FYI: Attractions at Coffin Creek are independently owned and operated.
As one of the few destinations that still offer a multi-attraction event; Coffin Creek continues to fill the void of multi-haunts. With the same layout as their 2021 effort; we’ll review the significant changes and standouts for this year. You can read the 2021 review here.
Coffin Creek 2022 Review: Walk-throughs + Hayride
The Curse of VooDoo Bayou, The Dark Realm and The Shady Hollow Hayride were all underperforming and underwhelming this season. Call it a lack of actors or a lack of action if you will; all three attractions seemed a bit thin in the talent department and this eventually made each of these seem short in length. However, we were also aware that new restrictions and regulations have been imposed on Coffin Creek almost daily from the powers that be; which may have also limited Coffin Creek’s vision and impinged on their goals to bring you an excellent experience. There were at least two great things about Coffin Creek, which also happened to be the standout mazes: The Catacombs and the Raven Cult and The Brimstone Asylum for the Criminally Insane which also serves as their pseudo-marquee attractions here.
We naturally always hit The Brimstone Asylum for the Criminally Insane first since it’s the first one near the ticket booths. The owners of this haunt have added more to a maze that’s already got a lot. Escaped mental patients seemed to have taken over and each turn might give you a new surprise since there didn’t seem to be any shortage of scare actors for this maze. We also noticed some rooms were touched up and there were additional props and sets not seen in 2021. This one seemed never ending and was very true to the theme which is something that we always appreciate here.
The Catacombs and the Raven Cult was something we missed last year, not because it was closed but because there was a huge staff shortage. The general admission line yielded an approximate 2 hour wait while the VIP/fast lane was at least an hour. With 4 other main attractions here, we just could not afford to be in line for over an hour. Therefore, the experience for us this year was fresh and new. Though this is not a maze that was known for much talking or improv; in one of the rooms reminiscent of a chamber, we were able to converse with a scare actor who responded appropriately and in character. There didn’t seem to be a shortage of staff this year as we saw many cult members running amok inside the maze. In the cathedral/church scene, a cult member in a robe welcomed us and explained that their cult is “eye opening” with the ability to “sink our teeth” into something new; referencing their uniform masks they have on which have hundreds of teeth and an eyeball on the flipside. Trust us, it looked very disturbing in person. This was perhaps the longest maze at Coffin Creek and possibly the creepiest since there were many instances of dead silence.
Coffin Creek 2022 Review: Conclusion
If you plan on heading over to Coffin Creek and doing the multi-haunt pass; then The Catacombs and the Raven Cult + The Brimstone Asylum for the Criminally Insane should make it worthwhile for you. Everything else should be treated as a bonus. On top of these walk-throughs and a hayride; there are a few food and street vendors plus a storyteller. Overall, though it is underwhelming compared to yesteryears; it is still a place to check out especially if you have not been.
Hollywood Gothique's rating of Coffin Creek 2022
1 – Avoid
2 – Not All Bad
3 – Recommended
4 – Highly Recommended
5 – Must See
With inflation at an all time high; where else can you get 4 mazes plus a hayride for under $50 bucks? Also, they now have a purchase protection policy which enables you to come again if the weather is bad. At the end of the day if you favor easy logistics and a destination you can just hang out at for a while then this may be the place for you.
Coffin Creek continues at Riverview Recreation Park on select nights until October 30. The address is 14600 Baron Drive, Corona, CA 92880. Tickets Available Online or at the Door, Parking $5 Cash only at the gate or $5. For more info, visit: www.coffincreek.com
*Note: The author of this post is a close acquaintance of the creator(s) of this haunt. However, this review is still written from a haunt-goers perspective and from a purely objective point of view.