We did a triple threat of Sylmar Yard Haunts -and then some - on our Halloween Night Home Haunt Odyssey. Here are that night's notables.
Sylmar Yard Haunts: Gothic Hills
13796 Marchant Avenue
Gothic Hills has on a neat display full of headstones, ghouls, skeletons, and poems on the grave markers while the fog machine runs with ambient lighting. To the right of the display were the singing pumpkins which we've mentioned back in 2016. The haunt proprietor plans on doing a maze next year, which Gothic Hills had done for years prior to the move to the new location. We can't wait to walk through Gothic Hills again.
Sylmar Yard Haunts: The Haunting in Sylmar
12929 Aztec Street
The Haunting in Sylmar boasted a vivid display full of countless hand-carved pumpkins, animatronic ghosts, dragons, and a variety of neat seasonal displays. The proprietor shared her love of Game of Thrones hence why there are dragons. We were extremely impressed with the hand carved pumpkins which can give Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns a run for their money; literally since this is a free home display that's outdoors. What was most awesome was that the proprietors carve a new one each year with the year on it!
Granada Hills Yard Haunts: Haunted Groundz
13243 Mission Tierra Way
Haunted Groundz once again delivers a jovial and whimsical performance paired with witty humor. This year's show and jokes are new with a few added talking props in the show. We'll have a video review to follow soon. Perhaps the most noticeable prop, well it was an actual classic American car with a talking skeleton chauffeur changing the radio station, stole the show since guests flocked to the vehicle to take a Selfie after the performance. The haunt owner even put out a “Selfie” sign next to the photo-op area. The shows are 7 minutes long with 2 minute breaks in between.
These three Halloween destinations were quite close especially the two Sylmar yard haunts, which were literally a few minutes away. We would urge to follow the route we did, ending at Haunted Groundz, where there is a show and photo-op that might require you to spend more time.
But wait - there's more! After Sylmar, we trekked north to visit and re-visit some Valencia and Santa Clarita yard haunts: Clown Town, Shiver, Club Fear: Nightmares, and Pumpkin Jack. Valencia and Santa Clarita are a 15-minute drive from Granada Hills, so it may be worth it to you.
More in this series:
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Shocktale, Backwoods, Rotten Apple
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Santa Clarita (updated)
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Sherman Oaks (updated)
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Orange County (updated)
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Burbank Yard Haunts
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: Antelope Valley Mazes
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: NoHo & Van Nuys
- Halloween Odyssey 2018: San Gabriel Valley