2010: Another Halloween Come and Gone

Sigh. Where did the time go? It seems as if only last week Disneyland, Knotts Scary Farm, and Universal Studios Hollywood were launching their annual Halloween events, as if only yesterday the Queen Mary and Six Flags Magic Mountain were getting in on the act, as if only this morning the amateur yard haunts were powering up (well, that last part is almost true, at least in some cases). Now, it's past midnight of October 31, 2010; November 1 has arrived, and another Halloween has come and gone.

No more will the night ring with shrieks of delightful fright; no more will monsters haunt not only our dreams but also our waking hours; no more will friends, family, neighbors, and other acquaintances openly share the macabre obsessions - the love for the dark and the mysterious - that drive us year-round, that provide the dark lining to the silver clouds of our lives.

Perhaps we may escape into the occasional movie house to enjoy the communal fear engendered by something like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, or visit the occasional horror-themed convention, but for the most part it's back to the vaults for us fun-loving ghouls and ghosts. We must retreat to our graves and close the tombstones before the sun shines down upon us tomorrow. Into the dark we go, sated and yet sad, having supped deeply of Halloween horrors yet still yearning for the feast to go on. For now we must rest beneath the earth, in our coffins, sustaining ourselves upon the memories of these past weeks. We must sleep the vampire's sleep.

Until next Halloween...

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Nightmare at Scareview Farms 2010: Review

Dates: October 14-16, 21-23, 28-31
Location: Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Pomona, CA 91765
. For 2010, Nightmare at Scareview Farms expands to five mazes and adds some other entertainment as well. If the results seem stretched a little thin, the haunt still offers solid Halloween entertainment for those who enjoy a good scare in a setting that is more fun than frightening.

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Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration 2010

Location: Central Park & One Colorado Courtyard in Old Town Pasadena, CA
Dates: October 30-31, starting at 1:00pm
Description: Old Town Pasadena offers a weekend of free haunted Halloween happenings for the entire family! Spooky activities include a pumpkin hunt, kids Halloween craft center, costumed characters, Halloween moon bounces, live ghoulish music, scary animal and bug show-and-tell, kid-friendly haunted house, store-to-store trick-or-treating and much more! Read more from the press release below the fold.

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4th Annual Haunted Hollywood Scavenger Hunt

Locations: To Be Revealed...
Dates: October 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29 and 30th, 6:00-8:30pm
Description: Hollywood is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Full of murders, fires and suicides – many of these tortured souls still haunt Hollywood Blvd today.

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Haunted Midnights Debut: Review

Location: The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29 at midnight
Last night, the Comedy Store offered up the debut of a new attraction for Halloween 2010: Haunted Midnights, a combination of video, live performance, and a nocturnal tour of the premises. This is not a standard Halloween attraction, with a maze and monsters. The pitch is that the Comedy Store is one of the most authentically haunted locations in Los Angeles, at least in part due to its association, decades ago, with some high-profile organized crime figures, who may have rubbed out the occasional victim on the premises; the evening promises seances, paranormal research, haunted tales, and proof. Skeptics will not be surprised to learn that you do not receive the last item, nor is there a seance. Nevertheless, Haunted Midnights turns out to be a fun and fascinating piece of late-night entertainment that (if all goes well) promises to become a traditional Halloween event for years to come.

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