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Monsterpalooza 10 Rises This Friday the 13th Weekend

A Century of Monster Makers… Horror aficionados and the creative professionals who bring these scary creatures to life will return to the Pasadena Convention Center this Friday the 13th weekend for the 10th annual Monsterpalooza.

The show is for fans as well as industry professionals – more than 250 exhibitors will present live makeup demonstrations, celebrity meet and greets, and a Monster Museum exhibition. Visit the Monster Museum to view props from motion pictures and television shows, as well as installations by award winning artists. Attend unique presentations at the Monsterpalooza Theatre featuring actors and directors of the horror film genre, as well as screenwriters and special effects artists. Past presentations include An American Warewold in London, The Howling, Predator, Tremors, The Exorcist, and Return of the Living Dead.

Special Guests: Pam Grier – An American actress. She starred in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Tobin Bell – An American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of John Kramer / Jigsaw in the eight films of the Saw franchise. Alex Winter – An American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his role as Bill S. Preston, in the 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Cassandra Peterson – An American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Doug Bradley – An English actor, best known for his role as the Lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser film series and more!

Dates & Hours

Friday, April 13, 2018 | 6:00 p.m to 11:oo p.m

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

Sunday, April 15, 2018 | 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m


Titan & Pint-Sized Terrors come to Universal Hollywood’s HHN 2017

Someone at Universal is a  member of the Cult of Chucky as he keeps getting resurrected at HHN Hollywood. This year he’s taking over the Terror Tram (again) and will be joined by the tried and true “Titans of Terror”  Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface. The latter three will also be featured in a “new maze” called “Titans of Terror” that will be located next the Water World show arena.

Chucky does have a new direct to video movie coming out in October so it makes sense that they would find a way to bring him back into the mix. Our only question is, isn’t Chucky too short to reach the pedals to drive the Terror Tram? We guess that in the world of Chucky where there’s a kill, there’s a way!

Last year there was a Freddy Vs. Jason Maze and a separate Texas Chainsaw Massacre maze. This year, the modern monsters will placed inside a bloody potpourri of a maze that we assume will feature highlights (and set pieces) from their former mazes. It should be a fun romp for any slasher horror fan but we are sad that lil’ ole  Mikey Myers wasn’t invited to the classes of 70’s & 80’s horror reunion.  Maybe he’s holding out for his own maze… Halloween: H20 anyone?


Here’s all the grit on  Chucky and the Titans of Terror…

Universal Studios Hollywood unites four slasher film legends—Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Chucky—in two all-new terrifying “Titans of Terror” experiences as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event which kicks off Friday, September 15, 2017.

In the new “Titans of Terror” maze, guests will fall victim to the silver screen’s most deplorable killers whose affinity for bladed weapons redefined the horror movie genre as slasher films: Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) wielding his iconic chainsaw, Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) brandishing his relentless machete, and Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) swiping his trademark glove armed with razor blades. The new maze will be an assault on guests’ sensibilities as they descend into the forbidden realms of these horror icons.

Taking terror to an unspeakable level of bloodcurdling screams, the “Titans of Terror Tram Hosted by Chucky” will transport guests into a nightmare of carnage pitting guests against these four modern horror icons, this time led by infamous serial killer doll Chucky (Child’s Play franchise). With his faithful army of degenerate chainsaw-wielding Good Guy Dolls, Chucky will unleash havoc upon guests as they navigate a portion of the world-famous backlot.

Further “Terror Tram” encounters will include Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) at the Crystal Lake Motel where he slaughters newly arrived camp counselors; an ominous confrontation with Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) who takes his ultimate revenge on the town of Springwood; and a final foray through the barn from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, where Leatherface and the Sawyer family butcher victims for their cannibal cuisine.

Unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, the “Terror Tram” enables “Halloween Horror Nights” guests to walk along an area of the famed movie and television studio, where such sets as the Psycho House and the Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, are located.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes and frightful scare zones, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Haunt Review: Halloween Horror Nights (Hollywood) 2016

Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) at Universal Studios Hollywood continues to put out the scares and pack in the crowds.


This year’s buzz about HHN has reached an all new high with a lineup of mazes featuring some of the most popular movie and TV franchises in horror history. It’s slashers gone wild in mazes featuring Michael Myers, Leatherface, Jason, and Freddy. Demonic destruction in “The Exorcist”  and “Krampus” mazes. You will also experience terror vision in mazes based on TV’s top rated horror series “American Horror Story” and “The Walking Dead”. Plus murderous clowns roam the backlot and Purgers have taken over the rest of the park. With all of this horror greatness we have to agree that Universal Studios Hollywood’s HHN is a blockbuster Theme Park Halloween event.

Freddy, Jason, Michael, and Walkers are probably some of the biggest draws that keeps people coming back year after year (along with all their friends and family). People truly love being able to see their favorite horror icons and experience their terrifying worlds. On the other hand, for us, there is also the desire to have new experiences. While Universal has created new story lines for some of the repeat horror franchises they’re presenting  we have to  wonder where can HHN go from here and how can they continue to raise the bar if they remain locked into producing mazes solely tied to movie and TV franchises?

Listen, to their credit, unlike Knott’s and other parks that usually run the exact same mazes for three to six years straight, Universal seems to operate under a plan where they rotate the themes in and out over the years; freshening them up with new layouts, sets and effects when they come back. This makes every year somewhat different (expect for Terror Tram) and also allows for horror fans to have ongoing experiences with their favorite horror movies. It’s not a coincidence that sequels and remakes are popular in the horror genre as the fans can never get enough. Nonetheless, as frequent haunt stalkers who have experienced HHN at Universal Orlando where they also have a few unique mazes every year, we think if Hollywood included more original concepts into their mix then they would have the perfect collection of mazes in one park.

img_6824Overall, HHN continues to reign as the scariest Theme Park haunt in Southern California. In comparison to Scary Farm and Dark Harbor, we still rank the mazes at HHN highest in overall design, theming, and scare factor. The other parks may just have an edge when it comes to the park wide experiences and value.

We think that park operations have also improved slightly this year with early maze openings and easier security and entrance procedures but it still gets uncomfortably crowded as the park has small walkways and its over a mile to walk from the front gate down to the back lot where most of the mazes are.  We also believe that it will be nearly impossible to experience everything without paying the absorbent cost for a front of the line (FOL) pass. The sad reality is you are more likely to NOT have a have a good time if you don’t have a FOL but we also know that paying over $200 bucks for a haunt isn’t  the reality for most people either. We think if they opened up the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter and maybe even incorporated the Death Eater attack, like in Japan, then that would help further disperse the crowds. Of course we also would prefer if they would add at least two to three more mazes.

With a FOL we were able to see all the mazes and get on a few rides in just under 4 hours. We didn’t bother seeing the JabbaWockeez show as we still don’t get their connection to Halloween aside from wearing white masks and aren’t fans of watching shows when we can be going through mazes instead.

Now as Dr. Loomis said “It’s time, Michael” so let’s get to business and review all the mazes, Terror Tram, and Purge scare zone at HHN 2016 featuring videos from our friends at ThemeParkHD.



The Exorcist


Based on the “scariest film of all time” this maze takes guests inside the MacNeil house, where we get to witness firsthand the violent battle of a demon trying to take the soul of a little girl.  There are some cool animatronic and special effects used in this maze.  The settings are redundant as the path just goes back and forth between dark corridors  filled with demonic creatures to various recreations of the movie’s bedroom scene where we see lil Regan evolve into a demonic monster.

There are some pretty intense and startling scares in the maze but they pretty much stick to one scare tactic that gets used over and over again, though ever so effectively. We easily caught on to the rhythm of the maze a few rooms in. There was a  noticeable similarities  between this maze and last year’s “This is the End” maze that was in the same location and featured a demonic invasion using similar scare tactics.

The recreation of this movie is no easy feat and what they managed to do with The Exorcist was pretty impressive. We think that this is a not to be missed maze and is a good one to start with to get your heart pumping for the rest of the night at HHN.

Haunt Design: 4-skulls
Theming: 4-skulls
Scare Factor: 4-5-skulls
Overall Rating: 4-skulls



As a movie Krampus may not be one of the scariest. It’s fun but not scary. However, as a maze, Krampus offers a real treat of elaborate set designs and unique scares. It’s an early Christmas present to haunt fans. This maze has the best looking facade at HHN and as soon as you step into this holiday house of horrors the sweet scents of spice, pine, and gingerbread cookies fills the air.


As guest make their way further into the home it doesn’t take too long for Krampus and his nasty little helpers to get into action attacking from every corner and angle imaginable. There are non-stop scares with the creatures coming out of the most unexpected places, above and below.  This maze does a great job recreating the best scenes from the movie and it truly stands out as one of the best designed mazes in recent HHN history.

Haunt Design: 5-skulls
Theming: 5-skulls
Scare Factor: 4-skulls
Overall Rating: 4-5-skulls

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It’s Slashers Gone Wild at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights 2016!


Get ready for slashers gone wild at this year’s HHN! Today we got a triple threat of scares with the announcement of two more mazes, featuring 3 more classic movie slashers, joining the 2016 HHN Hollywood lineup. This is a 80’s horror fan’s best dream and worse nightmare come through! Check out the descriptions from the press release along with our take on these new haunt attractions.

“Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Leatherface. Michael Myers. The four most terrifying names in horror come together at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as the silver screen’s extreme serial killers bleed into a trio of all-new slasher-themed mazes, beginning Friday, September 16, 2016.”

“In “Freddy vs. Jason,” demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) returns to the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired by New Line Cinema’s 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history, this new experiential maze thrusts guests into an epic battle in which the fate of only one killer will survive.”

We loved this maze in Orlando and look forward to experiencing it with Hollywood’s new twists. Unlike Orlando’s, which more closely followed the narrative of the 2003 movie (has it been 13 years?!) , this maze will be “inspired” by the film taking some creative liberties to bring a new maze experience and scares for frequent Haunt Stalkers, like ourselves.  We hope they keep the element of switching up the winner at the end of maze like they did Orlando.

Next up is a maze theme we’ve seen quite a few versions of over the years at HHN, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Orlando is also getting TCM maze this year that is based  on the orginal movie. In Hollywood, instead of being based on a specific movie in the series, we’ll get a unique story line about the adventures of Leatherface and family as they run a BBQ restaurant for cannibals. Almost sounds like the premise of a sitcom spin off , but we expect there won’t be any laughs in this maze. We hope!

The unspeakable terror embroiled within “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers” maze, based on Tobe Hooper’s original film, will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of the demented killer, Leatherface, and his mentally unhinged brother, Chop Top, as they unite in misery to expand the family’s cannibalistic enterprise and slaughter a new generation of innocent victims. With the perverse duo at the helm of a grotesque BBQ restaurant staged inside a dilapidated roadside gas station, unwitting guests will soon realize that new terror awaits as the blood brothers continue their hedonistic prey on human flesh.

As was previously announced, the original masked killer, Michael Myers will also be in the mix as he would never miss a Halloween party.

Escaped mental patient Michael Myers makes a homecoming return in “Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield,” an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic “Halloween” horror franchise. Echoing the infamous words uttered by the film’s Dr. Sam Loomis, “You can’t kill the Boogeyman,” the twisted maze will shed new light on the terrifying lunacy of Michael Myers as he scours the streets of Haddonfield and stalks the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in ruthless pursuit of his victims.

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off on Friday, September 16, 2016. The popular event brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions as part of Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience. The all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent attraction, based on AMC’s hit show will further enhance “Halloween Horror Night’s” terrifying lineup.

Winner Kills All: Freddy vs. Jason at HHN25

First up for Universal Orlando’s #HHN25 is the confirmation of the long rumored Freddy vs. Jason house!


Freddy and Jason last appeared at Horror Nights in 2007, when each had their own maze. Now we get to have both of the most iconic horror movie killers of all time terrorize us together at Halloween Horror Nights 25. The house will feature “iconic kills” from the movies, as victims (guests) make their ways through the respective killers’ worlds. The terror will begin on Jason’s turf at the bloody campgrounds of Camp Crystal Lake. Those who survive will then make their way to 1428 Elm Street into Freddy Krueger’s broiler room of horrific nightmares. After they’ve taken care of all their victims, they’ll then place their gruesome sights on each other for a finale that will place us right in the middle of the Freddy vs. Jason fight. This is where knife gloves and machetes come out for an epic horror battle to the bloody end. 

Universal doesn’t want to pick the winner so to increase the repeatability and surprise of the house the winner of the Freddy vs. Jason battle will continue to change depending on when you go through it. Either way, Winner Kills All!’ 

This is the first of 9 haunts expected to terrorize us at #HHN25 this year. This is a great start and we can’t wait to hear what more they have in store for us.

Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Day/Dead Presidents Weekend Haunts 2015

The Fun and Terror Continues….


There’s no better combination for “off season haunt” than a long Dead President’s weekend with both a Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The S&M fun of 50 Shades of Gray is no match to the heart pumping you’ll feel from getting stalked by spooks, frightened by freaks, and chased by chainsaws on Valentine’s Night.

For 2015 many haunts across the country are planning to make the most of the holiday weekend as there’s a nice and long list of Bloody Valentine’s offerings, It’s a known fact that being scared is physiologically arousing and as we always say, love will never do without haunts.



Warehouse 31 – Birmingham

Arx Mortis – Killen


The 13th Floor – Phoenix


Talladega Frights-My Bloody Valentine – Bakersfield

Zombie Joe’s Ghosts of the Underground – North Hollywood

Fear Overload Scream Park – San Leandro

Reign of Terror – Thousand Oaks


The 13th Floor’s Valentine X – Denver


Scream Acres’s Zombie Prom & Bloody Valentine’s – Covington


Legends Dark Amusements-A Haunting in Old Town – Kissimmee

The Shadow Grave: A Night to Dismember – Winter Heaven


Basement of the Dead – Aurora

13th Floor Haunted House – Chicago

Factory of Love (Teddy Bear Killer) – Moline

Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road: Broken Hearts – Princeton




The Asylum Haunted House: My Bloody Valentine – Chetopa


Exit 13 Haunted House -Mount Morris

50 Shades of Phun – Westland

New Jersey

Brighton Asylum-Dark Valentine’s – Passaic

New York

Blood Manor – NYC – Scare Zone has visited Blood Manor on Valentine’s Day and had a bloody good time. Read our review here.

Times Scare – NYC

Nyctophobia Haunted House – Eastport

North Carolina

Deceased Farm: My Deceased Valentine – Lexington


 Guthrie Haunts: My Vexed Valentine – Guthrie

The Sanctuary’s Tunnel of Love – Oklahoma City


Castle Blood’s Love & Death – Monessen

Valentine’s Ghost Tour – Philadelphia

Halloween Park – Strinestown


Ripley’s Haunted Adventure: My Bloody Valentine – Gatlinburg

Slaughter House Bloody Valentine – Hermitage

Frightmare Manor – Morrison

Haunted Hell – Nashville


House of Torment – Austin

Moxley Manor-Valentine’s Day Massacre – Bedford

House of Horrors’s Tortured Love -Clyde

50 Shades of Fear at Hangman’s House of Horrors -Fort Worth

Cutting Edge-Twisted Love – Fort Worth SZ Review

Tayman Graveyard-Valentine Massacre – Midlothian

Dark Hour Haunted House – Plano

The 13th Floor – San Antonio


Castle of Chaos – Taylorsville


Night Watch Haunt’s Dark Hearts – Hellsville

Shocktober’s My Bloody Valentine – Leesburg

St. Albans Sanatorium’s Fatal Attraction – Radford


We hope you have a horrifyingly Valentine’s NIGHT! We look forward to hearing all about it… if you survive. 

Reign of Terror: Friday the 13th Event!

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Great news for Southern California haunt fans! Reign of Terror, in Thousand Oaks, will be opening its doors for a special event on Friday, February 13, 2015. The haunt will be in full production mode, so it’s a great chance to experience one of California’s best haunted houses during the off season. We don’t get a lot of off-season haunts in California, so you really don’t want to miss this opportunity.

All proceeds from the night will be donated to Reign of Terror associate Tom Hood, who is currently battling cancer.

Tickets are a real bargain at only $10 (a VIP option is available). We expect the line to be much shorter than it usually is during haunt season, so not only is this a fabulous value, but it’s also a way to avoid the long waits that happen during Halloween. Plus, your money will be going to a great cause. In addition, the Sunset Terrace restaurant in the Janss Mall will also donate a portion of their sales to the cause, so come hungry and thirsty and stop by the restaurant before/after.

ROT bartender


A Killers Mother’s Day

Awww dearest Mother, Mommy, Mom, and Mama. These are the names of affection for the special lady in every psychopath’s life (and death). In the world of horror one’s mother is the one which you better not f*ck with or you’ll likely die to regret it. Many of horror’s top maniacs always have a special bond with their sweet old lady and in many cases the bloody knife doesn’t fall far from the tree. While it seems easy for them to cut up everything else the one thing they’ll never cut are the ties to their mothers. So, for this Mother’s Day we pay tribute to some of our top Killer Moms!



Psycho (Mrs. Bates)
Norman claims that it’s his mother who’s off the rocker. Sitting in the window of a creepy house overseeing a motel that no one should ever check-in to, this mom goes to great lengths to make sure that no one will harm her dear and “innocent” Norman. She’s just not good at cleaning up in the bathroom after herself.

Jason Mom

Friday the 13th (Mrs. Vorhees)
Forget dad, Mrs. Vorhees is the one every boy scout will want to go camping with the. She knows how shoot an arrow, tie slip knots, and is very adept at chopping things (and people) up. Just keep an eye out for her beloved son Jason for when he goes swimming because if he drowns you won’t live to regret it.


Carrie (Margaret White)
Carrie’s religiously devoted mom bible beats the hell out of her daughter but it’s all done in the name of the lord to prevent Carrie from getting hurt. Unfortunately when Carrie rebels against her mother’s preaching and decides to showcase her telekinesis (and “dirty pillows’ ) at the prom it turns out that mother was right all along.


Mother’s Day (Rose Ross)
Two mama’s boys will do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother most is watching her sons commit acts of rape and murder. Oh, the things families did for entertainment before the internet.


Serial Mom (Beverly Stuphin)
There’s goes the neighborhood! This mom puts the terror in PTA. Don’t you dare cross this maternal slasher and her practically perfect family or you’ll end up dead under gruesomely mysterious circumstances. Her meatloaf is also to die for.


Frightmare (Dorothy Yates)
After spending 18 years in an institution, suburban mother Dorothy Yates is released, apparently cured of her cannibalistic urges. Yet her blood lust proves to be too much to resist and it seems it may even be hereditary. There must be a lot of limbs in her ancestry.com family tree.


Strait-Jacket (Lucy Harbin)
This gets mom is locked up in a mental hospital for 20 years for decapitating her husband and his mistress. After she’s released and reunites with her daughter, people mysteriously (yea right) start turning up headless again.


Mommie Dearest (Joan Crawford)
This biopic of actress Joan Crawford as seen through the eyes of her adopted daughter has become a camp classic, thanks to the over-the-top performance by Faye Dunaway.


Scream 2 (Debbie Salt/Mrs. Loomis)
Usually after loosing child a mother will become proactive in preserving their child’s memory with charity work. However, Mrs. Loomis decides it’s better to reverse the plots of Psycho and Friday the 13th by following in her son’s murderous footsteps instead. She does wear the Ghostface dress better than Billy.


The People Under the Stairs (Woman)
Like Mommie Dearest on crack, this fun urban fairy tale from Wes Craven features a deranged mother seeking daughterly perfection — even if she has to stab it out of her.


Mama (Ghost)
This mama is an evil spirit who decides to adopt two abandoned little girls living in a cabin in the woods. When the girls are taken away from their serene and desolote life by some mere mortal guardians all hell breaks loose as like Sally Field, this Mama isn’t one to give up her kids without a fight.

Screaming Soon: Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre

Summer is just about here and that means it’s time to pack up your gear and head out to a Cabin (or tent) in the Woods. A few weeks ago we shared information on the UK’s new “Horror Camp Live!” experience kicking off on Friday the 13th weekend in July.  Now here in the U.S., Haunt Stalkers can attend “Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” taking place in  Rockford, Illinois. This camp is actually more of a haunt convention/seminar than a full out haunt experience but it still sounds like it will be a lot of fun.

R.I.P. Productions will present the “Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” Friday and Saturday, July 13-14, in Rockford, Ill. The event will feature interactive haunted house workshops, “Gorification” (featuring gruesome gore, airbrushing techniques, and hands-on demonstrations), “The Scarezone” (featuring character development and scare techniques), “Chiller Theater” featuring Friday the 13th slasher movies, and “Frights, Camera, Action” where you become the horror star in a slasher flick.

“Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre” will begin at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 13, and run through 11 p.m., Saturday, July 14. The camp is open to haunted attraction actors, owners/operators and anyone interested in attending (must be 16 years of age or older). Cost is $35 per person, which includes transportation on the “Camp Massacre Bus” (mandatory), workshops and supplies. Visit trailofscreams.com/events for information or a registration form, or call (815) 965-6772. Attendance is limited to the first 50 victims, and registration deadline is July 1.

R.I.P. Productions has been hosting, organizing and facilitating seminars for haunt owners and actors throughout Illinois and Wisconsin since 2005. Each year since 2002, R.I.P. has brought total fear and mayhem to northern Illinois with the Trail of Screams, Screamatorium Haunted House and Fear Asylum Haunted House. The group strives to continuously stay on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry, utilizing digital technology, Hollywood-quality props and prosthetics, hosting guest appearances by professional horror film actors and providing quality, professionalism and entertainment value to every patron.

The 2012 Fear Asylum Haunted House will open Friday, Oct. 5, at the Belvidere Park District William Grady Pool. (Because of the intense nature of the event, parental guidance is strongly recommended). For additional information, the public is encouraged to call (815) 965-6772 or visit www.trailofscreams.com.

Here’s a look at the Camp’s Weekend Agenda ( *please note,  Scare-Zone.com has no affiliation with this event for more information please visit their official website):

Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre

Friday, July 13th

5:30 p.m. –   Bus departs from Wal-Mart parking lot (7219 Walton Street/E. State Street)

(The bus will be leaving promptly at 5:30 p.m. You may leave your vehicle parked overnight but be sure your vehicle is locked and all valuables are out of site).

Please Note:  Bus transportation is a MANDATORY part of the Haunted Slumber Camp Massacre.   You MUST arrive by 5:30 p.m. to depart on the  “Camp Massacre” Bus!

6:30 p.m. –   Arrival at Camp Site (Check-in)

(All attendees will be required to check-in Tents and sleeping bags are encouraged). Event location is approximately 4 miles south of Rockford.

 7:30 p.m. –   “Spine-Chilling” Cookout


(Do you hunger for flesh??? Trail of Screams will provide all the fixins’ for a “spine-chilling” cannibal cookout!  Meet fellow actors, haunter’s and R.I.P. Production’s management and staff members)

8:30 p.m. –   “Chiller Theatre”  

(Don’t look behind you….it’s a flashback to “Friday the 13th” slasher movie classics).

Saturday, July 14

8:00 a.m. –     Breakfast

(Cold cereal, donuts, milk, juice, and coffee will be available).

9:00 a.m. –    “Gorification” Seminar & Workshop    

(Learn makeup techniques to “die for”, including latex applications, gruesome gore, airbrushing techniques and hands-on demonstrations).

Noon – Lunch

(Chicago style hot dogs, chips, macaroni/potato salad & desert will be available)

1:00 p.m. –    “The ScareZone” Seminar & Workshop

(Learn scare techniques, character development, building dialogue in a haunted attraction,  how to create a frightening character, and much more!)

6:00 p.m. –    Dinner

(Pizza and chips will be available)

7:00 p.m. –   “Fright’s, Camera, Action!”

(Create your own “horror star” in your own slasher flick!  Details and rules will be provided).

11:00 p.m. –   Bus departs for Rockford  (Arrival time approximately 11:45 p.m. at Wal-Mart parking lot)

13 Haunt Stalking Destinations for 2012

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.

2. Valentine’s Weekend Haunts: More haunts are sharing the fiendish love with special openings Valentines weekend. Here are a few of  the top haunts offering Valentine’s day massacres: Sinister Pointe (Brea, CA), Moxley Manor (Bedford, TX) and Blood Manor (New York, NY)

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.

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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 Tourist shared 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.

10. Pennsylvania  Haunts: While in NY, you might as well head down to PA as well. Pennsylvania is home to some of he nation’s most highly rated haunted attractions including; Jason’s Woods, Bates Motel, and Field of Screams just to name a few.

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.

12. Central Florida Haunts: If you’re a fan of haunts and Theme Parks then Central Florida is the destination for you. While there are only 2 major haunts, Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens; these 2 offer more than enough mazes and scares to make for a satisfying trip.

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.

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