Dread Central Presents: 2011 Los Angeles Area Haunt Guide

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Live in the Los Angeles area and looking for a fun way to ring in Halloween? Besides getting drunk and puking in your costume? Well, Dread Central has hit up the majority of this year’s haunts, and we offer this handy little weekend guide to all things spooky!

DELUSION: Hands down, this is the best haunted attraction in Southern California. Set in an actual run-down Victorian mansion, attendees experience a full-on interactive play, running for their lives from escaped mental patients and witnessing wild stunts unfold right before their eyes. Must be seen to be believed! Read our full report here.

THE LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE: One of our favorite Halloween traditions takes viewers through the hills of Griffith Park on an incredibly elaborate ride through cannibals, carnival freaks, and cult members. And don’t pass up the “Dark Maze,” which sends you into pitch blackness with only a piss-poor lantern as your guide. Read our full report here.

QUEEN MARY’S DARK HARBOR: Back for its second year, Dark Harbor blends together traditional mazes and scare zones at a real-life haunted location. This attraction is all about darkness, and the ultra-trippy “The Cage” is not to be missed. Well worth venturing to Long Beach to experience. Read our full report here.

OLD TOWN HAUNT: For a more personal scare zone, head out to Pasadena for this gem, which is currently enjoying its eighth year scaring the shit out of people. Set in the labyrinthine basement of the historical Union Savings Bank Building, this attraction reuses sets from actual movies and television shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and takes people in much smaller groups to make your haunt more personal. Claustrophobia is the name of the game (there’s even a crawl-space section that most were too chicken to enter), and the entire place is decked out with some impressive sound work and animatronics.

SINISTER POINTE: We have yet to visit the new Sinister Pointe attraction in the O.C., but they’ve previously entertained us with their SAW and Silent Hill mazes. This year they have a double dose of original mazes that promise a whole new interactive twist on the usual haunted attraction.

ROTTEN APPLE: The Rotten Apple gang are actually a family who run a yearly attraction out of their house in Burbank, CA. But don’t let that deter you: Their annual mazes are some of the most imaginative and elaborate you’ll ever see. And best yet – it’s FREE (don’t be a douche…remember to tip them). People line up for blocks every year, and the wait is well worth it so don’t overlook this hidden gem!

UNIVERSAL’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS: The grandaddy of haunted theme parks. If you haven’t been, then live out Halloween unfulfilled. Read our full report here and here.

Happy Halloween to all!

Dread Central Presents: 2011 Los Angeles Area Haunt Guide

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