Fall is upon us and that means all the cute fall activities are in full swing, from pumpkin patches to apple orchards and everything in between. It is also spooky season so it’s time to buy those passes to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World, and more. One that is newer but definitely worth checking out is Dade City’s horror park, Scream-a-Geddon.
This post is able to be brought to you by Yelp Tampa Bay! If they had not hosted this event for Yelp Elite, I wouldn’t have ever heard of Scream-a-Geddon. My friend and I were given free VIP passes as well as one round of zombie paintball.
Read on to find our review what we loved (and what we hated) about Scream-a-Geddon 2018.
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When you’re first driving up to Scream-a-Geddon, you get a little sketched out. You have to turn your brights on often to see your way around the back roads. There are fields on either side of you. Basically, you already feel like you’re entering a scary movie. You’re at the point where everyone in the theatre is yelling at you to turn around. But, you keep going and you arrive at Scream-a-Geddon. After paying $10 for parking, you can enter. We got here right around 8pm.
We were graciously given two VIP passes, normally priced at $87.63 each for a Friday night. The VIP pass includes general admission and fast pass once for each house. On a Friday, you could pay $42.69 for general admission only. However, you can pay even less if you go on a less popular night, like a Tuesday for example (there will also probably be shorter lines). We ended up using all of our fast passes and made it through everything in the park in about two hours.
Upon entering, we did a quick walk through of the park. They have a few food and drink vendors, a merchandise stand, and some themed games. Unfortunately, unlike some of the bigger parks, they do not have any fun Halloween themed food or drinks. I think this would be a great addition to the park experience. We also found where each of the five houses were. I didn’t make it far before I was already screaming! They have scare actors walking around and while I was walking by the bathrooms, one scared the sh*t out of me and I screamed embarrassingly loud. After we got the lay of the land and avoided any more scare actors, we decided to shoot some zombies.
Zombie Paintball Assault
Yelp also included one Zombie Paintball Assault Recruit Package with our pass, normally pricing at $10.70. This includes 100 paintballs and admission to Zombie Paintball Assault. You load up into a tricked out school bus with other “civilians” and head out to protect yourself and shoot some zombies. It was really fun but personally, I wouldn’t pay $10 to do it. However, if you like paintball or shooting guns, this might be right up your alley!
Then we decided to do our first house, Rage 3D, a new house for 2018. As the name suggests, you wear 3D glasses in the house. There is loud dubstep music coming from the inside and overall, your senses are distorted the whole time. I won’t give away too many details about the house but I will say that I screamed so much that my voice was hoarse. The ending of the house was so scary that my friend and I almost got too scared to finish doing the rest of the houses.
We ended up taking a break before we decided to do another house, Demon’s Revenge, also a new house for the horror park. The house was a little less scary than Rage 3D but still got me good. Thank goodness we went with another couple in there, because if we had been by ourselves again, that would have sucked! My tip for y’all is that if you don’t want to go alone as a couple, ask to be placed with a group when you get to the front of the line. They don’t mind!
Next, we headed over Deadwoods. We accidently got put by ourselves again so we made sure to scurry up to the next group after we heard one of the scare actors yell, “Daddy, we’ve got a screamer coming for ya!” (the screamer was uhhhh me hahaha). The premise of this house is that you’re walking through the backwoods with only a glowstick to light your way. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds.
Keeping with the momentum, we picked one of the interactive houses, Blackpool Prison. The interactive concept is spooky – if you’re 18+, you can choose to wear a glow necklace. This marks you as being a part of the house versus being a spectator and according to Scream-a-Geddon’s website, “Those who opt-in for a truly interactive experience may be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden cells, removed from their group or even forced to remain…”. Personally, I’m a baby and was not interested in this. I did see people get removed from their groups and I don’t think I would have liked that. The rest of the prison was scary enough without also being interactive.
Infected: Ground Zero
Infected: Ground Zero was our last stop. This is another interactive attraction which we also chose not to participate in. It was also one of the fastest houses. I feel like the interactive would’ve been good for this one because without it, it was pretty dull in comparison to other houses. This is one of their older houses and I feel like it could use an update. I would recommend doing this house first since it will fail to reach the bar set by other houses like Blackpool Prison and Rage 3D.
Do You Dare to Go?
Once we had used all of our fast passes and our round of zombie paintball, we decided to head out since we had other plans. Otherwise, I probably would have gone into Rage 3D once more since it really was the scariest! I would highly recommend Scream-a-Geddon to anyone who enjoys being scared. I would also recommend the VIP pass, especially if you’re visiting on a weekend, as it will definitely pay for itself in time saved.
Scream-a-Geddon is open until November 3rd so make sure to attend before they close for the season… if you dare.
Do you all like horror houses? What is the best one you’ve been to? Let me know in the comments below or on my new YouTube video!