MGM’S SUPERNATURAL CULT HORROR FILM POLTERGEIST COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

They’re Here. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will bring guests “into the light” as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events featuring terrifying new mazes inspired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film, Poltergeist, beginning September 14.

Directed by Tobe Hooper and produced by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist garnered critical and consumer success when it first premiered in 1982. Characterized as one of the scariest films of all time, this groundbreaking movie paved the way for a new era of supernatural ghost stories that will come to life for the first time ever at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. This living representation of the film will take guests into some of its most iconic scenes and encounter memorable characters that spawned their first true nightmares.

The mazes will lure guests to the Freeling family house built atop a cemetery where malicious ghosts threaten the lives within.  From the underground graveyard to ghostly apparitions, guests will come face to face with infamous scenes from the film, including the iconic flickering TV screen, menacing Beast from beyond and pool filled with floating corpses. As guests cross into the ‘light,’ they will find themselves surrounded by a surreal landscape of vanishing walls, floating furniture and a creepy clown with a menacing smile. In a rush against time, guests will be forced to make it back to the world of the living or forever be trapped…

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are on sale now. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

About Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.

Universal Orlando’s three theme parks, Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels are destinations unto themselves and include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and coming this August, Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort continues to unveil all-new guest experiences, including powerful attractions, incredible dining options and dramatically-themed hotels. Now open is Fast & Furious – Supercharged, where guests can join the Fast family and step into the blockbuster Fast & Furious films at Universal Studios Florida. And at Universal CityWalk, Voodoo Doughnut is now serving more than 50 types of delightfully weird and sinfully delicious doughnuts.

Sinister Pointe takes you to your “SCARY PLACE” with the LARGEST MULTI-LEVEL, INDOOR HAUNT EXPERIENCE in California featuring Entertainment, Food, a Dark Market and 3 Haunted Attractions! Sept. 28th – October 31st

Announcing the big, blood-soaked return of the most inventive haunted attraction company in Southern California, Sinister Pointe Productions will unleash a brand new kind of Halloween event this fall, Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place. Haunt lovers will be scared to death in three stories of unrelenting terror, covering over 150,000 square feet and featuring two all-new mazes and a brand new haunted dark ride.

The experience will begin as the brave and foolhardy alike cross the veil into the foggy realm known as the Scary Place. Two mazes and a new ride will await haunt goers in this murky realm of terror for a full night of Halloween fun including…

Evil on 2 – Walkthrough Attraction

There is an evil that has taken over the second floor of this quaint little hotel and we need you to venture into this maze to investigate! Let’s just hope that the terror within hasn’t spread!

PHOBIAS – Walkthrough Attraction

Welcome to “PHOBIAS”. Step right up and see if you have what it takes when you’re put up against some of your greatest fears. A fully interactive maze experience that will test your abilities to cope with your worst nightmares. We hope for your sake, being alone isn’t one of them!

Boogeyman Express – Ride

All aboard the boogeyman express. Rumor has it that the boogeyman and his evil minions roam these grounds hunting innocent bystanders! So I have an idea, lets go see if the rumors are true! Please keep your hands and arms inside the carts at all times, for this here is the most hair-raising terror train in the wilderness!

Between the screams, horror fiends can feast on a variety of snack foods and check out the revolting entertainment including a main stage, wandering magicians, games, roaming packs of monsters, and the Sinister Pointe Dark Market where new merchandise from vicious vendors will be available for purchase.

“For 20 years I have been producing Haunted Attractions that many guests have traveled great distances just to experience a 15-minute attraction. I figured it’s time to give our fans an experience that will last an entire evening!” says Jeff Schiefelbein, the creative fiend behind Sinister Pointe.

Two types of tickets will be available, allowing guests to choose their fate. The All Night Pass will allow guests unlimited access to all entertainment, attractions, and vendors for a single price starting at $42 on select nights, and $52.00 on Friday and Saturday nights. The All Night VIP Access allows for front of the line access to all mazes and attractions, along with priority seating for shows and performances with prices starting at just $60.00 on select nights, and $70.00 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets: https://ocevents.ticketspice.com/scaryplace18

Scary Place will take place at the Laguna Hills Mall located at 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA, and will run on September 28-30 and October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31. Hours will be from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Sundays – Thursdays.

Where do you go when you close your eyes? Sinister Pointe wants to send you to your Scary Place.

Links:

Website: https://www.sinisterpointe.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinisterpointe

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sinisterpointe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sinisterpointe

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/SinisterPointe

Tickets: https://ocevents.ticketspice.com/scaryplace18

Hashtag: #ScaryPlace

Check-in to The Queen Mary’s MOST HAUNTED Cabin Stateroom B340 Room Reservations Open Friday, April 13

The Queen Mary, dubbed one of the “Top 10 most haunted places on Earth” by Time Magazine, is pleased to announce the notoriously haunted Stateroom B340 will once again be available for overnight guests starting Friday, April 13th. Featured on SYFY Channel’s  Ghost Hunters and the British TV series Most Haunted, room B340 offers thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts the unique opportunity to spend the night in the axiom of all alleged paranormal activity at the Queen Mary. Room reservations will be available at 877-342-0742.

 

“Several of the cabins onboard the Queen Mary are considered haunted. But, the stateroom with the most infamous reputation is room B340,” said Stephen Sowards, General Manager of the Queen Mary. “The last time the room was occupied by a guest was in the 1980’s. For decades we’ve had thousands of visitors request to occupy the room, and after 30 years, we are excited to once again extend the offer to our guests.”

 

Stateroom B340 has a large volume of recorded paranormal activity with many stories of haunted encounters noted in the ship’s logs. Reports date back to the final ocean voyage in 1967 and include complaints from guests staying in B340 claiming that someone was knocking on the door in the middle of the night. Other complaints include bathroom lights turning on by themselves, the sink faucet turning on and off on its own, and unexplained bathroom doors shutting. Some guests have reported the covers of their bed being pulled off while asleep and waking to see a dark figure standing at the foot of the bed.

 

During voyage years, the space encompassed three third class staterooms, and has since been remodeled to become one large guest room suite. A perfect blend of authentic style and modern amenities, B340 is larger than the average cruise ship cabin. Featuring operable portholes and offering all the modern conveniences of a contemporary hotel, the famously haunted stateroom offers a true ocean liner experience. In addition to standard hotel room amenities, B340 will supply a chest with unique items available for guests to amplify their overnight haunt experience, including a Ouija board, tarot cards, crystal ball, and ghost hunting equipment.

 

The Queen Mary’s year-long haunted attractions and tours continue to draw thrill-seekers of all ages in 2018 with continued updates and enhancements. Since its soft opening in winter of 2017, the re-inspired Ghosts and Legends Tour has added more frights with a new scene, more ambient lighting, and elevated scare factors all in hopes to strengthen the presence of the Queen Mary’s resident ghosts. Additional haunted attractions offered onboard the Queen Mary include Paranormal Shipwalk, Dining with Spirits, and Paranormal Investigation. The Paranormal Investigation tour invites guests to join ship para-investigator and ParaXplorer Project founder Matthew Schulz as he leads visitor investigators into the depths of the RMS Queen Mary’s purported active locations.

 

Cabin reservations for stateroom B340 will be available for booking Friday, April 13, 2018 and start at $499 per night. Reservations are available at 877-342-0742.  Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.  For more information, or to purchase tickets for the haunted attractions and tours, please visit queenmary.com

 

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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, Prom Café, 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, the Churchill Exhibit – Their Finest Hours, Ghosts and Legends, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Titanic in Photos Exhibit. The Queen Mary features event space in 14 remarkable Art Deco salons and award winning staff to create innovative banquets for groups ranging from 10 to 5,000. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

 

THEME PARK DESIGNERS LET LOOSE AND PRODUCE NATION’S FIRST R-RATED ESCAPE ROOM: MURDER CO

BLACK MARKET ESCAPE ROOMS, a new immersive-based attraction company, announces the opening of MURDER CO, a permanent escape experience aimed at turning the attraction industry on its head. Moonlighting from their day gigs, a handful of theme park professionals have thrown the proverbial gloves off by thrusting guests into an adventure far too severe for the family-friendly confines of an amusement park.

MURDER CO is more than simply solving puzzles, combinations or finding keys to break out of a locked room. The high-level adventure incorporates unique entertainment elements matched with intense scenes of harsh violence, pitfalls and physicality. Groups of up to eight members find themselves trapped in a gore and chaos-filled race for survival.

MURDER CO: A high-priced, high-society underground black market sports ring enabling voyeuristic individuals to privately witness a live murder take place. Beyond the scant rumors found on the Black Web, not much is known about the enigmatic company. It is only after guests sign-up that the specific details of the ominous Murder Co will be revealed. If you’re still brave enough to make the plunge after signing a waiver, dangerous mystery awaits.

The experience was created by theme park designer, Jon Cooke, who was looking to push the parameters set by the day-to-day requirements in his industry. In response to founding his new company, Black Market Escape Rooms, Cooke says, “I saw so much potential story and show elements in escape rooms. I wanted to do something more so we aimed to create this unforgettable encounter.”

Regarding Murder Co’s intensity is attraction co-writer and director Ted Dougherty, who confesses, “We had to go to some extremely dark places that definitely left a few emotional marks.” Although the attraction may not fall into the category of an “extreme haunt,” it does contain content best reserved for those not easily offended or disgusted.

 

Murder Co includes state-of-the-art special effects typically seen inside major theme park attractions. Some of the other professionals Cooke has recruited include artists, technicians and designers who have worked with the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Cedar Fair and the National Football League. Companies on board and supplying a stockpile of surprises are Gantom Lighting and Controls, Immortal Masks and Ghost Ride Productions.

Expect serious thrills as Cooke is no stranger to terrifying people based on his innovative haunted attraction designs for Knott’s Scary Farm. When conceiving Murder Co, he admits, “It’s what I have always wanted to see and do in an immersive attraction.” A living nightmare is one step away for those bold enough to cross into MurderCo.

TICKETS FOR MURDER CO ARE NOW ON SALE FOR LIMITED DATES AND TIMES. For more information on Murder Co, including tickets, operating hours and directions, visit http://www.blackmarketescaperooms.com or join us at FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM @BlackMarketEscapeRooms

BLACK MARKET ESCAPE ROOMS was founded in 2017 and specializes in original alternatives to the standard escape room and haunted attraction format.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: info@blackmarketescaperooms.com

ABOUT A FEW OF THE MURDER CO ARTISTS:

JON COOKE has designed, art directed and produced some of the most successful haunted attractions for the world famous Knott’s Scary Farm, including “Infected: Special Ops,” “Paranormal, Inc,” “Shadowlands” and “Dark Ride.” As vocalist for the deathcore metal band, Winds of Plague, Cooke has released numerous albums and toured extensively throughout the globe. Taking the two worlds of themed entertainment and live performance, Cooke has melded his experience into creating visionary ways to horrify the masses. http://www.plagueproductions.com

IMMORTAL MASKS was established in 2010 and owned by Andrew and Michelle Freeman and George Frangadakis. In addition to winning Season 12 of the Syfy reality television series, Face Off, Andrew has worked professionally as a Hollywood special effects artist. Between Andrew’s expertise and George’s experience as an effects supervisor, Immortal Masks is comprised of some of the best working artists in the film, theme park and haunted attraction industries. http://www.immortalmasks.com

TED DOUGHERTY is a writer, producer and director having worked with Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, Cedar Fair and Hollow Studios, including directing and co- writing Fear VR, the first 4-D virtual reality horror experience at a major theme park.www.lunarvisions.com

GHOST RIDE PRODUCTIONS was founded by special effects artists experienced in Halloween maze effects. The company develops, manufactures and markets innovative specialty products for Halloween and haunted house events, including mechanical effects, special effects, specialty costumes and props. http://www.ghostride.com

 

GANTOM LIGHTING AND CONTROLS was founded in 2010 as a manufacturer of special-effects lighting equipment catering to the themed attraction industry. Gantom’s award-winning products have been installed in a wide range of venues around the world including theme parks, museums and haunted attractions. http://www.gantom.com

The Cauldron Casts a Spell in Buena Park

On a moonlight night, across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm arises a new bar/restaurant that will immerse you into the wonderfully spooky dwelling of Witches and Spooks alike. The Cauldron Spirits and Brews is NOW open for all to experience, the tavern-like lounge with an atmosphere that is inviting to get together with dear friends and talk about the spooky things in life over a drink. Celebrating it the evening of it’s grand opening are the many people who helped bring it to life alongside the Creator/Owner Lara Hanneman, people of the press and of the City of Buena Park. An evening of welcoming this new magical and spooky place in the heart of Buena Park.

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The Cauldron is more than just a bar, there is also a whole menu that features French-casual bites with a wicked twist, local craft 
beer, themed cocktails and a wine from various regions in California. Their house spirit “Drink”, The Grey Witch, is wonderfully delectable and refreshing. But there is more than what meets the eye. Our personal favorite treat from the menu are the Bacon Jams, if you love Bacon, be sure to try this smoky and sweet treat when you visit. Our other favorite item is the Boeuf Bourguignon which is a delicious French Beef Stew made famous by the late Julia Child. Keep in mind when planning your visit to the cauldron that the kitchen is open until 11:0 p.m.

The menu and atmosphere is tailored and created by the brilliant, Lara Hanneman. Having worked as Creative Director for Knott’s Berry and Scary Farm, she brought her talent, imagination, taste and eye to this new and exciting establishment. Lara and her team poured so much passion into creating this Witch themed Bar/restaurant/Lounge, all who enter will fall in love with the atmosphere and magic. This is truly a wonderful and unique place that one should not miss out on. As someone who LOVES everything spooky, I immediately got excited when I heard about it and the people who are behind it. When we entered the tavern, it is everything that I hoped for and so much more.

There is so much to take in from the artwork (which is featuring art by many amazing and talented local artists), the magic, and the secrets. From the magic glass over the fireplace where ghosts and spirits visit the tavern to the cauldron that is always bubbling. With Magic, Nothing is EVER as it seems, with The Cauldron comes surprises. One can discover the secret room… perhaps when approaching the Book Case. MWHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!  3:)

Overall this is an amazing new place where one who is looking for an immersive and magical evening should visit. Perhaps, even those who are looking to embrace the spookiness of life or even visit with their coven. This is a definite MUST for those who love Horror and Halloween. There is magic and secrets awaiting for those who visit The Cauldron. The Cauldron Spirits and Brews is open Wednesday – Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. And is located literally across the street from Knott’s Berry Farm.

I hope you enjoy this look inside The Cauldron. More Info on The Cauldron Spirits and Brews is provided down below.

– Mary Imagination

https://www.facebook.com/thecauldronbar/

 

 

Knott’s Scary Farm: What Lurks Within – Dress Rehearsals

Days before opening night of Knott’s Scary Farm, everyone has to be trained on the operations of the event, so everything runs smoothly and is wonderfully terrifying. There is a hustle and bustle of everyone from build, wardrobe, cast and crew to prepare for the opening of Scary Farm. The day we visited they were focusing on training monsters, black out and guest control for mazes. We saw this process for Paranormal Inc.,Voodoo, and Toothfairy. It will be the first time all of these teams work the maze with guests (guests meaning street monsters who are going through). It is wonderful to see the excitement on the faces of all the streets monsters from Fiesta De Los Muertos, The Hollows, Carnevil and Ghost Town. They are waiting in anticipation to have a good scare from their monster brothers and sisters. Also, since these monsters will always be in the streets, this gives them the opportunity to experience these mazes and to see what the design and build team created.

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The First People you encounter at Scary Farm when you head towards your maze of choice is Guest Control, a team of people with white shirts and black ties. They guide you to ensure you get in line for your maze of choice for either Gen. Admission or Fright Lane. When you are in line, they keep line flow at a good pace and count groups for specific mazes that have pre-shows so it is not too many people with you but just enough to ensure a steady pace of line flow.

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We interviewed Donald and Deanna, Guest Control from Toothfairy. They informed us what is gone over during dress rehearsals,

“I’m explaining to them what to do with Guest Control, informing them about the maze, controlling the guests, keeping the maze clean and safe.” -Donald

“Our main job for Guest Control pretty much is keeping everyone in order, how many people come in, and we have the clicker right here.”

-Deanna

Inside the maze looking after the monsters, ensuring their safety and guiding you when the maze becomes confusing or super dark are The Blackouts. Even though they maybe invisible at times, they are always there, lurking in the shadows. Before the monsters of streets head into Paranormal Inc. for a scare, Bonnie (the team leader for blackouts for Paranormal and it’s her very first year working Scary Farm), gathers her army of blackouts and goes over the safety and daily procedures. Also what to do when guests want out and everything to know about the maze. Also she gets them excited for another year of Scary Farm. During her meeting with the blackouts she states,

“Just know I am here for you guys, we are all a team: line control, talent, all of us. We got each other’s backs.”

-Bonnie

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With every department from Monsters lead by the Cast Lead, Guest Control and Black Outs working together creates a great system for the maze to be terrifying and safe. When we head in, some monsters are in their masks and costume and some are there without that but their characters show through movement, scare and facial expression. Everyone is energetic and on point, it is wonderful that they are given dress rehearsal to get in the groove of their characters and environment. You can see all the action of Paranormal Inc. and Voodoo in our video below.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our article and video. Thank you to the people of Guest Control and Black Outs for ensuring the best and safe experiences at Scary Farm. We here at the Knott’s Network are grateful for your dedication and for what you do. Thank You ❤ Scary Farm starts up again this Thursday, so be sure not to miss out. We will see you all soon… In The Fog.

Knott’s Scary Farm: What Lurks Within! Orientation

EVERYONE who is involved with Knott’s Scary Farm from the Monsters, to line control, to black out, to build, to cast leads, to designers attend orientation in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. For some, it is an introduction to everyone and very first taste of being apart of the event for their Rookie Year. For others, it’s a big Family Reunion with their Haunt brothers and sisters. Returning for another year to scare guests in the fog together. Towards the end of Orientation, Jeff Tucker welcomes everyone by saying,

“Welcome, you have just taken your First Steps into a Larger World. Welcome to the Greatest Job you’re Ever Going to Have. Welcome To The Family.”

Orientation begins with a massive amount of people filing into the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Friends sit together and you can see whole scare zone families as they all wear their Scare Zone Jerseys. Everyone has papers with important Scary Farm info on it, so they are informed on all the important spooky knowledge and happenings.

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During Orientation, they cover how to scare and be safe while working haunt with Jesse the Safety Manager. He goes over step by step on the safest way of the scare with “zombie joe.” His presentation also includes haunt lingo of your start position being dubbed “The Boo Hole.” I love how the room roars with laughter and how Jesse is absolutely having fun with them. They go over what to do with dangerous/intoxicated guests, because that is the worst. Overall, he gives them tips and instructions on how to have a safe and fun season.

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Up next is Jeff Tucker and he goes into detail of important information everyone who is working Haunt needs to know, THE HAUNT SURVIVAL GUIDE! He goes into the best times to come to get ready, parking, and the technical information they need to know. Also, that “On Call” positions are still open for Haunt, it is a list of scare actors on the ready for when spots turn up. These spots usually become open towards the end of the season. Hey, if you missed auditions, there is still a chance to work haunt at least a few nights, get a taste of the fear of others. Mwhahahahhahahaha! Just so you know, it’s 18+ to work haunt, and “it’s not too late, it’s never too late.” Link Down below.

https://www.knotts.com/jobs

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After all of the important information has been dispensed by The Tucker, he asks if anyone has questions. Then he asks, “How many are you are new to Scary Farm?” Many hands rise into the air and he welcomes to the spooky, twisted and scary Haunt Family. He then wishes everyone a fun and safe haunt seasons and introduces Jon Cooke and Pasta to the stage.

Jon Cooke begins by asking how everyone is doing and for the Scary Farm veterans to give a warm welcome to everyone who is new in the family. Family is key to Scary Farm, it is the relationships, companionships, and friendships that form during the event amongst the staff and monsters that are amazing. It is everyone’s Passion and love they share for Horror, Halloween, and Haunted Attractions that make the event great. These are the people who work and anticipate Haunt all year long. They carry the Halloween spirit with them where ever they go. Just like in the film Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2: “The Saw is Family.” Many of these Scary Farm monsters and staff hang out together all year long. Unfortunately, they lost 3 of their spooky family this year, they celebrate their memory through the love of Horror and for Haunt. My heart goes out to all of the haunt family who are still healing over their passing. They will be remembered fondly in the fog.

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So all that is said and done, we interviewed many people this evening, but we will focus on Jon Cooke and Pasta. Jon Cooke is a Scary Farm designer who has created mazes and attractions such as Paranormal Inc., Shadowlands, Infected, Fear VR: 5150, Trick or Treat: Lights Out, Dark Ride and many other contributions to the event… bringing the FEAR and the Next Level of Haunting with every innovation, mixing the classic haut/halloween style with new technology/ideas. With every idea, he begins from concept to bringing it to full fruition. He works together with the design dept. and every dept. to assure that Scary Farm is the Scariest Event in So Cal.

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In Fact, he works closely with Pasta. She is a major part of Haunt, not only is she the head of the Paint Dept. but also oversees the cast of MONSTERS. She works alongside Jon, going over designs and how each attraction’s look and feel. What they will need from, wallpaper, distressing, paint, colors, etc. She leads her team of about 13 painters and crew leads in going through every attraction and giving it the eerie and creepy looks and feels. Bringing the horror to life!!!!!

“Magical Nightmares.” 3:)

She states, “after the designers pick the cast she goes in and teach them how to be those characters.” From creatures, to evil carnies, monsters that lurk in the fog, demons and what not. They go over with each scare actor what the creature is and how to be the creature. Directly under them is the cast leads who are people that guide/manage the scareactors/monsters in each maze/scarezone. *WE WILL COVER THEM IN THE NEXT EPISODE 😉 .

Overall, Pasta and Cooke oversee the entire event to make sure it is the scariest event you attend this haunt season 3:) 😉 Thank you to Jon Cooke, Pasta, Jeff Tucker, Jesse, The Monsters, and everyone who participated in this episode. You can see all the madness that has taken place in the vid down below. Thank you for reading and we hope to see you In The Fog!