Author: Kirk Chritton

October 14th Guest: Zombie Series Author Susanne Lambdin

October 14th Guest: Zombie Series Author Susanne Lambdin

Dead Hearts novelist Susanne L. Lambdin
to meet fans at Topeka Haunted Woods

Susanne LambdinTOPEKA, KSNovelist Susanne L. Lambdin, known for her works of fantasy and science fiction, will meet fans at Topeka Haunted Woods. Lambdin will appear on Saturday, October 14th. The haunted attraction will be open every Friday and Saturday evening in October.

“It’s a delight to have Susanne, who is affectionately called ‘The Zombie Lady’, coming to our fright fest,” Event Manager Mark Arganbright said. “She has explored the concepts of the zombie apocalypse with a new twist in her amazing Dark Hearts book series. This is a chance for her to meet fans, sign autographs, and talk about zombies.”

Topeka Haunted Woods features a half-mile haunted hike, three different escape room experiences, and zombie laser tag adventures. The event will be open Fridays and Saturdays in October. “Laser tag and escape rooms start at 6:00 PM,” Arganbright said. “Our main attraction, the half-mile haunted hike begins after dark at 8:00 PM. There are limited numbers of slots for the escape rooms and hike, so we encourage folks to arrive early in the evening.”

Lambdin’s writing career was spurred by a love for fantasy, supernatural, and horror. “A good story should give you goosebumps,” Lambdin said. The five books in her Dead Hearts series focuses on Cadence Sinclair, a 17-year-old girl who must survive the Scourge, a deadly virus that has killed most of the human race, leaving behind hordes of zombies. Her new fantasy book, Seeker of Magic, begins a fantasy trilogy in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien. Her credits also include an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

While attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets for Topeka Haunted Woods attractions, there is no admission fee to enter the facility for Lambdin’s appearance.  The event previously announced that actor Jeremy Palko will appear on Saturday, October 7th. Palko is known for his role as Andy on the AMC television series The Walking Dead.

Advance ticket packages for the Topeka Haunted Woods attractions are available. Online packages are discounted from the price charged onsite. Tickets are also available through local Boy Scout troops and at the event’s website, www.topekahauntedwoods.com. The Jayhawk Council of the Boy Scouts of America receives a portion of the proceeds of tickets purchased using a scout troop’s promo code. The remainder of the proceeds benefit the charitable programs of Forest Park, designated to pay for needed infrastructure improvements, park programming, and its Summer Day Camp.

Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center features 45 acres of woods tucked quietly away in Topeka just off Interstate 70 and Deer Creek Trafficway. The non-profit charitable organization has a variety of buildings and event structures. The facility hosts many activities including weddings, corporate retreats, summer camps, and scouting events.

Learn more about the event by visiting Topeka Haunted Woods online at www.TopekaHauntedWoods.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/topekahauntedwoods/) and following @thehauntedwoods on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thehauntedwoods).

Founded in 1922, Forest Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. An outdoor venue for camps, retreats,  and conventions, Forest Park is a place of humble fellowship. Learn more about Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center at www.forestparkretreat.com.

October 7th Guest: Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead

October 7th Guest: Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead

Topeka Haunted Woods features actor from The Walking Dead on October 7th

Jeremy Palko’s many acting credits include Andy on the hit AMC series The Walking Dead

Jeremy PalkoTOPEKA, KS – Jeremy Palko knows a lot about surviving the zombie apocalypse! The accomplished actor has co-starred in the two most recent seasons of AMC’s The Walking Dead. On Saturday, October 7th, Palko’s zombie skills will be tested at Topeka Haunted Woods, a month-long Halloween attraction.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Jeremy Palko appear as part of our opening weekend,” Event Manager Mark Arganbright said. “He will meet fans, sign autographed photos, and pose for photos. He is bringing the excitement of The Walking Dead to Topeka.”

Topeka Haunted Woods features a half-mile haunted hike, three different escape room experiences, and zombie laser tag adventures. The event will be open every Friday and Saturday evening in October. “Laser tag and escape rooms start at 6:00 PM,” Arganbright said. “Our main attraction, the half-mile haunted hike begins after dark at 8:00 PM. There are limited numbers of slots for the escape rooms and hike, so we encourage folks to arrive early in the evening.”

Palko will appear at Topeka Haunted Woods beginning at 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 7th. Fans can purchase autographed photos for $20, take a selfie photo with Palko for $20, or get both for $30. While attendees are encouraged to also purchase tickets for Topeka Haunted Woods attractions, there is no admission fee to enter the facility for Palko’s appearance.

Born in Georgia, Palko moved to Puyallup, Washington as a child, Palko graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. He got his acting start in commercials and appeared on the daytime soap Guiding Light. In addition to The Walking Dead, Palko has  also appeared in Bloodline with Kyle Chandler, Are We There Yet? with Terry Crews, and The Vampire Diaries with Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev. He also has a role in the upcoming film Pitch Perfect 3.

Advance ticket packages for the Topeka Haunted Woods attractions are currently discounted. Tickets are available from local boy scouts and at the event’s website, www.topekahauntedwoods.com. The Jayhawk Council of the Boy Scouts of America receives a portion of the proceeds of tickets purchased using a scout troop’s promo code. The remainder of the proceeds benefit the charitable programs of Forest Park, designated to pay for needed infrastructure improvements, park programming, and its Summer Day Camp.

Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center features 45 acres of woods tucked quietly away in Topeka just off Interstate 70 and Deer Creek Trafficway. The non-profit charitable organization has a variety of buildings and event structures. The facility hosts many activities including weddings, corporate retreats, summer camps, and scouting events.

Learn more about the event by visiting Topeka Haunted Woods online at www.TopekaHauntedWoods.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/topekahauntedwoods/) and following @thehauntedwoods on Twitter (https://twitter.com/thehauntedwoods).

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Founded in 1922, Forest Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. An outdoor venue for camps, retreats,  and conventions, Forest Park is a place of humble fellowship. Learn more about Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center at www.forestparkretreat.com.

Topeka Haunted Woods gives visitors thrills and chills this October

Topeka Haunted Woods gives visitors thrills and chills this October

Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center hosts Topeka Haunted Woods, a Halloween haunted attraction every Friday and Saturday in October.

TOPEKA, KS – This October, Shawnee County will have a new headquarters for thrills and chills, Topeka Haunted Woods. The new Halloween event will be open every Friday and Saturday evening in October. Designed for teens and adults, the centerpiece of the attraction is a half-mile haunted hike through the trails of Forest Park. The event will also feature three escape rooms and zombie laser tag games.

“We’re delighted to bring a new Halloween experience to Topekans,” Event Manager Mark Arganbright said. “Halloween is America’s second most popular holiday based on decorating and participation. Our goal is to give folks a wonderfully scary event to celebrate the season. In turn, this is a fundraiser for Forest Park and the local Boy Scout Council.”

The haunted hike is described as “Topeka’s terrifying trail” and winds through a portion of the 45 acres of natural woods on the Forest Park site. Parties of 15 attendees will be guided along the trail, with a new group leaving the home base every five minutes. Planning and construction of the scares began in September under the supervision of Jinxed Productions, a firm that specializes in haunted house design.

Topeka Haunted Woods will also feature three different escape room experiences. Escape rooms are a new popular form of game. Groups of players enter a locked room and must solve puzzles and challenges to escape before time runs out. Keynundrum, a Topeka company that runs escape room events, is designing the puzzles for Topeka Haunted Woods. The event also features Zombie Laser Tag sessions  in which participants must make it through zombie infested buildings with only infrared laser tag guns for defense.

Advance tickets are available from local boy scouts and at the attraction’s website, www.topekahauntedwoods.com. “Each scout troop has a promo code that ticket buyers can use on our website. When you buy tickets and enter the troop’s promo code, they receive a portion of the proceeds,” Arganbright said. “The remainder of the profits benefit the charitable programs of Forest Park. They will help pay for needed infrastructure improvements, park programming, and our Summer Day Camp which feeds about 80 children for 3 weeks each summer.”

Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center features 45 acres of woods tucked quietly away in Topeka just off Interstate 70 and Deer Creek Trafficway. The non-profit charitable organization has a variety of buildings and event structures. The facility hosts many activities including weddings, corporate retreats, summer camps, and scouting events.

The haunting is just getting started! Learn more by visiting Topeka Haunted Woods online at www.TopekaHauntedWoods.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/topekahauntedwoods/) and following @thehauntedwoods on Twitter (twitter.com/thehauntedwoods).

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About Forest Park and Topeka Haunted Woods

Founded in 1922, Forest Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. An outdoor venue for camps, retreats,  and conventions, Forest Park is a place of humble fellowship. Learn more about Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center at www.forestparkretreat.com.