Time for a look at Kings Dominion and just what's coming for this year's Halloween Haunt. I can't say that there's much coming for 2016, but at least one of the new additions should be a huge favorite with everyone. Of course, as with anything, that means a couple of mazes also got the axe, one of which was a favorite among some of our team last year.
First off, what's not coming back? The VIP meal experience isn't seen anywhere on the official site, so I'm guessing that's gone. Definitely a shame there, because I have to imagine it was a great event. In addition to that both Slaughterhouse and sadly, Club Blood have both been cut as well. Both will be missed, but we all had a bit of a soft spot for Club Blood.
Taking their place are two mazes that can be found at other Halloween Haunt events throughout the country. Those being Black Out and Trick or Treat, so let's get to it, shall we?
First up, Black Out.
"Are you frightened of the monster that lurks under your bed? Do you ever have the feeling that something bad is about to happen? Are you worried that there is a boogie man in the closet? The things that go bump in the night are waiting for you in this darkness filled realm of nightmares. Will anyone be there to hear you scream? What you can’t see might hurt you… and in this case it will!"I'll be honest, the idea of the "total darkness" haunt is a novel one, but it's a bit too overdone and unless it's handled extremely well, usually falls flat for a lot of people. Yes, the dark is unnerving and can be scary, but so far? I haven't seen one of these handled all that well in a large scale event setting like this. Maybe this'll be the one to do it? Not sure, but for now I'm going to remain a bit skeptical and I'm not all that jazzed for it.
Next up? Probably one of our favorites to grace the fog of any Halloween Haunt event, Trick or Treat.
"It’s always Halloween on Hemlock Lane. Our story picks up where the Fairy Tales ended - our clan of distraught witches were given a new start in this very special halfway house for wayward souls. Throughout the years the residents have worked to make their new home a welcoming place for their next victims. It’s time to find out if a treat is in your future or if it’s all just an evil trick."We first experienced this maze last year at Dorney park, and I'm still shocked to see the legendary Green Witch making her march across more and more Cedar Fair parks. She was long a staple at Knott's Scary Farm in California and it warms my heart to see her showing in more places.
And there ya have it, that's everything that's new and what isn't coming to this year's Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion. I'll be doing another post here soon with a full breakdown of the event and just what my thoughts on things are in a grander view in the next few days, so keep an eye out!