I went to Scream-A-Geddon and They Turned Me into an Ax Murderer
There is usually so much going on during the spooky season that I could just not get to it all last year. However, this year I am super excited to be showcasing Scream-A-Geddon, a truly PG, haunted experience right outside of Tampa. Many of their incredibly horrific houses will be returning this year along with some new spooktacular sights for this year. Scream-A-Geddon is a highly interactive experience, however, they have taken safety protocols very seriously and are looking to make it a safe and still fun-I mean- scary experience.
Ravenhill Asylum is new this year, showcasing the deteriorating conditions and negligent management practices, the Florida Department of Health ordered Ravenhill Asylum to close its doors on March 2nd, 1993 and find “suitable accommodations” for its remaining patients.
However, chief psychiatrist Dr. Monroe feared the undiscovered, illegal “treatment” of Ravenhill Asylum’s patients would be disclosed by other institutions if they were transferred. Instead, Dr. Monroe ordered the asylum sealed with the remaining patients inside, falsified reports and chained the front doors. Alone, deranged and demented, the patients in Ravehill Asylum were left to their own devices. Roaming the halls, they amuse themselves with new “experiments”, always looking for their next victim.
Other houses such as Blackpool Prison, Demon’s Revenge and Rage 3D are just part of what is hidden away on this 20-acre setting just West of Dade City. Also making even more mayhem is the Zombie Paintball Assault, Monster Midway and Bonzo’s Beer Garden. Having that much space, gave the organizers of the event the ability to give space and have guest socially distance.
“Every year, and even more so this year, we’ve always sent people through the haunted houses with just their group. That’s been a selling point in past years, but this year it’s more of a safety point,” said Winston McDaniel, marketing manager for Scream-A-Geddon. “The houses are essentially open-air scare zones, McDaniel said, even though they don’t feel like it. There’s no ceiling for the churchlike setting of Demon’s Revenge, for example, but the design of the passageways and screens make it feel like a contained house”, McDaniel said.
Every guest and staffer will get a temperature check upon arrival. Everyone will be required to wear face masks except when eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be plentiful, McDaniel said, and it must be used before entering a haunted house. At the end of the night, the whole facility will be fogged with disinfectant to get every nook and cranny clean. The park’s capacity will be reduced by 50 percent to make it easier to space out the visitors, McDaniel said. The houses have been tweaked to remove touch points, and scare actors are still around to jump out and startle guests, but not as in your face as before.
I was super excited this year to be made up as a scare actor, a somewhat hillbilly ax murderer, and the staff at Scream a Geddon did an amazing job! It was super realistic and they allowed me to go through the houses and do some “acting” even though I could not scare people this time due to safety protocols. However, it was great and getting to roam around the “common folk” was super fun. Big shout out to the media team and the staff that made this experience possible!
Scream-A-Geddon opens to the public on Friday, Sept 11th and tickets start at $28.95 for opening weekend. Pricing does fluctuate according to when you are going and the attraction is only open on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8pm till 11pm. Starting Oct 1st, they will be open every night of the week through November 1st. for more information and/or to purchse tickets for the event go to: https://www.screamageddon.com/buy-tickets/.
Looking to get that ‘up close and personal’ experience but cannot make it to Scream-A-Geddon. Well, friends, don’t fear, just be sure that you are following on Instagram and Facebook at Spokesmayne and you are subscribed to Youtube at Spokesmayne, as I will be taking all of the Mayne Mafia to Scream-A-Geddon for an extra spooktacular look at this very unique place and maybe even some extra horrifying surprises while we are there!!
COVID-19 Safety Plan
In accordance with state & local laws and CDC guidelines, SCREAM-A-GEDDON has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan to ensure customers and staff follow best practices of hygiene and COVID-19 safety at our facility.
WHENEVER POSSIBLE, CUSTOMERS MUST ENGAGE IN SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE IN THE MONSTER MIDWAY, QUEUE LINES AND ATTRACTIONS
THOSE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, OR THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD AS ANOTHER WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR THOSE WHO HAVE COME IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH ANOTHER WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 MUST NOT VISIT OUR PARK
OLDER ADULTS AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS MAY WANT TO REFRAIN FROM VISITING OUR EVENT
ADDITIONAL SIGNAGE WILL BE PRESENT AT OUR PARK, REMINDING VISITORS TO FOLLOW OUR COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
×NOTICE: EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 IS AN INHERENT RISK IN ANY LOCATION WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT AND WE CANNOT GUARANTEE YOU WILL NOT BE EXPOSED DURING YOUR VISIT.
Scream-A-Geddon; Tampa Bay Times; Spokesmayne