About Us & FAQ
With 28 years in the business of scaring, Shocktoberfest is recognized as one of the leaders that helped shape the haunted house industry. Please enjoy our walk down memory lane with Shocktober Firsts, a listing of our accomplishments and accolades during the past 27 years of fear.
- 1991 Patrick Konopelski along with family and friends create a simple Haunted Hayride called Maniac Mountain.
- 1994 The hayride changed its name to Field of Screams.
- 1997 A second attraction was added called The Toxic Asylum Haunted House.
- 1997 Events name was changed to Shocktoberfest to convey that it was a much larger event and not just a hayride.
- 1998 Shocktoberfest helps the US Postal Service unveil five new postage stamps honoring Frankenstein, Wolf man, the Mummy, and Phantom of the Opera. The stamps also had an exclusive Shocktoberfest cancelation mark in the shape of skull.
- 2000 The first sound stage was built on the hayride called Shocker’s Den which contained large scale animatronics. These drive-through buildings gave the creative team the ability to control 100% of the environment allowing them to manipulate all aspects of the show. These buildings are controlled by the same technology used at major theme parks allowing the identical show to repeat every two minutes.
- 2001 Introduced the RIP Pass one of the first express pass systems in the haunt industry.
- 2001 Designed and built the Biochemical Plant a $100,000 scene on the hayride featuring a two story custom built animatronic mother worm and eight of her babies. The scene only lasts 2 minutes. This level of investment was unheard of at the time and began to set the bar in haunted hayrides.
- 2002 Introduced the Water Treatment Station to the haunted hayride that featured a massive hydraulic system large enough to move a full wagon that simulates the earth shaking.
- 2002 Construction of the Prison of the Dead mega haunt began.
- 2003 Off season and off location, the design team at Shocktoberfest created a laser shooting horror dark ride on the Wildwood Boardwalk called Zombie World.
- 2004 The Prison of the Dead was unveiled. Two years in the making, Shocktoberfest’s designers and builders created the massive 50,000 sq. ft. Prison of the Dead haunted house compound making it one of the largest haunted houses on the East Coast. (Most haunted houses are 2,500 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft.)
- 2005 The Toxic Asylum was upgraded and transformed into the Toxic Asylum 3D Extreme. This very unique Haunted House was painted utilizing ultra violet paint giving the illusion of 3D when guests wore special 3D glasses. While there were other haunted houses using this technique, the experience was mostly paint on flat walls. What made this new attraction so unique was it was actually a three dimensional haunted house painted 100% in 3D UV paint!
- 2006 Shocktoberfest is selected as one of the Top 13 Haunted Attractions in the Country by Haunt World Magazine.
- 2007 Our haunted night club called Club Shock was introduced.
- 2007 Created TXT2 Scream and iScare U mobile apps that allowed our customers to scare other customers by controlling animatronics with their mobile devices.
- 2008 Owner, Patrick Konopelski elected to Board of the International Association of Haunted Attractions.
- 2009 Owner, Patrick Konopelski elected President of the International Association of Haunted Attractions.
- 2009 Shocktoberfest was voted #1 Must See Haunted Attraction in America by Haunted Attraction Magazine
- 2010 Chosen by the Travel Channel as one of the Scariest Places on Earth.
- 2010 Owner, Patrick Konopelski becomes President of the Haunted Attraction Association.
- 2011 Created the Unknown Haunted House that utilizes our proprietary 3D video technology that interacts seamlessly with real world environments.
- 2011 Owner, Patrick Konopelski continues his role as President of the Haunted Attraction Association.
- 2011 Following the lead of major amusement parks, Shocktoberfest built Pre-Show buildings that allows customers to be fully immersed with the back story of our attractions.
- 2012 Owner, Patrick Konopelski continues his role as President of the Haunted Attraction Association.
- 2012 Shocktoberfest was the first Haunted Scream Park to create The Zombie Mud Run, an obstacle course mud run that incorporates zombies chasing you as they attempt to infect you with the living dead virus.
- 2013 Shocktoberfest was selected as Top Choice Haunted Attraction by Fright Times Magazine
- 2013 Created the Zombie Experience where customers get transformed into a zombie and are taken to the Prison of the Dead to scare other customers. The only attraction of its kind.
- 2013 Voted Hayride of the Year by Frighttour.com
- 2013 Created the Naked and Scared Challenge Extreme Haunted House Experience. The first haunted house to ever allow guests the choice to experience a haunted house totally nude or prude (wearing nothing but their underwear). This was recognized on all major news outlets, TV networks, radio stations and in countries all over the world.
- 2013 One of the Haunted Attractions featured in Time Magazine.
- 2014 Voted Top 19 Terrifying Haunted Houses you should experience before you die! Buzz Feed
- 2014 Created one of the first haunted hayrides that incorporated an option to shoot live Zombies with paintballs within the traditional haunted hayride experience.
- 2014 Introduced another Shocktoberfest first: The Zombie Night Run to Shocktoberfest’s lineup of attractions that allows guests to run the one mile hayride trail trying to survive the attacking zombies.
- 2014 Voted Hayride of the Year by Frighttour.com
- 2015 Voted Third Best Extreme Haunted Attraction by USA Today
- 2015 Voted Hayride of the Year by Frighttour.com
- 2015 Ranked as One of the Spookiest Haunted Houses in Philadelphia – Philadelphia Magazine. 5 Poo’s out of 5 on the Scare-O-Meter.
- 2015 Designed the Prison of the Dead Escape an escape room experience. Shocktoberfest was one of the first haunted attractions to incorporate an escape room inside a haunted house. Even more impressive, this escape room actually encompasses 8 rooms!
- 2015 Shocktoberfest was transformed into Zombie World, a zombie theme park.
- 2015 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association.
- 2016 Created Ground Assault: Zombie Laser Tag, one of the first ever Laser Tag experience operated on a scream park that allows customers to shoot each other and zombies. Even more impressive, it utilizes state of the art tactical laser guns that communicate using Wi-Fi thereby eliminating any wires or vests.
- 2016 One of America’s Favorite Haunted Attractions by Americasfavoritehauntedattractions.com
- 2016 YorkFrightReviewSquad.com Rated Shocktoberfest 9 out of 10.
- 2016 Shocktober Music Fest is created featuring an all day music festival with an extensive line up of 8 bands.
- 2016 Unveils upscale food options with the creation of Shocktober Feast and Shocker’s Café which offers culinary delights from Fat Jack’s BBQ, Jump in the Boat Seafood, Flava Fries, Warm your Tummy Coffee, & Death by Desserts, all inspired by today’s very popular Food Truck cuisine.
- 2016 Inducted into the Haunt Rater’s Association Hall of Scares.
- 2016 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association.
- 2016 Nick’s Fright Night – Friday the 13th of May, Shocktoberfest and Moment of Peace Adventures (a group that organizes requests for kids with life-threatening disabilities) created a free event for Nick Jordan a 14 year old who was diagnosed with Muscular dystrophy.
- 2017 Introduces BlackOut and The Hooded Hayride. The first hayride of its kind anywhere in the world!
- 2017 York Fright Review Squad: Overall Haunted Attraction Rating (scale of 1-10): 9
- 2017 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association
- 2017 Selected as One of the Must See Haunted Attractions by Haunted Attraction Magazine Online
- 2017 One of America’s Favorite Haunted Attractions by AmericasFavoriteHauntedAttractions.com
- 2018 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association
- 2018 One of America’s Favorite Haunted Attractions by AmericasFavoriteHauntedAttractions.com
- 2019 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association
- 2019 One of America’s Favorite Haunted Attractions by AmericasFavoriteHauntedAttractions.com
- 2019 Created The Torture Chamber, the first experience of its kind in the haunted attraction industry
- 2019 Voted Best Midway, Best Production, Best Hayride, First Runner up Scariest Haunt, First Runner Up Individual Attraction: Prison of the Dead and one of the 2019 Haunts of the Year – Fear Fan Reviews
- 2019 Blackout event received 2nd place award in the “Best Blackout Event” awards category -Fright Review Squad www.frightreviewsquad.com
- 2020 Rated One of America’s Top Haunts in the Country by the Haunted Attraction Association
- 2020 One of America’s Favorite Haunted Attractions by AmericasFavoriteHauntedAttractions.com
- 2020 Created The Zombie Safari Walking Tour- for one year only you can experience the Haunted Hayride without the safety of the hay wagon!
- 2020 Rated 4th Best Halloween Festival in the US. – The Oprah Magazine
Frequently Asked Questions
Given the current environment of COVID 19, will Shocktoberfest be safe?
The team at Shocktoberfest has been working all year to ensure your experience will be safe, scary, and fun in that order. Please see our COVID 19 Protection and Safety Plan for our detailed program.
Do they touch you?
Nope. But they will next year!!!
Am I able to bring Bags, Animals, Weapons, Knives, Metal Objects, Drugs, or Alcohol?
That would be a hard no dawg.
Is Shocktoberfest suitable for children?
Shocktoberfest is an intense haunted scream park with state-of-the-art animatronics, live actors, movie quality sets, and professional props. We do not recommend Shocktoberfest for children that might be permanently scared from this experience. Please don’t torture your children just because they make you nuts sometimes or you’re too cheap to get a babysitter.
If you have children under 12, we recommend Spooktoberfest from 5:00-7:00. This fun and spooky experience will allow you to see what your children can handle.
What attractions are open and how much does it cost?
Click on the BUY TICKETS button and then click on the date you would like to attend. You will see all the Combo Packages and prices.
Are you open when it rains?
The Prison of the Dead and the Unknown are open rain or shine. The outdoor attractions are generally closed when it rains. If the weather is really bad that includes thunder, lighting, and flooding, Shocktoberfest will be closed. We try to keep everyone updated on our fb page. If you have a ticket for a date that it rains you may use that ticket on another day that is in the same price category.
Are you open when it rains?
Your tickets will be valid any other day or time we are open. Please note that you may have to pay additional money if you attend on a higher priced day.
Do you use smoke machines or strobe lights?
Yes… because we are a haunted house. Why are you asking such a dumb question!?!
What should I Wear?
We recommend “Smart European Casual”. Step one: look at the weather forecast. Step two: dress in layers based on the weather forecast. Sturdy footwear like boots is a plus as you will be doing a fair amount of walking. Open toed shoes and/or flip flops is a no-go. Do not wear anything you value. It can be a hostile environment where clothing may get dirty (this includes your underwear).
Are we allowed to wear our Halloween costume to Shocktoberfest?
You may but please use good judgement. Simple costumes are okay but please don’t come in a costume that is a life size replica of the Statue of Liberty. Other than safety masks, we do not allow masks to be worn on property. We need you to be safe.
Children are allowed to wear costumes for Spooktoberfest from 5:00-7:00
Is parking free and do you have parking for busses and campers?
How long does it take to experience Shocktoberfest?
That depends on how many people are here and how long the waits are in the lines. Generally speaking, there are more people here on Friday’s and Saturday’s in October. There are less people here in September, November, and on Sunday’s. Each attraction can take up to 25-30 minutes. Our Monster Midway offers lots of activities along with food and beverage options. You should plan on about two hours total.
COVID-19 Protection and Safety Plan for Shocktoberfest
Due to the COVID-19 virus, Shocktoberfest has created and adopted recommended best practices for the 2020 haunt season to ensure the safety of our employees and our guests.
Employees, Vendors, and Actors (EVA)
- Consistent cautionary measures: All EVA will watch for signs, concerns, and use caution to reduce possible contamination.
- All EVA will be required to wear face masks while on property.
- All EVA must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer on a regular basis throughout their shift.
- Pump bottles or no touch hand sanitizer will be provided at all EVA stations.
- All EVA will receive a temperature check prior to starting work. All vendors and EMT’s are required to temperature check their employees and must report findings to management. If over 100.4℉, persons will not be allowed entry to the property. Symptom and travel questions will also be asked. Temperature, symptom and travel answers will be logged. Signage reminding staff that if they have symptoms, they must go home and cannot work.
- All EVA will use social distancing.
- EVA shall never joke, make light of or give their opinion with other EVA or Customers about COVID-19.
- At risk EVA should not work until there is a vaccine or until it is deemed safe to do so.
- Mouth and nose coverings (masks) required by all EVA, and customers especially when in queues and attractions. All Front of House PPE to include mask, face shield or goggles, and gloves.
- Limit unnecessary travel: Ensuring management and above will not be required to attend shows, or attend other attractions at least 20 days before show operating dates.
- Communication Systems -Put systems in place to: Encourage EVA and attendees to self-report to event officials or a COVID-19 point of contact if they have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19.
- Have a back-up staffing plan
- Monitor absenteeism of EVA, cross-train staff, and create a roster of trained back-up staff.
- Develop policies for return-to-work and event facilities after an EVA has COVID-19. CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation and quarantine can inform these policies.
- Train EVA on all safety protocols.
- Recognize Signs and Symptoms
- Immediately separate EVA and attendees with COVID19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath) at the event. Individuals who are sick should go home or to a healthcare facility, depending on how severe their symptoms are, and follow CDC guidance for caring for themselves.
- Individuals who have had close contact with a person who has symptoms should be separated, sent home, and advised to follow CDC guidance for community-related exposure. If symptoms develop, individuals should follow CDC guidance for caring for themselves.
- Work with local officials, and healthcare providers to identify an isolation area to separate anyone who has COVID-like symptoms or who has tested positive but does not have symptoms. Event healthcare providers should use Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions when caring for sick people.
- Clean and Disinfect o Close off areas used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after cleaning and disinfecting them (for outdoor areas, this includes surfaces or shared objects in the area, if applicable).
- Wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing them securely away from children.
- In accordance with state and local laws and regulations, event planners should notify local health officials, staff, and attendees of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations.
- Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
- Actors must follow new acting protocols.
- Actors must never speak, scare, or scream within close proximity or directly in a customers’ face.
- Actors must never touch a customer or come within the designated distance of the customer in their scare area.
- Actors must never scare a customer without their designated mask/protective gear.
- Actors may not touch, shake hands, high five, hug, embrace, or any have any other type of bodily contact with each other.
- Actors are expected to wear a mask prior to and after putting on their show mask.
- There will be no scripting that is themed, joked about, or made light of COVID-19.
- Restricting people in the costume room: This will be determined by spacing limitations and managed by the costuming managers.
- Ensuring 6’ spacing for staff on property. 6’ marks on the ground will be used to keep staff farther apart. Same spacing in the costuming room.
- No sharing/exchanging costumes/masks: Staff shall not be allowed to change costumes/characters/masks in-show, ensuring less cross contamination. Nightly cleaning and disinfecting of masks, face shields, goggles and costumes will be conducted via washing, wiping, and/or use of disinfecting foggers, following CDC cleaning guidelines and sanitation solution/mixture.
- Nightly Sanitizing of all company equipment used by staff including radios and pads. Sanitation – Expanded Details and Methods: Throughout the entire property, back of house and front of house, 1000ppm bleach water solution or similar will be used for all sanitizing purposes. The solution will be created per the ⅓ Cup to 1 Gallon of water ratio, and will be discarded at the end of each operating night to ensure its efficiency within the 24-hour period. Testing strips will be used to test strength after creation. Spray bottles, wiping rags, soaked paper towels, etc. will be utilized methods. In addition, hand sanitizer pump or touchless stations throughout the back of house areas for all actors to use throughout the night.
- Limiting on-property persons capacity to enable adequate distancing at all times: Day / Timed Ticketing is recommended for occupancy management.
- Protective material should placed between ticket booth personnel and guests.
- Hand sanitizers installed in box office
- All customers must wear face masks. Especially inside buildings, in queues and attractions.
- Hand pump or no touch hand sanitizer stations will be setup at sufficiently designated locations throughout the venue including the exit of each attraction.
- Signs will be placed at the queue lines requesting that customers maintain appropriate social distancing while in line. Markings on stanchion ropes is recommended.
- Queues will be widened, or additional space queues will be added to ensure separation of guests.
- Advise attendees in marketing and website prior to the event that they should not attend if they have symptoms of, a positive test for, or were recently exposed (within 14 days) to COVID-19.
Facility / Venue
- Signage should be placed throughout the venue reinforcing recommended procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These signs will encourage the wearing of masks, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, and appropriate social distancing.
- COVID-19 release waiver signs: “You are responsible for following current COVID- 19 rules and will hold this venue harmless if you contract the virus”
- Maintain distancing guidelines of all groups: Queue line markings indicating 6’ distances from other groups, every-other queue line to ensure additional spacing, safety staff and DJ broadcasts to remind groups to remain distanced between them and others that are not part of their household. Outdoor queueing only-no indoor waiting spaces of more than 50 people. Use date / timed ticketing to decrease the numbers of individuals and groups on property when possible. Staff inside attractions should be monitoring customers to ensure they are in compliance with distancing measures. Customers/Groups not in compliance and/or after two reminders should be asked to leave and/or escorted off property.
- Increased cleaning of all surfaces (handrails, doors, restrooms, etc.): Staff will be hired for dedicated sanitation duties. To include regular cleaning rotations of all handrails, doorknobs, etc. and for all restrooms using 1000ppm sanitation solution. Additionally, other staff should be periodically cleaning their specific areas/rooms back of house inside the attraction.
- Hand sanitizing stations: Hand pump or touchless sanitizing stations should be available at the property entrance, queue space, and exit of the attraction.
- Maintain signage to remind individuals to stand 6+ feet apart and abide by distancing guidelines: Printed signage and/or banners. If possible digital signage should also be incorporated that would rotate every 45-60 seconds in projections/slideshows for all customers to see. Additional symptoms posters will be posted for staff, indicating they can’t work if they have symptoms. Additional security staff should be available in all queue areas and remind/escalate customers who may not be compliance of physical distancing outside of their household group and DJ should broadcast reminders for physical distancing, and other guidelines.
- Reduced number of actors: To ensure safety, while decreasing possibilities of contamination, we will reduce the number of actors in our attraction.
- Handrails- It’s imperative that customers hold handrails while going up or down stairs in our facility. Staff will be wiping all handrails with the sanitizer solution, -Stanchions/Queue Lines: staff members will be sanitizing and cleaning all queue line waiting area stanchions, plastic ropes, and nearby touchpoints.
Restrooms – Permanent / Portable
- Restrooms /Porta-Potties: Staff will specifically be designated for sanitizing and cleaning all units with a goal of constant and consistent sanitation and cleaning throughout the night. This includes all customer and staff units. Cleaning will consist of all door handles, seat and hand sanitizer pump handle.
- Occupancy of all restrooms will be reduced to 50%.
- Multiple hand wash stations and/or hand sanitizers located by rest rooms
- Signage should be placed at all restroom locations reinforcing social distancing, occupancy adjustments for the restrooms and proper hand washing.
- Reduce touch points such as door flaps and inflatable claustrophobia walls.
- Reduce the number of guests in the attraction in order to limit the ability of guests to catch up to other groups.
- Increase the lighting to reduce the need for customers to “feel” their way through. This will also increase the flow and reduce the issue of groups catching up to each other.
- Reduce touch points such as door flaps and inflatable claustrophobia walls.
- Reduce the number of guests in the attraction in order to limit the ability of guests to catch up to other groups.
Food and Beverages (F&B) / Concessions
- All employees will be required to wear facemasks.
- All employees will be required to increase hand washing practices.
- All high-touch point surfaces will receive increased sanitation.
- Running water and soap or hand sanitizer will be provided at every F&B location.
- All concession areas will use a menu board, guests’ phone, or paper/disposable menus only.
- All employees will receive a temperature checks prior to shift (temps above 100.4 must not enter premises).
- All employees with flu-like symptoms must stay home.
- Doors will be wiped regularly.
- All staff must wear gloves.
- Seated tables will be six feet apart. Number of guests per table will be limited.
- No cup refills should be permitted.
- All condiments should be in individual packets or containers and will be provided at time of pick up. No self- service of food, condiments, or paper products.
- Enhanced sanitation in eating areas.
- Follow all SERVE SAFE standards.
- Use disposable food service items including utensils and dishes.
- Individuals should wash their hands after removing their gloves or after directly handling used food service items.
- Avoid offering any self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and drink stations. Consider having pre-packaged boxes or bags for each attendee.
- Security staff will be properly trained about the new COVID-19 procedures.
- Security will enforce the social distancing guidelines with the customers.
- It is recommended to create a sanitation team to head and oversee all COVID-19 procedures.
- Sanitizing/Disinfecting high-touch point areas will be done throughout the evening with a deep cleaning done daily.
- Costumes / Uniforms must be sanitized and/or washed after each use.
- Actor’s masks must be sanitized after each use.
- There will be no Virus themed room or skit performed this year.
- Post signs in highly visible locations (e.g., at entrances, in restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering .
- Broadcast regular announcements on reducing the spread of COVID19 on public address systems. Include messages (for example, videos) about behaviors that prevent spread of COVID-19 when communicating with staff, vendors, and attendees (such as on the event website and through event social media accounts).