DATES: NONE. After operating in 2006 and 2007, this Halloween attraction is closed for good. If you want to know what you missed, read our write-up of th 2006 debut here and our Q&A with the proprietors here. The official website has offered this explanation:
Due to MALL CORPORATE GREED for MORE RENT, HauntsUSA is NOT RE-OPENING. THANK YOU TO THE THOUSANDS THAT SUPPORTED OUR FUNDRAISING EVENT!
HAUNTS USA HOURS: 7:00pm to 10:00pm weeknights & Sundays, 7:00pm to 11:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, 7:00pm to midnight on October 30 & 31.
HAUNTS USA TICKETS: $13 for one maze, $16 for that two, $20 for three haunts, $25 for V.I.P. Speed Pass (special front of line treatment). No children’s prices.
HAUNTS USA DISCOUNTS: V.I.P. Speed Passes are available online for $20 (pay with PayPal, no service charges). There is a group rate discount for 15 or more; call (323) 964-8100.
HAUNTS USA PARKING: Plenty of free parking in the fashion center, near the movie theatre.
HAUNTS USA LEGEND: In the current fashion of Halloween Haunts, Haunt USA features a legend that acts as a sort of concept behind the attraction. In this case, we’re told that a turn-of-the-century cemetery, buried beneath the parking lot, rises from the ashes once a year on Halloween night. A frightened night janitor disappeared after a frantic phone call to his sister years ago, having discovered a mysterious something he could not describe. Find out what it was by visiting the Haunt…!
HAUNTS USA ATTRACTIONS: Haunt USA offered three haunted houses:
- Nightmare Factory – a traditional haunt with chainsaws, bodies, dangeorus curves, and some nearly pitch-black corridors.
- Extreme Madness – a carnival of colorful clowns, with black-light paintings adorning the walls
- ZombieVille - an outdoor haunt infested with zombies who block your path through a maze of chain-link fences. Can you find a way to escape?
HAUNTS USA INFORMATION: The Haunt USA website insisted that their attraction is an intense experience not appropriate for younger children. They also claimed to offer “various weird and wonderful scenes designed and decorated by talented visual and special effects professionals.” In other words, it’s not just a bunch of black corridors with monsters leaping from around corners.
VOLUNTEERS: The haunt is looking for eager actors. Click here to sign up.
HAUNTS USA HISTORY: The HauntsUSA company was founded in 2002 by Harlan and Laura Freeman. A reality TV producer, Harlan decided that his second job – moonlighting for Halloween – should be geared toward fundraising events to help local and national charities. Every year, HauntUSA donates part of its proceeds to some worthy cause, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Make a Wish Foundation. 2006′’s proceeds benefited Kiwanis Internaitonal, Project Grad Los Angeles, and the Special Olympics of Southern California.
VIDEO: Watch a video of Haunt USA’s debut at the Northridge Fashion Center in 2006.