NO LONGER IN OPERATION
Professional Haunted House
21512 Nordhoff Street between Topanga Canyon and Canoga
SPOOKY HOUSE DATES: Alas, no more!. After the death of Bob Koritzki in July of 2009, the Spooky House franchise name was sold; the haunt’s old props became the property of the Haunted Queen Mary.
SPOOKY HOUSE HOURS: 7:00pm to 10:00pm (last ticket sold) Sundays and Weeknights; 7:00pm to Midnight (last ticket sold) Fridays & Saturdays & Halloween night.
SPOOKY HOUSE CHILDREN’S MATINEES: October 5, 11-12, 18.19, 25-26, and November 1 – noon to 4:00pm. Expect the same decor but fewer ghouls.
SPOOKY HOUSE TICKETS: General admission tickets are available at the box office only on the night of the haunt; advance VIP tickets are available here.
- $8.50 children’s shows (both mazes)
- $20.00 for regualar shows (includes both mazes)
- $26 VIP tickets (both mazes, less waiting).
SPOOKY HOUSE DISCOUNTS: Group tickets – 10 or more -available for $2 off regular or VIP ticket prices; must be purchased at box office, not valid with other offers. You can also enter your email address on this page to receive a discount coupon.
SPOOKY HOUSE PLATINUM PASS: This $39 pass grants admission to Old Town Haunt, Seaside Haunt, Spooky House, and Fearplex. Pass may be used over multiple nights any time during the 2008 Halloween season.
SPOOKY HOUSE PARKING: Free parking available on street.
SPOOKY HOUSE MAZES & ATTRACTIONS: Spooky House offers two haunted house mazes in one continuous walk-through experience (i.e., you have to wait in line only once). Please note: “Turbidite Manor” is no longer part of the attraction (it has moved out of Los Angeles), nor is the Club 13 dance room.
- Spooky House 19 Haunted Mansion: Franklin’s Revenge – Spooky House promises an “all new” and even “scarier” version of their signature maze.
- Darkwater Asylum- new for 2007, this maze takes the traditional Halloween asylum theme and combines it with a legend of murders in Chatsworth that go unsolved for 20 years…
SPOOKY HOUSE DRAWBACKS: It was popular, so it was crowded. You will have to wait in line, especially later in the season. VIP tickets help (somewhat). In the past, the mazes have frequently seemed understaffed (with numerous hidey holes and blind corners untenanted by the ghosts they were so obviously designed to house), but that no longer seems to be the case in the new location. Also, when things get busy, the staff has a tendancy to rush the guests through the mazes without allowing time for the cast to reset after the previous group, with the result that you can miss some of the scares and mechanical effects.
SPOOKY HOUSE HISTORY: One of the most successful Halloween attractions in Los Angeles, Spooky House has moved to several different locations over the years, but it is always set up in a permanent structure that allows for elaborate, permanent sets that do not have to be torn down at the end of October. This allows for more elaborate settings.
The Northridge location, near a mall on Topanga Canyon Blvd, where the haunt was located until 2004 allowed for three lengthy mazes, each with its own personality, with much of the action set outdoors.
For 2005 & 2006, Spooky House moved its Halloween haunt to a temporary location, inside an abandoned movie theatre on Parthenia. Many of the old props and effects survived the transition, but there were some big changes: less elaborate decor and no more outdoor sections to the mazes, which generally seemed somewhat shorter that they used to be.
For 2007, Spooky House moved into a new, permanent location in Chatsworth, which saw a return to the impressive architecture and detailed sets for which the haunt is justly famous. Although the new single walk-through maze provides a somewhat shorter attraction than at previous locations (with no outdoor settings), the number of ghouls and ghosts remains more or less the same, resulting in more scares per square foot.
RELATED HAUNTS: Before his untimely death, Spooky House owner Bob Koritzke also owned or co-owned Seaside Haunt, Fearplex, Old Town Haunt , and Skull Kingdom. Old Town Haunt continued operation after 2009, but Fearplex and Seaside Haunt apparently did not.
SPOOKY HOUSE VIDEO: Check out trips to Spooky House, including 2007 and the 2006 presentation, including an interview with Turbidite Manor creator Nathan Hamilton.