With the sun headed on its downward arc and All Hallow's Eve rapidly approaching, we have time for only a short post here. As mentioned here, we were unable to visit Thousand Oaks Yard Haunts, so we are unable to write a Halloween Haunt Odyssey article with descriptions and photographs. However, we do want to give a shout-out to this area's Halloween home haunts.
Obviously, the big draw in Thousand Oaks is the Reign of Terror Haunted House, a professional attraction. With that motivation to visit the area, you might as well check out the nearby amateur attractions.
Murder House Productions is top of the list. Their theme for their Halloween 2018 walk-through is "Resurrection," which sounds intriguing, and we have heard only good things from those who visited the haunt this weekend. For ourselves, based on last year's "Trick r' Treat," we are confident that anything Murder House does is a must-see - assuming you can get there in time. The haunt is open from 8:00pm until 11:00pm tonight. The address is 2240 Ranch View Place, Thousand Oaks. Get more information at their Facebook page.
Happy Hallows yard haunt is one we have never visited. The owner tells us he has dialed back the display due to time constraints this year. However, it's only a few minutes drive from Reign of Terror, so if you have time left over, you might as well drive by and check this out. The address is 763 Benson Way. Hours are 6-9pm. (Note: Our followup attempts with the owner have gone unanswered, so it is possible this haunt will not be running. Do not make the drive to Thousand Oaks simply to see this; check it out only if you happen to be in the area.)
The Via Del Lago Haunt (pictured at top) is somewhat farther west, in a small cul-de-sac in the Dos Vientos neighborhood of Newbury Park, an upscale section of Thousand Oaks. Officially unnamed, we identify this yard display by the street name of its address, 418 Via Del Lago. The impressive yard offers ample room for coffins, skeletons, and tombstones, the latter inscribed with bad jokes ("Here lies the last dog that pooped in my yard"). The haunt was very quiet on the night we visited a few years ago, but it looks like a place that will be hoping with trick-or-treaters on Halloween Night.