120 W. 5th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701
2017 Dates: No Haunted House this year. Instead, Sinister Pointe offers "Hex" ("Orange County's Largest Costumed Affair") on October 27-28, 8pm-2am both nights.
- HHA 2016: Best Professional Halloween Haunted House Walk-Through
- Sinister Pointe will offer Not So Merry Christmas in December
- Post-Halloween 2016: Those Haunts That Remain
- Halloween Review: Sinister Pointe 2016
- Upcoming Reviews: Delusion, Sinister Pointe, The Flesh Yard, Haunted Maze on Ambrose
- 2016 Halloween Itinerary: Orange County
- Sinister Pointe encores Fear the Darkness
- The Day After Halloween 2015: Those Haunts That Remain
- Last-Minute Halloween 2015 Recommendations
- Sinister Pointe invites you to Fear the Darkness for Halloween 2015
- Sinister Pointe Encore Night on Nov. 7
Sinister Pointe Information
Sinister Pointe bills itself as "Southern California's Only Year-Round, Permanent Haunted Attraction and Horror Production Studio." However, "year-round" does not mean "open every day of the year. Rather, Sinister Pointe producesr various special events throughout the year (e.g. "Not So Merry Holiday Haunted Attraction" and "Horror Movie Night").
Sinister Pointe History
Sinister Pointe was the first Halloween attraction in Southern California to feature interactive elements, forcing visitors to complete tasks and choose pathways in order to navigate their way through its sinister corridors. Though other haunts have appropriated this strategy, Sinister Pointe continues to innovate, always striving to stay one step ahead.
This highly regarded Halloween attraction has been haunting Orange County in various guises since 1996, originally under the name "Nightmares," then "Realm of Darkness."
Past events include The Haunting in 2006 and Condemned in 2007. 2008 brought an officially licensed Saw maze, followed by Fear and Silent Hill (based on the videogame and film) in 2009; there was also a haunt zone titled "Slaughter Yard."
In 2010, the team behind Sinister Pointe took a year off from their own haunts to work on the Queen Mary Dark Harbor in Long Beach and on Diner of the Dead in Garden Grove. 2011 saw Sinister Pointe move into a new location in Brea, where it offered some innovative and unique scares, set in a backwoods country house akin to abysmal abodes seen in films such as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.
For 2014, Sinister Pointe moved again, to Fullerton, where it offered a new version of its haunted labyrinth, titled Beyond the Mirror: A Bloody Mary Tale. Guests were allowed entrance only in groups of four - no more, no less - which means each group might be split up or combined with another, depending on the number of members in one's party. Once inside, visitors could find themselves separated from their friends and forced to proceed on their own - completely alone, except for the monsters lurking in the dark.
A new strategy was devised for 2015: at a new location in Brea, guests could chose which personal fear to face from a group of four (clowns, living dead, deranged, possession) and then encounter that fear in absolute darkness - guided only by a partner relaying instructions from a control room equipped with night-vision.