3 Quick Thoughts on Howl-O-Scream 2020

Howl-O-Scream released some additional details today on their modified-but-still-happening Halloween event. Here are three quick thoughts on their updates:

1. Spacious Is Not Typically A Word You Associate With A Haunt
I couldn’t help but chuckle at the tweet when it described 10 “spacious” scare zones. We usually see the word “spacious” in contexts where relaxation, comfort, peace, and tranquility are desired – not typically things a premier haunted event wants to convey! Of course, the word spacious is being used to demonstrate the haunt’s preparations for the COVID reality of our day, but it is so out of place it almost sounds satirical.

2. The Definite Article Is Essential For A Good Haunt
Three of the ten scare zones incorporate the use of the definite articles: The Shortcut, The Escape, and The Junkyard. Not bad, but that number needs to be at least 60%. Perhaps it should become an unwritten rule that anything haunted attraction related must include the definite article somewhere in the title. On a serious note for a minute, overuse of the definite article (and I don’t think 3 of 10 is overusing it) is perhaps becoming a thing of the hallowed past. Halloween Horror Nights 29 did not use the definite article in ANY of their mazes or scare zones. That isn’t an accident. (HHN 28 had only one: The Harvest). I might write a more expansive piece in the future on this grammatical curiosity.

3. RATB Have Good Memories of Howl-O-Scream
Our first HOS event was in 2009 during the “House of Vayne” theme. It was fantastic. There have been some fantastic mazes and scare zones at the event since that year. Although we have not made HOS a definite stop on our annual trips to Orlando, we have a soft spot in our hearts for it and we hope to see it enjoy good success this year.

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