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Enigma Haunt 2016

enigma-haunt-cult-roomThe portal is open once more as the Enigma Haunt in Boca Raton, now in its fifth year, is welcoming sacrifices  guests to explore its twisted realities.

Haunt owners Billy and Karen Groeneveld and their staff spent months retooling and reimagining

the haunt and the result is spectacular. There are several new additions to the attraction this year, which now offers three haunted dimensions. They are:

enigma-haunt-pandemicPandemic– in which Jedidiah has managed to free himself from the confines of the Realms of Terror to carve a place in the Everglades for his family to thrive and survive amidst a zombie apocalypse.

Into Oblivion– where last year this was an exercise in wandering about in the purest stygian darkness, this year terrifying and fierce creatures—luminescent and spectral— wander the depths and chase you through the depths. When you eventually escape them, you’ll wander frantically through the blackest night in a desperate bid to escape.

Realms of Terror– this is jumble of new and old. There were slimy creatures in dark places, cults and stranger rituals, all manner of foulness and clowns. We mustn’t ever forget about the clowns.

Enigma is family owned and operated and was opened by Billy and Karen Groeneveld four years ago. Enigma actually got its start 17 years ago as a small home haunt whose scale swelled to proportions far too large for the couple to keep under wraps.

“The haunt kept getting bigger each year,” said Billy. “It was out of control. I was drilling into bannisters in the house, we had actors and there was a lot of set-up and tear-down for just a weekend. We talked about it and decided to make a go of it.”

This year, the haunt has increased the number of actors they employ to more than 100 and more than forty percent of those are returning actors. There are 80 positions that they fill each night.

Even more exciting is that the Groenevelds managed to retain the talents of a F/X artist who was a former contestant on FaceOff, a show on the SyFy channel that pits promising make-up and special effects artists against one another for a phenomenal grand prize.

There is a reason this haunt made the top slot in several lists of must-see-haunted-attractions, the quality and showmanship is unmatched in South Florida.

Safety is also paramount to those involved with the haunt.

The interior is completely fireproof, night vision cameras are mounted every few feet and the actors communicate via a closed system of walkie talkies. It is also mandated by the Groenevelds that all actors and employees take a minimum of two safety training courses each year.

The end result is that each and every haunt was designed in such a way that people going through, though faced with the illusion of danger, will be perfectly safe.

enigma-haunt-ottoThe haunt will be open tonight for Halloween until MIDNIGHT. Doors open at 7 pm. 

Admission is $25 for either haunt or $35 for the Triple Terror. We can recommend spending an extra $15 though and upgrading to the RIP package for $50.

A portion of all proceeds goes to the Don’t Be A Monster bullying prevention campaign.

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Enigma Haunt Opens Sat. Oct. 1, with Three Indoor Attractions in One Location

Zombie Virus Outbreak and a Lunatic Cannibalistic Leader is Just a Hint of Fears Awaiting

enigma-haunt-cult-roomSeptember 10, 2016 – Boca Raton, FL – Deep Florida swamplands, where night never ends, creatures are restless, anxiously counting down the days for fresh human prey to come through…Saturday, October 1st at 7p.m., Enigma Haunt opens to its most intense and thrilling season, featuring new attractions, creating three separate haunts under one roof.

Celebrating its 5th year, Enigma Haunt, 1751 N. Military Trail, was just ranked #1 in Top Haunts in Florida and voted as #2 nationally in The Scare Factor’s 31 Must See Haunt List, the only other Florida haunt making that national list came in at #17. Enigma Haunt is also currently ranked in the top 10 haunted attractions by USA Today’s “10 Best” feature, voting ends at the end of the month.

Open for 15 days in October, including Halloween night, Enigma Haunt features three attractions under one roof –Pandemic, Into Oblivion and Realms of Terror.

Enigma Haunt Dates in October:

Saturday:  Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Friday:       Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

Thursday:  Oct. 20, 27

Sunday:     Oct. 16. 23, 30

Monday:    Oct. 31

Hours:       7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday nights,

                   7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Halloween night.

enigma-haunt-pandemicNew this season is Pandemic, where screeches of horrific torture are heard long before you even get close to entering the dark, swampland inhabited with those affected by a zombie virus outbreak and remaining survivors of the cannibalistic leader Jedidiah, who is always looking for fresh meat.

“Expect chills up your spine, knots in your stomach and a thrilling adrenalin rush you can only get when you go through our haunt,” said Billy Groeneveld, owner and co-creator of Enigma Haunt with his wife Karen. “We push the edge of reality to question not only the sights and sounds but right down to the smells of each scene. We can’t wait to terrify everyone this season.”

In addition to Pandemic, also new this season is Into Oblivion, a post-apocalyptic world filled with eye-popping visions and characters from beyond. Each step leads deeper in oblivion, providing a unique and encapsulating experience sure to thrill all.

Returning is a redesigned Realms of Terror and its various dimensions with portals that transform reality into worlds of nightmares filled with phobias and creatures and demons who thrive and live to terrify. In addition to the indoor haunted space, the Haunt has an outdoor staging area, The Pit, with cue line entertainment sure to warp the imagination of those awaiting entrance into the haunt.

Enigma Haunt, the most intense indoor haunted attraction in South Florida, prides itself in creating the ultimate experience with intense details in the design of each attraction, trained actors who know and practice various scare techniques, a professional makeup and costume team and integrated high tech special effects that tease each of the five senses. With the new attraction, the haunt expands its two floors to nearly 20,000 square feet this season, with more than 80 actors all ready to submerge all who enter into the demented world of the insane, undead and supernatural.

enigma-haunt-ottoEnigma Haunt’s iconic characters return, ready for each victim – Amara, who opened the Realm’s portals and still roams there; Otto the Clown; Sammy the Disturbed; and Jedidiah the Butcher.

“Once inside the haunted house, you will worry there is no end.  Our haunted attraction really celebrates why everyone loves Halloween; it creates memories to share with friends for years to come,” Groeneveld said. “We all remember our first haunted house visit and at Enigma Haunt we get to create those memories for people every year. This is the real deal, we deliver a memorable show!”

Tickets on Sale Now

$20 Realms of Terror

$30 Triple Terror (all 3 Haunts) –discounted online through September 30th

$45 RIP priority pass

$28.50 Online Ticket

Enigma Haunt is donating a portion of their online ticket sales to Don’t Be A Monster bullying prevention campaign.

About:

Enigma Haunt is a family owned and operated haunted attraction that began 17 years ago with a simple set-up just on their front patio to entertain trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Each year, as the kids got older, the home-haunt attraction grew. In 2012, they converted the home-haunt to a professional, entertaining and ultimate haunted attraction in South Florida. Ranked #1 Top Haunt in Florida and #2 in the Top 31 National Haunts to See from The Scare Factor, each year the haunted attraction revamps to create a fully unique and new terror experience for all.

Final Enigma Haunt Scare Actor Casting

This is our LAST casting event for Enigma Haunt Scare Actors. Be a part of the fastest growing haunt in the world! Voted #1 Must See Haunt in Florida, #2 Must See in the USA Via The Scare Factor. Nominated top 20 Haunts in America via USA TODAY (Currently Ranked 5 out of 20).

First year actors are VOLUNTEER! We seek the people truly in it for the SCARES! There are a ton of incentives, and chances to make life long friends!

16 + years old. If under 16 send us a message!

THIS Wed at 7PM!!

Wednesday, September 7th
7PM-8:30PM
Enigma Haunt
1751 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Requirements:

16+ Years old. (message us for details if you are younger)
Fill out our online application:https://enigmahaunt.hauntscheduler.com/default.aspx

Q&A’s:

  • What are we? Enigma Haunt is a Haunted Attraction. 19,000+ sq feet of indoor haunts.

  • Do we get paid? First year actors are VOLUNTEER – Why? We want to weed out the people that are in it just for the $$$, we want those true scare actors that thrive for the scare. Returning actors the following years are offered a paid position.

  • Can I do makeup or security? We already have a full time makeup team, but still message us you’re interested! Same with Security, just send us a message!

  • Do we have to work a certain amount of days?
    NO! You choose your schedule! Visit enigmahaunt.hauntscheduler.comfor the list of days we are open.

RSVP at facebook.com/events/327705634243716.

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Enigma Haunt Casting Call

There are TWO days for casting. Saturday at 7pm. Sunday at 3pm. Feel free to comment which day your coming.

We are looking for people with the desire to scare the crap out of random people!

TWO DIFFERENT DAYS! Saturday or Sunday. —
Our first casting call for this year! We have two options just incase you can’t make it!
July 30th at 7pm OR July 31st at 3pm

Fear not, there will be more casting calls in August if you can’t make it this weekend! But why waste time to get into the fun? Costumes not mandatory, but certainly optional.

Requirements:

16+ Years old. (message us for details if you are younger)
Fill out our online application: https://enigmahaunt.hauntscheduler.com/default.aspx

Q&A’s:

  • What are we? Enigma Haunt is a Haunted Attraction. 19,000+ sq feet of indoor haunts.
  • Do we get paid? First year actors are VOLUNTEER – Why? We want to weed out the people that are in it just for the $$$, we want those true scare actors that thrive for the scare. Returning actors the following years are offered a paid position.
  • Can I do makeup or security? We already have a full time makeup team, but still message us you’re interested! Same with Security, just send us a message!
  • Do we have to work a certain amount of days?
    NO! You choose your schedule! Visit enigmahaunt.hauntscheduler.com for the list of days we are open.

We offer incentives! Great friends – many year round parties – trips – and much more.

For more information visit the Enigma Haunt Scare Actor casting event page at facebook.com/events/1486351301390557.

Enigma Haunt’s 3rd Annual Halfway to Halloween Party

Enigma Haunt and Nippers Bar & Grill Host 3rd Annual Event

 

To the undead, zombies, insane clowns and other creatures of the night, it is time to awaken your tortured souls and crawl out of hiding to come to Enigma Haunt’s 3rd Annual Halfway to Halloween Costume Party at 8p.m., Saturday, April 30th at Nippers Bar and Grill,1751 N. Military Trail, right next door to the haunted attraction.

For one night, Enigma Haunt and Nippers join forces to make it feel like Halloween– enjoy a night of diabolical drink specials, karaoke, costume contest with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize winners, games, a prize wheel, raffles and more. Hang out with a few Enigma Haunt monsters too. And to get in the true screaming spirit of Halloween, one of Enigma Haunt’s haunted attractions – The Abyss – will open for those who dare enter.

No cover charge, the event is open to all 21 and older.

“This party is just a great way to celebrate our favorite holiday and bring Halloween out from its slumber for one night,” said Billy Groeneveld, owner and chief of operations for the Enigma Haunt. “We are at the halfway mark before Halloween and we are excited to have a part of the haunt open for the event, giving all a chance to experience it again before we redesign the attraction for the upcoming season.”

Costumes are not required to attend the event. Enigma Haunt encourages all to drink responsibly.

For more information, visit www.enigmahaunt.com, like Enigma Haunt on Facebook and check out Events. Follow us on Twitter at @EngimaHaunt.

About Enigma Haunt:

Enigma Haunt is a family owned and operated haunted attraction that began 17 years ago with a simple set-up just on their front patio to entertain trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Each year, as the kids got older, the home-haunt attraction grew, reaching up to 500 visitors on Halloween night. In 2012, the haunt moved to its current location, converting the home-haunt to a professional, entertaining and ultimate haunted attraction in South Florida. Each year the haunted attraction revamps to create a fully unique and new terror experience for all.

Saturday, April 30th at 8PM (to 5AM)

Nippers Boca
21069 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Enigma Haunt | Nipper’s Bar & Grill

Facebook Event Page

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Guide to Enigma Haunt

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A look at the infamous Blood Room. Actors enter and come out bloody and ready to go. Photo by Morgan Hill

The black heart of terror is beating a strong tattoo in Boca Raton this October as the Enigma Haunt opens its doors to welcome guests and victims alike for a fourth horror-filled Halloween season.

“We like to attack the senses,” said Ivonne Perez, the director of public relations for the haunt.

The assault to your senses comes on all fronts: from sensory deprivation to in-your-face actors and in-your-nose smells, everything in Enigma is designed to overwhelm and overcome even the bravest soul.

This year two new portals to evil have opened in the over 17,000 square feet that comprise Enigma.

TheAbyssThe first leads to the Abyss, a descent into stygian darkness.

The maze is one part sensory deprivation and two parts pure depravity as you attempt to navigate the haunt with only your sense of touch. It can take up to 45 minutes to get through, longer still if you are not wary of those three red glowing eyes in the darkness, just behind you. Or perhaps just up ahead.

RealmsOfTerrorThe thick darkness eventually releases its hold on you and you find yourself heading a up a flight of stairs. It is here that the terrifying apparition Amara—a fearsome creature borne from Egyptian myth and legend—has torn apart time and space to create the Realms of Terror.

From ancient Egypt to a clown-fueled apocalypse, the realms offer something for every genre fan.

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Signs like these let you know what realm you are in, and what you should fear. Photo by Morgan Hill

Of particular note was the Gory Hole, where the meat just can’t be beat.

It is here that one can come face to face with another of the haunt’s more fearsome residents, Jedidiah Slaughter, the Gory Hole’s butcher. His deep booming voice and homicidal nature is more than enough to get your party moving.

“Fresh meat, move along now! Fear makes you all taste better,” shouts the Butcher as he chases you from his realm to the next.

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The application process for a complex character only takes about 15 minutes. Jedidah’s head wound is applied quickly and easily using an prosthetic that can be applied with alcohol. The lack of glue is convenient for both the artists and the actors. From there it’s a matter of adding the particulars to make the make-up complete. Here they apply blood to open wound on Jedidiah’s head after applying the wound. Photos by Morgan Hill

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The interesting thing about these realms is that there is a clear entrance and exit to them. You move seamlessly from one dimension to the next.

This is definitely a haunt worth visiting.

And now for the particulars:
Enigma is family owned and operated and was opened by Billy and Karen Groeneveld four years ago. Enigma actually got its start 16 years ago as a small home haunt whose evil and malignancy swelled to proportions far too large for Billy and Karen to keep under wraps.

“The haunt kept getting bigger each year,” said Billy. “It was out of control. I was drilling into bannisters in the house, we had actors and there was a lot of set-up and tear-down for just a weekend. We talked about it and decided to make a go of it.”

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One of the state-of-the-art applications that Miranda uses on her actors. Photo by Morgan Hill

The haunt, clearly a labor of love for the Groenevelds, features 60 actors and over six haunted stations. The makeups for each actor take about 15 minutes and are created using state-of-the-art applications said Makeup Coordinator Milene Miranda.

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Milene Miranda attends to Jedidiah Slaughter’s makeup. Photo by Morgan Hill

Miranda works for the haunt throughout the year, but also works on commercials, beauty make-ups and independent films. She is responsible for the make-up design, all the prosthetics for the actors and she crafted many of the masks that actors wear this year.

“We sit in a round table and we’ll discuss with the owners [Billy and Karen Groeneveld] what changes are being made and what the characters should look like and I go from there,” said Miranda. The discussions and work on the haunts for next year begin in March and continue until September when the haunts and their designs are finalized.

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Details like this canopic jar help bring realism to the haunt. Photo by Morgan Hill

Many of the actors have been with the haunt since it opened. They are lawyers, paramedics, firefighters, nurses and teachers by day, and horrifying weekend monsters in the month of October.

“Halloween is my favorite holiday, my family is all into it. We used to have the neighborhood haunted house. I used to run after kids with chainsaws,” said Actor Coordinator Dave Gricius. “It takes you out of your element and puts you in a zone you never knew you had.”

As Actor Coordinator, Gricius was also involved in the process of creating the haunts and the characters within.

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Even the newly born can be terrifying. Photo by Morgan Hill

Some parents reading this may be concerned about safety while reading this.

With greatness comes responsibility, and the Groenevelds take theirs seriously. Everything in the haunt is fire treated and the safety features are state of the art.

“At the first hint of trouble, all the lights come on and our actors will guide patrons to safety,” said Billy.

The Groenevelds have also promoted Paul Lucas, a paramedic by day, to Safety Operations Coordinator this year.

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Family portraits can be so very creepy. Photo by Morgan Hill

“Safety is very important,” said Lucas. “My job is to maintain and guarantee that safety is maintained.”

Lucas and his crew helped to design each and every haunt in such a way that people going through, though faced with the illusion of danger, will be perfectly safe.

It is also mandated by the Groenevelds that all actors and employees take a minimum of two safety training courses each year. They also provide all the actors with a closed loop walkie talkie system so that all actors and safety staff are in constant communication at all times.

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There really are fun times ahead. Photo by Morgan Hill

In short, one would be hard pressed to find a more terrifying, or safer, haunt. Definitely worth a trip to Boca Raton.Between Enigma and Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, it is an exciting time to be a haunted house enthusiast living in South Florida.

Enigma Haunt is located at 21069 S. Military Trail in Boca Raton.

Admission is $20 for either haunt or $30 for both. We can recommend spending an extra $15 though and upgrading to the RIP package for $45.

A portion of all ticket sales goes to aid the Wounded Warriors Project.

Visit EnigmaHaunt.com and follow @EnigmaHaunt on Facebook & Twitter.