Many years ago, I can’t remember just when, I attended the first ever Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. It was small but had the workings of a really cool Halloween event. This year I finally went back and my how it has grown! Not only do they have the usual hayride through the old LA zoo, but there are now Knott’s Scary Farm type mazes for guests to enjoy. That’s not all! I’ll break down the experience for you in case you didn’t get to make it this year! Continue reading
There is an urban legend you may have heard of where the owners of a house find out that someone is living in the crawl space, attic or basement of their home. I recall a story from a real estate agent, that a family had found out someone was secretly living in their attic and would come out only when they were not at home or sometimes in the middle of the night. Can you imagine how scary that would be? I’ve heard similar stories like this through the years and then I saw the following story that totally creeped me out. Apparently two brothers were playing in a bedroom when one of them knocked the other into the bookshelf below. Continue reading
What is it about Halloween that makes people want to get the shit scared out of them? Admittedly, I am one of those people. I enjoy scary haunted houses and the creativity some houses display in order to scare their guests. I remember going through a haunted house as a kid at my school’s Halloween carnival. We entered a dark room, had to crawl through a tunnel, and make it out of a maze all the while trying to avoid the monsters and traps that were inside. I had so much fun, I knew I was hooked for life. Since then I have been through many haunted houses, some better than others. Last weekend, I went to an awesome and very unique haunted experience called DELUSION: THE BLOOD RITE. It’s an interactive play set up in an old Hollywood mansion. Only 250 guests are allowed each night. Once you arrive at the mansion you are assigned a group and are given a wristband. Then while waiting for your group to be called, you can enjoy a Halloween themed drink such as the delicious Autumn Harvest, eat from a food truck or just chill in the antique couches they have set up in the mansions backyard. Once your group is called, you become part of the story. This attraction involves props, an interactive story, some incredible stunts and special effects. Not to mention a ton of great scares! I’d suggest you try to check it out if there are still tickets left. The trailer below will give you a little taste without revealing any spoilers. Continue reading
October television programming in the 80’s was always fun. The few TV networks that existed (pre-cable of course) would bring out all their Halloween and Horror movie programming and play them round the clock it seemed. I could flip on the tube on a pleasant Sunday afternoon and catch a Vincent Price film, a bizarre oldie from Elvira’s Movie Macabre, or other movie that seemed perfect for the season. One that brings back fond memories is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts. This movie came out in 1966, but the networks played it religiously every October in the 80’s…and I watched it every time. Don Knotts stars as Luther Heggs, a newspaper typesetter who is challenged to spend a night in the Simmons mansion, a supposedly haunted house. No one respects him and thinks him a goof. However, Luther demands to be paid attention to, and when he reports strange organ music coming from the old house, he gets laughed at by the local townsfolk. In order to prove what he saw and heard, Luther decides to spend the night in the mansion. But he’s not alone. Will Luther last the night and gain the respect of his town? This movie is great. It is a lighthearted comedy, with enough mystery and creaking doors to get you in a really good mood. And Don Knotts has enough scare scenes to bring out the best of his…what I call Mr. Furley face. Definitely a kid friendly movie that should not be forgotten!
This Friday, Walt Disney World is throwing a one-of-a-kind event at the Haunted Mansion called Room For 1 More. Those who attend will be able to purchase limited edition event logo products, Haunted Mansion themed collectibles, and Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary merchandise. There will also be a silent auction for some spooktacular featured artwork. The event will include a meet-n-greet with other Disney artists. If that’s not enough, a beastly feast will be served up in the graveyard along with some ghostly entertainment. Interested? Continue reading