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Fear Fest is the frighteningly freaky mini festival that takes place every year around Halloween.
See the fact file below for more information on the Modern-Day “Fear Fests” or alternatively, you can download our 18-page Modern-Day “Fear Fests” worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
THE ORIGINS OF “FEAR FESTS”
- The earliest known purpose-built haunted attractions opened in Liphook, England in 1915 (and is still there to this day).
- Other scary-themed houses first opened in the United States during the 1930s; it was only during the 1950s that haunted houses as a major attraction began to appear.
- On August 12, 1969, Disneyland California opened its first haunted house (pictured to the right), and quickly became an American cultural icon.
- Shortly following in 1972, Evangelical Christians opened their own version of a haunted house, called a “hell house”.
- The rise in popularity of Halloween attractions have exploded in North America over the past 10 years.
- Haunted or scary attractions, typically called “Fear Fests” of some variation, take place during the month of October.
- Most attractions include activities designed to scare its guests, such as haunted houses, corn mazes, and hayrides.
- The level of detail of the effects has risen as the industry of “Fear Fests” has grown.
- By the late 1980s and early 1990s, major theme parks began taking notice of these “Fear Fests” and decided to jump on the bandwagon and take them more seriously by implementing them into their parks.
- Six Flags Fright Fest began in 1986, with Universal Studios Florida following suit shortly after with Halloween Horror Nights in 1991.
- Theme parks have made a huge impact on globalizing Halloween as a seasonal ritual and past time.
- At Disney theme parks in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and the United States, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place during August, September, and October, and encourages guests to dress up in costumes, trick-or-treat at the park, and participate in Halloween games and activities.
FEATURES OF A FEAR FEST
- Candy apples (toffee apples)
- Caramel apples and caramel corn
- Roasted corn on the cob
- Various cakes
- Various alcoholic beverages
- In larger theme parks, food such as hot dogs, pizza, etc are offered for a price at Fear Fests
- Decoration & Atmosphere
- Decor is spooky, resembling haunted places
- Cobwebs, blood stains, dark colors
- Statues or models depicting witches, skeletons, ghosts, headstones, zombies, vampires, etc can be seen scattered throughout many parks
- Eerie, creepy atmosphere
- Some parks play Halloween music or spooky sounds
- Typically, “actors” walk around parks in scary costumes designed to scare guests
- The focus is usually on traditional scary attire, such as the walking dead, witches, ghosts, wandering souls, etc
- Aside from food, scary music, and a creepy atmosphere, actors are hired seasonally to hide in haunted houses or exhibits while guests walk through them
- Other attractions include Halloween-themed games, mazes, hayrides, pumpkin carving, bonfires, live music, and much more
- Each Fear Fest is unique and different, and suited to a particular age bracket
- Some theme parks allow guests to ride on the rides as well (but this is weather dependent)
Modern-Day “Fear Fests” Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Modern-Day “Fear Fests” across 18 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Modern-Day “Fear Fests” worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Modern-Day “Fear Fests” which are the frighteningly freaky mini festival that takes place every year around Halloween.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Fear Fest Facts
- Haunted Parks Timeline
- Describe a Fear Fest
- Design a Corn Maze
- Compare the Fear Fests
- Fear Fest Wordsearch
- Advertising Campaign
- Fear Fest Acrostic
- Create a Haunted House
- Fear Fest Crossword
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