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Halloween in July
At Ripley's Haunted Adventure. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. (7/17/07)
The Ripley’s haunted attraction in Gatlinburg put on a preview of their 2007 Halloween show for the entire week leading up to the weekend of Friday the 13th. The title of the clown themed show is Carnival of Screams. They were offering $2.00 off coupons good in October, which the ticket man promised would be similar but “more intense” than the one on display last week (have to make sure you want to come back I suppose).

They also hosted a Sid Haig appearance (Captain Spaulding from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects), but kept him behind a wall charging $5.00 for a wristband to get behind it where you could then buy something to have him sign.

The best action was actually out front on the walkway where the roaming clowns and a cool looking lizard man yucked it up with the crowd. The haunt itself is neat, but mostly animatronic props that move too slow to startle. The couple of live actors (in scary clown face for the special event) were the source of the only real jumps.

I’ve got to be really critical of the one major detraction of Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and that is how they make you line up single file and keep your hand on the shoulder of the person in front of you (what is this, kindergarten?). Haunts need to be very careful to cultivate the correct mood and this ridiculous line, with some stranger tugging on your shoulder and stepping on your heels, is very distracting and really takes you out of the entire experience. Please scrap that crap Ripley’s!

But hey, at least we can thank them for bringing us Halloween in July.






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