Halloween Reminders: Amateur Yard Haunts & Community Haunts!

It's the last week of Halloween. Afrid of the lines and ticket prices at the theme park attractions? Then check out the numerous yard haunts and community haunts in operation this week. The home haunts are decorated houses, free of charge, that sometimes include walk-through mazes; the community haunts, which tend to charge a nominal fee, are put on by schools, churches, and community centers in order to provide a safe and fun Halloween experience for local families. Despite their amateur status, many of these attractions are among the most amazing Halloween events in Los Angeles, making them a great way to wrap up the October season for little or no expense.

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Must-See Halloween Haunts for 2009

You have idled away the Halloween season; your best of intentions have dwindled away to almost nothing, and now you find yourself on October 31 with too little time and too many haunts. You cannot get to all of them on Halloween night, and unfortunately most are not taking advantage of the weekend to stay open an extra day on November 1. What are you going to do? How can you prioritize? Well, it is your great good fortunate that you are reading this article, because we are about to enumerate 2009's must-see Halloween events in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. These are the best Halloween haunts, rides, and mazes - the ones you will regret missing if you do not make the extra effort necessary to enter their murky portals before the witching hour sounds tonight. Be bold and brave, dear traveller, and as you ride through the night, urged on by ghosts and goblins, do not despair of reaching your final destination before dawn, for remember: "the Dead travel fast...."

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Keeping Halloween Alive for One More Day

It's the day after Halloween, and you're going through major withdrawl pains. What can you do? Get your fix with a handful of Halloween events in Los Angeles that have taken advantage of the weekend by staying open one more day! Not as many attractions have exploited this opportunity as one might have hoped, but there are more than a few: Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, Boo at the Zoo, Rotten Apple 907's Burbank Underground, The Vampyre Inn's Bloody Ball, The Empty Grave, and the Halloween Harvest Festival; plus, a pair of horror themed plays, NEVERMORE and SALLY SPECTRE: THE MUSICAL.

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Halloween Haunt Odyssey 2009: Rotten Apple 907's Burbank Underground, with Video

Rotten Apple 907 has consistently crafted an entertaining amateur event that exceeds the usual definition of a “Halloween yard haunt,” but 2009's theme, Burbank Underground, takes a quantum leap to a whole new level. From the moment you glimpse the exterior, you know you are in for something more than the same old trip through the looking glass.

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Hollywood Gothique’s 2010 Halloween Haunt Awards

To my surprise, looking over last year's posts, I find no 2009 edition of Hollywood Gothique's annual Halloween Haunt Awards.

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