Category Archives: Haunts

Man loses court case against haunted house for being too scared

I know it seems like common sense, but if you buy a ticket for a haunted attraction, aren’t you paying to be scared? Not if you’re Scott Griffin. Back in 2011, Griffin went through the Haunted Hotel in San Diego, California. For those unfamiliar, the Haunted Hotel actually runs three separate attractions, including the Haunted Trail,

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Willy Wonka Cast Reunites at Spooky Empire Convention in Orlando

In what has become a tradition for us at Theme Park University, the Spooky Empire convention descended on Orlando as it does every October. Thousands of eager horror movie fans descended upon on the Hyatt Regency on International Drive. As usual, the costumes rival some of the best and most creative you’ll find at any

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Should Universal Orlando Stop Selling Alcohol at Halloween Horror Nights?

Several employees of Universal Orlando have recently made the news about the kind of abuse they receive from guests while working as scare actors at Halloween Horror Nights. William Gallit, 27, was working in a haunted house when a guest reportedly kicked him in the face. Orange County Police was called to the scene and

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Freakling Brothers Adds Coven of 13 to Las Vegas Haunted House Lineup

I have written about dozens of haunts over the years here at Theme Park University, but by far the one that gets the most buzz, clicks, and shares is anytime I talk about the Freakling Brothers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even if you aren’t a horror fan, people seem to be fascinated by the fact

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5 Reasons Why The Vault of Souls is Not A Typical Haunt Attraction

Finally. After living in Central Florida for nearly 20 years, I have been craving a form of entertainment that goes beyond what can be done in a theme park. Something that can throw away all the rules of waiting in long lines, keeping your hands to yourself and being herded like cattle in order to

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Fright Dome Adds Friday the 13th for 13th Season

Our friends over at Extended Queue Podcast were able to go behind-the-scenes at Fright Dome at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. They also got a chance to interview Jason Egan, Head Designer at Fright Dome in Las Vegas, to get some insight on to this year’s event. “We teamed up with ‘Friday the 13th’ in our

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San Francisco Dungeon Adding Adults Only Zombie Event October 21

We have raved about the San Francisco Dungeon several times here at Theme Park University for their unique blend of haunted attraction that is not only based on real events, but funny and family-friendly. For those of you looking for something a little more adult, the Dungeon offers unique entertainment for those 21-and-up called Wicked

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Haunted Houses Adding Escape Rooms for 2015 Season

2015 is definitely the year of the escape rooms in the United States. With hundreds of them opening up all over the country, it seems that many businesses are cashing in on this trend, including haunted houses. In Hudson Valley, New York, the Headless Horseman Hayride has added the Great Room Escape as a year-round attraction.

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Don’t Be A Monster on National Haunted House Day October 9

Even if you didn’t know National Haunted House Day was the second Friday in October of every year, you can still celebrate in a very cool way. On October 9th, haunted houses across the country will be donating a portion of their proceeds to an anti-bullying campaign called Don’t Be A Monster. The school seminar

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5 Reasons Why Tampa’s Howl-O-Scream is Better Than Halloween Horror Nights

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’ve heard of the mega Halloween event known as Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. Simply due to the size alone, many call it the nation’s premier haunt event and depending on how you look at it (size), that may be true. Today we are

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