2012 Halloween Recommendations: Best Los Angeles Yard Haunts

Looking for last-minute, inexpensive ways to enjoy Halloween in Los Angeles? Look no further, as Hollywood Gothique presents its must-see

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Wilsley Manor poster art

Hollywood Gothique previously posted an announcement regarding this year’s Rotten Apple 907 yard haunt, whose theme for Halloween 2012 will be Willsey Manor. However, we just received the poster art, along with a description of the back story for this year’s event.

This October, Rotten Apple 907 goes back to basic with a haunted house theme. The back story is that the Willsey Manor was was inherited by brothers William and Ramsley Thompson in the late 1800; unfortunately, one of the brothers suffered from homicidal tendencies, and his victims still roam the halls of the manor, where you will encounter them – if you dare.

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Rotten Apple 2012: Wilsley Manor

Location: 907 N. California Street Burbank, CA 91505

Description: Rotten Apple – one of the best Halloween yard haunts in Los Angeles – returns for 2012 with another new theme: Willsey Manor. As always, admission is free, but donations will be accepted for charity; this year’s recipient is Family Promise. No word on what awaits us within this year’s haunt, but Rotten Apple 907 always presents an enjoyable variety of impressively scares. 2012 DATES: October 26-28, 31

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Hollywood Gothique’s Halloween Haunt Awards 2011

Drum roll, please – or should that be a funeral dirge? Whatever soundtrack you choose to play in your mind

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2010 Halloween Haunt Odyssey: Burbank Museums & Mazes

Hollywood Gothique’s 2010’s Halloween Haunt Odyssey – an annual tour of amateur yard haunts – begins in Burbank, which seems to have become the bleeding, beating heart of Halloween in the San Fernando valley. Within an easily drivable distance are no less than four worthwhile haunts, with several other decorated yards also in the area: Spider-Lights, the Backwoods Maze, Nightmare Junction, and Rotten Apple 907’s Nightmare at the Museum. Click through for details.

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Hollywood Gothique’s 2010 Halloween Haunt Awards

To my surprise, looking over last year’s posts, I find no 2009 edition of Hollywood Gothique’s annual Halloween Haunt Awards.

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Halloween Haunt Odyssey 2009: Rotten Apple 907’s Burbank Underground, with Video

Rotten Apple 907 has consistently crafted an entertaining amateur event that exceeds the usual definition of a “Halloween yard haunt,” but 2009’s theme, Burbank Underground, takes a quantum leap to a whole new level. From the moment you glimpse the exterior, you know you are in for something more than the same old trip through the looking glass.

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Keeping Halloween Alive for One More Day

It’s the day after Halloween, and you’re going through major withdrawl pains. What can you do? Get your fix with a handful of Halloween events in Los Angeles that have taken advantage of the weekend by staying open one more day! Not as many attractions have exploited this opportunity as one might have hoped, but there are more than a few: Knotts Scary Farm, Halloween Horror Nights, Boo at the Zoo, Rotten Apple 907’s Burbank Underground, The Vampyre Inn’s Bloody Ball, The Empty Grave, and the Halloween Harvest Festival; plus, a pair of horror themed plays, NEVERMORE and SALLY SPECTRE: THE MUSICAL.

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Halloween Reminders: Amateur Yard Haunts & Community Haunts!

It’s the last week of Halloween. Afrid of the lines and ticket prices at the theme park attractions? Then check out the numerous yard haunts and community haunts in operation this week. The home haunts are decorated houses, free of charge, that sometimes include walk-through mazes; the community haunts, which tend to charge a nominal fee, are put on by schools, churches, and community centers in order to provide a safe and fun Halloween experience for local families. Despite their amateur status, many of these attractions are among the most amazing Halloween events in Los Angeles, making them a great way to wrap up the October season for little or no expense.

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