Haunted’ Victorian Manors and Ghostly Residents Set the Scene for Southern California’s New Immersive Trick-or-Treating Experience: Cemetery Lane
Los Angeles, CA – Safe, secure… and spooky. Cemetery Lane, a Halloween experience featuring 13 trick-or-treating stops along a private, gated row of Victorian manors rumored to be haunted, takes over Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer St. Los Angeles, CA 90031) October 27-31, 2021 – with hourly timed entry ticketing making the eerie event even more exclusive.
Both day and nighttime ticket options are available to guests who dare traverse through the “neighborhood” of residents dying to celebrate Halloween. A plethora of photo ops as well as interactions with the terrifying townsfolk are part of the ghoulishly fun event.
Cemetery Lane is for all ages - young and old alike are highly encouraged to dress up in costume and enjoy the event which is mostly outdoors. All applicable local health guidelines will be enforced. The trick-or-treating element will last about an hour for each guest; but they are welcome to stay longer to mingle among the spirits.
Producing the event are David Markland (co-founder and executive director of Midsummer Scream) Claire Dunlap (co-founder and producer of Midsummer Scream and Spooky Swap Meet), and Ian Momii (Thea Award-winning technical director for The Nest) with decor and effects by Jeff Schiefelbein (owner/producer of Sinister Pointe).
“Living in an apartment setting (code for no trick-or-treaters), for years I’ve wanted to find an eerie old house to rent for Halloween to hand out trick-or-treats. I also fantasized about taking over an entire neighborhood for a spooky block party,” said David Markland. “My dream came true for both when Heritage Square agreed to collaborate with us on this event and now I get to hand out candy from a half dozen actual haunted houses!”
A limited shopping experience will be found on Cemetery Lane, including snacks for purchase. More information and tickets are available at CemeteryLane.com.
Children under age 2 receive free admission; all other guests must purchase a ticket: Wednesday, October 27, 4pm-6pm: $25/6pm-9pm: $30; Thursday, October 28, 4pm-6pm: $25/6pm-9pm: $30; Friday, October 29, 4pm-6pm: $25/6pm-10pm: $30; Saturday, October 30 1pm-6pm: $25/6pm-10pm: $30; Sunday, October 31, 1pm-6pm: $25/6pm-9pm: $30. A $3.50 ticketing fee is non-refundable.
Refund and exchange requests honored until October 13; all sales are final past this date. The event takes place rain or shine, and organizers encourage guests to review full terms posted at CemeteryLane.com before making a ticket purchase.
Families can enjoy Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends on Saturdays and Sundays, October 2-31. Plus, an ALL-NEW Fall show debuts with epic feats of strength and balance
TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2021) – This fall, there is something for everyone at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. From Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends to the all-new Cirque X-Scream, weekends can be filled with fan-favorite Sesame Street friends, expanded trick-or-treating and a NEW high-energy acrobat show.
NEW Cirque X-Scream
Friday-Sunday, multiple shows per day
Kicking off Friday, September 17, hair-raising stunts will return to the Stanleyville Theater, this time with a steampunk spin. Cirque X-Scream features all-new acts, including a spectacular duo that spins across the stage, transformative trampoline tricks and an aerial performance complete with flips and twists. Guests will be on the edge of their seats during this electrifying performance with fresh for fall theatrical costumes and music.
Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends
Saturdays and Sundays, October 2-31
Kids of all ages can enjoy this Halloween season with an expanded trick-or-treat trail and furry friends at Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This family-friendly event takes place every weekend in October in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and is included in park admission. Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends feature more trick-or-treat stations than ever, a limited-time Sesame Street Halloween Show, festive character meet-and-greets, Halloween Dance Parties and the return of Elmo’s Treehouse Trek climbing area and pin trading.
NEW LOCATIONS: Trick-Or-Treating Candy Trail
Children can dress up in their Halloween costumes to enjoy traditional trick-or-treating with a friendly Candy Crew sharing sweet treats at 10 locations along the expanded Candy Trail, from the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area and along the Bird Gardens pathway.
LIMITED TIME: The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show
This fan-favorite Halloween show is back again! Count von Count serves as the master of scareemonies as he leads his pals through some of his favorite tunes. With help from Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Grover, Oscar and Elmo, The Count produces a not-too-spooky Halloween show that features song and dance numbers that get everyone involved!
Interactive Character Strolls
Meet Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita and more who will be dressed in their best Halloween costumes throughout Sesame Street Safari of Fun for one-of-a-kind photo opportunities! Follow your Sesame Street friends to show off your costumes on your way to our exciting Halloween Dance Parties!
Halloween Dance Parties
Let loose, groove to the beat and show off your best dance moves in the Sesame Street Pavilion at our Halloween Dance Parties hosted by your Sesame Street friends throughout the day!
Pin trading has returned to Busch Gardens and at select times during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends, guests will be able to visit 1-2-3 Smile with Me to trade exclusive pins, including collections featuring their favorite Sesame Street friends.
More Fall Fun by Day, Frights by Night
Brew fans can pair epic thrill rides with NEW hoppy culinary delights as Bier Fest continues this fall, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 31. Guests age 21+ can explore the all-new Beer Trail as they sip seasonal beverage offerings and savor new recipes featuring local and regional breweries. For fans of frights and terrifying haunted attractions after dark, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream has returned as Tampa’s Premier Halloween event. Recently voted #1 in Florida as Best Theme Park Halloween Event by USA Today’s “10Best Reader’s Choice Awards,” this year’s Howl-O-Scream event has returned with iconic haunted houses, horrific scare zones, and killer entertainment. The separately ticked event is available during select nights from Sept. 10 through Oct. 31, starting at $41.99.
THE BEST WAYS TO PLAY – Buy a 2022 Fun Card or Annual Pass!
Limited-Time Offer: One of the best ways to experience all the seasonal events, world-class animal attractions and the wildest rides in Florida is with a 2022 Fun card. For a limited time, visit again and again with a 2022 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get the rest of 2021 for FREE! This incredible deal offers more than three bonus months when you buy now, for only $119.99 for a limited time*.
Bigger Benefits: For even more value, get an Annual Pass for unlimited visits and unbeatable benefits ranging from no blockout dates, up to six free guest tickets, and access to NEW exclusive preview events for 2022. The Annual Pass is organized in easy-to-use tiers, and includes one-park, two-park Busch Gardens and Adventure Island Passes, and the popular Florida four-park options, allowing guests to choose the pass, benefits and the parks that are the best fit. Additional benefits include FREE preferred parking*, special savings on merchandise, food and beverage options, ride quick queue and behind-the-scenes animal tours among other perks. Passes for Florida Residents start at an affordable $12.50 a month, plus tax, with no down payment
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and live shows and events, providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit BuschGardensTampaBay.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
CBF PRODUCTIONS' NEWEST VENTURE TESTS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN'S THRESHOLD FOR HORROR
Designed by Award-Winning Creative Director Edward Marks, Fear Grounds Will Feature Three Bone-Chilling Open Air Haunts Daring Attendees to Face Their Fears
(Ventura, CA) – Halloween is coming back with a vengeance. Ventura County Fear Grounds is Southern California's newest major large-scale open-air haunt. Produced by renowned master of award-winning macabre experiences, Edward Marks (Universal Studios Hollywood "Halloween Horror Nights"), who has designed and created hundreds of haunted attractions worldwide, challenges guests' bravery weaving through his latest terror-inducing creations. Conjured by CBF Productions and The Producers Group, this ominous affair with the undead will take place Surfer's Point LIVE at the Ventura County Fairgrounds starting Thursday, September 30th.
"Ventura and the Ventura County Fairgrounds have a storied history of putting on spectacular Halloween haunts and festivities over the years, and we want to pay homage to that with our Fear Grounds," says CBF Productions' founder Vincenzo Giammanco. "Between the area's rich enthusiasm for the holiday and the incredible efforts and award-winning talents from our production partner Edward Marks, we are incredibly honored by the potential Fear Grounds has to be Ventura's most exciting and frightening event of the Halloween season."
Visitor's adrenaline will be set into overdrive as they make their way through a multitude of terrifying encounters, including:
"I am looking forward to bringing the excitement, screams, and laughter to the Ventura community by reviving the haunt culture with Fear Grounds," says The Producers Group Co-CEO and Founder Edward Marks. "Growing up in California, Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I can't wait for guests to test their fears at this one-of-a-kind beachside journey to another dimension."
Fear Grounds opens Thursday, September 30th, and will take place each Thursday through Sunday from 6–10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on Friday/Saturday. Guests have multiple ticketing options available for purchase. For the final week, Fear Grounds will be open from Tuesday, October 26th through Sunday, October 31st.
Tickets for Fear Grounds at Surfer's Point Live are on sale now. For safety and comfort reasons, Fear Grounds is not recommended for pregnant people, people prone to seizures, or children under the age of 13. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, face coverings are strongly recommended for all attendees: however, costumes that cover the face are not permitted to be worn inside Fear Grounds attractions. The Ventura County Fairgrounds is located at 10 W. Harbor Blvd, Ventura CA, 93001. For tickets and more information, please visit https://www.surferspointlive.com/fear-grounds.
About CBF Productions
In 2020 when large public gatherings were rendered unsafe by COVID-19, CBF Productions pivoted and launched the first drive-in live music experience in California – Concerts In Your Car - at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. While the world was locked down, Concerts In Your Car SAFELY brought fans more shows than ANY other event or producer with live performances by The Beach Boys, Third Eye Blind, Snoop Dogg, Ziggy Marley, Tower of Power, and more. They continue to lead the pack by bringing top-name talent to their acclaimed live, drive-in, theatre-in-the-round-style, and socially distanced entertainment option. From their legendary Boots & Brews Country Music Festivals to Tequila & Taco Festivals, Winter Wine Walks, and more, CBF's visionary events have been on the forefront of the food/drink and music festival circuit for over 12 years. For more information on CBF Productions, visit www.CBFproductions.com.
About The Producers Group
The Producers Group (TPG) is a premier provider of production and design services for destination attractions worldwide. TPG specializes in turnkey attractions, production management, technical design, and content development for everything from small projects to entire theme parks. TPG creates the most amazing attractions and guest experiences worldwide by redefining the industry standard. TPG maintains a full-time, in-house staff of highly trained Show Producers, Project Managers, Technical Directors, Technical Managers, Technical Documentation Support Staff, and Specialized Designers of all disciplines. Visit www.producers-group.com
About Edward Marks
Edward has a distinguished haunt pedigree, having designed and produced literally hundreds of haunted attractions all over the world. To many, he is known for bringing the first Western-style haunted attraction to Japan in 1995 (The Hollywood House of Horrors). He also served as Show Producer and Creative Director for 1997 and 1998's Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights. He worked directly with writer Clive Barker on his first haunt attraction - Freakz. Edward also was a Ghost Town Street Performer at Knotts Scary Farm from 1990 to 1995.
Edward was also a founding board member of the International Association of Haunted Attractions (now The Haunted Attraction Association).
The Fear is Calling… Six Flags Fright Fest® Presented by SNICKERS® Returns to Six Flags Over Georgia
The Biggest, Most Terrifying Halloween Celebration is Back and More Frightening than Ever Featuring Never Before Seen Haunts
AUSTELL, Georgia — August 30, 2021 -- After a one-year absence in 2020, Six Flags Over Georgia —the Thrill Capital of the South — is thrilled to announce the return of Fright Fest® for the 2021 Halloween season. The park’s premier Halloween event returns for 20 select nights September 18 through October 31, featuring five, brand-new haunted mazes and a variety of new and reimagined scare zones, live shows and family-friendly daytime offerings.
During the day, little monsters can enjoy family-friendly fun with a Trick-or-Treat trail, pumpkin decorating, spooktacular storytelling, Halloween-themed games, and the park’s kid-friendly rides. Children 12 and younger are permitted to dress up in their favorite costumes and compete for the 1st place prize in a wickedly fun costume contest.
When night falls, the park transforms into a sinister showcase of ghosts and ghouls. As guests traverse the park, they are forced to confront their fears in six frighteningly, immersive scare zones where hordes of scare actors creep around every corner ready to terrify their unsuspecting victims. When guests need a break from the fear, they can enjoy three live Halloween-themed shows and the park’s monster collection of thrill rides and roller coasters
The wicked minds behind Fright Fest® have also created five brand-new, elaborately themed haunted mazes that will be making their debut this year, including:
Fright Fest® at Six Flags Over Georgia is open select nights September 18 through October 31. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia. Select attractions require a Fright Pass.
Fright Fest® Hiring – Join the Scream Team
The park is hiring over 200 of the scariest spirits, zombies and ghouls to be part of this wonderfully, wicked event. Interested applicants should apply online at www.sixflagsjobs.com or text SCARE to 220MONSTER. Seasonal team members hired before October 11, who work through October 31, 2021 can earn up to an additional $500-$1,000 or more with a 10% bonus for wages earned from July through September and a 15% bonus for wages earned in October.
One-Day Tickets, Season Passes and Memberships
Six Flags Over Georgia is offering special 2022 Season Pass pricing. Season Passes include free parking and unlimited visits to Six Flags Over Georgia for the remainder of 2021 and through the end of 2022. A Six Flags Membership includes all of the benefits of a Season Pass plus unlimited admission and parking to all Six Flags parks and up to 50+ Member-only benefits for an affordable monthly price. Special pricing is now available for Season Passes, Memberships and One-Day tickets. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 27 parks across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. For 60 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fully embraces the diversity of our team members and guests. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
About Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia, the Thrill Capital of the South, is home to more than 40 rides and attractions including 12 world-class roller coasters and the seven-acre Hurricane Harbor water park. Six Flags White Water, the South’s Most Thrilling Water Park, boasts more than 24 state-of-the-art water slides, interactive children’s areas and wave pool. Six Flags Over Georgia and White Water are the premier destinations for thrilling, family fun.
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Most-honored park wins theme park industry’s top awards for guest experience, kids’ area, Christmas event, and most beautiful park
PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Friday, September 10, 2021)—Dollywood continues to illustrate why it is one of the nation’s top theme park destinations, as it earned four top awards during Thursday afternoon’s Golden Ticket Awards virtual ceremony announced from the National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives in Plainview, Texas. Dollywood earned finalist placement in nine total categories and won more awards than any other park. No awards were presented in 2020 due to the pandemic.
In 2019, Dollywood became the inaugural winner for Best Guest Experience of any theme park in the world. The Best Guest Experience award combines two discontinued categories, Friendliest Park and Cleanest Park, along with perceived value and operations into the judging criteria for the award. Dollywood earned its second-consecutive Best Guest Experience title this year, a nod to the park’s friendly and welcoming hosts, as well as its clean appearance and overall atmosphere.
Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove won Best Kids’ Area for the second time in a row. The park won the award in 2019 after that season’s opening of the expansive new area. One of the park’s stalwart events, Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, earned its 13th consecutive win for Best Christmas Event, and Dollywood remains undefeated in the Christmas award category.
Due in large part to its idyllic location in the foothills of the bucolic Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood earned the Most Beautiful Park award for the first time this year after many seasons of finishing in the runner-up position. The award is further validation of Dolly’s original vision for Dollywood and her Tennessee mountain home.
“As a little girl growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains, I always thought about how this was a place that folks from around the world would love to visit,” said Dolly Parton. “Ever since we opened Dollywood in 1986, people have told us how special this place is because of the friendly people and the beautiful mountains that God has blessed us with. We make sure to take all that beauty that surrounds us and bring it right down into the middle of the park. We’re truly surrounded—all the way around—by the Smokies!
“But I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish here, and these awards show that our guests think we’re doing the right thing. We love the awards, but of course we don’t do what we do just to win awards. We want families to come spend time with us, enjoy one another and hold on to those memories forever.”
The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought-after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of hundreds of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions, industry journalists and ride manufacturers. Voters are asked to rate the “best” in a number of categories such as best parks, roller coasters, water rides, kids’ area, food and more.
According to Eugene Naughton, President of The Dollywood Company, the guest experience is crucial for any park’s success. He credits both his staff and the support of guests for Dollywood’s second win in the category.
“We are proud of our second consecutive Best Guest Experience award,” Naughton said. “We place a lot of focus on ensuring our guests have the best possible time when they are here. I’ve said it many times, but we have the friendliest employees in the entire industry—we won the Golden Ticket Award for Friendliest Park seven years in-a-row before the award ended. Additionally, both our landscaping and our house and grounds teams do a phenomenal job to ensure the park is clean and that our flowers and landscaping are always green and pristine! Both teams worked exponentially harder to deliver us through a very difficult 2020 season, so this award is a testament to their hard work.
“Not only are host friendliness and park cleanliness both considered as part of this particular award, but we’re also constantly evaluating our facilities to determine what we can do to provide the best visit for our guests. During this past off-season, our crews undertook a number of construction projects designed to enhance the guest experience. We widened pathways, created new sitting areas for some of our most popular restaurants and completed a number of other projects that kept our guests top-of-mind. We want to take care of all the small things, because those are the items that—many times—become the big things if not attended to and made right.”
Dollywood also had top-10 (finalist) positions in five additional categories:
“Dollywood continues to demonstrate crowd-pleasing decisions,” said Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator. “From the rides it adds to the entertainment it offers, the park positively charms guests who visit. Being a finalist in nine categories is evidence that Dollywood has grown from a regional destination to a national one, if not global. It is a joy to visit—and for those who know the amusement industry, it’s a treasure.”
The Golden Ticket Awards have become the subject of much discussion by park aficionados the world over and have garnered mentions in such notable media outlets as USA Today and the Chicago Tribune, and by the late radio newsman Paul Harvey. The awards also were the topic of a one-hour Travel Channel documentary.
With two great festivals ahead this year, there’s plenty of fun still to come during Dollywood’s 2021 operating season. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health takes place Sept. 24- Oct. 30, while Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana—now the 13-time winner of Best Christmas Event—is slated for Nov. 6- Jan. 2. For more information, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.
About The Dollywood Company: A highly-awarded and widely-recognized leader in the amusement industry, The Dollywood Company consists of the 160-acre Dollywood theme park; the 35-acre Dollywood’s Splash Country; Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa; and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins. As unique as its namesake and owner Dolly Parton, Dollywood is the 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade; winner of more than 40 Golden Ticket Awards; and recipient of 27 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world). The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and has been named a top-three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions. Dollywood is open mid-March through early January and offers rides and attractions, shows, and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region. Dollywood’s Splash Country, recognized by the Travel Channel and TripAdvisor as one of the country’s most beautiful water parks operates from mid-May to Labor Day. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa provides guests spectacular mountain views and family-friendly amenities next door to Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins offers luxurious cabin accommodations overlooking Dollywood. For more information, visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.