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    Is It October Yet? FINALLY it is! As some of you regulars might know, my husband Dustin (known by some as Ripper) and I do a lot of traveling around during October to try and take in as many spooky attractions as possible and this year he's put together a pretty neat list I'd like to share with you all.

    Yes its West Coast-centric, but we live out here and it's what we know best. Hope it helps some of you find some new places to get scared at this year or maybe even reminds you of a place you haven't been to for a while. But no matter what, have a GREAT Halloween season!
    Elly & Ripper
    @IsItOctoberYet

    Southern California:




    Tip:
    http://haunt.knotts.com



    Tip: There are water effects in the mazes and some shows that tend to have an uncanny ability to hit electronic equipment, particularly cameras. I suggest you take a ziplock or water tight bag to keep them safe through these and Jurassic Park In The Dark. Also to make the most of the night get a Front of The Line Pass, it more than pays for itself with avoiding very long lines.
    http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/hollywood/2011



    It started fairly small with a few mazes, rides in the dark, and Colossus running backwards but has grown more and more each year. It recently went through a bit of an image problem for the kind of crowd it attracted but seems to have recovered with several mazes and shows as well as DJ and Rave parties and the infamous Heckles and Twitch Show. This is the haunt attraction for the partyers who like to combine their mixes with their mayhem. Tip: Doing the rides in the dark can be fun (Colosus backwards is cool) but you probably want to get any mazes you want to hit out of the way first.
    Fright Fest 2011 at Six Flags Magic Mountain


    Tip: Disneyland has restrictions on what costumes can be worn during the trick or treat event, make sure to check before going!
    Halloween Time | Special Events | Disneyland Park



    Tip: Make sure to go through the mazes at your own pace to take it all in, especially the pool area where a lot of ghost sightings have happened!
    Long Beach Halloween Dark Harbor | The Queen Mary

    Tip: One admission gets you both Fun By Day and Fright By Night so coming late in the day lets you enjoy both! Or take the kids during the day and arrange for a babysitter at night.
    Castle Park - Special Events

    The Empty Grave (Anaheim): A single maze haunt located at the Anaheim Garden Walk. The Empty Grave is nicely located for attending more than one haunt or catching some good scare fun on a night with other plans. This haunt has a reputation for making the monsters the bigger haunts will hire later but they have their own hardcore horror force that returns year after year and gives great scares that will have you buying another ticket to go through again. These monsters take pride in their performances and though the name stays the same they always come up with new scares. Tip: There are several good restaurants nearby to grab a bite to eat before or after, making this haunt a part of a well rounded date night.
    http://themtgrave.com



    Sinister Pointe (Brea): A group that has been the talk of the Southland since their first year, Sinister Pointe is known for high quality mazes, often involving licensed franchises such as Saw and Silent Hill. Visitors can always count on a visually impressive scare that takes you right into their environment and if you let them, make you forget that such haunts are actually safe. Tip:
    Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction

    Field of Screams (Lake Elsinore): Tip: No cleats allowed.
    Field of Screams the Haunted Stadium - The Inland Empire's Biggest Most Extreme Haunted Attraction

    Coffin Creek/Chambers of the Mausoleum (Norco): Tip: Attractions are sold on an individual bases of $13 each or five for $33. If it is a busy night there is a good chance you may not be able to see all the attractions so you may want to plan to catch it more than one night or purchase individual tickets with Chambers of the Mausoleum being the highest recommendation.
    http://coffincreek.com
    http://malformationz.com



    Human Roast House (Riverside): Tip: This is a small haunt and would work great into a night of haunt hopping, especially with Castle Dark in the same town.
    Human Roast House - Home


    Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (Los Angeles): Mostly-known as an East Coast tradition, hayrides are growing in popularity across the country and one can now be found in the shadow of the Hollywood sign at the old Griffith Park Zoo. A 25 minute hayride, a scare maze and and an old fashioned Side Show called the Human Menagerie make this a small event that got big word of mouth over the last couple of years. Tip: The location can make it a bit of a Hollywood hot spot from time to time so if you happened to see some celebs, remember they are people to just trying to get their scare on!
    http://losangeleshauntedhayride.com



    Ghost Ship (Newport Beach): Tip:
    Ghost Ship - California's Most Terrifying and Unique Haunted Event!

    The Legend of Boot Hill (Irvine)Tip:
    Boot Hill 2010

    Nightmare, A Haunted Attraction at Fairplex (Pomona): The name kind of says it all except that there are five mazes including Wicked Wild West and The Amazing Oloff and His Circus Freaks. Very reasonably priced this is definitely worth a trip to Pomona!
    .Nightmare | Mazes

    Horror Valley High School (Santa Clarita):Tip: Discount tickets are available at the Santa Clarita Jack In The Box though all proceeds go to school programs.
    Horror Valley High School - Home

    Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College (Woodland Hills)http://frightfair.com



    The House On Haunted Hill: Tip: Parking can be difficult so plan on getting there early to get a good spot and the street up the hill is often blocked off so have your walking shoes on!
    http://www.houseathauntedhill.com



    Old Town Haunt (Pasadena): Tip: It never hurts to get a little knowledge with your haunt experience, and you never know what might happen in this building.
    http://www.oldtownhaunt.com



    Boney Island (Sherman Oaks):http://www.boneyisland.com



    Reign Of Terror (Thousand Oaks): With The Haunted House, The Asylum, and Blood Manor this attraction makes a trip up the 101 to Thousand Oaks worth it. Reasonablly priced, raved about in reviews and a great part of a haunt trip north! Tip: Front of the Line Passes are always a good plan and you can take the kids through for a Lights On Tour for $5 which includes the parents for free, a good way to initiate the border aged kids to the wonders of a haunt.
    http://rothauntedhouse.com



    Fear Gates (Oxnard): Tip: If you find yourself in Ventura County seek out Corales Mexican Food. Your stomach will thank you.
    http://www.fearsgate.com


    Central California:

    The Grove: Tip: Short shows are shown in the Theatre Macabre and those who brave it on opening night get a chance to win a t-shirt (the design is amazing, I want one!)
    The Grove

    Tip:
    Tickets



    The Fear Factory: Another haunt favorite located outside of Fresno, this one tells the story of a small mental hospital where slowly the patients drove the doctors and nurses mad so that soon there was no sanity left in the hospital allowing depravity and cannibalism to run wild! The authorities shut it down and locked it up until now give you a chance to look into the insanity. Tip:
    http://www.thefearfactoryhauntedhouse.com



    The Chamber: Tip: there is an online coupon available for every weekend except Halloween and be sure to check out their website, if you were unsure before this may sway you towards the trip!
    The Chamber Haunted House in Bakersfield, CA

    Northern California:

    Pirates of Emerson: Originally a small haunt started by a few pirate enthusiasts this haunt keeps growing so much that they moved to a larger location last year. Now celebrating 20 years they have such attractions as Habitat Of Hags, Doll Hostel, Mental Maze and one of their first: Pirates Of Emerson. They also have a miday as well as animatronic and just plain animated characters wandering about the grounds. Tip: Ask to see the ship fire and get the front of the line pass otherwise the lines get too long to do it all in one night. Also the crew is very unfriendly towards cameras.
    http://piratesofemerson.com



    Tip: If you can afford it the Gold and Platnium annual passes not only get you in daily they also get you in to their haunt and any Cedar Faire park during regular operating days! It pays for itself within a few uses. Unless the Boofet has changed I would recommend eating somewhere else first.
    http://haunt.cagreatamerica.com



    Winchester Mystery House Fright Nights:Tip: You can get a combo ticket for the maze and flashlight tour of the house itsself on some nights.
    Fright Nights - The world famous Winchester Mystery House



    Outside CA:

    Orlando, Florida: Halloween Horror Nights, Orlando:http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando



    Salt Lake, Utah: One of the few haunts which has a permanent location so it allows for building and rearranging throught the year, Nightmare on 13th Tip: Get a free VIP pass upgrade by buying your tickets online, $10 savings per ticket!
    http://www.nightmareon13th.com



    Reno, NV: Reno is not necessarily one of the top places people would look for haunt entertainment but due to incredibly high unemployment entertainment professionals have had to find other lines of work. The result is some amazingly good haunt attractions being created by some incredibly talented people.

    SlaughterhouseTip:
    FrightmareTip: Taking some young kids? They can get a glowstick to wave at the monsters to let them know they're too scared. Handy for young first timers!
    http://www.sparksfrightfest.com
    Frightmare 2011

    Carson City, NV: Celebrating several years of haunting the state capitol, Grimes Castle utilizes excellent animatronics and the music of famous gothic musicians Midnight Syndicate combined with scare actors that terrorize you through the castle and dungeon below it. Tip: Close enough to Reno to hit the haunt attractions in both towns for a wonderfully terrifying night!
    http://www.grimescastle.com
    Will there be screams when the sun sets,
    -=Is It October Yet?=-


    Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
    elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
    Originally posted by pratt55
    Elly is adorkable.








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    Thanks so much for posting this! It's great to find out what's really good when it comes to getting scared. Also? Ten out of ten for enthusiasm.

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      Great post! Thanks Elly!!

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        we went to The Slaughterhouse in Reno tonight and i have to say it was even stronger than when we went 2 years ago, absolutely loved it and one of our friends in our group got so scared she ended up on the ground, it was awesome!

        of the Reno choices that we were able to attend, Frightmare and Slaughterhouse, i would def recommend Slaughterhouse if you can only visit one.
        Will there be screams when the sun sets,
        -=Is It October Yet?=-


        Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
        elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
        Originally posted by pratt55
        Elly is adorkable.







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          You should check out "Backwoods Maze" in Burbank. Its a free maze and I heard its real good. Their facebook page is updated with date and times.
          Check out my page at www.myspace.com/wheresmickey

          Check out my pin collection at www.pinpics.com. User name is WheresMickey



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            Originally posted by WheresMickey View Post
            You should check out "Backwoods Maze" in Burbank. Its a free maze and I heard its real good. Their facebook page is updated with date and times.
            hey thanks for mentioning them! and anyone else that knows of a place do feel free to mention it here The more resources the better!
            Will there be screams when the sun sets,
            -=Is It October Yet?=-


            Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
            elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
            Originally posted by pratt55
            Elly is adorkable.







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              I've been researching Las Vegas haunts for my trip this weekend. So far I've found:

              Zombie Precinct: Screamont East- I think this is its first year, located across the street from the El Cortez, downtown.

              Circus Circus- Has a thing called the "13th Floor Experience" , plus there usual "Fright Dome".

              Bonnie Screams- Sounds interesting. Out at an old west town just outside Las Vegas.

              Asylum/Hotel Fear Haunted Houses- Sounds like this one has been around for years

              We plan on hitting as many as these as possible... priority given to any attraction that has a front of the line pass (Fright Dome does). Thinking I'm going to skip Universal this year and spend my money on some of these others. If anyone has any experience with any of these, please post.

              thanks
              Scott
              www.NothingDiesWithBlueSkies.com

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                Hi Elly,

                Not sure if you gotten an opportunity to go to Sinister Pointe. But we are having our Haunters Night tonight.

                Open from 7-10 for $10 general admission.
                Check out my page at www.myspace.com/wheresmickey

                Check out my pin collection at www.pinpics.com. User name is WheresMickey



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                  we were there tonight! a couple of the effects in the maze were so top notch! things we've never seen anywhere else in our 14 years of serious haunted attraction visiting!

                  good job at Sinister Pointe!
                  Will there be screams when the sun sets,
                  -=Is It October Yet?=-


                  Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
                  elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
                  Originally posted by pratt55
                  Elly is adorkable.







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                    Originally posted by elly View Post
                    we were there tonight! a couple of the effects in the maze were so top notch! things we've never seen anywhere else in our 14 years of serious haunted attraction visiting!

                    good job at Sinister Pointe!
                    Thanks for coming out! It was so great that so many haunters came out last night. What was your favorite maze?
                    Check out my page at www.myspace.com/wheresmickey

                    Check out my pin collection at www.pinpics.com. User name is WheresMickey



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                      Originally posted by WheresMickey View Post
                      Thanks for coming out! It was so great that so many haunters came out last night. What was your favorite maze?
                      the slide scare...that was amazing
                      Will there be screams when the sun sets,
                      -=Is It October Yet?=-


                      Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
                      elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
                      Originally posted by pratt55
                      Elly is adorkable.







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