Haunted Attractions

One area of themed entertainment that is near and dear to our hearts as fans has always been haunted attractions. Since 1994, Theme Park Adventure has devoted much of its time and energy on showcasing haunts, from yard displays to major theme park productions; we love it all, and always tell our readers that Halloween isn’t just a holiday for us – it’s a lifestyle…

SoCal Haunt Directory 2014

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Nowhere else in the world is there a greater offering of haunted attractions each Halloween than right here in Southern California. The birthplace of the haunt industry as we know it – from major theme park events to stunning yard displays and stand-alone attractions – Southern California is a hotbed of Halloween activity for fans of all ages. Theme Park Adventure supports each event throughout the Southland, and offers this comprehensive haunt directory for your reference and enjoyment. Should you own a haunt in Southern California and want to be included in this directory, please contact us at tpacomments(at)gmail.com.

Happy Halloween, TPAers!

THEME PARKS & ATTRACTIONS

Boo at the Zoo (Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens) – 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles CA 90027

Brick-Or-Treat (LEGOLAND California) – 1 Legoland Dr., Carlsbad CA 92008

Dark Harbor (Queen Mary) – 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach CA 90802 – 2013 TPA Review

Fright Fest (Six Flags Magic Mountain) – 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia CA 91355

Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Studios Hollywood) – 100 Universal City Plz., Universal City CA 91608 – 2013 TPA Review

Halloween Spooktacular (SeaWorld San Diego) – 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego CA 92109

Haunted Hollywood Sports (Hollywood Sports Paintball & Airsoft Park) - 9030 Somerset Blvd., Bellflower CA 90706 – 2013 TPA Review

Knott’s Scary Farm (Knott’s Berry Farm) – 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park CA 90620 – 2013 TPA Review

Mickey’s Halloween Party (Disneyland Resort) – 1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim CA 92802

Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns (Descanso Gardens) – 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge CA 91011

Urban Death Tour of Terror (Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group) – 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601 – 2013 TPA Review

 

STAND-ALONE PRO HAUNTS & ATTRACTIONS

Alone: An Existential Haunting - (location revealed only to ticket holders) – 2013 TPA Review

Chambers of the Mausoleum (Crossroads Haunted Village) – 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Coffin Creek Manor (Crossroads Haunted Village) - 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Delusion: Lies Within – 2525 Arlington Ave., Los Angeles CA 90018 – 2013 TPA Review

Fear Station - 10660 Western Ave., Stanton CA 90680

Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium (The Diamond) – 500 Diamond Dr., Lake Elsinore CA 92530 – 2013 TPA Review

Fright Fair ScreamPark (Pierce College) – 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills CA 91367

Labyrinth of Lost Relics (Crossroads Haunted Village) -14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Griffith Park Old Zoo) – 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.,  Los Angeles CA 90027 – 2013 TPA Review

Nightmare Harvest Trail (Crossroads Haunted Village) - 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Shady Hollow Hay Ride (Crossroads Haunted Village) - 14600 Baron Dr., Corona CA 92880

Sinister Pointe – 131 E. Imperial Hwy., Fullerton CA 90631 – 2013 TPA Review

Raymond Hill Mortuary – 1000 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena CA 91030 – 2013 TPA Review

Reign of Terror (Janss Marketplace) – 197 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks CA 91360

The Haunted Hotel – 424 Market St., San Diego CA 92101

The Haunted Trail (Balboa Park) – 6th Ave., San Diego CA 92101

The Empty Grave – 23400 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills CA 92653 – 2013 TPA Review

The Scream Zone (Del Mar Fairgrounds) – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014

 

HOME HAUNTS

Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare – 8856 Encino Ave., Northridge CA 91325 – 2013 TPA Review

Boot Hill – 16 Goldenrod, Irvine CA 92614

Boney Island – 4602 Morse Ave., Sherman Oaks CA 91423 – 2013 TPA Review

Hollywood Haunter – 1547 Garden St., Glendale CA 91201

Mourning Rose Manor – 5250 Aurelia St., Simi Valley CA 93063 – 2013 TPA Review

Mystic Motel – 36 Lewiston Ct., Ladera Ranch CA 92694

Perdition Home – 5181 Manor View Dr., Yorba Linda CA 92886 – 2013 TPA Review

Rotten Apple 907 – 907 N. California St., Burbank CA 91505 – 2013 TPA Review

Spooky Hollows – 16418 Gilmore St., Van Nuys CA 91406

The Backwoods Maze – 1912 N. Pepper St., Burbank CA 91505 – 2013 TPA Review

The Curse of Devil Swamp – 775 S. Fircroft Ave., Covina CA 91723

The House at Haunted Hill – 4400 Saltillo St., Los Angeles CA 91364 – 2013 TPA Review

The House of Restless Spirits – 1008 Euclid St., Santa Monica CA 90403


Freaky Fridays Announced for LEGOLAND California

Brick or TreatThe biggest kids’ Halloween celebration in San Diego, Brick-or-Treat and Brick-or-Treat Party Nights, presented by Shutterfly, is about to get bigger at LEGOLAND California Resort with Freaky Fridays! The family theme park is adding two Friday nights (Oct. 17 & 24) to its Halloween festivities. Now six nights in October, Brick-or-Treat Party Nights features a variety of family activities including the Ghost Cruise Scavenger Hunt, Brick-or-Treat Trail including a LEGO Legends of CHIMA toy giveaway, a new bonus treat station and dance party at SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel is joining in the fun with its own Brick-or-Treat entertainment.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 2014

uni43Halloween is in the air, but summer is still making things hot, hot, hot at the top of the hill at Universal Studios Hollywood as tourists visit the park from around the world, and locals take one last family trip before school season has settled back in here in Southern California. It’s a weird transitory month, making it an even more interesting time to bring you our latest Universal Studios Hollywood update! There is a lot going on at Universal Studios; the simultaneous growth and expansion that the park is currently undergoing is the most aggressive and large-scale in its history. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again – it’s an exciting time to be a Universal Studios fan!

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Halloween Announced for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando

Halloween at HHN 24Everyone is entitled to one good scare… and beginning September 19, Universal Orlando will give guests more than one reason to scream as it brings to life John Carpenter’s classic horror film Halloween.

Based on the classic 1978 slasher film, the all-new haunted house follows the story of Michael Myers, a deranged boy from Haddonfield, IL. It is Halloween night and no one is safe as the psychotic killer embarks on a murderous rampage. With his iconic mask to hide his identity, Michael sets out for new blood and will stop at nothing as he stalks his victims. Every scene tells the tale of a different kill and if you’re not careful, you could be next.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest 2014 Media Preview

FrightFest2Six Flags Magic Mountain recently offered the media a sneak preview of its 2014 Fright Fest Halloween Event. The evening’s preview was divided into two portions – a multimedia roll-out of this year’s mazes, shows and attractions associated with Fright Fest (which was also open to any Season Pass holders that wanted to attend), and then an on-site tour of one of the new mazes for this year – Vault 666 (which was for media guests only).

I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that it’s been a long time since Theme Park Adventure has attended a media event of any type at Magic Mountain; even longer when it comes to Fright Fest. Thinking back, I believe the last time I personally attended Fright Fest at Magic Mountain was in 1997; without a doubt, a lot has changed as the event and industry as a whole has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 17 years. With that in mind, I was one of the only attendees who had just about zero knowledge of the event’s history, Fright Fest’s creative team, or park managers that were part of the presentation. It’s beyond rare that TPA is flying blind when it comes to a Halloween event here in Southern California that’s been around and is as high-profile as Fright Fest – but, there you are. I was – and am – a noob when it comes to this particular event.

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BGT Howl-O-Scream 2014 Ticket Packages

Howl-O-Scream_at_Busch_Gardens_TampaCursed by the sinister song, guests can amp up the fear at Howl-O-Scream 2014 and take advantage of the best way to survive the Curse with evil upgrades.

VIP Tour Packages
Conquer every terrifying corner of Howl-O-Scream 2014 with all-inclusive VIP Packages, which include event admission, a tour guide and a choice of three levels of terrifying special treatment. All tours include commemorative photos, merchandise discounts and complimentary beverages. Packages start at $99, and Busch Gardens Tampa Pass Member discounts are available.

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TPA’s 20th Anniversary Bash Announced

image002Next month will mark a very special milestone for Theme Park Adventure – our 20th Anniversary! It’s hard to believe, but TPA was founded by Rick West in September 1994, and has been a leader in themed entertainment coverage both in print and online for the past two decades!

One of the cornerstones of Theme Park Adventure has been its deep ties with Knott’s Berry Farm. Covering just about every event at Knott’s since the grand opening of Mystery Lodge, TPA also pioneered many ways that Halloween Haunt is now showcased each year by fan sites and even internally by the Farm’s management team.

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HAuNTcon 2015 Announced for Baton Rouge

hauntconThe Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, sponsored by DarkLight, is proud to announce that HAuNTcon 2015 will be help in Baton Rouge, LA at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Conference Center February 6-11. HAuNTcon has a group discount at the hotel and they provide free shuttle service to and from the Baton Rouge Airport to the Hotel.

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Devil Wears Prada to Headline at Rob Zombie’s GAN

pradaThe Devil Wears Prada is set to headline the second night of the Chicago area engagement of Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. The acclaimed quintet will be joined by special guests (TBA) as they take over the ultimate Halloween horror event at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL on September 27.

After spending their summer on the main stage of the recently wrapped 2014 Vans Warped Tour, The Devil Wears Prada will help launch the Halloween season in Chicagoland with sounds described as “apocalyptic” (Rolling Stone), “gut-wrenchingly brutal” (Alternative Press), and “definitely bleak, harrowing, and f*cking heavy” (Revolver). Tickets are on sale now at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at $25.

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Disneyland Paris’ Halloween Festival to Feature Maleficent

maleficentFrom 1 October to 2 November 2014, Disneyland Paris is the place to be to meet the Halloween gang of Disney Villains. Every day, Maleficent will bring together the Disney Villains in a cheerfully ominous atmosphere, promising Disneyland Paris guests encounters to die (laughing) for. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard will be transformed to welcome the good Disney Villains who will take mischievous pleasure in taking over Disney’s Halloween Festival.

And that’s not all! During this delightfully frightening month, ghosts and “Disney’s Funky Pumpkins*” will take possession of Main Street, U.S.A., astonishing pumpkins will take over the flowerbeds in Central Plaza and Frontierland will be transformed into an autumn garden, where sunflowers and pumpkins will take centre stage. Finally, Mickey and friends will offer guests a special Harvest festival-themed cavalcade, not far from Minnie’s Halloween Costume Corner or the incredible candy-making machine invented by greedy Goofy, all designed to ensure Disney’s Halloween Festival is a laugh a minute!

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