Fright Dome at Circus Circus Las Vegas celebrates 10 years with Elvira, zombies, new haunted houses

Fright Dome

Fright Dome opened with a hearse parade including a a 1968 Cadillac Executioner. Photography by Joe Buda

 

by Debbie Hall, contributing writer

Las Vegas Informer

Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas has transformed to Fright Dome with the help of producer and zombie expert George A. Romero creating one of its five haunted houses.

“For the past decade we’ve had one of the top haunted attractions in the nation but I would have never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to work with an icon in the industry like George,” said Jason Egan, owner and creator of Fright Dome. “When it comes to zombies and scaring people he’s the best by far. I’m thrilled to have George lend his creativity to Fright Dome and equally thrilled that Las Vegas has embraced this event every year allowing us to grow and make the 10th anniversary truly the most terrifying yet.”

Romero is best-known for his array of ghastly horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse beginning with “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Day of the Dead,” “Land of the Dead,” “Diary of the Dead” and “Survival of the Dead.”

“It’s been fun to scare people on the big screen all these years, now I get to do it with the real deal! It’s going to be great to see,” Romero said.

Romero’s zombie themed haunted house is the “Ward of the Dead” and will immerse those who dare to enter a zombie apocalypse, leaving them to fend off attacking zombies as they race for safety in Fright Dome’s most intense haunted house in 10 years.

Check out the slide show of the opening of Fright Dome 2012

Cassandra Peterson, better known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, made special appearances to kick off Fright Dome. On Sept. 29, Elvira walked the black carpet and met with fans throughout the night. On Sept. 30, she joined Egan for the hearse parade, a 1968 Cadillac Executioner and a monster truck hearse from Discovery Channel’s “Ultimate Car Builds,” before spending the evening with fans. Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, Elvira was the very first television horror host to be syndicated throughout the nation. She also produced, wrote and starred in the feature films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills.

Fright Dome will also feature four additional all-new haunted houses including The Infected, a zombie quarantine area; Camp Massacre, a twisted, chainsaw-ridden summer camp; Fright Dome’s Urban Legends, playing on classic fears; and The Anniversary which will combine fan favorites from over the past 10 years of terror.

Dark and fog-filled, Fright Dome creates a chilling atmosphere with roaming characters, high-powered strobes, multicolored lasers and five acres of new extreme scare zones, rides, 25 attractions and nightly live stage shows.

Fright Dome is open from 7 p.m. to midnight through Oct.31 on select nights. General admission tickets are $37.95 and fast pass tickets are available for an additional $15 allowing express line entry for all five haunted houses.  This event is not appropriate for children under 12. For more information, visit www.frightdome.com or call (702) 794-3939.

Fright Dome

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus

2880 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

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