Amateur Halloween Maze
2012 DATES & Hours:
- Friday, October 26, 7-10pm
- Saturday, October 27, 7-10pm
- Sunday October 28, 7-9pm
- Wednesday, Halloween Night 7-9pm
2012 THEME: The Rotten Apple 907 goes back to basic with a haunted house theme titled “Willsley Manor.” The back story is that the mansion was was inherited by brothers William and Ramsley Thompson in the late 1800; unfortunately, one of the brothers suffered from homicidal tendencies, and his victims still roam the halls.
ROTTEN APPLE 907 PRICE: Free – but this non-profit event accepts donations for a different charity every year. 2012’s recipient is Family Promise
ROTTEN APPLE 907 HISTORY: This amateur haunt, put on by “Rotten Apple Studios,” has been in operation since 1990. It’s free to trick-or-treaters, but they do accept donations to benefit charities (victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2006, Burbank Arts Foundation in 2007).
PAST ROTTEN APPLE 907 HAUNTS: Rotten Apple productions renames the haunt each year according to its them:
- The Haunted Meyers Estate in 2005
- Vammont Village in 2006
- “Malice in Wonderland” in 2007.
- 2008 featured a twisted take on the WIZARD OF OZ, with charity proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
- 2009 took you to “Burbank Underground.”
- 2010’s “Nightmare at the Museum” was built around the premise of a top secret military program gone wrong.
- 2011’s ”A Space Oddessy” offered visitors a chance to travel to the Beyond Frontier Earth Space Resort (”When Egypt Isn’t Far Enough”). ”Join us in space if you dare,” warns the poster. “In space no one can hear your screams.” This year, they are collecting donations to benefit the Family Service Agency of Burbank.
ROTTEN APPLE 907 FEATURES: More than a yard decorated with tombstones and ghouls (although there is plenty of that), this haunt features an extensive walk-through maze that takes you through several separate rooms. Many of the props used to be familiar store-bought items, but they were used to wonderful effect; more recent haunts have featured more original props and settings, including a giant moving catepillar for 2007’s Malice in Wonderland. There are some good scares and some clever laughs. For example 2005’s haunt (which was called “Graveyyard 907″) featured a zombie endlessly walking on a treadmill while moaning for “Brains! Brains” (obviously inspired by Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 film RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD).