Following a successful 2022 Halloween season, EPIC Entertainment Group – award-winning producers of themed entertainment – have expanded their partnership with Hersheypark’s immersive haunt experience, Dark Nights. Already recognized for their work on “The Descent” attraction and “Midway of Misery” scare zone from last year’s inaugural season, this year EPIC’s scope will include production and stage management, technical direction and talent direction to deliver captivating and frightfully-fun experiences.
Promising to bring epic frights to Pennsylvania once again, EPIC Entertainment Group looks forward to expanding its contributions to Hersheypark’s Dark Nights and putting its multi-faceted expertise to work in support of the incredibly talented Hersheypark team. This increased scope includes production, stage management and talent direction within all five of the fear-inspiring haunted houses and three scare zones. In addition, EPIC will also expand its technical direction oversight and will continue to support haunted house and scare zone operations.
“As we continue to offer our guests more immersive attractions in 2023, we are delighted to have EPIC’s partnership and expertise for our second season of Dark Nights,” said Brewer Lister, managing director of marketing at Hersheypark. “From our all-new Wildcat’s Revenge coaster to Dark Nights now included with your Hersheypark Halloween ticket, this will certainly be a thrilling fall season!”
Hersheypark Halloween with Dark Nights will open more days and hours than ever for guests to experience new frightening scares this Halloween season from September 15 through October 29. New this season, every Hersheypark Halloween ticket now includes entrance to all five Dark Nights haunted houses and three Scare Zones featuring all-new and evolved stories, as well as 50 family-friendly attractions and thrilling coasters, with lights-out rides on the new Wildcat’s Revenge hybrid and other select coasters. More than 55 limited-time cocktails, treats and savory eats exclusive to Halloween will be offered during the seasonal event. To view full details, tickets and hours, visit www.Hersheypark.com and www.Hersheypark.com/DarkNights.
“We are honored to work with such incredible partners and especially during our favorite time of the year,” shared Charity Hill, Partner, EPIC Entertainment Group. “We look forward to helping to deliver enhanced immersive experiences to park guests in our expanded role at Dark Nights this year, and for the opportunity to curate fright-filled experiences that are truly unique.”
EPIC co-founders, Charity Hill and Steve Sheldon, are widely recognized as experts within the haunt industry for having delivered exceptional experiences as well as unprecedented attendance and revenue growth during their decade-long run as executive producers of The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Under their direction, Dark Harbor attendance grew by more than 294% while overall revenue grew by more than 250%, making the event one of the most profitable non-theme-park haunted attractions in the U.S. The EPIC duo’s introduction of ground-breaking entertainment, discoverable experiences and ultra-exclusive VIP packages helped to make Dark Harbor the most successful annual event in The Queen Mary’s 51-year history as a public attraction.
As a multifaceted live production company, EPIC has worked with world-class brands including Crayola, Hotel Del Coronado, Hersheypark, and NightGarden – Miami’s hottest holiday light phenomenon, and is currently managing daily operations for the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – one of the top-rated gardens in the country according to USA Today.