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July 13, 2021

Haunted Attraction Industry News for July 13th

Haunted Attraction Industry News for July 13th

Universal Studios Hollywood announced the return of Halloween Horror Nights on select nights September 9th - October 31st. The event will feature the new "The Haunting of Hill House" maze based on the popular Netflix series. Fans will encounter many...

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Universal Studios Hollywood announced the return of Halloween Horror Nights on select nights September 9th - October 31st. The event will feature the new "The Haunting of Hill House" maze based on the popular Netflix series. Fans will encounter many of the show's sinister spirits including William Hill - The Tall Man, The Ghost in the Basement, and The Bent-Neck Lady. The Haunting of Hill House will also be featured at Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights as well. Tickets for the event at Universal Studios Hollywood will be available soon.

Halloween celebrations return to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park September 3rd - October 31st, 2021. Haunted Mansion Holiday, the Main Street Pumpkin Festival, and the Halloween Screams fireworks spook-tacular will return to Disneyland, and guests will be able to meet Mickey and friends in their Halloween finest. At Disney California Adventure Park Radiator Springs will become "Radiator Screams" with Mater's Graveyard JamBooree and Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween, and Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark will return to thrill guests each night. Oogie Boogie Bash is also set to return on select nights. The event will feature treat trails, Mickey's Trick & Treat stage show, the Frightfully Fun Parade, and Villains Grove. Tickets start at $114/person. Sales begin on July 13th.

The interactive theater event, Delusion announced their 2021 theme and new Pomona, California location. Reapers Remorse will bring participants into the world of occultist Esther Phillips, "a solemn collector surrounded by artifacts that not only tell tales but carry the very souls they’re tied to." Also new for 2021 is the "Her Private Collection: VIP Experience" upgrade which includes a secluded 2nd floor of terror experience with exclusive story threads, entrance to the "Dark Arts Bar & Lounge", and a limited edition poster signed by creator John Braver. Delusion opens September 16th. Tickets go on sale at 11:00 a.m. on July 15th, but fans who register in advance on the event's website are eligible for a special July 14th pre-sale.

The owner of The Haunted Majestic floating barge haunted attraction has filed a lawsuit again the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office, arguing that they overreached when they forced the attraction to close after an inspection last year. The lawsuit states the defendants did not have the power to close the barges last year because they do not have regulatory authority to impose state law upon federally inspected commercial marine vessels. Instead, the U.S. Coast Guard is the overseeing agency of the vessel. The owner of the barge would like to reopen for the 2021 Halloween season and recoup an estimated $60,000 in lost revenue due to the closure.

A proposed haunted attraction in the Town of Wilson, New York is drawing criticism from area residents who are concerned about noise, traffic, and even "lasting psychological harm to their children". Corey Quinn, co-owner of the property which The Haunted Forest hopes to occupy in the Fall of 2021, intends to dispel misconceptions surrounding the agritainment event. Haunted hayrides and Halloween events can help to supplement income and agricultural tourism to farms, and with proper precautions like adequate parking, low-decibel speakers, and crowd control fences & staff, the impact on neighboring properties can be minimized. A public hearing will take place at a later date. Quinn believes the Department of Agriculture and Markets will defend his right to operate his Halloween event.

Beth Turner, co-owner of Haunted Hydro in Fremont Ohio, has opened the kayaking company, Ghoul Runnings. Guests can rent kayaks and canoes, and tours and kayaking lessons will be offered in the near future. The name was inspired by watching members of Haunted Hydro's cast & crew go kayaking after working on the haunt, some in full Halloween gear. As Turner recalls, "That's where the Ghoul Runnings came in because it was kind of like a bunch of ghouls going down the river.”

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