HHN Vets Team With Orlando Forum To Create An Original Halloween Haunt Experience
Two former masterminds behind many of the mazes at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights have teamed up with The Orlando Forum to offer a new, original maze and dinner show on International Drive called “Orlando Forum of Fear”.
For almost 30 years, Orlando has played host to some of the best in Halloween entertainment. This year’s COVID-19 pandemic has forced many Halloween events and attractions to cancel or close, leaving a void to fill with innovative, socially safe solutions. On Oct. 1, the “Orlando Forum of Fear” aims to please all Halloween lovers, including the adrenaline junkie, the horror connoisseur, and those fascinated by sordid history and paranormal communication all while adhering to CDC guidelines for public safety during the pandemic.
The main attraction at the “Orlando Forum of Fear” is the haunted maze, designed and executed by creative horror masterminds Patrick Braillard and Kim Gromoll, both formerly behind many of the most infamous mazes at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. The attraction, recommended for ages 13 and up, will feature 20 masked actors and will wind 480 linear feet of horrifying madness through the venue. Throughout the season the maze will morph from the ‘Tunnel of the Damned’ to the ‘City Overtaken’ and will conclude with ‘Apocalypse,’ giving fear fans a reason to come back over and over again for new scares and frights.
Tickets to the “Tunnel of the Damned” will range from $15 (Mon.-Thurs.) and $25 (Fri.-Sun.) for an all-night pass and will be available at Orlando-Forum.com and at the Orlando Forum box office. Season passes will also be available with unlimited access to the haunt over its entire run.
Emphasizing the Orlando Forum’s expertise in dinner show entertainment, The Dark Séance: A Haunted Dinner Experience will transport diners into a Victorian-era library, hosted by medium “Claire Voyant.” The dinner experience, appropriate for ages 16 and up only, will have multiple seatings throughout the night, starting at 6 p.m., with special midnight seatings for only the strongest souls as Halloween draws near.
Reservations for The Dark Séance are required, as the floorplan will be adjusted to ensure social distancing between parties, and ensure that individuals visiting together are not seated with other parties. All guests must wear masks or face coverings except when they are seated at their table and while eating.
Claire Voyant will guide guests through a rotating schedule of sordid tales of terror from the world most famous historical evil doers. After dinner, Claire will start the Séance and invite some of the dearly departed souls to join in for dessert.
The specially designed, fully immersive Séance Dinner Experience room will terrorize and amaze guests and is sure to be the talk of Central Florida throughout the Halloween season. A three-course dinner menu will feature entrée choice of beef, chicken, salmon, and a vegetarian dinner, with a “surf and turf” upgrade option. Tickets to The Dark Séance: A Haunted Dinner Experience will cost $87.50 and will be via Eventbrite.
The “Orlando Forum of Fear” will also feature special Kids Nights from 5 to 7 p.m. on select dates, when the haunted maze’s effects will be turned down for the enjoyment of kids aged 7 to 12 and their accompanying parents/guardians. During these hours, The Orlando Forum will also feature outdoor Halloween activities for kids and attending in costume is encouraged and face coverings and social distancing protocols are required.
The outdoor bar and Purgatory Patio in front of the Orlando Forum will serve as a safety zone and a place to relax and enjoy the Florida fall with a creepy cocktail in-hand before or after going through the Tunnel of the Damned.
With COVID-19 precautions top of mind, the team at the Orlando Forum has taken all measures possible to ensure the safety of their guests at the “Orlando Forum of Fear.” All employees, including the actors in the haunted maze and séance dinner show, will wear gloves and face shields and masks, which are incorporated into their costuming. They will also practice safe social distancing. Actors in the maze will terrify from at least six feet away from all guests.
Physical distancing will be implemented by only allowing entrance into the haunted maze with those in your immediate party. Seating at the bar, on the patio, in the séance dinner show, and waiting spots at the box office line and restrooms will be arranged a minimum of six feet apart. Increased sanitation practices will also be in full effect throughout the run of the attraction. All guests will have their temperature taken prior to entering the event (guests with a temperature above 100.4 F/38 C will not be admitted), and will be required to wear face masks at all times while at the “Orlando Forum of Fear,” except when seated and consuming food or beverage.
The Orlando Forum looks forward to welcoming all to the “Orlando Forum of Fear” starting Oct. 1, 2020. For tickets and more information, Facebook.com/TheOrlandoForum and @OrlandoForumOfFear on Instagram.