Frightmares is a "haunted" seasonal even held at Lagoon in the fall.
Frightmares is the name of Lagoon's Halloween event that occurs at the end of the park's operating season. This event lasts for about 5 weeks and includes haunted houses, live entertainment, a couple of children's attractions, ghouls wandering the midway, and the usual lineup of rides. On top of that, Lagoon dresses up the park with plenty of decorations, has haunting music, and places fog machines throughout the park. The transformation from the normal Lagoon midway to the Frightmares midway is something to behold and enjoy.
The main focus of Frightmares is of course the haunted houses and other haunting attractions. New for 2016: Lagoon is introducing their fifth haunted house: Frightening Frisco, which will be located in the Pioneer Pavilion in Pioneer Village. Frightening Frisco is joining the ranks of Nightwalk, Zombie Lockdown, Terrors of the Past, and the Fun House of Fear. Each house offers a collection of interesting rooms and scary characters. You can find these haunted houses by heading back into the pavilions next to the Bat and Jet Star 2. Lagoon places Terrors of the Past and Fun House of Fear under the same roof in the Davis Pavilion while the other two houses hide on the backside of the Bat. Lagoon also has a scare zone known as the Pioneer Village Scare Zone located on the north side of Main Street in Pioneer Village.
Lagoon converts some its pavilions and terraces into haunted houses for Frightmares. The list includes Davis Pavilion, Oak Terrace, Maple Terrace, and Pioneer Pavilion. 2016 is the first year Pioneer Pavilion has been used for a haunted house. In the past, Lagoon used the Gaslight Terrace for one of the houses, but that changed when Lagoon removed the Gaslight Terrace in 2007 and replaced it with OdySea.
For the kids, Lagoon offers a trick-or-treat house, Spook-A-Boo, and a maze, Scary & Crow's Super Fun Straw Maze. Spook-A-Boo is located on the Main Midway across from Terroride and replaces Scamper (children's bumper car ride) at the end of the year. There are a variety of friendly characters waiting to meet your kids and give them some candy as a reward for visiting. Scary & Crow's Straw Maze is set up on Main Street in Pioneer Village. To be able to participate in both attractions, children must be less than 54" in height.
Lagoon uses two entertainment venues during Frightmares: Carousel Theatre and the Monster Stage. The Monster Stage is a temporary stage located in front of Game Time. The midway also becomes alive at night as scare actors begin to appear and wander the midway looking for just the right moment to strike. Lagoon also sets up a few locations where an animatronic or other form of creature can be found providing random scares to those passing by.
The two big shows for 2016 are Into the Dark and the Hackenslash Chainsaw Demonstration Team. Into the Dark performs in the Carousel Theatre with Hackenslash performing on the Monster Stage. Here are the descriptions of both shows from Lagoon's website:
Into the Dark:
Nightmares come to life at the Carousel Stage! A story told with acrobatic dance and music from METALLICA, RHIANNA and MICHAEL JACKSON, to name a few. This journey is not for the faint of heart to to partake, so think twice before entering the gate
The music plays, the chainsaws rip, and the energy flies as the demonstration team cuts their way into your hearts.
For the younger kids, Windy the Witch and her friends can be found wandering around Kiddieland and Pioneer Village meeting and greeting kids. Windy also tells stories to kids at the entrance to Lagoon-A-Beach a few times each day. Windy is normally on the park between noon and 5pm.
Lagoon uses a spider rating to indicate how scary an attraction or entertainment show is during Frightmares. The more spiders an attraction receives, the scarier it is. The current spider rating is as follows:
|Not scary at all:|
|A little bit scary:|
|Could be too scary for kids:|
|Definitely too scary for kids:|
|Absolutely too scary for kids:|
In 1995, Lagoon introduced park guests to "the dark side of Lagoon" with the introduction of Frightmares, their yearly end of the season Halloween event. During its first year, Frightmares featured just one haunted house, the Nightmare Midway, which was designed by Drew Hunter, aka Dr. Blood and President of Vorta, a company that specialized in Halloween and haunt design. The original Nightmare Midway was a wonderful haunt with the theme of a demented traveling carnival featuring oddities such as a fat lady, a funeral fun house, and a knife thrower, as well as carnival games that participants could play. The Nightmare Midway was placed in the Davis Pavilion, which still houses two of Lagoon's haunted attractions today. A large carnival-like faÃ§ade was placed over the front of the pavilion, which served as the entrance and exit to the haunted house.
In addition to the Nightmare Midway, Lagoon also transformed the Speedway Sr. Ride, now removed, into the Utah Troll Road. The troll road featured ride operators in troll costumes operating the ride as well as scaring participants as they drove their car around the Speedway track. The Carousel Theatre was also transformed into an attraction as well featuring periodic live Halloween music as well as spooky story telling for the kids. After the stories, kids could follow a "pied piper" character around the area to go trick-or-treating. Finally, Lagoon featured a parade of ghouls and zombies that walked around the park interacting and entertaining guests, but at the same time being careful not to scare little kids. To help add to the transformation of the Halloween haunt, Lagoon also created a "Legend of Frightmares" story that was printed in the flyer given to guests as they entered the park. Sadly, no copies of the Legend of Frightmares have surfaced on the internet that we are aware of.
- 20 Years of Terror
- Twisted Tales
- The Backlot
- Psycho Dave's Salvage Yard
- Hal O. Ween High
- Haunted Hollywood
- The Labyrinth
- Nightmare Midway
- Utah Troll Road
Past Live Entertainment
- Zombie Mambo (2014 - 2015)
- Monster Classics (? - 2014)
- Elm Street (2013)
- Disturbia (2012)
- Scream (2009 + 2011)
- Vampire Awakening (2008 + 2010)
- The Witching Hour
- Zombie Mambo (original run)
- The Frankie Bunch
- Master Hypnotist - Shawn Paulsen
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