Yard Haunt Odyssey 2019: San Fernando Valley

This weekend we visited three Halloween home haunts in the San Fernando Valley: one walk-through maze and three yard displays.

For amateur Halloween displays and mazes in other areas, check out our archive of yard haunts.

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San Fernando Valley 2019 Yard Haunts: Rotten Apple 907
907 N California Street, Burbank, 91505
October 26th, 27th, & 31st, 7-10pm
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Rotten Apple 907 has been a long-time favorite walk-through home haunt in the heart of Burbank, with a new theme every year and impressive sets and costumes to match. This year's theme is The Death Triangle, a nautical horror adventure. As in previous years there's a little bit of story in store to elevate this attraction above the mere jump scares offered by some.

Your adventure begins outside at the front of the line, where a traumatized sailor recounts to your group his harrowing tale of barely escaping his own visit to the Death Triangle. Given his warnings it seems unwise to enter the triangle yourself, but you've come this far, there's no turning back now, spoilers ahead. Ushered inside, you meet the captain, who has another warning for you now that it's too late. The ship is sinking and the crew is mostly dead, or undead as the case may be. Wind your way through the tilted corridors of the ship, avoiding the corpses of the crew and tentacles of the kraken until you find your way to the surprisingly breathable ocean floor.

The real sand used on the floor here was a nice touch. I'm sure it's a chore for them to clean up, but the added bit of realism makes the experience all the more vivid. Rotten Apple spares no expense, and it's still a free haunt, though donations are accepted to support Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter. In the end there is no escaping the belly of the kraken, and if you don't want to be trapped with the sunken ship forever, the only way out is to enter the monster's maw.

This Year's Rotten Apple is about five minutes long, and thought it's tame enough for your children, but with the homemade sets, costumes, and some jump-scares, it's definitely impressive for adults as well. The line starts at about 6pm for this well-known home haunt, and they may start turning people away from the line before 10pm so that they can close on time. Plan accordingly, but do not be deterred; the line moves quickly.

If you can get to the area early, check out HalloweenTown, a store that has Halloween on every shelf all year long. It's right around the corner.

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San Fernando Valley 2019 Yard Haunts: Ontario St Circus
715 N Ontario St, Burbank, 91505
October 26th, 27th, & 31st, 7-10pm

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Also just around the corner is a new yard display this year. It has yet to adopt an official name, for now we'll call it the Ontario Street Circus. It's a large and fully themed yard display to enjoy from the sidewalk. Be careful, however; one of the clowns isn't an animatronic, though he's good at acting like one until you're nice and close.

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San Fernando Valley 2019 Yard Haunts: Factory Defect
7057 Lasaine Ave, Van Nuys, 91406
Every night through Friday November 1st, 5-9pm

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Factory Defect is a yard display with lots of eclectic decorations: skeletons, maniacs, corpses, monsters, mad scientists. There's not a specific theme, but there is a lot of creepy ambiance to enjoy. It's available every night, so if you're nearby, check it out on a weekday to stay in the Halloween spirit.

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San Fernando Valley 2019 Yard Haunts: Welcome Foolish Mortals
7132 Forbes Ave, Van Nuys, 91406
Every night through Friday November 1st, 7-11pm

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Welcome Foolish Mortals is a small haunt, but sticks to it's enticing theme very well. If you love Disney's Haunted Mansion this is a destination you won't want to miss. Be sure to get a selfie with the hitchhiking ghosts. With it's very central location, it should be easy to add this short stop to your own Halloween Yard Haunt Odyssey.

Marie Desloups

Author Marie Desloups prefers to remain a mystery. You never know when she may be at your side while you are walking through a Halloween Haunt.