It's never too early to mark your Halloween calendar, so here are updates on two L.A. Haunted Attractions that went on hiatus during Halloween 2018. Mable's 6 Feet Under is closing its haunted motel for good; The Haunted Rose will return in a new location for Halloween 2019.
Since mid-February, The Haunted Rose, an excellent home haunt, has been teasing its resurrection as a professional attraction, via a series of Facebook posts, revealing a glimpse or two of a new location. Details are scarce, but a few posts quote H.P. Lovecraft, suggesting the 2019 Haunted Rose will "possibly" (all the confirmation we could get) take inspiration from the Cthulhu Mythos, just as their 2017 "Maritime Horror" echoed the author's "Shadow Over Innsmouth" (reviewed here). The official website indicates that ticketing information will be available soon.
Meanwhile, Mable's 6 Feet Under announced its dissolution earlier this month. Somewhat confusingly headlined "Mable's - The Legend Begins," the email announcement seemed to suggest a beginning, not an ending - in the sense that the "legend" of Mable's will begin to live in our collective memories and dreams now that the reality has ended. The announcement read, in part:
"It is with mixed feelings that we announce that Mable is ghosting us. She won't be returning. [...] Keep haunting and don't be surprised if Mable returns one day, in your dreams, in your nightmares or maybe right behind you when you least expect it."
Mable's 6 Feet Under (formerly Motel 6 Feet Under) was in operation only a few years, but its haunted motel theme was well realized, and we had looked forward to revisiting it for many Halloweens to come. Sadly, 2017 was its final haunting. You can see a video walk-through of the 2015 incarnation here.