2021 Update: On Hiatus. After going dark in response to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Fears Gatedates has made no announcements about returning for Halloween 2021.
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Fears Gate began haunting Southern California in 2010, when it made its debut as as The Forbidden Haunt in Sherman Oaks, using a circus theme – set inside an actual circus tent. Some actors and characters from the defunct Spooky House Halloween Haunt were incorporated. There was also an amusing double-wide coffin ride, which simulated the experience of being driven for you last ride to be buried in the cemetery, with motion simulators and sound effects.
In 2011, the haunt moved to the Ace Hardware Building in the Fremont Square Shopping Center in Oxnard, where it was renamed Fears Gate. For 2012, the haunt chose “Zombie 2012 Apocalypse” as their theme. In 2013, Fears Gate offered multiple attractions, including a paintball maze and a more traditional haunted house walk-through.
In 2014, Fears Gate lost their location. The last update on their website promised they were seeking a new location for the 2016 season.
For Halloween 2019, Fears Gate partnered with Sinister Playground to present Freak Show on behalf of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. The year before, Fears Gate contributed their double-wide coffin ride to the Rotary’s Club’s 2018 Voodoo on the Bayou, which was overseen by 13th Gate Asylum.