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Post-Halloween Haunts, 2022 Edition (updated)

Once again it is that day of the year when we assuage your Halloween withdrawal pains by reminding you of the seasonal attractions remaining open for at least a short time in November. Perhaps because October 31 fell on Monday this year, the number of holdovers seems smaller than usual, with pro haunts shuttering their tombs rather than trying to stretch the season to next weekend.

Consequently, we are padding out this year’s list with some events that are popular around Halloween but actually continue year round and some non-Halloween events from our favorite Halloween creators. Enjoy!

Update 11/3/2022: Since originally posting, this article has added entries for Paranormal Cirque and Last Call Theatre’s immersive play Abandoned.

All Saints Lunatic Asylum: Christmas at the Asylum
Christmas as the Asylum review
Christmas at the Asylum will take place in December

All Saints Lunatic Asylum
22521 Shawnee Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308
Secember 9-11, 7-10pm

In far off Apple Valley, All Saints Lunatic Asylum presents seasonal horror events several times each year. Of course, October is their biggest time of year, but they also do a great Christmas scare show. It is essentially the same as their Halloween show but with winter holiday overlay in the form of elves, Santa suits, and Christmas lights. If you have already visited All Saints for Halloween, it might not be worth the long drive to San Bernardino County, but if you missed the October show, this is a great chance to make up for that mistake.

Tickets are $13 and worth the price.

Beetlejuice : The Bio-Exorcism Show

Private Residence
15135 Burbank Boulevard, Van Nuys

Open through November 6, 7-10:15pm
So Cal Haunt Listing

This free home haunt promises an elaborate Halloween show with animatronics and handmade props, including a pair of musical numbers. Show starts every hour on the hour. See pics here.

Cross Roads Escape Games: The Weeping Witch & Hexed
The Weeping Witch
The Weeping Witch continues year round at Cross Roads Escape Games.

Cross Roads Escape Games
4245 East La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, 92807
Open year round, Wednesday to Sunday

Cross Roads Escape Games got a jump on the Halloween season by launching a scary new escape room in September, The Weeping Witch (reviewed here). It’s great fun, challenging and scary, with a live element not common in escape games. The private games (no outsiders are mixed with your group of friends) require three to eight participants, who have an hour to exorcise the title character, who manifests – in person! – at various times. We had a great time but failed in our mission. We need to go back and try again. Tickets are  $38 per person.

Cross Roads Escape Games offers another scary game, The Hex Room, which asks visitors whether they have what it takes to survive a horror film.

Delusion: Valley of Hollows
Delusion’s Valley of Shadows continues through November 20.

Phillips Mansion
2640 Pomona Boulevard, Pomona, CA 91768
Open Thursday through Sunday until November 20

One nice thing about Delusion Interactive Theatre is that interactive theatre can draw an audience for weeks after Halloween. This year’s show take audiences into the 1970s where they infiltrate a cult in order to rescue a member who wants out. Along the way they encounter supernatural manifestations revealing that the cult leader’s mystical beliefs are not mere delusions.

Tickets run from $89.99 to 104.99 for general admission, with higher prices for VIP admission (includes access to upstairs bar and a crawl-through). The interactive play is worth the price, but we do not recommend this year’s VIP upgrade. You can read our full review of the show here.

Holiday Fantasies Come To Life: The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz display remains through November 2.

Private Residence
1505 N. Valley Street, Burbank 91505
Open through November 2

Holiday Fantasies Come To Life consistently ranks as one of the most spectacular Halloween yard displays thanks to its abundance of props and figures, set in a yard backed by a stupendous facade that sets the scene. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz, so everything seems bathed in Emerald Green. There are no scares – it’s mean to be amazing, and it is.

Hollywood Museum: Dungeon of Doom

Hollywood Museum Monsters Mummies and Mayhem
True Blood coffin in the Hollywood Museum’s Dungeon of Doom

The Hollywood Museum
1660 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood
Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm year-round

The Hollywood Museum promotes its Dungeon of Doom as a Halloween event during October, under the title Monsters, Mummies & Mayhem, but the collection of horror movie props, costumes, and posters are on display year-round. The Dungeon really is subterranean, located in the basement, where low-key lighting and sets from Silence of the Lambs create the sort of atmosphere appropriate to a horror-themed attraction. Just don’t expect any jump-scares.

Icons of Darkness Exhibition
Icons Of Darkness classic monsters
Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s Monster

Hollywood and Highland Mall
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 90028
Open year round, daily – 11am to 10pm

Their special Halloween presentation, including a live jump-scare element, is over, but Icons of Darkness remains open for the foreseeable future (there are plans to eventually move to a bigger location). Because available space is limited, different elements of collector Rick Correll’s massive collection are swapped in and out, so even if you attended the exhibition when it opened last year, there will be new things to see now. The collection encompasses of props, costumes, and figures from science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies, some of them spring-loaded, so you may get a scare or two.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, $25 for military veterans. Tickets are sold up to a month in advance.

Last Call Theatre: Abandoned

Abandoned Theatre Review

Sugar Bank
4414 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles
Near the Wilshire District
November 4-20

After two preview performances in late October, Abandoned begins a two-week-plus run at Sugar Bank in the Wilshire District. This new play from Last Call Theatre (the group behind the well-received Signals) nails audience interactivity as few immersive plays do. With its post-apocalyptic setting, it is more science fiction than horror, so don’t expect the jump-scares, stunts, or elaborate special effects of Delusion Interactive Theatre; do expect a level of active engagement that makes you feel like an integral part of the story, not just a bystander. Performances are at 7pm Thursdays through Saturdays (except for November 18 at 6:30pm) and at 2pm on Sundays. This is another must-see event (reviewed here).

Midwick Manor
2021 Altadena yard haunts
Midwick Manor

Private Residence
1688 Midwick Drive, Altadena
Open through November 4, 7-10pm

This modest yard display has a nice autumnal feel, but we recommend it only for haunt-seekers in the Altadena area.

Mourning Rose Manor: Cursed Harvest

Cursed Harvest
Cursed Harvest continues at Mourning Rose Manor on November 1.

Private Residence
5250 Aurelia Street, Simi Valley 93063
Open November 1, 6:30-10pm.

This year’s theme is Cursed Harvest, featuring some new figures and decorations that give a fresh coat of ectoplasm to the familiar moody atmosphere of this spectral yard display. It’s free and worth seeing, but the drive is long for Los Angeles haunt-seekers.

Murder House presents Ghosted: Reply or Die
Ghosted: Reply or Die
Ghosted: Reply or Die gives final performances on November 4.

Murder House Productions
2525 W. Washington Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90018
November 4, 8-10pm

Murder House Productions transitions from home haunting to pro with this wonderful maze, based on an inventive idea: When someone gets “ghosted” on social media, they really get ghosted – consigned to a limbo land in another dimension. A scientific experiment accidentally opens a portal to this netherworld, which in your part explore, encountering alienated people begging, “Text me!” Also, there are monsters.

The setup, with a pair of researchers signing you up to participate in the experiment, suggests an interactive play, but once you enter the research facility, you are in an old-school Halloween maze, assaulted by scares from every direction. Great sets, great costumes, great effects. As good as any maze at the major theme parks.

Paranormal Cirque II
Circus of Horrors
The haunted manor looming over the Circus of Horrors

Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W Harbor Blvd
Ventura, CA 93001
November 17-20


The west coast version of Paranormal Cirque returns to Southern California for six shows spread out over four nights: one each on Thursday and Friday, two apiece on Saturday and Sunday. Even after all the Halloween horrors we sampled in October, this horror-themed circus remains among our favorite live attractions this year. If you missed the show’s run in Woodland Hills, his is a must-see, despite the long drive to Ventura County. Check out our review and video here.

Reign of Terror Haunted House
Reign of Terror 2021 Review
Reign of Terror offers two final nights: November 4 & 5, with the lights off on the last night.

Janss Marketplace
197 North Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 91360
November 4 (regular version) & 5 (lights out version), 7-11pm

This year’s new feature is Cave In, which sounds interesting. ROT is king of atmosphere, but it also delivers good jump scares. The lights-out version is even spookier, but recommended only for those who have already seen the beautiful sets fully lit. After the Halloween version closes, Reign of Terror will present their winter-holiday Ho Ho Ho Horror Event on December 9 and 10.

Rotting Hill Cemetery
Rotting Hill Cemetery 2022
Rotting Hill Cemetery 2022

Private Residence
4848 Sancola Ave, North Hollywood
Open through November 7, 7-10pm on weekday
Open till on 11pm weekends

This funny cemetery show, with mechanical effects timed to recorded dialogue, provides jokey patter between the ghosts interred on the grounds. The decorations, lighting, and effects are very nice, and the dialogue will provide a chuckle or two. Worth for the lovely props, lighting, and judicious use of fog.

Scary Funny and Enjoyable

Private Residence
6302 Satsuma Ave, North Hollywood
Open through November 4, 4pm-12am

This modest home haunt features some spooky cute balloon animals and monsters. Check it out if you live nearby.

SugarMynt presents Deadly Nightshade
SugarMynt Strange & Unusual Jack's Snowflake
“Jack’s Snowflake” from SugarMynt’s 2018 Tim Burton tribute exhibition, Strange & Unusual

SugarMynt Gallery
810 Meridian Avenue
South Pasadena, CA

SugarMynt’s annual Haunted Haddonfield exhibition remains open on November 4 from 1pm to 7pm and November 5 from 2pm to 8pm. Then it will be replaced bu Deadly Nightshade, a tribute to the work of Tim Burton. Details are not yet available, but SugarMynt’s previous Tim Burton exhibition, Strange & Unusual, launched in November. Check their website and/or Facebook page for announcements.

Valley Vista Holiday House – Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Valley Vista Holliday House: Ghostbusters Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the 2022 Halloween theme for Valley Vista Holliday House

Private Residence
Open through November 6, 7-11pm weekdays, till 1am weekends
14611 Valley Vista Blvd, Sherman Oaks

This year’s display is themed to Ghostbusters: Afterlife. This static display is always worth a look because structure of the large house provides lots of clever places to insert characters and decorations, providing a sense of something truly big.

Wax House: Jack the Ripper
Wax House Jack the Ripper Virtual Reality Haunted House
Wax House: Jack the Ripper runs year-round at the South Bay Galleria in Hawthorne.

South Bay Galleria Mall, 2nd Floor
1815 Hawthorne Boulevard
Redondo Beach, 90278
Open year round

This entertaining virtual reality game made its debut during Halloween 2018, but since then it has found a permanent residence where you can play it every day. It’s more mystery than horror, but it has a great sinister vibe as you seek clues that will help you reveal Jack the Ripper’s true identity – if you are smart enough!

Witch! by Downtown Repertory Theatre
Witch! promo art
Witch! runs at Mountain View Mausoleum on November 4, 5 & 6.

Mountain View Mausoleum
2300 N. Marengo Avenue
November 4-6 at 8pm

Witch! continues at Mountain View Mausoleum with final performances this weekend.  This immersive, interactive play (from the creators of the It’s Alive Frankenstein Immersive Experience) offers neither jump-scares nor flashy special effects; nonetheless, it is an intense drama based on the horrifying real-life Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. It was highly effective when we attended during its run at Heritage Square Museum in September. Mountain View Mausoleum no doubt adds an extra layer of ambiance, which may make the experience even immersive. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $70. Read our review here.

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre presents Ugly Haunt

Ugly Haunt ZJU

ZJU Theatre
4850 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, California 91601

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre presents a new haunted theatrical experience for two weekends in November, with performances running from 11-12, and 18-19 at 8pm, 8:45pm, 9:30pm, 10:15pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

More Yard Displays Open in November

Here are some yard haunts in Los Angeles County that we have not visited. Warning: we cannot vouch for all of these haunts; the information below is taken SoCal Haunt List. Several have proven to be closed; those have been crossed off.

Hamilton Hall
Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 6
Hours: 5pm-1am
Address: 4209 W Jacaranda Avenue, Burbank

herein wee weight
Dates: Oct 31 – Nov 1
Hours: 6:30-10pm
Address: 3019 Petite Ct, Los Angeles

The Holiday House
Dates: Sept. 20-Nov. 5
Hours: 3-10pm
Address: 3547 McLaughlin Ave, Mar Vista

House of 10000 inflatables
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 3
Hours: 10.30 am to 10.30 pm
Address: 16000 Rayen St, North Hills

Kreep de Ville Cemetery
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 1
Hours: 7-10pm
Address: 44037 Date Ave, Lancaster

Lunar Terror Productions: JORŌ
Dates: Oct. 29-31. Nov. 5, 12
Hours: Times vary. Please see description.
Address: 4035 Dee Dee Court, Lancaster
Dates confirmed by owner.

Montebello Creepshow
Dates: Oct. 9-Nov. 6
Hours: 12pm-12am
Address: 769 N. Leonard St., Montebello

Radford Haunt
Dates: Aug. 27-Nov. 5
Hours: 8-11pm
Address: 5766 Radford Ave, Los Angeles

Saugus Swamp
Dates: Oct. 30-Nov. 2
Hours: 7-10pm
Address: 28540 Agajanian Dr, Santa Clarita

Spider Crypt Haunt
Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 1
Hours: 7-10pm
Address: 15717 Labrador St, Los Angeles

The Spooky Strip
Dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 4
Hours: 7-10pm
Address: 701 Arden Ave, Glendale

Waltwood Manor
Dates: Oct. 24-Nov. 1
Hours: 6-9:30pm
Address: 4217 Navajo St., Toluca Lake

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A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.