If you have read the front page you will have seen that a couple of new Christmas time scare attractions have recently been announced . Here in the UK, the telling of ghost stories has always been a Christmas tradition and it's interesting to see that it's never really be done before.
The nearest we have had to a Christmas attraction was the brilliant Ebenezer's Haunted tower at Warwick Castle. Obviously based on characters from A Christmas Carol, this show was set around Christmas but based everything else on characters from literature. The result ? an engaging and fun show, but nothing really Christmassy
Unlike Ghosts of Christmas which has scare characters based around traditional christmas favourites such as elves, toys, the North Pole and of course the very mean and (possibly) drunken Santa Claws! Check out the details of our exclusive discounted performances on Dec 11th
Also coming up is Silent Night a fun but scary run round Bristol from the makers of 2.8 Hours. This attraction also looks set to subvert a few Christmas favourites . Tickets are limited and going very fast.
So what does this mean for other scare producers out there? Is the industry sitting back and waiting to see how successful these are before venturing into the "out of season scare" market more? I am aware of a number of different products currently on the boil which we can expect to hear about very soon.
So maybe this is true. A scare attraction is for life , not just for halloween!
Happy Christmas to you all and dont forget to check back for a VERY exciting announcement at the end of the year.
As Halloween closes for another year there is just a handful of attractions open for the last few scares of the season. Most of the big events and shows shut their doors late last night and organisers around the country breathed a big sigh of relief and had a few celebratory drinks!
It’s funny when you talk to anyone involved in this business (organisers, actors and staff) in that the final night is filled with 2 emotions. Sadness for the end of a fun time where a group of disparate strangers have pulled together and become a family all focussed on scaring. But this is also mixed with a relief that the physical, emotional and stress that comes with creating an attraction is now over for another year!
Last night my Facebook page was just full of people all over the country commenting on their experiences, including their ups and downs the last few weeks. Even those who had fallen really ill or were completely exhausted were raving about how, in hindsight, they had survived a wonderful experience. This can only be a good thing and may even encourage more interest and development in the future!
But remember guys – scaring is for life and not just for Halloween. There are a number of permanent attractions around the UK where you can get your buzz and like last year – it seems more and more attraction producers are looking to create attractions outside of the regular Halloween period. I am already aware of at least 4 brand new experiences due to be announced soon. Looks like 2011 will be even bigger than 2010!
So it’s looking to be a great time for Scare Attraction companies and more importantly for the enthusiasts who love being scared. ScareTOUR will remain with you through these exciting times and will continue to work on exclusive discounts, events and behind the scenes visits.
But in the mean time – there’s just a few reviews left to post. A pile of props and costumes to be put away and a few more aspirin’s to take to combat last night’s hangover!
And if anyone hasn’t done it yet – may I be the first to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas!!
Many of you will know me already. My name is Michael Bolton and I am passionate about Scare Attractions and being scared. I have been visiting and reviewing attractions since 2002. Why not come along on one of our trips and have a scream?