The Alone Experience: A Vague Review

Disclaimer: Free tickets to this haunt were provided for review purposes. No other compensation was received.

Alone Experience

Last week, contributors Angela and Jen ventured into Hollywood to experience a haunt like no other. The Alone Experience is described on their website as “A fully immersive 45-minute walkthrough experience, which you enter alone. Your body will move and be moved through our space.” A mix of theater, horror, and art, it’s exactly what it claims to be – an experience.

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There isn’t much detail given, and that’s part of what makes this haunt so…haunting. If you look through the site you’ll find vague descriptions, and testimonials that don’t tell you much aside from how amazing of an experience it is.

The Alone Experience is located in a non-descript building on Seward street, off Santa Monica Blvd. It looks more like an office than a haunted house, but once you pass the doorman and enter the building, there is a distinctly creepy air to it.  Even the bathroom is creepy, lit only with red lighting.

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In the waiting room, you’ll sign the waiver, check your car keys in (they ask that you leave the rest of your belongings in your car), and watch and wait while others enter into darkness. As you wait for your turn, you’ll hear the occasional banging or screaming, but for the most part it’s pretty quiet, and if you came with friends, you’re free to chat until your turn comes.

Once your name is called and you enter the door, you’re enveloped in darkness and all alone. The combination of anticipation and incapacitation sets you on edge, where you’ll continue to remain for the rest of the experience. Inside you might be touched, guided, spoken to, not spoken to, given tasks, and/or left to fend for yourself until you reach the end.

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Angela’s thoughts: “If you like old SciFi Horror Movies you will love this haunt. It feels like a cross between a David Lynch movie and a choose-your-own-adventure book, except the choices are made for you.”

Jen’s thoughts: “The Alone Experience isn’t your typical haunted house. It’s surreal and full of creepy whimsy that will at times, literally have you crawling on your hands and knees.”

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This isn’t a haunt where your being chased by a crazed killer through gory rooms and dark hallways. This is a haunt that will make you question your very character.

There are still tickets left for October 30th, and they’re currently discounted! If there’s any way you can make it to The Alone Experience this week, we highly recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.

Helpful Tip: Be sure to read the FAQ page. There’s a lot of important info there that you’re going to want to know.

 

If you visited The Alone Experience, leave your thoughts below!

Kids in Costume are FREE at Scarium of the Pacific

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Grab your costumes and head to the Aquarium of the Pacific for their Scarium of the Pacific weekend! This family-friendly non-scary Halloween event is fun for the whole family.

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Scarium of the Pacific is included in the regular aquarium admission. Along with all of the normal aquarium activities, you can discover creepy underwater creatures, watch a magic show, join in on a costume contest, get your face painted, and more! Best of all, when you bring the Scarium Flyer, kids who are dressed in costume get in for FREE! You can also show the coupon on your cell phone by clicking this link!

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Scarium at the Pacific is open Saturday through Sunday, October 24th and 25th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $28.95 for adults (12+), $25.95 for seniors (62+), and $14.95 for children (3-11). Admission is free for children under 3 and aquarium members.

For more information, directions, and tickets, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

(All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific)

 

Knott’s Spooky Farm is Fun for Families!

Disclaimer: The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Knott's Spooky Farm(Photo courtesy of: Knott’s)

Knott’s Berry Farm is my favorite place for Halloween fun. They really go all out for Knott’s Scary Farm, and this year the whole park goes spooky for their family-friendly weekend celebration: Knott’s Spooky Farm. This daytime event is a non-scary celebration of cheer rather than fear with shows and activities all geared for kids ages 3-11.

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The event is a little different from the family Halloween events of Knott’s past. This year, guests can trick-or-treat their way through the Ghost Town streets, and be greeted at each door by only the friendliest ghosts and ghouls.

Knott's Spooky Hollow Maze(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

The whole family can enjoy the winding maze of Spooky Hollow, located in Fiesta Village. Together you’ll travel through a spooky forest complete with gigantic jack-o-lanterns, creepy characters, and more. At the end, you can decorate your own pumpkin for a small fee.

Monster Masquerade Ball(Photo Courtesy of: Cynthia Duarte)

In the Monster Masquerade Ball, kids can make their own not-so-scary masks, and join in some spooky karaoke.

Other great activities include the Creepy Crawler Cabin, Snoopy’s Costume and Dance Party, and “The Monsters are Coming, Charlie Brown” in the Camp Spooky Theatre. Spooky Farm activities are included in regular park or season pass admission.

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If you want to enjoy Knott’s Spooky Farm and more, now is the time to buy a season pass! For a limited time, the 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season Pass includes one free 2015 visit for new Passholders. Renewing Passholders will receive a special renewal price and one free Fast Lane to use any day when Fast Lane is sold through 12/18/15! (But hurry, this offer ends November 2!)

The 2016 Knott’s Berry Farm Season are an unbeatable deal at only 9 payments of $9! For more info or to sign up for your pass, click here!

We hope to see you at Knott’s in 2016!

Build-A-Scare at Goodwill This Halloween

For Goodwill of Orange County, the busiest shopping season of the year isn’t the retail extravaganza that is Black Friday – it happens much sooner: Halloween. Halloween has become such a big business for them, that sections within the stores devoted to all things Halloween have sprung up across all of their 22 retail locations. SoCal Locale contributor, Jen, attended a free media event to learn how Goodwill is the best kept secret for those on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume. From wigs and accessories to unforgettable getups, Goodwill is the ultimate Halloween emporium.

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Hi friends! I know there are lots of places to get Halloween costumes, but have you thought about Goodwill? Goodwill of Orange County is the place to go – not only do they section off an area of stores with items that would be perfect to build Halloween costumes for the whole family (including pets!), but they also have a great selection of Halloween decorations to costume your house too!

I’m a sucker for thrift store fashions and Halloween is my favorite holiday. For all of you vintage mavens and horror fanatics, the Halloween costume section at Goodwill of Orange County is great to pick through for your new favorite item of clothing to wear all year. Trust me – it’s what I do! When I’m looking through the racks trying to build the perfect costume, it’s impossible for me not to see things that I could rotate into my wardrobe. I mean, how could I pass up that cool skull t-shirt or those black cat ears? Maybe that’s just me though. 😉

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photo credit: Fely Phibbs

I stopped by one of the Goodwill of Orange County stores this week for a fun costume contest event! A group of us bloggers and influencers paired up in teams and competed against each other in costume contests using the Halloween racks in the store. The first contest was to build a classic costume but put a twist on it! My teammate, Fely from Le Fashion & Beauty dressed up for this one and we came up with a pirate on vacation. Conveniently, this year’s Halloween themes at Goodwill include pirates, superheroes, princesses, witches, and more so finding the right items was a snap. Oh and guess what…we won!

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photo credit: Fely Phibbs

The second contest was to dress up as a superhero. People came up with some really fun costume ideas – even some made-up superheroes! My partner and I ended up dressing me up as a superhero mermaid, an underwater crime fighter, if you will. 😉 We had so much fun layering different textures and colors to create my mermaid superhero look. Oh, and did I mention that we did it all in 8 minutes?!

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If we were able to pull together two costumes in about 15 minutes, imagine how easy it will be for you to do the same! Goodwill of Orange County also supplements the donated clothing with new, purchased items for Halloween including wigs, hats, masks, and more. Speaking of donated clothing, Goodwill also welcomes donations of any old costumes – bring in yours today – maybe you’ll walk out with another one!

Goodwill of Orange County is the O.C.’s largest non-profit. When you’re thinking of where to buy your Halloween costumes this year, remember that revenue from the purchase of Halloween items supports Goodwill’s job training and career services for the thousands of people Goodwill serves annually. That said, did you know that Halloween is the busiest shopping season of the year for Goodwill of Orange County?

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So now that you know where you’re getting your Halloween costumes, what are you going to dress up as? Do you like classic costumes like ghosts or witches or are you into modern pop culture references? Let’s talk Halloween costumes!

Inaugural “Pumpkin Glow” Event in Irvine Community

This Saturday, October 25th, thousands of glowing pumpkins will light up Pavilion Park in Irvine. This new legacy event for residents and the community is also the first of its kind for Orange County. It will feature carved and sculpted pumpkins, creating an amazing, illuminated outdoor pumpkin artwork display. The Pumpkin Glow event is also an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest line of carved pumpkins, which currently stands at 1,301.

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Pumpkin Glow is a unique, fun, and family-friendly event that will bring the community together for a magical evening.  Refreshments will be available on the Pavilion Park Visitor Terrace, there will be live music playing, as well as expert pumpkin sculptor Scott Gerber who will entertain visitors with live carving demonstrations.

Adding to the excitement of the night will be the Pumpkin Glow sculpture competition, featuring pumpkin-related art. Guests can vote for their favorite sculpture and the top three creations will be awarded prizes.

For more information about the event or to register and let them know that you are going to be donating a carved pumpkin for Pumpkin Glow, please visit www.PumpkinGlowGPN.com.

Evil Lurks Within at The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Evil Lurks Within

 

Looking for something to get into the Halloween spirit? Head over to Long Beach. The Queen Mary is hosting its annual haunted Dark Harbor event just in time for the Halloween season beginning October 2 through November 2. There are two new mazes this year, Soulmate and B340, plus a cool ghost tour on the ship called Encounters!

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Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined..

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On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger, Samuel, was locked away in room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

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The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor The Rhythm Coffin

The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment.

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The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available.

Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers.

For more information, or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/.