A virtual monument to L.A.’s departed haunts, scare zones, and seasonal horror shows.
Every Halloween season, while we drink deeply of the delightfully dreary ambiance that new haunts and old favorites have to offer, we also suffer a pang of wistful nostalgia as we cast our mournful eyes back through the hazy clouds of time and recall those Halloween Events that have gone to the grave, leaving a vast gap in our annual enjoyment of all things macabre.
The following list memorializes our favorite Los Angeles haunted attractions that have shuffled off this mortal coil. Although they are gone, their legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of all those who visited them, and so we offer this tribute to the terrors they evoked and the shudders they sent down the spines of countless trick-or-treaters.
And lest despair deaden your soul, recall that, when it comes to Halloween, nothing ever truly dies. Haunts once thought dead forever, sometimes are resurrected or reincarnated in another guise. Who knows? Perhaps some of these will return sometime in the future, in some form or another.
This page contains only the best of the best (in our humble opinion). Other defunct Halloween events, some quite worthy, can be found in the Graveyard of Halloween Haunts.
These, then, are some of our favorite haunted house attractions from the past. More will be added as occasion demands…
Status: On Hiatus (Permanent?) In September 2019, The Backwoods Maze announced that it was going on hiatus that Halloween. The announcement, made via the home haunt's Facebook page, was ambiguous about a possible return: "The Backwoods Maze will not be open for the 2019 season, ...Read More
Despite an inauspicious debut, the Blumhouse of Horrors quickly transformed itself into one of the best Halloween Haunts in Los Angeles by the end of its one and only season in 2012. It was an early example of a lengthy, immersive experience with more character ...Read More
Those looking for family-friendly Halloween fun in Los Angeles had no need to look no further than this annual Halloween concert of chilling classical music! Haunting the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles since 2011, Eek at the Greek offered Halloween treats for the whole family, ...Read More
Twitter: click here. After three years of Halloween haunting, this excellent attraction went on hiatus for Halloween 2016, when a suitable location could be be obtained. Beginning in 2013, Evil Twins Studios provided a remarkable and distinctive addition to the the list of fine Halloween haunters ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION Halloween Home Haunt 6124 Lederer Avenue Woodland Hills, CA 91367-1329 Website: www.forestofmirrors.com After Halloween 2013, this unique amateur home haunt faded into the mists of time (though we heard second-hand that it lived on one more year, as smaller event for friends and neighbors ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION Formerly located at Pierce College, 20800 Victory Boulevard, Woodland Hills, CA Check out our Fright Fair Archive: [add_posts tag=fright-fair-articles show=5] With a history stretching back to the 1990s, Fright Fair Screampark was the longest running, non-theme park Halloween haunt in Los Angeles, ...Read More
* NO LONGER IN OPERATION Halloween Yard Haunt 454 South Lamer Street Burbank, CA NOTE: This haunt's website has been down since 2009, indicating that Fright Gallery has gone to the grave forever. FRIGHT GALLERY HISTORY: Describing itself as a "terrifyingly hilarious experience in suburban ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION 6706 Blewett Avenue Van Nuys, CA E-Mail: Grimmstone13@aol.com Website: www.grimmstonecemetery.com This was one of the must-see amateur haunts
in Los Angeles. Basically, Grimmstone Cemetery was a circular driveway loaded with elaborate mechanical effects (moving tombstones, creaking coffins, a talking skeleton, a floating ghost, etc) ...Read More
* Halloween Home Haunt Formerly at: 4343 Babcock Avenue, Studio City, CA www.hauntinggrounds.org This decorated yard haunt lasted until its thirty-third year, and people kept coming back - because it was the best in Los Angeles. Each year, it just grew bigger and better, until 2005, ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION 3099 Guasti Road Ontario, CA 562-801-2221 Website: www.thehauntedvineyard.com Having opened in 2002, The Haunted Vineyard had been going strong for two years before we discovered it in 2004. Unfortunately, it closed its doors after 2005. Although it is no longer in ...Read More
Halloween Attraction Hart Park - Heritage Junction 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall, CA 91322 The Heritage Haunt was a non-profit Halloween fundraiser, set in an allegedly haunted house at Heritage Junction in Hart Park. It benefited from the authentic feel of the old Newhall Ranch House and other historical buildings ...Read More
1547 Garden St., Glendale 91201 www.hollywoodhaunter.com This home haunt went on hiatus for 2015 because the proprietors were moving from their old location. Since then, the creators have been busy on other projects, but they still post how-to-haunt videos on their YouTube channel. Formerly known ...Read More
Hollywood Hell House was not a typical haunted house but rather a satirical theatrical production, based on the infamous fundamentalist alternative to traditional Halloween haunts, designed to teach “young people that they can go to hell for abortion, adultery, homosexuality, drinking, and other things unless ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION 1008 Euclid Street Santa Monica, CA Contact: email@example.com Website: www.houseofrestlessspirits.com House of Restless Spirits - which for many years offered some of the most amazing and imaginative effects ever seen at a Halloween haunt in Los Angeles - has been on ...Read More
Newland House Museum 19820 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach, 92648 www.huntingtonhaunt.org (714) 960-0055 This excellent Halloween walk-through haunted for one season only but left an indelible impression, combining indoor and outdoor settings with story elements to create an early example of what we would now call an ...Read More
2020 Update: The Ghost Train remains on indefinite (permanent?) hiatus. The annual Halloween event came to an end with an announcement in September of 2019 that the Los Angeles Live Steamers board of directors had "decided to not host" the Ghost Train that year because of ...Read More
Mabel's 6 Feet Under Haunted Motel (formerly Motel 6 Feet Under) Anaheim Business Expo Center 1960 South Anaheim Way, Anaheim 92805 www.mabelsfeetunder.org No Vacancies: On February 4, 2019, Mable's announced that it was closing permanently. Check out Mable's 6 Feet Under Archive: [add_posts tag=mables-6-feet-under-articles show=5] Mabel's ...Read More
Creature Features www.creaturefeatures.com This once-annual celebration of Halloween art has been on hiatus since 2016 (though other horror-themed art shows took place). With Creature Features having moved from its Burbank brick-and-mortar store in April 2018, October Shadows will not likely return until a new location ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION! 20 N. Raymond Avenue (corner of Colorado Blvd) Old Town Pasadena, CA 91103 Phone: 626-248-7652 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.oldtownhaunt.com Alas, no more! Starting in 2005, Old Town Haunt in Pasadena was one of the best Halloween Mazes in Los Angeles, thanks ...Read More
Website: therise.org After haunting Los Angeles for a few years, Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns went on hiatus as a branded event, though it sometimes lends a hand to other haunts and it continues to present annual Halloween events in New York. It has been replaced ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION Seaside Park Ventura County Fairgrounds 10 Harbor Blvd (corner of Figueroa) Ventura, CA 93001 This once great Halloween attraction, with its foggy seaside atmosphere, suffered from diminishing returns when it expanding to two mazes in 2008. Since the death of owner ...Read More
8856 Encino Avenue Northridge www.sherwoodscare.com Since going dark in 2015, Sherwood Scare remains on indefinite hiatus. A permanent retirement was never announced, but the message on the official website leaves little hope for a resurrection: "Unfortunately, we will once again not be opening for the ...Read More
No Longer in Operation Professional Haunted House 21512 Nordhoff Street Chatsworth, CA Website: spookyhouse.com (down) Until the death of owner Bob Koritzki in July of 2009, Spooky House was of the most successful Halloween attractions in Los Angeles. Spooky House was an early example of a ...Read More
Theatre 68 5112 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, CA 91601 www.68centcrew.com Theatre 68's Haunted House was a forerunner of today's interactive haunts. Though Theatre 68 remains active, they have not presented their haunted house since 2012. THEATRE 68 HAUNTED HOUSE HISTORY Last for seven years (2006 ...Read More
* NO LONGER IN LOS ANGLES turbiditemanor.com This genuinely spooky simulation of a haunted house, presented as a self-guided tour that gets out of hand when ghosts break loose from the containment grid, offered truly unnerving effects. After appearing as part of Spooky in 2006, ...Read More
NO LONGER IN OPERATION The official website (wehopubcrawl.com) for the West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl expired in September 2018, and our inquiries to the proprietor have gone unanswered. Sadly, we do not expect this excellent event to return. West Hollywood Haunted Pub Crawl Overview The ...Read More