Good news, fright fans: there is a new Halloween yard haunt making its debut in Los Angeles for October 2012, and it sounds spooktacular. Proprietor Bryan Gilbreath (whose Imagineerie company provides effects for professional Halloween theme park attractions) offers up this description:
Spooky Hollow is a yard haunt put together by a (partially) mad man to satiate his need to share his love of Halloween. It is an elaborate yard display of a grave yard, a witches lair and a toxic waste dump featuring "off the shelf" animated figures, video illusions and perhaps a few surprises. There will be some costumed "creatures", but they are there to greet visitors, not scare them. This display, while creepy, is otherwise family friendly.* This is Spooky Hollow's first year. If all goes well, the plan is to morph and grow the event over the coming years into a completely unique and engaging event rivaling large haunts and theme parks in show quality.
Hollywood Gothique is always looking for new ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles. We will make a point of investigating the paranormal activity at this location, when it materializes, and get back to you with a full report.
Location: 17449 Burbank Blvd., Encino CA (at the corner of Encino Avenure and Burbank Boulevard)
Dates & Hours: October 29, 30 & 31st, 7PM to 10PM
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UPDATE: Regarding the term "family friendly," the owner clarifies: although there are no "in your face" jump-scares, Spooky Hollow could be a bit frightening for some small children, with creepy atmospheric effects and some gruesome props and decor.
2019 UPDATE: Spooky Hollow turned out to be a one-shot wonder, which never returned. It is not to be confused with the long-running Spooky Hollows yard haunt in Van Nuys.