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  1. I purchased a ticket today. The event doesn't start until END of October and tickets are sold out through FEBRUARY. But I managed to get one Wednesday slot in mid November. I gotta say, I'm a bit skeptical there will really be an event to go to, and I know my $90 may be at risk. First off, this is Los Angeles, where the mayor has banned any Halloween events. I've heard the Haunted Hayride is still supposed to be happening, but they have moved it from Griffith Park to an undisclosed location. Stranger Things Experience is still sold as "Secret location in Los Angeles". Second, God help us if we are still locked down in February. I can understand November, but not Feb at this point. So in the event the city opens to any degree of normalcy, will this thing still go on? Sure, people desperately need the jobs, but I can see people wanting to put isolation behind them in a big way. Heck, some other states including Florida are having actual haunted houses with distancing. In California you can't go to any event unless you plan to burn buildings and terrorize citizens. We are locked down tremendously. This is going to be interesting either way.
  2. I'm so looking forward to reading what people have to say about these! I think the biggest downside will be taking half the house for eyes to adjust..
  3. It has been announced Two houses open for daytime guests - one weekend only....for now.
  4. So many great links were shared throughout the day. I hope there's no issue with posting many of these here
  5. We are all coping with the loss of HHN in our own way, and I'd like to share something that might help - the scent of Horror Nights. This is NOT a plug for either of these companies. I purchased from both and this is a mini review. While listening to podcasts, I've often heard of theme-park scented candles. This is usually the "ET forest" smell which everyone claims is dead-on and instantly reminds them of the queue. I seem to be one of the few who doesn't recall that smell. In the past few months I have heard of "Horror Nights" scents, and found two companies online that sell them. One place offers a LOT more than just candles, but their Horror Nights is pleasant and not something I associate with HHN. The other offers a more limited selection, but it's smell is intense and distinctly HHN. Magic Candle Company This place has seemingly endless scents, all named for various theme park attractions and memories (Banshee Flight, Autumn on Main Street, Pineapple Whip?!?) They also offer Horror Nights. Described as: "Featuring a blend of Ozonic notes, aquatic notes and musk notes that recreated the familiar smell of pyrotechnic fog to perfection." Magic candle Company sells candles, room spray, wax melts, fragrance oil, and car air fresheners. Horror Nights is available in all of these formats. $17 for an 8 oz candle, plus shipping. I seem to recall they give you a discount code if you sign up with Email. Reasonable shipping prices based on weight, not quantity. I purchased the wax melts and car fresheners. What I smell: Definitely not fog. No floral notes. Very powdery smell, like Febreze. Nothing musty or dirty, as I would expect from HHN. If I really strain my olfactory senses, I can smell a hint of smoke, but mostly it just smells like a candle. That was my daughter's thought after I proudly displayed the air freshener I paid a crapload for. Verdict: If anyone walked into the room they would say it smelled nice. Not scary, spooky, or haunted in any way. If the box didn't say Horror Nights, you'd probably say it smells like ocean mist. Park Scents A vastly smaller assortment of scents (Flume water, Wizard Beer, Banana Breath) They also offer Halloween Horror. Described as: "Evade danger as you enter this scare zone. Make your way through the screams and the fog, but be warned....the night lives on!" Although Park Scents also sells Oils, Room Sprays, and Wax Melts, Halloween Horror is only offered as a candle. And this candle is freaking EXPENSIVE. $25 for an 8 oz candle, but free shipping. I dislike it when they build shipping into the price; bad deal if you want to buy multiple items. I only purchased the candle, for which I used the code "PARKSTOP" to get (I think) a 15% discount (again, I have no connection with Orlando ParkStop or either scent company) What I smell: Very STRONG smells - Fog, Dirt, Musty. I purchased a bottle of scented oil to add to fog juice at a trade show years ago. It was called "Moldy Crypt". This is the exact same smell. Might even be the same company, for all I know. People say this is the same smell they have permeating the Tribute Store at Universal this year. I cannot attest to it, but it smells like Horror Nights. I recall this smell in Graveyard Games, Hive, and I think the Attic scene of Insidious (I may be wrong, but I'd bet on it). This one is the real deal. But there is a downside - while it may bring back instant memories of HHN, the smell is not something people would associate with a candle - certainly not an air freshener. That is why I say this smells like fog - fog you smell when you are in a graveyard or crypt scene. It is distinct, and I guarantee will instantly remind you of a haunted house or graveyard. This will be off-putting to those who don't love HHN. Verdict: If you want to relive HHN in your home, buy this. But beware: others may find this smell unpleasant, but admit it - that makes you want to buy it even more.
  6. No haunt this year. But they are doing something, at least. For those on the East Coast, the West Coast parks have been closed since March. No rides at all. Universal Hollywood can only be experienced via Citywalk, which has some restaurants open (some with limited menus). Like Orlando, our Citywalk is immediately outside the park. Disneyland has Downtown Disney open (but neither park). Our Downtown Disney is like Orlando's Citywalk, right outside the parks. Sea World San Diego is open for exhibits and outdoor shows only. You can actually go into the park for these. Knotts is open for dining only. You can buy a "tasting card" to visit booths in the park to eat foods with a boysenberry flair. They do this every year, but this is the ONLY thing you can do in 2020. So Knotts is adding a bit to the experience for Halloween, with a Halloween-themed food event on Fridays thru Sundays. They will also present trick or treat trails. Here's the odd thing, though: The promo pictures show a few daytime scareactors and kids in their costumes - but no masks worn by anyone. These may be old pictures, or may be related to the massive confusion over an announcement two days ago by Los Angeles effectively cancelling Halloween - no Halloween events, no trick or treating, no Halloween parties. Not even a Festivus pole. Well, yesterday officials 'walked back' the closure due to most of California losing their shit over this latest brick in the wall: Still no Halloween parties or gatherings even if they are outdoors (I hate L.A.) Still no carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, or haunted houses allowed (I really hate L.A.) The "walk back" part is that you are now allowed to go trick or treating* - but the city does "not recommend it". Your kids can do it, but the city will wag their collective finger and scold you. * Also allowed (but not recommended by the city) is "trunk or treating" (I am NOT making this up...), where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats. That doesn't sound dangerous at all. But, hey, this is the same state that is allowing alcoholic drinks TO GO at many restaurants during the pandemic. Apologies for the extra helping of snark, but I have been officially over 2020 for the past few months. Oh, yeah, and half of California is currently on fire. Have they made a sleep-aid that lasts 3 months yet? I would gladly take Sleepwell at this point. I'm ready, Freddy...
  7. More on the event. They even cut a promo video showing what to expect. 10 Scarezones: Lycan Landing (NEW) - Werewolves The Shortcut (NEW) - Sure sounds like a scarezone version of Graveyard Games The Junkyard (NEW) The Escape (NEW) First Fear (Icons) Little Nightmares Maniac Midway Deadly Toys Hell on Wheels Dia de los Muertos 1 Show (outdoors) Fiends I would NOT travel halfway across the country for this. Wait for the full thing. And do HHN on the same trip. But if you are dead set on going, make sure you go to Scream-A-Geddon as it is not far from Busch, and they are advertising haunted houses this year.
  8. That sounds awesome! Meanwhile, my asshat of a governor has cancelled Halloween. The one day a year when you are encouraged to wear a mask.
  9. I was surprised to read today that the event is not only going on this year - but they will have haunted houses. Very interested if anyone is planning to go. Please post info if you do. I went two years ago and he was my review. For those wondering how they could be doing haunted houses this year, consider the straw that supposedly broke the camel's back for HHN Orlando: Theme Park University reported that just before the event was to be formally announced, inspectors required walkways in houses to be widened to increase social distancing. Universal saw no way of doing this so the event was simply cancelled. Scream-A-Geddon is much more open than HHN. Many of the sets are outside, or are single room structures. I would say that less than 25% of house areas are narrow hallways as we experience at HHN. So it would be relatively easy to re-route past those. Since they are actively hiring and selling tickets, one would assume they have gotten the inspection go ahead. The one thing that I don't see that they can pull off without big changes is the upcharge glow-stick "extreme" houses. Mainly because the extreme aspects were touching and in-your-face moments. If they took those away, there wouldn't be anything to differentiate extreme from non-extreme. I guess "extreme" might just mean extra actors for this year. I really don't recall if there were body bag halls or what they did for hanging room separations. But I don't think any of it would have been necessary for those houses. The FAQ for the event doesn't really discuss COVID much at all, other than to say guests are required to wear masks. They are very ambiguous about the glow stick access. Interestingly, one of the houses is still a 3D house - which means 3D glasses. As most other events, they recycled those when possible. I would hope that would not happen this year. The zombie paintball is also going to take place as well. Which means they need to disinfect the paintball guns each time. And I would assume guests would need to wear gloves?
  10. I read today they were all sold out... But quite a few on Ebay. Bids are around $150 on most, but some nearing end of auction are $300+ Universal should really have put one per customer limits on the highly collectible items. That they didn't is really a disservice to the fans. They knew they would sell out either way. But I don't doubt for a moment that they will eventually sell CDs of this.
  11. Did you know you can do escape rooms online? Not some cheesy version, but the real version you could otherwise do in real life? Here is a full escape room played by Chris Ramsey and his cohorts. If you don't regularly watch Chris Ramsey's YouTube channel, you are not doing this isolation thing right. He is a magician and a puzzle solver. His videos are so much fun. I did The Heist in Orlando a few years ago. This is the SAME ROOM, just done virtually. Nothing was left out. They did a great job turning this into an online experience. I also just got an Email that "Prison Break" is available online from The Escape Game. I did this one in Orlando also and it was extremely difficult, but an excellent game. We did not escape....we did terribly. Really surprised they got this working virtually as it it starts by breaking up the team into two separate prison cells. Very complex even in real life. Not everyone is doing it this way. Some places have create other virtual rooms. Here is a horror-related experience you can do: https://thebasementla.com/mnij/ It is put on by the people who do The Basement in California. I've been to one of their room IRL and it was highly horror based. I have not tried the virtual room.
  12. https://losangeleshauntedhayride.com/hours_pre.html <This event takes place in Los Angeles> Okay, this is going to be different. LA Haunted Hayride is normally just like Hayrides throughout the country. You sit on haybales on a wagon and are driven by show scenes. This is part "Drive Thru" in that you drive your CAR by the sets from the traditional LA Hayride. It is doubtful anything will happen here other than just music and lights. But it culminates with a haunted show. Apparently they have a large parking area where vehicles will be directed to park - picture a Drive-in Movie. But instead of a movie, you watch a show from your car (multimedia and live actors). Ticket price tiering is based on where you get to park, and how many people are in your vehicle. There is a "Platinum Experience" where your group gets to watch the show from a private hay wagon in Row 1. But you still drive your car... I don't quite understand how that will work... Apparently, they use radio transmitters to send the show music to your FM radio. I do a Christmas light show at my house that does the same thing. This tends to work great. Some thoughts - No taking Uber to this event, as you need to drive your car through it no matter what. No convertibles with the top down. No sticking your head through the sunroof to see better. No rolling down your windows. You and ALL occupants must wear their seatbelt during the entire time. Up to 8 occupants in the vehicle. Other than a minivan, who has a vehicle with 8 seatbelts... No coming as a group of cars and ganging up into a single vehicle. That needs to be done before you enter the event. Essentially, no unoccupied vehicles allowed. Headlights....Let me tell you, at my Christmas Light Show, about 10% of people have NO IDEA how to turn off their headlights while running their radio in accessory mode. Sounds crazy, but it's an afterthought on most new vehicles, and there are models that won't allow it, forcing running lights on at a minimum. With computers running vehicles, there are no standard procedures anymore. Don't believe me? Go to your car and try it. Some of you won't have any idea how to do it. So what do people do when someone behind them won't turn off their lights? They hold down their horn and scream. I often have to help people figure out how to turn off their lights. Now add Coronavirus. This one is going to be a problem, because it plagues me every December.
  13. <This event takes place in Los Angeles> What happens when 2020 decides to cancel Halloween? This happens: https://strangerthingsdriveinto.com/ I'll buy a ticket and will let you know. Some thoughts: FAQ says you will drive past scenes and end up in a show area. Sounds exactly like what LA Haunted Hayride is doing this year. The "Show Location" appears to be the Starcourt Mall. Not really clear, but there may be other shows along the way. Ticket tiers will probably be based on how close you get to park to the show. No doubt there will be additional perks to encourage upcharging. No taking Uber to this event, as you need to drive your car through it no matter what. No convertibles with the top down. No sticking your head through the sunroof to see better. No rolling down your windows. You and ALL occupants must wear their seatbelt during the entire time. Up to 8 occupants in the vehicle. Other than a minivan, who has a vehicle with 8 seatbelts... No coming as a group of cars and ganging up into a single vehicle. That needs to be done before you enter the event. Essentially, no unoccupied vehicles allowed. Headlights....Let me tell you, at my Christmas Light Show, about 10% of people have NO IDEA how to turn off their headlights while running their radio in accessory mode. Sounds crazy, but it's an afterthought on most new vehicles, and there are models that won't allow it, forcing running lights on at a minimum. With computers running vehicles, there are no standard procedures anymore. Don't believe me? Go to your car and try it. Some of you won't have any idea how to do it. So what do people do when someone behind them won't turn off their lights? They hold down their horn and scream. I often have to help people figure out how to turn off their lights. Now add Coronavirus. This one is going to be a problem, because it plagues me every December.
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