September 23, 2020

Hallow'd Past:...Of The Year Awards

Houses of the Year:

2001 Scary Tales
Location: Soundstage 22

Enter an abandoned carnival attraction and find yourself in a nightmarish fairy tale world where there’s never a happy ending.

2002 Screamhouse
Location: Soundstage 20

There’s something disturbing about this small town mortuary. The bodies just don’t want to stay dead – and they don’t want YOU to leave!

2003 PsychoScarepy
Location: Jurassic Park Discovery Center

Get ready for a dose of shock treatment as the inmates are running the asylum. If you think you have any hope of escaping, you really ARE insane.

2004 – Castle Vampyr
Location: Soundstage 23

The castle itself is rumored to be the Blood Shrine of an ancient race that is long feared… but of which little is known. With ornamentations gathered from all over the world, CASTLE VAMPYR is said to contain a talisman from each “house” of the breed. And this evil congregation beckons the faithful to gather every thirteen years to renew vows to a dark power that drives their insatiable thirst for immortality.

2005 – Body Collectors
Location: Jurassic Park Discovery Center

Deep in the recesses of blood-soaked Gorewood forest, a storage facility has been built to warehouse, store, and process what remains of the unfortunate victims of the Terra Throne rituals. Drained of blood, withered and pale, the corpses are piled, prepared and rendered by the Collectors.

2006 – Screamhouse: Resurrection
Location: Soundstage 23

Through blood, bone, and ash, evil has risen again.

Abandoned for years, this Gothic mortuary contains the eternally tormented souls of the Caretaker’s victims. Aided by a cultish group of Followers, the Caretaker assures that you will enter on your own two feet, but leave sealed in a casket.

2007 – Nightmare on Elm Street: Dreamwalkers
Location: Soundstage 23

You’re all my children now.

Welcome to 1428 Elm Street. Trapped in a walking dream state by a new sleep-enhancing drug. Freddy Krueger chases you through vicious nightmares you can’t wake up from-because you’re already awake.

2008 – Dead Exposure
Location: Sprung Tent

Enter a realm where the flash of a camera reveals horrors beyond comprehension, leaving you in “total” darkness with Hell’s Army of the Undead!

Charlie McPherson, a noted tabloid photographer, has always wanted something more in life than photographing celebrities at their worst. One night, Charlie gets his wish when the city he resides in becomes overrun with flesh-eating Zombies. Trapped in his downtown loft with bloodthirsty Zombies just outside, Charlie captures the last horror-filled moments of his life on film and you are with him every step of the way.

2009 – Dracula: Legacy of Blood
Location: Soundstage 23

Welcome to Castle Dracula on the night of “The Calling.” Vlad Dracul bids you welcome – be you one of the chosen women who has been called or merely a mortal man. Those who have been chosen must decide whether to join the Dark Prince in everlasting life has his brides, or reject his offer and suffer for all eternity. The blood must be renewed. The fate of the legacy hangs in the balance – Dracula’s legacy of blood.

2010 – Havoc: Dogs of War
Location: Sprung Tent

Ten years ago, the Shadowcreek Enterprise was tasked with developing an elite corps of soldiers. They succeeded. Through an inhalant that includes a compound of testosterone, adrenaline, and other anesthetics, Shadow Creek’s latest run of volunteer test subjects are ready for inspection. The project name: HAVOC. The subjects are known simply as Dogs of War.

2011 – (TIE) The In-Between and The Forsaken
Location: Sprung Tent

An ominous portal reveals a 3rd dimension where all is not what it seems: a realm where our world and another collide. Surrounded by fiendish creatures, your eyes will deceive you with every step through this phantasm of terror.

Location: Parade Building (B-79)

Four ships began Columbus’s fateful voyage, only three became legend. Condemned to a watery grave, the mutinous and cursed crew of that 4th ship has returned with a vengeance. For within the walls of a Spanish fort, a maelstrom has brought from the depths….death itself.

2012 – Gothic
Location: Soundstage 20

The Catedral de Caementum Animus is, by day, undergoing a building-wide architectural refurbishment. By night, the many stone gargoyles that keep a watchful eye over the sanctuary come to life with the mission of protecting this sacred place against any intrusion.

2013 – American Werewolf in London
Location: Soundstage 22

Based on the John Landis horror classic, you’ll travel to the Slaughtered Lamb, experience the gruesome wolf attack on the moors and live the chaos of Piccadilly Circus. Beware the moon because tonight it brings only death.

2014 – (TIE) Halloween and Dollhouse of the Damned
Location: Sprung Tent

Follow in Michael Myers’ footsteps as he begins his historic night of horror. John Carpenter’s classic original film comes to life – just as yours is coming to an end.

Location: Sprung Tent

Within the decaying walls of this house awaits something evil. The unfortunate souls that enter here will become the damned that never escape.

2015 – Jack Presents: 25 Years of Monsters and Mayhem
Location: Soundstage 21

Relive the most terrifying moments of the past 25 years as Jack releases our catalog of creatures in one maze. You’ll be attacked by Universal classic monsters, meat-grinding maniacs and the fiends of Horror Nights past.

2016 – American Horror Story
Location: Soundstage 19

Relive scene after scene of sinister threats from Murder House, Freak Show, and Hotel in this extensive, terrifying house.

2017 – Scarecrow: The Reaping
Location: Sprung Tent #1

At a long-abandoned Depression-era farm, vengeance takes root, and the only harvest that will be reaped is you.

2018 – Stranger Things
Location: Soundstage 22

Halloween Horror Nights takes you deep inside the haunting world of Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS. The Demogorgon is hunting in our world now.

Soundstage Winners – 10
Tent Winners – 6
Parade Winners – 1
Discovery Center Winners – 2
Queue Winners – 0

Scarezones of the Year

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2002 – Island Under Siege
Location: Marvel Super Hero Island

The superheroes have all been defeated. Now you’re trapped in a decaying, lawless city under siege by the minions of the most vicious supervillain of all, Carnage.

2003 –

2004 – Fright Yard
Location: Lost Continent/New York Backlot

An ominous industrial landscape of rusty trucks, stacked freight containers, and burning buses, The Fright Yard is infested with the worst society has to offer. You suddenly find yourself caught between “survivor clans” where The Demented lie in wait for The Twisted and both tribes are waiting for you. Armed with chainsaws and flame-throwers, they hide, lurk, and stalk guests in this heavy metal maze. Even with police choppers hovering above, this is a twisted and terrifying turf war that has no rules.

2005 –

2006 – Harvest of Souls
Location: Central Park

Unsettling and unnatural sounds fill the night air. Lanterns cast flickering light and shadow on a twisted landscape. Herein dwell bizarre creatures celebrating the Harvest of the Souls. Within these shadows creep the soul harvesters in search of souls to quench their insatiable thirst.

2007 – Troupe Macabre
Location: Central Park

2008 – Streets of Blood: Body Collectors
Location: New York

“Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man”.

An ancient group known simply as The Body Collectors has been devoted to the collection and sacrificing of bodies for millennia. They have escaped notoriety by using plagues, wars, serial killings, and mass disappearances as the cover for their collecting. These mysterious beings are now in Victorian London, covering their heinous acts with Jack “The Ripper” as their scapegoat. But, there is no “Ripper”… There are only Collectors, collecting, collecting, collecting…

2009 – War of the Living Dead
Location: Shrek Alley

On a remote island in the Pacific during the last days of World War II, German military attempted to create the unthinkable – a new breed of super-soldier made from the reanimated corpses of the dead. American forces quickly seized the island compound, but not before the reanimate agent was released. The island was quarantined and has remained a secret until now. Fifty years later, the two opposing dead forces are still locked in immortal combat with you caught in the crosshairs.

2010 – HHN: 20 Years of Fear
Location: Hollywood Boulevard

Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear…Move towards the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past!

2011 – 7
Location: Hollywood Boulevard

As daylight shines upon our Temptresses, their appearance, though evil, allows you the spectacle of beauty. As night falls, these 7 temptresses will show their true colors and take on their true Fatal Evil forms!! Beware of your own temptations!

2012 – Beasts

The Iniquitus have commanded these grotesque predators to hunt you down. Silently they’ll stalk you…all night long, until they have you surrounded and there’s nowhere left to hide.

2013 – The Walking Dead

2014 – Purge: Anarchy
Location: New York

Once you enter The Purge: Anarchy you’ll be lucky to just survive the night. In this unique experience inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, turmoil and pandemonium await those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims.

2015 – (TIE) Evil’s Roots and Clownsaws
Location: Central Park

Your darkest fears will take root amidst the perilous paths of Central Park as you face evil fairies, humanoid bats, scarecrows and more horrors.

2016 – Dead Man’s Wharf
Location: San Francisco

Today, on the anniversary of the disappearance of the fishing vessel Annabel Lee, a thick fog has rolled in. The spirits of the lost crew have returned to punish the town that left them to die on the open seas and make sure the dock earns its morbid nickname.

2017 – Trick ‘R Treat
Location: Central Park

Break the rules. Pay the price. That’s the murderous moral of the five twisted stories in Trick ‘r Treat, a darkly hilarious tribute to Halloween.

2018 – Revenge of Chucky
Location: Hollywood Boulevard

Chucky, the world’s deadliest doll, has brought a toy fair to gruesome life on the streets of Hollywood, twisting childhood toys into nightmares. You’ll be dying to play.

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