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    The following information regarding Halloween Haunts in Southern California is from MiceChatter "Elly." Kudos and thank you for a putting together all of this frightening information for us!
    Its that time of year again, jack o'lanterns are being carved, fog machines are being fired up and screams of terror typically followed by nervous laughter are being heard at haunted houses and events across the country. All Hallows Eve is just around the corner and there are plenty of ways to have spooky fun in Southern California. There are several new ways to get scared along with the standards we've come to love over the years. - Elly

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    Knott's Halloween Haunt
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    Once again Knott's Berry Farm has been transformed into Knott's Scary Farm and the veil has dropped unleashing a multitude of monsters. This year Knott's has an amazing 13 mazes, including 6 new experiences--the most I can ever remember debuting in one year. If you're anywhere near Buena Park, California take the time to Walk In and Freak Out. New mazes for 2008 include:
    The Slaughterhouse

    Alien Annihilation
    The Labyrinth
    Club Blood
    Welcome to Club Blood where the music is hypnotic and the cocktails are bloody. In the dark underbelly of the city, human victims are drained of their life to nourish the children of the night. Join the hypnotic dance macabre and explore the dark side of the undead.

    The reviews of the event, which opened on September 26th, have said that 2008 may be THE year to go to Haunt if you've never been before. Once again the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel is offering combo packages of various costs which include your room for the night plus admission to Haunt and much more dependant on the Hotel package of your choice. More info can be found at KBF Resort Hotel - Haunt Room Packages

    Official Knott's Haunt Website

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

    USH this year is warning everyone to "Get Ready To Live Your Worst Nightmare". Freddy Kruger is back, along with Jason and Leatherface, to terrorize guests in 2008. And, as the HHN Hollywood website states:

    Halloween Horror Nights is back at Universal Studios Hollywood.

    And for the first time ever, Freddy KruegerFreddy will chase you through a never-ending web of terror.

    Then, revisit Freddy in his own, all-new Nightmare on Elm StreetLeatherfaceJason

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    Queen Mary's Shipwreck
    2008 marks the 14th annual Halloween Terror Fest at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Shipwreck features a variety of activities including 7 mazes, live bands and two different dance party locations. Quote:
    Shipwreck is known for having the longest and most terrifying Mazes of all Southern California Haunted Attractions!
    FOR THE 14th YEAR, all Mazes have been Re-Vamped and Re-Intensified featuring more Scares and more Special Effects than ever before! Be prepared for the most Terrifying Shipwreck ever! This year, navigate your way through 7 Terrifying Mazes, all located throughout the 12 Haunted Decks of the Queen Mary and on the adjacent Deadly Docks!

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    Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest
    Magic Mountain's annual Fright Fest returns for more scares in 2008.

    Six Flags Magic Mountain Website
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    The Haunted Cellar

    This year Orange County's Haunted Cellar has a new home at the Anaheim Garden Walk. A visit to the official website reveals a glimpse of The Haunted Cellar's legend:
    The Cellar

    Late at night you can see him there, behind the rusty gates,
    the grounds keeper of the old cemetery . An eerie presence,
    like a ghost, amidst the graves in the darkened landscape.
    Standing there for years, listening. Listening to the stories
    of the dead. Stories of vengeance, and hate, filled with
    bitterness, anger, and unrest. The ground was full of fury.
    A fury only he could understand.....

    To read the rest of the legend visit The Cellar's website.
    The Haunted Cellar at the Anaheim Gardenwalk opens October 3rd and is open the 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st and November 1st starting at 6pm with various closing hours.
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    Seaside Haunt

    Ventura County's Seaside Haunt, located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, has two all new mazes this year:

    Mutiny to Purgatory
    A zombie pirates attraction in which you find yourself exploring the corridors of a haunted ghost ship.

    Blood Beach Haunted Mansion
    A haunted mansion located overlooking the cliffs of the sea with over 20 terror filled rooms

    Visit Seaside Haunt, Ventura and Santa Barbara county's scariest haunted house attraction for more information on this haunted house. Seaside Haunt opens on October 3rd

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    The Official Saw Live Action Haunted Attraction
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    Perhaps the most anticipated new haunt in Southern Califnornia this year, the Saw Haunted Attraction, based on the horror movies of the same name, is located in Brea. It opened on September 26th and runs through November 2nd. With ticket prices at just $13 and a well established horror movie storyline to be based off, this could be the most exciting of the smaller haunts. Check out their official website for more information.

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    Coffin Creek
    Based on a legend of 14 days of rain in Southern California and its resulting flooding, Coffin Creek is located in Corona, CA and opens on October 17th.

    As the flood waters subside from 2 week of flooding, 13 coffins were discovered in the wooded area next to River Rd and Archibald Ave in the city of Corona. "The coffins are believed to from the abandoned Guasti Cemetery in the city Ontario" said Officer Willmans. Officer Willmans went on to say "The coffins were found by some locals floating in a small creek that runs through the woods. The authority's and locals started referring to this area as Coffin Creek. The authority's continue to search the woods for the remains of the 13 coffins. Only 2 coffins had the remains found nearby. The remains of 2 other empty coffins were found in the woods, some 30 yards to the west of what is now called Coffin Creek. As the sun rose, Officer Willmans said " We had to stop searching last night, those woods got really creepy after dark. I called off the search when I started seeing and hearings things, strange things......
    Check out the Coffin Creek website for directions, hours of operation and ticket pricing.

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    Pirates of Emerson
    One of the largest Haunted Attractions in Northern California and featured on multiple television shows highlighting haunts across the country, the Pirates of Emerson returns to Fremont, California for 2008. Pirates of Emerson is open from now until November 2nd and boasts:

    The 2008 season will be our 17th year of presenting the Pirates of Emerson, a Halloween Adventure. We are completely unlike the traditional haunted house; we have taken this to a much, much higher level. At our Dark Adventure, we have created an environment where you are actually in the scenes. We have made extensive use of special effects, robotics, animation and interaction. While we do have the obligatory scream in your face areas - they are relatively small.

    What started out as a small group of friends with a few props in a backyard has grown into a major commercial attraction covering almost a 5 acres.
    Visit their website for directions, tickets and any further needed information.

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    Spooky House
    Boasting two houses, Spooky House Mansion and Darkwater Aslyum, Spooky House returns to its location in Chatsworth and is open now until November 2nd. Their website gives us some chilling descriptions of their houses:

    Spooky House Mansion
    The most terrifying Haunted Experience opens this Halloween Season! The All New Redesigned Spooky House Mansion is our signature attraction and it will be scarier than ever. Larger for 2008 with 25 rooms, this foreboding 2-story manor features a ride in the Hellavator, claustrophobic secret passages, torture chambers, bodies in the kitchen, a taxidermy trophy room and undead zombies attacking from every direction!

    Darkwater Asylum
    For 20 years, the murders around Chatsworth went unsolved. People thought they were safe outside of the confines of the gates of Darkwater Asylum, situated on the edge of the Reservoir. They were wrong. Year after year, horribly mangled bodies were found in the surrounding fields, but authorities were still baffled.. You will enter this lost asylum and discover the secrets of a dark and bloody past. Warning: Extremely scary and very disturbing. Not recommended for younger children.

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    Returning to the Fairplex in Pomona for 2008, Fearplex opens on October 10th and will have not one, but two houses for this season, Mangler's Haunted Asylum and Lanterman Manor. Also returning this year is Fearplex's family friendly shows on October 12th and 19th from 7pm until 8pm. Visit their website for ticket information, maze descriptions and directions out to the Fairplex.

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    Fright Gallery

    After a two-year break, The Fright Gallery has decided to produce a new show this year! After much discussion, and planning our 2008 show will be presented as "Dead of the Class"!

    The Fright Gallery usually keeps their show as much of a "secret" as they can, and of course love our fans coming back year after year, and bringing new blood to witness our spectacular. They do not advertise, or let the media intrude in any way.

    On show nights it gets extremely congested on the street and the further away you can park the better! Enjoy a short walk through the quaint neighborhood and help alleviate the limited parking. Please respect their terrific and patient neighbors as you approach and leave the show area, and keep noise to a minimum.

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    The list of Halloween events is ever evolving and we've only scratched the surface of what this season has to offer. If you've got a haunt you'd like everyone to know about please do link its information in a reply to this thread. Mice Chat reaches across the United States and beyond in its membership, and you never know when you might list a haunted attraction that is local to someone else. As the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira, was always fond of saying....Unpleasant dreams everyone.

    A huge thank you to MiceChatter "Elly" who put all of this information together for us. Please be sure to leave her a thank you note on her profile page: Elly's Profile Page
    Last edited by Dustysage; 10-26-2008, 07:20 AM.
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    Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

    Thanks Elly! What a great resource.


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      Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

      I have another addition to the list:

      Boot Hill

      Located at 16 Goldenrod in Irvine, California is a home haunt called Boot Hill. According to their website:
      BOOT HILL rises from the fog for it's 9th year to inhabit the residence at 16 Goldenrod. The unearthly spirits from the old west town of Bridgewood will materialize for SEVEN haunting nights, transforming the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetery that once occupied the land.
      Come if you dare...but beware the ghost of Jedediah Smith, he has been known to roam through the decaying grounds of Boot Hill.
      I have had the pleasure of seeing the work of one of the caretakers of this home haunt, Shea Foley, has done for a Knott's Halloween Haunt related fansite and know him personally, and I can tell you this is one home haunt NOT to miss. Boot Hill will be open October 26, October 30, 31 and November 1st.
      Will there be screams when the sun sets,
      -=Is It October Yet?=-

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        Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

        Elly, thank you for the Boot Hill addition. I think we are going to drive up to the Valley on Saturday the 1st to see the "Fright Gallery" which is always an amazing show.
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          The Hollywood Museum presents Halloween Chamber of Horrors

          Numerous props, costumes and sets from 'The Silence of The Lambs' to 'Sweeney Todd' to 'The Exorcist' and many more!

          "If you don't know how to draw, you don't belong in this building" - John Lasseter 2006


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            and visit me in Quarantine at Knott's Scary Farm!

            visited Cellar, Coffin Creek, The Facility and Saw this year and from best to not-so-grand are.

            1. The Haunted Cellar
            2. Saw
            3. The Facility
            4. Coffin Creek


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              The Facility
              @ Castle Park in Riverside

              Come visit the decaying industrial site of a secret bio-weapons lab. Created during World War II, this lab was designed strictly for research, but behind the facade were conducted unspeakable experiments with poisons, viruses, and both animal and human test subjects. A hideous secret agenda was exposed by an attending nurse who mysteriously vanished soon after. However, before it could be raided, a containment breach forced an automatic shutdown and the doors were sealed, trapping everyone inside. Due to the potential dangers within, protocol required it to remain sealed for decades. Now the seals have been broken and the doors are open. We welcome you to self-guided tours of the darkened pathways and foreboding chambers within. Come and witness for yourself the twisted and sinister inner workings of... THE FACILITY.

              for more information and directions, please visit:


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                Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

                Many of the same attractions are at Great America in Santa Clara. (both owned by Cedar Fair) Club Blood, Corn Stalkers Slaughterhouse. Very Effective I went last Sunday. Goons and Gouls everywhere. It says 13 and up but my 10 year old was FINE, my 4 year old would have freaked out, so he stayed home.


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                  Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

                  Another fun place to go is Live Steamers out in Griffith Park, right next to Travel Town. They're doing special nighttime Halloween train rides. For those of you who have never been to Live Steamers, it's a train club organization, where they have the miniature trains you can actually ride, like the one Walt Disney had in his backyard. They actually house a lot of Disneys backyard train stuff, including track from his set, and his very own barn that he used to do maintenance work on his trains. You won't be able to see it on the Halloween ride, but the barn is open every third sunday of the month for visitors, and regular train rides every sunday from 11am to 3pm. I did the Halloween ride last weekend with my father, and we had a blast. They'll be doing it Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend LOS ANGELES LIVE STEAMERS RAILROAD MUSEUM


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                      Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

                      Whatever happened to Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at DCA!?


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                        Re: Halloween Events and Haunts in Southern California

                        Originally posted by Luke Manning View Post
                        Whatever happened to Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party at DCA!?
                        This was for Non-Disney Haunted Attractions


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