Hey, Chicago: What are you you doing this weekend? How about going to Prom…ZOMBIE Prom.

Makes us wish we lived a lot closer to Chicago. This Friday (June 20th), from 9 pm to 2 am the following morning, the Windy City’s undead will gather for an evening of food, libation, music, dancing – and feeding on the flesh of humans. It’s called Zombie Prom Chicago, and it’ll be held at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL.

From the event organizers’ website:

“Chicago’s largest Zombie Party is a ghastly, affectionate, cheesy blend of nostalgic high school Americana and the living dead; Zombie Make-Over Teams, a Zombie Photo Booth, Zombie Menu, the annual crowning of the Zombie Prom King & Queen and hundreds of zombified patrons dancing the night away to a live Zombie D.J. (Sic Nic) and Zombie rock band (Wedding Banned). Get your tickets before we are sold out!”

They also have a Facebook page. High School Prom was never like this…and that’s a damned shame.

Shut up and take my money: Universal Orlando brings “The Cabin in the Woods” to Halloween Horror Nights 23

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 features "The Cabin in the Woods"

Universal Orlando has an annual tradition: Each fall, they debut a collection of haunts, dubbing them Halloween Horror Nights. These elaborate maze-type attractions have gained an enviable reputation for being extremely well produced and run (you can see evidence from previous years here).

This year, they’re riffing on Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon‘s remarkable 2012 instant classic “The Cabin in the Woods.” In the words of Universal rep Michael Aiello:

“We are building the cabin completely. You’re going to walk through a forest to get there. You’re going into the cabin. You’re going to go into the cube cells. We’re literally taking everything we can in the film and giving you a kind of best-of montage of the film with this kind of linking story. You’re going to be in the control room when the merman attacks.”

It would be a long, expensive, cross-country-diagonally trek for me to make it to this, but I am seriously going to try to make it happen. How about you?

Halloween Horror Nights runs from September 20 through November 2. Here’s the Universal Orlando HHN23 Official Press Release

Tickets and Packages

Article from Zap2It, with quotes from Goddard

UPDATE 09.13.13: Mike Aiello conducts a media preview of HHN23 House and Streets (a verbal description of the various mazes with [unfortunately] no actual footage.)

UPDATE 09.13.13: A props preview, courtesy Halloween Horror Nights Orlando’s Instagram account.

Remember Nightmares Fear Factory Haunted House from last Halloween? They’re at it again.

Nightmares Fear Factory is a walk-through haunted house attraction, located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. At a couple of points during the darkened walk, strobe-lit photos are taken at the precise moment of maximum fright. Hilarity ensues.

There are dozens of photos on their website, and they’re all pretty damned priceless. Last Halloween, the photos went viral. You couldn’t go anywhere on the Net without bumping into them. This year, they’re back with a fresh crop. Enjoy. And happy Halloween, friends!