Once upon a nightmare, there lived – and died – the town of Bridgewood. And so begins the legend of Boot Hill, as I wrote it more than 10 years ago, when I co-founded the home haunt in Irvine, California, with Shea Foley. For a few years, our yard haunt at 16 Goldenrod grew in leaps and bounds, from a small mismatch of tombstones and props, to a full-blown Old West cemetery, complete with special effects, a custom soundtrack and some really cool visual surprises!
As the years went on, Boot Hill continued to evolve under the direction of Shea as well as another dear friend of mine, Glenn Schmidt and a fine group of other friends as well into what is now one of the most spectacular home haunts in California. Drawing tons of visitors each night they are open, the Old West ghouls of Boot Hill lurk, jump, slide, and chase guests down the sidewalk in the normally idyllic Woodbridge neighborhood just off the 405 Freeway in Irvine! A portion of the haunt’s donation proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), which is also a great touch to this already-outstanding home attraction.
Boot Hill is free, however, donations are always welcome as this is an expensive home haunt to put on each season. Boot Hill materializes several nights each October; please check their official website for hours and information! This home haunt is family-friendly, relying on non-gore scares that can and will be toned down for little ones, so they can enjoy the thrill of this spectacle for themselves!
Theme Park Adventure highly recommends Boot Hill to anyone and everyone within driving distance – it’s a brilliant home haunt with direct ties to TPA, and we love these guys; they’re family to us, and what they do each year in Irvine is nothing short of fantastic!
– Rick West