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DC’s theoretically favorite Home Haunts of the Halloween season 2018 *

* Halloween countdown post #13

Twisted Minds Productions presents … Anneliese, Highland Park, CA
I’ve always had a deep love for Halloween, and as weird as it sounds I love to scare the living hell out of people. Through Twisted Minds Productions my fellow teenaged friends and I have been creating haunted houses for Halloween parties since 2014 and stirring up nightmares with our home haunts since 2017. Every year we try our best to scare the living hell out go you by creating original environments to fully immures you in a life like horror experience. In 2018 welcomes you home… but you have visitors. This year we present Anneliese: the experience, an immersive haunted house that will take guests through the true story of Anneliese Michel, a young girl who was possessed at the age of 16. Guest will embark on a research tour of the house and get a first person perspective of the possession and demonic events. Guided by two ghost hunters you will navigate dark hallways and rooms not knowing what demonic entity is around the corner.



Inland Empire Asylum, La Verne, CA
Shattered Realm is a mom and pop home haunt created by a small team of enthusiasts each Halloween season. They strive to bring a sense of sheer terror to each production. Step inside the Inland Empire Asylum; the patients are all very friendly, and would love for you to stay a while…



Pumpkinrot, location TBA



The Witches Haunted Mine, Beaverton, OR
In Beaverton, the Witches Haunted Mine, 16319 NW Somerset, has a crystal ball where some poor souls didn’t make it out. It’s open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and kids under 8 need a parent.



The Farm, Glendale, CA
The Farm is a Western themed haunt located in Glendale, California. This cozy and gruesome maze contains several sharp turns, offering surprises and fun around every corner. Often, mazes will be lengthy but lack enough content to make the experience satisfying. The Farm seems to be aware of this fact and instead does the opposite: it has numerous ideas, props and characters which work together within tight spaces and small sets – all within the space of a driveway. The Farm contains five rooms which fully immerse you into a ghoulish barnyard experience. You will walk by corn stalks, horse skeletons, bales of hay, and severed human remains as you encounter high-tech mechanics in an atmosphere saturated with beautiful lighting effects.



Murder House Productions presents Resurrection, Thousand Oaks, CA
Murder House Productions should be on everyone’s radar because they are easily one of the best home haunts in the country. Taking inspiration from popular movies, MHP produced an Evil Dead-themed maze in 2016 and a 2017 Trick R Treat maze. With theme-park-production quality, their haunts reveal an entire narrative that spans multiple locations within their small facade. Starting in the woods and encountering a ravenous little Red Riding Hood and wolf, we enter a quaint home–and meet Sam. The beauty of this haunt resides in the details: the sound of shattering glass as a hallway turns dark, props from the movie littering the top of the dresser, the talent of the numerous actors, and a soundtrack that enhances the scares. Their haunts are proof of where the future of home haunts is headed.



Joe Allocco’s The Franklin Square Horror, Franklin Square, NY
Franklin Square Horror is One of the Biggest and Scariest Haunted Walk-Throughs on Long Island! Once you enter Norbay Street you will see Hundreds of feet of pure Terror! In 2017 visitors Witnessed the Terrifying “Journey Through HELL! Come and See if you, your family and friends can make it through the different Chambers filled with Terrifying Surprises! 2017’s “Journey through HELL” showcased the Scariest Scences from Previous years including some All New Horrifying Ones! You Witnessed The Haunted Ouija Room, The Decapitated Heads Room, The Morgue, The Caniballistic Ghoul’s Coffin Room, The Crematorium, Doorway to the Unknown and of course… HELL!



Killppetto’s Toy Shop, Burbank, CA
Rotten Apple 907 started out as a child’s birthday party and has since grown into one of the largest home haunts in Los Angeles. This home haunt has professional grade sets and manages to tell an entire story in one walk-through maze. This haunt specializes in darker retellings of classic fairytales. The theme for 2018 is a creepy variation on Pinocchio.



Victoria Manor, Apple Valley, CA
We have had the pleasure of attending Jordan’s High Desert Haunt, aka Victoria Manor, for the past 3 years. This haunt is a hidden gem which can only be accessed by driving up an unlit dirt road in the middle of Apple Valley. Victoria Manor is a ramshackle paradise built with pieces of old houses, vehicles, and stacked up rubble. It’s an astonishing and spectacular haunt that is always a priority for us to visit. The Victoria Manor feels at times scary, funny, or ridiculous. It hosts two mazes which are drastically different – the first maze is mellow, and the second maze is completely insane. The second maze is overwhelmingly beautiful and chaotic – there’s fire, chainsaws, and numerous moments where practically every character of the maze is following you. Characters range from young children to older adults.



Dark Shadows Home Haunt, Orland Hills, IL
Dark Shadows is a home haunt that has been running since 2000! Every year getting bigger and better, we have a full animated cemetery as our yard display with over 20 animated props. In 2005 we expanded and opened a walkthrough that changes every year. Mike Yazumbek is the mastermind behind all of this, who fabricates every prop and sets up the whole display. We try to keep it as a theme, where the front is set up to an an ancient cemetery, that was taken over by zombies and skeletons. Throughout our walkthrough in the garage, you’ll take a stroll through several themed rooms. Live actors most nights along with our hollywood like effects and animatronics make us a must see! DS Has won many awards over the years! In 2011, DS Ranked in the top 20 haunts in world by the Home Haunters Association.



Spooky Hollows, Van Nuys, CA
Spooky Hollows is a haunted underworld inhabited by maniacal crones and tenebrous caves. You will walk through a swamp enshrouded in thick fog as skeletal alligators stare at you from below. Carnivorous plants await you as you make your way through creeping vines. In the end, you can pray at the pumpkin shrine so that your soul is not left behind. This beautiful walkthrough and family friendly haunt leaves behind the gore and typical scares found in most mazes. The actors could double for Macbeth’s witches and help to create a genuine otherworldly atmosphere. They are fully committed to giving you the best experience as a guest. It is unbelievable that this maze lives within a small suburban back yard. Spooky Hollows creates a haunted world which is innovative and filled with imagination.



To whom it may concern: For the last ten years Yvonne Erman, Owner of Y Karaoke Kompany has found a unique way to give back to the community by hosting her Annual Haunted House. The Haunted House consists of a maze of differently themed rooms. The tour starts in the garage and continues into the side and all around the back yard, giving visitors over 2500 sq ft of ghosts and ghouls. There is NEVER a charge to enter. We are excited to add the Fool’s Funeral Home to our themed rooms this year, complete with a real coffin. Also visit Zombiesteria, The Lost Mummy’s Tomb, Circus De Kill, The Morgue, The Meat Locker, Love after Death, the Butcher Shop, Freddie’s Junk Yard and more. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter.



Tunnel of Terror presents … Hazels House, Niagara, ONT
The Tunnel of Terror is a handmade haunted tunnel made of wood and tarps, built in the backyard of David and Karyn Torbett. It’s over 1000 sq ft of walk through haunted tunnels, hallways and rooms with live actors inside and a few spooks and surprises around every corner and behind every door. This is the 9th year for The Tunnel of Terror.

This year the theme is a Witches House named “Hazel’s House”. You will tour her hair raising potion and spell chamber, a disturbing and threatening tea room among other sinister and eerie areas of her habitat along with spooks, surprises and scares around every corner and through every creaky door. You will also encounter real life witches and warlocks inside the compound.



The Backwoods Maze, Burbank, CA
This amazingly lengthy tour of terror is as effective as any professional Halloween haunt. The Backwoods Maze is not a traditional haunted house; though there are some convincing interior sets, the experience is more akin to a race through some post-apocalyptic backwoods hellhole, with mutants, cyborgs, and depraved cannibals every corner.



Welcome too the Nuthouse, Boise, IN
Billed as an “extreme beyond extreme” adventure for teens between the ages of 13 and 16, this haunt put on by local teens Bret Maguire, 14, and Marty Blescoe, 15, in the Maguire family home proved so controversial in its first incarnation last year that it was shut down by police for illegal underage drinking, fighting and property damage on its inaugural night. In 2018, Bret, Marty, and a dozen of their friends are back to try again, although the neighborhood outcry before it has even opened will have local police waiting in their squad cars outside the premises.



Mystic Motel, Ladera Ranch, CA
Mystic Motel is a home haunt that’s part walk-through attraction and part dark ride. Yes, you read that right: dark ride. I mean an honest to goodness 35-second long carnival-style, single-track, amusement park ride through some spooky scenes. The brainchild of Scott D’Avanzo, a slot machine game developer by day, Mystic Motel is a haunted ride through the basement of a creaky, old motel where guests seem to have a penchant for disappearing. The entire ride is literally located inside the garage of the family house, with a bit of an extension built onto the driveway. Guests enter the D’Avanzo abode and then take a rickety “elevator” “down” to the basement before proceeding onto the ride. The execution and flow through the space makes for a fun and believable sequence, with a bit of suspension of disbelief, of course (ignore that the basement is actually the garage). Scott first created the attraction at the request of his son, who wanted something fun for Halloween, but it has since become a local sensation, attracting robust crowds on operating nights.




In memory of the greatest Home Haunt of all time …

Big Worm’s Sherwood Scare, Northridge, CA
Created in 2012 to raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis, Sherwood Scare is no mere decorated yard; it’s a full-blown walk-through terror tour, loaded with monsters and mayhem, that immediately established itself as ranking among the best amateur Halloween attractions in Los Angeles.

Since going dark in 2015, Sherwood Scare remains on indefinite hiatus. A permanent retirement was announced, but the message on the official website leaves little hope for a resurrection:

“Unfortunately, we will once again not be opening for the Halloween season. We so missed scaring you last year and will be sad to miss another year. As our film careers have grown, it has become increasingly difficult to dedicate the necessary time to create a haunt that lives up to our own standards. While we continue to tell stories in other forms, including our Crash the Super Bowl winning commercial “Doritos Dogs,” we are all proudest of the stories we got to tell through Sherwood Scare. We don’t currently have a firm idea of when we will reopen in the future but have hopes of returning in the years to come. We remain ardent supporters of unique forms of live theatre and haunted houses and we hope to see you out there at all the other wonderful Halloween experiences in the area this season.”




p.s. Hey. I’m still in Porto, but I’ll be back on Monday. This weekend I present what my best guess tells me will be the coolest Home Haunts of this Halloween season. If you happen to be in So. Cal. these days, I very highly recommend that you check out Anneliese, The Farm, Spooky Hollows, The Backwoods Maze, and Mystic Motel, all of which I’ve experienced in years past, and they’re incredible. See you next time.

Satan Worshiping 18 Year-Old Male Escort Kills ‘Sugar Daddy’ with Lawn Lion *

* Halloween countdown post #12/restored

Roommates of the Florida teen who allegedly bludgeoned a 36-year-old man to death last week say the suspect was a Satanic male escort after an $800 debt.

Dillon O’Donnell, 18, was charged with first-degree murder Saturday in the death of William “Billy” Davis III, whose body was found in a pool of blood outside his home in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Dillon O’Donnell playing an online game.

On Monday, O’Donnell’s housemates told The Daytona Beach News-Journal newspaper that the teen had recently started working as a male escort and that Davis, who worked at a nearby Publix, was his second client. The friends said O’Donnell told them Davis was his “sugar daddy” and owed him $800.

The roommates, both brothers, had been sharing a house with O’Donnell for seven months. They said the teen routinely participated in devil-worshipping rituals and sometimes wore red and white contact lenses. They said he spray-painted the number 666 on the walls and on the side of the house. They also said they saw him waving a knife around the night before the murder.

Mr Davis, pictured, was O’Donnell’s second client who the teenager saw as a ‘sugar daddy’.

“He told me and my brother what he was going to do (kill Davis), but we thought he was kidding,” Richard DeForest, 21, told the News-Journal. “He was satanic so we thought it had something to do with that.”

After exchanging several text messages, O’Donnell and Davis made plans to hang out Thursday night. Davis reportedly picked O’Donnell up and brought him back to his house. An arrest report released Monday shows that early Friday morning, O’Donnell beat Davis with a concrete lawn lion before stabbing him several times with a folding knife.

In the yard at the end of a bloody trail, the ornament, a lion, was found drenched in blood.

The report also shows that investigators found O’Donnell’s picture on a dating app Davis had on his cell phone. The roommates said they think O’Donnell and Davis met and communicated via gay websites.

In the days before the murder, Mr Davis and O’Donnell had been texting each other, police said. The texting was initiated by Mr Davis, who at 10am on Thursday, asked O’Donnell if he could see him that evening. At around 10pm that night Mr Davis picked O’Donnell up from his home and took him back to his house.

Dillon O’Donnell’s escort profile photo.

Sometime early Friday, Davis’ aunt Shirley Davis noticed a man was trying to hard in the side yard of the property and called the police.

According to police, O’Donnell returned home after the murder. DeForest and his brother said they saw O’Donnell in his bedroom, wiping blood off his naked body. “When we saw him we didn’t even ask why he had blood on his arms,” DeForest told the newspaper. “I thought it was that devil-worship stuff.”

The scene of the crime.

In court, O’Donnell testified that he and Davis were new friends. They met on a dating app called Grinder. O’Donnell said he never wanted to hurt Davis and that Davis attacked him first after an argument about unwanted sexual advances. He said he was leaving when Davis pushed him down the stairs.

That’s when O’Donnell said he stabbed Davis with a knife. “He kept hitting me on my stomach, on the back of my head. I managed to cover up my face like I always do when I’m in any type of fight.” he said. “I’m sure he stumbled back and hit his head, and I was trying to defend myself.”

Dillon O’Donnell shown just after being sentence to life in prison.

Prosecutor Ed Davis said during his opening statement that a forensic exam of O’Donnell’s phone showed he had researched how to quickly stab someone to death. While Davis was stabbed, the prosecutor said it was the blow to the head from a 50-pound lion statue that killed him.

In 2014, the then 20 year old Dillon O’Donnell was sentenced to life imprisonment. A jury took an hour Thursday to find O’Donnell, 20, guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of Davis, 38. Circuit Judge Margaret Hudson then sentenced O’Donnell to life in prison.



SIlkxxx -Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:36pm
Dillon Is bisexual, But he WAS NOT! a satanist! He was an extremely close friend of mine and my ex boyfriend. No one saw him doing this coming. Hes was quiet, yet very sweet and out going. You needed help he was there for you. He always had a gold cross on around his neck and spoke of getting a cross tattoo on his arm. He was very caring but his new roommate ended up somehow getting him of the wrong path. And someones sexuality shouldn’t have a matter in anything. I myself, I am bisexual and there should be nothing wrong with that. We gays are more caring and opened minded then any of you could dream you were. And someones religion shouldn’t have anything to do with a thing as well because in some way or form it all leads back to having faith there’s a god out there. Also i myself never heard anything about him being a male escort. If anything He did it on his own and didn’t go through a company! The media also twisted Richards (roommates) words. The house in witch Dillon lived in is just a whole bunch of young kids. They like to play pranks and have a lot of fake blood in the house so that’s why the roommate didn’t care when they saw blood on Dillon. And considering he’s a teenager he was in there teenage eyes thought oh maybe he’s taking some weird facebook picture. Never believe all of what you hear and half of what you see. Be more open-,minded. He was a great kid that in the last 2 months was turned down a dark road that ended quickly with him do this.

SLOWBIDEN -Apr. 18, 2012 at 9:12am
Totally offended that this newspaper put this in the faith section.

JT Brooklyn, Apr 16, 2012
The YOUNG ain’t always Pretty on the inside! 😉

hogorina -Apr. 12, 2012 at 4:10pm

I live in a redone school bus, as a share cropper with eight children. Education from TV commercials. Wife is ex-pole dancer. Her father was a former dirt farmer. Both of us are Democrats. L.B. Johnson is our alter ego. Our ancestors came to America with hats in hands. We are born again mental slaves and trying to avoid the ghetto life.
Hobbies are fish’n and drinking. Medicaid saved our way of life with extra money for booze and idle time to enjoy the fruits of others. America is the land of milk and honey. Thank goodness for those tax payers of whom give us the good life, We love the Constitution and the rights to march for more bread from Uncle Sam.Further, two sons want to be lawyers and two want to be police officers. One daughter wants to be a firemen.One son wants to be a building inspector where the political graft is a Heaven on earth. Our motto is let the government do for us what we are too shifty-minded to do for ourselves My advice to the suckers of whom pay the taxes and fight wars is to study ruling systems via Machiavella’s ( PRINCE ). Bleed them for all it is worth. I belong to the global Interfaith movement and along with my peers.Religion and democracy is the going thing today. Imcidentally, my wife was expecting triplets before she hit the road.”

Dismayed Veteran -Apr. 11, 2012 at 3:10pm
“…a man was trying to hard in the side yard …” Is this a misprint or what really happened in the side yard?

jjkrkwood, Apr 11, 2012
The kid was kind of cute and had he not been insane might have made it in the work/world of escorting.

BobtheMoronsp -Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:32am
When you are a genetic dead end, it is natural to hate yourself and everyone like you. The futility of living weighs heavily on the ‘people’. Some channel their energy in to positive things, others disintegrate into insanity in one form or another. Being a genetic dead end must really suck.

mikee1 -Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:02am
Both are big DUMMYCRAPS. You see, in order to be a dummycrap today, you have to be a NEO-SATANIST, COMMUNIST, who supports all things PERVERSE. OR you have to be so stupid that you listen to them and are duped by them in your FOOLERY. iF THE dummycraps are not taken out of power in this country, the UNITED STATES will soon FALL.

[Suspended User] -Apr. 11, 2012 at 3:27am
the only people dumber than atheists are devil worshipers. (And their roommates.)

duke37, Apr 10, 2012
Does he kiss? I sure hope the first client, the one who wasn’t killed, writes a FULL review with all the details..

FreedomWitness -Apr. 10, 2012 at 10:22pm
Imagine in some states these two could have gotten married and adopted a child. Wouldn’t that have been great! Man are we diving to the bottom of the cesspool at an alarming rate.

lukerw -Apr. 11, 2012 at 4:03am
Water finds it’s own level… yawn!

progressiveslayer -Apr. 10, 2012 at 6:58pm
The elder rump rider of boys is dead and the younger rump rider will wish he’s dead after some hard prison time.

[Suspended User] -Apr. 10, 2012 at 6:02pm
People like getting naked in times like this both ways.

NancyBee -Apr. 10, 2012 at 8:35pm
The escort company did a terrible job checking ths guy out!!




p.s. Hey. Today the real me is away in Porto hosting a screening of PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT, but some residue of me is here using this place to continue counting down the seconds to Halloween.

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