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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

TTDILA's Halloween Guide 2023: Haunts

Here you have all the haunts. Haunted houses and theme parks that will give you scares starting in early September into October.

The theme parks
Select nights from Thursday, September 7 through Tuesday, October 31 

Gotta say, kind of amazed at the amount of haunts connected to current content like Chucky, The Last of Us and Stranger Things 4 and Evil Dead Rise. Kind of amazed they didn't make a Twisted Metal one.

The full line-up of the fear that awaits follows in eight haunted houses and Universal Studios
Hollywood’s exclusive Terror Tram:

  -  “The Last of Us” engrosses guests in a struggle to survive against fearsome Clickers, Bloaters, and more from Naughty Dog and PlayStation's award-winning video game.
-    “Stranger Things 4” transports guests to Hawkins, Indiana where they will face off against the evil Vecna in the fourth season of Netflix’s original series.
-    “The Exorcist: Believer” invites visitors into a terrifying new beginning in horror, as two families battle a sinister demonic force that has possessed their young daughters.
-    “Universal Monsters: Unmasked” expands on the Universal Monsters legacy with horror icons The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame coming together for the first time ever in a chilling new story.
-    “Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count” features the infamous slasher doll and his best kills throughout the hit USA & SYFY series and cult classic films.
-    “Evil Dead Rise” brings guests to a new twisted tale, based on New Line Cinema’s return to the iconic horror franchise and 2023 box office hit.
 -   “Monstruos: The Monsters of Latin America” includes the most terrifying ghosts and creatures from Latin American folklore.
-    “Holidayz in Hell” takes visitors on a petrifying trip through a series of psychotic seasonal celebrations.
-    “Terror Tram…The Exterminatorz” puts guests on the world-famous Universal backlot and in
the middle of an insect uprising led by the devious Larry Larva whose goal is to exterminate humans from the Earth. Horror fans will also walk along the Jupiter’s Claim set from Nope where they will encounter The Tethered from Us in an epic crossover from two of director Jordan Peele’s blockbusters.

A plethora of horror-themed food and drink items will be available to whet the scariest of appetites. Must be 21 years or older with valid photo identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.
    -“Stranger Things” fans can visit Surfer Boy Pizza for a variety of pizza flavors, Scoops Ahoy for tasty ice cream creations and a new 80’s themed Stellar Bar with mixed cocktails.
  -  Quick service restaurant Hollywood & Dine will transform into a “Chucky”-themed BBQ featuring brisket and Nashville popcorn chicken sandwiches, pulled pork macaroni and cheese, funnel cakes and themed drinks.
   - The Carl Laemmle Patio will feature Peacock’s Halloween Horror Bar with themed cocktails from The Purge and “Chucky” and photo opportunities with scareactors.
-    Universal Plaza will serve up a celebration in honor of Dia de Los Muertos featuring an array of Latin Folklore-themed cocktails, Lil Cocina Taco Stand and a margarita bar.
Select nights from September 21 through October 31
$tarts at $59 and up

Knott's marks its 50th year of scaring the Hell out of SoCal residents for 2023, making them an institution of frights. 

This golden anniversary's lineup includes three new frightening mazes (for a total of 10), five sinister scare zones and four hair-raising shows. Guests can expect to uncover unforgettable experiences that will usher in characters from Haunt history. The 50th year of Knott’s Scary Farm starts on September 21 and runs through October 31, for a total of 29 terrifying nights.

There will be nowhere to hide as hair-raising scares loom around every turn, with the debut of our newest terrifying mazes, a newly reimagined fan-favorite scare zone, and a gruesome lineup of new shows. These new haunting experiences add to the original scares that can’t be found anywhere else. 

New Offerings

Cinema Slasher (Maze) – Venturing through the mystical Midnight Theater, guests travel through the silver screen and into a trilogy of slasher movies. As they are swallowed into the world of gothic horror, they become the movie characters who try to escape the wrath of the dangerous Slasher. Will everyone survive, or will they become forever ensnared in the decaying reality from a bygone era? The conniving Midnight Theater wickedly opens its doors, daring those brave enough to buy a ticket to Cinema Slasher!

The Chilling Chambers (Maze) – In honor of the first maze in Knott's Scary Farm's prestigious history, the "10 Chilling Chambers" is a ghastly new attraction that gives a nostalgic nod to Scary Farm's past while terrorizing the audience of today. Guided by The Keeper, the sinister caretaker of the conservatory of horrors, guests are thrust beyond the threshold of an ominous towering cathedral that leads to terrifying classic maze themes from Knott's Scary Farm's infamous history. Scream from countless fears of seasons gone by as 50 years of terror are unleashed in The Chilling Chambers.

Room 13 (Maze) – Violent murders at The Blind Tiger interrupt the Prohibition-era revelry on Memory Lane. A dangerously delicious new cocktail named The Devil’s Elixir seems to be at the root of the mayhem, but where did the mysterious green aperitif come from? The answers may lie at the heart of the extravagant Argive Hotel, where many have checked in to Room 13… but none have checked out.

The Gauntlet (Scare Zone) – In this reimagined version of the fan favorite, classic characters return to invade Camp Snoopy, but with an updated twist. Guests will again encounter the King and Queen of the realm, maniacal jesters, brutal barbarians, wicked wizards, and lawless peasants. They’ve all returned with an onslaught of fresh terror. All Hail the King or suffer the wrath of The Gauntlet!

Dr. Cleaver Returns (Show) – Your favorite demented doctor is back for more Halloween hijinks! Grab a seat at the world-famous Bird Cage Theatre for a wicked journey into the great beyond.

The Hanging: Uncancelled (Show) – The Lawman has returned to track down the vilest villains of the past year in this pop culture parody stunt extravaganza. No one is safe when the gates of the Wagon Camp swing open.

Music, Monsters & Mayhem (Show) – “Music, Monsters and Mayhem” takes you on a scintillating and provocative musical journey celebrating 50 years of terror and frights. Featuring a rockin’ score, wild laughs, and a cast of singing and dancing monstrosities bound to get your heart racing with screams of delight!
*Don't forget-A chaperone policy will remain in effect for all Knott's Scary Farm event nights. Under this policy, all guests ages 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old in order to be admitted into the park.
Knott's Spooky Farm
Daytime Thursdays-Sundays, September 28 - October 29, 2023, plus Halloween
-For little tykes
Next we have starting even earlier

September 1 to October 31, 2023

Disneyland and California Adventure get decked out early so more people have the chance to enjoy the Halloween theme if it only lasted a month. Check the site for specifics, but this is more for the family friendly side and not the side that likes jump scares.

Six Flag's Fright Fest
Select Nights Sep 8th - October 31st
Plenty of their own haunts and this year they have ones based on The Conjuring and the yet-to-be released Saw X. They're no Knott's, but they have been filling you with frights for 30 years.
 Kids Boo Fest-For the smaller ones during the day

Forget Theme Parks

Select Night Sept 21st-Nov 12
The Phillips Mansion
2640 Pomona Blvd, Pomona, CA 91768
$tarts at 94.99
Usually are most highest rated haunt. It's like being in your own horror movie. It does cost quite a bit, but you are fully engrossed in a haunted house created by a professional practical special effects maker whose worked on big movies and it shows.
*Technically, we could put this in the experiences sections too. 

It looks like they want you to chill before or after your haunts as the have two full bars and other places to relax after your horror show.
With Nocturnes & Nightmares, we learn there is more to the Delusion saga than meets the eye. A mysterious figure known only as The Author has apparently penned every Delusion story since its inception. Bringing words to life. Ink to reality. More a curse than a gift as The Author plays with fire.

Guests will be swallowed into various stories and connect with characters both dire and beloved as they track down the mysterious author behind the Delusion series and learn of a disturbing agenda.
*Funny enough Delusion, Haunted Hayride and Shaqtoberfest are all run by Thirteenth Floor.

 -Oct 31 select nights
$29.99 and up
Experience the world-famous Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Los Angeles’ Ultimate Halloween Event.Looks like there going all out with extra activities like a Zombie Splat - Gellyball Experience and Axe Throwing. So, there's more there than just the hayride. Go through their full list of things to do.
Opening Sept 28 -Oct 31 select nights
The Queen Mary
$29.99 and up

Returning for a second year to the notoriously haunted Queen Mary, Shaqtoberfest is an immersive Halloween festival featuring haunted trails, live entertainment, themed bars and lounges, carnival rides, and more!

The newcomer

September 29 – October 29 Select Nights
$tarts at $25
 Experience Eternal Echoes, Wayward Souls, The Void, and the VIP Delirium this Fall.
Promising an unforgettable experience that goes beyond fear and beyond reality, ScareScape will offer spine-tingling, locally designed mazes created to confront and amplify a few of humankind’s most common phobias. Even before entering into the ScareScape grounds, each ticket holder embarks on an exclusive shuttle ride to the summit, setting the stage for an unforgettable encounter with a nightmare come-to-life. 

 A hair-raising experience for the senses, thrill seekers must find and feel their way through total blackout in The Void. Immersing guests in a truly nightmarish dimension, the Eternal Echoes maze will bring to life a menagerie of vengeful spirits. Not for the faint of heart, Wayward Souls presents a cursed rendition of the living plane in a haunted house. Delirium, invites VIP ticket holders into a macabre world of flashing lights, haunting melodies, and twisted clowns and carnies.

Rotten Apple 907
Let's go to the Movies
October 21, 22, 28, 29, 31st
7pm to 10pm
Please note the line may be cut off early as we must be shut down by 10pm.

907 N California St
Free, Charity Appreciated

The classic Burbank home haunt returns, yet again!