Alas, No More: A Lament for Los Angeles Halloween Haunts Gone to the Grave

The Los Angeles Halloween season begins in earnest tomorrow, with the opening of the Knotts Berry Farm Halloween Haunt and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. Before we begin to savor the delightfully dreary ambiance of these and other Halloween events in Los Angeles, we should cast our mournful eyes back through the hazy clouds of time and take a moment to to pay tribute to those haunted attractions that have gone to the grave forever, never again to resurrect each October for annual enjoyment of all things macabre. Click through to read our list of the Los Angeles Halloween attractions we mourn the most deeply.

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Last Chance to Visit 2nd Chance Manor

2nd Chance Manor (formerly Molar Manor) has been in limbo since 2007. The haunted attraction, which bills itself as a self-guided tour through a 9,000-square-foot twisted maze of special effects and animatronics, ceased updating its website after April 2009. Phone messages and emails were not returned; the website disappeared, leaving only an unattended MySpace page; and during our latest visit to the location (in a shopping mall), the facility looked closed. So imagine our surprise to receive an email invitation to 2nd Chance Manor's final days, which take place this weekend. That the haunt will be shuffling off this mortal coil is not startling; that it is even still around, however, is surprising. We only attended the Manor on one occasion, during Halloween 2007, but we enjoyed it immensely and recommend that you not miss this opportunity to experience it yourself before it disappears into the great beyond.

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