New Halloween home haunts are always sprouting up like fetid mushrooms in dank swamps, making it hard to keep up with their ever increasing numbers. Here are two we have never listed before: The Grey Phantom in Norwalk and Stanley Haus in Aliso Viejo. One is a relative newbie with a walk-through; the other is a veteran yard display.
Read on for details…
The Grey Phantom
14338 Funston Avenue, Norwalk, CA 90650
October 15-17, 22-24, 29-30, 7-10pm
The Grey Phantom made its debut last year – not the most propitious time, what with a worldwide pandemic scaring many potential trick-or-treaters into skipping Halloween. The proprietor had worked as a maze manager at Queen Mary Dark Harbor; when the event was cancelled because of Covid-19, he decided to recreate it, at least in spirit, as a yard display. The result impressed all who saw it, thanks to a fifteen-foot-long and twelve-foot-tall hull of a wounded ship. The Grey Phantom promises to be bigger and better this year, featuring a fully enclosed maze with scare actors.
Admission is free, but advance reservations are required to reserve a time slot, which you can do here.
8 Oak Ridge Circle, Aliso Viejo 92656
October 8-31, 7-10pm
The Stanley Haus a yard display located in the nether regions of Orange County, where it presents a new theme every year. The owners claim to be “artistic, crazy perfectionists who love to blow people’s minds” with elaborate animatronics, lights, sound, and home-made props (no store-bought skeleton here!). Last year, Stanley Haus offered their version of “The Haunted Mansion.” Remaining in the Disney realm, this Halloween will feature the Pirates of the Caribbean, who will haunt not merely one but three houses on the street.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted to benefit the 5th Marine Regiment of Camp Penddleton.