In just it's 3rd year, Midsummer Scream has taken it's place as one of the most organized, fun, stress free and amazing conventions of the year. Last weekend we were on-hand all weekend to check out all of the amazing panels, the Hall of Shadows and just a fun time with all our haunted friends.
Let's head into the fog ...
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Midsummer Scream 2018!!!
First up was the Knott's Scary Farm panel where they talked a lot about their process and announced an all new scare zone Forsaken Lake
The Hall of Shadows was bigger and better than ever
We can't wait to check out these full events in October!!
No Midsummer Scream would be complete without a visit to the Black Cat Lounge
Six Flags Panel where the monsters came out to play
Girls, Girls, Girls!!!
Queen Mary Dark Harbor Panel is always one of the highlights of the weekend
Nice photo-bomb Big Mike!!
An all new panel this year from Warner Brothers and their Horror Made Here event
The excitement for this event is palpable, the room was very full for a first year panel
We also had a chance to talk with Jon Braver from Delusion
The last panel of Midsummer Scream was a unification of Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts. No big announcements, but the 90 minute chat was amazing!!
Had a great time talking with John, Chris and Michael where we talked about non-IP mazes, non-existent fights and kick ass shoes.
A behind the scenes look at how the magic happens.
Thanks Midsummer Scream for another amazing year, already counting down the days until next year.
Happy Wednesday dear Park Journey readers. Today we've got a look at one of our favorite places to visit, the Winchester Mystery House. Over the past few months we've experienced all 3 major tours of the house and today we're going to talk about each one.
We hope you enjoy!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Back in May we did the Mansion Tour, you can find that entire report here.
And this past weekend we did the Candlelight Tour and the extended Explore More tour. All three are definitely worth doing and below we're going to tell you why.
Your tour begins in the waiting area, a nice shady area to enjoy a refreshment and prepare for the wonders you are about to see.
One of the many bizarre rooms and walkways in the house
Because the house has undergone so many changes through the years, some rooms are dedicated to showing off what was in rooms that no longer exist.
Some really tight squeezes
Some rooms remain un-repaired from the 1906 Earthquake
Explore More Tour
Next up is the Explore More Tour. I think this is probably our favorite of the three tours that we've done. Not that the other two aren't amazing (because they are) but this one takes you deep into the belly of the house (literally) and is a much more intimate tour which we appreciate.
The grounds are simply beautiful
At the beginning of the Explore More Tour you get to actually walk through the front door. A rare treat.
Our amazing tour guide
During the Explore More tour it seemed we got to spend a lot more time in individual rooms just exploring, exploring more. =)
One of my absolute favorite rooms in the house
Last and certainly not least is the Candlelight Tour. This truly unique experience isn't anywhere close to a traditional "haunt" (in a good way), that's because there is nothing traditional about Sarah Winchester's House.
The house looks amazing all lit up for Halloween
Ghostly shadows on the house ... I mean "Greggly" shadows on the house. =)
You all see her up there right? =)
The Candlelight Tour really is exactly what the title says. It's a tour of the house, by candlelight. But instead of showing you the bizarre nature of the house like the other tours, this one concentrates more on the paranormal residents of the house.
There are a couple of "scares" throughout the tour, but nothing extreme or in your face. Which for us was a nice change of pace.
At day or night you can explore the rest of the grounds
We've loved our three visits to the house this year, and we will definitely be back for more exploring soon. It's quickly becoming one of our favorite places and when you visit you'll see why.
Make your plans to visit this Halloween season before it's all sold out, because it's selling out fast.
Here we are Park Journey Readers, right in the middle of Halloween Season 2017. It's already been 4 weekends of scary fun for us and it's still only October 6. How crazy is that.
Today we have our update from one of our favorite events of the season, Dark Harbor at Queen Mary
Written by Gregg Condon
Pictures by Scott Linder and Gregg Condon
Welcome to Dark Harbor 2017 where the chef is waiting for you ...
Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots!!
This years cast of demented characters
After a quick stop at the VIP Lounge it was time to start checking out the mazes. First up was Soulmate
Amazing character just as you walk in
Dude got me
We then moved over to B340 and I have to say, this was probably the best year for this maze yet. Incredibly fun and scary.
These "walls" creeped me out
"Go this way, I promise you'll be ok"
Lullaby ... always a favorite
Probably the favorite picture I took all night (Gregg)
Being on the ship is always creepy enough
Last up was the all new maze, Feast
Some behind the scenes, glamorous no? =)
I'm starting to think we shouldn't eat here
INTO THE OVEN!!
Seriously, into the oven!!
Some great views of Deadrise
The swings were back!!
Another one of our favorites
They moved this out of the come this year (in fact, no mazes were in the dome) and combined some of the sideshow acts
Yes, we are worthy!!
Of course we had to get a drink!!
I promise, I hadn't had a drink prior to this ... lol.
I'm about to get scurred ..
Our favorite monsters at the exit of Deadrise
Last maze of the night was Intrepid
This was kind of a mishmash of intrepid and voodoo ... it had some decent scares although the theme kind of got lost somewhere.
This was an awesome room
As sharp drop and a sudden stop ...
Thank you Dark Harbor for another amazing year!!
Be sure to check out Dark Harbor 2017. One tip, be sure to research parking prior to going.
You can find more info on Dark Harbor here.