Last night, I had the amazing opportunity to attend Freeform’s Halloween House, an immersive experience inspired by Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Both films are celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year, and coincidently enough, two of my favorite Halloween movies, so I had some very high expectations. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed–it was spooktacular, lol!
As we walked in, the lights were dim, and the air was thick with fog. It felt like walking into another world. The greeters led us to a room, which I immediately recognized: Mr. Oogie Boogie’s Lair! The space glowed with black lights and neon colors, and in the center was the infamous Wheel of Misfortune. We were asked to take a spin for a chance to win a trick, a treat, or something sweet. It must have been my lucky night because I landed on trick—haha! I was handed some squishy brains instead of cool prizes or treats my friends were given.
I immediately forgot about my bad luck, because the next room was Dr. Finkelstein’s Lab, which was full of fun movie props, like the Deadly Night Shade and the reindeer skeleton. We made our way into the graveyard next, and what did I see? But the Lock, Shock, and Barrels walking bathtub… I just had to dress up like Barrel and get my photo taken in the famous bathtub as I brandished my axe for kidnapping Sandy Claws.
The next stop was very near and dear to my heart: we visited the tombstones of Jack Skellington and Sally. #TrueLove. The graveyard was scattered with different tombstones from classic spooky movies, such as the Addams family and Hocus Pocus. One of the best parts of the whole experience was the plethora of spooky photo ops throughout the house, but my favorite had to be when I got to dress up as Billy the Zombie, rising out of his grave.
Finally, we took a trip to the back of the house and visited the Sanderson sisters’ cottage. Inside, it was like I had been whisked away to the magical world of Hocus Pocus: I was able to leaf through the Book of Power, light the Black Flame candle, and I even conjured up my own potion in a cauldron using newt saliva and dead man’s toes.
I had such a fun night getting to explore the worlds of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Hocus Pocus; I went home with a ton of Insta-worthy photos, a new appreciation for the two films, and finally, one overwhelming thought: that I NEEDED to watch as many Halloween movies as humanly possible. Thankfully, Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween is officially underway. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!
Formerly authored by Ryan W. at Partners