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Dec 23, 2011
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Howl-o-Scream Hamlets
A PR Concept​

So with the recent rumors of the park switching to hamlet re-themes this year for Howl-o-Scream, I decided to put my ideas forth of what hamlet should get what theme and how exactly that theme can be put together.

England ~ The Dark Side of the Gardens

Summary
England is very much just an entry and exit point for the park, due to this primary function for the area I think it should be re-themed as The Dark Side of the Gardens, or whatever main theme the park is going for. It should introduce people to the event, whilst also reminding them at the end of the night where they just came from. Also it could also feature generic Halloween themed ideas. They can theme this hamlet by adding vines all over the buildings, and of course with the rose with an eye. They can completely cover Big Ben with these vines and roses. Overall the area doesn't need an extreme amount of theming, but just by simply placing the vines and roses practically everywhere will give a great feel for the theme of the event and hamlet.


Shows
The Globe Theater (The Rose Theater) - Featuring: Monster Stomp Revamped; This show fits in with the area as a general Halloween themed show.

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Zombies - Goes well with the overall theme
Lady of the Gardens - Event Icon

Shops
Union Jax (Monster Stomp Haunt Shop) - Selling the latest in Monster Stomp Revamped merchandise. Finally a gift shop dedicated to a show instead of a major ride or attraction.

The Emporium (The Dark Side of the Gardens Store) - Selling the latest in general Howl-o-Scream merchandise.

Eateries
Cotton Candy stand - Cotton Candy color changed to red to match the rose and overall Halloween theme.

The London Dairy (Sweet Creeps) - Selling Halloween-themed candy.

Squire's Grille (The Garden Grille) - Selling Howl-o-Scream based foods.

The British Baker (The Bloody Baker) - Selling Howl-o-Scream based funnel cakes.

Attractions

Sky Ride (Eye in the Sky Ride) - Same Dark Side of the Gardens theming.




Heatherdowns, Scotland ~ Harvest Hollow

Summary
I know, I stole a defunct attractions name, but think of the potential of the area. You already have a farm like atmosphere, why not use what is already given? The main hamlet decor can be building facades which can be as simple as painting the walls black with faded wood boards attached to the walls, slightly off to give the appeared the buildings are abandoned farm buildings. This wouldn't take too long to do. The keep the floating pumpkins, along with the corn stalks and hay bales. The Loch Ness side of the train tracks should be left untouched as it is very well separated from the hamlet fairly well.

Shows
None

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Crows - In the hamlet at 6:00PM
Friendly Scarecrows - In the hamlet until 5:30PM
Evil Scarecrows - In the hamlet at 6:00PM

Shops
Tweedside Gifts (Harvest Station) - Selling very minimal merchandise mostly hamlet based merchandise. See Tweedside Train Station for more info.

Eateries
The Tap Room (The Black Crow) - Typical bottled beverage/alcohol stand, slightly bar themed.

Loch Ness Drinks - Unchanged

Attractions
The Highland Stables (Hollow Stables) - Unchanged, except for name. Closes at 5:30PM.

Tweedside Train Station (Harvest Station) - Entrance is through Tweedside Gifts. Guests pick up a station custom ticket from the cashier. Tickets are completely free and for ride attendance counts only. Half of the ticket will be taken before boarding the train. This will remove the use of the turnstile and make the station entrance more clear. This will also enhance the feel of an actual train station versus a theme park ride.

Li'l Clydes (Li'l Horses) - Unchanged, except for name. Closes at 5:30PM. The name change is only to support the overall farm theme and hide the Scottish theme.

Loch Ness Monster - Unchanged




Killarney, Ireland ~ Freakenstien's Castle

Summary
I know an entire hamlet themed to one castle? Well honestly, there is a castle wall with a drawbridge and you're just entering the courtyard. Just change the name of the sign to "Freakenstien's Castle" and add rejected Freakenstien creations lying around the village and body parts in the shrubbery.

Shows
The Abbeystone Theater (The Laboratory) - Featuring: Fiends; Fits the theme rather appropriately.

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Reject Freakenstien Monster's
Nurses

Shops
Girls ShamROCK! (The Nurses Stop) - Selling generic girl themed Halloween merchandise.

Pot O' Gold (The Creature's Lair) - Selling Freakenstien based merchandise.

Emerald Isle (The Castle Treasury) - Selling it's typical merchandise.

Eateries
The Irish Tree Stand (The Doctor's Treats) - Selling the remains of the Doctor's experiments; such as the Turkey Leg and Pork Shank.

Grogan's Grille (Freakenstien's Grille) - Selling body part themed foods.

Grogan's Pub (Freakenstien's Pub) - Unchanged, except for name and decor.

Abbeystone Refreshments (Laboratory Kitchen) - Unchanged, except for name and decor.

Annie's Cafe (Monster Cafe) - Unchanged, except for name and decor.

Irish Hut Snack Stand (Monster Snacks) - Unchanged, except for name and decor.

Attractions
Dine with Elmo (Dine with Dr. Freakenstien and Nurses) - A new dining experience with the freaky doctor and his nurses.

Europe in the Air (The Dungeon) - A haunted house based on the reject freakenstien's so hideous, so dangerous, so evil they were locked away in the dungeon. Open all day

Jack Hanna's Wild Reserve ~ Sherwood Forest

Summary
I know Robin Hood just jumps to mind, but beware these woods have more than just thieves, wolves are abundant in these forests as well. Once again, minimal theme is required in this area. They could add some of those faux boulders and camo.

Shows
More Pets Shenanigans - Stops playing before 5:30PM.

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Thieves - Playing off of Robin Hood, these thieves steal from everyone and can be hiding behind any bush.
Wolves - Simple

Shops
None

Eateries
None

Attractions
Eagle Ridge - Unchanged

Wolf Valley - Unchanged

Aviary Glen - Closes at 5:30PM




Aquitaine, France ~ Hell

Summary
Well, it has been rumored but this is how I would do it :p Flame projections as mentioned, lots of red fog.

Shows
None

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Demons

Shops
La Belle Maison (The Devil's Closet) - Selling hamlet themed clothing and merchandise.

Griffon Gifts (Gifts from Hell) - Selling Griffon and hamlet themed merchandise.

Eateries
La Grande Glace (Frozen Flames) - Selling ice cream.

Cafe Lulu (Hot Spot Snacks) - Selling snacks.

Bistro 205 (The Devil's Dining) - Take a seat at a full-service restaurant where demons serve you their favorite foods from Hell.

Attractions
Sky Ride (Escape from Hell) - Have the same fire projections as the other buildings.

Griffon (Down to Hell) - Dive 205 feet straight down to Hell!

The Underworld - A haunted house based on actually visiting caverns with demons and the underworld! Opened all day.




New France, France ~ Lumbertown

Summary
The idea is to have a small town themed to lumberjacks. Add some of the previous wooden walls, axes and such. Typically minimal because of the already log built buildings.

Shows
None

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Lumberjacks - Big scary men with chainsaws! This time they actually wear lumberjack costumes, no more butcher outfits!

Shops
Caribou Pottery (Oak Pottery) - Unchanged

Old Time Photos (Nightmare Photos) - Old time Halloween photos!

Trading Post (Lumber Gifts) - Selling hamlet themed products

The Candle Carver (The Lumber Carver)

Vendors (Rice Necklace/Handprints/Hall of Names) - Closes at 5:00PM

The Bears Paw (The Chainsaw) - Selling wooden signs carved by chainsaws!

Eateries
Trapper's Smokehouse (The Lumberjack's Kitchen) - Selling typical foods

Three River's Snacks (Axe Treats) - Selling the same snacks

Attractions
Le Catapult (Wood Chopper)

Le Scoot (Log Saw)




Rhinefeld, Germany & Oktoberfest, Germany ~ Transylvania, Romania

Summary
Vampires, yes of course. Red lighting, red curtains, bloody look! Red and black fabric everywhere!

Shows
Das Festhaus (Casket Club) - Featuring: Night Beats

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Vampires

Shops
German Gifts (Vampire Gifts) - Selling generic vampire gifts.

Rhinefeld Bazaar (The Batty Bazaar) - Selling discounted Howl-o-Scream items of the past.

Der Marketplatz (Dracula's Marketplace) - Selling Dracula theme merchandise

Eateries
German Candy (Vampire Candy) - Selling vampire themed candy

Der Marketplatz (Dracula's Marketplace) - Selling snacks.

Das Festhaus (Casket Club) - Selling vampire themed foods.

Festhaus Kaffe (The Fang Cafe) - Selling vampire themed snacks.

Best Pretzels and Beer (Bat and Blood) - Selling pretzel themed bats and blood themed beer.

Open Casket - Selling alcoholic beverages.

Attractions
Alpengeist - Unchanged

Kinder Karusell - Unchanged; closes at 5:00PM

Land of the Dragons - Closes at 5:00PM

Sky Ride (Fang Flight) - Cavern themed with bats everywhere!

Mach Tower - Closed

Curse of DarKastle - Unchanged

Der Wirlbelwind (Bat's Flight)

Wirbelwindchen - Closes at 5:00PM

Roto Baron - Closes at 5:00PM

Der Autobahn (Bloody Bumper Cars)

Der Autobahn Jr. - Closes at 5:00PM

Verbolten - Unchanged

Dracula's Castle - A haunted house themed after Dracula's home! Replaces Bitten.

Root of All Evil - A haunted house themed after the park's greenhouses. Is located in the Boneyard.




San Marco, Italy ~ Witch City

Summary
Nice play on words right :p Anyway I think a witch theme would be nice for this area. Theming can consist of broomsticks, cauldrons, bottles hanging from ropes strung throughout the hamlet.

Shows
San Marco Theater (Witches Spot) - Featuring: Mystery Movies; Silent films played!

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Witches

Shops
Bella Casa (Hag's Home) - Witch themed merchandise

Artisan's of Italy (Witches Jewelry Box) - Unchanged, except for name

Eateries
Ristorante Della Plaza (Cauldron Eats) - Magic themed foods

Wine Stand (Witches Brew)

Gelato Stands (Witches Treats)

Attractions
Da Vinci's Cradle (Flying Carpet)

The Flying Machine (Broom Flying)

The Battering Ram (Witches Trap)

Lil Gliders - Closes at 5:30PM

Lil Balloons - Closes at 5:30PM




Festa Italia, Italy ~ Scotty's Fairgrounds

Summary
This is from a concept back long ago. Turn Festa into a fairgrounds. Have a chainlink fence at the entrance with ticket booth. Carnival flags and lights everywhere!

Shows
None

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Clowns

Shops
Pegasus Gifts (Gifts) - Clown merchandise

Roman Rapid Gifts (Fear Fair Gifts) - Fear Fair based merchandise

Eateries
La Cucina (Funny Bone Buffet)

The Coke Market (The Funny Foods Stand)

Roman Frieze (Frozen Chuckle)

Attractions
Apollo's Chariot - Unchanged

Elephant Run - Closes at 5:30PM

Turkish Delight (Clowns Delight)

Tradewinds (Freakshow Fast)

Fear Fair - A haunted house, just bring it back amped up.




Pompeii, Italy ~ Construction Zone

Summary
Going off of the Deadline theme.

Shows
None

Street Performers/Scare Actors
Construction Workers

Shops
Pompeii Gifts (Deadline Gifts) - Gift store for haunted house

Eateries
Pompeii Snacks (Redline Snacks)

Attractions
Pompeii - Closed

Deadline - Open all day

SESAME STREET - Closes at 5:30PM

Sorry my creativity died, I will edit my concept when I am less tired!
 
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Almost all of those have been done before, often in those same locations. How about instead of doing the same old things try something new! I know IP have been mentioned before, but I believe I've thought of one that works. How about a new house in Italy themed to be Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy". The house itself would actually be based on The Inferno, compete with all the various rings. Plenty to draw inspiration from in the story. Which hamlet leads to it doesn't matter, you just theme either festa out San Marco according to Purgatory. Fits the park perfectly!
 
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I likes the original idea of a funhouse for the house at Scotty's rather then fear fair, and creepy carnies (missing limbs) with the ocasional clown or two.
 
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My hamlet themes revolve around what plays well with the already surrounding structures. When re-theming a hamlet you don't want to have to make more work for yourself than there already is. Scotland is perfect for a farm/harvest theme. You already have stables, use them! Wild Reserve, use the wolves and shrubbery to your advantage! Festa, the place is already practically a carnival and everyone loves clowns! Some of these places beg for these themes.

I did update the post a bit, different name ideas and such.

Just to note, a lot of my themes may be similar, but the actual theming and decor will be done differently and better!
 
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Ah, but that is the beauty of a concept, you can throw out any idea plausible. Fear Fair could come back, it would take a slightly larger budget and all new props and it might have to be from the ground up but it can happen. It just probably won't.
 
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