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Halloween attractions morphing for holiday season

In a move analogous to Jack Skelington rebranding Halloween Town for Christmas, two Halloween drive-through experiences are changing their seasonal overlay in order to reopen for winter: the Haunt O’Ween drive-through in Woodland Hills will become SoCal WonderLAnd, and The Bite LA will become The Bite LA Winter Holiday.

The holiday version of The Bite LA (or The Bite LA Winter Holiday & Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl, to give it its full name) will follow the template of its Halloween predecessor, dividing into three sections: the Snowman Sno-ball Fight, the Stocking Stuffer Sweets Crawl, and Stories & Songs with Santa.

In the Sno-ball Fight, visitors will be armed with cotton-plush “sno-balls and test their throwing ability against some Frosty Snowmen – who will return fire. In the second, visitors will have their stockings stuffed with seasonal treats, including Vegetarian, Vega, and Gluten-Free options. Finally, visitors will pull into a drive-in to listen to stories and songs while enjoying their treats. There will also be a “costume” contest for the car with the ugliest seasonal sweater.

Tickets start at $38 per person (depending on how many you squeeze into your car). Dates are scheduled daily (except the 24 and 25) from December 3 through 27 at Legg Lake, 751 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte 91733. Get more information at: thebitela.com.

Update: Schedule has been expanded to include December 31 and January 2.

SoCal WonderLAnd will offer semi-enclosed and open-air tunnel installations, synchronized holiday music lights, holograms, and elaborate settings including a holiday tree and WonderLAnd forest and a Holidays Around the World display. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves be one hand, and visitors will receive a stuffed holiday stocking.

SoCal WonderLAnd is scheduled for November 30 through December 30 except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are $70 per vehicle. The address is 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA 91367. Learn more at: socalwonderland.com.

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.