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    Haunts around Southern California

    October has arrived and local Halloween events are starting to take shape at locations around the southland. From smaller haunts such as "The Haunted Cellar" at The Block at Orange or "Seaside Haunt" at the Ventura County Fairgrounds to larger events at Knotts Berry and Universal Studios Hollywood, there are a multitude of ghoulish delights to partake in this Halloween season. We've assembled a list of some of the frightful things to keep you up late at night throughout this Halloween season.



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    Knott's Halloween Haunt
    From its humble beginnings in 1973 Knotts Berry Farm has transformed every October into Knott's Scary Farm, the first theme park to embrace Halloween and the terror that comes with it.



    Are you afraid of the Park? You should be given the 11 mazes and two re-themed rides Knotts has lined up for their terrified guests this year. Joining returning favorites such as 13 Axe Murder Manor, The Asylum and Feary Tales are 5 all new mazes/re-themed rides as Knotts tries to hold onto the title of Best Haunted Event as designated by the 2007 Golden Ticket Awards. Featured attractions at this year's haunt are:
    BEOWULF Labyrinth into Darkness
    The Lake (New for 2007)
    Darkness has a legacy. Every legend has a king. Every man has a demon. Paramount Pictures film, Beowulf, follows the epic poem, set in 5th century Denmark, of the great hero, Beowulf who defends King Hrothgar and his people in three great battles against the monsterous Grendal, Grendal’s vengeful mother, and a fire-breathing dragon.
    PYROMANIAX
    Timbermountain Log Ride (New for 2007)
    A fire bursts out on the mountain due to a tragic accident at the resident Moonshine Factory. It seems the locals have been using toxic waste to make their libation, and now the lethal fumes are turning everyone (including the Fire Fighters) into murderous mutants.
    THE DOLL FACTORY
    Wilderness Dance Hall (New for 2007)
    In an old, abandoned toy factory, the Marionette Murderer, a psychotic serial killer turns his beautiful victims into life-size porcelain dolls for his personal collection. Tour his twisted museum of death and disfigurement, and hope to escape his mechanical lair.
    KILLER CLOWN KOLLEGE
    Behind Xcelerator (New for 2007)
    Welcome Freshmen, to your initiation into Clown U and it’s fearsome Fraternity.
    BLACK WIDOW’S CAVERN
    Mine Ride (New for 2007)
    Enter the old, abandoned mine, now overrun by deadly spiders. Get caught in the web of the horrific arachnids as you travel on the old miner’s path of doom.
    Knotts offers several Halloween Haunt packages at the Knotts Berry Farm hotel, which include a variety of choices from an overnight stay and two tickets to Haunt - to packages that include something new for 2007, collectible Haunt Key cards. More info can be found at: http://www.knottshotel.com/haunt/index.htm

    official Knott's Halloween Haunt website

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    Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights
    After disappearing from the local Haunt scene after its run in 2000, USH returned to their own brand of terror last year. This year the biggest news from Halloween Horror Night is the addition of three of the biggest names of modern horror: Jason, Freddy and Leatherface in their own themed mazes.



    Universal makes big claims on their Horor Night web site USH HHN website:
    There's only one event big enough to scare everyone in Los Angeles: Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights, the most terrifying Halloween experience in Southern California.

    If you dare, enter the worlds of Jason, Freddy and Leatherface as you encounter four all-new horrific mazes. And witness the horror as each character comes to life when you step off the Terror Tram,
    and onto Universal's Backlot.

    This October at Halloween Horror Nights, prepare for the most intense fear of your life - only at Universal Studios Hollywood.
    Halloween Horror Nights will be terrifying guests October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and 31.

    Universal Studios Hollywood - Halloween Horror Night website

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    Queen Mary's Shipwreck
    2007 marks the 13th 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. Some say the Queen Mary is a haunted ship, which makes it the perfect place for a haunt:



    Every October the Queen Mary in Long Beach transforms into "The Most Terrifying Place On Earth" for Shipwreck, the Queen Mary's Halloween Terror Fest. Each year Shipwreck unveils a new creation that delivers ultimate horror to the daring mortals that brave this terrifying event. Admission includes unlimited entry to all Mazes, Purgatory Park featuring Live Bands, the 3 level Dance Party in the Queen Mary's Exhibit Hall and a second Dance Party housed within the all new Dome of Doom! Plus, don't forget to visit the frightfully sexy Fright Mistress in her private lair. Everyone knows the Queen Mary is haunted and is no stranger to haunted happenings. Throughout the years, Queen Mary employees, guests and visiting psychics have reported unexplainable events and paranormal activity aboard the ship. Visitors to Shipwreck will have the opportunity to encounter these areas as they descend deep into the bowels of the ship and navigate the closed corridors and dark hallways of this massive haunted vessel!
    http://www.queenmaryshipwreck.com/

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    Six Flags Magic Mountain's Fright Fest
    Magic Mountain's annual Fright Fest returns for more scares in 2007.



    It's family by day and fright by night at our annual Halloween Fright Fest. Bring the little ones in the daytime for trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples and kid-friendly fun. Because, when the sun goes down, well, let's just say it's not for the faint of heart.

    Six Flags morphs into a town of ghosts and ghouls. Roller coasters become monstrosities in motion. And scares await you at every turn.
    Fright Fest is on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, October 6-31; plus Monday-Wednesday October 29-31.

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    The Haunted Cellar


    Even SoCal malls get into the action. The Block at Orange (near Disneyland) has completely redone its entry into the haunt world with an all new maze this year.

    Located in suite 112. (Across from the Vans skate park.)

    The Haunted Cellar's website, http://www.thehauntedcellar.com/, includes not only information on how you can apply to be a monster, but also the legend of the Cellar itself as well as a gallery of some of their talent including MiceChat's own Kritter!

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    Medieval Times Haunted Castle


    Already known for their jousting dinner shows Medieval Times on Beach Blvd. in Buena Park adds a few scares to your evening's entertainment for the Halloween season. Included with the cost of your dinner show ticket is a trip through their Haunted Castle haunt. See their website for a detailed back story and the official Medieval Times website for contact information.

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    Seaside Haunt


    Ventura County's Seaside Haunt, located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, boasts a very interactive website including a video presentation of their attraction's legend. Visit http://www.seasidehaunt.com/kill.html for more informations on this haunted house.

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    Spooky House
    Relocated to Chatsworth, Spooky House returns for 2007 year boasting two attractions, Darkwater Asylum and Spooky House. Visit http://spookyhouse.com/index18.htm for more information on what you can expect starting September 28th.

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    Fearplex
    Opening October 12, 2007 at the Fairplex in Pomona is Magler's Haunted Asylum. Fearplex include children's matinee shows on October 21, 22, 27 and 28 from noon until 4p.m. For more information visit their website at http://fearplex.com/

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    The list of Halloween activities and locations is always changing. We've added just a few of the ones that we've found on our own. If you have additional haunts and/or information that you'd like to add to the list, please submit a message below!
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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    Tis the season to be haunted.

    Many of the MiceChatters joined us at Knotts Scary Farm on Saturday night. We had a great time. Lots of fun.

    JUST A TIP: pay for the VIP Pre-Scare dinner. You get early entry into the haunt. This enables you to ride the log ride and the Mine Train BEFORE the crowds get terrible. If you play your cards right, you'll stay a step or two ahead of the crowds for at least a couple of hours.

    Here are some of my eeriest shots:




































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    Great pictures and now I know for sure I will never go to Knott's Scary Farm. I hate being surprised or terrified but it looks like you all had fun and I am glad for you.

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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    Here is some information on a Haunted Fullerton tour which is a walking tour of haunted places in Fullerton, which for non-locals is right next door to Disneyland. I saw the slideshow on the OC Weekly website and the pictures along with their captions were very creepy!

    Haunted Fullerton Walking Tours
    Wednesdays and Thursdays
    September 12 through November 8
    *Special Tour Date on Tuesday, October 30 *
    6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
    $15 General / $ 10 Museum Member
    Did you know Fullerton is one of the most haunted cities around? Ghosts are lurking at every corner. Take this tour and find out what businesses have pots and pans flying around after hours, what famous deceased Fullertonian makes an “appearance” now and then, and where the spirits like to have a beer or two. Don’t miss out on a hauntingly good time! Pre-registration is required. Tour is not recommended for children under 13. Please note that the tour involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking including stairs. Please notify the staff during registration if you require special assistance to participate. No Tour Wednesday, October 31.
    http://www.ci.fullerton.ca.us/depts/museum/calendar.asp

    Here is the slideshow from the OC Weekly...

    http://www.ocweekly.com/index.php?op...830&Itemid=296
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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    As we were leaving the Haunt, someone gave us a flier for a haunted house in Pasadena. Anyone know anything about that one?
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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    The Haunted Cellar is entering its 3rd weekend this week and we hope to see some of you out there.


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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    This might be the Pasadena haunt you got the flyer for:

    Old Town Haunt

    Pasadena's self proclaimed "Biggest and Scariest Haunt" is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena at 20 N Raymond at Colorado.

    Descend into the basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building where mysterious occurences have taken place in the buildings' deadly 107 year history. In fact, something lives down there in the dark....not some one, but some thing. The basement that was sealed shut for decades is being reopened for your investigation into the unknown.The History of the building is enough to scare most, what will you do when the catacombs and darkness surround you!
    Old Town Haunt is open weekdays and Sundays from 7pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to midnight. They also have a matinee performance that is child friendly every Saturday and Sunday starting October 13th from Noon until 4pm.

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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    Also be sure to check out the Olivias Adobe and Landmark 58 in Ventura. They are both haunted.
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    Spooky House
    Relocated to Chatsworth, Spooky House returns for 2007 year boasting two attractions, Darkwater Asylum and Spooky House. Visit http://spookyhouse.com/index18.htm for more information on what you can expect starting September 28th.
    Oooh! I actually know some of the people involved in Spooky House! Glad to see that made the list.

    My friend is spearheading a fundraising effort involving Spooky House on October 13th, to raise money for some advanced medical treatment not covered by this little girl's insurance. (I'll post some details in the Outpost, in case anyone's interested, kinda OT for this thread)
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    the Medieval Times Haunted Castle opens October 18th, and runs nightly through the 31st. Check out the website www.medievaltimes.com for coupons, there is one right now for kids free with an adult admission! If you want more pictures and info also check out their myspace profile: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm...endid=74230477

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    Im going to Knotts on friday the 5th...SO EXCITED!!
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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    In Santa Paula (about half way between Ventura & Valencia, south of Ojai, off Hwy 126) is the Ghost Walk. Not a haunted house, but rather a walking tour of the city that focuses on spooky events with a local, historical perspective. Actors re-enact scenes of tragic events, but with an educational spin on things. I've done it before, and had a blast! Much more atmospheric than it is scary.

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    Re: Haunts around Southern California

    Hopefully I will be attending Haunt again this Sunday!


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    the haunted cellar how long does it last? its 9 dollars right? I look for a good scare.

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    Awesome mini TR Dusty! Hey Kritter might see yah at Haunt on Sunday. Anyone going to Universal Hollywoods? I need to swing by and check out the Haunted Cellar this year. Yay it's October, it's like Christmas but better.
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