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Sweets, Treats and Freaks! It’s Halloween in London

October 8, 2016

From the gruesome, to the spook-tacular, this year’s Halloween celebrations in London, the city of Jack the Ripper, are set to be the most haunted yet. There’s something for everyone, so get ready for some wickedly wild events.

Frightening Family Favourites 
Let your inner thrill-seeker come out from the dark this All Hallow’s Eve, and hop on board the fastest boat in London. The Thames Rockets will take you on a fifty minute hair-raising blast through the capital, with a spooky skipper guiding you down the River in the dark of the night for their Thames Thriller experience. If you prefer to stay firmly on land, then head down to the boo-tiful Hampton Court Palace, for a gruesome ghost tour of the regal residence. Experience the eerie atmosphere of the palace, as you dare to be led through its grounds in the dark. Visit the Home of Halloween, the London Dungeon for their multi-sensory Witch Hunter show. Discover 1,000 years of London’s dark history in nineteen shows, featuring some of the greatest villains and rogues, two thrilling rides and plenty of startling surprises. Try to get some sleep at the end of the day at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, which will play host to a spine-chilling sleepover, so pack the sleeping bag and discuss ghoulies and ghosties by torch, before spending the night at the iconic venue.

Eat, Drink, and be Scary: All Hallow’s Eve in Style
Who said that frightening fare doesn’t taste good? Enjoy a bewitching, Halloween-themed afternoon tea in the stylish setting of London’s Hilton on Park Lane, with a wicked selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and delicacies. Hold your nerve at a private viewing of psychological horror film, The Shining at One Aldwych’s luxurious screening room. Replace popcorn with a glass of chilled champagne and enjoy a three-course meal at Indigo restaurant. At the Booking Office Bar and Restaurant, live jazz will entertain guests, as they toast the 150th anniversary of Madame Clicquot’s death. Dressed in Victorian gothic attire, soak up the surroundings and celebrate champagne’s most emblematic woman. For a formal occasion with a difference, visit the Museum of London Docklands for a sit-down, candle lit dinner and expert talk, before embarking on a haunted ghost tour around the building to walk off your meal.

Paint the Town Dead: Adult Friendly Celebrations
After the trick-or-treating is over for another year, let the celebrations continue and treat yourself to some creepy cocktails at The Roof Gardens. A selection of spine-tingling drinks, live music and a fired-up barbeque make this set to be a glamorously ghoulish affair. Dance the night away at an exclusive boat party aboard The Golden Star. Fashion your scariest Halloween costume, soak up London’s iconic skyline and let the DJ cast a spell on you. The National Gallery will be hosting a special Halloween late, celebrating the darker side of their latest collection. While your face is painted with sinister shades to the background of macabre folk music, visit the pop-up bars around the gallery, and explore how paintings have been inspired by tales of darkness. Let Dirty Martini help you celebrate late into the witching hour as they throw their biggest Halloween party yet. Head down early to enjoy a half-price happy hour, and dance the night away to some scary hits. Lastly, Primo Bar at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge will be given a spooky makeover for its infamous Screamo Halloween party, complete with scary performances, a fancy dress contest, live music and DJ’s on the decks until late.

For more information about what’s coming up in London this Halloween, head to www.visitlondon.com/Halloween

 

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Story of Mad Butcher & Severed Heads Reenacted During Halloween Weekends at West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort

October 6, 2016
Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV – How much fear fun can you handle when forests become primeval, distressed ghouls linger in the thickets and overall, for four late October nights, the hair on the back of everyone’s neck will rise?

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills. Here Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Hike takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and again on Oct. 28 and 29, 2016. To participate, the per person rate is $13 for adults and $10 for youth. Visitors can combine the walk with a Night Sky Zip Line Tour and the rate is $99 for adults, $89 for youth. Add a 5K Zombie Run on Oct. 22 only at $129 for adults and $119 for youth.

And over these two weekends the resort’s cabins can be rented for half price.

The resort comes by its haunting naturally, locals say. There’s an old story from 1960’s about a mad butcher and a number of murders that occurred in the area. The mad butcher, never convicted, has been in and out of mental institutions, while rumors of dismembered heads stayed put. The murders were never solved.

ACE Adventure Resort’s (https://aceraft.com/) designer of fear is Chris Colin, who also stages the resort’s annual music festival. He explained that this year the haunted trail plays off the mad butcher story with a butcher shop with a hillbilly kitchen, a maze through a hillbilly workshop garage, a haunted house – or two – and the introduction of new fear-inspiring characters to the scene.

“We had 1,500 people over four days last year,” Colin said. “We expect to double that number this year.”

The nighttime zip line, a year-round staple, is enhanced by spooky qualities in deference to the season. West Virginia’s New River Gorge becomes a blur as shadows lengthen and people begin to soar like bats through the treetops and moving shadows. Senses leap into overdrive over seven zips and a sky bridge that keeps participants enthralled for over two hours. Adventurers must be 13 years or older and weigh at least 100 pounds (but not over 200).

The 5KM Zombie Run on the first weekend works like flag football. The runners, laden with flags, have to keep their flags away from the aggressive zombies. If they lose their flags, they become zombies too.

Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge can keep colors longer than usual along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. ACE’s popular New River Bridge Catwalk Tour that takes adventurers under the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere spans 1.5 miles on a 24-inch wide catwalk (with railings). The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort a #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip liningmountain bikingdisc golfstand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email ace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

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Oaklands Mansion, Murfreesboro, Hosts Spooky Events this Season

October 8, 2014
Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Oaklands Historic House Museum, located at 900 North Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is a nationally registered historic landmark that reflects a time of prosperity in the Old South, as well as the hardships suffered during the Civil War © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.- Wander through Murfreesboro’s most mysterious mansion as you explore some of the unusual mourning customs and creepy superstitions of the Victorian era at Oaklands Mansion for “Flashlight Night,” Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, 7-11 pm.

Guides in mourning attire will be stationed through-out the mansion to answer questions as you explore the dark corners and creepy cupboards. The shadows will be hauntingly dim.

“While in the downtown area enjoying the Fall Fun, take the opportunity to see Oaklands after dark! When your flashlight tour is over, if you dare, take a walk on the dim trails of the wetlands and see the dark reflections of Maney Spring” said James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands Historic House Museum.

Admission is $5. Enter at the Oaklands’ Visitors Center located at 901 North Maney Avenue.

Military Demonstrations with the 9th KY Volunteer Infantry

After exploring the deep, dark corners of the mansion, join the 9th KY Volunteer Infantry around the campfire as they share stories and recount the day’s events. The encampment will be open to the public on Saturday October 18, 10 am-3 pm, and again on Sunday, October 19, 2014, 1-3 p.m. at the historic site, at 900 North Maney Avenue, as part of the Rutherford County Heritage Month activities.

This camp of instruction tells the story of what Union occupation forces would have been doing in and around our town during the Civil War. Families will be able to view the campsite and watch the soldiers practice drills.

Guided mansion tours will begin on the hour at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour departing at 3:00 p.m. Regular admission rates apply. Visit www.oaklandsmuseum.org for rates and more information. The military demonstrations on the lawn are free and open to the public. Complimentary parking for the event is located at the Roberts Street pavilion. Middle Tennessee State University Homecoming Parade will also be in the area Saturday morning, so alternate routes may be sought during that time.

Trick-or-Treating at the “Old Maney Mansion”

At the dead-end of North Maney Avenue you’ll find a tree-lined drive to the most famous mansion in Murfreesboro! The iron gates are open and the mansion, normally locked and secured, is ready to greet you on this rare night! Bring your little ghosts and goblins to the doors of the dimly lit Oaklands Mansion to offer their most haunting greeting. As the doors creak open to reveal the grand stair hall, and the family in mourning, you’ll see that this isn’t like any “haunted” house you’ve visited.

Victorian families stopped the clocks, shuttered the windows and draped their mirrors in black when a loved one died. Before the time of funeral homes, the family’s parlor was the scene of their funerals and wakes. Just like any home on Halloween, you can’t go in, at least not tonight. Through the doors, you’ll see just enough of the inside of this sprawling Italianate mansion to wet your appetite to return for a full tour.

By 1860, Oaklands was one of the most elegant homes in Middle Tennessee and situated on an over 1,500 acre plantation! Following the Civil War, it deteriorated from a majestic mansion to virtual ruins and, in the 1950’s, its very existence was threatened. Thankfully, the mansion was saved from the wrecking ball when a group of concerned ladies created Oaklands Association in 1959.   Since then, the generosity of the community has provided for the restoration of Oaklands to its original splendor.

Trick-or-Treating at the “Old Maney Mansion” is free, open to the public and will take place at the doors of Oaklands Mansion at 900 N. Maney Avenue in Murfreesboro, TN on October 31, 2014, from 4 p.m. until all candy is given away.

For more information, contact Oaklands Historic House Museum at (615) 893-0022 or email info@oaklandsmuseum.org.

 

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Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at Palm Beach Zoo

October 7, 2014
'Boo at the Zoo' at Palm Beach Zoo

‘Boo at the Zoo’ at Palm Beach Zoo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Double, double, toil and trouble, are you brave enough to spend a night at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society? Guests are invited for a special Halloween-themed “Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at the Zoo,” on October 18, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Participants can enjoy an evening of pumpkin painting, crafts, night-time tours and a pizza snack. The next morning, guests will have a continental breakfast and an animal activity.

Cost per participant is $35 for Zoo members, and $40 for non-members. The program can be reserved for scout or community groups. Activities are geared for children six years old and and older, so “mummies” and/or daddies must attend.

Scouts and community groups can book a private Spooky Snooze Overnight at the Zoo program during weekends in October, other than October 18th.

To register for the “Spooky Snooze Family Overnight at the Zoo,” visit http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/family-overnights

Rainy Day To-Do List

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society has introduced an online “Rainy Day To Do List” section of the Zoo’s website, www.palmbeachzoo.org/rainy-day-to-do-list. The list offers suggestions on activities and exhibits that guests can explore at the Zoo, even during inclement weather. The Zoo has many covered exhibits from which guests can view animals, which sometimes are more active during the rain.

General Curator Jan Steele said guests have the opportunity to reach a greater appreciation for certain animals and exhibits during rain. “What better way to see a rainforest than trooping through the Tropics of the Americas in a warm summer rain,” she said. “Our Zoo is a great place to explore, rain or shine!”

If there is no thunder or lightning about, guests can jump into the Zoo’s Interactive Play Fountain and join the fun, or escape the rainfall in the covered areas listed on the Rainy Day Tour section of the website to dry off, cool down, and visit the animals.

During select days, depending on the forecast, the Zoo will offer 50% off admission Rainy Day Discount coupons. The coupons will be offered on the Zoo’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.

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Tickets Available for Solstice of Souls Halloween Party at Legendary Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Oct 27; New 3-Night Package Offered

October 9, 2012

The Solstice of Souls Halloween Party at the Hawthorne Hotel taking place October 27, 8-midnight is the Party of the Year in Salem, Massachusetts.

Besides music from band Hush, and two DJs, there will be Halloween-themed food, drinks and giveaways.  The hotel is also offering $1,500 in cash and prizes during the costume contest held that evening.

Beginning the 20 days prior to the party, the hotel will be highlighting Halloween trivia, photos from past Balls, surprise Party ticket giveaways and more on Facebook.

Approximately 1,000 party-goers make their way through the hotel that night so tickets  are going fast.  Tickets are $90 (must be 21 and older to attend). To get one, go to TicketWeb.com or call 978-744-4080.

Rooms are available at the Hawthorne Hotel for a new THREE-NIGHT PACKAGE ON OCTOBER 29-31 as well.  This is a great opportunity to see the Haunted Happenings events that take place through the end of the month. Contact 978-744-4080.

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‘Boo at the Zoo’, ‘Spooky Snooze’ among Halloween Events at Palm Beach Zoo Oct 26-28

September 16, 2012

King Vulture is one of the creatures showcased at the Palm Beach Zoo’s Halloween events (photo by Keith Lovett).

 

The Palm Beach Zoo has announced plans for special Halloween events in October. Boo at the Zoo, a South Florida family favorite will be held on Friday through Sunday, October 19th to 21st and October 26th to 28th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Friday evenings, October 19th and 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Zoo will also offer a special family overnight program called Spooky Snooze on October 6th, 20th, and 27th.

Boo at the Zoo was founded over 15 years ago to provide the community with a safe and educational venue for trick-or-treating. Since that time, Boo at the Zoo has become Palm Beach County’s #1 family event during the Halloween season. In 2011 nearly 10,000 guests attended during the six days of celebration. Festivities include trick-or-treating, provided by local vendors, and children’s entertainment including games, crafts, hay-stack hunt, decorate-your-own pumpkin patch, bounce house, face painting, photo opportunities throughout the Zoo, Monster Mash dance parties in the Fountain Plaza, Halloween-themed treats in the Tropics Café, special Halloween treats for the animals, roving animal encounters, and costume contests.

Spooky Snooze Overnights at the Zoo will be held on October 6th – 7th, 20th – 21st, and 27th – 28th. The program begins on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Evening activities include pumpkin painting, crafts, night time tours, an evening pizza snack, and Continental breakfast. Activities are designed for family members ages six through adult. Mummies and/or daddies must attend with their children.

For more information on these programs, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. For additional information on the Spooky Snooze program e-mail education@palmbeachzoo.org, or contact the Education Coordinator at (561) 533-0887 ext. 229.

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Zombie Apocalypse to Strike Blue Mountain Ski Area, Palmerton, PA, Sept 28-Oct 31

September 16, 2012

Something horrible has happened: an extended family of inbred zombies has invaded beautiful Blue Mountain Ski Area this Halloween. You can run, you can hide, but what would be the fun in that? Experience “Terror on the Mountain,” the region’s newest Halloween attraction, at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from Sept. 28 to Oct. 31.

“The zombie apocalypse is underway and it’s pretty gruesome,” said Heidi Lutz, marketing director at Blue Mountain Ski Area. “We’ve set up a zombie butcher shop and turned our stunning lodge into a meat locker for human flesh. Our picturesque mountain has become the perfect playground for thrills and chills this Halloween.”

Zombies are terrorizing two areas at Blue Mountain – the 3,600 square-foot lodge and 1.4-mile haunted hayride. Ticket prices and times are as follows:

Haunted Lodge $10
Times: Fridays (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Saturdays and Sundays (noon to 10 p.m.)

Haunted Hayride $15
Times: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Combination Ticket $20
Includes both Haunted Hayride and Haunted Lodge

Brave visitors can save $2 if they purchase their tickets online at www.TerrorOnTheMountain.com. For more information, visit the website or call 610-826-7700.

Terror on the Mountain isn’t for little kids, but if you want to take the entire family somewhere fun this Halloween, Blue Mountain Ski Area has you covered with its “Mountain Harvest Festival.” Featuring a four-acre corn maze and scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, pumpkin patch hayride and great food, the Mountain Harvest Festival is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.BlueMountainHarvestFestival.com.

Blue Mountain Ski Area is a premiere winter and summer recreation destination that offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing and more. Not only does Blue Mountain offer Pennsylvania’s highest vertical, but it also has the most trails in the state. From beginners to experts, there are trails for all ability levels, including three runs near or over a mile long. No matter what the season, guests can enjoy the newly renovated Vista Ballroom. This spacious event facility offers breathtaking views and can easily host 250 guests for weddings, banquets, and conferences. For more information, visit www.skibluemt.com or call 610-826-7700.

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West Hollywood Project Masquerade Contest for Best Costume Designs at Halloween Carnaval

October 12, 2011

Calling all devilish designers and phantoms of fashion! In order to summon the creative spirits, West Hollywood has announced PROJECT MASQUERADE, a contest for the best costume design for this year’s West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Three finalists will each receive a stay at the glamorous The London West Hollywood hotel on Halloween night, where one winner will be selected to receive a $250 grand prize.

The legendary Carnaval is one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the world, drawing thousands of revelers to Santa Monica Boulevard each year. Sponsored by the West Hollywood Marketing & Visitors Bureau, PROJECT MASQUERADE recognizes the unmatched creativity that goes into some of the outlandish designs seen each year, many of which require weeks or even months of planning and assembly. From outrageous drag queens to magnificent monsters to brilliant parodies of current events, the costumes at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval harness the amazing creativity and innovation for which West Hollywood has long been known.

To participate in the PROJECT MASQUERADE contest, entrants must submit their costume design concepts to the West Hollywood Facebook page (www.facebook.com/westhollywood) by Monday, October 24. Three finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, October 26 and invited to spend Halloween night at The London West Hollywood hotel, where they can arrive and get dressed for the night in high style. The hotel is just a short walk from the revelry on Santa Monica Boulevard. During a judging ceremony on Halloween night, the finalists will present their actual costumes and one winner will be selected to receive a $250 bonus prize.

Rules of the contest:

  1. Entrants must submit a detailed design concept for their costume. The entries must consist of a 100-word (maximum) written description plus visuals; either photos, sketches or drawings of the concept.
  2. Submissions must be uploaded by Monday, October 24 to the official West Hollywood Facebook page at www.facebook.com/westhollywood in the “Project Masquerade” album. Please post your images and include a 100-word (maximum) description in the captions.
  3. From the Facebook entries, three finalists will be selected and notified by Wednesday, October 26 to receive a complimentary stay the night of Halloween (October 31, 2011) at The London West Hollywood. The finalists must provide their own transportation and be present the night of Halloween in order to participate in the final judging. The hotel stay includes breakfast. The finalists must be able to present a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as parking or anything else purchased in the hotel.
  4. Entries can be individuals or pairs. For pairs, the costume design must share a common theme.
  5. The costume design submissions will be judged on creativity, thoroughness, and clarity of concept. The designs can be outrageous and edgy but should not exceed a “PG-13” rating.
  6. The three finalists will be judged on their execution of the concepts they submitted.
  7. And finally: “Make it work, make it weird, make it fabulous!”

At just 1.9 square miles in size and located in the center of the greater Los Angeles region, the City of West Hollywood is the ideal destination for visitors seeking glamour, style and fun. Whether lounging next to a rooftop hotel pool, strolling The Avenues or living it up at one of West Hollywood’s famous nightlife haunts, West Hollywood offers the ultimate in style and excitement.

Recently named California’s “Most Walkable City,” West Hollywood’s three main districts offer unmatched variety and easy accessibility. The Sunset Strip is legendary (and notorious) for its hip hotels, legendary live music venues and sophisticated shopping and dining. Santa Monica Boulevard has long been known as West Hollywood’s “Main Street” and is the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Southern California. The Avenues – Art, Design & Fashion District surrounds the landmark Pacific Design Center and offers more than 300 unique fashion designers, art galleries, interior design showrooms and upscale restaurants.

For more information on West Hollywood visit www.visitwesthollywood.com.

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