Halloween Haunt is back and once again Canada’s Wonderland has been transformed into an epic nightmare! With the debut of new maze The Crypt and scare zone Wicked Hollow, let’s take a look behind-the-scenes at the amazing creativity that goes into making this month-long celebration a huge success each year.
The real MVPs of Halloween Haunt are our creative design team who head up the production and execution of the most stunning set designs that enhance the Halloween experience for our guests. From massive entryways to detailed wall coverings, this team is responsible for the insanely detailed effort that brings the Haunt atmosphere to life.
Believe it or not, though Halloween Haunt runs September to October, the planning starts in June.
In order to decide what elements to spotlight, the team first goes through each past-featured maze and scare zone to see what needs to be touched up. If a certain theme becomes obsolete they will re-use its elements to create a brand-new theme.
Many of the processes involved in creating something remarkable is done with paint, silicone and collaboration with the carpentry team for some of the larger structures that are used. From painting a simple fence to creating skeleton foam molds, depending on the element, it could take anywhere from an hour to a week to complete a project.
Two of our new attractions at Haunt are the scare zone Wicked Hollow and maze The Crypt. Above, members of the creative team work on measurements for the front door of a structure created to serve as the home of our wicked fairies and nasty gnomes you’ll encounter in this particular scare zone. An appropriately themed woodland mailbox was used as a final touch to bring this incredible structure together.
With The Crypt making its debut this year, the prop team worked extra hard in bringing the skull walls of this catacomb to life. Here’s how silicone is used in the skull moldings from start to finish:
Step 1: Preparing the mold casings
The team starts the process off by creating the mold casings by hand. Frames are fitted to keep the liquid foam inside the molds. After measuring the foam, the substances are mixed together with a mechanical drill outfitted with a mix attachment.
Step 2: Pour and Distribute
The next step has the team pouring and distributing the substance into the mold casing evenly allowing each crevice of the casing to be filled. By using their hands, they can evenly distribute the substance to avoid air bubbles.
Step 3: Adding weight
After the substance is distributed evenly, the team closes the lid and stands on top of the box. The added weight allows the substance to quickly rise and turn into foam.
Step 4: Cooling off
After the foam sets, the team removes the lids and allows the foam to cool off for about 10 minutes. Just like how a cake or a pizza silicone would need to cool off after it rises!
Step 5: De-mold Step
The team then takes the box apart and lifts up the silicone. After it cools, they seal the foam with the appropriate colours to enhance the skull’s appearance. WARNING: the final result may cause you to SCREAM!
Pretty cool eh?
Now it’s time to come out for a visit and see these stunning masterpieces at work in our new Halloween Haunt attractions.