Halloween Odyssey 2009: Forest of Mirrors

We are back for another installment of our annual Halloween Haunt Odyssey. This is an article in which we round up all the haunted attractions and Halloween events in Los Angeles that we visit on the night of October 31; predominantly, these tend to be Halloween yard haunts, because many of those tend to be open only on Halloween night. This year's odyssey was small in number but large in quantity, because we toured haunted houses in widely separated geographical areas: the Forest of Mirrors and the Reign of Terror in the West Valley; the House of Restless Spirits and the Eternal Rest Cemetery not far from the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice.

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Skull Kingdom 2008 Video

Our favorite new attraction from last Halloween was Skull Kingdom in Woodland Hills, an atmospheric haunted house that recaptured much of the feel of the Seaside Haunt in Venture (hardly a surprise, since it was put on by the same people). It was very atmospheric; there were some good sets that gave an impression of being within an actual location, not just a mock-up; plus, there was a strategic use of darkness - no doubt intended to hide budgetary shortcomings but cleverly employed to enhance apprehension as you manuvered through the corridors inhabited by lurking ghouls.

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