The final weekend of October has come to an end, leaving Los Angeles haunt chasers wondering what to do in the lull between now and Halloween Night. The major Halloween Theme Park Attractions and Halloween Haunted Houses and Hayrides are resting their spirits for a couple days; even the more elaborate Halloween Yard Haunts are sealing the gates on their walk-through attractions. Fortunately, most of them will reopen on October 30, but what can you do on October 28 and 29? The answer: home haunt displays.
You will find few monsters active over the course of the next couple evenings; however, many of the decorated yards have opened their tombstones for public viewing - and will keep them open for the remainder of the season. For your convenience, here is a list some worth checking out. Of course, there are many others - too many to list - but as you drive to these locations you may find yourself discovering a few unexpected Halloween tricks and treats.
Also, a handful of professional Halloween attractions will resume on October 29; those are listed toward the bottom.
AMATEUR YARD HAUNTS
Location: 4602 Morse Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91432
Dates: through October 31.
Hours: 6-9pm Sunday-Thursday
Website: Click here
Description: Boney Island Yard Haunt offers a great Halloween carnival atmosphere, with lighted fountains, talking skeletons, and other crazy stuff that the whole family will enjoy.
Dates: through October 31
Description: Now in its fourth season, this Camarillo yard haunt promises to deliver the “same whimsy and atmosphere" that Halloween trick-or-treaters have come to expect, "with story scenes of how the house came to be haunted through its history, illustrated by the spirits and jack o’lantern’s within.” In the tradition of classic haunted house tales, Hanover Hall promises atmosphere instead of gore.There are no scare actors, just atmospheric displays of ghosts, goblins, and witches, contained within a small structure to create the enclosed “dark ride” feel of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion.
Hart Street Haunt
Location: 19521 Hart Street in Reseda
Dates: Although live monsters will haunt the yard only on Halloween night, the decorations are up from now until October 31
Hours: from dusk till the trick-or-treaters disappear.
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 – a werewolf, Michael Myers, and others – lurk around the sidewalk, inflicting fear on unwary travelers.
The Hezby Cemetery
Location: 11922 Hesby Street, Valley Village, CA 91607
Dates: through October 31
Hours: dusk till 9:30pm on weekdays, perhaps later on Halloween Night
Description: This yard haunt offers a spooky graveyard with a massive gate, a mossy tree, and an impressive deluge of fog rolling down the street long before you reach the actual address. There are laser lights, a Grim Reaper, and a quartet of statues singing the "Grim Grinning Ghosts" song from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Local trick-or-treaters should check this one out; it's fun and not too scary for the kids. We understand that there is a rival yard haunt around the corner, making this one a possible double-bill.
Hollywood Haunter: Grave Rock Gulch - Update: not open October 28-29
Dates: through October 31 Just announced on their Facebook page:
"Grave Rock Gulch will be CLOSED TONIGHT and tomorrow [Monday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 29]. We will keep you updated for Wednesday."
Hours: Sundown until 10pm
Facebook Page: Click here
Description: There will be interactive activities for trick-or-treaters on Halloween Night only; until then, you can stop by and marvel at the impressive depiction of old Western mining ghost town. 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. A hanged man twitches occasionally, and someone caught in a casket is kicking hi legs, trying to get out, but there is nothing here that should terrify the kiddies.
Full lighting and effects are apparently ready to go but not necessarily turned on every night (out of consideration for neighbors. Check their Facebook page to find out exactly what will be turned on the night you go.