Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Well, it is long past time to give the Devil his due. Hollywood Gothique experienced the latest incarnation of the Wicked Lit Halloween Theatre Festival a few weeks ago, but time and tide have denied us opportunity to focus our analytic skills with sufficient concentration to do justice to the production. Yes, we tossed off [...]

Halloween Haunt Itinerary 2014: Orange County

Halloween Haunt Itinerary 2014: Orange County

When we think of Halloween in Los Angeles, we may inadvertently think of Halloween in Orange County, home of the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, Disneyland Halloween Time, and several other October attractions, such as Sinister Pointe and The Empty Grave.
Halloween 2014 has seen some significant changes, with haunted houses moving or disappearing; Hollywood [...]

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

If you find yourself so lucky as to have exhausted all the entertainment options for Halloween in Los Angeles, you may set your bloody sights further afield. Halloween in Riverside County has much to offer: Ghost Walk Riverside; the Castle Dark Theme Park; Crossroads Haunted Village;  and, a bit farther, Field of Screams. It would be [...]

Sherwood Scare 2014 Review: Sherwood Studios

Sherwood Scare 2014 Review: Sherwood Studios

When it made its debut in 2012, Sherwood Scare shot to the top of Hollywood Gothique’s favorite Halloween Home Haunts in Los Angeles. The ambitious amateur attraction was notable not so much for its sets, costumes, and effects (though they were impressive) as it was for the manner in which those elements were orchestrated to [...]

Halloween 2014: Yard Haunts Open Nightly! Updated

Halloween 2014: Yard Haunts Open Nightly! Updated

One frustrating aspect of Halloween in Los Angeles is that most attractions are open weekends only, making it difficult if not impossible for even a determined haunt-hunter to reach all his targets. Fortunately, if you are seeking paranormal activity during the week, there are a handful of yard haunt displays open nightly, fully decorated, with [...]

L.A. Haunted Hayride: Halloween 2014 review

L.A. Haunted Hayride: Halloween 2014 review

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This year’s Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is bigger and better than ever. Read on to learn the details – if you dare!
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – has there ever been a better example of being the victim of one’s own success? When it exploded onto the scene in 2009, the Haunted Hayride instantly blew [...]

Halloween Calamity: No House of Restless Spirits for 2014!

Halloween Calamity: No House of Restless Spirits for 2014!

Hollywood Gothique has just received terrible news: there will be no House of Restless Spirits yard haunt for Halloween 2014. Though the crew had been hard at work for months, an unfortunate situation with neighbors forced the decision to terminate what had promised to be the greatest manifestation yet of the most spectral and ethereal [...]

Stage Review: The Zombie Effect

Stage Review: The Zombie Effect

The third incarnation of Leif Gantvoort’s horror-comedy rises from the grave to shamble across the Los Angeles stage, having previously appeared as They’re Not Zombies in 2006 and The Afflicted in 2014. Now known as The Zombie Effect, the play has been not only re-staged but also revised and augmented in a way that offers considerable [...]

Halloween 2014: Horror in Griffith Park

Halloween 2014: Horror in Griffith Park

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Is Hollywood Gothique the only haunt-hunter whose PKE meter has pinpointed Griffith Park as Spook Central of Halloween in Los Angeles? Home of the famous observatory, the Greek Theate, and the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park may seem sylvan and placid – a home for harmless squirrels rather than dangerous demons – nevertheless, five Halloween [...]

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

If you find yourself so lucky as to have exhausted all the entertainment options for Halloween in Los Angeles, you may set your bloody sights further afield. Halloween in Riverside County has much to offer: Ghost Walk Riverside; the Castle Dark Theme Park; Crossroads Haunted Village;  and, a bit farther, Field of Screams. It would be [...]

Re-Animator: The Musical extended run

Re-Animator: The Musical extended run

Re-Animator: The Musical – currently on stage at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood – has been extended from November 2 to November 23. The blood-soaked horror-comedy, directed by Stuart Gordon and based on his 1985 cult film, has been one of the highlights of Halloween 2014; if you are too busy going to haunted [...]

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Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Well, it is long past time to give the Devil his due. Hollywood Gothique experienced the latest incarnation of the Wicked Lit Halloween Theatre Festival a few weeks ago, but time and tide have denied us opportunity to focus our analytic skills with sufficient concentration to do justice to the production. Yes, we tossed off [...]

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Q&A with Creator Melissa Carbone

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride: Q&A with Creator Melissa Carbone

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is a remarkable success story. Whereas many Halloween haunts typically take a year or more to get all their gravestones in a row, the Hayride was a hit right out of the gate, when it made its debut in 2009. Since then, the L.A. Haunted Hayride has consistently proven to [...]

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Mini-review: Re-Animator the Musical

Mini-review: Re-Animator the Musical

Last night, Hollywood Gothique experienced the hysteria that is Re-Animator: The Musical, currently on stage at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood. We will return with a full review as soon as possible; for the time being, let us simply say that Stuart Gordon’s stage adaptation of his 1985 cult film features a tidal wave [...]

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Halloween 2014: Hezby Cemetery's Newest Occupant

Halloween 2014: Hezby Cemetery’s Newest Occupant

Apparently, I have been immortalized in The Hezby Cemetery, as you can see from the accompanying photograph. It’s not quite as tony as a final resting place in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but it will do.
Hezby Cemetery will open its gates from October 25-31, with hours from sundown till 9pm. The address is 11922 Hesby Street, [...]

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LACMA: The Black Cat (1934) on November 21

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Link out: Click here
Date: November 21 at 7:30pm
Description: LACMA screens Universal Pictures’ classic black-and-white horror film, starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Weird and morbid, the film has little to do with Poe’s story, but the demented conflict between the two [...]

Cinespia Screening: Blade Runner on November 8

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood

Link out: Click here
Date: November 8
Description: Cinespia presents the 1982 science fiction classic, directed by Ridley Scott and based on Philip K. Dick’s novel DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP.
This is an outdoor screening, so bring a blanket, a pillow, or a low chairs (seat six [...]

Cinematheque Screening – 2001: A Space Odyssey on November 28

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Link out: Click here
Date: November 28 at 7:30pm
Description: The American Cinematheque screens Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece of science fiction – a film that truly demands to be seen on the big screen.

Cinematheque Screening: The Shining on November 11

Location: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Link out: Click here
Date: November 11 at 7:30pm
Description: The American Cinematheque screens Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, with Jack Nicholson as a caretaker going mad and endangering his family in a haunted hotel closed during the off-season.
Though widely dismissed at [...]

Haunted Hollywood Sports 2014: Zombie Killhouse Video

If you’re like us, halfway through the Halloween season you’re sick to death of being chased, scared, and harassed by the monsters and ghouls haunting houses and theme parks around Los Angeles.
It’s time to turn the tables and fight back!
So head on over to Haunted Hollywood Sports in Bellflower.
Besides mazes, music, and magic acts, Haunted [...]

The Box Trolls at Aero Theatre, with Q&A

Location: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Link out: Click here

Description: The American Cinematheque presents a free-screening (RSVP required) of Laika Entertainment’s stop-motion fantasy film. Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, along with Laika CEO and lead animator Travis Knight, will discuss be on hand to discuss their work on the film.
The [...]

Halloween 2014 Screening: The Nightmare Before Christmas at El Capitan

Location: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

Link out: Click here
Dates: October 24 through November 2.
Description: Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood continues its annual Halloween tradition, presenting another limited engagement of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with lots of bells and whistles, including a “Trick-Tastic Dessert Party,” featuring activities, desserts, and [...]

Recommended Halloween 2014 Screening: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) with live organ music

Location: Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

Link out: Click here
Dates: October 24-26
Description: As part of its series of classic Halloween screenings, Old Town Music Hall presents the 1925 black-and-white silent version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney (”The Man of a Thousand Faces”) in the title [...]

Halloween 2014 Screening: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein at Alex Theatre

Location: The Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale

Link out: Click here
Date: October 25 at 2pm & 8pm
Description: The Alex Theatre presents the 1948 comedy classic, in which comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello meet not only Frankenstein’s Monster (Glenn Strange) but also the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney) and Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi). Though often [...]

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Re-Animator: The Musical extended run

Re-Animator: The Musical extended run

Re-Animator: The Musical – currently on stage at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood – has been extended from November 2 to November 23. The blood-soaked horror-comedy, directed by Stuart Gordon and based on his 1985 cult film, has been one of the highlights of Halloween 2014; if you are too busy going to haunted [...]

LACMA: The Black Cat (1934) on November 21

LACMA: The Black Cat (1934) on November 21

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Link out: Click here
Date: November 21 at 7:30pm
Description: LACMA screens Universal Pictures’ classic black-and-white horror film, starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Weird and morbid, the film has little to do with Poe’s story, but the demented conflict between the two [...]

Cinespia Screening: Blade Runner on November 8

Cinespia Screening: Blade Runner on November 8

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood

Link out: Click here
Date: November 8
Description: Cinespia presents the 1982 science fiction classic, directed by Ridley Scott and based on Philip K. Dick’s novel DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP.
This is an outdoor screening, so bring a blanket, a pillow, or a low chairs (seat six [...]

Cinematheque Screening - 2001: A Space Odyssey on November 28

Cinematheque Screening – 2001: A Space Odyssey on November 28

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Link out: Click here
Date: November 28 at 7:30pm
Description: The American Cinematheque screens Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece of science fiction – a film that truly demands to be seen on the big screen.

Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Wicked Lit Halloween 2014 Review

Well, it is long past time to give the Devil his due. Hollywood Gothique experienced the latest incarnation of the Wicked Lit Halloween Theatre Festival a few weeks ago, but time and tide have denied us opportunity to focus our analytic skills with sufficient concentration to do justice to the production. Yes, we tossed off [...]

Halloween Haunt Itinerary 2014: Orange County

Halloween Haunt Itinerary 2014: Orange County

When we think of Halloween in Los Angeles, we may inadvertently think of Halloween in Orange County, home of the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt, Disneyland Halloween Time, and several other October attractions, such as Sinister Pointe and The Empty Grave.
Halloween 2014 has seen some significant changes, with haunted houses moving or disappearing; Hollywood [...]

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

Halloween Haunt Itineraries 2014: Riverside County

If you find yourself so lucky as to have exhausted all the entertainment options for Halloween in Los Angeles, you may set your bloody sights further afield. Halloween in Riverside County has much to offer: Ghost Walk Riverside; the Castle Dark Theme Park; Crossroads Haunted Village;  and, a bit farther, Field of Screams. It would be [...]

Streamline Superheroes: Art Deco in Comics and Film; plus Flash Gordon: Rocketship

Streamline Superheroes: Art Deco in Comics and Film; plus Flash Gordon: Rocketship

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Link out: Click here
Date: November 11 at 2pm
Description: The American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles present an hour-long lecture on the influence of the Art Deco style on comics and film. In “Streamline Superheroes: Art Deco in Comics and Film,” Anne Marie Kelly [...]

Cinematheque Screening: The Shining on November 11

Cinematheque Screening: The Shining on November 11

Location: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Link out: Click here
Date: November 11 at 7:30pm
Description: The American Cinematheque screens Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel, with Jack Nicholson as a caretaker going mad and endangering his family in a haunted hotel closed during the off-season.
Though widely dismissed at [...]

Halloween 2014: 11th Annual LACMA Costume Ball

Halloween 2014: 11th Annual LACMA Costume Ball

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Link out: Click here
Date: October 31 at 9pm
Description: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art invites you to dress as a work of art for their 11th-annual Costume Ball: The Living Museum. Entertainment includes music, dancing, and a costume contest judged by [...]

Call of Cthulhu extended to December

Call of Cthulhu extended to December

The Visceral Company has extended the run of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu to December 7 (no doubt because of Hollywood Gothique’s review). Performances are on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, with Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are $20; use the code ALHAZRED when you order online and get $5-off. The Lex Theatre is [...]

Halloween 2014: Western House of Darkness photographs

Halloween 2014: Western House of Darkness photographs

Who said, “Fortune smiles upon the just”? Probably no one, because it’s seldom true – but it was in our case today, as Hollywood Gothique was fortunate enough to stumble upon one of the many Halloween Home Haunts in Los Angeles that we have never visited before. Well, “stumble” is a bit of an exaggeration; [...]

Haunted Hollywood Sports 2014: Zombie Killhouse Video

Haunted Hollywood Sports 2014: Zombie Killhouse Video

If you’re like us, halfway through the Halloween season you’re sick to death of being chased, scared, and harassed by the monsters and ghouls haunting houses and theme parks around Los Angeles.
It’s time to turn the tables and fight back!
So head on over to Haunted Hollywood Sports in Bellflower.
Besides mazes, music, and magic acts, Haunted [...]

The Box Trolls at Aero Theatre, with Q&A

The Box Trolls at Aero Theatre, with Q&A

Location: The Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Link out: Click here

Description: The American Cinematheque presents a free-screening (RSVP required) of Laika Entertainment’s stop-motion fantasy film. Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, along with Laika CEO and lead animator Travis Knight, will discuss be on hand to discuss their work on the film.
The [...]

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Photographs

Hollywood Forever Cemetery Photographs

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Here are more photographs from Hollywood Gothique’s visit to the Art Deco Society’s 2014 Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour. Though this particular tour occurs only once every October, interested parties have ample opportunity to visit the cemetery. There is the upcoming 15th annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival on November 1, and film historian Karie Bible [...]

Dia De Los Muertos Festival 2014

Dia De Los Muertos Festival 2014

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood
Link out: Click here
Date: Saturday, November 1st, from noon till midnight. (Ceremonial altars can be prepared on Friday, October 31st from 3pm onward.)
Description: Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents the 15th annual Dia de los Muertos festival; this year’s theme is Quinceañera. The event features a traditional procession with Aztec [...]

Sherwood Scare 2014 Review: Sherwood Studios

Sherwood Scare 2014 Review: Sherwood Studios

When it made its debut in 2012, Sherwood Scare shot to the top of Hollywood Gothique’s favorite Halloween Home Haunts in Los Angeles. The ambitious amateur attraction was notable not so much for its sets, costumes, and effects (though they were impressive) as it was for the manner in which those elements were orchestrated to [...]

Hallowen 2014: Pumkin Jack's Haunted House

Hallowen 2014: Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House

Location: 28603 Natalie Lane, Saugus, California 91390

Link out: Click here
Dates & Hours:

October 31: 6-8pm – No Scare Lights-On version for trick-or-treaters; 8pm-midnight – full frights.
November 1: 6pm-midnight – full frights.
November 2: 7-10pm – full frights with Lights-Out Flashlight Tours.

Description: The Pumkin King returns to haunt your Halloween nightmares! Situated in a quiet Santa Clarita neighborhood, [...]

Halloween 2014: Hezby Cemetery's Newest Occupant

Halloween 2014: Hezby Cemetery’s Newest Occupant

Apparently, I have been immortalized in The Hezby Cemetery, as you can see from the accompanying photograph. It’s not quite as tony as a final resting place in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, but it will do.
Hezby Cemetery will open its gates from October 25-31, with hours from sundown till 9pm. The address is 11922 Hesby Street, [...]

Halloween 2014: Yard Haunts Open Nightly! Updated

Halloween 2014: Yard Haunts Open Nightly! Updated

One frustrating aspect of Halloween in Los Angeles is that most attractions are open weekends only, making it difficult if not impossible for even a determined haunt-hunter to reach all his targets. Fortunately, if you are seeking paranormal activity during the week, there are a handful of yard haunt displays open nightly, fully decorated, with [...]

L.A. Haunted Hayride: Halloween 2014 review

L.A. Haunted Hayride: Halloween 2014 review

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This year’s Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is bigger and better than ever. Read on to learn the details – if you dare!
The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride – has there ever been a better example of being the victim of one’s own success? When it exploded onto the scene in 2009, the Haunted Hayride instantly blew [...]

Halloween Calamity: No House of Restless Spirits for 2014!

Halloween Calamity: No House of Restless Spirits for 2014!

Hollywood Gothique has just received terrible news: there will be no House of Restless Spirits yard haunt for Halloween 2014. Though the crew had been hard at work for months, an unfortunate situation with neighbors forced the decision to terminate what had promised to be the greatest manifestation yet of the most spectral and ethereal [...]

Mini-review: Re-Animator the Musical

Mini-review: Re-Animator the Musical

Last night, Hollywood Gothique experienced the hysteria that is Re-Animator: The Musical, currently on stage at the Steve Allen Theatre in Hollywood. We will return with a full review as soon as possible; for the time being, let us simply say that Stuart Gordon’s stage adaptation of his 1985 cult film features a tidal wave [...]

Eek! at the Greek! ticket winner announced

Eek! at the Greek! ticket winner announced

Hollywood Gothique would like to congratulate Regina Ainsworth, who won a family-pack of four tickets to attend Eek at the Greek at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, October 25. We would also like to thank all the other contestants; we’re sorry we could not give free tickets to all of you!
Eek! at the Greek! is returning [...]

Stage Review: The Zombie Effect

Stage Review: The Zombie Effect

The third incarnation of Leif Gantvoort’s horror-comedy rises from the grave to shamble across the Los Angeles stage, having previously appeared as They’re Not Zombies in 2006 and The Afflicted in 2014. Now known as The Zombie Effect, the play has been not only re-staged but also revised and augmented in a way that offers considerable [...]

Backwood Maze: Halloween 2014 review

Backwood Maze: Halloween 2014 review

It wouldn’t be Halloween in Los Angeles without a trip to the Backwoods Maze Yard Haunt. A miracle of geometry, this amateur attraction squeezes more Halloween horror into its backyard labyrinth than most professional haunted houses can manage with more space and bigger budgets. In fact, Backwoods Maze is so densely packed that it borders [...]

Halloween 2014: Horror in Griffith Park

Halloween 2014: Horror in Griffith Park

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Is Hollywood Gothique the only haunt-hunter whose PKE meter has pinpointed Griffith Park as Spook Central of Halloween in Los Angeles? Home of the famous observatory, the Greek Theate, and the Los Angeles Zoo, Griffith Park may seem sylvan and placid – a home for harmless squirrels rather than dangerous demons – nevertheless, five Halloween [...]

2014 Screening: Halloween (1978) in Sunnyside Cemetery

2014 Screening: Halloween (1978) in Sunnyside Cemetery

Location: Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E Willow St, Long Beach, California 90806
Link out: Click here
Date: Saturday, October 18 at 8pm.
Description: Lola’s Outdoor Retro Cinema and the Long Beach Cinematheque screen John Carpenter’s 1978 cult hit a – restored and remastered, in digital format.
Gates open at 6pm; film screens at 8pm.
Food trucks will be available, but guests [...]

New Listing for 2014: Mystic Motel Halloween Ride

New Listing for 2014: Mystic Motel Halloween Ride

Location: 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch, CA. 92694
Link out: Click here
Dates: October 25, 7-9pm; October 30, 7-9:30pm; October 31, 6:3-10pm, and November 1 7-9:30pm.
Description: Mystic Motel returns for a second season of haunting in Orange County. This garage haunt made its debut in 2013 with an actual ride instead of a walk-through – a [...]

Halloween 2014 Screening: The Nightmare Before Christmas at El Capitan

Halloween 2014 Screening: The Nightmare Before Christmas at El Capitan

Location: El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

Link out: Click here
Dates: October 24 through November 2.
Description: Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood continues its annual Halloween tradition, presenting another limited engagement of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with lots of bells and whistles, including a “Trick-Tastic Dessert Party,” featuring activities, desserts, and [...]

New Listing for Halloween 2014: Perdition Home Haunt

New Listing for Halloween 2014: Perdition Home Haunt

Location: 5181 Manor View Drive, Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Link out: Click here
Description: The self-proclaimed “Goriest Home Haunt in Orange County” returns for its fifth Halloween, with dates on October 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, and November 1 and 2. Hours are approximately 7-11pm (probably longer on Halloween night).
Lovers of hard-core horror should seriously consider the [...]

New Listing for Halloween 2014: Fear Station Haunted Attraction

New Listing for Halloween 2014: Fear Station Haunted Attraction

Location: 10660 Western Avenue, Stanton, CA 90680
Link out: Click here
Description: Fear Station returns for its second Halloween in Orange County. This Halloween attraction has its origins in Shadow Walk Cemetery, a home haunt dating back to 2000. For Halloween 2013, Shadow Walk Productions began collaborating with Stanton City to offer Fear Station. The Halloween 2014 [...]

Halloween 2014: Haunted Plays, Scary Musicals & Other Terrifying Theatrical Events

Halloween 2014: Haunted Plays, Scary Musicals & Other Terrifying Theatrical Events

Halloween theme park attractions and haunted houses are great, but Los Angeles has much more to offer the seasoned haunt-goer. Previously, we offered a list of 2014 Halloween Horror Film Festivals; now we follow up with a look at the haunted stage: dark dramas, scary musicals, spooky shows, and other terrifying theatrical experiences.
Strictly speaking, [...]