As the weather warms and summer approaches, it’s time to start planning your outdoor camping trip. If the Crystal Lake cabins are sold out, why not try one of these alternative destinations?
Horror Camp LIVE! (Lancashire, England)
Horror Camp LIVE returns for its second year in Lancashire, England.
Following it’s unprecedented success in 2012, the terror team behind the event have reimagined the offering with more heart-stopping content than ever before. Forget cosy campfire sing-songs and toasted marshmallows, this is an intense fear-infused fright fest for 18+ adults only.
Located on the grounds of Scare Kingdom Scream Park, at Hawkshaw Farm Park near Blackburn in Lancashire, the event sold out in 2012.
Horror Camp LIVE!, is the world’s first interactive horror camping experience, inspired by movies like The Blair Witch Project, Cabin Fever and Friday the 13th. It is a unique 13 hour scare entertainment experience which mixes live scareactors, indoor and outdoor scare attraction environments, dare-based games, and a horrifying story which manifests around the campers in four dimensions.
This new generation of ex-scream entertainment features psychological torture, sensory deprivation and hands-on simulated assault. All new scareacters for the 2013 event include Hell-Razor, a chainsaw-wielding pig hybrid, Zombo the cannibal clown and Ms. Twitch – a brand-new Camp Mistress from the “Institute of Happiness” who controls the campground with a sickly-sweet smile and an iron fist!
Horror Camp LIVE is open May 24 and 25 and July 26 and 27, 2013.
This ISN’T your 9-year old son or daughters’ camp, and “Happy Trails” will be a figment of your imagination. This camps only desire is to ruin you! CAMP AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The Great Horror Campout (GHC) is an overnight, immersive experience that puts campers into an interactive horror camping adventure. Whether campers decide to stay in their tents or venture into the darkness, they are fair game. You will be lured out of your tent one way or another. Whether it’s to participate in the “Hell Hunt,” use the restrooms, or just being dragged out by your sleeping bag, even campers whom want to sleep or hang in their tent with friends will find themselves having to go into the dark sooner or later.
Lasting 12 hours (8pm-8am), campers will find themselves confronting every fear that haunted them as children. Located on the 32 acre Los Angeles State Historic Park, campers will have the opportunity to meet a plethora of species that were only thought to have existed in legend.
GHC is suitable for adults 18 and over. The experience begins at 8pm. There will be suitable time for sleeping, however the residents of the woods never sleep. Survivors leave the site at 8am. It is a high scare, high startle content experience. There will be no refunds after a ticket is purchased and a patron has entered the campsite.
If watching the edited and out of order Halloween movies Marathon on AMC doesn’t slice it the right way for you; then take a stroll to your local movie theater where the infamous boogeyman will be waiting for you!
Forget Paranormal Activity 4 and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, here’s a real way to get into the Halloween spirit with the rerelease of the classic, “John Carpenter’s Halloween” showing all across the US and UK this week.
Check this linkto find a U.S. theater near you and get your tickets before they sell out (looks like Michael will be busy once again)!
As most of our Haunt Stalkers know, this year marks the 40th Anniversary of Knott’s Scary Farm. Over the past 15 years, 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 Nightclubbing Vampires (Club Blood), Cannibalistc Butchers (Slaughterhouse) 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 (if you can get to them all).
We’ve already provided some extensive coverage of the Knott’s Scary Farm 40th Anniversary Hauntofferings. Now here’s a look at the 2012 haunts taking place throughout all the other the Cedar Fairparks, 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 (Santa Clara, CA) has released full details for their2012 Halloween Haunt. This year, the event is adding another maze, Madame Marie’s Massacre Manor, bringing the total number of mazes to seven. Club Blood is also getting a new layout and some new scenes, to go along with its new name: Club Blood Re-Vamp’d. Great America’s Halloween Haunt opens September 28. Scare Zone visited the park last year and found the event to be a good value with some excellent actors and many solid mazes. You can read our 2011 reviewhere.
* New for 2012* 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.
*Updated for 2012*Club Blood Re-Vamp’d - Follow the creatures of the night to the hottest nightclub around, Club Blood. This club has it all, the latest beats, the hottest dancers, but there’s just one problem…it’s overrun by hungry vampires waiting to feast on their next victim. Watch your neck or you’ll be next!
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?
Black Widow’s Cavern - Dare to enter the old, abandoned loggers run, now overrun by deadly spiders.
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. Celebrating 16 years of “monster fun”, this year, Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends will include 4 haunted houses and 6 mazes (scare zones).
Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, September 14 – October 28, 2012
*New for 2012* Eden Musee: Wax Musuem & Chamber of Horrors - This “big new 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. It’s an indoor haunted attraction that will be located within the Mean Streak roller coaster’s infield.
Eerie Estate – This stately mansion harbors deep, dark secrets guarded by ancient inhabitors seeking revenge and looking for more permanent residents.
Club Blood – The infamous vampire night club “takes another bite” out of your nightlife!
Eternity Infirmary – Patient’s can check in, but can’t check out!
*New for 2012* Cut Throat Cove- Meet 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 Faire – Step 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.
CornStalkers – Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
CarnEvil – The 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.
Every weekend night, evil takes over the park. Zombies, Psychotic clowns and other twistedness that will haunt you and your friend’s dreams. This event is too intense for anyone under the age of 13… or anyone, for that matter.
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 24th through October 30th
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 Bloodshed – Murderous butchers and plant workers in a gruesome meatpacking plant.
Mangler Asylum – Dr. 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.
Carnevil in 3D – The crazy clowns and lurking sideshow freaks are waiting to share their special brand of entertainment with you.
Carnage at Crimson Isle – Pirates thought long dead, have turned the isle into a black and bloody battleground of shock and horror.
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 Wekilou – After 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?
Blood Creek Cemetery – At 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 Alleys - 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.
Dorney Park will transform into “the East Coast’s top scare attraction in the area” again this fall. This fall, Dorney Park kicks off haunt season early with Zombie Invasion II on Friday, September 14th and the Haunt VK Zombie Run on Saturday the 15th.
Zombie Invasion II, is the second annual takeover by zombies and costumed beings of all kinds! This event will be a preview of terrors to come during our Halloween season and allows guests to experience the event in costume, a HAUNT first. While the monsters will not be lurking around the midways just yet, guests will get a sneak peek at what HAUNT V will have in store for fear seekers this fall. Guests can come in make up or be zombified by professional make up artists at the park. In addition, guests will have access to our always thrilling ride attraction line up.
Then for those who survived, zombies will be unleashed for a morning run at the Haunt VK Zombie Run! Costumes aren’t required but are highly recommended!
Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, September 14th through October 30th
*New for 2012* Desolation - this may be the park’s biggest haunt of all time, themed as nightmarish journey through a zombie apocalypse.
*New for 2012*Bloodshed - warning someone is home at this cannibalistic hillbilly house.
Backwoods – Ghost stories come to life at a summer camp.
Grave Walkers - Zombies rise from a cemetery.
Age of Darkness – Beware of the black plague and it’s victims!
Cutthroat Island – Meet 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.
Death Trap -Play a twisted game and make the right choices; all that’s missing is Billy.
Cornstalkers - Scarecrows ready for the new harvest of flesh.
Terror Square – These wild west outlaws don’t take kindly to city slicker folk
Mansion House Hotel -An elegant and mysterious hotel with deadly secrets.
The Asylum - A collection of living fears and phobias are waiting to wreck havoc on your innocent soul.
Psycho Circus – The crazy clowns are waiting to share their special brand of entertainment with you.
Every weekend night, evil takes over the park. Zombies, Psychotic clowns and other twistedness that will haunt you and your friend’s dreams. This event is too intense for anyone under the age of 13. Or anyone, for that matter.
Open weekend nights, September 15th through October 27th.
*New for 2012*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!”
*Updated for 2012* 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 Shed – Processing at the Old McDonald Slaughterhouse has gone horribly wrong.
Outlaws Revenge – The spirits of Boot Hill Cemetary ascend each night looking for those who sentenced them to death.
Master McCarthy’s Doll Factory – In an abandoned toy factory a psychotic serial killer turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls for his personal collection.
London Terror – Step back in time and into the fog-filled streets of London where the villains of the night are terrorizing the townsfolk.
Fright Zone – Hordes of Sceamsters lurk in the nightmarish shadows and blinding fog of the Fright Zone.
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.
Carnevil -Step back up as the killer clowns, freaks, and demented animals have returned to town.
Get ready… something evil is coming and everybody’s dying to get in.
Open Weekend Nights, October 5th through 28th.
*New for 2012* Iron Empire - Desperate Rebels fight for control against oppressive Government forces seeking to enslave the citizens of a once free country. Forced into hiding to survive; the neo-Victorian steampunk movement is rising and the war is now on the Rebel’s doorstep. The Rebels take up arms and fight for their freedom, in a last attempt to escape the tyranny of the Iron Empire.
Blood on the Bayou – Lurking along the dark fetid waters of the bayou are mysteries too dangerous to explore, too twisted to explain.
Miner’s Revenge -Murdered miners stalk anyone brave enough who digs in their haunted lair.
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.
Kingdom of Carnage – Let the brave of heart and noble of spirit beware! Chivalry is dead at Castle Carnage which has long been feared for its twisted reputation for using medieval torture methods on prisoners.
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.
Red Beard’s Rage - The ship is in dock and Red Beard and his undead crew await new victims to help them satisfy their bloodlust.
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!
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 12 haunted “mazes” (some sound more like scare zones to us) and 3 shows along with their signature thrill rides. Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission to Kings Island. Kings Island 2012 Gold and Cedar Fair Platinum Season Passholders can enjoy unlimited admission to Halloween Haunt.
Open Fridays and Saturdays, September 21st through October 27th.
*New for 2012*Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror – Madame 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!
Mysteria – Prepare to enter into a new dimension where nothing is as it appears. The world of Mysteria… your senses will never be the same! Enter at your own peril!
Holiday Horror – The 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!
Massacre Manor – The Manor is for sale. Never mind the rumors of murder and torture – it’s priced to sell! Potential buyers adescend into a fortress of fear and encounter many of the Manor’s inhabitants – most of them long since departed.
Slaughter House – Looking 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!
Urget 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 Pack – The 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.
Cut Throat Cove – Meet 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.
Tombstone Terror-Tory – Covered 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!
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! Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission. Kings Dominion Gold and Cedar Fair Platinum 2012 Season Passholders can enjoy unlimited admission to Halloween Haunt. Halloween Haunt is intended for mature audiences. This event is not recommended for children.
In addition, Zombie Invasion will kick off this year’s haunt on September 28th. This event will be a preview of terrors to come during our Halloween season and allows guests to experience the event in costume, a HAUNT first. Guests can come in make up or be zombified by professional make up artists at the park. In addition, guests will have access to our always thrilling ride attraction line up.
Dates: Open Weekend Nights, September 28th through October 28th.
*New for 2012* 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 Factory – In an abandoned toy factory a psychotic serial killer turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls for his personal collection.
Camp Killauee – With the mysterious disappearance of campers, the nights of fun are done and murder is the new camp game.
Club Blood - The infamous vampire night club ”takes another bite” out of your nightlife!
Slaughter House - A 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 Bloodbath – Welcome to a mountain family’s twisted home bloodbath.
Medieval Macabre – As plague ravages the land, the graveyards are full, but there is always room for more.
Toxic Plague – Brave the twisted tunnels of the putrid sewers as malignant millipedes and rotten rodents crawl out of their dank holes to feast on your flesh.
*New for 2012* 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.
*New for 2012* 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.
Ironworx – Journey into science fiction past and future to explore a sinister, steamy subculture of a world that never was, but might have been.
The Lair – A 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 Tales - When the Brothers Grimm set out to tell stories from the countryside, they never imagined the dark horrors and unhappy endings they would encounter.
Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” as it opens SCarowinds’ Halloween Haunt XIII, the largest, most horrific Halloween event in the Carolinas. The thirteenth anniversary of SCarowinds promises to be more tormenting, terrifying and bloodier than ever with the addition of more than 500 sinister monsters lurking to terrorize guests at every corner.
SCarowinds’ Halloween Haunt XIII operates on select nights from September 14- October 28 from 7p.m. to midnight and from 7p.m. to 1a.m. on Saturday, October 20 and 28. 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.
Fury – An 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 Asylum – Insanity is your only hope of forgetting the horrific sights and sounds within this twisted Asylum.
Last Laff 3D – Clowns and circus freaks are looking for fresh blood to continue their demented performances.
Camp Killauee – With the mysterious disappearance of campers, the nights of fun are done and murder is the new camp game.
Defex- A “disassembly line” for defective toys.
Silver Scream Sinema: - A “sinematic” tour of some of the creepiest horror films ever made.
Dead Inn: - Bed bugs are the least of your worries as the over-attentive staff kills to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Feeding Frenzy -Blood-thirsty horde of hardcore vampires terrorize this gritty, high-impact scare zone.
The Cemetery - Unsettled spirits await you in the mist on the grounds of the Cemetery.
The Playground – It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
Executive Graveyard: Watch your back while wondering through this sacred graveyard as the dead have their rotting eyes on you.
Need a vacation away from the tortures of work, family, and the countless list of other annoying things? Then, take a summer cruise featuring all the tortures of the SAW movies. It’s the only way for haunt stalkers to travel!
The horror of the SAW movies is taking to the waves during the “Official SAW Movie Cruise,” to be held August 11-16, 2012, aboard the cruise ship Carnival Glory. SAW cruisers will travel round-trip from New York to Canada’s Maritime Provinces. Fans of the SAW movies will find plenty to love on the Official SAW Cruise.
Every SAW Cruiser can meet, party and dine with stars of the SAW movies. Fans can take photos with many of their favorite actors including SAW franchise legend Costas Mandylor (“Hoffman”). In addition, Jigsaw’s “Puppet,” used and seen in the SAW movies, will be aboard and available for free photo opportunities.
Dan Yeager, who stars as “Leatherface” in the new movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, will also be on the cruise – and everyone on the SAW cruise will get a free Dan Yeager autographed photo. This is Dan Yeager’s first official fan appearance, and he will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans during the entire cruise.
The five-night round-trip cruise leaves New York City on August 11 and includes stops at Saint John, N.B., and Halifax, N.S., plus two days at sea.
SAW cruisers can choose from three cruise packages, depending on the type of cabin (room) they select. Based on the package purchased, cruisers can receive access to the following events: private meals and cocktail parties with SAW actors, autograph signings with SAW actors, parties with the SAW stars, including an open bar; individual photos with SAW stars, question-and-answer sessions with SAW stars; pool and dance parties with SAW stars; a SAW tattoo contest judged by SAW stars; a SAW trivia contest, mini-golf and volleyball tournaments with SAW stars; and screenings of SAW movies.
All SAW cruisers receive a $50 shipboard credit per cabin applicable towards onboard purchases. All meals are included in the price of the SAW cruise, and food is available 24 hours a day. Cruisers will also have access at no extra charge to the shipboard amenities, including 22 lounges and bars, four pools (one with a 214-foot waterslide), nightclubs, a casino, spa, salon, gym, jogging track, miniature golf, duty-free shops, and restaurants, including a sushi bar, buffets, pizzeria, deli and steakhouse. Most of the ship’s extra spacious cabins (rooms) feature ocean views, and the majority of those boast private balconies.
This is the first Official SAW Cruise. The seven SAW Films from Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate are the most successful horror franchise in movie history.
For more information or to register for the Official SAW Cruise, visit www.SAWatSEA.com or call Boca Raton Travel & Cruises at: 800.326.1414. For all other SAW-related questions, contact Raybin Management, LLC, at: 203.661.4444, or email email@example.com.
For Haunt Stalkers in the the UK, Universal Orlando’s UK website has begun to sell tickets for this year’s HHN. The haunt will be taking place on the following nights: September 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, October 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 and 31.
Current rumors point to the strong possibility of a Walking Dead house, which may be a theme used at both Orlando and Hollywood. In addition, it’s rumored that this year’s event could take place in both the studio park and Islands of Adventure (IOA). With the (sad) removal of the Jaws ride in early January the studio is now down one haunt location. In recent years, there has been 8 houses at HHN Orlando and with it’s ever expanding worldwide popularity there is no way they would scale back to just 7. In fact, it’s believed that this year they will expand to 9 which the space in IOA could comfortably provide, and then some! Plus this could allow them to expand their offering to include some wicked fun inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
If this rumor is true, this wouldn’t be the first time that Universal Orlando hosted a two park haunt. The last dual park haunt was in 2004 which held the theme of ”What’s Your Breaking Point?”. It was promoted as ”2 X the Fear (Twice the Park. Twice the Fear)”. Check out HHN Crypt for more details on HHN XIV
Given than the Scare Zone crew is gearing up to check out this year’s HHN in Orlando you can bet we’re going to be closely following the news and rumors and will share them with all our Haunt Stalkers. In addition, please feel free to share any rumors with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Only in the UK can you spend the night in a haunted hotel room, witness the Human Centipede live, and experience a multitude of year round and traveling haunted attractions. Now, across the pond those “Crazy Brits” are taking the terror to an even higher level with the first ever camping haunt experience called Horror Camp Live. For all of us who grew up fearing summer camps because of Jason and the all other backwoods crazies who stalk them; you better dose up on your anxiety meds or stay at home as this won’t be the camping trip for you.
On Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th, in July, brave souls and scardy cats alike can pitch a tent at theovernight immersive experience, based in the fictional Campground Mass Acre (ha, get it?). For 13 hours, campers will become part of an interactive living horror game.
As darkness falls on the campground, campers meet around the fire to enjoy a two course buffet style meal while watching one of the latest horror movies, but all is not what it seems, as the terrifying night ahead becomes all too apparent, and Lockjaw – the demented serial killer, makes his presence known.
Horror Camp Live! challenges campers to undertake a series of dare games, during which they will be split up from the rest of the group. Each campers experience will be different, but all will include content which is intended to shock, scare and entertain. Campers will navigate around a series of indoor and outdoor environments during the experience, with shocks, surprises and scares at every turn.
Suitable for those aged 18 and over, Horror Camp Live! is perfect for stag and hen parties, team building events and celebrations. It is also available exclusively to groups of 30 or more. Those aged between 14 and 18 may attend, but each must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
The experience begins at 8.00pm and concludes at 2am, leaving six hours for sleeping, before breakfast at 8.15am. Survivors leave the site at 9.00am, 13 hours after they arrived.
Bored of traditional camping holidays? Visited all the scare attractions the UK has to offer? Love horror movies, books and games? Then why not try scare entertainment as it has never been seen before, you will have one hell of a time.
The haunted house industry’s own haunted house show will be held again in the America Center in St. Louis, Missouri on March 8-11. Prepare for three jam packed days of over 100,000 square feet of haunted house products, amusement products, seminars, education, and haunt tours through one of America’s best haunted houses “The Darkness“. This is THE MAIN event of the year if you own or operate a haunted attraction, amusement park or any sort of amusement facilty. The show floor will showcase over 100 vendors from the Halloween and Haunted House industry! Several entertain events are held, annual meetings for the Haunted House Association, tours through several haunted houses like The Darkness, The Lemp Brewery haunted house, and much more.
April 13-15 in Burbank, Ca. This event is geared toward the horror film industry and fans. The convention focuses on “the art of monsters,” such as horror makeup, sculpture, and artwork. The show itself is not that big, but the presentations are always great. It’s a must-attend for anyone interested in horror makeup, art, and special effects. And of course, the presentations from horror makeup artists can be very useful for haunt actors and haunt makeup artists.
This is held in New York this April 14-15. Make-up artists, vendors, manufacturers and enthusiasts convene for the make-up world’s biggest gathering to discuss, display, discover and collect the best the industry has to offer.
HauntCon travels each year to a different city so that attendees can visit haunted houses around the country. Hauntcon is held each year in the month of May 3- May 7. This years show will be held in Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA (Pittsburgh). The tradeshow floor is smaller but with some really cool haunt vendors with cool products on display. These shows (MHC, HAUNTCON, etc) do not offer the sheer amount of vendors and massive tradeshow displays as the Transworld Haunt does however because of their cheaper booth prices it opens the doors to smaller up and coming vendors. This year’s haunt nightly haunt tours include Fright Farm, Hundred Acres Manor, and Haunted Hills Estate.
This years event will be held May 4-6 in Philadelphia and will feature a tradeshow floor, haunt tours, and seminars. The show leans more towards local enthusiasts and home haunters than professional haunted house owners. Because there are so many haunts in the area the show planners are able to offer tours through some of the best haunts in the nation.
May 11-13 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Join the members of Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Monster Quest for the “Steel City Paracon,” a conference on the paranormal. Tickets are now on sale for the very intimate event–only 200 tickets will be available. The cost is $199 and includes entrance to the seminars, lectures, and networking events. With such a limited number of tickets, we recommend purchasing soon!
June 1-3 in Salem, OR. Haunters can gather to learn new tips and trade ideas. This year’s show is expanded and will located in Portland Oregon this year at the DoubleTree hotel and expo center. The show will also feature a local haunt tour and Scare Zone plans to be in attendance here.
June 1-3 in Petersburg, MI. This is another small haunters gathering with a focus on Michigan haunts events include demos, door prizes and events for kids of all ages. This year will include a charity driven Haunted House put on by the convention itself.
MHC is held in Columbus, Ohio June 8-10. Learn from many other haunted house owners, actors and more. The show somewhat leans towards the home haunts and enthusiasts more so than just the professional haunt owners; however, the show features a ton of vendors and events for both home and professional haunters. They’re also hosting two bus tours: An All Day Paranormal Bus Tour andAn Evening Haunt Bus Tour.
The “Tides of Torture” cruise (not related in any way to the torturous Ghost Ship haunt), will set sail for the Caribbean on August 27-31. This will be the inaugural cruise for the convention focused on horror movies rather than haunts. Some of the celebrities joining in the mayhem include Doug Bradley from Hellraiser, convention regular Kane Hodder (Jason in Friday the 13th parts 7-10), Tony Todd aka Candyman, and others.
November 12-16. The IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) show is the biggest amusement show on the entire planet held every year in Orlando. The show is over 750,000 square feet and offer over 1000 vendors. On average there are about 100 haunt related vendors to choose from. Additionally IAAPA has been producing haunted house seminars each year at their event.
It’s a new year so it’s time to start planning our 2012 haunt stalking. With the haunt industry booming, there’s going to be even more ‘scare-tivities’ to endure… err enjoy in the new year. Looking at our past experiences and the highly anticipated haunt events of the new year, we’ve complied a list of 13 haunt destinations for 2012. So count up those frequent flier miles, put in for vacation time and keep your resolutions to set out on some terrifying travels. Remember this may be the last year any of us will get to haunt stalk.
1. Friday the 13th Haunts: Friday the 13th occurred only once in 2010 and ’11. However, this year, we get 3 unlucky Fridays in January, April and July! A few haunts will be open this month on Friday the 13th and we only hope that even more will be open during the other ‘Friday the 13th’ dates to give us some continuous mid season scares.
3. TransWorld Haunt Show(March 8-11, St. Louis, MO): For the last 16 years, TransWorld’s annual Halloween & Attractions Show has been a “must attend” event in the Halloween & Haunt industries. This year is no exception! This is the only trade show that features vendors, from across the nation and overseas, that cover every aspect of the business, from ticketing to makeup and sound FX to giant animatronics. In addition, local St. Louis Haunts open their doors to attendees. If you are a pro haunter (want to become one) or a True Blood haunt stalker, you cannot afford to miss this event.
4. Monsterpalooza(April 13-15, Burbank, CA): This is an annual convention featuring Hollywood’s award winning FX Artists, Monster and Horror related art work displays, presentations and special guests from horror and Sci-Fi. For us the highlight is the Walk-thru Monster Museum!
5. HauntCon(May 3-7, Monroeville, PA *Pittsburgh): We attended this event last year and believe it’s worth a visit if you’re a haunter or stalker living on the east coast. This is the first year HAuNTcon will be in a convention center rather than a hotel in Monoroeville, PA which just happens to be next to the Monroeville Mall, most famous for its appearance in the George A. Romero horror film Dawn of the Dead.
6. Midwest Haunters Convention (June 8-10, Columbus Ohio): This is the largest Halloween show of its kind in the US serving a primary audience of Haunted Attraction Producers, Actors, Artists and Home Haunters. It provides regional businesses and residents the opportunity to shop for professional quality Halloween related products along with educational seminars and workshops and networking activities for haunted attraction industry professionals. Of course, the main reason to go is for the world’s largest haunted attraction bus tour.
7. Tides of Torture(Dates TBD): We know that seeing Kathie Lee Gifford in a bikini could be scary enough, but this Caribbean cruise promises even more terrors at sea. This cruise convention will feature a Fangoria-sponsored film festival and some of your favorite horror actors including Jason actor Kane Hodder who really enjoys being on a boat.
8. London (UK) Haunts: Last year our friends at Theme Park Touristshared some great reviews of the UK haunts and with the 2012 Olympics taking place this summer in London we highly recommend the trip over the bloody pond to experience their renowned year round and seasonal haunted attractions.
9. New York Haunts: We now know why this is the city that never sleeps. It’s because everyone is having nightmares! NYC boasts some of the nation’s most extreme haunts and offers haunts in unique metropolitan locations all the way out to the dark woods of Sleepy Hollow in upstate. This is a “not to be missed” destination during the fall.
11. Texas Haunts: Texas is a big state which provides a lot of room for haunts. Throughout the year and especially during haunt season Haunt Stalkers can find a haunt (or two or three…) in nearly every town with the Dallas-Forth Worth area and Austin leading the terror with their renowned haunts such as Cutting Edge, Hangman’s House of Horrors, and House of Torment.
13. Southern California Haunts: From Hollywood down to San Diego; Southern California offers just about every kind of haunt experience a haunt stalker would want. There are first class Theme Park haunts, hayrides, stand alone professional haunts, boat haunts, and impressive home haunts. You’ll need to plan at least a week long visit, covering two weekends, in order to sample some of the SoCal’s top haunts.
Take a journey through the historical, yet hysterical, Christmas time tunnel, courtesy of a ghostly Ebenezer Scrooge, where he will introduce you to a number of seasonal characters who have helped shape the face of Christmas over the centuries.
On your journey, you will have the chance to join the Roman winter feast of Saturnalia, where Christmas dinner is served with a twist! Visitors will get the chance to get up close and personal with the infamous ‘vomit collectors’ who were traditionally employed to clear up the vomit of diners who purge themselves to make space for the next course!
If that doesn’t put you off, we then transport you back to the medieval Viking Age where you will be invited to raise a glass or two with a Norwegian Viking storyteller. Interestingly, find out how the origin of the “modern” Father Christmas story being pulled in his sleigh, comes from the ancient Nordic God “Thor” and his sledge which was traditionally pulled by ferocious horned goats.
Another, urban legend is the Frost Fair which took place each winter on a frozen River Thames. Londoners in the 1600s were able to take advantage of these freezing conditions by ice-skating across the river. However, with this sparked the fear of frozen lakes & rivers, with the tragic story of John Smith, who fell through the ice where he met his bitter death. Visitors are then invited to experience the darker side of Christmas with the ghost of Charles Dickens, as he reflects on his experience of living among the destitute streets of London.
This special event runs from December 1 through January 2.
Exclusive for Scare Zone, here’s a review from our fellow Haunt Stalkers at Theme Park Touristof Carnival of Screams at Alton Towers’ Scarefest 2011.
The UK’s most popular theme park, Alton Towers, has once again kicked off its annual Halloween Scarefest celebrations. The event features a diverse line-up of family-friendly shows and entertainment alongside three adult-oriented horror mazes. One of the mazes, Terror of the Towers: What Lies Within, has featured in every Scarefest event to date and is included with the price of admission. The other two, The Boiler House and Carnival of Screams, require a separate entry fee of £6-7 each (or £12 for both).
Introduced last year in place of the fan-favorite Field of 1000 Screams, Carnival of Screams debuted to mixed reviews. While we found the central theme (a circus gone bad) and external theming to be very strong, the execution of the maze itself was lacklustre. It was too short, there was a total lack of plot and the finale (an encounter with a King Kong-style giant ape) was more funny than scary. We hoped that 2011 would prove to be the year when the maze lived up to its potential and had guests running for their lives away from its troupe of murderous clowns.
In previous years, the two upcharge horror mazes have been hosted in the grounds of the Alton Towers Hotel, outside of the park itself. This allowed the creation of the sprawling Field of 1000 Screams, and also created a real sense of spooky isolation when waiting to enter each of the mazes. For Scarefest 2011, both The Boiler House and Carnival of Screams have been relocated to the futuristic X-Sector area of the park. The Boiler House suffers badly from this move, as the feeling of waiting outside a genuine abandoned boiler house is now long gone. Carnival of Screams, meanwhile, looks bizarre during the day (it opens to the public at noon) – what is a garishly-colored circus tent doing in the middle of a space-themed land? At night, however, it blends in well with the illuminated rides to resemble a genuine, creepy funfair.
It was with high hopes, then, that we shuffled into the big top to begin our tour of the Carnival of Screams. After a very brief introduction from a suitably unsettling clown, we were sent on our way. The early signs were promising, with an obese, caged circus freak reaching out to grab at members of our group. Sadly, this proved to be the first and only time that any of us screamed throughout the entire experience.
The remainder of the maze features a few impressive set pieces. The highlights are a hall of mirrors (we laughed at one clown’s taunt of “silly boy” as the leader of our group walked straight into his own reflection), and a room covered in spots from which there is no obvious exit. Sadly, that’s really it – the remainder of Carnival of Screams is a fairly generic walkthrough.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the clowns themselves. Last year’s troupe appeared to have some genuine circus training, performing a few stunts and some impressive mime acts. This year, however, they seem to be generic scare actors, offering little more than the grunts and shouts associated with zombies, ghosts and other standard haunt creatures.
For the second year running, Carnival of Screams is over far too quickly. The giant ape finale is gone, and there’s really nothing to replace it. Instead, groups simply spill out back into the park, many of them asking “was that it?”. At £6 for a single maze, we expected more – rather than an improvement, the 2011 version of the attraction is actually a distinct downgrade from last year’s offering.
There’s still a good maze to be created out of Carnival of Screams. Clowns are scary, and the external theming is too good to waste on such a limited experience. Word-of-mouth is likely to catch up with Alton Towers eventually, and some of those who paid the upcharge this year may think carefully before digging into their wallets again in 2012. We hope that the park lengthens the maze, invests in some talented scare actors, layers on a plot and introduces a fitting finale. If it does, it will have a carnival worthy of its name.
Haunt design: 3 skulls
Scare factor: 2 skulls
Read Theme Park Tourist’s full review of Scarefest 2011 at Alton TowersHERE.