To say that the Warner Brothers Studio Tour Hollywood "Horror Made Here - A Festival of Frights" was one of our most anticipated events of the entire Halloween season would be kind of an understatement.
In just it's second year, and really, first year that they've really put a lot of hype into the event, the event delivers on everything they've promised. It's selling out every night, and for good reason.
Let's head in and see why!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the WB Studio Tour Hollywood!!
We got in a bit early so took the opportunity to check out the layout before it got dark.
I mean, what else would you call the merch store?
Many people's most anticipated maze was Arkham Asylum, and we had a great time during our 3 walk-throughs.
It takes a LOT of talent to get skid-marks around a pole. =)
The joker is waiting for you!!
There was some confusion on opening night as to what we could film vs what we could take pictures of. But we hope you enjoy the combination of both pictures and video in this update!!
Here is a slideshow of Arkham Asylum!!
Returning from last year was the Niebolt House, but not really as it was hugely expanded, and was a great fun maze. Really the only "traditional" maze at the event.
The other two had major show elements, which was amazing and made the event truly unique.
Hey, you leave Georgie alone!!
A video of Pennywise torturing Georgie.
We really loved the way some of the pics from inside the maze turned out. We hope you do too.
Again, what else would you call your arcade? Hope The Lost Boys theme expands in future years, would love to finally see a Lost Boys maze.
The Exorcist was really cool in concept, they seemed to be having some issues, but it was the first night.
Anybody who's been since know if they've got it figured out? It's an amazing concept!!
Included with Horror Made Here is a great exhibit of Tim Burton movies, which is part of the standard tour.
Another great slideshow of the exhibit, which made us want to do the normal VIP tour even more than we already did.
The other really cool thing was the Nightmare on Camp Crystal Lake, which is a walk-through in the forest on the lot. You have to take a tram out to the site.
It really is great, and dark, and creepy. Everything a haunted trail should be.
Last but certainly not least was the Conjuring Universe experience. We hesitate to say maze, because it wasn't. It was really a mini Haunted Play.
Somebody is missing ...
Oh, there she is!!
Lots of amazing artifacts
We really liked how this turned out
Lastly, let's take a look at some of the amazing merchandise both in the regular store and Little Shop of Horrors!
For more info on the event, click here. Be sure to get your tickets as it sells out every night!! And for good reason.
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Dark Harbor is back for 2018 and we have to say, the event is better than ever.
Each and every maze has undergone some amazing changes, some very drastic and two mazes that were constantly struggling to find their way, found their way in a BIG way this year.
Let's head in and get the ship scared out of us!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Dark Harbor!!
The Captain is waiting for you!!
As always, the Ringmaster was on hand for the festivities!! She's the best!!
Speaking of the Ringmaster ... we got the chance to go through Lullaby with her. Yes, Lullaby, which definitely was an interesting experience as you'll see below.
Even the stages are bigger this year!!
Deadrise is back, our favorite dead sailors are up to no good again.
Our favorite end-of-maze moments are always found at Deadrise.
Although, having the entry and exit in the same place means people are pretty much expecting it at this point. Still, we managed to get some great reaction shots below.
Feast was back this year, in a new location and was a lot of fun yet again!! Crawling through the grinder was interesting as always.
The food options were MUCH improved this year!!
Watch out as you head into B340
Speaking of B340, wow, talk about a huge plus over the previous year. Simply fantastic and is not to be missed.
Circus was back, we tried to find the hidden bar like last year but it was not to be.
Our early season vote for best year-to-year improvement of an existing maze HAS to go to Intrepid. This one has really struggled to find it's way.
We are VERY happy to say Intrepid has found it's way. And it may have been our absolute favorite maze of the entire event. It's THAT good. Kudos to Jon Cooke and his amazing team for breathing new life into this maze.
Thanks to Queen Mary for another fantastic year of Dark Harbor!! We hope to be able to return again before the season is over.
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Today we're headed to one of our very favorite places, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Their Halloween Candlelight tours are back for 2018 and are better than ever.
We were invited out to opening night of the event and Stephen has some great pics to share.
Written by Stephen Harrington
You know it's going to be an awesome time when you show up here ...
Who builds this big Victorian style house in the middle of San Jose?
The front door to Mrs. Winchester’s house.
The Winchester shooting gallery.
Halloween food offerings. Winchester always treats us so well.
Specialty drinks for the candlelight tour
Prices, ssooooooo worth it
Let's start our tour
You never know whose lurking in the shadows.
Mrs. Winchester’s hay loft and Mrs. Winchester’s wheelchair. There's something in the shadows.
Mrs. Winchester’s bedroom
Amazing tour. Looking forward to what’s in store the rest of the season.
For more information on the Winchester House and their Halloween Candlelight tours, click here. Be sure to make a full day of it and do both daytime and nighttime tours. You will not be disappointed.