Tuesday, April 16, 2024

"Times Scare" Year-Round Haunted Attraction Launched in NYC Times Square

Venue Partners With Compass Films International for Haunted House Themed After Legendary Horror Film “HALLOWEEN”

NEW YORK, NY – The fear is coming… to the heart of Times Square in New York City. TIMES SCARE, a year-round haunted attraction featuring a haunted house, live shows, bars and more opened this month.

Located at the corner of 42nd and 8th Avenue, TIMES SCARE is home to a haunted house bringing together popular scenes from Compass International Film’s iconic horror movie “HALLOWEEN.”

Guests can tour the famed Haddonfield Memorial Hospital through the psychiatric ward where Michael Myers is being held and will immediately be transported onto the front doorstep of the Myers home for a journey through Michael’s terror.

Creator Jason Egan of Egan Productions is no stranger to the haunted industry. His top ranked attraction, Fright Dome, has been terrifying the masses for nine years in Las Vegas. The popular attraction has ranked in the top five haunted events in the nation for years which inspired Egan to create the one-of-a-kind TIMES SCARE venue.

“We’ve always had one of the top haunted attractions in the nation with Fright Dome in Las Vegas and I am looking forward to bringing the same high-quality event to New York City on a year-round basis,” said Egan. “‘HALLOWEEN’ is a timeless classic and the most-recognized horror film of all times; most people fear Michael Myers over any other characters out there.”

“Compass International Films is proud to be part of this exciting new venue,” said Malek Akkad, producer of the “HALLOWEEN” franchise. “‘HALLOWEEN’ is the quintessential suspense film, and one that continues to thrill audiences year-after-year, especially during the Halloween season! We, along with the creative team at Egan Productions, are delighted to bring Michael Myers to the heart of New York City. I am positive that Times Scare will be a fantastic experience for horror fans of all ages.”

A high-tech theater will feature nightly performances where guests will enjoy an entertaining non-stop roller coaster ride of mayhem from illusionist Dan Sperry. Sperry has changed what fans have come to expect from a typical magic show, being described as David Copperfield meets Marilyn Manson. In his new show at TIMES SCARE, guests will experience the unimaginable as a nail-biting game of Russian Roulette is played with an audience member, the ancient practice of Voo Doo is encountered and much more.

TIMES SCARE will also be home to two fully-stocked themed bars, a lounge for patrons and a retail store. The “Kill Room” bar will give guests the feeling they have stumbled upon a gruesome crime scene as the white walls and floor are splashed with blood from the latest slaying. The “Parlour of the Paranormal” bar is located next to the theater and will allow guests to purchase a specialty cocktail and relax in the gothic-inspired waiting room before the show. For those wanting to catch their breath between the terrifying haunted house and Sperry’s show, a lounge area on the main floor will offer a comfortable refuge. Before leaving TIMES SCARE, guests are invited to stop by the retail store for souvenirs including t-shirts, sweatshirts, shot glasses, post cards and more.

In addition to partnering with Akkad to bring the theme to TIMES SCARE’s haunted house, Egan is working together with him to bring the message of his recently launched non-profit organization to the New York venue. The sCARE (Suspense Community Allocating Relief and Empowerment) Foundation is dedicated to alleviating the hardships of poverty and homelessness facing today’s youth throughout North America to honor the suspense genre’s loyal teenage fan base.

“sCARE Foundation is thrilled to be a sponsor of the unique Times Scare venue,” said Akkad. “The sCARE Foundation enables fans of the horror genre to give back and contribute in fun and engaging ways. Our partnership with the imaginative talents behind Times Scare will enable fans to do just that! We look forward to being a part of this great venue and seeing all of the fans in New York.”

TIMES SCARE is open from noon to midnight every night. For more information, please visit www.timesscarenyc.com.

Founded in 1998, Egan Productions combines talents in artist management, production, set building, prop design and more. Over the years, the company has grown from serving several small clients to working on national campaigns and producing Broadway-quality shows and events. The hard work and dedication of the team to all projects they put their name on, combined with a passion for creativity, have garnered attention around the country. For more information on Egan Productions, please visit www.eganproductions.com.

Created from the mind of hauntrepreneur Jason Egan, Fright Dome Las Vegas has been horrifying the masses since 2003. Egan’s 13 years in the industry and passion for all things terrifying culminate to make Fright Dome one of the top haunted attractions in the nation. Each year more than 70,000 people visit the popular attraction during the month of October. Spread throughout five acres, this haunted theme park features dark, fog-filled attractions complete with ghoulish and gore-clad professional actors. Not appropriate for children under 12, Fright Dome includes roaming scare actors, high-powered strobes, multi-colored lasers and eerie sound effects. For more information, visit www.frightdome.com.

ABOUT sCARE Foundation
Malek Akkad, producer of the “HALLOWEEN” franchise, is excited to announce the launch of the sCare (Suspense Community Allocating Relief and Empowerment) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the hardships of poverty and homelessness facing today’s youth throughout Northern America. The sCare Foundation focuses on issues affecting youth to honor the suspense genre’s loyal teenage fan base. To learn more about sCare Foundation, please visit: www.sCareFoundation.org.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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