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Halloween Haunt Awards: Best Halloween Attraction of 2016

What was the best Halloween attraction in Los Angeles this year? Read on to find out…if you dare!

In the past, this category of the Halloween Haunt Awards has been reserved for large-scale events – theme parks or shows where haunt-seekers could spend an entire evening. The premise was that a stand-alone haunted house might be wonderful, but it would be hard-pressed to qualify as the Best Halloween Attraction of the season if it lasted only five or ten minutes. That is why past winners (the Wicked Lit Halloween Theatre Festival, the West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl) were all-night affairs. This Halloween, however, we are revising our views in order to bestow top honor on a contender that truly deserves recognition, even though it is, technically, a single, independently owned walk-through maze…

The Winner: The Reign of Terror Haunted House

reign-of-terror-gate-with-titleReign of Terror has ranked among Hollywood Gothique’s favorites since our very first visit in 2008. At first we admired its sets, which created a beautifully convincing simulation of a haunted Victorian mansion. Since then, the haunt has more than doubled in size, adding new environments; along the way, the amazing settings have become increasingly inhabited by live actors and effects, creating a satisfying combination of atmosphere and shocks. Once merely spooky, the Reign of Terror Haunted House is now truly terrifying.

But what boosts Reign of Terror into consideration for Best Halloween Attraction is that its single labyrinth incorporates more than half a dozen different sections: beside the original haunted house, there is The Asylum, Blood Manor, Miner’s Revenge, Quarantine, the Fun House, and Infected. For many years, the old Fright Fair Screampark billed itself as “Four Haunts Slammed into One;” Reign of Terror has them beat several times over – it is a de facto multi-haunt experience, which visitors get to enjoy for a single admission price, waiting in line only once. As we noted here, the twenty-five minute journey provides almost as much Halloween horror as a theme park but without the interminable hours wasted in line after line after line; consequently, the scares-per-cost ratio of the Reign of Terror exceeds that of any haunted attraction in or around Los Angeles.

Quality, Quantity, and Value for Your Dollar. The Reign of Terror was an easy choice for this year’s Best Halloween Attraction in Los Angeles.

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.