Graveyard of Lost Halloween Haunts

A virtual monument to Los Angeles' departed scare zones and October horror shows.

Halloween graveyard artEvery Halloween season, while we drink deeply of the delightfully dreary ambiance that new haunts and old favorites have to offer, we also suffer a pang of wistful nostalgia as we cast our mournful eyes back through the hazy clouds of time and recall those attractions that have gone to the grave, leaving a vast gap in our annual enjoyment of all things macabre.

The following list enumerates those Los Angeles Halloween attractions that have shuffled off this mortal coil. Although they are gone, their legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who visited them, and so we offer this tribute to the terrors they evoked and the shudders they sent down the spines of countless trick-or-treaters…

And lest despair deaden your soul, recall that, when it comes to Halloween, nothing ever truly dies. Haunts once thought dead forever, sometimes are resurrected or reincarnated in another guise. Who knows? Perhaps some of these will return sometime in the future, in some form or another.

Many of the more famous of these lost Halloween haunts have their own dedicated pages, which you can find listed in the upper left navigation bar.

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adenmoor manor

ADENMOOR MANOR Yard Haunt

5929 Adenmoor Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713

For two years, this home haunt featured a 1,000-foot backyard maze in Lakewood,  near Long Beach. Unfortunately, some of the proprietors moved out of state in 2011, sending this impressive sounding attraction to a premature grave before we had a chance to check it out personally.  From what we heard, guests entered in groups of 6 or less, passing through twists and turns that prevent them from seeing what lies in wait ahead - but whatever it is, the monsters outnumber the humans. There was no particular theme, but the haunt avoided the usual cliches: clowns, aliens, pirates, toxic waste mutants and overly familiar movie characters (ie. like Jason, Freddy, and Leatherface) were nowhere to be seen.

There was a dim suggestion that one of the remaining haunters, still living in California, would resurrect the haunt in 2012, but we have heard nothing further on the matter.

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ALIEN INFESTATION Yard Haunt

2734 Annapolis Circle
San Bernadino, CA 92408
Website: www.alieninfestation.com

Although it was a a bit out of our usual jurisdiciton, we included this yard haunt in our listings because it was created by Ryan Carter, who contributes to one of our favorite professional Halloween haunted houses, the Old Town Haunt in Pasadena. The effects for Alien Infestation were created by Carter's special effects company, Hall of Shadows.

In 2009, Alien Infestation presented a scenario roughly akin to H.P Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space,"inviting you to tour the impact of a meteor strike on San Bernadino, which has adversely affected the local environment and creating mutant creatures of every description. According to the official website:

"The five minute walk-through takes guests through a variety of sets and mazes filled with elaborate props, mechanical effects, and good old fashioned human scares. Though blood and depictions of dismembered limbs are present, the gore is not excessive. There are no age restrictions on the event, but parents are cautioned against bringing children that are easily frightened by the dark, graphic images, or startling events. The scare factor can be reduced upon request, but this will not eliminate all of the frightening elements. Regretfully, wheelchair access is not available at this time."

HISTORY: Making its debut in 2009, Alien Infestation replaced Ryan Carter's previous yard haunt, Bayou of Blood.

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beacon houseBEACON HOUSE HAUNT

The Beacon House
1003 S. Beacon Street, San Pedro, CA 90731

Located near the southern end of Los Angeles, the Beacon House Association of San Pedro produced a Halloween block party for over twenty years, providing a safe way for the community to celebrate the season. The Beacon House's annual Halloween event typically offered a "Nightmare on Beacon Street," including a haunted maze, a street fair, dancing, contests, food, and other entertainment suitable for the whole family. The 2006 haunt featured an “alien invasion” theme, including a walk-through maze.

In 2009, the elaborate Halloween event fell prey to new regulations and requirements; necessary permits were not obtained in time. For the next few years, Beacon House offered a scaled down "Halloween Party," with dancing, contests, face-painting, and Kareoke. Since then, the event ceased to appear on the website's annual calendar.

Year round, the Beacon House helps men recover from alcoholism, providing food, shelter, and counseling.

Boo-tiful Burbank
BOOO-TIFUL DOWNTOWN BURBANK & HAPPY HOWL-OWEEN

Website: www.downtown-burbank.org

On Halloween Night, from 4pm to 7pm, Downtown Burbank used to offer this annual Halloween event for families with children and/or canines. Parents were invited to bring their goblins and ghouls for an early evening of trick-or-treating. Local merchants provided free treats from store-to-store.

Pet owners were encouraged to bring along their favorite K-9 dressed in the Halloween spirit for the Annual Downtown Dog Parade on the AMC Walkway.

The last time this event showed up on the Down Town Burbank website was 2012.

 

THE CATACOMBS Community Haunt

10800 Henderson Road
Ventura, California
Website: catacombs.sacredheartventura.org

Beginning in 2004, this amateur Halloween event, located in Youth Center behind a church in Ventura (northwest of Los Angeles), was designed to provide fun for the local kids, with a “a small but cool maze with a mild scare factor," while bringing in money and food donations. Although a community effort, presented by The Sacred Heart Church's Youth Ministry, some of the people involved had Hollywood FX exerience, having worked on such films as RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, THE RING, HELLBOY, etc. After "The Catacombs: A 3D Haunt" in 2009, this event went on hiatus in 2010.

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CREEPY HOLLOW

3101 Overland Boulevard
West Los Angeles, CA 90034
Websites: www.myspace.com/creepyhollow_1

Once upon a time, Creepy Hollow claimed its haunted house, located in a small retail space, was the “hottest” way to spend Halloween in Los Angeles. After 2008, it shut down, promising to find a new location in 2009, but that promise never materialized.

 

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CRESTFALLEN CEMETERY Yard Haunt

9348 Cresta Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 968-5080

Updates: click here

Description: After 13 years of haunting, this amateur yard haunt called it quits, giving one last performance in 2011. Crestfallen Cemetery (the arch over the gate actually misspelled the name to match the street name: "Crestafallen Cemetery") offered trick-or-treaters a brief walk through a creepy cemetery, with an enclosed ramp featuring lots of animation and some live characters. The steep stairs led through a front yard dense with tombstones and ghosts; the enclosed area featured a few spooky tableau appropriate for a neighborhood haunt. The tone was family-friendly - more Disney's Haunted Mansion than Knotts Scary Farm - with nothing too scary for youngsters.

DinerOfTheDeadDINER OF THE DEAD Halloween Haunt - 2010 Only

12500 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA

Apparently, this was a one-shot effort in 2010, overseen by one of the crews responsible for the well-regarded Sinister Pointe, which was on hiatus that year.  The City of Garden Grove resurrected the abandoned Black Angus restaurant for Halloween, transforming it into  “Diner of the Dead,” a heart-pounding, horror-filled maze set inside the vacant, 10,000 square-foot restaurant at 12900 Euclid Street.

This professional haunt was intended for teenage to adult audiences. Admission ws $13 per person with photos available for an extra fee. Tickets were available at the door, or at the Garden Grove City Hall Recreation Counter, 11222 Acacia Parkway, starting Monday, October 4.

“Diner of the Dead” was a collaboration between Jeff Schiefelbein’s Imagination Design Studios and Abracadaver Productions. Abracadaver’s spooky sculptures have appeared in numerous films. Imagination Design is known for the Silent Hill Haunt at Sinister Pointe in Brea (listed on our Halloween Haunted Houses & Hayrides page).

Click here for articles on Diner of the Dead.

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FRIGHTMARE Home Haunt

Reseda, CA 91335

NOTE: This Halloween haunted house was apparently a one-shot deal, when some ambitious haunters took advantage of a rare opportunity: being asked to house sit for a friend. With an empty house at their disposal, they turned it into an excellent walk-through haunted house.

FEATURES: This completely amateur effort was one of the best Los Angeles yard haunts in 2004. Not really a “Yard Haunt,” it actually took you through a house with seven rooms of bone-chilling fear that promised to “scare the yell out of you,” including a 3D maze. Unfortunately, since then the haunters have been unable to secure a suitable location. With no news of a revival, this goes down in Halloween haunt history as a memorable one-shot wonder.

ALSO OF NOTE: Although free, the haunt did take donations. In 2004, all proceed went to benefit APLA (AIDS Project Los Angeles). Read about our 2004 Halloween Haunted House Odessey (including a trip to Frightmare, Grimmstone, Hallowed Haunting Grounds, Witch’s Castle, and other amateur haunts).

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GHOST SHIP

2901 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Website: www.ghostship.com (website down)

Note:  This Halloween haunt provoked disappointed reactions from Los Angeles Halloween fans when it made its debut in October 2011; though not as bad as some made out, Ghost Ship could not live up to the level of expectations raised by visitors anticipating another great event from the company behind the excellent Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

DATES: October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
Hours: Ship sets sail nightly at 6:30pm, 8:15pm & 10:00pm
Tickets: $59

Tickets: $59 in 2011

Archived Articles: click here

Description: Ten Thirty One Productions - creators of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, one of Hollywood Gothique's favorite Halloween events in Los Angeles - set sail on a new adventure, a ghostly cruise in Orange County. We're not talking about a mock-boat and make-believe sailing; this was the real thing: a 75-minute tour on the high seas that aimed to be anything but a pleasure cruise, with guests allowed to roam at their own pace from deck to deck, encountering horrors guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of all who dare face them.

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Dark RealmsDARK REALMS: AN AMERICAN HAUNT

Former Location: 537 Palm Dr., Brea, CA 92821

Hours: Typically, 7pm-10pm on weeknights and 7pm-11pm on weekends, with an early show for timid trick-or-treaters at 6:30pm

Dark Realms: An American Haunt was more of a "home haunt" than a "yard haunt" - the only major decoration in the front yard was a facade that you entered to experience a walk-through maze, with numerous scenes and actors, eager to have you for dinner. Although located in a private home, Dark Realms charged for admission ($8 for General Admission or $15 for a front of the line pass) in order to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Orange County. 2012 was their final year, as the owners moved to a new location that would not support a haunt.

 

13 Nights Of TerrorHALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTIVAL & 13 NIGHTS OF TERROR

Community Haunt - 2010 Only
Lost Canyons Golf Club, 3301 Lost Canyons Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Websites: 13 Nights of Terror & Family Halloween Festival

This haunted Halloween event opened its doors for one season only in 2010, offering a Halloween Family Festival, a Family Safety Fair, live music, and a Haunted House. Produced by Shipwreck Productions, which used to handle the Queen Mary Halloween Terrorfest, 13 Nights of Terror was a community-style event whose proceeds went to benefit the non-profit Gull Wings Children's Museum.

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HAUNTED COURTYARD - Yard Haunt

Former Location:
Villa Del Fuente
627 North Spaulding Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Description: Sadly, the proprietor of The Haunted Courtyard informs that the event is as "dead as the ghouls" roaming on Halloween Night.

Too bad. Back in 2012, children of all ages were invited to enter the Haunted Villa's inner courtyard for Halloween fun. Located in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles, a couple blocks from the intersection of Fairfax and Melrose, this amateur Halloween event offered a simple walk-through trick-or-treat experience with spooky atmosphere and candy, from dusk until the candy ran out.

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HAUNTED GARAGE
3432 Karen Ave
Long Beach, CA 90808

This free home haunt used to put on a different theme each Halloween, such as "Dr. Uphir's Sanitorium," which conflated the Faust legend with an insane asylum.

After going dark for Halloween 2010 and 2011, the proprietor resurrected the Haunted Garage on last time in 2012. Since then, a busy work schedule has closed the Haunted Garage, perhaps permanently.

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hollywood-roosevelt-haunted-hotelsHAUNTED HOLLYWOOD SCAVENGER HUNTS & TOURS

Former Location: Hollywood, CA (specific location was revealed upon registration for the event)

Out of the Box Events, the company that conducted the Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt and the Haunts of Angelino Heights Tour, seems to have gone out of business: their website is down, and email inquiries bounce back.

For six years, Out of the Box Events offered Los Angeles Halloween fans an opportunity to enjoy their scavenger hunts, which promised an unusual and interactive way to tour Hollywood, with groups of up to six people scouring the streets of to uncover ghoulish ghosts, terrifying tales and scandalous secrets in such venues as the Roosevelt, The Knickerbocker, and several old theatres. No prior ghost hunting experience was required, but a flashlight was recommended.

Haunts of Angelino Heights: Out of the Box Events and the Los Angeles Conservancy used to offer this fright-filled Halloween tour through one of the city's oldest Victorian neighborhoods. Hours were 4:00pm to 6:30pm. Guiests were advised to bring one digital camera and one flashlight per team, which consisted of up to 6 members. Tickets were $30.

Note: There is still a Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt available during the Halloween season, provided by Watson Adventures.

Click here for our archive of Out of the Box Events.

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THE HAUNTED JAIL Community Haunt

Former LocationAltadena Sheriff’s Station 780 East Altadena Drive, at Lake Avenue Altadena, California

The Altadena Sheriff’s Station begain presenting a 3D haunt in1997, which was not recommended for children under five. In 2010, the haunt was cancelled, due to continued reconstruction work on the Altadena Jail, which finally reopened on September 24, 2011. Unfortunately, with the remodeling complete, the jail was once again capable of doing business as a real jail, and the annual Halloween event was permanently terminated.

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HELL BREAK L.A. - 2012 only

Former Location: 5601 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038

Description:This Los Angeles Halloween event made its debut in 2012, offering a post-apocalyptic prison where the inmates were "dying to get out." Staged in the abandoned Sears building, Hell Break L.A. consisted of two attractions: the haunted prison and a haunted maze. The former was an interactive theatrical experience; the latter was a literal maze, from which you had to find your way out.

The prison maze was quite well done, though a bit shaky on opening night (as you can read in our Hell Break 2012 review). Unfortunately, the event was plagued by organizational problems, including last-minute cancellations, which left ticket-holding customers arriving on sight with no advance notice that the doors would be closed. After the Halloween 2012 season ended, Hell Break L.A. quietly folded up shop, eventually closing down its website and Facebook page nearly a year later.

Hollywood Hell House

HOLLYWOOD HELL HOUSE Halloween Attraction

Former Location: 385 La Cienaga Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90048
Website: HollywoodHellHouse.Com

News & Reviews for Hollywood Hell House here.

After two years of haunting, this Halloween attraction went on hiatus in 2008, with a promise to return in 2009, which never materialized.

This was not your typical haunted house but rather a satirical play, based on a presentation designed to teach “young people that they can go to hell for abortion, adultery, homosexuality, drinking, and other things unless they repent and end the behavior.” Keenan Roberts, who has been presenting the real Hell House since 1992, sells Hell House Outreach kits to other churches, including a 263-page manual - which was the basis for the West Hollywood version. It goes without that the West Hollywood presentation played the material for laughs.

After walking through the haunt you were invited to hang out for a dance party with DJ Davey Save, with “bands, dancing, and praising till midnight.”

The original Hell House was the subject of an excellent documentary film, which is definitely worth checking out. After you have seen it, you will definitely be interested in attending the haunt in person.

 

horror valley high schoolHORROR VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Community Haunt - 2011 Only

Former Location: Golden Valley High School
27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Website: horrorvalleyhighschool.com

Updates: Click here

Much of the cast and crew of the Heritage Haunt at Heritage Junction which went on hiatus in 2011 due to bureaucratic red tape) set up a new Halloween haunt for 2011, sub-titled "Terrors in Time." As with the Heritage Haunt, this was a non-profit event, staffed by volunteers who wanted to share their macabre brand of entertainment with like-minded enthusiasts. The high school location turned out to be not as conducive to haunting as the old Newhall Ranch House in Heritage Junction; consequently, many of the cast and crew returned to Heritage Haunt in 2012.

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THE INFECTED Yard Haunt

1401 N. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91505
Info: (818) 681-5605

Previously known as "Massacre Manor," this amateur Halloween haunt featured a walk-through back yard path that portrayed an urgent care medical facility is over-run by an infectious disease (shades of QUARANTINE). Admission was free but donations were accepted.

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NIGHTMARE JUNCTION

2220 Chandler Blvd Burbank, CA

NOTE: This gruesomely good yard haunt was out of operation from 2007 through 2009, then resurrected briefly in 2010. It disappeared again in 2011 and remained closed for 2012. We will let you know if it returns.

ADMISSION & PARKING: FREE

FEATURES: This residential yard haunt and walk-through maze, situated on a sidestreet intersection in a quiet neighborhood, was made up to look like a torture chamber, complete with dismembered bodies strung up above the fence that surrounds the property, plus various torture racks and other menacing devices. The grounds are patrolled by a hooded executioner, who pulls a cord to drop the guillotine on a dummy victim. Enterting the main gate leads you into a short, temporary maze structure, with a couple of gory scenes inside. A local attraction, this extravagant amateur effort can be very busy on Halloween night, unless you arrive very early. Although gruesome, the all tone is somewhat over-the-top and tongue-in-cheek, so this is proabably okay for all except the very youngest kids.

nightmare on leaf street

A NIGHTMARE ON LEAF STREET

Former Location: 1253 S Leaf Avenue, West Covina CA, 91791

Facebook Page : click here

This amateur yard haunt seems to have floated off into the ether, never to be heard from again. Nightmare on Leaf Street made its debut in 2010, with a walk-through maze featuring scares inspired by the Freddy Kruger films, along with Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and other icons of fright - all in 3-D. The proprietors claimed to be in it for the long haul ("We plan to do House Haunts till we're old"); however, after attempting to go pro, offering to haunt your house or party for a price, they fell off the radar. Their Facebook page has not been updated since 2012, and their email is dead.

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PARANOIA HAUNTED ATTRACTION

Formerly located at:
Santa Moinca Place Mall, 2nd Level
315 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Website:  www.paranoiahalloween.com

This haunted attraction, which incorporated elements of the defunct Molar Manor, made its debut in Santa Monica for Halloween 2012. The result was a bit disappointing, so it is no great surprise that haunt quietly dematerialized into the eternal ether.

 

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Pirates of EvergreenPIRATES OF EVERGREEN Yard Haunt

1730 North Evergreen Street
Burbank, California

After putting his pirate playground on hiatus for 2010, the owner of this yard haunt moved to Oregon. Before then, this nautical yard haunt and party took place on Halloween Night. The bulk of the display was up the night before, if you wanted to drive by and take a look, but the real fun flowed on October 31, when the yard was populated by pirates enjoying the festivities. The pirate-party grew so popular that it inspired neighbors to join in the Halloween fun, creating several other impressive displays nearby.

 

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THE REALM OF TERROR Yard Haunt

Former Location: 23125 Eriel Ave. Torrance CA, 90505

The Realm of Terror yard haunt opened its crypt in 2000, offering a walk-through maze, which grew in size and complexity each year. Unfortunately, in 2007 time considerations forced a switch to a simpler haunt, minus the maze - which was again the case in 2008. 2009 saw no haunt at all, with a promise to return in 2010 - which never materialized.

The proprietor expressed hope that he and his comrades would eventually resume haunting and perhaps resurrect a more elaborate version of the Realm of Terror, but the disappearance of the official website (which went dark in 2013) suggests that this realm has forever sealed its gates.

 

werewolves in wonderlandREVELES HAUNTS Yard Haunt

8146 Campbell Avenue
Riverside, CA 92503

Website: www.revelshaunts.com

After three years of haunting Riverside (including 2010's Werewolves in Wonderland), this home haunt picked up stakes and moved to Wisconsin. Its website is still active, and the haunt lives on in its new location. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

 

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SATAN’S CHOP SHOP Halloween Home Haunt

Former Location: 5016 W. 118th Street
Hawthorne, CA 90250

MySpace Page: Satan’s Chop Shop

The Halloween haunt went on hiatus in 2009 and 2010 because of lack of an available location. Emails to the proprietors indicated an intent to return in 2011, but that Halloween passed without a resurrection.

A gruesome gorefest, this neighborhood effort hovered somewhere between amatuer and professional: although located in a private residence, Satan's Chop Shop (judging by available photos - we never made it out) featured impressive special makeup effects crafted by Hollywood professionals. The horror show promised to scare you silly with intestines, chainsaws, and other bloody horror not seen in your average amateur Halloween yard haunt.

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SCAREPLEX Halloween Haunt

Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Pomona, CA 91765
Phone: 949-660-1988
Website: www.scareplex.com

The Scareplex Halloween Haunt was produced by Shipwreck Productions, the people behind the fine Queen Mary Terror Fest. Scarplex made its debut in 2004 to mediocre response; some haunt-goers complained that many of the props and settings were leftovers from the Queen Marry Terror Fest. After returning in 2005, the haunt skipped the 2006 season. In 2007, a new company took over, and the haunt was re-christened “Fearplex” (see listing above). The Haunt featured an all-night dance party and four mazes: Reaper’s Revenge, Voodoo Village, Massacre Mountain, and Mayhem Manor.

Scareplex was replaced by FEARPLEX for 2007 and 2008. 2009 saw yet another new haunt at the fairgrounds, Nightmare at Scare View Farms (listed above).

SCARE AT THE FAIR: Shipwreck Productions also presented “Scare at the Fair,” a single walk-through haunted house maze, during the annual L.A. County Fair. Like Scareplex, this was later replaced by a new attraction, the Haunted Manor. Read our review of the 2006 Scare at the Fair or check out our video.

SOUTH BAY MAZEMASTER Amateur Halloween Haunt

Torrance, CA
Website: www.myspace.com/torrancemaze

For a few years, this amateur attraction was open the last few days of October.  Usually located in the Torrance area of Los Angeles, this haunted maze moved to Redondo Beach for 2008; that year's theme was "Hell Shire Farms." In 2009, it offered a 70-yard walk through "Haunted Mind Shaft" with black lights, strobes, fog machines, music and monsters. The proprietor promised that the "mind-blowing sights and sounds will send you out of this world!" After this "Depths of Doom" presentation, the Mazemaster went on hiatus, and has not been heard from since.

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THE TERRY HAUNT Community Haunt

Anaheim, CA 92804
Website: www.terryhaunt.com

The Terry Haunt began in 1997 as a yard haunt, then gradually expanded, changing location from a private home to the La Palma Recreation Center in Anaheim for 2007. After location problems forced a hiatus in 2008, the Terry Haunt returned in 2009 with "Clownz," set in a large space that used to be a shopping market. Unfortunately, the haunt was again canceled in 2010. After promising to return in 2011 with a new theme titled "Necropolis," haunt proprietor Michael Terry posted this message on his website:

Due to recent events we will no longer be producing the Terry Haunt's Annual Haunted House. Our heartfelt thanks to all who supported us, helped us, and made our Nightmares Come True since 1997. It has been a pleasure to bring this event to life each Halloween. All the best...

The message is no longer visible on the official website, suggesting that it may not be the last word on the subject. However, there is no news of an intended revival of the Terry Haunt.

Click here for the Terry Haunt archive.

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THOUSAND OAKS HAUNTED HOUSE Halloween Attraction- 2005 Only

Former Location: Janns Market Place
215 North Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

This Halloween haunt ran for a single season in 2005. It featured three mazes of the "haunt in a box" variety:

  • Circus of Screams: According to the official website, a “Circus of Screams” visited Thousand Oaks decades ago, and many strange things happened; nothing was ever proven, and the circus departed. But many say that the spirits of the evil clowns still haunt the area.
  • Thousand Oaks Haunted House: an obscure filmmaker, whose movies were so sick and twisted that they were never released, mysteriously disappeared when the authorities broke in on him, but his work lives on.
  • Thousand Ghosts 3D Matinee: This less frightening attraction is recommend for children under 13 (and their parents with faint hearts)

This haunt was set up in a temporary structure (a large tent inside a gated area) in the parking lot of the Janss Marketplace, which now houses the Reign of Terror haunted house, which is quite superior.

Read our review of the 2005 haunt here.

 

THE TUSTIN HAUNT Amateur Halloween Attraction

13151 Brittany Woods Drive Tustin, CA 92780

Website: TustinHaunt.com

Information: Located behind the Orange Curtain (i.e., in Organge County), this “semi-pro” attraction began haunting in 1995, hovering somewhere between a Yard Haunt and a Community Haunt. Although free, Tustin Haunt accepted $2 donations to offset costs and offered a $5 front-of-the-line pass. During their thirteen years of Halloween horror, the the haunt raised money for the community, including the Tustin Public Schools Foundation.

The last full-blown presentation was in 2008, titled “Red Hill Mining Co. Massacre," and offered a behind-the-scenes tour after Halloween, for those wanting to know how the scary effects were achieved.

In 2009, proprietor Ben Penman and his crew moved on to Sinister Pointe, a professional Halloween haunted house in Brea. Consequently, the Tustin Haunt was reduced to a yard display for two years before losing its location in 2011. The Penman expressed interest in resurrecting the walk-through portion of the haunt for 2012 but instead took a job at The Empty Grave pro haunt in Anaheim for 2012. Currently, he is uncertain whether the haunt will ever return.

Blackout Haunted House

Blackout Haunted House

Website: www.blackouthh.com 2017 Dates: None. The event went on hiatus in 2016. Since then the official website has gone dark. After years in New York, Blackout Haunted House opened a new location in Los Angeles for Halloween 2012. Conceived...
Eek! at the Greek

Eek! at the Greek

The Greek Theatre 2700 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027 www.lagreektheatre.com 2016 Date : On hiatus. Since the Greek Theatre is now run by the city of Los Angeles, Nederlander Concerts no longer has control of the schedule; ...
Evil Twin Studios Haunted House

Evil Twin Studios Haunted House

Website : www.eviltwinstudios.com 2016 Dates : None. The haunt is on hiatus for Halloween 2016, because a suitable location could be be obtained. Beginning in 2013, Evil Twins Studios provided a remarkable and distinctive addition to the ...
Fearplex Halloween Haunt

Fearplex Halloween Haunt

Formerly located at the Pomona Fairgrounds 1101 W. McKinley Avenue Pomona, CA 91765 Website: www.fearplex.com NO LONGER IN OPERATION : This professional haunted house attraction ceased operation after the death of owner Bob Koritzke in July...
Fears Gate Halloween Haunt

Fears Gate Halloween Haunt

Fears Gate began haunting Southern California in 2010, when it made its debut as as The Forbidden Haunt in Sherman Oaks, using a circus theme - set inside an actual circus tent. Some actors and characters from the defunt Spooky House Halloween Haunt ...
Fright Fair Screampark

Fright Fair Screampark

Pierce College, 20800 Victory Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA With a history stretching back to the 1990s, Fright Fair Screampark was the longest running, non-theme park Halloween haunt in Los Angeles, until it lost is location after the 2014 ...
Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park

Ghost Tour at Strathearn Park

Strathearn Historical Park & Museum 137 Strathearn Place, Simi Valley, CA 93065 www.simihistory.com 805-526-6453 (for group reservations of ten or more) The Ghost Tour in Strathearn Park went on "hiatus" in 2015. Despite a promise to return...
Grimmstone Cemetery Yard Haunt

Grimmstone Cemetery Yard Haunt

NO LONGER IN OPERATION 6706 Blewett Avenue Van Nuys, CA E-Mail: Grimmstone13@aol.com Website: www.grimmstonecemetery.com   This was one of the must-see amateur haunts in Los Angeles. Basically, Grimmstone Cemetery was a circular driveway loa...
Hacienda Heights Haunted Maze

Hacienda Heights Haunted Maze

2125 Punta Del Este Street in Hacienda Heights, CA Facebook Page On Hiatus : The haunt went dark in 2016. It may or may not return. We will let you know if it does. Formerly listed as The Haunt on Punta Del Este, this home-made walk-through started h...
Haunted Hollywood Sports Halloween Attraction

Haunted Hollywood Sports Halloween Attraction

Hollywood Sports 9030 Somerset Boulevard Bellflower, CA 90706 www.hauntedhollywoodsports.com 2016 Dates:  None. After haunting from 2012 through 2014, Haunted Hollywood Sports went on hiatus in 2015. For 2016 they will offer only a Halloween ...
Haunted Midnights at the Comedy Store

Haunted Midnights at the Comedy Store

8433 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069 Back in October 2010, The Comedy Store first threw open its doors for this Halloween-themed tour of its allegedly haunted premises. The venerable venue - which claims to be renowned as "one of the most ...
Haunts USA Halloween Attraction

Haunts USA Halloween Attraction

NO LONGER IN OPERATION Professional Haunted House Northridge Fashion Center 19450 Plummer Street Northridge, CA 91324-2142 After operating in 2006 and 2007, this Halloween attraction is closed for good. If you want to know what you missed, read...
Jackson Manor Yard Haunt

Jackson Manor Yard Haunt

22506 N. Myers Street, Burbank, CA 91504 This was a cool Halloween yard haunt with some great decorations, that went dark in 2009. Jackson Manor began circa 2002 as a yard haunt, with tombstones and figures of familiar monsters like Dracula and t...
Little Monsters Ball at Queen Mary

Little Monsters Ball at Queen Mary

The Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802 Date: Not currently listed on Queen Mary schedule Since 2012, the Queen Mary has offered this annual Halloween party for children. Activities include: Trick-or-Treating: Let your kid...
Molar Manor Haunted Attraction

Molar Manor Haunted Attraction

Professional Haunt NO LONGER IN OPERATION A.K.A: 2nd Chance Manor FORMERLY at 19415 Soledad Canyon Road Canyon Country, CA 91351 Phone : 661-25-CRYPT (252-7978) DATES : Alas, no more! After sitting out Halloween 2008 and 2009, the facility gave some...
Night of the Living Dead Yard Haunt

Night of the Living Dead Yard Haunt

22408 Cantara St. West Hills, CA 91304 2015 Dates : To Be Announced, if any Description : We first heard of this one in Halloween 2012, but too late to do anything about it. The following year, it moved to a new location, but we understand that ...
Night of the Living Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo

Night of the Living Zoo at the Los Angeles Zoo

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 www.lazoo.org (323) 644-4200 2015 Date & Hours : None. Apparently the event was not popular enough to become an annual Halloween attraction. The Los Angeles...
Nightmare at Scareview Farms

Nightmare at Scareview Farms

(a.k.a. Nightmare: A Haunted Attraction at Fairplex) NO LONGER IN OPERATION : After the demise of Fearplex (which was sold off after the death of owner Bob Koritzke), the Pomona Fairplex  instituted a new Halloween haunt in 2009, called Nightmare ...
Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction

Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction

NO LONGER IN OPERATION! 20 N. Raymond Avenue (corner of Colorado Blvd) Old Town Pasadena, CA 91103 Phone: 626-248-7652 E-Mail: info@oldtownhaunt.com Website: www.oldtownhaunt.com Alas, no more! One of the best Halloween events in Los Angeles, thanks...
Rob Zombies Great American Nightmare Halloween Attraction

Rob Zombies Great American Nightmare Halloween Attraction

Pomona Fairplex 1101 W. McKinley Avenue Pomona, CA 91765 www.greatamericannightmare.com The Los Angeles County Fairplex, which went dark for Halloween 2012, hosted the debut of a new horrifying event in 2013. Though a success, Rob Zombie's...
Skull Kingdom Halloween Haunt

Skull Kingdom Halloween Haunt

NO LONGER IN OPERATION 23210 Ventura Blvd. at Woodlake Woodland Hills, CA 91364 SKULL KINGDOM DATES: Alas, no more! After making its debut in 2008, this Halloween event - part of the Spooky House chain of Halloween Haunts in Los Angeles - closed...
Spooky House Halloween Haunt

Spooky House Halloween Haunt

No Longer in Operation Professional Haunted House 21512 Nordhoff Street between Topanga Canyon and Canoga Chatsworth, CA Website:  www.spookyhouse.com Until the death of owner Bob Koritzki in July of 2009 , Spooky House was of the most successful Ha...
The 13th Gate Asylum

The 13th Gate Asylum

1798 Avenida Navidad, Camarillo, CA 92780 Website : www.the13thgateasylum.com Email : info@the13thGateAsylum.com 2017 Dates: To Be Announced.  After going on hiatus in 2016, the proprietors indicate they hope to reopen for Halloween 2017. We will ad...
The Blumhouse of Horrors

The Blumhouse of Horrors

2323 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA Website: www.purgebreakout.com In 2012, Hollywood producer Jason Blum opened a new Halloween event in Los Angeles, named after his company Blumhouse Productions, which produced PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, INSIDIOUS, ...
The Braeburn Haunt

The Braeburn Haunt

Scaring neighbor hood since 2000, this Altadena home haunt reportedly draws a crowd of 3,500 trick-or-treaters every October 31.
The Butler Estate

The Butler Estate

Location : 3040 Moonstone Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065 2016 Dates : None - this home haunt has shut down. Hours : Dusk till 10pm Description : Formerly Butler's Zombie Estate, this yard haunt transformed into Area 52 for Halloween 2014 an...
The Curse of the Devil Swamp

The Curse of the Devil Swamp

775 South Fircroft Avenue, Covina, California www.feartheswamp.com This entertaining home haunt went on indefinite hiatus after Halloween 2014. The announcement arrived via a statement on the home haunt's website and Facebook page, in October ...
The DIY Haunted House

The DIY Haunted House

Location: 11206 Califa Street, North Hollywood, CA 91601 2015 Dates : TBA, if any. The proprietor took off  2014 to visit other home haunts. Hours : Sunset until midnight Web Page: Click here Description: Do-It-Yourself Halloween en...
The Doten Spooky House

The Doten Spooky House

E. Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena This festive home haunt in Pasadena, which operated only on odd-numbered years, gave up the ghost after Halloween 2007. During our single visit, we encountered an expansive yard loaded with tombstones and decorative l...
The Empty Grave Halloween Attraction

The Empty Grave Halloween Attraction

The Empty Grave facebook.com/EmptyGraveHauntedHouse/ mike@thehauntedcellar.com After haunting Orange County since 2009, the Empty Grave closed in 2016. The official webpage went dark, and the haunt's Facebook page indicates the haunt will not return. Check...
The Eternal Rest Cemetery

The Eternal Rest Cemetery

414 Rose Avenue,  Venice, California www.venicehauntedhouse.com Bunchastuf@aol.com 2015 Dates : None This entertaining and popular yard haunt, with a brief but effective walk-through maze, entertained Venice trick-or-treaters for many years ...
The Fall of the Punkin People

The Fall of the Punkin People

Location : 13420 Wetworth Street, Arleta Dates : None. This yard haunt - more of a backyard art installation - went on hiatus in 2013 after making its debut in 2012.  By way of explanation, the proprietor told us that he was "struggling with ...
The Forest of Mirrors

The Forest of Mirrors

6124 Lederer Ave, Woodland Hills, CA 91367-1329 Website: www.forestofmirrors.com After Halloween 2013, this unique amateur home haunt faded into the mists of time (though we heard second-hand that it lived on one more year, as smaller event for friends an...
The Fright Gallery

The Fright Gallery

Halloween Yard Haunt - No Longer in Operation 454 South Lamer Street Burbank, CA E-Mail: SpillYourGuts@thefrightgallery.com Website: www.thefrightgallery.com FRIGHT GALLERY DATES : NONE. This haunt's website has been down since 2009, indicating...
The Ghosts of Halloween

The Ghosts of Halloween

Halloween Yard Haunt - No Longer in Operation 2 Stagecoach Drive Phillips Ranch, CA 91766 Website: www.ghostsofhalloween.com GHOSTS OF HALLOWEEN DATES & HOURS : NONE. After cutting back to a mere decorated yard for a few years, this Halloween haunt...
The Hallowed Haunting Grounds

The Hallowed Haunting Grounds

Formerly at 4343 Babcock Avenue, Studio City, CA Email: host@hauntinggrounds.org Website: www.hauntinggrounds.org  This decorated yard haunt lasted until its thirty-third year, and people kept coming back - because it was the best in Los Angeles. Ea...
The Halloween Graveyard

The Halloween Graveyard

On Katherine Avenue, between Riverside Drive & Huston Street Sherman Okas, CA Website : halloweengraveyardsite.com Note : We have not visited this home haunt in many years, and its website has gone down, indicating it may no longer be...
The Hanover Hall Garage Haunt

The Hanover Hall Garage Haunt

1016 Beechwood Street,  Camarillo, CA 93010 The amateur Halloween yard display went dark in 2014, after eight years of haunting. Hollywood Gothique was never able to attend, but the manager informed us that he was less interested in gore and more...
The Hart Street Haunt

The Hart Street Haunt

19521 Hart Street in Reseda Dates & Hours : No More! Sadly, a fire destroyed the props and costumes for this home haunt, which formed the epicenter in a Los Angeles neighborhood overflowing with Halloween spirit. Many other houses were decorated, and t...
The Haunted Diary

The Haunted Diary

603 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90004 Website: www.thehaunteddiary.com 2016 Dates : NONE. The proprietor expressed plans to move to a new location for 2016, but there have been no updates since then. Description: Formerly known s...
The Haunted Vineyard

The Haunted Vineyard

NO LONGER IN OPERATION 3099 Guasti Road Ontario, CA 562-801-2221 Website: www.thehauntedvineyard.com The Haunted Vineyard had been going strong for several years before we discovered it in 2004. Unfortunately, it closed due to zoning restrictions...
The Haunting Factory

The Haunting Factory

NO LONGER IN OPERATION Walk-Through Halloween Haunt West Hollywood, CA 90069 Website: www.hauntingfactory.com Email: cn@hauntingfactory.com HAUNTING FACTORY 2010  DATES & HOURS: NONE. Apparently this was a one-shot deal, which closed after ...
The Haunting in Anaheim

The Haunting in Anaheim

Anaheim, CA Website: www.tragicterror.com On Hiatus This free home haunt, which began scaring Anaheim residents in 1997, cancelled its Halloween 2011 manifestation at the last minute; after returning for its 15th anniversary in 2012, the ...
The Heritage Haunt Halloween Attraction

The Heritage Haunt Halloween Attraction

Hart Park - Heritage Junction 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall, CA 91322 Website: www.scvhaunt.com The Heritage Haunt was a non-profit Halloween fundraiser, set in an allegedly haunted house at Heritage Junction in Hart Park. It benefited from the au...
The Hollywood Haunter

The Hollywood Haunter

1547 Garden St., Glendale 91201 www.hollywoodhaunter.com 2016 Dates : None. The haunt went on hiatus for 2015 because the proprietors were moving from their old location. No word on a new location, though they still post how-to-haunt videos on their...
The Horror on Frankel Street

The Horror on Frankel Street

2719 Frankel Street Lakewood, California Facebook page : click here This ambitious and effective amateur Halloween attraction was a good bet for those living in the Lakewood suburb of Los Angeles. Dates:  Nevermore! After going on hiatus in ...
The House of Restless Spirits

The House of Restless Spirits

1008 Euclid Street Santa Monica, CA Contact: ericmfx@gmail.com Website: www.houseofrestlessspirits.com Some of the most amazing and imaginative effects ever seen at a Halloween event in Los Angeles . 2015 DATES & HOURS : None. House of Restless ...
The Huntington Haunt Experience

The Huntington Haunt Experience

Newland House Museum 19820 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, 92648 www.huntingtonhaunt.org (714) 960-0055 2016 Dates :  None. On hiatus until 2017. Making its debut in 2015, this Halloween attraction offered a combination of Delusion: A Haunted Pl...
The Murder Manor Haunt

The Murder Manor Haunt

5311 Acacia Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92845 Website: ocmurdermanor.webs.com Until 2012 or so, this old Victorian estate transformed into Murder Manor every Halloween Night, beckoning guests to travel once again down the haunted hallways, where ...
The Mystic Motel Halloween Ride

The Mystic Motel Halloween Ride

36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch, CA. 92694 www.facebook.com/MysticMotel On Hiatus : The proprietors decided to shutter their home haunt in 2016 while focusing their efforts on creating a professional attractions. Watch their Facebook page for updates,...
The Pirate Cave Yard Haunt

The Pirate Cave Yard Haunt

7919 Lasaine Avenue Northridge, CA 91325 Contact: Sean Jones at 818 321-1202 E-Mail: DreamCatcherEFX@aol.com This charming Halloween haunt was great for trick-or-treaters of all ages until it closed after 2009, when the proprietor switched to working ...
The Seaside Haunt

The Seaside Haunt

NO LONGER IN OPERATION Seaside Park Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 Harbor Blvd (corner of Figueroa) Ventura, CA 93001 This once great Halloween attraction, with its foggy seaside atmosphere, suffered from diminishing returns when it expanding...
The Sherwood Scare Home Haunt

The Sherwood Scare Home Haunt

8856 Encino Avenue, Northridge, CA 91325 www.sherwoodscare.com Since going dark in 2015, Sherwood Scare remains on indefinite hiatus. A permanent retirement was announced, but the message on the official website leaves little hope for a resurrection: "Unfortunately, w...
The Spooky Hollow

The Spooky Hollow

17449 Burbank Boulevard, Encino CA After making its debut for Halloween 2012, this home haunt went on hiatus in 2013. We will let you know if the proprietor decides to resurrect Spooky Hollow. Website: Click here This Halloween yard haunt, p...
The Spydrhill Cemetary

The Spydrhill Cemetary

1522 w 222nd Street, Torrance, California 90501 www.facebook.com/SpydrHillCemetary This web-encrusted and arachnid-infested yard haunt celebrated its final year at its original location in 2013. The haunt went dark the following year; however, t...
The Theatre 68 Haunted House

The Theatre 68 Haunted House

For nearly a decade, Theatre 68's annual Haunted House offered one of the most uniquely dramatic and theatrical Halloween events at its location on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Long before "interactive" became a Halloween buzzword, the 68 Cent...
The Whitecliff Road Haunted Manor

The Whitecliff Road Haunted Manor

1077 Whitecliff Road, Thousand Oaks, CA whitecliffhaunt.tripod.com Once a fairly elaborate yard haunt with a walk-through maze, Whitecliff Manor was scaled back to a front-yard display in 2012. For 2014, the proprietors decided to go on hiatus i...
The Witch Castle

The Witch Castle

4218 Shadyglade Avenue Studio City, CA This entertaining home haunt was a perennial in Studio City for many years. Sadly, it  now resides in the Graveyard of Lost Halloween Haunts. The self-proclaimed "epicenter of Halloween" featured spooky effec...
Turbidite Manor Haunted House

Turbidite Manor Haunted House

Formerly part of Spooky House in Northridge, California NO LONGER IN LOS ANGLES Turbidte Website: Click Here . Unfortunately, Los Angeles residents can no longer enjoy this excellent Halloween attraction - a genuinely spooky simulation of a haunted h...
Voices of Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Voices of Pioneer Cemetery Tour

Pioneer Cemetery, 14451 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342 www.sfvhs.com  818-970-1286 Presented by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society and the Los Angeles Mission College Drama Club, this fund-raising Halloween event took visitors through a his...
West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl

West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl

Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, 90069 www.wehopubcrawl.com With its enjoyable debut in October 2015, the West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl seemed to establish itself as one of the top Halloween events in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, despite promises t...
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