Carving pumpkins, dressing up as the undead, purposefully scaring ourselves silly – Halloween is already a holiday with plenty of odd rituals. But for those seeking something stranger, there is no shortage of weird events to help ring in all Hallows Eve.
From shooting out zombies to
smashing pumpkins with construction equipment, here are a few extreme versions
of more traditional frights.
Instead of: Dressing like zombies
Try: Killing zombies with paintballs
Zombie pub crawls and parades, like those in Chicago, Brisbane and Dublin, have become practically passé. So why join them when
you can beat them? Skip the heavy makeup and take on zombies head to head at
the Zombie Apocalypse in Atlanta, Georgia. The two-part attraction
includes immersion into a zombie onslaught across a 35-acre truck stop and a
specialized arena where participants can take up paintball arms against the
Instead of: Watching horror movies in the basement
Try: Watching horror movies with 1,100 people in costume
While celebrities and indie-types frequent other film festivals, ghouls and
vampires are the norm at the Heavy Hitting B-Grade Horrorfest
at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler, British Columbia.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary on 30 October, the festival is the
longest-running and largest horror film festival in Western Canada. Filmmakers premier
short scary films (all under 10 minutes) for the chance to win the Silver Skull
Instead of: Smashing pumpkins
Try: Smashing pumpkins with construction equipment
Play is no ordinary Florida
amusement park. Instead of rides, visitors work real-life construction
equipment like bulldozers and excavators through obstacle courses. Those who
sign up for the October “Punkin’ Chunkin’” package also get to destroy a dozen
pumpkins with the supersize equipment.
Instead of: Visiting a haunted house
Try: Getting scared by train or ship
In Vancouver, the normally innocent Stanley Park train has been transformed
for the season into the “Circus of Disaster”,
showcasing escaped animals, creepy clowns and skeleton acrobats. The one-mile
train ride lasts about 15 minutes, but elsewhere in the park, survivors can
check out the face painting and pumpkin carving in the park.
Off the coast of Newport
Beach, California, the 1930s insane asylum-themed Ghost Ship is the world’s only haunted attraction that sails in
open ocean. It had its premiere voyage on 14 October and sails for a scary 75
minutes every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month.