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Here’s Park World’s pick of five of events taking place this Halloween in Europe, starting with a not-so-scary celebration from Scandinavia

Hekse Skolen As part of the its Magisk (Magical) Halloween

celebrations, Djurs Sommerland recently introduced a new family-friendly haunted house, the largest in Denmark. Hekse Skolen (Witches’ School) was designed by the Jora Entertainment in the Netherlands and built in collaboration with parent company Jora Vision. The the first “pupils” passed through its doors on 12 October. Hosted by the grand witch Ursula Broom, the “pop-up” attraction ran until October 20 and featured 15 rooms of spooky fun suitable for all Djurs visitors between the ages of four and 104! “Since our main target group is families with children it seemed only natural to develop a Halloween experience that the whole family can do together,” explains the park’s managing director, Henrik B Nielsen.

After a classroom briefing, visitors to Hekse Skolen grab their broomstick and a pair of magic “3D” glasses and pass through kitchen, dormitory, library and a haunted hall. The first rooms look dull and colourless, but with a simple spell the rest of the house is magically transformed by colour. The highlight of the experience comes as visitors enter a vortex tunnel and appear to “fly” on their broom. Show control ensures all sound, lighting and other special effects are kept in sync from one central location, although buttons in each room can also be used to trigger each effect.

The visual effects employed in the house use a mix of Chroma-Depth and non Chroma-Depth techniques, producing a stereoscopic illusion to those wearing special glasses by diffracting different

The Jora Entertainment team on site with the Hekse Skolen witches (left to right): Marjolein van de Stolpe, Hjalmar Sinke, Paul Nelissen, John Ruisch, Jessica Camphens, Marjolein Smids

colours, with red always coming to the fore while blue is sent to the background. During their tour, “students” also come into contact with nine park employees playing spooky characters. Trained by Jora Entertainment, they vary their performance according to the age of the guest. Located in Nimtofte, about an hour from Aarhus, Djurs Sommerland has never featured a haunted house before as part of its Halloween season, chiefly because it didn’t have the space to do so. Jora Vision solved this by using a bumper car track as the base around which to construct the 14 x 20m attraction, which operated from 11 to 20 October. “Although this is our first haunted house, it is the fourth time we are celebrating Magisk Halloween,” notes Nielsen. “We had seen some of the other haunted houses that Jora developed in various parks and found it very interesting to work together with them on an attraction developed specially for Djurs Sommerland.”



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