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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Halloween Update: It all starts next week

Yup, Halloween in SoCal is almost upon us. We'll have the new Halloween Guides probably by next week. For now, here's just a taste of the treats coming your way. Anything listed below means you can get tickets already.

Look out for goodies already appearing in stores, we spotted some glow-in-the-dark candy wrappers.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – LA 
Thursdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

Philosophical Research Society 
3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles $12 advance / $15 on the door / $40 Full semester pass

"The new LA branch will be co-directed by Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse with scholars Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry, both of the Shock Wavespodcast. Classes will begin on September 13th with a monthly pilot season, starting with a masterclass with filmmaker Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM, BUBBA HO-TEP, JOHN DIES AT THE END) – whose new book True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmakingis due out October 2 - moderated by Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek. The season will continue with a class on aquatic horror by filmmaker and Miskatonic LA co-director Rebekah McKendry, PhD, author David J. Skal expanding on ideas from his book The Horror Showabout the ways medical crises such as Thalidimide and AIDS were manifested in horror cinema, and filmmaker Rodman Flender with a breakdown and analysis of the Murder Set Piece in horror."

Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights
Select Night Sept 14 - Nov 3
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
$tarts at $60-$97
$pecial prices for different passes

Universal has the top tier names with mazes based on such hits like Stranger Things and the upcoming reboot of Halloween with Micheal Myers. There's some great nods to horror aficionados with mazes based on Poltergeist 1982 and Trick 'r Treat from Micheal Dougherty. Seven strong mazes to scare you this year.

Listed mazes and experiences for Horror Nights:

-”Stranger Things,” based on Netflix’s critically-acclaimed television series
-“Poltergeist,” inspired by the classic 1982 horror film
-“The First Purge,” based on Universal Picture’s blockbuster thriller
- “Trick ‘r Treat,” based on the Halloween cult classic directed by Michael Dougherty
- “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two,” inspired by Jason Blum’s horrifying films, Truth or Dare and Unfriended
-“Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” based on the iconic slasher film
- “Universal Monsters,” inspired by Universal’s iconic classic Monsters with music by Slash
- “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
-The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”
-Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez,” featuring the return of serial killer clown, Hollywood Harry

Select Nights September 20 - October 31
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

Two new mazes, “The Depth’s and “Dark Entities” will be joining seven other mazes for a total of nine places to get you scares on it the oldest theme park to do haunts.

“Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. This Halloween event has all the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare. But unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from -- which makes it the thing to do for Halloween.”

October 5 -November 4
Row DTLA 777 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, California
$89, adults only

Creep LA is back again with a new concept that’s gonna keep those peepers open in it’s newest experience “Awake.” They always impress us on some level with being one of the best interactive haunts you can choose for Halloween.
“With only 6 shows a night, each performance allows 25 brave souls inside an imagined universe. AWAKE is a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 75-minute walk-through experience within a dynamic and diverse environment of moody rooms, intimate encounters, and terrifying scenarios.”

Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights Experience
October 5-6, 12-14, 18-21 and 25-28.
7:00 PM- 1:00 AM
WB Lot
6510 Forrest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles CA, 90068
$79, price varies by date
$169 Loser's Club VIP

"This Halloween season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood dares you to enter our iconic backlot for an incredible Halloween party where evil clowns, demon nuns, super villains, possessed dolls and the devil himself will come to life. Be prepared to face your deepest fears and see what nightmares await you from the twisted minds that brought you IT, The Conjuring, Freddy vs. Jason, The Exorcist, and from WB Games, Batman: Arkham Asylum."

- There already out in stores, special glow in the dark wrappers for candy including Hershey's, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and Kit Kats. Make it glow at you Halloween get-together.

-Halloween Hot Sauce has some great new products. First up, a Hot Sauce Coffin Caddy. It goes for $29.95 without shipping and holds three Halloween hot sauces of your choosing. Secondly, the Wine Bottle Coffin for $ not included. It will show off your wine for whatever party your throwing. We did just see a wine at World Market with a vampire cape on it, so they might pair well together.