Category Archives: Haunts

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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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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