Halloween Home Haunts

Decorated Yards, Walk-Through Mazes, Performances & Other Amateur Attractions

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haunte house blinking eyesHalloween in Los Angeles is a very special time, when haunted house enthusiasts create elaborate Yard Haunts (or, in some cases Garage Haunts) in order to terrify appreciative trick-or-treaters just for the love of doing it. Below is a listing of these Halloween Yard Haunts in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. These neighbborhood home haunts usually feature houses and lawns decorated to resemble graveyards; some offer walk-through haunted mazes (although few if any actually allow you inside their house). Most are open on Halloween and one or two nights before or after. All are free and open to the public; some accept donations, either to off-set their costs or to benefit local charities. Although we categorize these Halloween attractions as “amateur” because they are non-profit, at least some are operated by industry veterans and feature professional-looking special effects.

Click here for the latest word on Amateur Halloween Events in Los Angeles. We learn of new haunts all the time, and they do not always get added to this list immediately, so be sure to check for new additions.

Note: Halloween Haunts with hyper-linked names lead to their own pages with more specific information, reviews, photographs, and video.

Looking for other ways to spend Halloween in Los Angeles? Check out our listings for Theme Park Halloween Attractions, Halloween Haunted Houses, Community Halloween Haunts, Halloween Events for Children, and Halloween Parties, Street Fairs, and Graveyard Tours.


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THE BACKWOODS MAZE YARD HAUNT
1912 North Pepper Street
Burbank, CA 91505
Click here for our page devoted to the Backwoods Maze.

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Balian Mansion front yard

BALIAN MANSION OF HALLOWEEN

1640 Braeburn Road, Altadena

Date:

  • Halloween Night

Hours:

  • Dusk until 10pm

Description:

Scaring neighbor hood since 2000, this home haunt reportedly draws a crowd of 3,500 trick-or-treaters every October 31. An article at Altadenablog.com describes “dead bodies, zombies, and monsters…creatures, inflatable displays, doorways, coffins, and even a real hearse,” along with a walk-through “tunnel of darkness.” Opinions seem to vary on whether the Balian Mansion of Halloween is too intense for youngsters: some parents describe it as R-rated, others as a PG-13.

While in the area, you might want to check out some other Altadena yard haunts, listed here.

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Sherwood Scare ghoulBIG WORM’S SHERWOOD SCARE

8856 Encino Avenue
Northridge, CA 91325

2014 Dates: October 17-19, 24-26, 31, and November 1

Hours:

  • 7-10pm all nights, except
  • 7pm to midnight on Halloween Night

Lights-On Version:

  • Sunday, October 26, from 5pm to 6:30pm (for those who do not want to be scared)

Admission:

  • $3. Donation benefits Big Worm’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Website: Click here

Description:

Created in 2012 to raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis, Sherwood Scare is no mere decorated yard; it’s a full-blown walk-through terror tour, loaded with monsters and mayhem, that immediately established itself as ranking among the best amateur Halloween events in Los Angeles.

Sherwood Scare began in 2012 with a haunted house theme. In Halloween 2013 the backyard haunt was transformed into Camp Sherwood – a summer camp every bit as cozy and safe as Camp Crystal Lake. For Halloween 2014, the theme is Sherwood Studios, haunted by the ghost of a child actress who disappeared decades ago.

Click here to find posts about his haunt, including our 2012 review here and our 2013 review here.

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BONEY ISLAND HARD HAUNTHalloween Skeleton Magic Show
Sherman Oaks, CA 91432
Website: www.boneyisland.com
Click here to visit our page dedicated to the haunt.

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BUTLER’S AREA 52

Location: 3040 Moonstone Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065

2014 Date: Halloween Night

Hours: Dusk till 10pm

Description: Though we have never been to this home haunt, the proprietor informs us that, for Halloween 2014, Butler’s Zombie Estate has been transformed into Area 52. Martians have crashed, and more are on the way; can the army stop them?  The walk-through maze, featuring animatronics and actors, leans toward “the scary side of the spectrum.”

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CURSE OF THE DEVIL SWAMP

curse of the devil swamp logo775 South Fircroft Avenue
Covina, California

2014 Date & Hours:

  • October 31, 7-11pm

Admission:

  • Free, but donations are accepted.

Website: Click here

Description:

The Curse of the Devil Swamp Haunted Attraction materializes on Halloween Night to haunt neighborhood trick-or-treaters. Hollywood Gothique has never made the trek out to Covina for this amateur yard haunt; however, theirs was the best mini-maze we sampled at this year’s ScareLA Halloween convention. As the name suggests, Curse of the Devil Swamp depicts a journey through a haunted swamp; if the full-scale version lives up to the sample we experienced, this one is worth the trip.

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THE DARK REALM

Beward the Dark Realm28621 Sugar Pine Way
Santa Clarita, CA 91390

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • October 24, 25, 31, and November 1, 7-11pm

Description:

This amateur Halloween event (from the original managers of the Heritage Haunt in Newhall) made its debut in 2013. Beware The Dark Realm features professional makeup and haunters and new home-made effects. This amateur attraction from the original managers of the Heritage Haunt returns for its second year of Halloween horror. Beware the Dark Realm is a home haunt featuring a Medieval theme, with a two-story castle facade leading to a 10-15 minute maze of winding corridors, filled with creatures around every corner. Sounds like fun!

This is a free event, but please bring a can of food to be donated to the local food pantry.

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DIY Haunt HouseDIY HAUNTED HOUSE

Location: 11206 Califa Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601

2014 Dates: To Be Announced

Hours: Sunset until midnight

Web Page: Click here

Description: Do-It-Yourself Halloween enthusiasts “Charlemagne Lazarus” (a.k.a. “Charlemagne Kinsman,” a.k.a. Brian Miller) throws his hat into the ring with this new home haunt. The DIY Haunt House is described as short and suspenseful, with a low fright level but probably not appropriate for children under eight.

The haunt is free. The entrance is on the cross street, Fair Avenue.

Find our latest posts about this haunt here.

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ETERNAL REST CEMETERY – On Hiatus for Halloween 2014

414 Rose Avenue
Eternal Rest Cemetery SignVenice, California

Website: www.venicehauntedhouse.com

E-Mail: Bunchastuf@aol.com

2014 DATES:

  • None. The proprietor decided to sit out Halloween 2014, with the intention of returning in 2015.

HOURS:

  • Typically, from dusk (approximately 6:30pm) until the line of trick-or-treaters dwindles.

Updates: click here

PRICE:

  • Free!

INFORMATION:

This annual yard haunt is quite the attraction in Venice, drawing crowds of costumed fans who line up on the sidewalk and down the block on Halloween night. The compact front yard is filled with decorations (store-bought), and there is a claustrophobic walk-through around the side of the house; the cramped corridor, with its by tight turns, leaves you no room to evade the creatures lurking within.  It takes only a few minutes to get through, but it is very effective; the scares might be too much for younger children

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Fallen Angel retouchedFALLEN ANGEL CEMETERY – Back for Halloween 2014

23830 Berdon Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Contact: (818) 716-6659

DATES & HOURS:

  • October 24-31, dusk till 10pm

INFORMATION:

Having gone on hiatus in 2013, Fallen Angel Cemetery returns for 2014.

This amateur yard haunt takes a classic approach to Halloween – spooky, not gory. The front yard is decorated with skeletons, tombstones, and bodies, while light and sound effects create the illusion of lightening, thunder, wind, and rain. A hearse parked at the curb has the Phantom of the Opera (Lon Chaney version) in the driver’s seat and a “passenger” in back.

Fallen Angel Cemetery provides good fun for neighborhood families. Also, it is in the same general area as the Forest of Mirrors, The Haunt with No Name Yet, and the FrightFair Screampark, making it a convenient addition to our suggested Halloween Haunt Itinerary for Woodland Hills.

Check out their YouTube video.

Find articles about Fallen Angel Cemetery here.

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Fall of the Punkin PeopleTHE FALL OF THE PUNKIN PEOPLE

Location: 13420 Wetworth Street, Arleta

2014 Dates: None. By way of explanation, the proprietor says he is “struggling with servos.”

Website: click here (info is sparse here)

Facebook Page: click here

Description: This yard haunt – more of a backyard art installation – went on hiatus in 2013 after making its debut in 2012. The Fall of the Punkin People billed itself as an experiment in storytelling: the concept was that visitors wandered an “abandoned field” (actually a back yard), observing the secret village of the tiny Punkin People; each little building conveyed a fragment of the story, which unfolded in a non-linear way, since visitors could look at buildings in whatever order they chose.

The official website and Facebook page are not exactly fonts of information, but if you want to know more you can check out the 2012 Kickstarter campaign, which lays out the plan in some detail.

The Fall of the Punkin People is a free experience.

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FEAR FAMILY HOSPITAL

Ontario Street and Chandler Boulevard in Burbank

Dates: Usually, the weekend before Halloween, and Halloween Night

Hours: 7-10pm, later on Halloween Night

Description: This walk-through yard haunt has been around for a decade and a half, although not at its current location. Fear Family Hospital features an outdoor maze; the house, situated on a corner lot, offers plenty of room. The tone is a bit goofy, with an improvised feel as the proprietor, in the guise of a mad doctor shows off his guillotine, electric chair, etc.  There are a few good scares with hands reaching out from beneath the black plastic “walls,” and there are some nice decorations, but this is mostly a neighborhood-level event.

Find posts about this Halloween home haunt here.

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Forest of Mirrors

FOREST OF MIRRORS – On Hiatus?

6124 Lederer Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367-1329
Phone: 818-932-9491
Email: internet@pbergeron.com
Website: www.forestofmirrors.com

2014 DATES & HOURS:

To Be Announced if any. We have contacted the owner for an update but have received no response. Typically, the haunt is open Halloween Night only, 6-10:30pm.

Description:

Located in a house once owned by silent movie comedian Buster Keaton, this Halloween yard haunt features a cemetery that seems endlessly extended thanks to strategic use of mirrors. That may not terribly terrifying when you read it, but in person the illusion is startling and remarkable.

Click here for our archive on this haunt.

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HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD

On Katherine Avenue, between Riverside Drive & Huston Street
Sherman Okas, CA
Website:
halloweengraveyardsite.com

DATE & HOURS: Usually the last week of October, from dust till…?

ADMISSION: Free

DESCRIPTION: This small-scale amateur yard haunt features 13 gravesites, moving skeletons, bats, ghosts, fog, lighting and sound effects. There are no monsters to scare trick-or-treaters, making the Halloween Graveyard very kid-friendly.

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Hanover Hall exteriorHANOVER HALL: The October Country – On Hiatus for 2014

1016 Beechwood Street
Camarillo, CA 93010

Dates & Hours:

  • None for 2014

Admission:

  • Free, but donations are gladly accepted

The manager of this yard haunt promises something different: less gore and more atmosphere, in the tradition of classic haunted house tales, with an emphasis on whimsy and fun. There are no scare actors, just atmospheric displays of ghosts, goblins, and witches. All of this is contained in a small structure to create the enclosed “dark ride” feel that one associates with the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland.

Halloween 2013 will feature the “same whimsy and atmosphere as usual, with story scenes of how the house came to be haunted through its history, illustrated by the spirits and jack o’lantern’s within.”

Find posts for this Halloween yard haunt here.

Oct. 7th
> through the 31st 730-10pm fri sat sun. Ideal for the kids, all
> display, no scare actors, just really atmospheric. Free, but donations
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HART STREET HAUNT – Neighborhood Yard Haunt

Hart Street Haunt 201419521 Hart St. in Reseda

DATES & HOURS:

  • Decorations are typically up by the first week of October.
  • Monsters haunt the sidewalk outside the yard only on Halloween night, from dusk till the trick-or-treaters disappear.

ADMISSION & PARKING:

  • Free – but parking is difficult. This is a neighborhood that loves Halloween, and the curbs are crowded with cars.

DESCRIPTION:

This yard haunt is situated in a Los Angeles neighborhood overflowing with Halloween spirit; many houses are decorated, and the sidewalks overflow with trick-or-treaters. The yard itself is loaded with mannequins of all shapes and sizes, many of them showing mechanical motions.

There is no walk-through maze, but you do have to maneuver along a walkway between some fences to get to the front door for candy; the escape route takes you past a upright coffin that – surprise! – turns out to be occupied.

As if that were not horror enough, a handful of monsters lurk around the sidewalk on Halloween Night, inflicting fear on unwary travelers.

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haunted diary dark carnivalTHE HAUNTED DIARY – On Hiatus for 2014

603 N. Las Palmas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Website: www.thehaunteddiary.com

2014 Dates & Hours:

Admission:

  • Free, but donations are accepted.

Description:

Formerly known simply as “Haunted Hollow,” this Halloween home haunt morphed into a sort of anthology in 2012: the connecting link is the “Haunted Diary,” which will open every Halloween to a new page, featuring a new theme. 2013’s theme is Dark Carnival.

The Haunted Diary is a walk-through scare experience that is not recommended for younger children. The front yard will be decorated (and perhaps populated with live monsters),  with candy available for children too timid to enter the haunt itself.

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HAUNTED HOUSE ON PUNTA DEL ESTE STREET

2125 Punta Del Este St. in Hacienda Heights, CA

2014 Date:

  • Halloween night only

Hours:

  • 6-10pm

Haunting since 2002, this amateur effort in the Hacienda Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles promises a bigger and scarier Halloween every year. Starting in the front yard, a walk-through labyrinth wraps around the house, through the garage, and then an additional maze is built on the end.

The scares are reportedly too intense for younger children; however, if a child enters, the monsters are alerted on a radio to tone down their act.

Find posts about this Halloween home haunt here.

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The Haunted ShackTHE HAUNTED SHACK – Maze

5112 Maricopa Street Torrance, CA 90503
Contact: info@thehauntedshack.com
Website: www.thehauntedshack.com

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • October 31 and November 1, 7-10pm

Admission & Parking:

  • Free, but donations accepted

Updates: Click here.

Information:

In operation since 1997, the Haunted Shack has grown into a single effects-filled, 1500-square-foot walk-through maze that takes 6-8 minutes to walk through. The look of the maze changes from year to year, depending on the theme (everything from killer klownz to Dia De Los Muertos).

The amateur haunt was closed in 2007 due to time contraints but reopened for 2008, and has been going strong ever since.

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THE HAUNT WITH NO NAME YET
Website:
click here

An atmospheric amateur yard haunt in Tarzana – one of the best ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

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haunting in anaheim 2THE HAUNTING – On Haitus

Anaheim, CA (address revealed one week prior to Halloween)
Website: www.tragicterror.com

2014 Dates:

  • To Be Announced, if any.

This free home haunt, which began scaring Anaheim residents in 1997, went on hiatus in 2013; the official website says the haunt “hopes” to return in 2014. This is not the first time something like this has happened: In 2011,The Haunting in Anaheim cancelled its annual appearance at the last minute, but then returned for its 15th anniversary in 2012.

Typically, The Haunting manifested only Halloween Night only, starting at dusk. The Que Line for the walk-through maze closed promptly at 10pm.

Sadly, we never had the opportunity to visit. Hopefully, they will reopen.

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A HAUNTING IN SYLMAR – Yard Haunt

Haunting in Sylmar skeletons12929 Aztec Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

2014 Date:

  • October 31, sunset to 10pm

Description:

Here is a new addition to the Hollywood Gothique’s list of Halloween Home Haunts: A Haunting in Sylmar. We have never visited, but the photos look intriguing, and the proprietor offers this description:

“A large number of intricately-carved jack-o-lanterns (sometimes 20-plus) mixed in with a graveyard scene, which is decorated with skeletons, masks, tombstones, lighting, mist, and electronics. Music plays in the background. Although atmospheric and generally spooky, it is family friendly. There have been instances where really, really young kids have run off crying, although most are fascinated, and their parents love it. We also give out full-sized candy bars rather than the ‘fun size’ candies. Although the family members wear costumes, there aren’t any actors in makeup or masks. The decorations are confined to the front yard and a hillside on our property.”

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HelizondoTHE HELIZONDO HAUNT – Haunted Maze

2134 Elizondo Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Webloghellizondohaunt.com/blog

2014 Dates & Hours:  To Be Announced (usually October 30 & 31, from dusk till…?)

An elaborate yard haunt loaded with custom-made props and decorations. Quite a bit of fun, with a short walk-through maze haunted by monsters of various shapes and sizes, depending on the year’s theme.

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Hezby Cemetery in Valley Village

Hezby Cemetery in Valley Village

THE HEZBY CEMETERY – Yard Haunt

11922 Hesby Street
Valley Village, CA 91607

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • October 25-31

Hours:

  • Sundown till 9pm

Description:

This yard haunt provides a spooky but kid-safe cemetery scene, with some nice projection effects, smoke, lights, and lasers. The proprietor promises a few upgrades for Halloween 2014.

There is a rival yard haunt around the corner, which might be worth checking out.

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Grave Rock Gulch from Halloween 2013

HOLLYWOOD HAUNTER – Yard Haunt

Location: 1547 Garden St., Glendale 91201

Website: Click here

2014 Dates:

  • Second half of October. Candy and haunting on Halloween night only

Hours:

  • Sundown to 10pm

Description:

Like a chameleon changing its colors, Hollywood Haunter morphs into something new every Halloween. The theme for 2014 is “A Night in a Haunted House.” On October 31, trick-or-treaters are invited to walk through a sinister display of ghosts and skeletons; the scare level is described as “perfect for the whole family.” Hollywood Haunter features some of the best sets of any amateur haunted house in Los Angeles, so this one is worth checking out even if you do not live in the neighborhood.

Trick-or-treating takes place on Halloween Night, starting at 6pm, but lights and decorations are up all month long.

Hollywood Haunter is collecting non-perishable food donations for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. Stop by any time in October to drop of a canned food item or similar.

History:

Formerly known as Mishap Manor, this family-friendly yard haunt got a makeover and a new name for Halloween 2012, razing its decrepit haunted house to make room for a “A Haunt on Garden Street,” which included a cemetery with a pair of mausoleums, and a walk-through crypt,  enhanced with lighting and sound effects. You can read about our visit here.

2013’s theme was Grave Rock Gulch, a spooky but not too frightening old Western mining ghost town, which allows kids to pan – not for gold but for body parts! Facades include a Jail, a Spanish Mission, a Train Depot, a Saloon, a General Store, a Dentist-Barber Shop, an Undertaker, a Gold Mine, and a Water Tower.

Hollywood Haunter Updates: click here

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THE HORROR ON FRANKEL STREET - Halloween Yard & Garage Haunt
Website: www.facebook.com/horroronfrankelst
Cool combination of yard haunt and garage haunt in the Lakewood area of Los Angeles. Click here for more information.

THE HOUSE AT HAUNTED HILL
Website
: www.houseathauntedhill.com
A great amateur Halloween attraction with a dramatic presentation, telling a story through narration, music, and professional-quality special effects, in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles. More than a decorated yard – it’s a haunted house extravaganza. Click here for more information.

THE HOUSE OF RESTLESS SPIRITS
Website: www.houseofrestlessspirits.com
Tremendously spooky haunted house in Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles, near the ocean, featuring incredible special effects. Both the front yard and the back yard are haunted; plus there are numerous manifestations peeking out the windows of the house. Click here for more information.

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MARY AND MARC DOTEN’S SPOOK HOUSE

1785 E. Orange Grove Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91104

DATES & HOURS: Starts at dusk on Halloween night of odd-numbered years. For those of you who flunked math, this means there should be no haunt in 2014.

DESCRIPTION: An expansive Halloween yard haunted loaded with tombstones and decorative lights. A few sound effects enhance the cemetery feel, but the tone is mostly jokey (with gravestone markers for Bush and Michael Bolton). Passing through an arch, you take the long walk toward the house, accompanied by a silent figure in a gas mask. The front of the house is even more elaborately decorated with bones, an angle skeleton, and wafts of fog. The costumes proprietors guard the door, scaring those who look strong enough to take it but receiving the children amiably enough. Before you take your candy and leave, don’t forget to glance through the front door: the inside of the house is just as haunted as the outside, including some lovely miniature pieces above the fireplace mantle.

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MOURNING ROSE MANOR – Halloween Yard Display

5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley
Facebook
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2014 Dates & Hours:

  • October 1-31, from dusk till 11pm

Updates: click here

DESCRIPTION:

This decorated yard haunt lasts all month long, with tombstones, lights, skeletons, and phantoms haunting passersby. The ghosts of times long past stir and wait for their chance to walk among the living. Will you come and greet them? They’re always looking for company. Come stay a while…a long while….

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murder manorMURDER MANOR – On Hiatus?

5311 Acacia Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92845

Website: ocmurdermanor.webs.com

Dates & Hours:

  • To Be Announced, if any. The Website is down, suggesting the haunt may be defunct.

Description:

Every Halloween, this old Victorian estate transforms into Murder Manor, beckoning guests to travel once again down the haunted hallways, where horrific events from long ago return to life.

The Murder Manor haunt is free but donations are encouraged. 50% of donations go to Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

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The Mystic Motel Halloween Ride

Mystic Motel artowrk croppedLocation: 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
  • 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 38-second depiction of a trip through the basement of a haunted hotel, which visitors took on a mobility scooter adapted to run on a track. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign for Halloween 2014, the garage haunt will expand to include a walk-through maze of the hotel itself, creating a planned ten-minute experience.

Unlike most home haunts, Mystic Motel charges for admission. Tickets are $2.

Hollywood Gothique missed the Mystic Motel’s debut in 2013, but our interest was piqued by the home haunts panel at ScareLA in August. We’re planning to make the trip out to Ladera Ranch this Halloween.

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nightmare on ambroseNIGHTMARE AT THE CIRCUS

(formerly Nightmare on Ambrose)

Location: 4302 Ambrose Avenue, Los Angeles (Los Feliz Area), CA 90027

Dates & Hours:

  • Saturday nights in October from 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Halloween, from 6:30 – 10:00pm

Admission:

  • Free. Donations accepted.

Description:

We are informed that “14 year-old Timur Bootzin and his ghoulish friends are back for a 3rd year with another frightening Halloween maze. The haunt may be too intense for young trick-or-treaters, but a milder version is available from 6-7pm.

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nightmare in whiting woods skeletonTHE NIGHTMARE IN WHITING WOODS – On Hiatus?

413 Whiting Woods, Glendale, 91028

2014 Date:

  • To Be Announced, if any. The official website is down, and there have been no updates to their Facebook page since 2013.

Websiteclick here

Description:

This amateur effort has been haunting since 2002, sometimes at different locations. They launched a Kickstarted campaign to upgrade their props and effects for 2013 but fell short of their goal. Hopefully, the haunt will continue anyway.

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Night of the Living Dead

Location: 22408 Cantara St. West Hills, CA 91304

2014 Dates: To Be Announced

Hours: Treats handed out on Halloween night from dusk until…?

Description: We first heard of this one in Halloween 2012, but too late to do anything about it. This year, it has moved to a new location, but we understand that the basic theme remains the same. The proprietor tells us he is offering a “spooky and gory yard haunt that will give you chills down your spines…literally!”

There will be man-eating zombies and monsters roaming the area. Those brave enough to circumvent them and survive long enough to reach the front door will be rewarded with treats.

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Perdition Home

Perdition Home Logo HorizontalLocation: 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 trip out to Yorba Linda this Halloween. At ScareLA in August, Perdition Home offered a mini-maze filled with eviscerated bodies and electric firecrackers for a jolting effect. From the brief walk-through it be difficult to extrapolate what the full haunt would be like; fortunately, a slideshow presentation at one of the convention’s haunt panels depicted something rather elaborate and ghastly, along the lines of the Backwoods Maze in Burbank (an acknowledge source of inspiration).

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pumkinjack2013flyerPUMKIN JACK’S HAUNTED HOUSE

Location: 28603 Natalie Lane, Saugus, California 91390 (Note: Hollywood Gothique’s GPS insists that this address is located in Santa Clarita, not Saugus.)

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

Admission: Free

Website: Click here

Description: Situated on a corner in a quiet Santa Clarita neighborhood, this amateur yard haunt features outdoor decorations and a walk-through maze inside the garage. There is some plastic tarp, but for the most part the construction effectively creates the illusion that you are inside a haunted house, and though short, the 600-foot labyrinth is impressively dense with scares, featuring eight haunted rooms.

Find posts about this Halloween maze here.

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ROTTEN APPLE 907
Website: www.rottenapple907.com
More than just a decorated yard, this amatuer Halloween haunt features a walk-through maze with a different theme every year, located in Burbank, in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Click name for more information.

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spider-lights at catalinaSPIDER-LIGHTS AT CATALINA

806 Catalina Street
Burbank, CA 91505

2014 Dates & Hours: Yard decoration usually up by mid-October. Full display with lights and sounds on the last weekend of October and Halloween Night. Candy distributed on October 31 from 6-10pm.

Admission: Free

Description: This is a charming kid-friendly haunt in Burbank, which seems to be the “Yard Haunt Central” area of Los Angeles. It is also safe to walk through, with lights and decorations but nothing too scary for young trick-or-treaters. Almost all decorations are in place a night or two before Halloween, with many on display up to a week previously.

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SPOOKY HOLLOW – On Hiatus

17449 Burbank Boulevard
Encino CA

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • None. After making its debut in 2012, this home haunt went on hiatus for Halloween 2013. We will let you know if the proprietor decides to resurrect Spooky Hollow.

Website: Click here

This new Halloween yard haunt made its debut in Los Angeles for October 2012. The proprietor (whose Imagineerie company provides effects for professional Halloween theme park attractions) offers this description:

Spooky Hollow is a yard haunt put together by a (partially) mad man to satiate his need to share his love of Halloween. It is an elaborate yard display of a grave yard, a witches lair and a toxic waste dump featuring “off the shelf” animated figures, video illusions and perhaps a few surprises. There will be some costumed “creatures”, but they are there to greet visitors, not scare them. This display, while creepy, is otherwise family friendly.* This is Spooky Hollow’s first year. If all goes well, the plan is to morph and grow the event over the coming years into a completely unique and engaging event rivaling large haunts and theme parks in show quality.

*UPDATE: Regarding the term “family friendly,” the owner clarifies: although there are no “in your face” jump-scares, Spooky Hollow could be a bit frightening for some small children, with creepy atmospheric effects and some gruesome props and decor.

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Spydrhill Cemetary entranceSPYDRHILL CEMETARY – On Hiatus

1522 w 222nd Street, Torrance, California 90501

Facebook page: click here

Contact: spydrhill@sbcglobal.net

2014 Date:

  • To Be Announced, if any. 2013 was billed as the final year for this home haunt; though there is a chance that the proprietor may bass the baton to the next generation, no announcement has been made for 2014.

Former Location: 1522 w 222nd Street, Torrance, California 90501

Description: This amateur Halloween yard haunt was scaled back  in 2012, due to lack of funds; the proprietor set up a Kickstarter account but was unable to meet his goal. Construction began late in October 2013 on Spydrhill’s “final Halloween Haunt in Torrance.”

In its heyday, Spydrhill offered three fright-filled rooms: Cobweb Alley, Clowns of Chaos, and Spydrhill Cemetary. Guests who dared to enter would find themselves in a once-beautiful town now overrun by arachnids. If you make it through the winding maze, candy will be your reward.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted to offset cost.

Read posts about this Halloween yard haunt here.

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13th Gate 2011 poster copyTHE 13th GATE ASYLUM – On Hiatus

1798 Avenida Navidad
Camarillo, CA 92780

Websitewww.the13thgateasylum.com
Email: info@the13thGateAsylum.com

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • None, apparently.

After moving, this yard haunt went on hiatus for 2012, with a promise to return at a new location in 2013, which never materialized. The proprietors informed early in the year that they would resurrect their haunt for Halloween 2014; that was the last we heard from them.

In the past, the haunt was typically open only on Halloween Night: 6-7pm: Child’s Play/Chicken Hour (no scaring); 7:30-10:30pm: Fair Game (anything goes).

ADMISSION & PARKING: FREE. Donations accepted.

BACKGROUND: The haunt features thirty cast member. The theme changes and thes walk-through maze is reconfigured every year. 2009’s theme was Carn-Evil (yup, killer klowns). 2010 offered “The Haunted Forest.” 2011’s theme was Nightmares.

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Van Oaks Cemetery yard hauntVAN OAKS CEMETERY

Location: 5822 Norwich Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411

Dates:

  • October 15-31 (perhaps not all effects will be ready by the 15th)

Hours:

  • 7-11pm

Website: Click here

Description: This nifty little Halloween yard haunt, which started in 2011, eschews crude shocks; you will see neither blood nor chainsaw, only atmosphere. The display consists of tombs, static skeletons, ominous but subtle music, and a couple of nice effects, including a phantom figure that periodically passes through a front window – pretty impressive for an amateur effort.

The Van Oaks Cemetery may be a little too low-key to warrant a trip all on its own, but if you happen to be in the area, it is worth stopping by for a brief visit. Full effects and lighting may not be up until the final week of October.

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michael, jason, frankenstien, freddyTHE WESTERN HOUSE OF DARKNESS

Location: 2821 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

2014 Dates & Hours:

  • October 31, 7pm to …?

Facebook PageClick here

Description: This amateur Halloween yard haunt – which has been in operation several years – features scary decorations with a few animatronics, music and sound effects.

Decorations are usually on display by mid-October. On Halloween Night, the owners throw a neighborhood potluck party, offer treats for the local kids, and dress in costume to deliver a scare or two.

A headless woman  at Western House of Horror A convict ghoul  at Western House of Horror Monsters on display at the Western House of Horror

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THE WHITECLIFF ROAD HAUNTED MANOR
Formerly the Van Noord Street Haunted House
1077 Whitecliff Road Thousand Oaks, CA (818) 681-3750
Website: whitecliffhaunt.tripod.com

DATES & HOURS: Halloween night, dusk till….

INFORMATION: Once a fairly elaborate yard haunt with a walk-through maze, Whitecliff Manor has been reduced to a front-yard display since 2012.

HISTORY: At their previous location on Van Noord Street in Los Angeles, this amateur Halloween yard haunt (put on by some genuine Halloween enthusiasts) featured a front yard decorated as a pet cemetery and a short, walk-through tunnel with some nice black-light decorations and a brief, surprise scare at the end. After moving to Thousand Oaks, the haunt expanded its pet cemetery, and added an electric chair and a haunted foyer with a dead butler to guide guests through a 42-foot walk-through maze. Due to time constraints, the maze was abandoned in 2007, then resurrected for 2008, then abandoned again – this time, apparently, for good. After taking a year off to visit other haunts in 2009, the proprietors returned for 2010, then sat out 2011 again. Their website indicates that, from now on, they will no longer be doing an elaborate home haunt, just a decorated yard.

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