If I had a Halloween theme park...
the lines of "If I was a Horror
Host" and my imaginary Halloween
Channel, here's a rough sketch of Halloween World, my imaginary
park on the scale of Disneyland. It's many of my decorating and
party ideas writ large.
4D Zone - Lots of
perspective-warping rooms on a ride-through. You think you're
going up, but turn out to be moving sideways, etc. Vortex
tunnels, false sense of moving at high speeds when you're practically
standing still, etc.
Haunted House on the Hill - A
traditional haunted house. Lots of ghosts popping out of coffins,
closets, and so on. Actual scares though, unlike Disney's Haunted
Mummy's Curse - Ancient Egypt,
hieroglyphics on walls and artifacts, etc. Attacks from
resurrected mummies, desert snakes, and scarab beetles!
Monster Castle - Frankenstein and
Dracula's humble mountainside abode. Live performances of the
monster's creation and battles between Van Helsing and Count Dracula.
Hell Coaster - Indoor roller
coaster through (simulated) flames in underground tunnels filled with
imagery from Dante. Coaster plunges into "lava" near the end of
the ride. (Compare with Splash Mountain.)
Funhouse - All the classics:
Distorted mirrors, shifting floors, spinning halls, etc.
Undead Pirates - Skeletal pirates
aboard a giant ship battle sea monsters, humans, and mer people.
(Compare with Pirates of the Caribbean.)
Abducted from Area 51 - Ride a
UFO with grey aliens, go to their planet and back.
Zombie chase - Get chased through
a maze by the undead.
Silver Bullet - Coaster races
through werewolf country faster than a speeding bullet. (Compare
with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.)
Dreams in the Witch's House - You
time-travel back to old Salem and see a trial and witch-burning.
(Compare with parts of Frontierland.)
Robot Apocalypse - Run-down and
cannibalized robots try to capture humans. You have to shoot them
with your lasers. (Compare with Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.)
Flying Pumpkins - Riders control
their altitude by pulling their "wand." (Compare with Astro
Mirror Maze - Find your way out
of a confusing labyrinth.
Horror circus - Killer Klowns
shot from cannons with knives in their hands, freak show, undead
performing animals, etc.
3D Land - Chromadepth 3d glasses
combined with fluorescent paints and blacklights, etc.
Texas Hay Ride Massacre -
Barn/farm with monsters who try to get you.
Black Lagoon Boat Ride -
Creatures come to the surface to try and "capture" boat riders.
Other jungle creatures pose threats too. (Compare to Jungle
Fallout Fortress - Many mutants
from biological weapons that leaked and infected soldiers leaving the
military base overrun!
The Pit and the Pendulum - You
ride the pendulum! See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pendulum_ride
The "No Petting" Zoo - Exotic
no-petting zoo of scary animals: scorpions, tarantulas, venomous
snakes, crow/raven, black cat, etc. set up like a zoo.
The Addams/Munster family house -
A "better homes and gardens" parody by showcasing where that kooky
family down the street lives.
Spooky sounds interactive -
Guests get to play with different instruments and even score footage
from a film (i.e., film gives cues when to play pieces). Also has
a foley lab to create sound effects of bones breaking, gurgling noises,
etc. Instruments available include a theremin (with effects like
delay and reverb), waterphone, pipe organ, and others.
Haunted Corn Maze - Try to
navigate the maze while being "chased" by the harvest demons: scary
scarecrow, goat man, etc.
Bounce castle -
Bounce through multiple chambers
Wax museum - Hosted by the ghost
of Vincent Price. Features sections include:
Monster guts - Get "swallowed
by the monster" and hop around in his stomach
- Mythological monsters: Medusa,
- Literary monsters: Cthulhu,
Headless Horseman, etc.
- Universal Monsters
- '80s slasher monsters (called "The
- The Aurora Monster Models
- Horror Hosts
- Urban legends
- Torture chamber
Photosmagoria - Photo ops.
Participants can be made up with make-up, prosthetics, and costumed all
by professional, then have their pictures taken in horror scenes.
They can wear the makeup for the rest of their stay at the park.
- Severed head toss
- Seance tent
- Tarot card readings
- Fortune telling
- Gypsy caravan - Palm readings
- Pumpkin Carving/Painting - Stick
to painting small pumpkins if the party is for little kids; go with
carving things if the party is for those old enough for those able to
work with real knives without hurting anyone.
- Reach in the body for prizes
- Apple Bobbing - It's
tradition. Even those Peanuts kids did it.
The Phantom's Opera House -
Actual musical performances of Halloween hits are "interrupted" by the
Phantom dropping the chandelier and scaring the audience.
Drive-in of Terror - Movies at
night shown at a faux drive-in where everyone's seat is a retro car
from the late '50s. Lots of sci-fi monster movies. Rocky Horror shown at midnight.
Hay Bale Theater - Hay bales in
the field at night and show classic horror movies.
Full Moon Cafe - Serves
Bloody Marys, True Blood, etc.
Count Burgula - They also serve
Sandwi(t)ch Shoppe - Lots of
ingredients to chose from: eye of newt, wing of bat. It's no toil
Abominable Snowcone - Frozen
deserts that sometimes have a surprise inside, such as a Thing from
another world (on a stick).
Tricks and Treats candy store -
Candy corn, candied apples, gummy worms, etc. Purchases are
placed in a treat bag.
Several around the park. Many are outside of rides
with merch associated with the ride and the monsters featured
therein. Additionally, several other shops with general
merchandise and specializing in certain areas:
Bookstore - Features
modern horror novels/collections, comic books/graphic novels,
magazines, movie posters.
Prop shop -
Animatronics, skulls and skelletons, etc.
Costume shop - Costumes, masks,
prothetics, and make-up.
Toy store - Monster figures,
games, puzzles, etc. Many park exclusives.
Features of the park
Monsters walking around
Tickets to the park look like movie
Bates Motel - Next to
the Bates family mansion which has a theater, gift shop, etc.
Murder mystery game several evenings a week
Haunted Hotel - Lobby has dust
covers on furniture, candelabras, (fake) cobwebs, etc. The pool
is called the Red Lagoon.
rooms have Halloween World's own channels:
- Universal/classic horror
- Slasher horror
- '50s sci-fi
- '80s sci-fi
- classic supernatural tv shows
- sci-fi tv shows