2016 Halloween Itinerary: Orange County

With the opening of The Pumpkin Patch: The Flesh Yard on Friday, October 14, Orange County will have a quartet of active Halloween haunts you may wish to check out. Though located southwest of Los Angeles, the haunts are worth the trip: within easy driving distance of each other, they offer a full evening's entertain, spanning the spectrum of horror from old-school to interactive to extreme.

We have listed the haunts in the order you will find them on the map at the bottom. If you follow our suggested route, the total distance between haunts is under 30 miles, with an estimated drive time of 35 minutes.

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Sinister Pointe Title TreatmentSinister Pointe Haunted Attraction
1851 West Orangethorpe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
Website: www.sinisterpointe.com
info@sinisterpointe.com
1-714-927-DEAD

2016 Dates: October 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31; November 4-5

Hours: 7-11pm on Thursdays & Sundays; 7pm-midnight on Fridays & Saturdays

2016 Attractions: Sinister Pointe presents a single maze that splits off into four realms, allowing guests to choose their adventure.

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Motel 6 Feet Under entrance twilightMotel 6 Feet Under
Anaheim Business Expo Center
1960 South Anaheim Way, Anaheim 92805
www.motel6feetunder.org

2016 Dates: October 7-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-31; November 3-5

Hours: 7-11pm on Fridays & Saturdays; 7-10pm on Sundays and weekdays.

Tickets:  $15 for General Admission, $25 for VIP front of the line.

Discounts: 2-for-$20 tickets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

A mixture of maze, walk-through, live actors, animatronics, and other effects, this attraction uses its motel theme to create a memorable and distinctive haunt experience. Its debut for Halloween 2015 was good; this year, it's even better, a revised floor plan maximizing the potential.

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17th DoorThe 17th Door Haunted House
Tustin Market Place
2856 El Camino Real
Tustin, 92782
the17thdoor.com

2016 Dates: September 23-24, 30; October 1, 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 25-31

Hours: 7-11pm most weeknights; 7pm-midnight most weekends; 6pm-midnight the final days of October

Tickets: $24-29 for Regular; $33-35 for VIP

After making its debut in 2014, the 17th Door returns, offering a 34-minute tour of terror, forcing visitors to walk in the shoes of a traumatized university student struggling through psychological evaluations and painful childhood memories. This is an extreme haunt that requires visitors to sign a waver. An additional $5 can purchase a Mercy Pendant, which will spare more timid customers from being shocked, separated from their group, or coming in contact with bugs.

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The cast of the Flesh Yard
The Cast of Pumpkin Patch Haunt: The Flesh Yard
Pumpkin Patch Haunt: The Flesh Yard
5702 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92807
pumpkinpatchhaunt.com

2016 Dates: October 14-16, 20-23, 26-31

Hours: 7-10pm Thursdays-through-Sundays; 7-11pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Halloween Night

Located on a pumpkin patch on the corner of Imperial Highway and La Palma, this professional walk-through is the brainchild of the creators of the Perdition Home Yard Haunt. The Flesh Yard made its debut in 2015, offering creepy sets bedecked with animal skins and corpses, slaughterhouse crazies in pig masks wielding chainsaws, an amazingly athletic werewolf, and a trip to the infernal region, with a demonic character welcoming visitors to hell. Though the walk-through was not particularly long, it did make good use of its available space, with some clever touches that turned the experience into something more than maze with monsters around every corner.

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Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.