Visitors can brave a new ancient Egyptian-themed Pharaoh's Fury haunted house and the gory Stitch’s Body Emporium at Scout Island Scream Park.
New Orleans City Park debuts two new haunted attractions to spook thrill-seekers inside Scout Island Scream Park opening on Friday, Sept. 27.
Visitors can brave a new ancient Egyptian-themed Pharaoh’s Fury haunted house and the gory Stitch’s Body Emporium at the fright festival this Halloween season.
The Pharaoh’s Fury haunted house pays homage to “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” and draws on inspiration from Ancient Egypt. Guests will find themselves inside a lost temple dubbed the “ancient Egyptian Temple of Anubis” where mummies, curses and booby traps lurk around every turn.
Public relations director Amanda Frentz said the new attraction is also inspired by a real moment in City Park history. In 1977, thousands of people visited the New Orleans Museum of Art when the King Tut exhibit arrived with great fanfare.
More than 40 years later, Pharaoh’s Fury will unleash “the curse of the pharaoh to seek revenge on City Park.”
Another new attraction, Stitch’s Body Emporium, takes a turn toward a more gory horror experience.
Guests will encounter a dog-faced doctor named Stitch, known as a “Picasso of blood” striving for perfection.
With the new additions, visitors can explore four haunts around the park. The park also launches a new daytime festival and a Scooby Doo-style, animated adventure targeted to younger kids called The Boogie Spooktakular.
Frentz said Scout Island also made changes to the returning haunted attractions, The Devil’s Swamp and Zombie Outbreak Battlefield. Officials hope new scenes, more live actors and operational adjustments like spacing out groups will reinvigorate thrills for returning guests.
“One really cool thing is that we’re adding live music on the weekends for Scout Island Scream Park,” Frentz said. “I know on opening night we’ve got Bag of Donuts, and so, that’s a crowd favorite for sure.”
City Park also made updates to Scout Island’s Fright Zones — smaller, outdoor haunted houses with themed actors set up in open areas around the park.
This year, the new My Bloody Homecoming Fright Zone will feature local high school bands leading a parade around the grounds. Other Fright Zones include The Balderdash Boutique Puppet Theater, Temple of Medusa and The Coven.
Scout Island Scream Park is an immersive, Halloween festival experience on Scout Island in City Park. The fright festival transforms 14 acres of Scout Island into a free-roaming land of terror during the Halloween season.
City Park officials say the 2018 inaugural event attracted more than 50,000 people. The park partnered with artists from the Mortuary Haunted Mansion to create the haunting experience.
Scout Island Scream Park opens weekends starting Sept. 27. Then, closer to Halloween, the park opens Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. Hours are Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sundays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The park will open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct. 29 to Nov. 2.
General admission to the daytime and nightime festival is $20 per person, which also includes access to the Boogie Spooktakular, fright zones, carnival rides, kids zone attraction and the wagon ride. Children under age 3 receive free admission.
Some individual attractions are a la cart add-ons to the general admission. One-time admission is $25 for Zombie Outbreak Battlefield, $20 for The Devil’s Swamp, $20 for Pharoah’s Fury and $10 for Stitch’s Body Emporium.
Guests can also gain unlimited access to all of Scout Island’s attractions with an all-access Fright Ticket for $49 or an Express Fright Ticket for $79.
For more information, visit Scout Island Scream Park’s website.