Annina Christensen

Annina Christensen

Friday, 14 October 2016 16:34

The Details of The Darkness

St. Louis is a bit spoiled when it comes to haunts and scares -- we are the chosen city of the only Halloween & attractions trade show in the world, TransWorld; the city is full of real ghosts and legends; and we are home to The Darkness Haunted House, which was been awarded several distinctions and was rated as America's best haunted house.1  The Darkness is owned by Halloween Prouductions, Inc., which also owns and operates Creepyworld and The Abyss at Lemp Brewery in St. Louis, as well as builds haunts and attrations all over the world. The Darkness is two stories of elaboratly themed spaces with fearful characters to match each atmosphere, theme park effects, computer effects, puppets and more. It is nearly 60,000 square feet of unique spaces stimulating all kinds of fears. There are new additions and changes made to the haunt every year, making it even more diverse as time goes on. This year, along with the changes within the haunted house, two completely new attractions were added to the space: Silo X Zombie Xtraction Laser Tag and St. Louis Escape, three themed escape rooms. I got to walk around the scares without the actors and take some pictures of my favorite parts!


IMG 3666

IMG 3669

IMG 3673

 IMG 3674

IMG 3675

IMG 3676

IMG 3680

IMG 3686

IMG 3690

IMG 3693

IMG 3694

IMG 3695

IMG 3696

IMG 3697

IMG 3699

IMG 3700

IMG 3702

IMG 3707

IMG 3708

IMG 3710


IMG 3711


Terror Visions (a 3D haunt)


IMG 3713

IMG 3716

IMG 3717

IMG 3718


The new escape rooms and Silo X Zombie Xtraction Laser Tag are located next door to The Darkness. The lobby in this space is phenomenal:

IMG 3744

IMG 3720

new 3745


I don't want to give away too much of the escape rooms, so here are only a few photos! (But if you really want to see more, they have a behind-the-scenes video on their website!) These rooms are different than any others in St. Louis, as they use high tech animations, computer generated fx, electronic puzzzles, animated pieces and more! In the Curse of the Mummy Escape Room, there's an animated Sphinx that moves and talks! And in the Run Away Subway Escape, players begin in a moving subway car--so cool!


IMG 3723

The Curse of the Mummy Escape Room


IMG 3741

The Run Away Subway Escape starts in a moving subway full of puzzles.


IMG 3733



new 3729 1


In the Cellar Escape, the players start divided in two different cells and the clues to getting out are in the opposite cell!



new 3730 1


A casual dead body. 


I didn't take any photos of the new Silo X Zombie Xtraction Laser Tag because I was shooting (and running from!) zombies. This experience was exhilirating and very scary -- zombies appear and instead of running away from them, you can shoot at them with a laser gun. Here's a photo from their website! On the weekends, though, the zombies chase you as a haunted house. But Sunday through Thursday, you can shoot at them! It's funny that all these haunted houses started from Silo X in Fenton and now it has come full circle to a new Silo X attraction!




It's the season for spooks and scares and The Darkness is ready for it! Don't miss out on the fear!




1. According to



Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:44

The Sights and Sounds of Murmuration

 MG 3670



Murmuration this past Saturday and Sunday in the Cortex Learning Center consisted of 17 Thought Sessions, 10 musical acts, an Innovation Showcase, a Maker Expo, delicious food offerings, experiences from St. Louis organizations, tons of inspired and thoughtful people and lots more! Check out our favorite pictures and sounds bytes from this year's festival!


Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:48

Murmurings About Murmuration

 MG 3294

St. Louis hosted the inaugural Murmuration Festival at The Cortex Innovation Community this past weekend and people from all over St. Louis attended, as well as a few from Illinois and someone all the way from Australia! Between checking out the thought sessions, musical performances, art installations, Makers Expo and Innovation Showcase, I talked to the festival-goers about their favorite parts of the festival, what impacted them most, what they learned, and what they're looking forward to next year!

Saturday, 24 September 2016 23:14

Murmuration: The First Night in Pictures

 MG 3225

Friday night, the first night of the Murmuration Festival in the Cortex, was free to all and full of artistic experiences!

Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:20

The LouFest Experience

 MG 2802

LouFest has been growing as a music festival every year since its inception in 2010. Their partnership with C3 brought bigger, more sought-after acts, but the local feel and culture of LouFest never disappeared and has actually strengthened as it has grown. While music is a main focus of music festivals, the experience of the festival extends beyond the music. At LouFest especially, local businesses and organizations flaunt their fares and display what makes St. Louis such an outstanding place! The experience of the music festival, beyond the music, is one of the essential elements of the festival and this year, I entered the gates of LouFest to find the experiences the festival fosters and creates, as well as the experiences the festivalgoers generate within the grounds of St. Louis's best music festival. From music therapy to life-sized chess, LouFest was packed with fun, unique experiences! 

Saturday, 09 July 2016 19:10

Top Free St. Louis Week of July 8, 2016

 Top Free St. Louis Week of July 8 - July 14


The St. Louis Public Library has so many free events, it would take me all day to put them on my calednar! You can ceck out their events here: To scroll down the page, highlight the text and move your cursor to the bottom of the page!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:51

Top Free St. Louis Week of July 1, 2016

Top Free St. Louis Week of July 1 - July 7

The St. Louis Public Library has so many free events, it would take me all day to put them on my calednar! You can ceck out their events here: To scroll down the page, highlight the text and move your cursor to the bottom of the page!

Top Free St. Louis Week of June 24 - June 30

The St. Louis Public Library has so many free events, it would take me all day to put them on my calednar! You can ceck out their events here: To scroll down the page, highlight the text and move your cursor to the bottom of the page!


After attending the 2nd Annual Missouri Women in Leadership Symposium, I called my friend who promptly asked the obvious question, “So how is a Women's Leadership Symposium different than a General Leadership Symposium?” The difference, which appeared in many of the panel's topics, is the tendency for women to lack confidence in themselves and their professional standing. Women bring a lot of value to the workplace, but face a different problem than men.

 Top Free St. Louis Week of June 17 - June 23

Page 1 of 13