In our previous post, announcing the winner of the Halloween Haunt Award for the Best Introductory Scene in a Haunt, we noted that the Skeleton Key Rooms at the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt had been separated into their own mini-attractions (instead of serving as introductions to mazes). Requiring a special Skeleton Key Pass, these rooms provided more intimate experience for smaller groups of people, overcoming the dilution of scares that can result from large crowds at Halloween theme parks.
Individually, none of 2016’s Skeleton Key Rooms rocked our sensibility as much as the awesome FearVR (read more here), but in total the four added up to something special, providing a change of pace from the usual walk-through experience. Slasher offered a grizzly close encounter with a crazed killer. Zozo consisted of a séance that summoned a demon (a live actor that miraculous appeared atop the table surrounded by participants – did he drop from the ceiling while the lights were out?). Prey was a mini-maze that visitors navigated with a most unreliable lantern. Visions (our favorite) was an amusing ghost-hunt with iPad-like devices that revealed phantoms invisible to the naked eye.
We hope other Halloween theme parks pick up on the idea. It’s a good one – worth the upcharge.
More in this series:
- It's time for Halloween Haunt Awards 2016 (and past time for 2015)
- (Belated) Halloween Haunt Awards 2015: Winners
- HHA 2016: Best Non-Haunt Halloween Event in Los Angeles
- HHA 2016: Best Halloween Stage Presentation/Play in Los Angeles
- HHA 2016: Best Halloween Play in Non-Theatrical Setting
- HHA 2016: Best Short Halloween Play/Performance
- HHA 2016: Best Scare Zone
- HHA 2016: Best Monster
- HHA 2016: Best Addition to an Existing Halloween Haunt
- HHA 2016: Best Professional Halloween Display, Ride, or Simulation
- HHA 2016: Best Halloween Home Haunt Yard Display
- HHA 2016: Best Amateur Halloween Haunted House Walk-Through
- HHA 2016: Best Professional Halloween Haunted House Walk-Through
- HHA 2016: Best Introductory Scene in a Halloween Haunt
- HHA 2016: Honorable Mention - Skeleton Key Rooms
- HHA 2016: Best Halloween Theme Park
- HHA 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: The Hallowed Haunting Grounds
- Farewell to the Hallowed Haunting Grounds: Gary Corb Interview
- Halloween Haunt Awards: Best Halloween Attraction of 2016
- Halloween Haunt Awards 2016: The Winners