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Escape Industry News
🎢 Come little escape enthusiasts... I'll take thee away! 🎡

The scent of pumpkin spice is in the air, and there's a veritable avalanche of spooky new escape rooms popping up all over the world... Which can mean only one thing:

It's October!

October for our industry marks the beginning of TERPECA season, but it's also the month that is home to the widely recognised "Escape Room Day".

It's quite fitting then that this month breaks our own personal record of the month with the most new room openings. At least since we've been writing this newsletter.

Whether owner or enthusiast, wherever you are, we're sure there's something exciting (and probably frightfully spooky) opening near you... And if there isn't, don't forget Morty App now lists Haunt attractions as well as escape rooms.

Until next month πŸ‘‹

Editor of Escape Industry News

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Happy Escape Room Day! πŸ”

Probably not news to anyone, but since October 1st is Escape Room Day, we wanted to take this space on the newsletter to wish you all a very happy day (and whole month, whilst we're at it). October 1st was picked due to it's particularly puzzling date. Taking the values of each of the letters in ESCAPE ROOM (where E=5, S=19) and so on, the sum of the word comes to 110. From here, 110 became 1-10, or 1st October.


Played more than 50 escape rooms? Don't forget to register for TERPECA!

Played more than 200? You're eligible to be a nominator this year. The 2023 TERPECA nomination window is open from now until October 31 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Results of the nomination phase and voting will open on November 1st.



🧾 In Other News

Not quite an escape room but...


πŸ“† Upcoming Dates for your Diary

November 12th - 14th
Escape Immerse Explore
Orlando, FL

March 7th - 10th
Transworld Room Escape Show
St. Louis, USA

March 1st - 31st

March 12th 2024
Lock & Key Awards
Manchester, UK

April 28th
Escape Room Awards
Valencia, Spain

September 12th - 14th 2024
Wacky Wheels Escape Game Road Trip
Bilbao, Spain

August 18th - 19th 2024
Los Angeles, USA


πŸ”‘ Recent Doors Unlocked 

  • Arcadia Escape Room has opened a new room, Dollhouse, in Calgary, AB.
  • Crypto Escape Rooms has opened a new room, the Sorcerer's Secret in Newmarket, ON.
  • Escape Manor has opened a new room, The Apothecary, in Ottawa, ON.
  • Escaparium has opened a new room, Nights of Terror, in Laval QC.
  • Hourglass Games (not associated with the many Hourglasses in the US) have opened a new room, A Night Before Christmas, in Stony Plain, AB.
  • KW Escape has opened a new room, Potions and Puzzles, in Waterloo, ON.
  • Mystery Mansion Regina has opened a new room, Genie-ology, in Regina, SK.
  • Pandora's Locks has opened a new room Murder at Sea, in New Westminster, BC.
  • Ready Set Go Adventures has opened a new room, VHS, in Mississauga, ON.
  • Secret City have announced a new experience called "The Wedding Party" in Kleinburg, ON.

  • BreakOut The Room has opened a new room, Wizard world Dragon Escape, in Pialba, QLD, Australia.
  • Cube Escape Rooms has opened a new room, The Calypso Enterprise, in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
  • Dr Q Escape Room has opened a new room, Haunted, in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Escape Artists has opened a new room, Riddle Ridge School in Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Escape Hunt Sydney has opened a new room, Legend of the Sword, in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Escape Room Dubbo has opened a new room, Break In, Dubbo, NSW, Australia.
  • Escape This have opened a new room, The Dunny, in Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Mystic Escape has opened a new room, Yokai Izakaya, in Brisbane, QLD, Australia.
  • Next Level Escapes has opened a new room, Forest of Echoes, in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Paniq Room Sydney has opened a new room, The Lift, in Sydney NSW, Australia.
  • Project Immersive has opened a new room, Area 1, in Yeronga, QLD, Australia.
  • Red Lock Escape Rooms has opened a new room, The Vampire Crypt, in Maroochydore, QLD, Australia.
  • The Great Escape has opened a new site with lots of rooms in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • The Mystery Rooms has opened a new room, Jurassic Island, in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • Toowomba Escape Room has opened a new room, Peter Rabbit, in Toowomba, QLD, Australia.
  • Trapt has opened a new room, Return to Wonderland, in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
  • U Escape Room has opened a new room, Enchanted Forest, in Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Ultimate Roomscape have opened a new room, Mystery Box, in Perth, WA, Australia.
  • Unexpected Exit has opened a new room, Deranged Scientist 2.0 in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

Note - some of these may be from earlier months!

πŸ“© Have we missed an opening near you? Reply to this email and let us know!

A shout out to the resources & individuals who were a huge help this month:
Escape the Review (UK), ERA Mag (Aus), Rich Bragg (SF Bay) Morty App (USA)

    πŸ”Š Listen

    Last month in Podcasts, Radio & Live Shows

    Cager Express: Escape Break
    "Escape Break featuring Beth Divel and Tatiyana Abarro: Southern California's premier escape room podcast show. We recap fun rooms, interviews and bizarre topics!"
    Escape This Podcast
    "A show that’s a mix of escape room puzzles and tabletop role-playing."
    Life is an Escape Room
    "The Life Is An Escape Room Podcast explores how the skills you gain playing escape rooms with intention will make you more successful in all aspects of your life."
    Live from the CodeBar
    Live from the CodeBar is a twice-monthly podcast about Armchair Treasure Hunts, codes, ciphers, puzzles, Escape Rooms as well as ARG's and puzzle subscription boxes.
    Locked in a Podcast
    ”Locked In a Podcast” is an escape room themed podcast from the team at The Panic Room. Alex & co will take listeners on an exciting journey through the world of escape rooms.
    Reality Escape Pod
    "Your hosts David Spira & Peih-Gee Law explore immersive gaming from all angles. Our guests have made awesome stuff: ARGs, puzzle hunts, tabletop games, and of course, escape rooms."
    The Infinite Escape Room
    "The puzzling podcast where a gaggle of geographically diverse chums come together, have a drink - and work together to solve a home made escape room of the ears.​"
    These podcasts may not have released new episodes this month, but are well worth checking out:
    • Cipherdelic Pod
      • "Have you ever wondered who oils the cogs of the constantly evolving escape room industry? Think no more. In each episode we speak to a guest from the interactive experience industry to offer you, our listener, a peak behind the curtain."
    • Puzzling Company
      • ​"On this podcast, Zach and Jared every week cover a new at home puzzle / escape room style game and discuss all things about it!​"

    πŸ”Ž October's Puzzle

    Let's keep it short and sweet with a fun, topically spooky riddle this month:

    I have hundreds of ears, but I can’t hear a thing. What am I?
    Tweet us your answer @escapeindustry

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