Shortly after I started my blog last year, I wrote a post about Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Having spent the past 25 years catching every haunted attraction I could find, Nightmares has always remained my favorite. I wanted to spread the word about this spooky little gem, in hopes that other folks could share in the chills. I had no idea at the time that my favorite haunt was about to become an Internet sensation.
Over the years, Nightmares has taken to snapping some rather amusing pictures of their patrons and posting them to their Flickr feed. If you’re familiar with the way that big theme parks take photos of roller coaster riders, you’ll have a general idea of what they do. The difference here is that instead of bracing for a big fall, Nightmares customers are photographed while having their wits scared out of them. The resulting “Fear Pics” are often quite entertaining, if not downright hilarious.
Well, in early October of last year the currents of social media picked up on the Nightmares Fear Pics and they went viral. All types of media started buzzing about the pictures and Nightmares was even featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and ABC News.
Building on all of this publicity, the folks at my favorite haunted attraction have come up with a new idea which is sure to be entertaining. From April 9th-June 8th of this year, Nightmares Fear Factory is holding a “Fear Pics Remix” contest. Entrants are asked to break out with their Photoshop skills and transform one of their existing Fear Pics into something even more fun and creative.
The first place prize will be a 8GB iPod Touch, 4 Tix to 4 premier Niagara Falls Attractions (Nightmares & 3 Ripley’s), & Nightmares T-Shirt. Voting will be in the hands of the fans, so you’re welcome to enlist the help of all of your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Full contest rules may be found here.
As always, thank you for reading. If you’ve ever visited Nightmares Fear Factory, please share your experiences. I’d love to hear your thoughts.