Breaking News- Cassandra Peterson a.k.a Elvira will be at Midsummer Scream 2017

As if the Summer couldn’t get any hotter, the team at Midsummer Scream just announced that Cassandra Peterson, a.k.a. Elvira, will be making a special appearance at Midsummer Scream 2017. As of now, she is slated to appear as herself, not as Elvira. She will be at the convention on Saturday July 29th to sign autographs and meet fans.

The addition of the “Queen of the Macabre” has added a level of excitement and awesomeness to what is shaping to be an epic event!

Midsummer Scream takes place Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th, 2017 at the Long Beach convention center. Tickets are on sale and can be bought at MidsummerScream.org . You can also follow them on Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, and Instagram: @MidsummerScream.

Be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts here and on Twitter (@HallowsHaunts) for more information on Midsummer Scream as more announcements are made.

The Shining announced at HHN Hollywood

NExstqtUN98WBy_1_b.jpg

As we creep towards Halloween, we’re beginning to get some great news about upcoming haunt events. The best news so far, comes from Universal Studios. Universal Studios has just announced that The Shining will be a maze theme at Halloween Horror Nights. Guests at HHN in Orlando and Hollywood will be given the chance to wander the dizzying corridors of the Overlook.

the-shining.jpg

Universal promises to include many iconic scenes from the film, while adding their own creative flair. Those brave enough to enter will encounter a crazed Jack Torrance as well as the spirit of room 237. While not explicitly stated, the maze is also expected to include the eerie little girls Danny encounters in the famous hallway scene. Hopefully, we’ll also be treated to the blood gushing elevator and the guy in the bear suit blowing another guy. Seriously, it’s the weirdest part of The Shining.

HHN The Shining Trailer

Click the link above to view the official maze teaser. Also follow us right here on All Hallows’ Haunts and on Twitter @allhallowshaunts for more Halloween updates.

Midsummer Scream Schedule of Events!

It’s just over two months before the return of the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival. Now, the team behind Midsummer Scream has announced its schedule of events, and it certainly looks exciting!

Some of the panels include presentations from The Queen Mary’s “Dark Harbor”, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Night’s”, Knott’s “Scary Farm”, and much more. They also announced the return of the Winchester Mystery House, as well as a thrilling panel discussing the sadly now gone Disney’s California Adventure ride “The Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror.”

This is only the tip of the iceberg folks, as Midsummer Scream has additional shows, the “Hall of Shadows”, and numerous other events and panels booked for that weekend. Plus, more is on the way.

You can check out the 2017 Midsummer Scream event schedule by clicking on the the following link- http://midsummerscream.org/2017-schedule/

The entire AHH team is anxiously waiting for Midsummer Scream to get here!!!

Midsummer Scream takes place Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th, 2017 at the Long Beach convention center. Tickets are on sale and can be bought at MidsummerScream.org . You can also follow them on Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, and Instagram: @MidsummerScream.

Be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts here and on Twitter (@HallowsHaunts) for more information on Midsummer Scream as more announcements are made.
(Midsummer Scream Poster by Midsummer Scream.)

Midsummer Scream Tickets on Sale Now!

Midsummer-Scream-2017_Postcard-696x1024Alright all you Halloween, horror, and haunt enthusiasts! Tickets are now on sale for Midsummer Scream, the biggest Halloween festival of the year. In case you’re unfamiliar with Midsummer Scream, it’s a summertime extravaganza dedicated to Halloween and haunts. Many of the California based haunts and theme parks, including Knott’s, Universal Studios, and Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, made their official Halloween announcements at Midsummer Scream.

Theme Park Adventure (@TPAMagazine), the co-creators of Midsummer Scream, have announced some of the lineup for this year’s event that includes the Decayed Brigade, Zombie Joe’s Underground, Return Home Podcast, Force of Nature Productions, Mudd The Magnificent, and many more to be announced.

They also announced the return of the Hall of Shadows, Midsummer Scream’s own scarezone which features numerous mini-haunts.

img_0259

For you party ghouls, this year’s party will be hosted aboard the Queen Mary by Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus!

img_0181

I know that I speak for the whole All Hallows’ Haunts team when I say last year’s Midsummer Scream was not just the best Halloween convention we had been to, but it was the best overall convention that any of us had ever attended. We can’t wait for July when Midsummer Scream returns!!!

Midsummer Scream takes place Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th, 2017 at the Long Beach convention center. Tickets are on sale and can be bought at MidsummerScream.org . You can also follow them on Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, and Instagram: @MidsummerScream.

Be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts here and on Twitter (@HallowsHaunts) for more information on Midsummer Scream as more announcements are made.

(Midsummer Scream Poster by Midsummer Scream.)

 

Speed Date Through The Apocalypse

One of the best parts of living in Southern California is we are in the heart of the haunt, horror, and Halloween community. This a place where many live like it’s Halloween everyday. Honestly, who wouldn’t want it to be Halloween every day? Being in Southern California gives us the ability to attend and experience macabre events unlike anywhere else. So, when the team here at All Hallows’ Haunts found out that Serial Killer Speed Dating and The Bunker Experience, two of our favorite events, are teaming up together, we were filled with blood soaked joy.

(Photo By Th Bunker Experience)

The Bunker Experience is a fully immersive post-apocalyptic escape room and mini maze, filled with mutated villains trying to prevent your escape. For this special event, Serial Killer Speed Dating will be hosting a special speed dating segment where participants will receive special clues to help them through the Bunker. It’s really important to note that while Serial Killer Speed Dating is hosting the speed dating portion, the speed dating is not serial killer speed dating.

Per their joint email that went out earlier this week: “Speed date with like-minded singles in the dystopian future deep in underground Old Pasadena. The evening starts with speed dating, where you’ll all be given clues as to how to survive the night, before being ushered into The Bunker Experience’s outstanding escape room and haunted maze. This one’s a doozy, people. It has a 20% success rate. Good luck.”

(Photo by The Bunker Experience)

The best part is that tickets for this amazing evening of fun, romance, fright, and adventure are just $39.95. Tickets include full entry to both speed dating and the escape room. Plus you will get access to a hidden bar, right across the street from The Bunker Experience and enjoy a 30% discount on drinks. Tickets can be bought at https://the-bunker-experience.ticketleap.com/speed-dating-in-an-escape-room/ and it’s recommended that you buy tickets early as they can sell out.

(Photo by Kady Chun)

This awesome event will take place every Friday night at 8pm in February at Bunker Experience- 20 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, Ca 91103.

The Bunker Experience, which first opened during the 2015 Halloween season, now runs year round. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit them online at http://www.thebunkerexperoence.com . You can also follow them on Twitter- @BunkerEx . Serial Killer Speed Dating made its debut at ScareLA 2015 and has been touring all over Southern California since. You can find more info about all SKSD events at http://www.serialkillerspeeddating.com and follow them on Twitter- @SKSpeedDating.

You can also read our past review of The Bunker Experience here https://allhallowshaunts.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/will-you-escape-the-bunker-experience/ and our review of Serial Killer Speed Dating here https://allhallowshaunts.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/serial-killer-speed-dating-spring-fever-edition/

Be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts here and on twitter-@HallowsHaunts, for more information of Halloween, horror, and haunt events in Southern California.

(Main Postcard by Serial Killer Speed Dating/The Bunker Experience)

The All Hallows’ Haunts 2016 Awards

With 2016 almost in the books and 2017 right around the corner, the team here at All Hallows’ Haunts thought it would be fun to look back at what we thought was the best of the best in 2016. So, without further ado, here are the All Hallows’ Haunts 2016 Awards.

Movie

Andy’s Pick- Hush

Lola’s Pick- Train to Busan

static1.squarespace.jpg

TV Show

Andy’s Pick-  The Exorcist

Lola’s Pick- Stranger Things

netflix stranger things poster.jpg

Creepy Album

Andy’s Pick- Metallica- Hardwired To Self-Destruct


Lola’s Pick – Birdeatsbaby- Tanta Furia

birdeatsbaby.jpg

Book

Andy’s Pick- Maggie Goes To Hollywood & Maggie Reloaded by Kate Danley

Lola’s Pick- I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

I'm thinking of ending things.jpg

Convention

Andy’s Pick- Midsummer Scream 

Lola’s Pick – Midsummer Scream

img_1757

Unique Event

Andy’s Pick- Serial Killer Speed Dating

Lola’s Pick- Halloween Club’s 4th Annual Spookshow

spookshow4-los-angeles-halloween-event

Play

Andy’s Pick- Demonic Housewives

Lola’s Pick – Wicked Lit

Wicked-lit-2016-review-theatre.jpg

The-cast-of-The-Shadowy-Third.-Photo-by-Daniel-Kitayama.jpg

Haunt

Andy’s Pick- Knott’s Scary Farm

Lola’s Pick – Knott’s Scary Farm

Scary-Farm-Nurse.jpg

Haunt Show/Attraction

Andy’s Pick- Queen Mary’s Freak Show

Lola’s Pick- Micah Cover’s Haunted House Calls

2254677.png

micah-cover-haunted-house-calls.jpg

Maze

Andy’s Pick- Shadowlands (Knott’s Scary Farm)

Lola’s Pick – Shadow Lands (Knott’s Scary Farm)

img_1758

Scare Zone

Andy’s Pick- The Hollows (Knott’s Scary Farm) 

Lola’s Pick – Fiesta de los Muertos

Fiesta-de-los-muertos-Page-Header.jpg

Stan Lee’s Comic Con – The Weirdest Panel Ever Review

hqdefault

Photo From Horror Kung Fu Theatre

Ok, so maybe I’m a little behind, but I did manage to attend one day of Stan Lee’s Comic Con, formerly known as Comikaze. For the most part any Comic Con related event is geared towards sci-fi/fantasy, and Stan Lee’s Comic Con is no exception. Still, I was surprised by how much the convention had to offer horror/Halloween fans.

One of the major highlights of my day was attending a panel on TV horror hosts. This is where things took a turn for the weird, way weird. I expected the panel to feature a variety of horror hosts talking about their programs and taking questions from a large clapping audience, you know basic convention stuff. I should’ve known to expect the unexpected.

When my friend and I entered the conference room, we noticed that the place was a graveyard. The room was occupied by maybe ten people, including us. The next thing we observed was that there was only one guy in a black nylon mask seated at the speaker’s table. As we sat down, we were immediately ambushed by a guy with a video camera. I guess this man was tasked with filming the panel, but his method was more than a little bizarre. He decided he needed to get right up next to my friend’s face to film a profile of him. He proceeded to call him a “ginger” and tell him to smile. This went on for the entire duration of the panel. As this was going on, we discovered that our masked friend was The Nightshadow, the host of a 90s TV horror program known as Horror Kung Fu Theatre. He used to be a wrestler for the N.W.O. and he once had Vampira on his show.

This is about the extent of what I learned about him and his program, because the guy didn’t seem particularly interested in promoting himself. He did allow the audience to ask questions, but he wasn’t too enthused. I asked him if he thought there was room for a show like his on TV today. He said that reality TV has taught him that people like watching weirdos, and he had a lot of weirdos on his show, so he thinks there is.

After the lightning speed Q & A, there was a raffle. He bashed Comic Con for not announcing that he was giving out $200. I thought he was joking until he pulled the cash out of his wallet and handed it over to the girl with the winning number. Since the room was so scarcely populated, basically everyone won a prize. I won a Knott’s Scary Farm shirt. A number of people received shirts from The Asylum, the makers of Sharknado. As each person came up to receive their prize, The Nightshadow would make comments like, “You’re cute, but you’re too skinny.” Some may have found it offensive, but I was highly amused.

This was the strangest panel I’ve ever attended, and I loved every minute of it! I always enjoy listening to people talk about their shows/movies/etc., but sometimes it sounds forced and robotic. The Nightshadow was 100% authentic. I may not have learned too much about him but my interest was peaked, so I’ll be seeking out more about Horror Kung Fu Theatre. I expect it to be every bit as weird as my Comic Con experience.

Have you heard of Horror Kung Fu Theatre? What’s the weirdest panel you’ve ever attended. Hit me up in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter. Also be sure to check out the official website for Stan Lee’s Comic Con.

http://www.stanleeslacomiccon.com/

Urban Death: Tour of Terror 2016

urbandeathtourofterrorzju_pic3-email-jpg

As many of you  may already know, I have an intimate relationship with Urban Death. I’ve experienced it from all perspectives, I’ve been a fan, I’ve been a performer, I’ve loved it dearly, and I’ve even bled for it. With that being said, I’ll try to keep this review as objective as possible.

The standard Urban Death is a one hour show, full of silent vignettes of terror. Actors that look like they’ve been plucked out of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari shock the audience with graphic scenes of violence and existential dread.

urbandeathtourofterror2016zju_pic-7-jpg

Urban Death: Tour of Terror changes things up a bit for Halloween. The theater is transformed into a maze and the show is shortened to about 15 minutes. Audiences must walk through the maze to see the show. On the way out they go back through the maze, which has changed entirely during the show.

I’m not a huge fan of the maze. As both a performer and audience member, I think it’s too dark. I like the darkness, but I couldn’t see the characters at all. If they brightened it up just a tad, it’d be much more enjoyable. My companion disagreed with me. He liked the level of darkness. What I did see, was creepy to the core. My favorite part of the maze involves some sort of creature with  long fingers caressing herself.

urbandeathtourofterror2016zju_pic-6-jpg

This year’s show was one of my favorites ever. Urban Death is at its best when it focuses on creating illusions and psychological horror. Everything you ever imagined lurking in the infinite blackness, resides within the confines of Urban Death.

Those intrigued by this article should visit the official ZJU website and check out the upcoming shows. Also check out the Urban Death site. http://zombiejoes.com/ and http://www.urbandeath.com/

 

 

 

Breaking News- Midsummer Scream 2017 Dates

Just when you thought Halloween day couldn’t get any better, the team from Midsummer Scream gave us all a treat today when they announced that their Halloween Festival will be returning to the Long Beach Convention Center July 29th and 30th, 2017!

The announcement came as video treat, which they posted on their official twitter (@MidsummerScream). You can watch the video below:

The team here at All Hallows’ Haunts is beyond excited as we found the 2016 Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival to be absolutely amazing and probably the greatest convention we’ve been to. We can’t wait for July to get here!

Be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts here on our website and on twitter (@HallowsHaunts) for more updates on Midsummer Scream and other Halloween, Horror and Haunt information in Southern California.

Reign of Terror 2016 Review

dsc_8687-1

So last night I hit up Reign of Terror haunted house in Thousand Oaks. It’s my second year in a row attending. Reign of Terror is a gigantic haunt featuring 95 individual rooms. There are eight different themes including a Victorian haunted house, a creepy circus, and an insane asylum.

dsc_8593-1

I have a big appreciation for ROT, because it offers the classic haunted house experience for a fair price. I think when people envision a haunted house in their mind, they’re picturing something like Reign of Terror. ROT relies on detailed props, sets, and costumes. The actors go all out to provide a fun experience for guests, and the animatronics are top notch.

DSC_8683-1.jpg

Unlike other haunts, ROT isn’t trying to push boundaries or tell an elaborate story. Instead, it offers good old fashioned Halloween fun. It might not appeal to those who demand a certain level of intensity from their haunts. Still, Reign of Terror has a lot to offer. Those who appreciate the artistry of production design, will definitely adore it. ROT doesn’t cut any corners. I’d also recommend it to those who feel they aren’t getting enough bang for their buck from other Halloween events.

dsc_8786-1

I think Reign of Terror could use a few more actors, other than that I have no complaints. I’d recommend getting a VIP ticket. It’s only $10 more, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and energy. I’d compare Reign of Terror to a vintage Halloween decoration. It’s like a cute cardboard ghost in that evokes nostalgia and possesses a unique charm all its own. It’ll have you pining for the crisp Autumn nights of your childhood.

Tickets and times can be found on the official Reign of Terror website. All photo credits belong to ROT. 

http://www.rothauntedhouse.com/