Always on the lookout for new Halloween events in Los Angeles, we were anticipating a journey down to Bellflower to enjoy Haunted Hollywood Sports 2012 – until we heard what Scare Zone has to say about it:
For this review, we won’t torture you by going over each maze, as aside from having different names, it’s nearly impossible to distinguish one maze from the other. The designs of the mazes here are just long walks through the dirty paintball field with a couple of lights, tarps, and fog machines set up for good measure (Terror Tip: Don’t wear your best clothes here, and if you have dust allergies, stay away!). They also have a couple standard animatronic props that you can pick up from any local Halloween store. The scare tactics were lacking, and we did see a lot of good hiding places and opportunities for scares, but the monsters just weren’t there. We can’t be overly critical of the monsters and staff, as they were obviously working hard and trying their best to make the most of their abysmal settings. In some of the mazes, we encountered some of the most enthusiastic monsters we’ve seen this season. Sadly, the overall environment at HHS takes away from these ghouls’ ability to really be scary.
Add to this less than lukewarm assessment, some organizational problems with parking, tickets, and security – plus an additional $20 to enjoy the paintball “kill zones” – and the whole affair sounds distinctly unappealing.