Category Archives: Haunts

Scott Swenson Debuts New Haunt Industry Podcast

I get inquiries all the time in my inbox about where to turn to gain insight into the attractions industry. There literally hundreds of resources out there and today I’m happy to share a brand new one that I think TPU readers will enjoy. Scott Swenson is, in my opinion, one of the brightest minds

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“Into The Black” Combines Virtual Reality, Haunted Maze, Short Film and More

Even though we just started 2017, haunt events are already starting to announce their lineup for the fall! One of the most anticipated projects was recently unveiled via Facebook live. Into The Black will debut at the Pomona Fairplex in October 2017 and being designed by haunt industry legend Larry Bones. The experience of Into

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Vault of Souls Draws More Spirits for 2016

How did you spend your Thursday night last week? I personally spent hours exploring the underground tunnels of a bank in downtown Tampa. Among the highlights were playing hopscotch With demented children and getting smacked in the butt with a riding crop via a lady of the night. Easily the best and most unique Halloween evEnt

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Cedar Fair’s FearVR Haunt: Perception is Reality

By now, you’ve probably heard about the hubbub regarding the virtual reality haunted house at Knott’s Berry Farm and Great America. If not, I’ll keep it brief. A new haunt experience recently debuted at those parks where guests were not ushered through a maze with live actors at the two parks owned by Cedar Fair.

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Support The Dark Ride Project

If you’re a fan of this site, most likely you’re a fan of dark rides. As a fan of theme parks, we know all too well that attractions can come and go within the blink of an eye. New construction, bankruptcy, disrepair and more can lead to a classic attraction closing. For years now, people

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The Vault of Souls Returns to Tampa for 2016 Haunt Season

There are two things I have looked forward to this fall: the return of pumpkin spiced everything and The Vault of Souls coming back to downtown Tampa. For those unfamiliar, this event takes place in the real creepy basement of a real bank built in the 1920s filled with real history. Unlike a typical haunt attraction,

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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Adds $50 Per Person Virtual Reality Haunted House

First we saw virtual reality on roller coasters. Now it’s time for virtual haunted houses. Here’s the strange part: it’s happening at Universal Orlando as part of Halloween Horror Nights, a place where you can experience actual haunted houses. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough, this new experience called The Repository will cost you $50

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Midsummer Scream Brings Theme Park Legends to Long Beach

Are you going to be in Southern California this weekend? Then you need to get your butt over to Midsummer Scream, where you’ll be treated to panels from legends from the theme park industry, haunted house demonstrations, and more. From the press release: LONG BEACH, CA – Bringing an incredible array of haunt and horror icons

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Valentine’s Day Haunted House Redefine Romance

Tired of roses, chocolate and lingerie? Why not give the gift that is truly unique on February 14? Not to worry, I’ve got you covered. This year, why not take her to a Valentine’s Day Haunted House? Blood Manor in New York City runs a Bloody Valentine’s Weekend with a unique haunt walk-through of their

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Blackout Twenty-One Brings Extreme Horror Directly To You

If you follow Theme Park University, you’ll know I am a fan of immersive theater. Regulars may also know I am fascinated with extreme haunted houses. Doesn’t mean I like them, but they sure as hell are interested. Blackout is arguably the grandaddy of all modern extreme haunt experiences. Very hands on, very sexual and

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