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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, Boogeyman, Announced to be its Most Haunting Experience to Date

July 16, 2015

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride to Return October 2015 with Tickets Available Starting on Tuesday, July 21

Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, returns this October for the seventh year with Los Angeles Haunted Hayride and its most haunting experience to date, BOOGEYMAN.   Located at Griffith Park’s Old Abandoned Zoo, this never-before-seen experience will feature an entirely new ride and new scare zones. Get thrown into unexpected claustrophobic spaces, endless darkness and interact with characters that are only supposed to exist in nightmares. Just when the ride can’t get any scarier, “Here Comes the Boogeyman.”  

“We organically started to notice that regardless of where you go in the world, each culture has their own version of a Boogeyman,” says CEO of TTO Melissa Carbone. “It’s an intriguing unifying characteristic in the way we experience fear.  This notion is the overarching theme to an extraordinary ride that will allow hayriders to meet the Boogeymen of the world…and there are some vicious Boogeymen out there.”

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride continually creates unparalleled experiences with new characters, new sets and a whole new feel from past hayrides.  This year, the entire hayride trail has never been seen as parent company, Ten Thirty One Productions, has built a brand new trail from the ground up. Five Scare Zones will return with brand new zones: Trick Or Treat, House Of Shadows, and the mega hit, In-Between Dark Maze with an all-new twist. Purgatory will feature crowd favorites, Theatre Macabre, Death Row, Jack’s Carving Shack, Scary-Go-Round, Psychics, Grub Shack, Bootique and some of the best character performances in the country. Get on the darkest, scariest and most haunting experience to date, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, BOOGEYMAN.

TTO will also bring the most popular Halloween attraction in the country to New York City this October, New York Haunted Hayride,for the first time ever.

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Hosts Annual Cast & Crew Auditions July 24 – 25 Can You Scare the Ship Out Of Us?

July 15, 2015

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WHAT

The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor auditions for 2015 cast and crew

DETAILS

Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most terrifying haunt, returns to the Queen Mary ship in October 2015. If you are not afraid of things that go bump in the night, The Queen Mary invites you to come on board and be a part of this terrifying season of frights! Dark Harbor is looking for hundreds of talented and horrific performers. 

If you like all things ghoulish, gruesome, gory and macabre, register online to audition for a role in the 2015 Dark Harbor Cast & Crew! 

2015 OPEN CAST & ROLES  

Sinister 6 Characters, Maze Monsters, Streetmosphere Monsters, Sliders, Circus Acts including Blockheads, Contortionists, Stilts and Fire Breathers, Maze Ushers, Maze Greeters, Street Ushers, Street Greeters and alternates.

 
REGISTER

To audition for the 2015 Dark Harbor Cast & Crew, register online at: http://www.queenmary.com/events/auditions/dark-harbor-audition.php/

 
WHEN

Auditions will be held: 

Friday, July 24, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 
WHERE

The Queen Mary
Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see

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www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Brings the Terror of Crimson Peak, from Visionary Director Guillermo del Toro, to Life in an All-Original “Halloween Horror Nights” Maze Inspired by Legendary and Universal Pictures’ Highly-Anticipated Gothic Romance

July 15, 2015

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“Halloween Horror Nights,” Southern California’s Most Extreme Horror Experience,
Begins Friday, September 18

Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak, directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, will come to life in a terrifying new“Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning Friday, September 18, 2015, at Universal Studios Hollywood, it was announced today.

Crimson Peak opens in theaters on October 16.

“Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness” will be unearthed as a three-dimensional living representation of the film, designed to send guests spiraling through the chilling world and in the footsteps of Crimson Peak’s lead character, Edith Cushing, first as they venture from her home in America, then to the decaying and haunted Allerdale Hall mansion in a remote English countryside.  With a foreboding “Beware of Crimson Peak” message that echos from Edith’s past, guests will navigate a labyrinth of paranormal tortured souls who have born witness to the estate’s dark history of unspeakable acts …and who continue to reside in vengeful, ghostly forms.

“I am a devoted fan of Universal Studios’ ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’ and I am honored to partner with them to create a real-life version of my Gothic Romance, Crimson Peak,” said Guillermo del Toro. “It’s a thrill to work with the movie studio that gave birth to the modern horror movie genre. I can’t wait for movie-goers to enter the haunting world of Crimson Peak as they navigate this haunting maze. I can assure you, I will be first in line to experience the scares of it myself.”

“Guillermo del Toro is a leading visionary in film, and Crimson Peak provides endless opportunities to immerse guests into the terrifying world that he created,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “From the haunting score by Fernando Velázquez to the incredibly detailed set design and scream-inducing ghosts, we will recreate an authentic experience that will have guests feeling as trapped in our ‘Crimson Peak’ maze as the film’s lead character.”

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Face Your Fears At ScareLA!

July 13, 2015

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Over a dozen interactive experiences await!

ScareLA is unlike any other event — on top of nearly 200 Halloween and horror themed exhibitors and 100+ hours of programming, we have over a dozen interactive fright experiences and nightmares to confront. So let’s get started!

We’re thrilled to announce the world premiere of APOCALYPSE, the first ever real-time convention zombie infection game! Created by ScareLA in partnership withGantom Lighting and Controls and Reel Guise Cosplay, Apocalypse spans over 100,000 square feet of the ScareLA showfloor, with players interacting with real brain eating zombies, zombie hunters and more for over four hours of gameplay.

The first guests to reserve their spot will be able to play — for FREE! So act fast –CLICK HERE – or we’ll eat your braaaaainzzzzz…

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ScareLA’s lineup revealed!

July 5, 2015

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Panels featuring the monsterminds behind American Horror Story, The Simpsons, and more as well as a Haunted Mansionretrospective announced. Read on:

It’s “big reveal week” here at ScareLA! You can skip ahead and see the lineup on our website here, or keep reading for compelling details.

For starters, we’re excited to return to one of our favorite topics, The Haunted Mansion, with a discussion about the ride’s legendary character, The Hatbox Ghost. On Saturday, August 8, join Tony Baxter (Former Vice President of Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering), fan favorite artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, and moderator Doug Barnes from the Season Pass podcast as the discuss the origin of the legend, and why it took over 40 years for him to make it to the attic of Disneyland’s most famous house. For more spooky details read Theme Park Adventure’s announcement of the presentation here.

On Sunday, August 9, ScareLA has collected a lineup straight out of Springfield, as the writers behind The Simpson’s annual Halloween episodes, known as theTreehouse of Horrors, take the stage. Among those joining us are Jay Kogen (“Hungry Are the Damned” and “King Homer”) and Mike Scully (“The HΩmega Man”). More denizens to be announced soon, but Comic Book Guy is already proclaiming, “best panel ever!”

And on Saturday or Sunday (we’re still deciding!), the amazing makeup team that put the Horror in American Horror Story will pay a visit to ScareLA, discussing their favorite character creations over the past four seasons, and offering their own tips on how you can use their techniques for your own Halloween makeup and costumes.

All these, plus 91 Reasons Live!, a look at L.A.’s creepiest cemeteries, and more on the schedule.

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Four Major Southern California Theme Parks Join Forces at ScareLA

July 5, 2015

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Hit Summer Halloween Con First to Unite the Creative Masterminds Behind the Most Popular West Coast Scare Attractions; “Making Monsters: The Art of Terror” Presentation Coming to ScareLA this August

PASADENA / LOS ANGELES, CA — Following last year’s wildly successful “Making Monsters” stage panel, ScareLA, the first West Coast Halloween convention, is excited to announce its sequel presentation – “Making Monsters: The Art of Terror” to take place on August 8, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Pasadena Convention Center. Hosted by Rick West, Programming Producer for ScareLA and Founder and Editor of Theme Park Adventure, the panel will bring together art directors from Southern California’s largest Halloween attractions: Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest to discuss the creative process behind each haunt.

This all-star lineup of haunt industry royalty is sure to be one of the highlights of ScareLA 2015, signifying only the second time anywhere that SoCal’s biggest Halloween attractions have come together on one stage in a show of support and unity, representing some of the the biggest Halloween events in the world.

Lara Hanneman will represent the granddaddy of all park haunts, Knott’s Scary Farm; JJ Wickham will reign from the fog of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor; Mark Wing will creep out of the shadows of Valencia and represent Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest; and Chris Williams will shed some light on the gruesome underside of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights.

“It is terribly exciting to see ‘Making Monsters’ expand and continue to grow from what we accomplished last year,” says Rick West. “Southern California is the birthplace of the theme park haunt industry, so having these big players come together once again to chat about their roles in the creative process with fans is something we are very proud of. It’s groundbreaking and at the very core of what ScareLA is all about.”

Haunted attraction art directors play a key role in designing and developing the look and feel of ‘scare zones’ entertaining millions in Southern California each fall.  From facades to individual scenes and more – art directors guide and build large teams to ensure the utmost quality of every facet of the experience.

In addition to hosting representatives from each top attraction, ScareLA is pleased to announce that major presentations by Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest, and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights will be on tap throughout the weekend during ScareLA, giving fans non-stop thrills and excitement from morning till night.

For more information and tickets, visit www.scarela.com. Be sure to follow ScareLA on Twitter, Periscope, Facebook, and Instagram. Join the conversation on social media using #ScareLA.

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About ScareLA

ScareLA is the Southern California convention dedicated to Halloween. It celebrates the unique spirit of the American scare season traditions and the deep local heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Founded by Lora Ivanova and David Markland in 2013, ScareLA is produced in partnership with Theme Park Adventure. Featuring more than 150 specialty vendors, hands-on workshops, world-class industry panels and presentations, ScareLA is a large-scale summer festival of all things Halloween, a $10 billion industry worldwide.

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Alone: Index of Diffusion Review

July 1, 2015

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I recently attended the first of four Alone events to be held this year.  This installment: Index of Diffusion is based on how light diffuses:through objects.  Alone, created by Lawrence Lewis and Devon Paulson plays on psychological fears rather than the blood and guts found in most haunts.

To keep the low-key reputation of the event (the location is always undisclosed) we won’t give away to many spoilers.  The whole thing takes about 40 minutes and starts with a well acted witchcraft scene from “The crucible”.  I was one of the last people to actually enter where the haunt begins so I was lucky enough to see most of the scene.

After crawling through a dark tunnel a woman grabbed me, walked be back and forth and spun me around.  She whispered about the properties of light and said, “go to the room with all the ribbons.  Tie them around as many people as you can and don’t stop”.  The room was one of the weirder experiences as, after being alone for awhile, you enter it and see it’s filled with other people.  Strobe lights are flashing all around and creepy music plays on a piano.  I tied the strings on a few people and had others tie some on me.  It was a strange experience playing on social anxiety.  Before that though I was led into a pitch-black room.

A woman spoke over a speaker talking about what I might see in the room and told me to lie down.  She said, “They will touch you but it won’t be people”.  The voice then says to,”stand up, shake it off and find your way through the door you came from”.  I couldn’t find the door.  Instead I got stuck in this dark room for what seems at least 15 minutes.  i kept running into dead-ends and finally opened what I thought was the door only to find out it was a bathroom stall.  I thought I might have gone to the wrong place and for a few minutes actually got some anxiety.  I banged on the wall and yelled out “hello”!  Eventually someone grabbed me and took me to the “ribbon room”.

There were other strange experiences, but I won’t give them away.  The whole thing seemed like an occult initiation.  If you’ve ever been a member of a mystery school you know what I’m talking about.  Overall it wasn’t really scary, but it wasn’t marketed to be.  Everything seemed more psychedelic than anything else.  The haunt was well done and all the actors did a great job.  I look forward to seeing what other adventures Alone has in store.

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