#TerrorTuesday – Haunted Preview

It might only be the 8th of August, but if you listen closely, you can hear the gateway to the underworld starting to slowly creep open as local haunted attractions begin ramping up for the 2017 season.

Here in the Palm Beaches, there are three major attractions whose passion for all things spooky attracts thousands of victims to their doors each and every year.

  • FRIGHT NIGHTS AT THE SOUTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS – (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach) 2017 is their Sweet 16! Sixteen years of scaring the hell out of you. This year they return with four Indoor Haunted Houses, and are bringing back three themed outdoor scare zones. A lot of work goes into the houses and the “characters” you find within.

    “With whatever house I’m working in, I try to get with the designers and get as much detail and information as I possibly can about the house; such as the time period, the back story, the different rooms in the house, etc.” stated Rae Rothwell. “Once I have a general idea in my head about how the house will look, I think about what I would like to see in the house as far as characters go… what would freak me out? What would impress me? From there I can design my costume and my character accordingly.”

    They have recently provided their fans with descriptions for each of the four haunted mazes that make up this year’s attraction.

    Waking up in a daze being dragged down a dimly lit hallway. ‘What’s going on?’ Head pounding with no relief. My ankles released by fiercely strong hands. A loud metal door slams shut behind my disheveled body. I open my swollen eyes to look around, all I see is darkness with no glimmer of hope. My arms are strapped around my beaten torso, unable to be freed. Suddenly, I am propped up by a strange man onto a flimsy wooden chair. I struggle to release my arms to no avail. A spotlight blasts my face. A stern woman stares down at some scattered documents in front of her, she hisses “Misfit?” I lift my head. “Welcome to Scharnhorst Mental Asylum,” she smirks. “You will be admitted within the hour for the murder of 3 people. Do you have anything to say for yourself?” A grin widened across my face. I let out a half laugh as I answered, “Nah!” I took a breath and happily replied, “by the time I’m running this joint,” I paused, looked around the room, widened my smile and continued “it’ll be the Cuckoo’s Nest!”
    Haunt designers: Kelly Goodman &
    Alex Rodriguez

    During the late 19th century while the industrial revolution was in full swing, many electrical and medical advances were taking place. At the forefront of this new alchemy was Dr. Victor Frankenstein. As Victor thought of himself as the modern Prometheus he would stop at nothing to achieve the forbidden dark art of raising the dead. The paradox of life and death consumed the doctor and his works reflected this, as he scoured the local cemeteries for fresh cadavers. While his impatience grew to find the perfect specimen, the Dr. became more bold and would scout the local taverns and social events hoping to find the perfect individual or… part of one to further his dark obsession. The end result of the good doctors ambitions turned out to be more sinister than anyone could have imagined.
    Haunt designer: Jeremy Schroader

    Concerned whispers rapidly transform to fervent screams of accusation as hysteria engulfs a town crumbling under the threat of witchcraft. Friends, neighbors, family members – no one is safe from persecution. Each night brings a new trial followed immediately by an execution, a death which fails to quell the insatiable lust for answers among the townsfolk. Leaving your hundredth trial, you trudge the dimly lit cobblestone streets when you are suddenly flanked by members of the occult and presented with a proposition: protection for defection.
    Haunt designers: Craig McInnis and Kevin Moore

    Many people fantasize of making it big: like being a big star in a glitzy motion picture or a model in a glamour magazine… it is, after all, the stuff dreams are made of. But when a sadistic serial killer lures people into his gruesome lair with promises of wealth and fame – those dreams become a horrific nightmare. Are you ready for your close up?
    Haunt Designers: Travis Martin & Brad Cain

    Their Midway and live entertainment will be in full effect for those who don’t dare to enter the scare zones or haunts.

    “People should visit Fright Nights because we have everything you could want,” Rothwell added. “Music, drinks, food, rides, games. You’re never far away from a scare. Our houses are outside of the box every year and we put literal blood, sweat, and tears into every aspect of the houses. We put on a show every night that shouldn’t be missed!”

     For more information, call 561-790-5225, or visit myfrightnights.com.


  • X-SCREAM HALLOWEEN AT G-STAR  – (2030 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33406)  Do you have what it takes? Over the past 10 years X-Scream Halloween and the X-Scream Team have grown into a diversified G-Star Department all its own. In addition to building the third largest Haunted House in Florida (behind Universal and Busch Gardens), the X-Scream Team has taken on projects ranging from music to mayhem.

    Some of the people and things that make up X-scream

    Posted by X-Scream Halloween Official on Saturday, October 22, 2016


    They too have recently revealed their haunts for 2017.

    Tale of the Dragon Witch
    Dreams. Most of us don’t remember them upon waking – except the bad ones! Where do they come from? Why do we have them? We’ve all heard tales of the Sandman. A myth, a children’s story or something more? Something darker, something more evil than we can imagine lurks in our dreams. Born with the powers of darkness, a witch rules the dream realm and instills the most wicked of nightmares in the unsuspecting. But are they just dreams? Is there a world of evil we aren’t aware exists? A world where the creatures of myth and magic dwell? A world where only terror exists. A world created by the most horrid of witches. A world from which escape is not possible.

    Enter if you dare but whatever you do – DON’T FALL ASLEEP!

    The Black Hollow Curse
    A medieval village devastated. Villagers starving and dying from a series of mysterious maladies. They were such a content population. Life in Black Hollow was good – until SHE came! An outsider. She must be a witch, there is no other explanation. Those villagers still able gathered in the square and came to the inevitable conclusion – she must be purged of this evil or put to death. There is no other way to save the village. The trial held. The verdict decided. Death to the witch! Simple.

    What the villagers did not expect was that she might disagree – she might retaliate! She might have the power to destroy them! Not quickly – no. There would be no satisfaction in that. She will destroy them ever so slowly. She will make them fear her. She will make fear the cause of their deaths. Taking away their lives, one fear at a time – and she will enjoy every horrible minute! They will see – do not trifle with the powers of the dark!

    For more information, visit XScreamHalloween.com.


  • Enigma Haunt(1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486) Celebrating its 6th year, Enigma Haunt was just ranked #1 in Top Haunts in Florida and voted as #2 nationally in The Scare Factor’s 31 Must See Haunt List, the only other Florida haunt making that national list came in at #17. Enigma Haunt is also currently ranked in the top 10 haunted attractions by USA Today’s “10 Best” feature.

    In the words of the great Otto Ringwald, “we’re gearin’ up fer our biggest year yet. Come one, come all… this season’s sure to shock!”

    Visit http://www.enigmahaunt.com for more details.



Of course, South Florida doesn’t hold the patent on fear. The major attractions north of us also can insure that patrons leave with a feeling of dread that doesn’t fade until next year, at the earliest!


    • Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa (10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612) Howl-O-Scream®, Florida’s premier Halloween event, returns for another terrifying year on select nights from September 22 – October 29.

      The streets will be swarmed with hundreds of roaming creatures, making escape nearly impossible. Chilling live shows and the chance to challenge Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark will keep the screams coming all

      Although they have yet to reveal their new attractions for 2017, they have already announced that past favorites Motel Hell, Unearthed, and Death Water Bayou will return to try and squeeze even more screams out of you! Visit http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/howloscream for more details.


    • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando –  (6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando will run for a record-breaking 34 select nights from September 15 – November 4. Guests will face all-new haunted houses based on iconic horror films, terrifying hit TV shows and haunting original stories; multiple screzones where hordes of manacing “scareactors” stalk their every move; and outrageous live shows. And when they need a break from the screams, guests can enjoy some of Universal Studios’ pupolar rides and attractions throughout the evening.


       The nation’s premier Halloween event puts you right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history. They have already begun to release a few details into this year’s haunts, including attractions themed to Ash versus the Evil Dead, The Shining, and American Horror Story.   Visit their website for all the gory details. 

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom –  (1180 Seven Seas Dr, Orlando, FL 32830Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special event featuring trick-or-treating, Disney Characters, live entertainment and more in Magic Kingdom park on select nights from August 25 – November 1. As the name suggests, it focuses less on the fear and more on the fun associated with the holiday. It is the only time of the year when everyone is encouraged to dress up, so dig out your Halloween finery and enjoy the Magic Kingdom at night.


    For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/magic-kingdom/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/.


  • Brick-Or-Treat at LEGOLAND Florida  (1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884)  This October, LEGOLAND Florida Resort is hosting its fifth annual Brick-or-Treat celebration, which features the Brick-or-Treat trail, costume contest, scavenger hunt, LEGO® building contests, LEGO characters and a new LEGO Hearse photo opportunity. The event is included with park admission and is filled with Halloween festivities, including photo opportunities with the largest LEGO pumpkin in the world, a giant LEGO ghost build, Scavenger Hunt in Miniland USA, meet and greet with new LEGO Halloween characters and new nightly fireworks over Lake Eloise.


Also, guests can explore Vladmir’s Castle takeover in LEGO Kingdoms, take photos with the new 13-foot long LEGO brick hearse and giant LEGO Vampire, and collect a new exclusive commemorative LEGO Brick each weekend!  For more information, visit http://florida.legoland.com.


thSeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular –   (7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821) –  It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, taking place from September 30 – October 29, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular® is included with park admission and runs weekends in October. For more information, please visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.




thWicked Delray Ghost Tours – (Veteran’s Park on the west side of the Intracoastal) Beware; you may be followed by orbs as you walk near many of the haunted locations where ghosts are said to lurk in and around downtown Delray Beach. Your guide, Marilyn Egan, will entertain, enlighten, and sometimes frighten you with tales of the spooks, spectres, ghosts, and ghouls who call Atlantic Avenue their home. Bookings may be made online at http://www.wickeddelrayghosttours.com. Special group rates available upon request.


Be sure to keep following Palm Beach Happening for news on other spooky events in the Palm Beaches. If you know of another local event that would appreciate the undead light shone upon it, please let us know!