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What You Need to Know for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights 24

Where: 6000 Universal Blvd [map], Orlando, FL, United States, 32819
October 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 brings the 24th annual Halloween Horror Nights to Universal Studios Orlando. You know the drill—each fall crowds converge on the park to experience the transformation; by day Universal Studios welcomes guests of all ages to experience the new Despicable Me ride, ET's bike, and pose for photos with Spongebob, while at night the park turns itself into a giant live action horror movie suited for teenagers and adults.

A gaggle of writers work year-round to come up with the themes and schemes that inhabit Universal's annual Halloween Horror Nights. For this, the 24th incarnation of fright, Universal went heavy on the intellectual property, AMC's Walking Dead is back again, with Dracula, Halloween, Alien Vs Predator and From Dusk Till Dawn comprising 5 of the 8 houses. Furthermore, "scare zones" are back, there are four of them, but overarching themes are still a thing of the past — tag lines rule the day, and this year’s line is “You’ve Been Warned”.

We toured each of the eight haunted houses and the four scare zones, and while all the houses had plenty to offer, here are this year’s rankings:

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Photos: Looking Skyward to Daytona Beach's Incredible 'Wings and Waves' Air Show

October 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University holds its popular "Wings and Waves Air Show" in Daytona Beach, FL every other year, and for 2014 the lucky dates were October 11-12.

As the action takes place right along the shoreline, the beach and piers of Daytona are a blanket of people for miles in both directions, all with their eyes pointed skywards. The scheduled performers were the same for both days, each taking turns impressing the crowd.

This year’s performers included:

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Three Big City Beer Festivals to Finish Out October

October 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cooler temperatures require something to warm you up, and a great way to do exactly that is with a beer festival. Time is running out to enjoy some sips and samples this October, but there’s still a few weekends left to celebrate. Here are three big city beer festivals where you can toast to the fall:

Los Angeles Fall Beer Festival

Things in Los Angeles only take place on one day, so be sure to clear your calendar for Saturday, October 18 between noon and 4pm. The kegs and taps will be doing their thing over at LA Center Studios, and organizers promise everything from food trucks to live music. As far as the beer is concerned there will be over 150 options from which to choose, and $40 will get in the door and access to plenty to taste—just bring extra cash for something to eat.

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How to Get Last-Minute Tickets to Screamfest LA

October 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

This week Hollywood is going to get a little scarier.

Screamfest, the world's biggest horror film festival, kicks off tonight at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and will feature up and coming horror directors while also honoring the best in the biz.

The festival has earned a reputation for finding the next best next thing in horror. Back in 2007 they showcased the then little known independent movie Paranormal Activity which went on the earn more than $60 million at the box office in its first month.

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5 Festivals That Stretch Chicago's Summer Fun Well Into Winter

October 9, 2014 at 12:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

During the summer Chicago is a paradise of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, but that doesn't mean the fun must be restricted to warm days. Chicago works with its weather to promote a range of activities throughout the year, well into turtleneck and mitten weather.

Here's our round-up of the best Chicago events during the fall and winter:

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Five Fall Foliage Festivals for the Serious 'Leaf-Peeper'

October 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comment (1)

So you don’t exactly need a festival to celebrate the season, and that’s especially the case when it comes to the colors of the fall. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt things to have a little organization and concentrated celebration in order to enjoy the fall foliage that much more. So here are five picks to give the help you achieve autumnal amazement:

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Road Trip to New Hampshire for a Part in Breaking a Pumpkin World Record

October 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you’ve missed it—fall is finally here. Pumpkins are out, the leaves are changing color, and it’s time to officially celebrate the season. Sure there are plenty of places to take in all the oranges, reds, and yellows, but one city is hell bent on partying the hardest this season, and it's Keene, New Hampshire.

The Keene Pumpkin Festival keeps getting bigger and better pretty much each and every year. Yes, there are pumpkins#&151;we’ll get to that in a second—but there’s also food, arts and crafts, and even a pumpkin road race.

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The TWA Flight Center in New York Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm.

The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12.

Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before developers re-purpose it. Recent plans, now shelved, involved turning it into a hotel, to be added to the property portfolio of hotelier Andre Balazs. His loss is our gain, and access will again be free on October 11.

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Race to Escape a City Overrun with Zombies During Nevada's Redrun II

September 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

If Zombiegeddon were upon us, would you rather be among the hordes of zombies, the living insane, or those running for their lives? The Redrun II – A Zombie Sequel lets you decide exactly where you think you'd belong.

The second annual horror run will take place in Virginia City, Nevada, thought to be one of the most haunted cities in America.

During the event, zombies will chase runners through Virginia City's train tunnels, haunted buildings, the Comstock Gold Mill, train graveyard and more. The total course covers six miles including six dead zones and six obstacles where runners will have to work together to survive.

Runners can regroup along the way at Revive Stations where there will be plenty of beer, water and, most importantly, safety.

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Zip Up a Hoodie and Head to These Three Fall Harvest Festivals

September 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Had enough of Pumpkin Spice Lattes? It's only just officially turned autumn, and there's still many weeks ahead for enjoying homemade pies, the coziness of your favorite hoodie, the colors of foliage, and harvest festivals. Speaking of...here are three of our favorite autumn harvest festivals in October:

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The 5 Most Complex Corn Mazes in the Midwest

September 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The calendar is quickly approaching harvest season, which means more than just bean soup in a pot and sweet corn on the grill. That corn comes from somewhere, and there's no better place to witness that bounty than in the heartland of the USA. Get in and among the mighty stalks by visiting some of the best corn mazes in the country:

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The 5 Awesomest Oktoberfests Happening Here in the USA

September 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the season to raise a glass, mug, or stein in celebration of Oktoberfest. With only days until events kick off, a last-minute trip to Munich may not be in the cards this year. That’s okay, as there are plenty of towns, communities, and cities doing the Oktoberfest thing on this side of the ocean. Here are some of our favorites:

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