And it shows.
Get away from the city and the tourist traps to go into scare country
Between the cities of Tampa and Orlando is an emptier Florida, with the kind of emptiness that’s one step short of wilderness. And that’s exactly where Scream-a-geddon is located, right on the edge of an enormous forest.
To add to that more rustic effect, Scream-a-geddon is built around the hub of the Monster Midway. The midway has a country fair feel, with food, drinks, beer tents, carnival games, gift shops, and huge bonfires. Except the carnival games all have a horror theme. And costumed monsters roam the midway, ready to scare when you’re least expecting it.
From the Midway, you can choose any of the 5 haunts, which brings up one of the neater aspects of Scream-a-geddon. They have a limited number of tickets every night, which helps to keep crowds down. A ticket also lets you go through the haunts as many times as you’d like.
Go inside for monsters and mind-bending scares
Two of the haunts are located inside. Both of them are built to take full advantage of being indoors.
In Pandemic, visitors journey into a destroyed lab where a medical experiment has gone terribly wrong. The lab itself is very realistic, with real equipment and a great attention to detail. You may not have time to appreciate the realism, however, since this is an interactive haunt. If you mark yourself with a glowing necklace, the monsters will remove you from the group and lead you throw a truly terrifying experience.
Bedlam 3D starts with a cannibal clown theme, which is scary in its own right, and then gives it a mind-bending psychedelic twist. A 3D haunt, your path winds and twists around, leaving you completely disoriented. The set design itself only makes it worse, and adds that extra bit of horror when the clowns begin to chase you.
Journey into the forest and into terrifying worlds
The other side of the Midway leads to three additional haunts located out in the deep woods and fields. This far from the cities, the only light comes from the lights provided by the haunt designers. And it isn’t much. They expertly give you enough to see by without destroying the oppressive darkness.
The Deadwoods attraction takes you deep into remote woods controlled by a murderous family. The path goes from building to building, each highlighting a different part of the madness. The path isn’t safe, either, with horrors emerging from the dark woods. This attraction depends a lot on the realism and actors, and the Scream-a-geddon crew pulls it off.
The haunt Infected takes the haunted maze idea and kicks it up to the next level. The path goes through a mix of fields, army tents, and buildings, with a mix of atmospheric horror and startle scares. The sets are intricately detailed, then paired with well-planned effects and good acting.
The Cursed Hayride, however, is far and away the star attraction for Scream-a-geddon. They went all out with this haunt, and it shows. The hayride journeys through an entire western town, but this isn’t the western towns you visited as a child. This one is filled with undead residents who have been driven mad by their immortality. Gun battles (including gatling guns), horrific sights, and bone-chilling action create a truly horrific world.
- Buy tickets early online to get a better price. The price may change as availability goes down, so the earlier the better.
- Tickets, VIP passes, and parking passes are all available online.
- There will be a lot of time outdoors, so be prepared when you choose your outfit.
- Credit cards are accepted, and there is an ATM onsite.