Great news! The supremely spooky House of Restless Spirits - one of the best ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles - will be back for 2009. The Santa Monica yard haunt will be open on Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, from 7:00pm until 11:00pm on both nights. If you have never been, you absolutely must go!
We have extolled the virtues of this haunted house several times before. Its strength lies in the amazing series of illusions you see, both in the yard and inside the windows, as you take a self-guided tour around the house. Like the old Hallowed Haunting Grounds, this is a Halloween attraction best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, so that you do not miss any of the manifestations. There are no shock scares; instead there are a series of evocative effects that impress you with their virtuosity - that is, when they are not making the hair stand on the back of your neck!
In order to savor the scares as deeply as possible, small groups are allowed through at discrete intervals, so there will probably be quite a wait on Halloween night, perhaps somewhat less so the night before. In either case, the House of Restless Spirits is worth the time.