This coming weekend Rex and I will be taking our annual trip to the great state of FL to experience Howl-O-Scream in Tampa and Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando. This has become one of the more antipated yearly trips for us as part of the Festival of Fear Tour. Below are a few thoughts I have before attending the events; we wil see how correct I was after our trip.
Last year was our first time to experience Howl-O-Scream and it immediately was placed on our "must do" list for every October. We were blown away and thought it came very close to the quality and intesity of HHN. This year, six of the eight houses are returns from last year, but BG has done a little twist; they have slightly changed the name of the houses to give across a sense of increased fright. For example, last year a house was named "Reconstruction: The Doctor is In." This year, that house is called "Deconstruction: The Doctor is Out of Control." Last year, a house was called "DED (Delta Epsilon Delta) Pledge Week." This year it is called "DEDer Extreme Rush." I like the idea; it gives a little more punch than just the same ol' houses and it allows BG to revamp some of the effective scares from last year. The two new houses this year are Revenge Rocks and Alone.
I must admit that I am intriqued by the theme of a rock band. Although I think they have certainly done a great job to providing a theme that goes well beyond convention, I am not so sure it will prove effective. I predict that Revenge Rocks will be the weakest house. It will provide some neat imagery and be interesting because it is so different, but I do not believe it will be a good haunted house per se. The Alone house is a great idea and Rex and I look forward to checking it out more. It could be a fantastic concept.
HHN, I am glad to say, has completely new houses this year save for one; Psychoscareapy. I was a bit concerned that with the "20 years of fear" concept that they were just going to bring back a bunch of houses from the past. Thankfully, that is not the case and I am very excited about several of the haunts this year. The Hallow'd Past and Zombiegeddon are my pre-picks for the best houses of the night. I am also looking forward to the magic show and, not being a Rocky Horror Picture Show lover, I am glad to see them give it a rest.
So, it will be a great weekend and we will keep you up to date on our thoughts. Join the Journey!