On October 31, 2018, I attended my first extreme haunt ever and for that festive occasion I chose Heretic Haunted House. Heretic was a group that I have been very interested in for a while and that is why, after going through their mini haunt at Scare LA, I chose to break my vow to never do an extreme haunt with them. Heretic Haunted House is the creation of Adrian Marcato and his wife, Jessica Murder. Those are not their real names, but they are fitting for the show. They mainly do horror themed shows as they are incredibly inspired by the horror genre but have done shows that have more of a science fiction story line.
Three years ago, I took a drive to Las Vegas on the suggestions of friends to visit a haunt known as Freakling Bros. and ever since my life has been changed. Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror has become a must-do event for me during the haunt season and that’s because they are one of the best haunters in the country.
Living in Los Angeles, there are so many haunted events that it’s rare for me to get to one outside the general extended LA area. In fact, the farthest I’ve ever gone before was Thousand Oaks and it’s well-known massive haunted house. So when I got the chance to head to San Diego to check out their biggest haunted events, I was thrilled.
For the past decade or so, Blood Manor has become quite the Halloween establishment in NYC, thriving off of word of mouth reviews and promotional posters covering the subway walls. Surprisingly, despite operating all of these years to a dedicated fanbase, 2018 marks my first year attending the infamous Blood Manor.
Scareventures returns to “The Haunted Lodge” with Camp Calavera for the 2018 haunt season in San Diego, California. The team amped up their haunt with more scares to frighten the unlucky campers this year. While the story is essentially similar to what they had last year, it was a bit more cohesive and the scares built up to the grand finale of the haunt.
As I made my way up the hill to the ScareHouse, three teenagers ran screaming past me. One nearly bowled me over but I side stepped her just in time. Looking up to the top of the hill, I saw a 6ft clown disappear behind the wall.
Every major city in the country has its own amusement park. Most of the time it is Six Flag or a Disney park, but Kansas City, MO has its own little gem called Worlds of Fun.
Bingemans is a true institution within the community of Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada. Hosting a huge footprint within the city of Kitchener, it features everything from paintball, to beach volleyball, to bowling, to arcades. It’s one of the hosts of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations outside of Germany. And, for the last 12 Octobers, the home of the Screampark.
LA Haunted Hayride is taking over Griffith park for another Halloween season. With 3 main attractions, a scary-go-round, tarot readings, and shows all night at the theater macabre, you'll have a ghoulish time.
Last week, I had the chance to attend the media preview of Warner Bros. Studios Horror Made Here. This being my third year attending, I was optimistic that Warner Bros would pull out all the stops to make this year’s Horror Made Here the best. Situated on the backlot of the studio, guests would have the opportunity to experience a slew of haunted mazes situated around a horror-themed carnival exploding with evil clowns, demonic entities, ghastly spirits, and everything in-between. To give you an idea of what you can expect by attending Horror Made Here this year, the following is a recap of all the mazes and an overview of the entire experience for all you haunt fanatics out there.
In 2014, a new ‘extreme’ haunted house opened its doors in Orange County. Called The 17th Door, its big claim of interest was that audiences would have to go through ’17 doors’ and be unable to leave the current room until the light to the next room turned green, the universal sign for “get the **** out of here before the chainsaw rips you apart.”
Arguably the best year to date, Dark Harbor's newly designed mazes are likely to be a highlight of your Halloween season. With Jon Cooke, of Knott’s Scary Farm fame, joining the team as head maze designer, attendees should expect higher quality mazes from previous years.
Deep in the middle of the Puente Hills Mall, taking up multiple spaces on the second floor, HorrorWorld has surfaced for 2018. Combining three different haunted mazes with multiple vendors and a virtual reality experience, HorrorWorld hopes to create a Halloween destination.
This year Knott’s Scary Farm returned for its 46th season with promises of terror and thrills around every corner. For the Halloween season, the park transformed into a haunted play-land which included 9 haunted attractions, four scare zones, and three shows for those who dared to step foot into the fog-filled atmosphere. The following is a recap of each of these events in the order that they were gone through:
Last weekend I got the chance to attend opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest. I have never gotten the chance to visit this particular haunt before. Usually I had always either been busy running around being a monster somewhere or I was debating whether or not it was worth the trek. However, this was the year where nothing would stop me from experiencing its frights and spooky delights. And, in all honesty, I think the haunt has a lot of promise. With some further editing and fine tuning, I do think the event can get up there with the big baddies like Knott’s Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, and Dark Harbor.
This time last week I was preparing for the first haunt of the Halloween season, and one of the biggest events of the year, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood. This year promised an event unlike anything else and man oh man did it deliver! Guests could expect everything from their favorite slasher treatment to upholding the sacred traditions of Halloween, along with Universal Monsters, the NFFA, and everything in-between. What follows is a break down of each maze, in the order that I went through them, as well as accompanying highlight reel from the red carpet and our walkthrough of the Trick ‘r Treat maze and Poltergeist maze. So sit back, relax, and enjoy our recap of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights - Hollywood!