FOR ALL AGES: SAN FERNANDO VALLEY HALLOWEEN HAUNTS 2010, PART ONE

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BY KAREN YOUNG

It’s Halloween season and haunted houses abound. The following list is the big haunts, pumpkin patches and carnivals running through October to get your blood pumping. Over the next two weeks, we’ll find all the neighborhood haunts, weekend festivals and more!

The Haunted Hayride at Griffith Park.

FORBIDDEN HAUNT SHERMAN OAKS

This brand new haunted “carni-evil” is set in a circus tent with scary clowns, but be warned, the evening show is too intense for some children, however there are lights-on matinee shows for kids. Located next to the Sherman Oaks Galleria, the entertainment includes: “Your Last Ride,” a double wide hearse with motion-simulator to create the experience of traveling to your final destination.Entertainment includes: Madeline Speak on October 29 & 30 at 9 pm; ImpaktBand on October 15 at 8 pm, October 23 at 4 pm, October 29 & 30 at 8pm; Phantom Coaches Hearse Club on October 23 at 5 pm. 2010 Hours: Weekdays 6-10pm; Fridays 6pm-midnight; Saturdays 10am-midnight; Sundays noon-10pm. Lights-on matinee tours are 10am-4pm on Saturdays and noon-4pm on Sundays. Proceeds will benefit Disabled American Veterans, Simi Valley Chapter 55. 4827 Sepulveda Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 www.forbiddenhaunt.com

PUMPKIN PATCH TOLUCA LAKE

Join the Wizards Family and Wizards Playhouse in the Haunted Maze and explore the Day of The Dead.  This is the haunt where all ages can  experience a creative display of skeletons, aliens, and museum style scenes that capture the eerie spirit of Halloween without people in costumes jumping out to scare you.  Pumpkin patch, petting zoo, magic shows and a Halloween art display. Daytime tours are in full light and ideal for children who are scared of the dark yet still enjoy a spooky experience. The night display is a bit more creepy and mysterious. Both daytime and nighttime are kid friendly. wizardsplayhouse.com or 818- 505-8039.  Through October 31 10am-9pm. 10601 Riverside Dr., North Hollywood/Toluca Lake  (corner with Cahuenga). Call for fees. CHECK  THE DAILY D!  SPECIAL DEAL MY DAILY FIND EMAIL IN YOUR  INBOX FOR A DISCOUNT!

TAPIA BROS PUMPKIN PATCH ENCINO

This family run urban farm is covered with pumpkins this  October and is perfect for the smallest of tykes.  Explore a big pumpkin, climb around a wagon, or if you are up to it, check out the spooky trailer.  This is a great place to pick up corn for the season as well.  5251 Hayvenhurst Ave. Encino, CA. Open Daily, 9- 6 pm., 818.905.6155

OLD TOWN HAUNT PASADENA

Known as Pasadena’s biggest and scariest haunt, it takes place in the basement of the 107 year old Union Savings Bank Building. Step down into this walk through maze with an underground setting in the darkness of the catacombs. October 1-28 $14.00* General Admission $19.00* VIP Tickets (Little or NO Waiting FAST Pass) October 29, 30, and 31 $16.00* General Admission$21.00* VIP Tickets Dates and Times:Fri Oct 15 – 16 7pm to midnight, Oct 17  7-10 pm, Thur Oct 21 7-10pm,Fri Oct 22-23 7-midnight, Oct 24  7-10 pm,  Oct 27 7-10 pm,  Oct 28  7-11 pm, Oct 29  7-midnight,   Sat Oct 30 7-midnight, Sun Oct 31 7- midnight. Kid’s Matinees Sat Oct 30 & Sun Oct 31  Noon-4 pm ($10*/person for adults and children) 20 N. Raymond, Pasadena. www.oldtownhaunt.com

REIGN OF TERROR THOUSAND OAKS

The 2010 Reign of Terror is located at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks with a new 21,000 square foot facility.  An Insane Asylum has been added at a second attraction. The Reign of Terror itself is a full on walk through a foggy haunted house with coffins, ghosts, skeletons and more. If you can imagine it, it will be there! The Reign of Terror will be running 9 nights and a special lights on Sunday October 24 day event. Open: Oct, 15, 16, 23, 23, 24, 28,29, 30. Admission $14, Front of line $20 www.rothauntedhouse.com/info

FRIGHT FAIR THEME PARK WOODLAND HILLS

Part of the Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College Halloween Harvest Festival at Pierce College, come see “Spookley,” the square pumpkin and his friend, Jack the Scarecrow at the Holiday Hill Farms stage show inside the “pick your own pumpkin patch.” This themed activity offers a chance to see Spookley the Square Pumpkin LIVE in his very own stage show and actually harvesting your very own pumpkin. Venture through our Adventure Corn Maze, go on a hayride or maybe take a spooky journey into Haunted House or Haunted Trail. For those looking for something more extreme, the Halloween Harvest Festival takes on a more sinister persona after dark as FrightFair Scream Park comes to life, featuring: both the “Factory of Nightmares” Haunted House, and ”Creatures of the Corn” Haunted Trail. (818) 999-6300 or email atinfo@halloweenharvestFestival.com for more information. www.halloweenharvestfestival.com

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

It’s a haunted theme park attraction after hours at Universal Studios. Experience five new mazes based on the most popular horror themes and movies of all time: A Nightmare on Elm Street with Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th with Jason Voorhees, Saw featuring horrific new traps from the film series, House of 1000 Corpses in 3D Zombievision. Make your way through scare zones terrorized by killer Klownz, flesh-eating Freakz, asylum Lunaticz and, for the first time, La Llorona (The Weeping Woman) who, after drowning her children and herself, returns to the living, wailing for her lost children and searching for new souls to replace them.Terror Tram, Skull Island, Jurassic Park in the Dark, the Revenge of the Mummy coaster, The Simpsons Ride, and back by popular demand, see the newest installment of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show.  Oct.15-17, 21-24, 28-31. This is a separate event that takes place every evening, after the Universal Studios theme park closes for regular business. Doors open nightly at 7:00pm. Park closes at 1:00am. Tickets: General Admission: $59 at the gate, Front of the Line Pass – ranges from $69 to $89, Day-Night Combo (enjoy the park by day, stay for the scares at night) – $79, RIP Experience offers an exclusive guided tour on top of the Front of the Line Privileges: $79. Call 818-622-5140 to reserve. DISCOUNTS: Advance tickets are available on the website  (plus a a 99-cent processing fee); discounts vary by date of admission: from $34 on September 24-25 to $54 on October 16, 22 & 29 (no discounts on October 23 & 30).  The Killer Deal Nights Pass offers admission for nine nights ( September 24-25, October 1-2, 8, 17, 21 & 24) for only $59.  , Haunted Theme Park Attraction.Universal Studios, Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Univeral City, CA 91608  1-800-UNIVERSAL. www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com

LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE GRIFFITH PARK

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, which made its debut last year at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, is now in Griffith Park. This year there will be not only the hayride but also a haunted carnival and a haunted hay maze.  The Haunted Hayride will take you on a bumpy night ride through the abandoned cages and habitats of the Old Zoo in the woods at Griffith Park, populated with all kinds of scare creatures. There is also a hay maze and carnival rides. The Hayride is not recommended for children under 8, pregnant women, or people with seizures, heart, back or anxiety issues.Griffith Park (Old Zoo), 4730 Crystal Springs Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90027 Oct 8-31, 2010, Thu-Sun through Oct. 31; Fri-Sat 5 pm – midnight, Thur & Sun 5-10:30 pm. $25/$30 Hayride+Carnival, $35/$40 Hayride+Carnival+Maze, add $15 for Front of the Line. $3 off online, $5 off coupon at Gelson’s (starting 9/25), cash only at the gate.  www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com

HALLOWEEN GHOST STEAM TRAIN

The Los Angeles Live Steamers Ghost Train steams back into Griffith Park for another Halloween of family-friendly fun. The train ride is decorated with over 30 scenes of spooks and ghouls – it’s perfect for kids and adults ages.  Admission is $7.00 per person, suggested donation. Riders must be at least 34 inches tall and not weigh over 350 pounds. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Free parking on Zoo Drive and in the gravel parking lot at the LALS public entrance.  October 15-16-17; 22-23-24; 28-29-30-31, from 7-10pm. Griffith Park, 5202 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA www.lals.org

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