The rumors that I’ve been to Halloween Horror Nights seven times over the last six weeks are true…and I may or may not be going again tonight. Are you really surprised, though? I mean, it’s my favorite seasonal event and it’s themed to the 80s this year; what else was I supposed to do? Luckily for you, I’ve spent enough time in each of this year’s scare zones to put together a guide featuring the best parts of each one! My Halloween Horror Nights 2018 scare zone guide is packed with my favorite photos from this year’s event, and I’m so excited to share them with you!
Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve
Let’s start with my favorite: Vamp 85. I absolutely adore this scare zone. It’s usually my first stop when I arrive at Halloween Horror Nights and it’s always the last place I visit before leaving. And yes, most of that is due to my love for the 80s. But still, how could you not love a scare zone with vampire versions of Prince, Boy George, Madonna, Run-DMC, and pretty much every other icon of the decade walking around?
The coolest thing about Vamp 85 is the fact that the scare zone takes place on New Year’s Eve. Trisha White, a local news reporter, wanders the event with her cameraman as she interviews guests and generally tries to avoid becoming a vampire, and she is such a gift! There’s also a dance party and countdown to midnight a few times every hour, where a bunch of vampires
Revenge of Chucky
Disclaimer: I haven’t seen any of the Child’s Play movies, but I think I have the general concept figured out. Chucky is a possessed doll, he murders people, and we have very similar senses of humor (besides the murder part). The Revenge of Chucky scare zone is so much cooler than I expected it to be. It’s filled with demented toys, possessed workers from the Good Guys toy factory, and even the CEO of the company! (Be sure to chat with him if you see him! If you’re lucky, he’ll make fun of how poor you are.)
There are a few interactive set pieces in this scare zone that I haven’t had the chance to photograph yet, but let’s just say that if you’ve ever wondered what a real-life game of Operation would look like, Revenge of Chucky is for you. There are also a few water gags, so be on the lookout for those! Best of all, Chucky has an entire stage to himself where he periodically pops up and interacts with (read: insults) passerby. What’s not to love?
The backstory of Twisted Tradition is pretty unique: a bunch of kids from the town of Carey have awakened an ancient evil and everyone in the town has been consumed by (or partially transformed into) pumpkins. The front of the scare zone features an impressive recreation of a dilapidated church which provides an awesome photo opportunity—just watch out for the demented pumpkin creatures that might try to catch you off-guard! Be sure to also keep an eye out for the stilt walkers in this scare zone. They’re usually willing to take a photo with you, and they are so cool.
Of every Halloween Horror Nights 2018 scare zone, this is the one that gets the most impressive as the night goes on. The jack-o-lanterns in the trees light up and the pumpkin stilt walkers glow from within, and the entire place is just plain eerie. There are also plenty of dark corners for scareactors to hide, so there’s about a 100% chance you’ll be spooked at least once! Be sure to visit this one several times as the night goes on.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Disclaimer #2: I haven’t seen Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Again, though, I think I get the idea. These clowns are actually aliens with one goal: eating humans (and encasing them in cotton candy cocoons). I wasn’t expected to love this scare zone as much as I do, but it’s just so wacky and fun! I only wish it were a little bigger so I could spend more time walking through it. The clowns have balloon dogs on leashes, there are bubbles floating all over the place, and the buildings are covered with projections of giant shadow puppets. What’s not to love?
As a side note, if you’re trying to take a picture with the clowns, be polite about it! Yes, they’re very photogenic, but if they’re not interested in a selfie just say okay and walk away. It’s not their job to take pictures with you, after all. That said, if you and a friend are taking pictures in the scare zone, there’s a pretty decent chance a clown will come up and try to be in the photo anyway. Just be patient and eventually you’ll get the shot!
I saved The Harvest for last because it’s pretty small and I honestly haven’t spent too much time there. I usually pass through when I arrive at the park, but that’s about it. Basically, The Harvest is an old barn where “horrors from each house” lurk around every corner. It’s occupied by some stilt walkers and creepy creatures in ghillie suits, and they do a great job of getting in some warmup scares as you walk into the event!
Bonus: Chainsaw Gang
This scare zone isn’t included on the map, but if you’re passing through Springfield you’ll definitely run into some chainsaw-wielding maniacs decked out in carnival regalia. Just don’t try to take any pictures near them—they take photobombing very seriously.
That wraps up my Halloween Horror Nights 2018 scare zone guide! Did I leave any details out? Let me know in the comments! I also put together a review of this year’s haunted houses, so be sure to click here and check that out. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to keep up with all the spooky fun!
Until the next post!