Lola’s Favorite Finds From ScareLA and Midsummer Scream

I haven’t talked much about fashion on this site. I used to write about it more on my Buzzfeed account. When I started doing AHH, I just sort of stopped. Fashion is a big part of my life, and it’s probably the thing that gets me noticed more than anything else. On that note, many of my coworkers have been asking me where I get a lot of my stuff. Therefore I’m dedicating this article to all my friends at work, and all my fellow goth girls. I’ve indicated which convention I purchased each item at, but most of these vendors were at both events.

(From ScareLA) As much as I don’t need another black t-shirt, I couldn’t resist. This cute little black tee by Akumu Ink reminds me of The Conjuring by way of Tim Burton. I’m a sucker for illustrations of pale girls with big eyes. Akumu Ink has a wide range of designs to choose from. The designs are printed on hoodies, men’s and women’s tees, and even backpacks. If you like creepy cute, then Akumu Ink is definitely a brand you should look in to. http://akumuink.com/

cz3JKSz6SquiHnMRRrO7_8TW04b_1024x1024(From ScareLA) By far and away my favorite find from both conventions, is this amazing Jack o’ lantern purse by Dulce Calaveritas. I tried to get one at Midsummer Scream, but by the time I’d made up my mind, they were sold out. My purse is a little different than the one in the picture. My pumpkin is lime green with purple features and a black strap. They come in all colors. I like this bag, because it’s big, so there’s plenty of room. I also like the way the vinyl glitters in the sunlight. If you’re looking to score one of these, you’ll have to be patient. They sell out super fast, so it’s kind of hit and miss. https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dulcecalaveritas

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(Midsummer Scream) I picked up not one, but three items from Madame Whiskers. I got an eyeball ring, a Morticia Addams ring, and a Mulder and Scully pendant. You can get almost any image on you’re jewelry. They’re also inexpensive, which is great for goth girls on a budget! https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameWhiskers#items

(Midsummer Scream) I love a nice sweater, and what hoodie could be better for Lola Tarantula than this spiderweb zip up from Kreepsville 666? Kreepsville 666 is a staple at horror conventions. They offer everything from Elvira dresses to skull shaped handbags. There’s something for every creepy girl! http://store.kreepsville666.com/

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(ScareLA) I absolutely adore these Halloween/horror skirts, designed by Brittnee Braun. My skirt is actually a different pattern than the one in the picture, but they’re quite similar. She sells a huge variety of prints, so there are many options to choose from. The classic high waisted shape will look good on most girls. I like this skirt because it creates the illusion of an hourglass figure. If I were to get another one I’d probably go for one of the zombie prints. https://www.etsy.com/shop/SkirtyBirt?ref=condensed_trust_header_title_items http://www.brittneebraun.com/

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The last vendor I’m going to mention is Sweet Midnight. I didn’t buy anything from her this time, but I’ve invested in some wicked cool stuff in the past. Sweet Midnight’s most popular item is the coffin shaped purse. These purses can be bought with or without bat wings. Word of warning, don’t ever put your coffin in the washing machine. Let’s just say mine is no longer coffin shaped. http://www.sweetmidnight.com/

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Will You Escape The Bunker Experience?

Within the last few years, escape rooms have been popping up everywhere. Everything from simple rooms, all the way to complex rooms where you have to face your biggest fears in order to escape. There’s an escape room for everyone. In Pasadena California, there is an escape room that combines it all into one of the most epic adventures anyone could have- The Bunker Experience. Fellow All Hallows’ Haunts team member Chris Nelson and I had the opportunity to check out the Bunker Experience, and I can honestly say, we were not disappointed.

For those who have never done an escape room, it’s basically a room where you must complete a series of tasks in order to get out. These tasks could range from finding a key, to solving a puzzle, to finding clues, or facing a fear. The tasks do vary, as well as the difficulty and theme of the room. As for the Bunker Experience, it’s set in a post apocalyptic future where mankind resides in underground compounds for protection. However, the compound you’re in is compromised by savages known as the Vandals, led by Lightcrawler. The Vandals are savage like creatures who attack, kill, and eat humans. They have attacked the compound, and it’s your job to find the hidden map and escape to safety before it’s too late.

Now, I had never done an escape room before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. We arrived just before our designated time, where we met several other participants who would be heading into the Bunker the same time we were. This was our team. We were checked in by a performer who was in dirty, ragged clothes. Once we checked in, another survivor brought us into the compound and explained to us what had been happening on the surface. Suddenly, an injured performer makes his way into the bunker. He had been attacked by the Vandals. The compound had been breached. We were rushed and sealed into the bunker, where we had forty minutes to find the map and escape to safety.

Now, for obvious reasons, I’m not going to reveal any clues or the exact tasks we had to complete. I don’t want to give anyone reading this an unfair advantage (though we’ve been told that they change the tasks periodically). I will tell you that they were some of the most clever and trickiest tasks I could’ve imagined. To add a sense of terror and urgency, there is the occasional banging on the walls, creepy sound effects, and dying guide who can assist you… till he dies. Sadly, we didn’t make it out before our time expired. Once the door opened, we had to make our way through this post apocalyptic maze where the Vandals were waiting.

I cannot even begin to describe how much fun we had. As soon as we entered, we were thrust into this incredible story of survival. We were part of the story and the adventure. It’s always cool walking through a maze or haunts, but you’re only walking through a story. With the Bunker Experience, you are part of the story. The challenges and tasks are so much fun. It’s great because it really shows you how important it is to work as a team and think outside the box. The forty minutes does go by really quick, but you’re having the time of your life!

We honestly can’t wait to do it again and bring our friends with us. I highly recommend the Bunker Experience to everyone. It’s fun, it’s scary, it’s challenging, and it’s an adventure. The story is fantastic and very enthralling. The performers are truly committed and top notch. You will have fun. You will be scared. You will not be disappointed.

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 .

Per their site, you must be 18 years of age or older to participate, otherwise parental supervision is required. Groups consist of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12 people. There is no minimum to the number tickets you have to purchase, yet be prepared to share your time slot with others.

The Bunker Experience is located at 20 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Seriously, visit the Bunker Experience and go on an adventure! You will not regret it!

(All Photos by The Bunker Experience.)

Krampus Announced at Horror Nights

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John Murdy announced a Krampus Halloween Horror Nights maze coming this October. The maze will of course be based on the recent film by Mike Dougherty. We are huge fans of the film and can’t wait to see what Murdy and Chris Williams will do with it. Since the Krampus legend is an old tale, hopefully they’ll also draw from classic lore as well as the film. We don’t know too much yet. We’ve got a simple trailer and we know that the maze will be placed on the backlot where the Crimson Peak maze was located. No doubt, Murdy will provide more information this weekend at ScareLA.

We want to hear from you! Are you excited about the Krampus maze? Which of the announced mazes are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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The Dark Ride Project at ScareLA

 

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One of the things we’re the most excited about at ScareLA is The Dark Ride Project. The Dark Ride Project is an attempt by artist Joel Zika to document historic dark rides, using the latest technology. Here’s more from the ScareLA press release.

“LOS ANGELES – July 27, 2016 –- ScareLA, the Southern California Halloween convention, is proud to present digital artist Joel Zika’s “The Dark Ride Project”, the first virtual reality haunt experience that brings back the history of dark rides to ScareLA starting Aug. 6-7 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif. Digital artist Joel Zika travelled the world with a 360-degree camera documenting the most historic dark rides. Many of these dark rides are more than 100 years old. Every theme park attraction stems from these rides. The Dark Ride Project takes users through the folk art and history of some of the most exciting rides, and will be presented in 4k on GearVR, OculusRift and Google Cardboard. “This will be the first time these things [dark rides] will be shown in virtual reality at ScareLA,” said Jon Schnitzer, ScareLA Director of Programming and Experiences. It’s going to be very cool because people are going to be able to see what some of these dark rides, that are 110 years old, were like. It’s not fake, it’s not a recreation. [The Dark Ride Project] is exactly what the ride was like,” said Schnitzer. Zika will be traveling from Australia to bring “The Dark Project” to ScareLA and kick off his Kickstarter project to complete his research and documentation of more world renowned dark rides. Along with the virtual reality experience, Zika will conduct a panel to talk about a documentary he filmed while documenting dark rides from around the world.”
Stay tuned to AHH to hear more about The Dark Ride Project and ScareLA. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and right here on our site.

Bardo Thodol- A Journey Through Death

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Of all the experiences I had at Midsummer Scream, Bardo Thodol was the most unexpected. The most shocking of course was Urban Death, but now that I’ve performed in UD four times, nothing shocks me. With Bardo Thodol I had no preconceived notions. It was pitched as a personal tour of your own death, and I knew that it was based on the “Tibetan Book of the Dead”. Other than that I was clueless.

When I made my way to the front of the line, I was asked to remove my shoes and socks and put on a blindfold. I could tell right away I was in for something amazing. Blindfolded, I was led inside a dark space. A man began to whisper in my ear. He told me I was dying and that I needed to reconsider my life. I didn’t particularly care for this part, just because I don’t like the sensation of people whispering to me. I’m no fan of ASMR. Once he was done whispering, I was led to another part of the room and told to lay down. I quickly realized that I was laying on a tarp of some sort.

Soon my blindfold was removed and I was lifted, tarp and all, by a group of people in medical uniforms. I was placed on a gurney and rushed into a sort of ER. There, doctors checked me for signs of life, while a man gripped my hand and cried. This part was so much fun it was hard not to laugh. I was impressed by the amount of emotion the crying man exhibited. As he cried, he told me that he wasn’t ready for me to go into the light.

Once the doctors declared me dead, I was covered with a semi-transparent plastic sheet and whisked away into the darkness. From there, I was placed back on the ground. Then it was time for me to be returned to the Earth. Dirt was shoveled bit by bit on top of me. I was surprised to see how much they actually buried me under. As anyone who’s carried a bag of soil knows, that stuff is heavy. I could feel the weight over my whole body and face. It wasn’t unpleasant, though. I actually found the sensation kind of nice.

Abruptly, the experience came to an end. I was pulled out from my grave and led to the exit. This ending was so puzzling, that I wasn’t sure if it was over or where I should go. On the way out, I was given a chip with a web link to details for the whole Bardo Thodol attraction. I came to realize that what I had experienced was only part one. I had a blast, so I’ll definitely be looking into what else they have to offer. I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get to see any demons or angels. I was hoping for some sort of final judgement. Perhaps that will be in the next installment. This event is good for people who want something more immersive than Halloween Horror Nights, but less insane than Heretic. I would not recommend Bardo Thodol to those who are claustrophobic or uncomfortable with the reality of death.

 

Knott’s Makes a Big Announcement!

Well folks, the Halloween season is approaching fast. In less than two weeks, it’ll be time for the Midsummer Scream Convention, followed by ScareLA. To tide us over, Knott’s Scary Farm has released the names of the returning Scare Zones and a short trailer. Back for 2016 are Ghost Town Streets, Fiesta de los Muertos, and CarnEVIL.

Ghost Town Streets is a literal ghost town. This scare zone mixes the aesthetic of old Western films, with the mysterious allure of the supernatural. Did someone say High Plains Drifter?

Fiesta de los Muertos is a favorite of mine. The brightly colored sugar skulls and fun atmosphere are a perfect complement to the brooding, unwavering finality of death.

CarnEVIL is your standard spooky freakshow, in the tradition of Mr. Dark’s Carnival. I’m a sucker for anything with a macabre circus theme. This one never disappoints.

Be sure to check back with us, for more updates regarding Knott’s Scary Farm and the 2016 Halloween season.

 

Sinister Pointe’s Seance, Round 2

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Not too long ago, Chris Nelson and I attended Séance, for the 2nd time. As many may recall about a month ago All Hallows’ Haunts posted our review of the event. Though all four of us enjoyed it, we felt the show was flawed. Apparently others agreed, because suddenly Sinister Pointe shut down the event, in order to give it a makeover. All customers were given tickets to attend the new and improved show.

While we only had a few minor issues with Séance, we were curious to see how they would change the event, and what the new end result would be. Now that we’ve see the new show, I can say it’s a significant improvement over the old one.

The most obvious change is that Séance is no longer being headlined by Scott Sytten. Sytten has been replaced by Dasha Kittredge, an actress featured in Delusion. David Gonzalez plays her right hand man assisting her through the process. Although, I enjoyed Sytten, I must say I preferred Kitteredge’s presentation. The show as a whole flowed better under her command.

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The cast wasn’t the only new addition. At the top of the show, we were given goat’s blood to drink, that tasted suspiciously like Clamato juice. We were informed that drinking the blood would help protect us from evil spirits. That was just a hint of what was to come.

When the evil spirit was unleashed, all hell broke loose. The lights when out and the table began to vibrate. Then our seats were all but pulled out from underneath us. When the lights came back on there were live cockroaches scurrying all over the table. The evening ended when the medium was overcome by the spirits. We were told to flee for our lives. We all returned to the safety of the lobby.

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Overall, this new version of Séance isn’t much different from the previous one. It’s just a few details here and there, but it makes all the difference. I said this in our last review, and I’ll say it again. I still think the event is overpriced, considering its short length of 45 minutes. I understand that the seating is limited and production must be fairly expensive. However, if I was pinching pennies, this wouldn’t be an event I’d splurge on. Still, Chris and I both had a great time and I’m glad I had the opportunity to see both incarnations of the show.

 

 

 

Breaking News: The Exorcist is coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that they will have a maze based on the iconic horror movie The Exorcist! This sounds very promising. Stay tuned to All Hallows Haunts for more breaking news.

Announcement from their Facebook page.
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153485692736727&id=94589241726

Serial Killer Speed Dating- Spring Fever Edition

 In this day and age, many have turned to technology to find romance. They look to websites and apps to building a lasting relationship. However, Abel Horwitz (@abelhorwitz, http://abelhorwitz.tumblr.com) has a better idea. He took the idea of speed dating and made it a little bit more interesting- by adding serial killers!

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In what has become quite the successful adventure, Abel has brought back his signature event- Serial Killer Speed Dating (@skspeeddating, http://www.serialkillerspeeddating.com). Part speed dating, part show, part murder mystery- the participants witness a death and then engage in trying to guess which one of the other participants is the killer, all the while speed dating. This time it was a sold out special “Spring Fever” edition of Serial Killer Speed Dating.

I had the opportunity to be a fly on the wall for this event, and was witness to the party. It started as a scream was heard from the bathroom as one of the participants had been attacked and died in a bloody mess in front of everyone. From there, the speed dating began. It was amusing to see how many of the dates began with asking “Are you the killer?” Or “I didn’t do it.” Then the real surprise came as the victim rose from the dead and joined in on the dating. From there, began two hours of smiles, laughs and a fantastic time for all those dates. In the end, it was discovered who the killer was, prizes were passed out, and some even made some real connections.

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Abel, who also acts as host, was in true form as he is always engaging with everyone, while making sure everything runs so smoothly. It really runs like a well oiled machine.

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The entire night went by so fast and flawless, you’re sad when it was over. I want to point out that one thing I observed the most was everyone having such an amazing time. Everyone was laughing and smiling from ear to ear.

With so many impersonal and technological ways to meet people these days, it’s so nice to see people actually meeting up and talking. I think the addition of blood, dead bodies and serial killers just makes it more fun and definitely more interesting.

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All in all, Serial Killer Speed Dating’s Spring Fever edition was an absolute success. You get to go on a series of dates, meet someone, and possibly catch a killer. What doesn’t sound like a good time?! And to Abel’s credit, SKSD has become so popular, a representative from SnapChat came to cover the event, which resulted in SKSD being featured in SnapChat’s Los Angeles Story. You can view their video of SKSD on YouTube at https://youtu.be/WRLAVqAZJoY?t=39s

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I, along with the rest of the All Hallows’ Haunts team, loves and highly recommends Serial Killer Speed Dating. It’s different, unique and fun. You will not be disappointed. And luckily for you, Abel has said to stay tuned and be sure to follow SKSD on Twitter and FACEBOOK as they have some exciting events in the works that will be coming very soon!

Urban Death Returns To Zombie Joe’s Underground

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents the return of their annual marquee event- Urban Death. For those unfamiliar with this modern Grand Guignol, Urban Death is a vignette show, featuring scenes of dark, twisted horror, death, and nightmares. Urban Death is unlike any show you have seen and should not be missed.

Per their official press release, Zombie Joe describes Urban Death as:

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group’s signature horror production that dives deep into the depths of ALL-NEW inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us! 

 Returning to helm this year’s Urban Death are co-directors Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer.

We are also thrilled to announce that All Hallows’ Haunts’ very own Lola Tarantula will be among the cast of Urban Death.

Urban Death runs Friday and Saturday Nights, April 29th through May 28th, 2016, at 11pm. The show is designed for ages 15 and up!

Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door or online at ZombieJoes.Tix.com . You can also call the official ZJU reservation hotline at (818) 202-4120.

ZJU Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

This event WILL SELL OUT. It is highly recommended that you buy your tickets early and arrive to the theatre early to get a good seat!