ScareLA Kicks Off Halloween Season in Southern California

By August 12, 2014
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This year’s ScareLA kicked off the 2014 Halloween season in perfectly ghoulish fashion! The event was chock-full of incredible announcements about spooks and surprises coming this October.

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John Murdy and Chris Williams (creative partners behind Halloween Horror Nights: Hollywood) were joined onstage by director John Landis to announce the latest maze coming to Horror Nights: Hollywood – An American Werewolf in London! The maze was one of the most well-received at Halloween Horror Nights: Orlando last year, and fans have been speculating for months that the film would make an appearance in Hollywood for 2014. Such speculations were essentially confirmed over the last few weeks, as a façade of the famous “Slaughtered Lamb” pub in the film could be seen under construction in the park. Regardless, the official announcement at ScareLA should certainly amp up fans of the classic film for the upcoming season at Halloween Horror Nights here in Southern California.

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The creative team behind Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and “The Ringmaster,” who is one of the central characters at Dark Harbor, presented both the returning attractions as well as brand new thrills for this year. Most excitingly are two brand new mazes that will take guests to the infirmary and boiler room, two of the most haunted portions of the ship. (Click here to read our report from last year.)

“When Hinges Creak: The 45th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion” was one of the most anticipated and talked about panels to be featured at ScareLA this year, and it did not disappoint! Jeff Baham, who runs doombuggies.com, hosted a discussion with Bob Gurr (the mastermind behind nearly all of the ride vehicles at Disneyland through his invention of the omnimover system) and Alice Davis (wife of the late Marc Davis, an Imagineer who designed some of the most iconic Disneyland attractions). Fans of the Haunted Mansion were delighted with a slideshow featuring slide after slide of Marc’s concept art for the ride, much of which is on display in the exhibit “Leading Ladies and Femme Fatales: The Art of Marc Davis” at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco through November. Gurr and Davis offered some insight into the creation of the ride that has been delightfully haunting fans for 45 years.

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The attraction announcements, while thrilling, weren’t even the best part of this year’s event. The vendors and attendees truly embodied the spirit of the Halloween season and the incredible camaraderie that fans of the spooky season share. There were countless incredible makeup jobs, and we were lucky enough to grab photos of some of just a few.

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While ScareLA 2014 has ended, the Halloween season has just begun. The 2-day long convention was the perfect way to kick off this year’s Halloween season, and we’ll have much more coverage of cool Halloween-related events for you in the weeks leading up to the year’s scariest holiday!

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Amanda Story

Amanda Story

Amanda is a GeekNation contributor who lives in Los Angeles.