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DC’s ostensibly favorite haunted house attractions of Halloween 2022 (Southern California edition) *

* (Halloween countdown post #5)


LACHSA Presents Halls of Horror
State University Drive Building #20, N Warwick Ave, Los Angeles, CA

The Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) will present its annual Halls of Horror this weekend featuring the talented students of the LACHSA Theatre Department. Guests will travel through two immersive experiences and will be transported into the era of Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes in a thrilling original and interactive performance. Themed treats and other goodies will be available for purchase after the show. All proceeds will benefit LACHSA Theatre. Due to performances taking place at a public high school grounds on the campus of a public university, LACHSA follows, and in in some cases supersedes, the public health guidelines for live events.



The French Florist
22, Acacias Avenue, Beverly Hills, California, 90210

The house of the haunted French florist, who terrorizes the gardens of Moss Grove, California, from within his shed. It is said this is the ghost of an old grump florist who used to design horrible bouquets, and who could never sell one. His revenge, coming back as a ghost, is to lure his victims with the scent of a rose until he devours their heart…..



34285 County Line Rd., Yucaipa, California, 92399
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The Realm of Shadow
11507, Norwalk, California, 90650

The Lord of Shadow and his Matron are eager eat….I mean greet attendees as you explore the abandoned (but not empty) attic rooms of Hamre Manor – 665 Diabolki Way. Perhaps you’ll be the ones to discover the roots of the tragedy and disappearances all those years ago. Perhaps. A risky business – searching for answers. You may not like what you find…or what finds you!

Nevertheless, good times await.


Rest in peace…I mean…Rest assured…we are hard at work putting together our 2022 Halloween Season schedule. Stay tuned for more info and dates of operation. However, one super cool piece of news is that we will be returning to last year’s location – the back lot of Trinity Christian School! We were so blessed to be there with you last season. The space, school, church, and even the city’s partnership were all amazing!



The 17th Door
1851 W Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, California, 92833

Heinous crimes deserve a severe sentence at Perpetuum Penitentiary, the most horrendous prison. A darkness has seized control of the inmates. Muffled screams of suffering ooze out of every crack and crevice of the dismal stone walls. At Perpetuum, a new circle of hell has taken root. Courtesy of Vixi Labs, all prison treatment facilities will now be powered by revolutionary Vixi-technology. Operated by vile and sadistic engineers, their unorthodox methods for treating evils of humanity have hit new levels of depravity. They are enjoying every minute. Evil pervades this space which has become a black reality. The question is… Will it become yours? Go cautiously, as the prisoners of Perpetuum’s cell blocks have no concept of confinement and are thirsty for the sweet-smelling blood of new victims. No one escapes. Your only hope is to survive. Will you cry Mercy or will you emerge from Perpetuum Penitentiary stronger than before?



Delusion: Valley of Hollows
2640 Pomona Blvd, Pomona, CA 91768

Delusion returns to the Phillips Mansion with a semi-sequel to last year’s Reaper’s Remorse play. This time, it’s the 1970s, and guests are deprogrammers looking to infiltrate and extract someone from a death-obsessed cult that worships Esther Phillips. The psychedelic 70s form the background of this most unreal Delusion entry!

Guests play the role of Deprogrammers; those meant to help rescue people from the influence of cults. During the 1970’s there was an influx of cults popping up around the United States such as Jonestown, Children of God and The Manson Family. Playing upon this phenomenon, Delusion will delve into an era and theme never before explored, swallowing its guests into its most disturbing interactive play to date.



Twisted Dreams Haunt
5815 Panama Dr., Buena Park, CA 90620

This old school haunt conjures up feelings of Knott’s Scary Farm in the early 2000s, with a violent and gritty feel focused on intense scare and abject terror. Sprawling an impressive length around the side and back yards of a Buena Park home, Twisted Dreams doesn’t care about pretty or polished. It just wants to horrify. Not yet announced, typically last weekend of October and Halloween.



The Haunted Amusement Park
14011 Ridge Hill Rd, El Cajon, CA 92021

The Haunted Amusement Park is a HAUNTED Scare Trail set on the desolate grounds of the iconic San Diego Amusement park Marshal Scotty’s Playland. The once joyful sounds of fun and laughter are now replaced with screams of terror as visitors make their way through the remnants of the carnival rides from the 1960’s. The haunted scare trail takes you under the old Roller Coaster, around the Ferris Wheel and in to the Bumper Cars where you will put on 3D glasses to experience out-of-this-world visuals. You will then have to find your way through the Circus maze before the side show freaks find you. But don’t rest yet, you will still have to zig zag your way out of the sleep away camp cabin. See the original haunted ride repair shop, and make your way through the old attraction Graveyard where you will see the broken down cars from the roller coaster, a race car, a ferris wheel gondola still waiting for repair from the undead fix-it crew. The haunted Amusement Park also features a house of curiosities, a truly Haunted House of Horrors, a cemetery, a slaughterhouse, and much more on your nearly 1 mile walk through the spooky grounds of The Haunted Amusement Park.



Murder House Productions presents Ghosted
2525 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

Getting ghosted sucks… but this time it’s deadly. This October you’re getting GHOSTED. Murder House Productions presents an all new haunted house for 2022- GHOSTED: REPLY OR DIE, Premiering October 1st.



Rotten Apple 907 presents Sssss
907 N. California St, Burbank, CA 91505

Rotten Apple 907 is a legend, and they’re back for their 31st season! Yes, the actual name of this year’s maze is “Sssss.” It stands for Super Slithering Sinister Scare Snakes: The Maze. Okay, no it doesn’t, but guests will go into a creepy jungle. And there will be snakes. So… parseltongues welcome?

Note that the line may be cut off before the 10:00pm closing, as by city permit, Rotten Apple must be shut down by 10pm, not simply line-capped. Also, if you’re in the area, cruise the local neighborhood for some great haunted yard displays. There are several on Clark Ave west of Rotten Apple, and one great one on Ontario Street just on the opposite end of the block and then one block over from Rotten Apple!



FallOut Shelter: L.A.
1142 N. Alameda Ave., Azusa, CA

A haunted attraction with its first location coming to Los Angeles is the brain child of Tracy Snow and being designed and created by Filmfoxx Customs.



Elm Street Productions Presents: The Pickerton Legend
4583 W 141st Hawthorne CA 90250

This year, we present 2 distinct and separate haunted mazes at 4583 W 141st Hawthorne Ca 90250. Travel back in time to see the origins of the PIckerton family and when the killings began. The Pickerton Castle dates back to 1672 where King Samuel Pickerton once ruled with a tortuous evil spirit. Clarance Pickerton, a direct descendant of the evil King Samual, lived a normal quiet life. A mild manner neighbor that has been terrorizing the Hawthorne area for the last 30 years. He came to known as the Hawthorne Hunter and his house in Hawthorne Ca came to be known as the House of Lost Souls. This haunted walk through experience in Hawthorne, California will not only entertain but terrify the truly brave souls that dare to enter the Pickerton Castle or the House of Lost Souls.



Hauntington Beach Manor presents Midnight Shadows
Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

Hauntington Beach Manor went pro last year and knocked it out of their park with their lengthy, immersive, creative, and super energetic haunt through an asylum filled with terrifying characters. This year, it returns to the Westminster Mall, on the lower level of the old Sears building, facing the 405 freeway, and will be offering their haunt in conjunction with Prism Haunt! It’s going to be a scream!



The Willows
1123 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Set in a sprawling early 20th century 10,000 square foot mansion on the most haunted block in Los Angeles, The Willows gained legend status in its 3 year sold-out run (2017-2019) as a one-of-a-kind must-see-it-to-believe-it cult hit.

Tragedy has struck the Willows family, and guests are invited to their home to celebrate the life of a dearly departed friend. Drinks flow and dinner is served, but the night quickly takes a bizarre turn. It seems as though sinister forces are at work inside the house – and within the family. The maid insists she saw a dark figure stalking the home – was it a prowler? A spirit? A figment of her imagination? The friendly family facade begins to crumble, and, soon, guests are taken on a twisted, fully interactive thrill-ride where they aren’t just witnessing a story unfold: they’re living it.

This is an immersive combination of interactive and site-specific theatre, providing an exhilarating 2 hours full of exploration and discovery. With only 18 tickets available for each performance, guests will quickly lose their inhibitions in a uniquely intimate and personalized environment. JFI Productions has been a pioneer of premier immersive entertainment since 2015, and the return of The Willows for the 2022 Halloween season cements its legacy as a must-see attraction for fans of the haunted house genre.



Dark Harvest
5702 E. La Palma Anaheim, California

Guests going through the maze encounter numerous scenes of slaughter, including a hospital where the medical professionals seem to have become the depraved ones, a clown-infested colorful cornucopia of carnage, a realm haunted by fearsome pumpkin beasts, the horror of a space station infested by some brutal alien life form, a serial killer’s den full of butchery, and more. Longtime fans of Perdition and The Fleshyard will recognize elements and settings from their past mazes.

Make no mistake about it, Dark Harvest is incredibly graphic, and it is not for the faint of heart or the feeble of mind. There is nothing slick and polished about this maze, no fancy theatrical effects, no overt use of sophisticated technology like projections or moving rigs. Dark Harvest is just a good ol’ fashioned gorefest, and it is very effective and impactful in what it does.



Tunnel of Terror
Big Wave Car Wash, 2219 West Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801

Starting at $30 per car, Residents of Southern California are welcomed to come with their family and friends to experience a one-of-a-kind Halloween thrill, filled with chills and Terror to delight the entire group. The Tunnel of Terror is a carefully curated experience, with scary and creepy performers popping up throughout the wash, and special effects providing a terrifying ambiance. Participants can also expect unique surprises each night!



The Gershon Dungeon
13861 Gershon Pl, Tustin, CA 92705

One of the longest home haunts in Orange County, this attraction might be viewed as the OC Beware the Dark Realm. Telling the story of one Guinivere Holt, a cruel orange plantation owner who tortured her slaves, The Gershon Dungeon takes place in the modern day, where the burial plot of the entire, long-lost estate has been unearthed, bringing heinous spirits and the ghost of the demonic Guinevere herself back to the realm of the living!



Bones Gulch
Jack Bones Equestrian Center, 26983 Tapia Canyon Rd, Castaic, CA 91384

Although we look forward to the return of the classic, big-name haunts every year, there’s nothing quite like the announcement of a brand new haunted attraction to get us excited about the upcoming Halloween season. One of the first new haunts we learned about this year was Bones’ Gulch Haunted Attraction, coming to Castaic, California, this October. But this is no ordinary new player on the professional haunt scene. Behind Bones’ Gulch are three of the biggest names in California home haunting: Beware the Dark Realm, Restless Souls Manor, and The Farm.

The team is already hard at work building the haunt, which, as the name implies, seems to have an Old West theme. The haunt will be located at the Jack Bones’ Equestrian Center in Castaic. From the build photos, we can see many interesting buildings going up already, creating a very intriguing setting for the outdoor walk-through attraction. Based on our previous experiences with the three home haunts, we’re certain that Bones’ Gulch will be full of rich details and plenty of scares.



Coffin Creek
14600 Baron Dr, Corona, CA 92880

The legend started in 1938 when Southern California had 14 days of rain causing sever flooding. Here is part of the article from the Santa Ana Register (now the OC Register).

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, like (continued on page 3 see Coffin Creek)

This is all of the article I could find, page 3 was missing. Now it’s up to you to find out what is haunting the woods.



All Saints Lunatic Asylum
22521 Shawnee Rd, Apple Valley, CA 92308

Nearly 50 years ago, All Saints Lunatic Asylum lost funding and was forced to close its doors. Patients unable to leave, Doctors with nowhere to go, the once cutting edge mental health facility fell into obscurity.

Campus Facilities:
ALL Closed for Refurbishment
Private Guest Suites
Organic Butcher Shop
Campus Infirmary
Visitor’s Lounge
State-of-the-Art Laboratory
Family Cemetery

Current Therapies: Suspended
All Therapies Board Approved

Current Studies: Suspended
Direct Current
Psychological Evaluation
Genetic Determinism
Primal Reversionism

Institution Operations: Suspended
All Saints Lunatic Asylum’s institutional operations have been suspended until further notice.



The Dreich Society presents Nightmare
1130 E. Highland Ct, Ontario, CA 91764

Deep in the woodlands of Japan, stands an ancient temple, untouched by time. Originally designed to hold in the evil Yokai that once prowled freely, the containment sigils have since been broken, allowing travelers to step through the threshold and take a peek behind the curtain into their dark realm where nothing is as it seems. Follow the Kami and find the light to safety. Otherwise, you will be forever trapped in the Yokai’s eternal nightmare…



Desert Decay Manor
55550 Calico Ave, Whitewater, CA 92282

Nestled in the foothills of the West Palm Springs Village, the Killgore family has resided on these hallowed grounds for generations. Some left trying to escape the family curse of a horrific untimely death. Gravely, they always come home, to dwell within the halls and walls of the manor, hoping to never be sent to the depths of hell which loom so close to their souls. Some turned murderous, some became victims. All are ghostly apparitions that remain here with their secrets to haunt the living in their attempt to take the souls of all who enter and send them to hell in their place. We thought Desert Decay Manor was going away after last year, but I suppose nothing really stays buried.



Beachwood Haunt
702 N Beachwood Dr, Burbank, CA 91506

This maze is modest in size, occupying the space of a home’s driveway; however it is still jam-packed with scares and expert design. Impressively, this haunt is the work of a small group of teenagers. Consisting of a tightly-knit handful of rooms, Beachwood Haunt is reminiscent of the early days of The Farm Home Haunt. One of our favorite rooms was an area where one of the scare actors stabs a head that subsequently sprays you with blood as screams fill the air. The teenage crew of Beachwood Haunt incorporates puppetry, projections, and synchronized audio to create an extremely fun Halloween experience.



Nightmare at Cottonwood Corner
36143 Stable Lanes Rd, Wildomar

Nightmare at Cottonwood Corner (formerly Nightmare on Hickory Lane) has been reinvented and is an eclectic mix of a haunted hike, maze, and show all rolled into one. Venture your way down near the swamp waters, through the abandoned town of Cottonwood Corner, and end up at the old cemetery for a show.



4035 Dee Dee Court, Lancaster

My upcoming project for the 2022 season is “JORŌ”. A trip into the Edo Period of Japan. I don’t feel entirely comfortable expressing the “deeper” aspects of the haunted houses I create. As to most, it’s just spooky entertainment with zero substance. But as a “hikikomori” with currently/virtually zero friends outside of the internet, I find this as the only way to express myself as an artist and be heard.

I’ve created this haunt as an expression of my Japanese heritage, accompanied by my interpretation of the urban legend, “JORŌGUMO”. I’m relating my life experiences towards aspects and descriptions of this urban legend, I feel like she symbolizes the idea of loss after transformation; The idea of hiding chaos within a mask and how the people close to you, close to your home, your family, sees you like a stranger, see you as the enemy and see you, or what you hope to be as a myth, an urban legend, or something make-believe.

I’m honestly terrified of how the end result may be. Every asset is unpredictable and I genuinely hope this year I could be heard a little bit more. — Brady Crow, Creative Director



The Haunt at Hellizondo
21024 Arminta St, Canoga Park, CA



Temecula Terror
301 Hyde Street, Temecula, CA

Located near Galway Downs equestrian center in Temecula’s wine country, Temecula Terror gets the benefit of its rural surroundings. It feels like the middle of nowhere, and at night, separated from city lights, it seems like the sort of setting where a bunch of teens in an exploitation horror movie might break down and encounter who knows what.

Your GPS will take you to the official address, which is a bit short of where the actual parking lot is, but helpful attendants will point you in the right direction down a gravelly road. After parking, it’s not exactly a short walk but by no means unreasonable to get to the ticket booth. A tunnel of green pulsing light leads from the outside world to the domain of Temecula Terror, which is fronted by an entrance with a giant, grinning devil’s mouth.



Mistress Yvonne’s Annual Haunted House
19206 Bergamont Drive, Riverside, CA




High Desert Haunted House
9976 Joshua Rd, Apple Valley, CA

High Desert Haunted House is two horror attractions for the price of one. The first, Deadwood Ghost Town, perfectly recreates the authentic dirty feel of an abandoned ranch in a 12-minute, open-air haunted attraction. Victoria Manor, the second, brings guests into the deranged home of a family, for a 15-20 minute intimate experience that is reminiscent of Rob Zombie’s House of a 1000 Corpses.




p.s. Hey. ** Misanthrope, please no reducing Paris to ashes, thank you. 10 years? That is weird to realise. Yikes. Weather’s super sweet here. My weekend looks like it’s going to be a little tough, but ideally I’m tough than it. That movie sounds dreadful, but I suppose you’ll enjoy it because you can look at that guy. Oh, wow, I remember that guest-post. Tell DR hey from his old location. ** _Black_Acrylic, My pleasure, maestro. Oh, my god, I hope this time the completion is actually in full view. Oh, no, I could tell you were only fed up with the circumstance, not the saintly types who work there and are probably as secretly fed up as you are. Good weekend, buddy. ** Dominik, Hi!!! Oh, that’s strange about your inability to insert emojis. I could put a billion them in the p.s., but, don’t worry, I won’t. Huh. Please yes, ha ha, anything but that LdC gif, thank you very much! And people are still using it on Facebook, at least, to this very day. Nice to meet you, Diavolo Antonio. Love putting all of the haunted house attractions above in one place, declaring it a town, and holding a sham referendum that forces the haunt owners to elect me Mayor at gunpoint, G. ** Sypha, Eeny-meeny-miney-mo? Excellent, thank you, thank you, about the NeoDecadence post! November should be fine, I think. Rockin’ weekend. ** Steve Erickson, Extremely fast growing impeccable health to you! ** Tea, Really nice, indeed. I’d be a walking disaster without it. If I could even walk. Wow, I used to do the exact same thing as you’re doing. Birds of feather. It was a very fruitful methodology, it turned out. I’ve only visited sites where people solicit others for online role play. And, at least on the sites I’ve visited, they do the roleplay in private. Understandably. And I figure what I imagine they’re ‘doing’ is probably more exciting than the play. But I shouldn’t praise my own imagination, and who knows. I hope your weekend does everything it can on your behalf. ** Okay. Today’s the weekend you get my annual round up of the best seeming haunted house attractions in the inarguable capitol of Halloween, Southern California. If you’re there, hit up every single one of them, I say. If you’re elsewhere, please dream and cower accordingly. See you on Monday.


  1. Bill

    Some seasonal and impressive constructions today, Dennis. That Delusion trailer is lovely. And I’d totally rescue that boy on top of the piano.

    Time to ramp up my seasonal viewing. Just saw Surrogate, some decent ideas, but kind of scattered.

    (First, maybe.)


  2. Tea

    Yeah, that fantasy aspect is a big part of what drew me to your work! I thought, wow, someone else has done the same thing; maybe I’m not totally abnormal. Before that, I felt pretty ashamed about it. For the hell of it, here’s the guy I’m enamoured with currently (and may be forever, I don’t know): They’re old pics (c.2003), and he looks a lot different now, but still cute nonetheless.

    You can probably only find public RP on MMOs like FFXIV. It was something I just perused in my spare time ’cause sometimes you can find interesting stuff. Then I found someone with a character whose backstory, personality, etc. interested me. I enjoy the co-creative aspect of it, but I don’t find it that titillating otherwise, haha. I’m sure I’m a minority in that.

    P.S. I just got The Weaklings (XL) secondhand today. Excellent read.

  3. Dominik


    Have you seen Amphetamine Sulphate’s upcoming Peter Sotos collection? I’m so damn excited!

    May I move to your town, Mayor? I’d be happy to occupy any of the above… uhm… homes but especially Delusion: Valley of Hollows. Where will be your headquarters? Love visiting the LACHSA Halls of Horror to see those long-haired twins in as many horrific settings as possible, Od.

  4. _Black_Acrylic

    Some A-grade haunted house attractions to be found here today! High Desert Haunted House seems a winner with its gonzo Rob Zombie-infused charm.

    I was going down a rabbit hole of YouTube street magic recently, David Blaine included, inspired by the recent Harry Houdini/Robert-Houdin post. There is this Scottish comic card magician called Jerry Sadowitz whose act was recently withdrawn from the Edinburgh festival due to his supposed misanthropic worldview. We did try and go see him in Dundee one time but that performance was cancelled too. Not sure how much of his output is online, but it’s worth checking out if ever you get the chance.

  5. Jamie

    Hey Dennis,
    The existence of these haunted house attractions makes me feel that the world is a better place than I usually give it credit as, so thanks for featuring them! All these people creating all this creepy fun stuff, it’s quite uplifting to see, no? I was wondering if it was a market that people got into to make a bunch of money, although I noticed a couple of these were free entry. There’s a recent slasher movie, Hell Fest, that looks like it’s set at a similar kind of affair. The reviews aren’t so good but I’m going to watch it and thought you may be interested.
    How was your weekend? Mine was entirely unremarkable but fine too.
    Hope things are bonne af with you.
    Shaved love,

  6. Steve Erickson

    Will you be able to see any of these attractions in person before Halloween? I looked at the YouTube channel of Steam Productions, who made the Evil Within Maze video.

    I’m feeling better, and the pain in my ear has largely gone away. I still feel very tired, but that’s the norm these days.

    I should be able to make it to the first day of New York Film Festival press screenings, where I’ll be seeing Alice Diop’s SAINT OMER tomorrow. I also plan to see PACIFICTION & WILL O’ THE WISP next week, and I hope I can make it to COMA next weekend.

  7. maureen cassidy

    FYI: HALLS OF HORROR at LACHSA has moved to an abandoned school in San Gabriel so many more can access this amazing event. NOW LOCATED at: 515 East Fairview Avenue, San Gabriel (Old Lincoln School)
    Thursdays-Saturdays October 20-22; 27-29 6:30-10pm. Tickets are $25, with all proceeds benefitting the LACHSA Theatre Department.

  8. Maureen

    Travel to Isla de las Muñecas, where an island of dead-eyed dolls await your visit. Follow The Mad Hatter into a deep dark hole where fairy tales have no happy endings. HALLS OF HORROR feature 2 immersive live shows created and performed by LACHSA students.This eerie interactive event happens Thursdays-Saturdays October 20-22; 27-29 6:30-10pm. Now located at 515 E. Fairview Avenue, San Gabriel. $25 tickets support the LACHSA Theatre Department.

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