High Desert Haunted House – A Unique SoCal Haunt Experience!

High Desert Haunted House is one of the top Southern California Haunts on our list of The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California. They gave us a few free tickets to check out this year’s haunt, and guest contributor Resa visited them on their Friday the 13th opening night. Here is what she thought:

Photo Credit: High Desert Haunted House Facebook Page

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Haunt at Heritage Hill Opens Friday the 13th!

What better day to celebrate the 10th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill than Friday the 13th?

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is One Scary Ship!

On Thursday, September 28th, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor unveiled a spectacle of new, terrifying attractions with more monsters and scares than ever before. We received free tickets to attend opening night of Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and joined the thousands of brave thrill seekers for a night of screams and scares.

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Top Haunt in SoCal: Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks!

Reign of Terror made the number one spot on our list of The 10 Scariest Haunts in Southern California and we got the chance to stop by this past Friday and check out what was in store for haunt lovers this year. Can you handle the Reign of Terror?

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Live Your Nightmares at Knott’s Scary Farm

I was provided with tickets and Fright Lane passes to attend opening night at Knott’s Scary Farm. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Knott’s Scary Farm is no doubt Orange County’s favorite annual haunt event. It’s definitely something that I, as a horror fan and thrill seeker, look forward to every single year. Locals and visitors flock to the gates of Knott’s Berry Farm after dark, just so they can live their worst nightmares. I wasn’t sure what to expect for the 2017 season – would they be able to come up with something that really scared me? Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes they would.

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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!

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!

Graceful Gale

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..

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Nun

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.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor Neverland Ranch

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.

The Queen Mary Dark Harbor

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/.