We all have fears. You might be afraid of spiders, snakes…the dentist? One of the most common fears is achluophobia, the fear of darkness. How can you not be afraid of the dark? Imagine what might be lurking in the dark–just waiting to attack. But there are fears so strange, you can’t even imagine! Did you know that arachibutyrophobia means “fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth?” Well, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Many people suffer from ogyphobia–fear of the bogeyman. And bogeymen have been known to hide under your bed, in the closet or in any shadowy place. On the other hand, if you’re afraid of ghosts, you could say that you have hasmophobia.

Halloween tends to bring out creepy creatures, and lots of people are scared of them. Eeek! If bats frighten you, then you might be a chiroptophobic. What about creatures that are not just creepy, they’re crawly, too? You’ve got herpetophobia.

And don’t forget phobophobia, the fear of phobias. Experience Thrillvania Haunted House Park and see what scares you…..


Have you ever noticed that some people just naturally seem like Halloween characters? You may know some creepy people, but what if they’re really something else? You may have monsters surrounding you!

Your slacker friend who never gets out of bed until 5pm, and sucks you dry of money, always borrowing it and never paying you back. He might be a vampire.

The tall guy who doesn’t talk a lot. Kinda shuffles, has a really bad haircut. Remind you of Frankenstein?

Your cousin who is always cooking up weird meals and concoctions, and she recites poetry. She’s a witch!

The hairy guy who looks like he could tear you limb from limb. Kind of schizo–he’s a bully sometimes, but then he can be kind of cool . Could he be a weewolf?

That woman who’s afraid of UV rays and covers up in raggedy clothes head to toe, even when it’s 100 degrees outside. She has a lot of kids. She’s a mummy.

Your friend who disappears every so often, and then magically reappears in some totally different place. He’s a ghost.

That girl you’d do anything to avoid. Always wears a hoodie. Just call her the Grim Reaper!

Keep your eyes open for other ghouls!

Don’t miss Thrillvania Haunted House Park for Opening Day, Saturday September 27th, 2014. We will be waiting for you…..


Get into the spirit with Chocolate Banana Ghosts. With just a few minutes and a few ingredients, there will be ghosts for every party guest. Plus, the instructions are simple, which make these a great family activity!

You’ll need:

  • Bananas, peeled and cut in half
  • White melting chocolate
  • Extra small chocolate chips
  • Popsicle sticks or cake pop skewers
  • and room in your freezer!

Insert the skewers into the flat end of the cut banana, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. Melt the chocolate carefully in your microwave or in a double boiler. Make sure to heat slowly, and to stir frequently.  Dip the banana in the chocolate and coat it completely. Use three small chocolate chips near the top of the banana to make a ghostly face, two for the eyes, and one for the open mouth. Boo!

If you have a cake pop stand, your ghosts will be smooth all around, hopefully with chocolate drips at the bottom. If not, you can place them on a baking sheet, faces up, and use white chocolate to make ghostly arms!

Enjoy your ghostly dessert and visit Thrillvania Haunted House Park this Saturday Sept. 27th!


Clowns are happy, zany and funny, right? Everyone loves clowns–or do they? Doesn’t it seem that most clowns are just a little too cheerful? Lots of people have this eerie feeling that clowns aren’t really as happy as they seem. Sad clowns are almost as frightening, but it’s the hyper, happy clowns that appear really unhinged!

What is it that’s so scary about clowns? Even the “good” clowns seem…a little strange. Those maniacal smiles and painted faces seem to mask something ominous and chilling. Are they harboring some dark secret, trying to hide it with their disguise?

If you’re one of those people that are afraid of clowns, you’re not alone. There’s a name for the fear of clowns–coulrophobia. If you find yourself feeling a little (or a lot) nervous around clowns, you might be suffering from coulrophobia!

Join us at Thrillvania Haunted House Park for Opening Day Saturday September 27th, 2014. We will be waiting for you…..


If you’re having a Halloween party, you’ve got to have Halloween punch! What is it about Halloween that makes kids (young and old) want to eat scary looking food? Here’s a recipe for witch’s brew that’s spooky, slimy and easy to make. All you need are three ingredients.

You’ll need a 6-ounce box of blueberry Jello, 3 cups of lemonade, and 3 cups of any kind of carbonated lemon-lime soda. Make the gelatin by dissolving it in 2 cups of boilng water, then adding 4 cups of cold water. Chill it for about 4 hours–it will still be a little jiggly.

Put the gelatin in your punchbowl (or cauldron?) and smush it up into pieces with a fork. Add the lemonade and soda, and there you have it. Slime-tastic punch! If you want, you can add in some gummy worms, or other scary gummy candy. Witches, ghosts and goblins love it, so don’t be surprised if one or two crash your party!

Don’t miss Thrillvania Haunted House Park for Opening Day, Saturday September 27th, 2014. We will be waiting for you…..


Without a doubt, everyone’s favorite spooky song is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, but there are some fun facts about the video you probably didn’t know. Did you know the famous dance moves weren’t created by the King of Pop himself? The awesome zombie scene owes its thriller moves to choreographer Michael Peters, who also choregraphed Pat Benatoar’s “Love is a Battlefiled”  and tons of others.

Do you know whose evil laugh and rap that you hear at the end of the video? It’s horror-movie legend Vincent Price. As the song goes:

“…Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the Thriller….”

And did you know that not only did the video win about a million awards, it was inducted into the National Fim Registry by the Library of Congress?

 Don’t miss Thrillvania Haunted House Park for Opening Day, Saturday September 27th, 2014. We will be waiting for you…..