Thrills and Chills: Top 10 Items to Survive the Dark House Amusement Park

Oct •  15 •  2014
Thrills and Chills: Top 10 Items to Survive the Dark House Amusement ParkWelcome To The Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Published by Disney-Hyperion on July 22nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Adventure/Thriller
Source: Blog Tour

What’s your worst nightmare?

For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.

And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now.

Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting.

Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and theseventh member of the group is missing.

By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

Hello everyone and welcome to the Thrills and Chills Halloween Event Tour. This tour is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Midnight Garden. Today I have some tips on how to survive the dark house…

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Top 10 Items to Survive the Dark House Amusement Park

If only the Dark House Dreamers had come prepared…

  1. Water bottle with built-in purifier

Spending the night in the Dark House amusement park is going to require physical endurance (and therefore proper hydration). From dodging the Nightmare Elf in the underground tunnels to swimming across a sea of flesh-eating eels…make sure you have a full bottle of water with a built-in purifier (in case you find yourself needing to refill).

  1. Granola bars (or the like)

Since we’re on the topic of physical endurance, along with proper hydration comes adequate sustenance. You’re going to have to live out your worst ever nightmare, and will therefore need to keep your energy level high.  Be sure to bring snacks that are non-perishable, easy to pack, and able to be eaten on the move

  1. Rope

A good, strong rope is really key. From creating a ladder of sorts to climb up the gate that surrounds the park, to using it as a makeshift pole to slide down, out the window of Hotel 9, the possibilities are really endless.

  1. Crowbar

Imagine busting through the park gate, using the crowbar as a weapon or makeshift hammer, or prying open the doors of an underground crypt.  A crowbar is a no brainer.

  1. Binoculars

The ability to spot the Nightmare Elf across the length of the park would absolutely give you an edge.

  1. Night vision glasses

While the amusement park itself is pretty well lit, what’s going to help you in those underground tunnels?

  1. Duct tape

We’ve seen duct tape used to make wallets, backpacks, wedding dresses, camping tents, and more.  If only some of the Dark House Dreamers had brought along a roll of this wonder stuff on the night of their worst nightmares-come-true.

  1. A lighter

While matches aren’t the most reliable (they can get wet, after all, while you’re trying to swim through a pool full of hungry eels), a lighter is a bit more steadfast. The lighter can be used to make a fire that can provide warmth on those cold amusement park nights.  It can also be used to make a fire to signal for help.

  1. A knife

This one is pretty self-explanatory. A knife can be used as a weapon, a stake, a makeshift hammer, a screwdriver, or a shovel.  It can also be used to cut fabric, food, wood, saplings, bandages, rubber, nylon, etc., etc. It can further be used to make the tinder (from bark) to ignite a fire.


From digging oneself out of an underground grave, to using a shovel as a weapon to slay the Nightmare Elf, a shovel should be a staple.


Laurie Faria Stolarz Halloween

About Laurie Faria Stolarz

Laurie Faria Stolarz  is the author of Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons, as well as Project 17; Bleed; and the highly popular Blue Is for Nightmares; White Is for Magic; Silver Is for Secrets; Red Is for Remembrance; and Black Is for Beginnings. Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Laurie lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Connect with her on her website or on Twitter: @lauriestolarz.

Welcome to the Dark House was released on July 22nd, 2014. Add it to your GoodReads, and find it in stores and online!
Please note that this giveaway is hosted by The Midnight Garden, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion.

Win a Thrills and Chills box of horror! Includes copies of the following new releases:

Mary: The Summoning
The Screaming Staircase
The Whispering Skull
Welcome to the Dark House
The box will be delivered just in time for spooky Halloween reading. Open to US and Canadian residents, see complete rules on entry form.

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Be sure to stop by the other tour host to read up on more spooky reads!!

Thrills and Chills: Halloween Event Tour with Jonathan Stroud, Hillary Monahan, and Laurie Stolarz

Wednesday, October 1   The Midnight Garden        5 Questions with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 2       The Starry-Eyed Revue    Into the Spooky Swamp Setting of Mary: The Summoning
Friday, October 3            Supernatural Snark           Rules for Surviving a House of Horrors (guest post by Laurie Stolarz)

Monday, October 6          Xpresso Reads                Deleted Scene from Mary: The Summoning
Tuesday, October 7         Love is Not a Triangle      5 Questions with Laurie Stolarz
Wednesday, October 8    For the Love of Words     10 Great Horror Films with Jonathan Stroud
Thursday, October 9        Winterhaven Books         How I Became a Horror Fan  (guest post with Hillary Monahan) 
Friday, October 10           YA Romantics                  Quiz: What Dark House Character Are You? 

Monday, October 13         My Friends Are Fiction   Fashion Accessories for Ghosthunters (guest post by Jonathan Stroud)
Tuesday, October 14        The Flyleaf Review         5 Questions with Hillary Monahan
Wednesday, October 15   Books with Bite               Top 10 Items to Survive The Dark House Amusement Park

Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Oct 15, 2014

    I think I might cry and curl into a fetal ball if I ever got trapped in an amusement park overnight. I’m just going to start carrying all of those things with me wherever I go just in case the worst happens 😉 This is such a fun tour!!!

  2. Candace
    Oct 15, 2014

    This book sounds terrifying. What a fun guest post though!

  3. bn100
    Oct 15, 2014

    Interesting list; maybe look around

  4. This looks scary! I also can’t imagine carrying all that. I’d pass out! LOL This is a fun post!

  5. Rachel S
    Oct 15, 2014

    This is a really great list! Empty theme parks are just creepy anyway, but with a nightmare elf involved in the situation? Yeah, count me out of that. 🙂 Anyway, I managed to start Welcome to the Dark House before it was due back at the library due to other holds on it, but I plan to borrow it again because what I did read was really good!

  6. Molly Mortensen
    Oct 16, 2014

    I’d basically panic. Good tips, but I’d like to add some old sheets, not only for warmth but for makeshift bandages and a backpack to carry everything in. 😉

  7. Wendy Darling
    Oct 17, 2014

    I would be such a wimp if I ever got trapped in an amusement park that was haunted! Thanks for being part of the event tour, Savy. 🙂

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Oct 17, 2014

    Yeah, being trapped in a haunted amusement park is not for me. But I enjoyed the book!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  9. I’d love to get trapped in an amusement park over night! Well, as long as the rides still worked.. but the operators wouldn’t be there.. so maybe it wouldn’t be so much fun after all. (Especially if it were haunted/infested. No thank you, goodbye.)

    As for this list of necessary items, I now feel the need to purchase these things and carry them around with me 24/7.

  10. Jaime Lester
    Oct 20, 2014

    After reading (and loving) Welcome to the Dark House, I can 100% agree that some things might not have happened if some of these people always carried a survival kit with them, no matter where they go.


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