Chicago Frights All Day Haunted Inspiration Road Trip, Thursday July 16, 2015
Thursday July 16, 2015 Chicago Frights will be offering an all day Inspiration Tour Haunted Road Trip. Leaving from the host hotel at 8:30am, the bus will cover the Chicagoland area to tour the best spooky locations available, for lights-on backstage tours. These behind the scenes, no actor, show lights on, tours offer attendees unprecedented access to the inner workings of each of the attractions. Including actor prep areas and shop space, back of house and actor areas. Make plans now to attend this exciting tour! Space is VERY limited, CLICK HERE for tickets.
The day long tour starts with a short trip to Kosart Atelier Studios, a special effects school operated by J. Anthony Kosart, Season 4 champion of the popular reality TV show FaceOff. Attendees will get to see the in process works of students and past works of Anthony himself.
No time to doddle, however. Attendees are soon back on the buses for The Legendary Dungeon of Doom
This backstage lights on tour of this massive haunted attraction is a lifetime opportunity to go behind the scenes and find out why Haunted Attraction Magazine rated The Dungeon of Doom one of the “Must see Haunted Houses in the Nation” in 2013 and 2014, and why the Chicago Tribune, Lake County News Sun, and Pioneer Press have all rated The Dungeon of Doom as their all-time favorite Haunts in the market.
Since the attraction opened in 1997, The Dungeon of Doom has been rated Top Haunted House year after year by entertainment editors from the northwest suburbs of Chicago to southeast Wisconsin. In season, this 42,000 square foot, mullti-themed attraction has a 100 actor strong “Killer Krew” of lurking ghouls, deranged clowns and shambling undead, sure to scare you right out of your skin!
With many unique, one of a kind elements not found in many Haunted Houses, The Dungeon of Doom drives on the science of Fear by maximizing its design to the ultimate startle scare in every section of the Haunts. The patent registered 30 person Grave Pit, is mechanically driven and gives the best and most realistic feel of being “Buried Dead or Alive.” The Dare 2 Scare program which allows the Dungeon of Doom patrons to Scare unsuspected customers tracking through the Dungeon of Doom safely and securely.
The Dungeon of Doom surveys customers each season to provide direct insight into what customers want, and each and every season, a significant re-investment is made to the business, ensuring the most intense and complete Halloween show in the haunt industry. Loved by all age groups, young and old, because Dungeon of Doom has something for everyone to appreciate.
The hosts for our tour are Anthony Relken and Peter Koklamanis, the passionate full time owners of The Dungeon of Doom, who have devoted a lifetime to careers in the Haunt Industry. Still very young spirited, their haunting principles are based on basic and redundant steps that allows them to easily evolve into many layers of calculated scares. This “Keep it simple mindset” has led to 19 seasons of merging ideas and the popularity of their event reflects that evolution.
On this tour, experienced Haunt owners will discover many new principles to run an efficient and profitable Mega Haunt, and novice haunters will see basic principles on how to best design a Halloween event.
Before we leave, Lunch is served, and what a lunch: Mosticolli pasta with marinara sauce, Italian Sausage and Meatball Bombers, Fresh Garden Salad with Ranch and Italian dressings, Fresh Italian rolls for the bomber with butter, and Hot and Mild Giardinera for the bombers (vegetarian options also available) . Back on the bus in an Italian food coma, attendees head to the next stop on the tour, Zagone Studios.
Zagone Studios is behind many of the masks you see at retail stores every October. They also produce several of J Anthony Kosart’s mask line. This stop is a preview of the booth Zagone will have in the dealer room during the conference.
Back on the buses we head back toward Naperville, IL for a lights on backstage tour of the infamous Massacre Haunted House and then a short trip over to Basement of the Dead for a lights on backstage tour as well. No, you are not seeing double. Basement of the Dead will be toured on Saturday night, in full October style with actors, and there is an October style, full actor tour of Massacre Haunted House on Sunday. The difference is these pre show tours will be lights on, behind the scenes tours. Attendees can take their time though, take some photos, see the actor backstage areas as well as costuming and make up areas. Rare opportunities that you can’t get even in October to tour these high detail haunted attractions, at your own pace where you can see every crack and cobweb.
As they get back on the bus, attendees will get a “to go” meal for the trip back to the hotel. This may be your only change to get something to eat, as the buses will arrive at the hotel with just enough time to unload and reload for the Kick Off Tour of Evil Intentions that Thursday night, (Note: Evil intentions is a separate ticket from the pre-show tour.)
If that seems like a lot, well, it is! 100,000 combined square feet of haunt four, a special effects school and a mask manufacturer, but wait! We are not done yet. Upon arriving back at the hotel, there will be one last haunt to tour. B.A.S.E. Productions has a special quick erect haunted house that they use for promotions and special appearances.
All for one low price! The tour includes admission to each of the attractions and other stops along the way. Lunch and supper, as well as luxury tour bus accommodations for the trip. (Note: If you want to drive yourself, there is a no transportation option for the tour, but you will spend more in gas than the difference between the prices and the buses are where all the networking and brainstorming occurs.) CLICK HERE for tickets to this amazing tour! Details subject to change.