On Sunday, September 8th, The Empty Grave in Anaheim, California will be home to a very unusual mix of vampires, ghouls, monsters and… clowns. Yes; clowns! The haunted attraction, which is located within the Anaheim GardenWalk, will be open for business all night long, with a special cast of talent kicking ass and raising Hell in the name of a fallen industry brother – Mark “Sumo” Sagato. All night long, 50% of the ticket sales will go to Mark’s loved ones. “Sumo” was taken away from all of us much too soon due to cardiac arrest last month. His family and loved ones need help and support in this impossibly challenging time.
General admission to The Empty Grave is $13 for single, $20 for two tickets. All-night passes will be available at the Box Office for an additional fee. 50% of all proceeds will go to the Sagato family. Doors approximately 6:00 P.M.
Several clowns from the Carnevil scare zone at Knott’s Halloween Haunt will be joining the regular cast of talent within the darkened halls of The Empty Grave for this special one-night-only event, where terror will take on a whole new form as the two worlds of ghouls and fools collide in the name of Mark “Sumo” Sagato!
“The second Rick [West] gave me the news at ScareLA [that Mark had passed away], I was really interested in seeing if there was something I could do to help the family,” explains Mike Talarico, owner of The Empty Grave. “I thought it would be great to do a fundraiser for them, but then I didn’t know if anyone would care to come down to our haunt for that, or if it was really an appropriate place to do a fundraiser. But in talking to a couple of the “clowns” from Carnevil, they thought it was a great idea, and so we put together a collaboration and basically, have the clowns ‘invade’ The Empty Grave, and have them come and scare with us for a night, where we can give part of the proceeds directly to Sumo’s family; mainly to his daughter.”
Theme Park Adventure encourages all haunters and fans to head on over to The Empty Grave this coming Sunday night to support this most appropriate and absolutely worthy cause. It’ll be a fantastic evening of world-class monsters, and a whole lot of Halloween goodness dedicated to the memory of Mark and in support of his loved ones. We are thrilled by the community and love seeing haunted attraction monsters work this event regardless of where they’re typically from in the name of unity and support; that is absolutely fantastic, and that is what the Southern California haunter community is all about!