On Saturday Oct 6th my husband, myself and our friend Brad made the long car ride to Coffin Creek in Corona. Last year Chambers of the Mausoleum actually made me cry and have a full blown panic attack. I love to be scared but I found it too much to handle. So I figured I might as well give it another try this year. You have to face your fears, right? We managed to prepurchase our tickets for all 5 attractions for $25 each. Coffin Creek is way out in nowhere. I swear it feels like you are just driving and driving. It is where the 15 and the 91 freeways meet.
So anyways we had plenty of time due to the ever flowing traffic to stop for some dinner and to kill some time before hitting the road and actually reaching Coffin Creek at 6:25pm. Thankfully it was still light outside so finding it was much easier than last year. There are white signs with red lettering. I manged to get lost last year. I definitely recommend arriving by 6:45pm in order to get to all 5 attractions. However if you can't finish all 5 keep your tickets or wristband and come back any operating evening and you can finish.
We had time to kill before we could collect our tickets. We watched the gorgeous sun set and watched as the employees came into work for their shifts. The ticket booth is an actual RV. Once they set up a few minutes past 7pm we were able to get our tickets. There are 5 attractions good for 1 time thru each one. The tickets have the names of the attractions and the employee would hole punch the corresponding one on our ticket. They did have wristbands with numbered tabs but we were given the tickets.
First up was Scarecrow Trail. Let me add that they do very very strict line control here. It makes it VERY nice to go thru the mazes and trail with either just your group or else no more than group of about 12. The trail last year was great but this year has deeply improved. We were the first victims of the evening. I thought the use of very dimly poor solar lights keeping you to the trail was a great touch. It was pitch black out so it made finding sticking to the trail a bit tough. We passed by coffins thinking something or someone would jump out at us but nothing. Basically it's the number of Coffins that were washed up in the great flood which really happened. The use of strob lights and talent really make it one not to miss. When you think that someone would jump out at you all that would do is make me paranoid. Halfway thru you feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere almost like the Blair Witch Project. Just great talent making use of distractions.10/10
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Next up Shady Hollow Hay Ride which is a walk down a dark and dusty road. Definitely bring a flashlight. The hayride is one of those old fashioned hayrides with a smaller trailer that you sit in. The tractor had issues starting but after a short delay mechanical issue we were off. I loved the old fashioned effects and it wasn't over the top like L.A. Haunted Hayride. It seemed the scares were plentiful on both sides and more coffins. The monsters seemed to really take their job seriously and I don't recall them purposely trying to jump into the trailer with us. 9/10
The Labyrinth of Lost Relcs was next. I was a tad disappointed that it had just been put together by Thursday hence the first room wasn't ready and a few anamatronics as well as we were to have a guide the whole time. The guide takes you thru the first room and portal then we were on our own. The talent was amazing including one amazing outfit on a person/talent. I was screaming but staring as well. Great maze. Good length just wish it had been finished. 8/10
We walked back to Chambers of the Mausoleum where there was no one. We had our own tour guide "zombie girl" with one eyeball. She freaked me out big time. I managed to make it thru even though it was just as creepy as last year. The talent is better than great. They take their job seriously which is good. I love the effects and a couple of rooms. 10/10
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The last maze is Lone Hill Manor. We waited for more people so it wouldn't be just the three of us. This is a maze that is unguided. It is as good if not better than Knott's 13 Axe Manor Murder. The detail in this maze and the talent yes they ganged up on me. I don't want to give away anything but some nice touches in here. 10/10
After finishing this maze we headed back to the ticket RV place and bought a single ticket to go back thru Chambers of the Mausoleum because it is that good. This time we had a group with us so it was definitely better. We had the same "zombie girl" who scared me at the end. She was very creepy.
When we drove away to the exit we were able to say thank you to the two guys sitting directing cars. They weren't there when we came in but last year they were. I'm sure they will be sitting out there throughout the event when it's open. I definitely recommend Coffin Creek it is a long drive and it is weather permitting. It's definitely a don't miss. If we lived closer we'd go back just to go thru Labyrinth of the Lost Relics to see it completely finished.