New Orleans City Park and The Mortuary Haunted Mansion team up to debut Scout Island Scream Park, a new “fright festival” set to open at City Park on Oct. 5.
City Park released the official festival dates, along with presale tickets available for purchase now through Oct. 1. They also released pictures of the site construction getting underway, via Facebook.
Jeff Borne, owner of The Mortuary Haunted Mansion, says the whole fall season will be explored with all the attractions created for the event.
We’re learning more about exactly what guests can expect. The site will include three unique haunted attractions and atmospheric-themed fright zones. These “fright zones” are free-roaming themed areas of terror filled with lots of special effects.
There will be also a scare-free kids zone with activities like hayrides, face painting and bounce houses. Scout Island will also feature carnival rides and games. Rides will range from family-friendly to high-thrill levels.
“It’s going to be really special, something that the city hasn’t seen before,” Borne said.
The sets are built by The Mortuary Haunted Mansion craftsmen, who have frightened local thrill-seekers in the New Orleans area for more than a decade.
Here’s we know so far about Scout Island’s fright zones and haunted attractions:
Scout Island features multiple fright zones which are essentially “outdoor haunted houses set up in open areas” around the park with actors ready to make you scream, according to the site.
Guests will find four fright zones throughout the park.
The Blood Bayou Fright Zone will create a pirate-themed experience with skeletal pirates, treasure and old ruins. Cirque du Fear will incorporate a circus, freak show theme, including vintage tents. The Horseman’s Fright Zone plays on themes based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The Kraken Beer & Spirits Pirate Club will also reside near the Blood Bayou area, which will give guests an entertainment area with food, drinks and music. Borne said the pirate club will also be available for private events.
General admission gets you access to all the park’s fright zones.
The park will also feature three unique haunted attractions for thrill-seekers who want to take scares to the next level.
Guests can take a lantern and walk through The Devil’s Swamp Haunted Terror Tour, which will possess Cajun and Voodoo themes. Visitors will have to figure out how to escape.
There are also plans for a Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, which puts a scary spin on lazer tag. Guests will hunt down zombies with lazer tag-style guns along a playing field designed like a military base.
Borne says the Scream Factory will include clowns and vortex tunnels. The attraction is a haunted fun house.
All of the haunted attractions are a la cart add-ons to the general admission. One time admission is $20 for The Devil’s Swamp, $25 for Zombie Outbreak Battlefield and $10 for The Scream Factory Haunted Fun House. You can also gain unlimited access to all of Scout Island’s attractions with an all-access pass.
General admission is $13 per person, during the presale period. After Oct. 1, general admission is $15.
For more information, visit Scout Island Scream Park’s website.
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