Christmas season may be upon us but that didn’t stop creators of haunted attractions from showing off their latest scares at the 2014 IAAPA Expo last week.
The biggest three names in creators of all things creepy at the show were Scare Factory, Pale Night Productions, and Blacklight Attractions and Halloween Productions, each featuring unique walkthrough experiences and interactive elements.
Blacklight and Pale Night offered similarly spooky haunted houses, each towering over the shower floor. These companies don’t operate their own attractions but rather design and build them for others, particularly when filling them with their own unique props.
Pale Night’s booth was particularly popular due to a fun and freaky zombie photo op as well as an amusing interactive zombie puppet and a “lifelike” silicone-based zombie animatronic peeking out of a window. Inside, a multi-room walkthrough haunted house packed visual punch through the company’s multimedia video screens and animated props.
Video: Pale Night Productions haunted house walkthrough at IAAPA 2014 Video: Interactive zombie puppet from Pale Night Productions
Not far from Disneyland is the POPzilla Gallery, now displaying their latest pop art show, âThe Burton Showâ.
More than 70 artists have created artwork inspired by anything and everything Tim Burton, including works like âEdward Scissorhandsâ, âAlice in Wonderlandâ, âBeetlejuiceâ, âBatmanâ, âThe Nightmare Before Christmasâ and much more.
Opening night of the gallery was filled with plenty of Burton-inspired cosplay and other hijinks, including a rousing performance by KingPhantom as Jack Skellington:
The show runs the entire month of November, open Saturdays from noon to 5pm at the Rothick Art Haus at 170 South Harbor Blvd, Anaheim, CA. It’s free to browse with plenty of incredible art available for purchase.
For some post-Halloween fun, today I offer up a full video walkthrough of the new Voodoo maze at Knott’s Scary Farm 2014.
It’s a New Orleans-set haunted house that ventures into the weird worlds of voodoo and the bayou. And it uniquely offered guests a chance to explore different paths with each pass, as actors sent visitors in different directions, seeing scenes in a variety of swampland shacks – a fun twist on the traditional walkthrough experience.
Video: FULL Voodoo haunted house POV at Knott’s Scary Farm 2014
I was particularly amused by this maze when I spotted a few actors wearing bird skull masks that are instantly familiar to anyone who visited the Radley Haunted House that I poured my heart into throughout this Halloween season. It seems we weren’t the only ones drawn to this particular mask.
In the bizarre “Frozen” bandwagon news of the day, Japanese lingerie maker Triumph has revealed a clothing concept called the Close Sisters Bras, which use e-paper to change color when brought close together.
How does this have anything to do with Disney’s hit film “Frozen”? The company said, in a statement, âThe depictions, in movies and the like, of sisters helping each other and becoming more confident, have moved all of Japan.”
Right. Because nothing says sisterly love like this:
Anna and Elsa? Not quite. I mean, unless they’re fighting over Kristoff, I suppose.
This YouTube video shows the bra concepts in action:
The Close Sisters Bras are indeed just a concept, not available anywhere for sale.
This Halloween season was busier than ever as we covered haunted attractions all over the country, even producing our own. Now that it’s all over, it’s time to look back at the biggest event of them all through some leftover photos that I never got around to sharing.
Halloween Horror Nights 24 at Universal Orlando saw the return of scare zones and in late October I spent a full night taking pictures throughout each. Below are some of my favorite shots I snapped at the event this year, followed by a slideshow full of new pictures to help hang onto the holiday for just a little longer.
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