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. Every year, Lagoon converts some of their pavilions into haunted houses. Most of these houses can be found next to Air Race and behind The Bat. Lagoon also converts the Pioneer Pavilion in Pioneer Village into a haunted house. Each haunted house includes two entrances. Once entrance is the main entrance used by most guests, and the other entrance is used by those who purchase a Time Warp Fast Pass. The entrance for those without the fast pass is usually a little more elaborate than the one used for the fast pass since those guests have a shorter wait. Below is a list of the houses with descriptions Lagoon uses on their Frightmares brochure and website:
New for 2018: Lagoon is bringing back a name familiar to those who remember the original Frightmares haunted house: Nightmare Midway. This attraction is replacing the Terrors of the Past house that Lagoon used for the last couple of years. Interestingly enough, it will use the same entrance as the original Nightmare Midway. The description on Lagoon's website seems to indicate that it will have a different theme than the original Nightmare Midway house.
As you watch your nightmares come alive, you may start to wonder if you will survive. In this house of illusion your eyes will deceive. Prepare for the fright you’ll undoubtedly receive.
Malevolent Mansion debuted in 2017, and is returning for another year.
Tour this mansion if you dare, but beware, the malevolent spirits inside are prepared to scare!
Frightening Frisco is Lagoon's only haunted house based on a real ghost town in Utah.
Something sinister has taken ahold of this ghost town. Beware the lingering evil of Frisco, where the outlaws have taken control!
Nightwalk is considered one of the scariest haunted houses Lagoon has ever done, and is a favorite of many park guests. Nightwalk usually has the longest lines of the five haunted houses.
Think once, think twice before you enter, the devil is your main presenter! Vampires and demons lead the way, those who enter may have to stay. Nightwalk is not for the faint of heart, contemplate your fate before you start.
Fun House of Fear
While the name Nightmare Midway was used well before the Fun House of Fear, the Fun House of Fear is the longest running haunted house at Lagoon and has become a common element to Frightmares. It was created when Lagoon took the original Nightmare Midway and cut it in half creating a second haunted house. The name Fun House of Fear was picked and has continued to be used for the house in the same location ever since.
Come one come all and step inside to a world where strange, freakish and odd collide.
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.
Returning for the 2018 season is the interactive performance of Séance. It appears this show is here to stay for the foreseeable future because Lagoon added a new entrance building around the door that was used during the 2017 season. This new building includes a new ticket window for purchasing tickets to the show. Due to the limited seating of each show, guests who wish to participate are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
Even though the area around Séance was expanded, Lagoon is still running two stage shows this year. One in the Carousel Theatre and the other on what used to be called the Monster Stage. The new stage has been built over the Bamberger Fountain for the 2018 season. It is unclear if this new stage uses the same name as the stage previously put in front of Game Time during Frightmares or if Lagoon will begin using a new name for it. Lagoon's website doesn't indicate the name on their Entertainment page. They simply list the show there as being East of Space Scrambler.
Lagoon's new show for 2018 is Mariner, based off the Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner comes to life with giant puppets, dazzling lighting and a fully orchestrated soundtrack. Watch as the Mariner battles the living dead on a sinking ship in an attempt to save his homeland from a curse that he has brought into the world.
Hackenslash is returning for another year and performing on the new stage location at Bamberger Fountain.
HACKENSLASH! Everyone’s favorite troupe of misfits is back at it again with their wild antics and high jinks!! Get ready to yell, scream, and party! This outlandish bunch of characters brings an adrenaline surge that no other stage show can match. And did we mention… CHAINSAWS!?!
For the younger kids, Windy the Witch and her friends can be found at the entrance to Lagoon-A-Beach where they share stories of magic and adventure.
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.
- Terrors of the Past
- Zombie Lockdown
- 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
- Into the Dark
- 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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