23400 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
2016 Dates: None.
After haunting Orange County since 2009, the Empty Grave went on hiatus for Halloween 2016. The future of the event is uncertain. Check the official webpage for updates.
- No Empty Grave for Halloween 2016
- Review & Video: The Empty Grave 2015 - Graveyard Shift
- The Day After Halloween 2015: Those Haunts That Remain
- Last-Minute Halloween 2015 Recommendations
- Halloween Haunt Itinerary 2014: Orange County
- The Empty Grave 2014
- The Mourning After Halloween 2013: Those Haunts That Remain
- The Empty Grave 2012 Video
- The Empty Grave 2013
- The Mourning After Halloween 2012: Those Haunts That Remain...
- The Empty Grave 2012 Review
The Empty Grave History
Hollywood Gothique thinks of this Orange County Halloween attraction as “the little haunt that could”: it’s not really little, but it has grown and evolved over the years, starting with a limited number of sets and props and gradually turning into something much more elaborate.
Though Halloween 2013, The Empty Grave was located in the upscale Anaheim Garden walk, a short distance from Disneyland. With its nightclubs, restaurants, and bars, this was the last place one would expect to visit a tour into terror. The incongruity paid off with some of the best scares taking place outside the haunt, as roving monsters harass the well-coiffed women out for a night on the town.
Previous incarnations of The Empty Grave were somewhat different from other Halloween attractions: The defining characteristic of the hunt’s 2009 debut was its vast space (“over 50,000 square feet of terror,” per the website description), which created a sense of limbo, unlike anything seen anywhere else during the Halloween season. When we attended the haunt at its first location, the fog-filled layout – mostly empty, and very dark, with with dim shafts of light cutting through the void – suggested an ethereal trip through the underworld. Though short on sets, the Empty Grave’s unusual atmosphere lent its own unique vibe, leaving us feeling like lost travelers who had inadvertently crossed the River Styx. In subsequent years, the Empty Grave upgraded with more sets, props, and mechanical effects, before changing location in 2014, moving to Laguna Hills Mall.
MT Grave Productions also offers customized themed events for birthdays, corporate parties, weddings, photography sessions, etc.
The proprietor previously ran a smaller Halloween event named “The Haunted Cellar.”