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What Scares You II: 2018 Horror Trends

In just a little over a week, the gates of haunts across the country will begin to creak open. For frequent haunt stalkers, we’ve seen just about it all when it comes to the array of haunt themes, characters, and storylines. We’ve also shared many of the popular haunt themes here on The Scare Zone over the years, which includes the mainstay characters such as zombies and ghosts to slashers and vampires.

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This year, America Haunts, an association of the most successful U.S. haunted attractions, has announced their top 3 scare trends for Halloween 2018. De-mystifying what it takes to heighten fear is second nature for America Haunts’ members, given their decades in the business offering high-caliber fear attractions. This year’s AH trends incorporate the mystic, the innately frightful, and raises the undead from cemeteries from another century. Their 2018 trends include:

  • Dragons Magical and mythical. Fiery dragons come to life with technology that makes realistic fire-breathing, and roaring sounds – appearing from the depths of dark, fantasy storytelling.”Dragons will definitely have a big presence this year and do their job to create fear,” said Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, Queen of America Haunts. “They are spell-binding and attack from above while breathing fire that can burn you alive. They’re terrifying.”
  • Killer Bees & the Creepy Crawly Killer bees, spiders and creepy insects tap into our phobias. Inside haunts, the scare is amplified when these creatures touch visitors. “The old days of haunted attractions with scary sets visitors view from behind glass are gone,” Arnett-Bequeaith explained. “Today, all senses are activated. It’s 4D. See, feel, hear and smell inside the haunts. Horror is big because horror is smarter. Guests may hear buzzing sounds and suddenly feel the sensation of killer bees swarming over their face, igniting the phobia of getting stung in a swarm of bees – then discover they are underneath giant hives with killer bee animatronics creating buzzworthy fear.”
  • Graveyards Resurrected Massive realistic graveyards within the haunt attractions create a perfect scene for screams. “It’s human nature to run from death,” said Duane Sandberg, 13th Gate in Baton Rouge. “A staple of the south, our New Orleans-style graveyard has elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums – creating an uneasiness that something is lurking behind the tombs. The smell of death leaches from the coffin and penetrates your nostrils.”

So there we have it America. Dragons, bees, and graveyards! These are very unique trends and we’ll have to keep our eyes out this season to see how many dragon bees in graveyards we encounter. Let us know if you see any too.

Screaming Soon: Reign of Terror Haunted House 2017

Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks prepares to kick-off on September 30th with made exciting changes and additions making their 18th season event the biggest ever!

Janss Marketplace announces the 2017 dates for the 13-night Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the top ranked immersive haunt attractions in the U.S.  Now entering its 18th-annual season, Reign of Terror, will be open to the public on September 30October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Each year, the annual haunted house at Janss Marketplace adds new exciting features. For the 2017 season, each of Reign of Terror’s 8 separate attractions has been expanded or updated to over 100 individual rooms. This makes Reign of Terror the largest indoor haunted attraction in all of Southern California. Covering over 23,000 sqare feet of indoor space, Reign of Terror is nearly 15 times as large as the average single family home in Southern California.

For a preview of the haunted house, visit www.rothauntedhouse.com

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 for general admission and $25 to $35 for express entry admission.  Tickets are available for purchase now online at http://www.rothauntedhouse.com/. The Reign of Terror ticket office will also be open starting 6:30 p.m each night, so tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Anyone in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.

Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill seeking fans, but it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with younger children, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 21 and October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults.

Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than a good scare by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 23,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.

 

Haunt Profile: Land of Illusion

Land of Illusion, located in Middletown, Ohio, will open for its 20th season on September 1st with haunts, chills and thrills plus new scares and entertainment.

The park’s 20th season starts off with a bang! A special fireworks show will take place on Saturday 2nd by the word famous Rozzi Family. To celebrate Land of Illusion’s 20th Anniversary, 1-day park admission tickets will be available for just $20 online and valid on September 1st and 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at www.LandOfillusion.com with promo code 20YEARS.

Early bird savings for $20.01 off 2017 Season Passes are also available for unlimited admission plus all scheduled entertainment and concerts when using promo code PASS17 online through September 2nd.

New scenes and characters have been added to the haunted houses this year in addition to The Hatch, a new 60-ft expansion of the Middletown Haunted Trail. This terror trek has won haunt awards year after year for its different scenes and interactive experiences including cackling chainsaw sickos, aliens, vampires, a school of Hell and more. The Hatch features hatching alien-like egg pods with mysterious inhabitants walking the grounds with a taste for frightened flesh.

Land of Illusion also has a spine-chilling line-up of entertainment including the iconic band GWAR; 90 Proof Twang; Mushroom Head; the Worley Brothers; Thunderstruck; Alyssa Oeder; Cal Scruby; plus classic horror movie nights; and a devilish Halloween Party.

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SNEAK PEEK: KNOTT’S SCARY FARM 44TH HAUNT

The event we’ve all been waiting for this year is just about here! The original Halloween Haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm, returns for the 44th year starting on Thursday, September 22nd with more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog.

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We consider Knott’s Scary Farm to the best theme park Halloween celebration with a park completely blanketed in fog and crawling with monsters. There’s multiple scare zones, mazes, new virtual reality experiences, shows, rides, and Elvira, “the most popular ride in the park”.

As the terrors of Scary Farm inches closer we think that now is the perfect time for us to take a first peek in the fog to see what they have in store for 2016. As they say “Whatever you’re imagining, It’s here…” 

 

Haunted Attractions (New for 2016)

Four all-new nightmarish haunted attractions will debut this year; each featuring unearthly surprises, ghoulish monsters and frightening legends that come to life as you step inside:

special-ops-infected-logoBlack Ops: Infected: Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Black Ops: Infected interactive maze. Small units of guests will battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience

shadowlands-no-backgroundShadow Lands: A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.

the-red-barn-no-backgroundRed Barn: Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.

thehollow-no-backgroundThe Hollow: From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.

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FearVR: 5150: New for 2016, enter the mysterious Meadowbrook Institute and witness the abnormal case of a terrifyingly unusual patient named Katie in the groundbreaking virtual reality horror experience Fear VR: 5150. Using Samsung GearVR powered by Oculus and strapped to a hospital wheelchair, come face- to-face with the deadly chaos unraveling around you. Disturbingly vivid sights and sounds invade all of your senses. Encounter the darkness that has taken over the medical staff during your fully immersive hospital stay. Patients beware; it is easier to check in than out.

Standalone Skeleton Key Rooms (New for 2016):

For the first time, Knott’s Scary Farm will feature standalone Skeleton Key Rooms that are independent from mazes. The four Skeleton Key Rooms will each feature a unique story and theme delivering unparalleled scares, interactive secrets and terrifying surprises:

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Slasher: Guests are invited to step into an 80s’ slasher horror film. The masked Angel Maker Killer is on the loose. Every lead has run cold and that’s when you step into the picture. Will you become his next victim?

Prey:Navigate a hay maze full of dead ends with only a faulty lantern as your guide. You are not alone. Mutant beasts are lurking around every corner.

Visions: Guests must investigate the Green Witch Museum in Ghost Town where it is not the building that is haunted, but the various items contained within. Using a Phantom Finder augmented reality device, guests will be able to identify and witness paranormal activity connected to items from the Sarah Marshall Witch Trial.

ZOZO: People from all over the world claim to have been visited by the demon ZOZO after a spirit board session. Is the demonic entity known as ZOZO real or are spirit boards just a myth?

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Open Haunts: Hundred Acre Manor Returns

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Hundred Acres Manor will bring a new level of fear to Pittsburgh this Halloween season that will leave the patrons in control of their own scares.

Tapping into your deepest fear is only part of the cause for Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House. Hundred Acres Manor has been named “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” and “Pittsburgh’s Best Haunted House” but what they do for their community is much more. Heading into their twelfth season, this annual event has raised over 1.2 million dollars for two local charities, Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends.

264671Hundred Acres Manor features six mind bending attractions and new for 2015 – The Enigma Project: two multi-room escape rooms that leave the patrons in control of their own fate. The Enigma Project is Pittsburgh’s first real-life horror escape room where you and seven friends will race against the clock to escape… in forty-five minutes or less. Hundred Acres Manor has added a horror twist where the patrons are in control of every element. The only items patrons will have are the tools found within the rooms. The themes include; Meltdown, a radioactive nuclear facility where your goal is to shut off the reactor before radiation is leaked and Alchemy, a journey through old world science and the days of Leonardo Da Vinci.

10420349_10153232852067023_6750496540387727161_nWithin the manor walls, an all new “Vodou” attraction allows patrons to take a journey through the bayou of the south and come face-to-face with the voodoo priestess and even a room that simulates being on water.

Set designer, Christopher Gilgour states “We spent days researching and purchasing historically accurate items. We wanted to represent the voodoo religion and beliefs while of course adding the horror twist.” He then adds “Not only will you see items filling the rooms that are from Louisiana but also real animal bones. It is the details that really add to the scare.”

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House is now open select days through November 1st. Tickets, dates and more information is available at www.HundredAcresManor.com . Tickets start at just $20.

Hundred Acres Manor located in Pittsburgh, PA is one of the nation’s most elaborate and scariest haunted houses. Hundred Acres Manor has been ranked as “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” by Travel Channel and named “Pittsburgh’s Best haunted House” by Haunt World Magazine.

The Reign of Terror Continues in Thousand Oaks

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Reign of Terror (ROT), in Thousand Oaks, California, is one of our favorite and top rated haunted attractions in Southern California. It also consistently rates as one of the scariest among haunt goers. While ROT already had one of the longest and most densely detailed settings, this year they’re adding even more terrors with an all new 6th themed attraction, Funhouse. This brings ROT up to 82 “bone chilling rooms” covering over 15,000 square feet!

In the Funhouse, visitors will have to make their way through a carnival catastrophe where the clowns are not, well… clowning around. The clown theme is heavily used throughout the haunt industry and depending on the execution it can be either truly scary or desperately lame.  We’re very interested to see the ROT version as they’ve always been successful in transforming traditional haunted house themes into unique and frighting experiences. We’re very confident that the screams will be drowning out the laughs.

In addition to Funhouse, the other returning themes includes: The Haunted House, The Asylum, Blood Manor, Miner’s Revenge, and Quarantine.

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We highly suggest that you add ROT to your Haunt Stalking itinerary if you’re going to be in Southern California this Halloween Season. It’s the perfect haunted weekend compliment to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The other great thing is ROT’s staff is comprised by volunteers led by founding creator Bruce Stanton with a majority of the proceeds being reinvested back in to the local community and charitable causes. Year to date they’ve been able to donate over $90,000. This is a pro haunt with a big, albeit bloody, heart.

The terror begins it’s reign onOctober 3rd, will be open every weekend, including Sunday, October 25th.

They run extended hours on Saturdays only = 7:00pm – 11:00pm

All other days of operations = 7:00pm – 10:00pm

We will remain open beyond our posted hours on very busy nights.

Our box office opens at 6:30pm on evenings that we operate and it will not close earlier than the haunted house.

 

What Scares You? A Breakdown of Common Haunt Themes

It’s time to venture into another season of haunts and for all of our Haunt Stalkers to get out there and conquer their worse (and best) fears. After many years of being chased by clowns with chainsaws, stalked by famous horror movie killers, seduced by vampires in billowy gowns, and of course running from countless hordes of zombies, we’ve come to expect some of the same haunt archetypes. The fact that these themes reappear year after year seems to indicate that they’re the most popular and probably considered the scariest by a majority of the public. So, we’ve decided to further break down these themes to explore how they’ve evolved and why they continue to scare us. And we ask you: What scares you the most?

Vampires

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Vampires have been a popular haunt theme for many years. Vampire mazes usually have elaborate sets, lush soundtracks, and scareactors who love to play up the drama. In our opinion, most haunts focus too much on the sets and drama and don’t provide enough menace to their vampires (and we pray never to see a Twilight-based maze). One exception is Freakling Bros. Castle Vampyre, which lured us into a frightening world of sinister bloodsuckers. This year Knott’s Scary once again resurrects some narcissistic nocturnal blood suckers with their revamped Dominion of the Dead. Universal is also taking a big bite out of the genre with mazes based on From Dusk Till Dawn and Dracula Untold. Early reviews seem to indicate that the former offers some new blood to the theme while the latter needs to stay inside a closed coffin.

Slashers and Madmen

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Mazes based on horror movie slashers and madmen can be very popular because the attackers are instantly recognizable by the guests, which gives any scareactor in a killer’s mask a built-in terror factor. Halloween Horror Nights has built their Halloween empire around movie based themes featuring many iconic killers. However, HHN might be running out of slashers they can choose from as in recent years killers have started to become replaced with ghostly apparitions and demonic creatures. Nonetheless, this year HHN Orlando is celebrating the grandfather of slashers, Michael Myers, with a maze based on the original ’78 film. In addition, you can usually find Michael, Jason, Freddy, and other popular psychos making cameos at haunts across the country.

Apocalyptic Chaos 

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What can be scarier than the end of the world? Mazes featuring apocalyptic worlds have been commonplace at haunts for a few decades. This theme can combine zombies, aliens, robots, or just plain crazy people who are ready to enact raging forms of torture on weary post-apocalyptic survivors. The mazes or scare zones usually are enhanced with heavy metal music, strobe lights, cages, tanks, and metal barrels (where do all the barrels come from in the future). The apocalyptic theme has evolved to now also include paintball and laser tag activities making haunt goers really feel as if they have to fight for their lives to get out. Another variation that has become prominent in past year is purging, where acts of random violence are allowed in order to preserve our future existence. Not matter the tactics, haunts always showcase the worse case scenarios for our futures.

Zombies

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It’s sometimes hard to tell the difference between a post-apocalyptic maze and a zombie maze. The two themes go hand in hand. All things zombie have been very popular for the past several years. This is often a low-budget maze theme because all you need is some makeup and tattered clothes—and voila—you have a zombie! As with vampires, we usually don’t find the zombie mazes to be too scary. Zombies are usually portrayed as slow-moving, drooling creatures. Zombie scareactors usually try to create fear by lunging at you and getting uncomfortably close up into your personal space. For the past 3 years Universal has heavily relied on the zombies from the Walking Dead to dominate their haunt offerings. We think that haunts should work to put a new spin on their zombie mazes if they want to keep it at all interesting and scary.

Aliens 

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Invaders from other worlds can make any Roswell believers uneasy inside of a haunt. Alien mazes often rely on claustrophobic and dark passageways where the nasty beasts can hide and attack unexpectedly. There’s usually elaborate puppetry and costuming involved to bring to life some of the most out of the this world and grotesque creatures you’ll see inside a maze. This year HHN in Orlando and Hollywood have decided that one alien isn’t enough and both feature AVP (Alien Vs. Predator) mazes where you must place your bets on which of the two creatures is the most terrifying in the universe. This begs the other question, who would you rather get killed by, Alien or Predator (we had to ask)

Slaughterhouse (often paired with hillbillies and cannibalism)

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People must really be afraid of being cannibalized, because this is a theme that is found in some variation every year at nearly every haunt. Slaughterhouse and cannibal mazes are usually designed whereas you’ll be forced to touch and push your way through the bloody sets while the monsters taunt you with sharp and blunt objects. These mazes top the list in being  gory and disgusting, often including scents of rotting meat and sprays of blood as you walk past gruesome scenes of dismemberment. They’re usually set in some kind of backwoods area or an abandoned meat factory/butcher’s shop. Of course, 100% of these mazes ends with the obligatory chainsaw chase out. We found that chainsaws and cannibals are popular themes at Vegas’s Fright Dome, which is featuring the king of slaughterhouse cannibalistic hillbillies, Leatherface.

Clowns and Circus

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The technical term for fear of clowns is coulrophobia, and haunts love to exploit this common terror. These mazes can be fun or terrifying, depending on your personal fears. Clown mazes often have a lot of black light and warped and demented soundtracks. This theme usually provides an opportunity to show off 3D effects but the impact is hit or miss depending on the design and performance of the scareactors. In recent years, clowns and their circuses have become increasingly sadistic with the other themes of cannibalism and zombies being mixed in. Universal has such variations of Clowns present in this year’s maze lineup. Now, we’re still waiting for someone to add in the alien quotient and tackle Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Ghosts and Apparitions

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This is a hard theme to pull off in a maze. Effective ghost scares rely on a very precise build up of suspense. Ghosts are usually ethereal and elusive, and how do you turn that into a scare? For this reason, we don’t see many of these haunts, and the most effective have been at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and Universal’s HHN. During Halloween season there’s also a good number of ghost hunting experiences available, and while they may not immediately startle or terrorize you, they can continously haunt you for days after with the lingering notion that you may not be alone.

Haunted Mansions

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We love a good haunted mansion, and yet this theme can fall flat if not done right. Haunted mansions sometimes fall victim to becoming houses for every theme where one room will feature aliens, another slashers, and yet another zombies. Proper haunted mansions let the house tell the story and build up the mystery of how the haunted inhabitants met their demise and then came back. Secret passages, trap doors, and ghostly occurrences are some of the key ingredients of an effectively scary house of horrors.  The best haunted mansions we’ve experienced are usually put on by smaller local haunts with a crew dedicated to extreme detail (for example, Reign of Terror and Sinister Pointe).

Insane Asylums 

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Similar in design to haunted mansions,  asylum mazes  terrorize us with the disturbing combination of slashers, cannibals, and other living and dead crazies trying to escape, and maniacal doctors trying to exploit our darkest phobias. Maybe they are insensitive to those with mental illness, but insane asylums are always creepy and scary. The frenetic and unpredictable nature of the scareactors and the dank sets combine to create that uncomfortable feeling that puts you on edge. The real fear may come from wondering if you may actually belong there yourself.

Pirates/Natical Haunts

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This is one of the newest themes to set sail in recent years. It seems that the number of pirate mazes has jumped considerably since the Pirates of the Caribbean movies hit theaters in the last decade. These ghostly swashbucklers also bring to life our fears of drowning and being eaten alive by sea creatures. Of course, Pirates of Emerson in California is the original pirate maze and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor continues to get more creative with some new and interesting takes on haunted nautical themes.

CEDAR SCARE’S 2013 HAUNTS

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

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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

Shows:

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

Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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!

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  • 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.
Shows:
  • 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.  

Mazes:

  • *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.

Shows:

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

 

Halloween Haunt at Dorney Park

Allentown, Pennsylvania

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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.

Mazes:

  • 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.

Shows:

  • Blood Drums
  • Witches Brew
  • Cast in Bronze

Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt

Kansas City, Missouri

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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.

Shows:

  • 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.

Mazes:

  • *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

Shows:

  • 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

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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.

Shows:

  • 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

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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.

Shows:

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

Halloween Haunt at Canada’s Wonderland

Ontario, Canada

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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.

Mazes:

  • *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

Shows:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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.

 

Ratings:

  • 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

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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.

Ratings:

  • 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

Websites: texashaunt.com, reindeermanor.com

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

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