5822 Norwich Avenue, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411
2016 Dates: limited lighting and effects staring in mid-October, full operation on October 22-23, 29-31.
This nifty little Halloween yard haunt, which started in 2011, eschews crude shocks; you will see neither blood nor chainsaw, only atmosphere. The display consists of tombs, static skeletons, ominous but subtle music, and a couple of nice effects, including a phantom figure that periodically passes through a front window – pretty impressive for an amateur effort.
The Van Oaks Cemetery may be a a little too low-key to warrant a long journey all on its own, but if you reside nearby or happen to be in the area, a visit is definitely in order. Make sure to keep an eye on the haunted window – one of the best spectral manifestations you will see at any Halloween attraction, amateur or professional.