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Scare Zone’s Golden Skulls 2013

As we creep out of the clutches of 2013 it’s time for us to reflect back at another year of Haunt Stalking that seems to of had quickly passed away. To close out 2013 here’s our rankings of the best (and worst) haunts we experienced in our 2013 Haunt Stalking adventures. We truly scared it up in 2013, which materialized into being one of our biggest years of fears yet. We visited numerous haunts across the country from California, to Texas, New York, Philadelphia, and beyond. For a list of all the places we visited and to read our full reviews, please click here.

As you all know, haunt experiences can be a highly individual and subjective experience; what may scare one person might not be frightening at all to another, and what scares you one night might fall flat on a return visit. Nonetheless, we are professional Haunt Stalkers and this year the Terrorspondents have combined our votes for Scare Zone’s Golden Skulls: 2013 Haunt Rankings. So these reflect want we found to be the best from our own 2013 Haunt Stalking experiences.






BEST MAZE DESIGN/EFFECTS: Insidious: Into the Further (HHN Hollywood) 

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Runner ups:
Chambers of the Mausoleum (Corona, CA)
Delusion: Masque of Mortality (Los Angeles, CA)
Prison of the Dead Escape! (Shocktoberfest, PA)



BEST MAZE THEME: Black Magic (Knott’s Scary Farm)



Runner ups: 
Insidious: Into The Further (HHN Hollywood)
Delusion: Masque of Mortality
Gunslinger’s Grave (Knott’s Scary Farm)




Prison of the Dead Escape! (Shocktoberfest, PA) – Too many scares to name
Runner ups: 
Coffin Creek Manor (Corona, CA) –  eyeball in wall distraction
Reign of Terror (Thousand Oaks, CA)  – best use of animated props
Circus (Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – hall of mirrors, wall of daggers




Delusion: Masque of Mortality – Children’s bedroom scene
Runner ups:
 The Purge: Fear the Night – Outdoor park scene
Black Magic (Knott’s Scary Farm) – Burning Theatre
Lock Down (Terror Behind the Walls) – Strobe Hallway of Freaks



BEST MAZE NAME: El Cucuy:  The Boogeyman (HHN Hollywood)

Runner ups:
Detritus (Terror Behind the Walls)
Dr. Dark’s Black Spider Side Show (Headless Horseman)
Delusion: Masque of Mortality


Runner ups:
Zombie Joe’s Urban Death Tour of Terror
The Purge: Fear the Night
The Empty Grave


Runner ups:
Purge: Survive the Night (HHN Hollywood)
Walking Dead: Dead on Arrival (HHN Hollywood)
The Fog (Haunted Hollywood Sports)


Runner ups:
Zombie Joe’s Urban Death Tour of Terror
The Purge: Fear the Night
Delusion: Masque of Mortality


Runner ups:
Insidious (HHN Hollywood)
Terror Behind the Walls (PA)
Reign of Terror (Thousand Oaks, CA)









*We really don’t like having an uncommitted result but this year it really was a toss up for us between both of these parks. Universal’s mazes were full on sophistcated Horror Shows with some of the best effects, makeup, and talent, but we just didn’t find it to be nearly as scary as years past; mostly due to the park being overcrowded. In addition, the pricing has become too high with diminishing returns on our hard earned dollars. Oppositely, Knott’s is a great value and provides the best Halloween season environments throughout the park with unique themes, but the talent was amateurish (at best) and just like Universal the scare factor felt diminished this year. 


This is where we load up the cracked and broken skulls (the worse of the worse) and drive them off to the crematory. Of course, being in the world of horror, we’re aptly aware that not everything will die immediately or forever, but until they return here’s our call for the worse of 2013.



The Bog (Coffin Creek in Corona, CA)


The Cutting Edge (Ft. Worth, TX)


Phobia (Pure Terror Scream Park)


The Cutting Edge (Ft. Worth TX)


Pure Terror Scream Park (Monroe, NY)


Phobia (Pure Terror Scream Park)

To understand the ratings please see our ratings guide.




Over the past 10 years we’ve been hearing about New York City’s NIGHTMARE Haunted House and have yet had the opportunity to experience it for our ourselves. However, that may change this year as we’re making final arrangements for our upcoming East Coast Haunt Stalking Tour and hope we get to include them on our scar-itineary.

We’ve been closely following NIGHTMARE and from what we’ve seen, every year they continue to push the envelope and create some of the most twisted and unique haunt experiences in the U.S. This year is no exception as they plan to take guest deeper into the nightmarish wold of notorious serial killers they introduced last year.


New York’s first and most terrifying haunted house, NIGHTMARE, will be celebrating its 10th year in New York City this fall. This milestone Anniversary comes as producers Timothy Haskell (Creator of Nightmare) and Steve Kopelman, (producer of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare”) announce plans for KILLERS2 a horrifying, immersive hauntedhouse experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional.  KILLERS2 is the follow-up to last year’s widely talked about, highly successful and critically acclaimed “Killers” installment and will run September 27 through November 2, 2012 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

This year, visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth of Nightmare: KILLERS2 will encounter various psychopaths, including Harrison Graham, Aileen Wournos, and Charles Manson – among others – who are neither glorified or romanticized – but rather presented for what they are…scary as hell! Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, KILLERS2 sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.

“In ten years we have never repeated a theme. This will be the only time we do,” says creator Timothy Haskell. “When I designed the house last season it was epic, but it was too big to fit into the venue, so we split it up into two years.”

With regard to the 10th anniversary of Nightmare, Mr. Haskell explained that “When I started Nightmare I did so because there were no other haunts and I was a working theatre director who loved haunted houses. Now ten years later I couldn’t be prouder of what Nightmare has become. We were the only haunt in town back then and now there are nearly a dozen! We’ve been able to keep our identity the entire time, and do it the way we always have. Audiences have now made us a Halloween tradition.”

Nightmare: KILLERS2 will also feature in the lobby THE KILLER ACTS STAGE, a performance stage for artists of the grand guignol and beyond to regale and entertain the waiting audiences throughout the night. Different acts every hour! 

Production Design for Nightmare: KILLERS2 is lead by Paul Smithyman. Art direction is by Justin Haskell and David Hinkle, sound design is by David Roy, costume design is by Sarah Swafford, lighting design is by Garin Marshall. Video design is by Alana McNair.


The NIGHTMARE begins this Friday, September 27th and continues on select nights through November 2nd. For TICKETS and more INFO visit their WEBSITE (*Terror Tip – buy your tickets online for some Killer Deals).

Haunt Review: A New Playbook for Haunted Hollywood Sports?


Last year, we honestly did not have a good experience at Haunted Hollywood Sports (HHS) new haunt. The event as a whole fell flat with unscary mazes, some long waits, and the sporadic opening and closing of mazes while we were waiting in the lines. The park’s operations issues (ticketing, parking, security, etc.) only made it much worse. We ended up leaving feeling mad and cheated.

With all that said, it was their first year and sometimes Haunts just don’t get it right the first time around. When Universal Hollywood reintroduced Halloween Horror Nights in 2006, it was less than impressive yet over the years it quickly emerged as one of the premier haunts in the country. Queen Mary’s haunt also nearly sank before they got on the right course with Dark Harbor.

This year the HHS team is striving to get it right and from the sounds of the early reviews from their media preview night, it seemed like they are well on their way. We appreciated hearing that they made efforts to improve their haunt and not weren’t just looking for a ways to make extra money during the Halloween season. We saw some positive buzz on Twitter that this year’s HHS “has rallied” and is now a “SoCal haunt experience worth the price of admission”. With all that said we do know that on preview nights the free admission, food, and drinks can entice reviewers feel less critical.


We had some extra time on our scare-itineary and the HHS crew had invited us to out to check them out, so we decided to pay them another visit on their opening night. Upon arriving we once again had some issues with security. We were invited as “media”; however, that didn’t seem to matter to their crackpot security officers who gave us a very hard time about coming in with our cameras (and a keychain with a flashlight). After a few frustrating minutes of trying to explain that “media” includes cameras some of the park’s management stepped up and let us in (to the surprise of the “guards”). Like last year we see the untrained, ignorant, and self important security being an issue. We find it odd that cell phones (with cameras and flashlight apps) are ok but other cameras and keychain lights not. We understand that with it being a sports park that offers games with toy guns they need to be cautious. We would just suggest that they set up their security before the ticket booths (like Universal does) to make sure that the guests know the options of what they can and can’t bring into the park and then decide if they really want to play by the strict rules and buy a ticket or not. Had we not been escorted in we would of left after all that hassle. Unfortunately, this kind of hassle does set the tone and mood for patrons on how their evening will be. We walked in irritated but it did get a little better.

Once inside the front gate we were bombarded by monsters and ghouls who were trying so hard to scare us. It’s obvious that the talent here is much younger than that of Knott’s, Queen Mary, etc. They seem to be mostly in the high school age range and while they were very energetic their scare tactics came across as less menacing and more silly. The first impressions were that the park looked similar to last year and there were no dramatic changes. Then we were directed to go through a black curtain into a new scare zone tunnel called The Fog. It was a dark and fog filled passageway that was suspenseful to walkthrough but alas no scares materialized as we went through. From there we were in the center of the park where more monsters jumped in front of and followed us. For an opening night the crowds were not there leaving us and the handful of other guests at the mercy of the monsters.  After a look around to get a lay of the land we then made our way to the mazes…



Venom: Venture into an ancient temple, dodging deadly traps, navigating maze­ like labyrinths and surviving attacks from countless entities and venomous snakes. 

This maze had some interesting set designs and few good scares inside of it. It was a little unclear but we think the maze was a journey through a haunted Aztec temple. This maze isn’t designed for those who are claustrophobic as there are a few scenes where things get very tight. The passageway also follows a rather straight course so it was mainly conducive to the ‘monster around the corner’ kind of scares. Some of the talent were quite good at startling us. There were also some cool animatronic props and lighting effects used. Overall, this maze did demonstrate some invested improvements compared to their mazes last year and we actually went through it twice.


  • Haunt Design: 2 Skulls
  • Theming: 2 Skulls
  • Scare Factor: 2.5 Skulls
  • Overall Rating: 2.5 Skulls

All American Armageddon: In the not­too­distant future, global civilization has collapsed as panic and decay has swept across the Earth. Welcome to the end of the life as you know it where survival is a part of everyday existence.

We never though we never thought we would say this; this maze actually had too many scareactors inside of it. This is an outdoor maze and they make pretty good of the layout. in hindsight it’s a little hard to distinguish this maze from Cannibal Caverns as they both seem to have the same kind of monsters and people trying to hunt you down theme. The monsters in this maze did like to team up, no make that gang up on us as we ventured through.


  • Haunt Design: 1.5 Skulls
  • Theming: 1.5 Skulls
  • Scare Factor: 2 Skulls
  • Overall Rating: 1.5 Skulls

Cannibal Caverns: What happened to the Search and Rescue team? Are the caverns and fallouts shelters truly abandoned or are they home to an unspeakable and insatiable evil? Uncover the answers with your team and solve the mystery of the missing Search and Rescue team.

The wait to get in was irritatingly slow as they were only sending in small groups of 2-4 person in every 2-3 minutes. The guests waiting with us were obviously annoyed by the long waits with there being such a small crowd. With large gaps there was no question that once inside the monsters were going to be paying us a lot of unwanted attention. Unlike last year, the maze had a tighter course that packed a lot of set pieces and cannibalistic monsters into the space. This maze had a couple of standout scares such as the machete wielding maniac. His machetes are real and come perhaps a tad to close for comfort.


  • Haunt Design: 1.5 Skulls
  • Theming: 1.5 Skulls
  • Scare Factor: 2 Skulls
  • Overall Rating: 2 Skulls



Our access didn’t include the Killhouses so we didn’t get to see those but we do the Evil Axis shooting range.  The Killhouse concept seems cool enough and the tweets indicate that these may be the highlights of the park.  We just can’t help but to feel a little sorry for the poor scareactors inside who have to get shot at all night.

Evil Axis Shooting Range: Killhouses too intense for you? Need a little target practice before you battle the undead? Look no further, EVIL AXIS is perfect for you. Select your weapon of choice, ammo ­up, and take aim in this one­ of ­a­ kind shooting range. 

Unfortunately when we arrived this attraction was suffering from some operational and line control issues. Once inside we got to pick up Air-soft guns and  start shooting away at targets, We think protective clothing, at least eye wear, should be given out for the range as the BB pellets were  precariously ricocheting back at us.

Dead Man’s Trail Killhouse: Navigate the Deadman’s Trail through a thick, war­torn jungle of a plagued Pacific island. Facing an unknown threat on unfamiliar land, band together and survive the onslaught of undead natives, soldiers and other mysterious forces.

Zombie Killhouse: Haunted Hollywood Sports is home to the famous “Zombie Killhouse”. Returning ­ bigger and better, visitors will fight against hordes of vicious zombies in hopes to survive the latest in biological outbreaks.

Voodoo Killhouse: Making its return for 2013, the Voodoo Killhouse pits park goers against an onslaught of paranormal beings foretold by the local Shaman.

Scare Zones

Carnival of the Damned: The show has just started and these clowns and circus freaks running this dark bit top are always looking for a few new recruits to join their demented ranks. These clowns may have smiles on their faces…but its only to hide their twisted true intentions once you are within reach!

Outpost Z: The last salvation for humanity starts here. An outpost struggles to keep civilized nature alive and the undead at bay.


Additional Thrills

Club Crimson (Ages 18+): An 18 and over nightclub and lounge for weary travelers to relax, have fun, enjoy a drink, and dance to some of Southern California’s hottest DJ’s spinning the hottest tracks, rare­grooves, and your favorite mash­ups! With scheduled celebrity guest performances and appearances, Club Zing is the perfect place to get turned­up and have fun in this 2 story nightclub complete with arcade games, pool tables, smoking patio and your favorite drinks!

Suicide Rock: Are you ready to challenge your date or your friends at Haunted Hollywood Sports? Put your raw skills, strength, and courage to the test with our insane 40 foot high Rock Climbing Wall! With 7 different climbing stations to fit your skill level, take a deep breath before you scale our Suicide Rock.’



In summary, HHS did make a comeback this season which for us is in relation to coming back from a buried skull status. The cast is young and ready to scare which is a very  good thing they have going for them. They also provide the distinctive combo of haunted mazes and zombie “Killhouses”. Running from ghouls and shooting at zombies makes this a uniquely high action haunted attraction. We think that if they continue to improve on what they already have the haunt can eventually emerge as one of the popular SoCal Haunts. We just think it will take a another season or so for them to perfect it. The direction of success that they end up going will all rely on the willingness to further invest, tighten up the operations, and pay attention to customer feedback. We won’t say that this is the haunt to choose if you only plan to see one this season but we also could never imagine why you’d pick just one.

Haunted Hollywood Sports Fright Value: 2.5 Skulls

Overall Rating of Haunted Hollywood Sports 2013: 1.5 Skulls

Check our ratings guide for further details

Event Info
Dates of the Event: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 31′
Hours: 7:30pm to Midnight           
Price: $29.99

It’s More Than a DELUSION

We’re very excited to hear that one of the best original live-action horror experiences is returning to L.A. as DELUSION: Masque of Mortality.



During haunt season we like to take a break from the large multi-maze theme park events and venture out to the local independent haunts and Halloween experiences such as The Haunted Play Presents: Delusion. To our delight and fright, for the past 2 years, DELUSION has been one of our most highly rated haunts. It has not only impressed us but also actor Neil Patrick Harris who loved it so much, he signed on as co-producer for last year’s intensely wicked show. What we all like about DELUSION is that it’s not the typical haunted house/maze experience you’d find elsewhere. Here you find yourself inside a completely immersible environment from the moment you walk onto the property. It’s best  described as part haunted house, part theater, and part interactive story. It is a very unique attraction with amazing set design, great actors, stunts, magic, and of course… some very good scares.

Here’s a fun look back at 2012’s Delusion: Blood Rite

For 2013 the original interactive horror theater company is BACK with a vengeance. This year, the much anticipated DELUSION live-action horror experience returns to Los Angeles with a new location, new story, and new official title – DELUSION: Masque of Mortality. Taking place at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, show-goers will be taken back in time to 1930, where there has been an outbreak of the plague. Mysterious figures calling themselves The Doctors have promised a remedy not only to the plague, but of a greater life, free of the oppression of God and human limitations. Amongst all of this, you find refuge in The Church, where you await to be summoned when the time is right… In the meantime, you will seek comfort at the bar where fellow refugees will imbibe on craft cocktails of liquid courage, while they await their destiny.

DELUSION is the original first-person horror experience where you are the lead character. If you haven’t attended DELUSION, imagine being a character in a horror film.. moving through a dark, new world, where secrets and horror lurk around every corner. To survive, you must push forward into dark paths, and unravel the mysteries yourself. Last year’s executive producer, Neil Patrick Harris, says “DELUSION re-imagines and redefines the horror experience with an innovative blend of theatrics and action in a live performance that has never been done before. There are no seats, no comfort of the fourth wall and audience members really have to engage and participate to move the story forward.”

DELUSION has defined a new category of horror experience that has spurred similar shows around the country. However, only DELUSION holds true to the form, where you become the protagonist in a hands-on experience with special effects and theatrics produced by Hollywood stunt director Jon Braver, who has worked on A-list films The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek, Iron Man and many others.

Last year, Delusion: The Blood Rite sold out quickly, and had to be extended. This year, DELUSION will have a full extended run from September 26 through November 23 and is sure to sell out. You should also allow 2 hours for the whole experience. This should account for everything from parking, checking in, refreshments, waiting for your show time, THE SHOW, and after…decompression!

For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, please visit their WEBSITE.  Tickets are going fast! So, don’t lag behind and come to the refuge… and play your part!!! You can also get up to the minute updates on dates and special happenings by stalking them via FACEBOOK and TWITTER


As most of our Haunt Stalkers know, Knott’s Scary Farm is considered the Granddaddy of Theme Park Haunts. During the past 2 decades, since joining the Cedar Fair theme park family in 1997, the curse of Knott’s Scary Farm has spread throughout all of the parks creating the largest theme park haunt franchises in the country. While you’ll find common maze themes across the parks such as Zombie infested schools (Zombie High), blood thirsty scarecrows (Cornstalkers) and Sinister Sideshow Clowns (CarnEvil), each park offers it’s own unique ‘cut’ of these themes mixed with their own local offerings making them all worthy of a haunt stalking.

We’ve already provided some extensive coverage of the Knott’s Scary Farm’s offerings. Now here’s a look at the haunts taking place throughout all the other the Cedar Fair parks, which includes California’s Great America, Cedar Point, Valleyfair, Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, Canada’s Wonderland, Kings Island, Kings Dominion, and Carowinds.


California’s Great America Halloween Haunt

Santa Clara, Ca

California’s Great America’s 2013 Halloween Haunt will feature 8 mazes, 3 scare zones, and 5 shows. The new mazes added to the collection are Zombie High and  Dia de Los Muertos, a theme recently retired (thankfully) from Knott’s. Great America’s Halloween Haunt opens September 27th. Scare Zone visited their haunt in 2011 and found the event to be a good value with some excellent actors and many solid mazes. You can read our full review here.


  • *New for 2013*  Zombie High – The hallowed halls of Zombie High beckon you back to a horrific homecoming of flesh eating hellions. Don’t be tardy. If you make it out alive, consider yourself “Saved by the Hell!”
  • *New for 2013*  De Los Muertos – Venture into the forbidden jungle of El Chupacabra where sacrificial blood rains down from the sky. The screams of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, echo around you and the creatures of the night crawl from their crypts – “Dia de los Muertos,” the “Day of the Dead” has arrived!
  • Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor – Money does not always buy happiness. For Madame Marie, this could not be more true. As Louisiana’s wealthiest heiress, Madame Marie has perfected the art of Voodooism. Enter her Manor with caution as there is nothing richer in her eyes than blood. Your visit in her lavish home will leave you breathless.
  • Carnevil – Hurry! Hurry! Step right up and don’t be shy! The most gruesome carnival is back in town. Get ready to face your worst childhood fears as demonic clowns and other freaks of nature terrify guests at every corner where they have turned the tables to make you the attraction!
  • Cornstalkers – A cult of evil scarecrows lies in wait in this overgrown path of debris, hay bales and cornstalks. Guests must weave their way through this twisting maze of bedlam, dodging a series of dead ends and avoiding the stalkers who are “dead-set” on forbidding anyone to escape.
  • Slaughterhouse: Annhilation – There’s too many people in the world and not enough food. This Slaughterhouse takes care of both problems. A constant feed of humans are being subjected to the grinders which keep the river of blood flowing through this dark complex. It’s a virtual cornucopia of bloody remains as parts are ground into a tasty meat treat, using a very special recipe which includes one very special ingredient … You. Do not let the fear paralyze you as you attempt to escape from the edge of Annihilation.
  • Toy Factory – Once a place where dreams were made, this toy factory is now a place where nightmares come true! The maniacal factory workers are manufacturing a variety of disturbing new toys and novelty items for their demented amusement, using any part available, including human parts. Buyers beware as your favorite toys have now been turned against you, or you’ve been turned into one of them.
  • Werewolf Canyon – Be careful as you venture deep into the murky woods through a hunter’s trail where the hunters have become the hunted. A pack of blood-thirsty werewolves have taken revenge on those who dare invade their domain. With only the full moon’s light to help you navigate through…can you make it out alive?

Scare Zones:

  • Dead Man’s Cove
  • The Gauntlet
  • Underwood Alley


  • Blood Drums
  • Ghostly Glow Party
  • Overload’s Resurrection
  • Culture Pop
  • Blades of Horror

Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

Sandusky, Ohio 

An eerie howl echoes across the midway. Strange shadows skitter over the cabins along the Frontier Trail. Is that a fog rolling in from Lake Erie, or is it a presence from beyond preparing to materialize before your terrified eyes? Beware. The spooky chills of Halloween combine with the thrills of the world’s biggest collection of rides and roller coasters during Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends. This year, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends will include 4 haunted houses, 6 scare zones, and 5 shows. The eeriness of HalloWeekends takes place on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays; September 13 – October 27, 2013.


  • *New for 2013* Zombie High School – It’s “back to ghoul” at the new Zombie High School! Try to stay alive as you snake your way through its haunted halls and creepy classrooms. But stay cautious – the walking dead students aren’t ready to let you graduate…ALIVE!


  • Eden Musee -This haunted house is a creepy throwback to the traditional wax museum that was once located along Cedar Point’s main midway in the 1960s and ’70s. Step inside this museum filled with wax figures from classic to creepy…and some have been known to come to life!
  • G.A. Boeckling’s Eerie Estate – This stately limestone mansion harbors deep, dark secrets, guarded by ancient inhabitants seeking revenge and looking for more permanent residents!
  • Eternity InfirmaryPatient’s can check in, but can’t check out! Stay away, or you may become their next patient – for ETERNITY!

Scare Zones:

  • Cut Throat CoveMeet the motley crews of sunken ships, left deserted on this island. But mind yer steps – they’ve been waitin’ for rescue for over 100 years.
  • Fear FaireStep into a menacing, medieval marketplace.
  • Maniacal, Mechanical Screamworks – Journey into science fiction past and future to explore a sinister, steamy subculture of  a world that never was, but might have been.
  • CornStalkersScarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • CarnEvilThe crazy clowns and lurking sideshow freaks are waiting to share their special brand of entertainment with you.
  • Blood on the Bayou  – Lurking along the dark fetid waters of the bayou are mysteries too dangerous to explore, too twisted to explain.
  • Gypsy Fortune Tellers
  • Halloween Hullabaloo
  • Sideshow: A Carnival of Magic
  • Skeleton Crew
  • Edge of Madness: Infernal Nightmare

Halloween Haunt at ValleyScare

Shakopee, Minnesota

Each weekend night, Valleyfair transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and can’t wait to experience. Not for anyone under 13. This year’s new featured mazes are  yet another version of Zombie High and Terror of London, which takes its name from a Knott’s maze but takes on new storyline for the London town settings. ValleyScare is opens on September 21st and is open every Friday and Saturday night thereafter.  


  • *New for 2013*  Zombie High – Go! Fright! Win! Despite the mysterious outbreak of some, like, weird virus at Valley High, but this year’s prom is totally on! So bring your best guy or gal and dance the night away in our fully-decorated gymnasium. Then maybe, if you’re not busy afterwards, we could grab a bite…
  •  *New for 2013*  Terror Of London – Notice: the army of steam has come to claim the city of London. Our army runs strong with the animated flesh of your fallen heroes, so report to the clock tower for immediate conversion. Be advised Main Street will run red with the blood of the remaining human resistance.
  • Chateau du Damne(Lair of the Vampire) – Experience the many rooms of this Renaissance castle, and be prepared to be seduced by the blood-hungry vampires that are waiting to sink their teeth into you.
  • Mr. Cleaver’s BloodshedMurderous butchers and plant workers in a gruesome meatpacking plant.
  • Mangler AsylumDr. Mangler conducted dreadful experiments on the local unfortunates and now, a collection of living fears and phobias are waiting to wreck havoc on your innocent soul.
  • Hellside Farm At sunset, the abandoned Hillside Farm transforms into Hellside Farm as the demented residents begin to look to harvest their next victims.
  • Camp WekilouAfter being temporarily closed due to the mysterious disappearance of campers, Camp Wekilou is ready to reopen its doors and welcome new campers. The only question now is will everyone make it out alive?

Scare Zones:

  • Blood Creek CemeteryAt night the fog thickens at Blood Creek Cemetery and the dead will rise to take your soul in order to enter the great beyond.
  • Abnormal Alley – Bring your barf-bags, keep a tight grasp on your loved ones, and don’t drink the water!  ValleySCARE condemns society’s most off, deranged and twisted to the odyssey of abnormailty. 
  • Carnevil: Ringmaster’s Revenge – The clowns have escaped their maze and now roam the walkways within ValleySCARE. Under the Ringmaster’s control, these colorful yet demented sideshow freaks bring everyone’s inner fears to life.


  • Blood Drums 
  • Hacks
  • Mick Manglers Madness and Mayhem Show


Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park

Allentown, Pennsylvania


This fall, Dorney Park transforms into a horror-filled nightmare for it’s 6th haunt season. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and more. There a no new mazes featured this year however, they are also continuing the new tradition of the Zombie Invasion on Friday the 13th, which allows guests to experience the event in costume for one night only. There also will be the annual Zombie 5K Run on September 21st. Haunt officially begins on Friday the 13th and runs every weekend through October 27th.


  • Desolation this may be the park’s biggest haunt of all time, themed as nightmarish journey  through a  zombie apocalypse.
  • Bloodshed – warning someone is home at this cannibalistic hillbilly house.
  • Grave Walkers  – Zombies rise from a cemetery.
  • CornStalkers Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • Mansion House Hotel – An elegant and mysterious hotel with deadly secrets.
  • Psycho CircusThe crazy clowns are waiting to share their special brand of entertainment with you.
  • The Asylum Enter this asylum if you dare test your mind. Every step forward erodes your sanity. Are you committed?

Scare Zones:

  • Age of Darkness – Beware of the black plague and it’s victims!
  • Cutthroat Island – Meet the motley crews of sunken ships, left deserted on an island. Mind yer steps – they’ve been waitin’ for rescue for over 100 years.
  • Head Hunters The spirits of this tribe have returned to prepare for their ritual sacrifice. Disturb them and you may become a very deadly participant.


  • Blood Drums
  • Witches Brew
  • Cast in Bronze

Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt

Kansas City, Missouri


This fall, Worlds of Fun transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and more. This year’s maze line up includes the new Miss Lizzie’s Chamber of Horrors along with 6 others. There’s also 3 scare zones and 3 shows. The Haunt begins on Friday the 13th and runs every weekend through October 27th.


  • *New for 2013* Miss Lizzie’s Chamber of Horrors The Chamber of Horrors Wax Museum has reopened, and for this limited time, Miss Lizzie invites you to examine her collection of some of the most feared villains, murderers, criminals and miscreants imaginable. So lifelike, so believable, so haunting, you might even think their alive.
  • Zombie High – The hallowed halls of Zombie High beckon you back to a horrific homecoming of flesh eating hellions. Don’t be tardy. If you make it out alive, you can consider yourself “Saved by the Hell!”
  • Lore of the Vampire Featuring Club Blood Over a century’s worth of bloodthirsty vampires lurk within the walls of this catacomb of the undead. Venture underground into Lore of the Vampire’s Club Blood where human victims are drained of their life to nourish the children of the night. 
  • Blood ShedProcessing at the Old McDonald Slaughterhouse has gone horribly wrong.
  • London TerrorStep back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London where the villains of the night are terrorizing the townsfolk.
  • Corn Stalkers – Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • Asylum Island – The fear factor intensifies at an infirmary where the criminally insane are in control.

Scare Zones:

  • Outlaws Revenge – The spirits of Boot Hill Cemetary ascend each night looking for those who sentenced them to death.
  • Fright Zone – Hordes of Sceamsters lurk in the nightmarish shadows and blinding fog of the Fright Zone.
  • Carnevil Step back up as the killer clowns, freaks, and demented animals have returned to town.


  • Inferno
  • Meat Cleaver High
  • Overlord’s Awakening

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island

Kings Island, Ohio

There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.  Screams of pure panic pierce the night. There’s nowhere you’re safe in the most immersive horror experience around — Halloween Haunt at Kings Island.The bloodcurdling horror and nightmarish madness of Halloween Haunt features more than 500 ghastly creatures emerging from the darkness, highly-intense and bone-chilling attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet like the Beast and Diamondback roller coasters! This year’s Haunt features a line up of 11 haunted mazes, 4 scare zone, and 3 shows along with their signature thrill rides. Halloween Haunt is open Fridays and Saturdays, September 2oth through October 26th.


  • *New for 2013* Board to DeathIt’s Family Night at Halloween Haunt! Step into a world where all your favorite board games come to life in the deadliest of ways! This Game Night might be your last!
  • *New for 2013* Delta Delta Die – The sorority girls are having their annual Halloween party and you’re invited! They’re determined to throw the wildest party ever … or die trying!
  • Madame Fatale’s Cavern of TerrorMadame Fatale has just passed her final psychological evaluation after a decade of incarceration. Join her for the Grand Re-Opening of her museum of oddities and wax. You’re on her guest list; she and her friends will be dripping mad if you don’t show up!
  • Holiday HorrorThe holidays are right around the corner… EVERY corner! Get ready to experience all of the holidays like never before in this horrific attraction.
  • CarnEvil Join the circus like you wanted to when you were a kid… permanently! This is not your run-of-the-mill Big Top. Only the most determined will make it out alive.
  • Club Blood– This popular night club has never been so bloody good! The club’s exotic dancers are dying to meet you. Come in for a bite. Stay for as long as you like. In fact, you can stay forever!
  • Slaughter HouseLooking for a good cut of fresh meat?  You’ve come to the right place.  The butcher shop is open and you never know who – or what – is on the chopping block.  A real meat-lovers delight!
  • Urgent Scare A deadly plague is spreading with destructive speed.  At the local hospital, the virus has begun spreading from patient-to-patient.  If the virus doesn’t kill you, fear might!
  • Wolf PackThe moon is full and there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.  There is something in the woods… and it’s hungry.  Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?  You will be!
  • CornStalkers – This frightful cornfield will scare the yell out of you!  Countless scarecrows rule the overgrown ruins of this formerly vibrant community.  Intruders beware!  These guardians of rubble take their jobs very seriously.
  • Tombstone Terror-ToryCovered bridges and foggy terrain disguise the evil that lurks in every direction aboard this midnight train. But don’t be alarmed. You’re guaranteed to make it to your final destination!

Scare Zones:

  • Freak Street
  • Nightmare Alley
  • Cemetery Drive
  • Backwoods Bayou


  • Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus – The magic and mystery continue as the “Misfit of Magic” Ed Alonzo (of TV’s Saved by the Bell) debuts at Halloween Haunt. Be prepared! It’s going to be a cold, dark and stormy night!Graveyard Shift. 
  • Blood Drums
  • Hot Blooded

Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

Doswell, Virginia


There’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.  Screams of pure panic pierce the night. There’s nowhere you’re safe in the most immersive horror experience in the Mid-Atlantic region — Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion.The bloodcurdling horror and nightmarish madness of Halloween Haunt features ghastly creatures emerging from the darkness, highly-intense and bone-chilling attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet like the Intimidator 305 and Dominator roller coasters!  Haunt will be open weekend nights, September 27th through October 27th.


  • *New for 2013*  Miner’s Revenge Alone in the darkness… the only sound is the pulsing of your heart as the searing heat slowly boils you alive… It was reported to be the worst coal mine accident in history. The families of missing miners begged for help but it was decided that a rescue was too dangerous. The miners were left entombed deep underground. Lamps at their sides and pick-axes in their hands they are searching for the men who left them to die… waiting to enact their revenge.
  • *New for 2013*  Zombie High – The infection started as a high school science project gone bad. From a simple experiment to an outbreak that would cover the world in days. No one was prepared for the chaos that ensued – the dead were no longer dead and no one was safe. Welcome to where it all started… welcome to the last school that you will ever attend. It’s true what they say – high school never ends!
  • No Vacancy The guest rooms have been prepared and the staff is eagerly awaiting your arrival. Welcome to the Inn at Darkside Manor! Enjoy the best of yesteryear and take a break from the hectic pace of today. Enjoy a cocktail in the Gentlemen’s Lounge or sit back and enjoy a classic in our impressive Library. Just be warned – once you check in… you will never check out.
  • Outbreak: The Evolution – A virus has taken over a local town and there’s limited hope of survival.
  • Doll FactoryIn an abandoned toy factory a psychotic serial killer turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls for his personal collection.
  • Club Blood – The infamous vampire night club “takes another bite” out of your nightlife!
  • Slaughter HouseA one of a kind factory tour to see how your favorite meats make it on to the table.
  • Cornstalkers – Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • Blue Ridge BloodbathWelcome to a mountain family’s twisted home bloodbath.
  • Medieval MacabreAs plague ravages the land, the graveyards are full, but there is always room for more.

Scare Zones:

  • Cleaver Brothers Carnival – Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls you have seen the rest now step right up and experience the best. The Cleaver Brothers have set up their midway and invite you to experience a carnival like no other. Enter a world where the extraordinary comes to life and your worst nightmares will seem like a pleasant dream.
  • Primevil: Thw Kuru Curse Set in a distant jungle, the inhabitants here have lived with one rule… eat or be eaten. In this cannibalism filled land you will get a chance to explore this long forgotten cursed village. Watch your step and steer clear of the locals – their idea of a great meal will be your living nightmare.
  • IronworxJourney into science fiction past and future to explore a sinister, steamy subculture of  a world that never was, but might have been.
  • The LairA small clan of vampires has taken refuge in the dark.
  • Necropolis – At night the fog thickens and the dead will rise to take your soul in order to enter the great beyond.
  • Feary TalesWhen the Brothers Grimm set out to tell stories from the countryside, they never imagined the dark horrors and unhappy endings they would encounter.


  • Edge of Darkness –  Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls step right up and take a seat for the greatest show unearthed. Rock music fills the air as we bring a decaying circus back to life. Get ready as we take you over the edge… the Edge of Darkness.



SCarowinds Halloween Haunt

Charlotte, NC


Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” as it opens SCarowinds’ Halloween Haunt, the largest, most horrific Halloween event in the Carolinas. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and more. There’s 7 mazes with the new Zombie High along with 5 scare zones and 3 shows.  SCarowinds’ Halloween Haunt is open on select weekend nights from September 13- October 27  from 7p.m. to midnight. This event is rated PG-13 and may be too intense for young children and is not recommended for those under the age of 13. No costumes or masks are permitted in to this event.


  • *New for 2013*  Zombie High – Know anyone who still “lives” in the 80’s? We know a few undead who do. Where Freshmen are Freshmeat and Seniors are dying to get out. You’ll need more than brains to survive Homecoming at Zombie High.
  • FuryAn experimental military drug cocktail that mutates, disfigures and weaponizes its human subjects  who are now pitted against mankind.
  • Cornstalkers Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • The AsylumInsanity is your only hope of forgetting the horrific sights and sounds within this twisted Asylum.
  • Last Laff 3DClowns and circus freaks are looking for fresh blood to continue their demented performances.
  • Defex A “disassembly line” for defective toys.
  • Silver Scream  – A “sinematic” tour of some of the creepiest horror films ever made.

Scare Zones:

  • *New for 2013* London Terror “Steam” and “scream” collide with murderous results in the foggy streets of terror-gripped London. You won’t find this sinister city block on any maps.
  • *New for 2013* Scary Tales – Once upon a time, fairy tales were Grimm and every one was mad in this dark, twisted forest where no one lived happily ever after.
  • Mass Acres Death is a walk in the park compared to what the unsettled sprits of our not-so-dearly departed have in store as they await you in the mist on the grounds of Mass Acres.
  • Feeding Frenzy Blood-thirsty horde of hardcore vampires terrorize this gritty, high-impact scare zone.
  • The PlaygroundIt’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.


  • Blood Drums
  • Eternal Jamation: Lost Souls
  • Night Terrors

Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

Ontario, Canada


Get ready… something evil is coming and everybody’s dying to get in. This fall, Canada’s Wonderland transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and more. This haunt season brings 3 new mazes to Haunt with Sci Fi House, Louisiana Scream, and The Ruins. These mazes complete their line up of 10 mazes, 4 scare zones, and 3 shows.  Haunt is open Weekend Nights, October 4th through 27th.


  • *New for 2013* Sci Fi House – The Wilson family lives in a perfect home on a quiet cul-de-sac; or so they think. Every night when the neighbourhood street lights turn on, the Wilson home goes to a deadly dark place. Deranged aliens and venomous creatures inflict bloody torture on any house guest. Run, don’t walk from Sci-Fi House.
  • *New for 2013* Louisiana Scream – Deep inside Wonder Mountain reside the residents of a Louisiana bayou. They have long been warned not to venture too far from the water’s edge. Beyond the opulent river mansions is a mysterious, twisted world where curses are whispered in the dark and no one ever makes it back to shore. Those who go too far are soon driven mad with fear and bloodlust so be cautious – there’s no telling what you could wake in the Bayou.
  • *New for 2013* The Ruins – In early 19th century, archeologist Dr. Carver led his team into ancient ruins on what turned out to be a deadly mission. Evidence of massacre and evil creatures lurking in the shadows is all that waits for new victims. Trek into Wonder Mountain and travel along the once taken bloodied path and hope to get out alive.
  • Terror of London – Back for 2013!  It’s 1888 and the Jack the Ripper murders have terrorized the city of London. The discovery of the five unrecognizable bloody victims has paralyzed the residents of Whitechapel District with fear. With no hope of catching this culprit, every person you pass on the street is a potential attacker or victim.
  • Streets of the Undead – A mind-altering virus has taken over the population; the city now ruled by mindless zombies. Survivors hide in the darkness and wait for a cure that may never come. Hope is dead, like the souls of the city dwellers that now hunt in the Streets of the Undead.
  • Cornstalkers – Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
  • The Asylum – The fear factor intensifies at an infirmary where the criminally insane are in control.
  • Mother Noose When the Brothers Grimm set out to tell stories from the countryside, they never imagined the dark horrors and unhappy endings they would encounter.
  • Clowns at Midnight –  The 1937 big top fire doomed the circus and now the clowns and circus freaks are looking for fresh blood to continue their demented performances.
  • Club Blood – The infamous vampire night club “takes another bite” out of your nightlife!

Scare Zones:

  • CarnEvil
  • Ghostly Pines
  • Steampunk
  • Toys


  • Mysterion the Mind Reader
  • The Underworld
  • Skeleton Crew



Haunt Profiles: Haunted Hayrides

With the Season of the Witch only days away, we’ll start taking a  look at the popular culture and history behind some of our favorite halloween traditions and haunt themes. Tonight’s Haunt profile takes a look at a classic fall tradition and  haunt favorite, the haunted hayride.


A hayride is a pleasure ride in an open truck, wagon or sleigh which has been decorated with hay or straw and similar farm life paraphernalia. In modern times it is usually organized commercially and takes place at night.In colloquial English, the term “hayride” has taken on connotations of “good, clean fun” but also of nostalgia, hence the popular expressions “… is no hayride” or “… ain’t no hayride”. The peak time for hayrides is between September and December. While the history of how hayrides started is uncertain, it’s easy to guess that it had something to do with harvesting the hay during fall.

An autumn tradition for centuries, countless kids and adults look forward with great anticipation to the coming of fall so they can participate in this time-honored activity. Why? Because hayrides are more than just sitting atop dried grass while you’re pulled along a dusty, dirt road. Like a country version of a New York City carriage ride through Central Park, hayrides offer a time to snuggle close, enjoy the outdoor scenery, chat and have some fun.

As Haunt Season approaches hayrides take on a more sinister type of nostalgia as they become vehicles to transport hapless victims into dark woods filled with maniacs and ghouls. The experience of vulnerability is amplified as your confined space gets invaded by the creatures of the night. Riding on the open wagon, there’s nowhere to hide as scares descend upon you and your fellow riders from every possible angle, they can even come from up above.

In our Haunt Stalking we’ve found that some of the most elaborate and intense Haunted Hayrides are based on the east coast, in Pennsylvania and New York in particular. Here’s a look at what we’ve found – some we’ve even experienced can truthfully testify that they are the best Haunted Hayrides in America.


America’s Best Haunted Hayrides

1. Headless Horseman, Ulster, New York *SZ Review*

2. Bates Motel, Glenn Mills, Pennsylvania

3. Shocktoberfest, Reading, Pennsylvania

4. Field of Screams, Mountville, Pennsylvania

5. Jason’s Woods, Lancaster, Pennsylvania



Scare Zone is looking forward to our upcoming East Coast Haunt tour where we plan to experience one of our all time favorites Headless Horseman, and for the first time ever, Bates Motel. Look for our Haunt Review… if we survive.

Hayride Terror Tips:

1) Take an allergy pill if you’re allergic to grass, straw, hay, etc. – it’s real.

2) Don’t wear your Sunday’s best as you’ll inevitability be covered in hay

3) Check the weather forecast and dress warmly as the air can be deathly chill on autumn evenings

4) For the best experience and scares try to sit on the back edge of the wagon. Chickens can find minimal comfort sitting up closer to the tractor

5) Arrive when they open as lines for hayrides can get long and move slowly as they typically only send out wagons every 5-10 minutes apart.

Haunt Profile & Reviews: Reindeer Manor Abusement Park (TX)

Halloween in Texas is a Scary Good Time ! And as we get closer to that time of year again we’ll soon start to feel the cool breeze in the air, the eerie clouds above the city and the beautiful autumn leaves flowing in the wind. Who are we kidding? In Texas, itʼs 90 degrees in October with maybe a few days of a brisk cool night if weʼre lucky. Nonetheless, Dallas is a thriving Mecca for Halloween. Everything from theater productions, themed orchestra performances, pumpkin patches, pumpkin carving contests, harvest festivals, costume contests, organized trick or treating and haunted houses.


After attending HauntCon earlier this year we can honestly say that Dallas is one of the largest haunted house markets in the entire country, and now with Halloween being the second largest celebrated time of the year, itʼs no wonder why people travel the distances they do to visit the many haunted attractions Dallas provides. One such place is Reindeer Manor Abusement Park. Reindeer Manor is one of the few attractions in Dallas with a true haunted past. So much that in the off season they host a number of paranormal tours for the many ghost hunting groups in Texas. Is it haunted? Well, you’ll have to visit and find out for yourself.

Nestled in the back country of a small Texas town named Red Oak. Now in itʼs 40th Season, itʼs a property rich in atmosphere and with no shortage of fear. Your journey to Reindeer Manor begins with a long creepy, winding trek down a quarter mile dirt road surrounded by trees, reminiscent of something out of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. You park your car and are promptly loaded into a tractor pulling hayride that takes you far, far away from the safety of your vehicle. Through the dimly lit trees and cool air, your ride soon emerges into Texasʼ very own dose of fall with a trip around the complex revealing a sneak peak at each of the three attractions taunting you of the fear to come. 13th Street Morgue, Dungeon Of Doom and Reindeer Manor Haunted Houses provide a full night of entertainment while immersing you into the historical and well documented haunted past of this very spooky place.

Reindeer Manor Abusement Park has received such high ranks as 13th Street Morgueʼs readers choice award, Dungeon Of Doom twice being named Dallas Observerʼs “Best Haunted House in the DFW Metroplex” and Reindeer Manor being featured in several newspaper publications, e-zines, magazines and DVDʼs including “Halloween: The Happy Haunting Of America”.


Haunt Review: 13th Street Morgue 



IMG_1802Of the three attractions at Reindeer Manor Abusement Park, 13TH Street Morgue was our favorite. It was non-stop scary with a consistent theming throughout it’s indoor, outdoor, upstairs and downstairs settings.  The details inside are incredibly realistic with cobwebs everywhere and aged prop pieces. Even small details, like the wall paintings, window dressings,  meticulously placed furniture and  knick-knacks make the place believably haunted.

This is also one of the few haunted house attractions that knows how produce unique and believably threatening scares. The scareactors were top-notch with a mix of serious character actors and acrobatic performers who all go out of their way to scare you to death. Their timing is perfect and they all stay in character.  The haunt also employs special effects but only subtly so no to become distractions from the authentically creepy atmospheres.

We have to say that if you’re in the Dallas, Texas area during Haunt Season. You need to make the trip out to experience this haunted attraction. It is the epitome of the Haunted House experience.



  • Haunt Design: 5 skulls
  • Theming: 5 skulls
  • Scare Factor: 4.5 skulls
  • Fright Value: 5 skulls

Overall Rating of 13th Street Morgue: 5 Skulls

Haunt Review: Dungeon of Doom



Dungeon of Doom is slightly shorter (but still long compare to standard haunts) and and less elaborate than 13th Street Morgue. This haunted house has more sporadic scenes with less consistent theming. It seemed to have everything that would “cause your doom” featured inside. This maze had more generic scenery  and scare tactics but it still kept the scare factor at an intense level and is a strong compliment to the 13th Street Morgue.
There were some nice effects such as a passage way with strobe lights that gave the illusion of  moving walls. There was also an odd effect with a spinning  platform that is hard to navigate, especially when a ghoul begins to chase you. They also used air guns, a jackhammer, and of course a chainsaw in some of the mazes most startling scenes. The big scares could mainly be attributed to the very eager scareactors “popping out” versus any kind suspense which we encountered inside the 13th Street Mourge. Inside the dungeon we had monsters sneaking up behind us, banging on walls, screaming at us, taunting us, and even touching us. Some of the performers took their acts to levels past PG-13 (which we don’t mind) but it could make other Haunt Stalkers feel sheepish.


  • Haunt Design: 3.5 skulls
  • Theming: 3.5 skulls
  • Scare Factor: 4.5 skulls
  • Fright Value: 5 skulls

Overall Rating of Dungeon of Doom: 4 Skulls


2013 Haunt Season Information

Dates:Sept. 28th, October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 31, November 1, 2 and encore performances November 9th

Hours: Fridays 8:00pm-12:30am, Saturdays 7:00pm-12:30am, Select Sunday and Halloween 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: 410 Houston School Rd. Red Oak, Texas 75154

Cost: $35 Adult Combo Ticket, $17 Child Combo Ticket. Admits entrance to all three attractions. Coupons available online


Special Event:

Holiday in the Dark, Sunday October 27th. Experience all three haunted attractions in complete darkness with only one glow stick to light your way. Three Attractions, One Glow Stick, Total Darkness. Open 7pm-10pm

Hangman’s Unhappily Ever After… The End


This year will mark the 25th and (sadly) final season of Hangman’s House of Horrors.

Hangman’s House of Horrors is one of the premier haunts in Texas and one of the top charity-benefiting haunted houses in the nation! To date, they’ve terrorized over half a million victims and donated more than $1.8 million to local charities! For much of its history, proceeds went to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Tarrant County. In 2005, it expanded to include other charities such as the American Cancer Society, Rocky Top Therapy Center, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, Cenikor Foundation and A Wish With Wings. To accomplish this enormous feat Hangman’s has enlisted more than 1,000 volunteers each year — from the actors to ticket-takers and concession workers to security personnel.

During the HauntCon Tour we were able to experience this venerable haunt in both a ‘lights on’ tour and in full ‘show’ mode. From our REVIEW it earned a solid overall rating of 3.5 Skulls from us with higher ratings for their Haunt Design and Fright Value.

For their final act their theme will be “Unhappily Ever After…The End”, A creepy and dark retelling of the classic fairy tales! This returns to one of the most popular themes in Hangman’s history: “Scary Tales”. Hangman’s is an enormous haunt and will take a minimum of 25 minutes (at a running in terror pace) to get through. It includes a mix of  scareactors and animatronics within a wide array of rooms featuring elements like uneven floors, spinning tunnels, swinging bridges, claustrophobic hallways, and even a “find your way our” maze. Just about every traditional haunt element and character you can think of can be found inside this House of Horrors.

Unhappily Ever After will feature riffs on Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz, Hansel and Gretel and other classic tales. And of course perennial favorites, such as the black-and-white checkered room, the scary clowns and the spinning tunnel, will remain. So will the 3-D Wonderland attraction and the Labyrinth maze. The attraction previously inhabited by scary hillbillies in “McDagenville” will change to an on-trend zombie theme of “outbreak.”

It’s disappointing that a long standing haunt institution, like Hangman’s is calling it quits. However, in the world of horror, the term “Final Season” doesn’t necessariraly mean the absolute end and maybe after opening on Friday the 13th, Hangman’s will find a way to  have “A New Beginning”.

Hangman’s FINAL SEASON runs September 13 through November 2

Check their WEBSITE for tickets and times.



In less than two weeks, Austin’s House of Torment returns on Friday the 13th to the Highland Mall. Featuring elaborate Hollywood-quality sets inside a multi-level, 20,000 square-foot facility, this house torments it’s victims with iconic characters, towering animatronic monsters and terrifying scenarios.

We experienced House of Torment back in 2009 and found the scale and intensity of this haunt productions to be simply mind blowing. With an incredible number of scareactors and elaborate settings we had to remind ourselves that we’re brave so we could make it all the way through. In addition to the traditional scares, there were segments that required us to interact with the monsters and sets in order for us to be able to progress through the haunt. These elements added another level of suspense and fun to the experience.


House of Torment began as a backyard haunt in Austin and has quickly become one of the most thrilling and well-orchestrated haunts in the country containing three separately-themed, frightful experiences at the same location. Named “one of America’s scariest attractions” by The Travel Channel, House of Torment is now in its 11th year.  It’s immense popularity stems from the genuine and fervent obsession of its creative team and production staff, who work year-round and seasonally with their 150 scarers on everything from costumes and make-up to ticket selling and mechanics.

This year’s haunted houses include Blackthorne District, Cursed: Ancients Emerge, and Slaughterhouse: The Harvest. Each haunt will include unique, frightful monsters, with everything from brain-eating zombies and chainsaw-wielding psychos to ancient nightmarish creatures. Here are more specifics for each house.


Visit their WEBSITE for more details on dates, times, and tickets.

Terror Tip: Stalk them earlier in the season or during one their mid-October weeknights to avoid large crowds. If you can only go on popular nights, they also offer a VIP Fast Pass ticket.

Now, here’s a SNEAK PEEK  at what’s in store for you at House of Torment –

Haunt Profile: Pennhurst Haunted Asylum 2013

Haunted Houses in Pennsylvania are some of the scariest in America and according to a few Haunt Stalkers Pennhurst Asylum in Philadelphia is one of the best. What makes this location stand out is its twisted and terrifying real-life history of horrors that the residents were once subjected to. What’s even more disturbing is the fact that these horrors occurred as recently as the late 80’s. Now, every fall , haunt designers come in and take over the asylum converting it into a playground of  ghost stories and homicidal maniacs.

The Legend of Pennhurst Asylum

Pennhurst State School opened in 1908 and flourished for almost 60 years until allegations of mistreatment of residents surfaced. Over the next decade, these allegations were proven to be true and by 1986 the entire complex was abandoned, and left to rot. As nature began to reclaim the property, an effort was launched to see if there was any feasible use for these buildings. Nothing was found until now…

Nestled in the mountains of Eastern Austria lies the town of Neustadt, a small hamlet that is renowned for its medical research facilities. Dr. Heinrich Chakajian was one of the leading physicians at the premier Neustadt Center for Cranial Research and was a psycho surgical genius. Over the years Dr Chakajian performed hundreds of operations on patients with brain injuries and diseases. But what few people know, the good doctor also conducted radical experiments in his secret laboratory, located 30 miles west in the city of Loeben. His surgical experiments began with the corpses of people who had donated their bodies to science. However, Dr Chakajian realized that he needed live humans to further his experimental surgery, and discover the cure for brain ailments. His staff quietly made suggestions to Eastern European prisons in search of live patients to work on. The prison wardens were happy to release the worst of their inmates into the hands of Dr Chakajian with the agreement that they would never be released back into society. Convicted murderers, rapists, and sociopaths streamed into the gated complex and were secured in stone cells that lie beneath the laboratory. And so began two decades of radical experimentation with untried drugs, new procedures and open brain surgery.

Over the years, several problems began to arise; word was getting out about the unorthodox experiments that often resulted in intense psychotic deterioration of the patient and in many cases even death. The cells were filling up with people whose experimental surgery had gone terribly wrong. With the Austrian government and the European Medical Association closing in on the rumors of horrible experimentation going on at his lab, Dr Chakajian began a global search for a secure location to hide the worst of his experimental failures. After months of research, he came across a deteriorated complex in Southeastern Pennsylvania, just outside of the town of Spring City. The once majestic campus of Pennhurst State School, having fallen into ruins and almost destroyed by vandals, appeared to be the perfect location to house the victims. After purchasing the property from the State, Dr Chakajian began a program of restoration of some of the buildings in hopes of secretly moving his problems out of Loeben and across the Atlantic to Pennsylvania. Roofs were mended, windows replaced, asbestos and lead paint were abated and the building began to take shape. Soon, the former criminal monsters of Eastern Europe, now tragically altered by radical experiments began to flow into Pennhurst. With a strong security force and hospital staff in place, the experimentation continued. Electro-convulsive shock therapy is routinely conducted on the first floor, in room 29B. Psycho surgery is performed on level two, in the well equipped operating room. Other experiments include body suspension, light deprivation, and intense drug therapy.

For several years Pennhurst was alive again with activity but no one knew what was going on behind the walls and under the complex. One night Dr. Chakajian was killed along with several patients when a fire broke out on the second floor of the Administration building. In the ensuing chaos, the inmates mounted an escape and many of the staff were killed in the processes. Some of the patients escaped never to be seen again. The patients that didn’t escape were locked in cells deep under pennhurst and left to die by the staff that survived the bloody uprising. With Chakajian dead the buildings once again were abandoned. Its believed that some of the escaped inmates returned to Pennhurst and are living inside, waiting for explorers to enter the abandoned complex. Its said that the ghosts of Dr. Chakajian, his staff and inmates are still there too, continuing their experiments and as the number of missing people in the area would attest, the good Doctor is always looking for new test subjects.


The Pennhurst Asylum –  a hospital themed walk thru attraction featuring many items and artifacts that were part of the original State School. Located on the upper floors of the old Administration building, which dates to 1908, this attraction features a combination of high tech animatronics, digital sound and motivated actors, as well as fine detail and realism.

The Tunnel Terror – The Tunnel Terror attraction takes you through a 900 foot long gauntlet underneath the grounds of the old State School, first named Pennhurst Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic. Upgraded with amazing catacombs, new sets and scares, this attraction is guaranteed to produce screams.

The Dungeon of Lost Souls – Features a labyrinth of old cells, drafty halls and a series of human experiments that have gone horribly wrong. This show includes CGI special effects, illusions, great detail and amazing actors.

Ghost Hunt –  The final attraction, called Ghost Hunt, is a self guided tour of the Mayflower Building, reportedly the most active of all the locations on the campus, and featured on Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Armed with only a flashlight, visitors are allowed to wander through the dormitory, left just as it was 26 years ago, and search for spirits on their own.

Pennhurst is open weekends Sept 20th-Nov.3rd 2013

Use Promo Code “ghost” when buying tickets online and save $5 OFF PATIENT ADMISSION!

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