 16 and up.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday Evenings 11:00 pm, MAY 4 thru JUNE 9, 2018. The show runs approx one hour.
WHERE: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
BACKSTORY: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group aka Z.J.U. was born in August of 1992 in a small industrial garage in Northridge, California. The Underground continues to push the limits of live progressive theater as a vital experimental art form in honor of the famous Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and George Lucas.
Urban Death created in 2005 by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, with Music by Christopher Reiner
TICKETS: $15, can be purchased at the door, online at: zombiejoes.tix.com, or by calling 818-202-4120
*(NOTE: Due to the popularity of the show, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early)
WEBSITES: www.urbandeath.com and www.zombiejoes.com
For Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights first announcement of 2018, “Stranger Things” will be making its maze/house debut at Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore.
This should be an interesting new HHN experience as the series itself isn’t really scary (in our opinion) but the supernatural settings and creatures tied with 80’s nostalgia could make for some very cool maze designs. We’re not very surprised by this announcement as “Stranger Things” is currently one of the most popular Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy series and we wouldn’t expect Universal to pass up to the opportunity to capitalize on this hot property. It also offers the potential to be a returning maze in future years as more seasons come out, just like we’ve seen with American Horror Story and The Walking Dead (who seem like they will never die).
Here’ s more details about the mazes from Universal —
Fans of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ will be able to confront the supernatural and brave the “Upside Down” in these all-new HHN mazes. The Upside Down is a parallel universe that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the ‘Stranger Things.’ In these all-new mazes Halloween Horror Nights guests will encounter scenes and characters from ‘Stranger Things’ including the Demogorgon, a large flesh-eating creature with a mouth as a face that stalks the Upside Down and is unleashed by experimenters at Hawkins National Laboratory.
The Horror Nights teams are working closely with Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer and producer Shawn Levy, who say they will authentically recreate the series’s first season storylines “from the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores”. The chilling new mazes promise surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.
Halloween Horror Nights returns in September, only five months away! In the meanwhile, you can catch up or rewatch the first and second seasons of “Stranger Things” as you impatiently wait to venture into the Upside Down in real life and to watch the new third season, which doesn’t have an announced return date yet.
With some chaos Knott’s Scary Farm‘s 45th Halloween Haunt brings back many popular mazes, revamps others, introduces a couple new ones, and gives a final send off to the first Mistress of Haunt.
Well, we decided to forego the early season visit (and our own advice) and went to Knott’s Scary Farm on a mid-October Saturday night. You know, a night when everyone else in Southern California typically visits. Actually we just couldn’t find another time to go this season as we’ve been prioritizing haunts that are offering newer experiences. We also wanted to mix it up a little and report on what it’s like for real-everyday guests (with Fright Lane) and not a press media outlet that has the red carpet rolled out for them, to which there’s a significant difference in the experiences.
So after 45 years one would think that Knott’s would have it’s haunt operations running smoothly but sadly chaos ensued from the moment we arrived at the front gates. We lucked out a little on parking but even that was a mess (so was our car after paying $20 to park in a dusty lot). The process to get through the turnstile, using their mobile tickets, and getting a Fright Lane wristband was frustratingly slow. It makes no sense as to why they don’t just hand out the fright lane wrist bands to guest who’ve purchased them as they enter the park as the system for the getting the passes at designated stations within the park is aggravatingly slow and disorganized. It completely diminishes the value of the Fright Lane’s triple admission price and causes a big crowd of confused and angry people form right inside the park’s front gates.
In addition, many employees we encountered seemed clueless as to what they were doing, where things were, and what was going on in general. Line control and crowd flow was confusing and chaotic all over the park. These things matter just as much as having good mazes. The fun spirit of the evening can be quickly killed for guests if they have to endure what seems to be unnecessary frustrations. It nearly killed it for us. Being “sold out” is not an excuse for guests to have a shitty experience.
Perhaps they need to reduce the cap on the number of nightly admissions. Or maybe they need to hire more operations employees and if they’re hiring a lot of seasonal help during haunt they should take the time to properly train ALL of them. This would really make a difference on how efficient everything is ran inside the park. Compared to Universal, Magic Mountain, and Queen Mary, Knott’s lands in last place for its operations this year… a solid buried skull. Just go onto social media to see the never ending guest rants about this year’s operations.
Now on to the good stuff. While most of it is the same things we’ve all seen and loved before at Knott’s Scary Farm, part of the charm is the Halloween tradition that carries on year-after-year at the park. The new maze themes and the traditional Halloween ambiance that’s showcased across the foggy landscape is actually even more captivating this year with top notch park decorations along with high caliber and some truly scary maze designs. What distinguishes Knott’s in the Southern California theme park market is the originality of their mazes that are not confined to structured movie themes like Universal’s.
In particular, the new Dark Ride maze is probably one of the best themed and designed mazes we’ve ever experienced at Scary Farm in our past 25 years of visiting! Paranormal Inc. also continues its reign as the most terrifying maze at KSF with Shadowlands, Pumpkin Eater, and Trick or Treat: Lights Out rounding out the slate of our top mazes this year. We’re very happy that they brought back an overlay to the Timber Mountain Log Ride, even if it’s just “family friendly”. Now we hope they can get the Calico Mine Train back on board. Finally, rounding out the festivities, the anything but family friendly Elvira goes out with a (double) bang for her final season at Knott’s… sad so sad.
Now here’s our full Knott’s Scary Farm maze reviews featuring some incredible full maze videos from our friends at Theme Park HD.
New Mazes and Attractions
Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel characters still linger in the shadows in the NEW maze, Dark Ride. The carnival attraction has become a refuge for sideshow freaks and now those shunned performers have created an ominous world where they plan to unleash terror on those who enter.
This is the Scary Farm maze everyone has been screaming for! Dark Ride looked spectacular and is probably one of the most imaginative and well designed mazes we’ve ever seen at Knott’s. Paying tribute to the old school carnival haunted – fun houses, Dark Ride takes guests on a twisted pathway through and behind the scenes of one of the most elaborate mazes in the history of Scary Farm. There are some fun scares but this maze is more about the story and design. It’s almost ironic how a maze based on a simplistic carnival haunted house ride features the most incredible special effects we’ve seen featured in a KSF maze. The scale of the sets, use of animatronics, music, and craftsmanship is definitely Knott’s warning shot back at HHN and others who have tried to run off with the haunt maze blueprint that they originated. A few more scares might have made this maze beyond perfect but we’re almost glad it wasn’t any scarier as we may have then missed seeing the full glory of this awesome maze by trying to cover our eyes (lol). All in all this maze definitely earns the trophy for haunt theme of the year and for the first time in our Knott’s Scary Farm history, it earns our top 666 skull rating for Haunt Design.
Daring guests will attempt to survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in this year’s NEW MAZE, Pumpkin Eater. The notorious creature is on the prowl, hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the only way out.
The nursery rhyme of Peter Peter Pumpkin eater is brought to life (and death) in this very imaginative maze concept. It reminded us of a mix of 1992’s Mother Noose and the more recent Cornstalkers mazes. Just like Dark Ride, Pumpkin Eater demonstrates that Knott’s has really graduated up into a new level of immersive maze theming, storytelling, and design. This maze also had quite a few good scares throughout with a high energy cast that really knows how to work within the maze’s long layout. The makeup and costuming were also well done with monstrous pumpkins and people with carved faces lurking about. There’s also some grotesque scenes but nothing that’s over the top like in the the Red Barn maze. The spiraling journey through the rotted pumpkins that requires guests to push through dripping wet passageways was a highlight of the maze. Due to many of the outdoor sections this maze is much scarier at night but all in all it really is a fun and fright inducing Halloween maze adventure.
Are you afraid of the dark? You will be. Armed with only a faulty flashlight, explore the creepy house at the end of the street, in the upgraded Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out maze. Face the terrors of the house in complete darkness as your interactive flashlight reveals the horrors hiding in the shadows. Featuring new state-of-the-art effects, unexpected scares and other eerie surprises, Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out will terrorize you like never before.
When we first heard about this maze we thought that it was going to just be the same old Trick or Treat maze where all they’ve done now is shut off the lights so that they could promote it as something new. While this is somewhat true, it works really well with the result being more than just a gimmick. ‘Trick or Treat’ actually has never really been a scary maze to us but the “lights out” element adds a new layer of suspense and scariness to the maze this year. Each guest has their own flashlight so the rooms and settings are somewhat illuminated as the groups walk through but now the ghouls and monsters have the full advantage of seeing you before you get to see them. They also added some fantastic looking new characters and set redresses. Trick or Treat has established itself as one of the most popular Scary Farm mazes that doesn’t seem to get old. With the new lights out Trick we expect it continue to be treating guests for more years to come.
This season the Timber Mountain Log Ride becomes the Halloween Hootenanny. This is a family friendly Halloween overlay to our classic Timber Mountain Log Ride. This attraction will be open every day during the Halloween season and features a brand new original song sung by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
After a hiatus that lasted for a few years, it’s so good to finally have the haunted log ride back at Scary Farm. For us this was always one of the quintessential and unique haunt experiences. This new version isn’t designed to be an overly scary experience but the upgraded props, effects and soundtrack make it one of the funnest things to do at Scary Farm and a nice break from walking around. We also appreciate that in spite of the stricter OSHA regulations they still managed to get a handful of live monsters to lurk about in the dark corners around the flume.
Creep LA, the masters of haunt experiences in LA, have teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to create a truly unique immersive theater experience this Halloween season.
Past Creep LA experiences have been highly rated here on The Scare Zone and this year continues the tradition of the well produced interactive theatrical haunt experience. Unlike the previous years (“Creep Los Angeles”, “The Willows”) , this year’s CreepLA is closely tied to an intellectual property. Derived from Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast, Lore is an Amazon Prime Exclusive’s new six-episode anthology series that presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.
Creep LA: Lore takes small groups of eight inside an imagined universe where they’ll travel through a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 1-hour walk-thru experience. At Creep LA: Lore, everyone is part of the experience whether they intend to be or not. To be clear this is not one of those torture and humiliation haunt concepts. Guests may get touched (or kissed) but it’s all within boundaries.
This year’s show has definitely taken the production to a new level (having the corporate partnership is always a good thing). The size and scope of the venue is huge and each scene is intricately designed. The settings create dynamic and diverse environments. The talent is also top notch. Some of the highlighted performances include the nurse that recites a spooky bedtime story to the group and room of disturbed orphans, a woman looking for her son that has disappeared with a rather creepy looking doll, and a lobotomy doctor with his disembodied assistants.
One of the challenges of performing a haunt show is that the actors do have to rely on the audience actively participating, which can lead to some unpredictable outcomes from show to show. We strongly suggest that you don’t try to hide or act too smug as you will then be the person who is picked on. During the show everyone can expect to be separated from the group at some point.
Being honest, there were a few WTF moments in the show as some of the scenes didn’t seem to flow smoothly or provide a satisfactory finale. Perhaps it’s because we weren’t fully familiar with Lore yet. We remember the previous years having more suspense and scares built into the experiences. Nonetheless, this year’s show is able to compensate with it’s overall higher quality of production and is a high caliber Halloween theatrical haunt experience. Plus, with the themed bar at the end, it’s setup as the perfect Halloween season date, friends, or all to yourself night out.
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Creep LA: Lore is taking place at Mag1ic Box LA in Downtown LA on select dates from October 5th through November 12th. Creep LA has continuously sold out their previous event series almost immediately upon going on sale. So be sure to get yours quickly or you may just end up reading about it here on The Scare Zone.
Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY. Ticket prices start at $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:www.CreepLA.com.
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Unless you’re holding your breath while waiting for a maniacal killer to leave the room you’re hiding in, time goes by fast.
We can’t believe it’s already been 5 years since Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group premiered Urban Death: Tour Of Terror. Since day one this has definitely been one of the most unique and unnerving haunt experiences in Los Angeles.
The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers. Just like the ‘Tour of Terror’ it is unpredictable, always in motion and constantly in need of change. Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of masculine and feminine qualities, in general the 5 is slightly more feminine — albeit a daring, tomboyish kind of feminine, with nothing demure or submissive about her.
For its fifth Halloween season the darkened doors of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group have reopened with a production that sustains all the bizarre, frightening , and fun elements that we’ve come to love from ZJU. It also adds in even more freakish mayhem that continues to push the boundaries of terror and morality.
The show begins with a unique and surprisingly long maze through a pitch black corridor. A tiny flashlight provides only a small beam of light that illuminates the depraived creeps lurking about. This grand entrance to the theatre made us both scream, laugh, and cringe.
After surviving the mini-maze the audience settles into the theater and the lights go out again. From here the show classic’s format plays out with unsettling scenes that capture quick horrific slices of life and death. What we appreciate about ‘Tour of Terror’ is that each year they creatively blend previous scenes with new and even more over-the-top sequences that make the show both familiar and fresh. Five years in and it’s still thrilling.
After the show we’re again given flashlights to venture back through the maze, where a new set of creepy performers and haunted surprises materialize. The intensity of this second trip back is even higher than the first.
Zombie Joe’s has some of the most dedicated, bold, and talented performers we’ve seen at a haunt show. While it can appear simplistic, the complexities of the production can’t be overlooked. They actors’ ability to hit their marks in the darkness and the full reset of multiple scenes in a matter of seconds has us in awe.
We concur that the fifth year is the best yet, as co-directors and creators Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer keep pushing the show to new heights. Just like the number five, it is an unpredictable mix of masculine and feminine qualities. This haunt show is definitely for bold and brave adult audiences. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
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Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theater Attraction, ages 16 and up.
WHEN:Friday and Saturday nights, October 6 – October 28, Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31st, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:45 pm and 11:30 pm. Special Haunters and Press-Performance Thursday, October 6th, 9:00 pm (please reach out to Zombie Joe at ZombieJoes@gmail.com or 818-202-4120 for comp press tickets).
WHERE: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group: 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
TICKETS: $15, can be purchased at the door, online at: ZombieJoes.Tix.com, or by calling 818-202-4120 (NOTE: Due to the popularity of the show, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early).
A new stunning acrobatic show and 6 new dread-inducing secret rooms await guests as Worlds of Fun’s 2017 Halloween Haunt returns weekends starting September 16. The high-flying performers of Skeleton Crew will join hundreds of monsters in the midway, alongside dozens of gruesome attractions and thrill rides, in presenting the biggest Halloween event in the Midwest.
Skeleton Crew brings a thrilling cirque-style show of talented skeleton-costumed acrobats to shock witnesses with electrifying aerial performances. “This group is a must-see,” said Brent Barr, director of live entertainment for Cedar Fair, parent company for Worlds of Fun. “These death defying performers will charm you with their humor and amaze you with their astounding performances.” See the Skeleton Crew’s exhilarating acrobatic performances nightly in the International Plaza.
New Skeleton Key rooms take fear to a whole new level. Guests will experience their worst nightmares coming to life in six new phobia-themed Skeleton Key rooms, exclusively available with a Fright Lane PLUS Skeleton Key. This premium add-on experience includes priority access to 13 mazes and attractions, and features more intense and interactive scares in the Skeleton Key attractions.
A new voracious resident spirit has risen from the depths of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, opening September 28. Chef and his long-forgotten legend have resurfaced and will be brought to life through FEAST, the new horrific maze onboard the ship venturing into previously unrevealed areas of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Chef and his carnivorous kitchen staff have resumed their deadly duties, collecting new victims for Chef’s latest recipes. All who dare will swelter with fear as they crawl their way out of Chef’s scorching oven to reach their final destination…Are YOU ready to be served?
For the first time in Dark Harbor history, FEAST will be the 4th maze onboard the legendary vessel. FEAST tells the tale of Chef, a legendary spirit of the historic R.M.S. Queen Mary. As the tale goes, During WWII when the Queen Mary was in service as a troop transport ship, an enlisted military man serving in the ship’s kitchen quickly moved up the ranks to become a highly-decorated Chef.
Unbeknownst to the soldiers traveling aboard, Chef had a dark side. Quietly he would sedate soldiers in the middle of the night to prepare them as ingredients for his latest dishes. Eventually caught, the Chef was thrown into one of his own ovens and cooked alive.
Loyal to their leader Chef’s dutiful kitchen staff sacrificed their lives to become his evil henchmen, burning themselves in the same oven. The spirits of Chef and his evil crew went into hiding aboard the ship for many years. Now, these long-time stowaways have resurfaced to resume their deadly duties of collecting and preparing victims for Chef’s latest concoctions.
FEAST and Chef will make their horrific debut as Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary on September 28. Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event will welcome MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. Offering the most authentically frightening experience available, Dark Harbor tells the truly haunted, historic tales of the Queen Mary. The infamous spirits of Chef,Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, plus hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen await to tempt your fate.
Live your nightmares aboard the Queen Mary with returning mazes Soulmate and B340. Mazes Circus, Intrepid, Deadrise, and Lullaby also return newly intensified, darker than imaginable, and evermore twisted. With 7 mazes and 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, sliders, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch’s Sinister Swings, monster DJs, Voodoo House Bar & Tasting Room, R.I.P. Lounge, and much more, Dark Harbor is a freakishly fun time.
The annual haunt opens its gates on September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.
Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks prepares to kick-off on September 30th with made exciting changes and additions making their 18th season event the biggest ever!
Janss Marketplace announces the 2017 dates for the 13-night Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the top ranked immersive haunt attractions in the U.S. Now entering its 18th-annual season, Reign of Terror, will be open to the public on September 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.
Each year, the annual haunted house at Janss Marketplace adds new exciting features. For the 2017 season, each of Reign of Terror’s 8 separate attractions has been expanded or updated to over 100 individual rooms. This makes Reign of Terror the largest indoor haunted attraction in all of Southern California. Covering over 23,000 sqare feet of indoor space, Reign of Terror is nearly 15 times as large as the average single family home in Southern California.
Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 for general admission and $25 to $35 for express entry admission. Tickets are available for purchase now online at http://www.rothauntedhouse.com/. The Reign of Terror ticket office will also be open starting 6:30 p.m each night, so tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Anyone in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.
Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill seeking fans, but it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with younger children, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 21 and October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults.
Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than a good scare by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 23,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.
It’s almost time to open the doors to Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House.
This year they’re bringing you a hotel infested with serial killers in The Sunset Lodge, 3-D clowns in Nocturnia 3-D, and even more diabolical demons in Infernal. Experience all three haunts Opening Weekend (September 15th & 16th) with special pricing starting at $15.99 per ticket!
ScareHouse opens each night at 7 PM. Free parking and shuttle at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Save time and money when you buy online. Must be 7 years old or older to enter the ScareHouse.
The Basement Returns With a Familiar Face!
Venture back down into The Basement with Maggie in a new immersive production. Must be 18 years old or older and sign a waiver to enter The Basement. No more than two people enter at a time. Purchase a single ticket to face the terror alone. Special opening weekend ticket pricing, $35.99 per pair or $24.99 for a single ticket. For more information about The Basement, click here.
Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor Halloween Haunted House, opened its doors last year to rave reviews, while raising funds for several charities, including support of Stratford PAL. It returns for its second season with new attractions and features. Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Housed in the old Bally’s building in the Stratford Square shopping plaza on 411 Barnum Avenue Cut-off across from Home Depot and next to L.A. Fitness & Ninety Nine Restaurant, with ample free parking, Fright Haven is the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut. It occupies 20,000 square feet and contains several attractions under the same roof. Brand new features for Halloween 2018 include the Deadly Grounds, the Green Lagoon Swamp, the Tunnel of Terror, the Buried Alive coffin simulator ride and much more. (To sign up for Stratford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)
The property had been vacant for years, and the creative forces behind Fright Haven transformed the large cavernous building – which was previously Bally’s Gym and Showcase Cinemas – into a magical haunted attraction last Halloween, bringing thousands of guests to the plaza in its inaugural season. It had the distinction of being voted “Connecticut’s #1 ‘Must-See’ Attraction.” Visitors compared the experience to a theme park, or perhaps more specifically, a roller-coaster, where the scares are fun but you can return to stable ground after the ride. At Fright Haven, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well-choreographed, but guests can walk out the door at any time.
This year’s houses includes:
DEAD END MANOR: Dead End Manor is an ancient Gothic Victorian Mansion filled with beautiful Vampire sirens and the monsters who made them that way, all looking to add you to the collective commune of drinking blood.
Pitch Black Haunt: Achluophobia People are not actually afraid of the dark. They are afraid of what might be in the dark. The greater their imagination, the greater and more personalized the creature/madman/poltergeist/boogeyman that could be in the darkness will be. What are you afraid of? Chances are that whatever it is, you will come face to face with it in the Frightmare Pit.
CARNIVAL OF EVIL in 3D: A 3-Dimensional tribute of terror to Savin Rock Park, Palisades Park, Freedomland, Paragon Park, what’s left of Coney Island, and all the amusement parks torn down over the years. For some reason, people are afraid of clowns, and this attraction takes advantage of this fact with lots of crazed, demented clowns popping out from everywhere.